At the Legislature: Animal Protection

Several bills dealing with animal protection issues have been introduced so far this Legislative session. They include measures dealing with a variety of subjects, from puppy mills to circus animals. SB20-104 furthers the authority of Animal Protection Agents to conduct investigations and take possession of animals that are suspected victims of cruelty, or are considered […]

Colorado State Parks: Chatfield

If you’re looking for a getaway that is conveniently located in metro Denver, check out Chatfield State Park. Here you can find a variety of activities for every age and interest. Things to do include boating, birding, hiking and biking, camping, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding. There’s a field where your model airplane can take […]

Enjoy the Outdoors with Your Dog

Experiencing Colorado’s great outdoors is even more fun when you bring your dog! Dogs are allowed in most Colorado State Parks, where they can enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, boating, and swimming with you. As you plan your spring and summer recreation, be sure to check Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Bring the Dog Along! webpage. Here […]

Exotic and Prohibited Wildlife in Colorado

Coloradans love their pets, there’s no doubt about that. But did you know that there are some animals that Colorado law prohibits keeping as pets? Wildlife species (unless in the care of a licensed rehabilitation center) cannot be kept in homes or as pets. Wildlife are a “public resource” so cannot be owned by individuals, […]

Rattlesnakes are Back – Be Cautious

This is the time of year when many Coloradans are looking forward to getting back out on the hiking trails.  It’s also the time of year when rattlesnakes are emerging from hibernation, increasing your chances of encountering rattlesnakes.  In fact, news reports indicate that two hikers have already been bitten by rattlesnakes in Colorado this […]

Holiday Pet Safety

The holidays can mean confusion — or new temptations — for your pets.  Some holiday foods and decorations can be hazardous to your pet.  Other circumstances, like traveling or parties/guests, can stress out our animal friends.  Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital has published some excellent tips for keeping your pets safe and stress-free during […]

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

‘Tis the season for fires and floods, and if a disaster threatens your home and family, your furry pals will be affected, too.  According to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), “one of the biggest reasons people return to danger/evacuation zones is to save their pets.”  DHSEM and the state’s emergency […]

Protect Yourself, Your Pets, and Livestock from Rabies

In 2016, 88 wild animals tested positive for rabies, with possible exposure to 100 pets, 116 livestock animals, and 32 humans, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  Most rabies cases are found in bats and skunks; however, rabid foxes and raccoons have occasionally been reported. So how can […]

Pet/Animal Cancer Awareness

Many people are not aware that animals can get cancer, too.  So, November 2016 has been designated National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  You can learn about pet cancer from Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center.  Information from the Center, which is part of the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, includes their […]

Animal Health in Colorado

One of the divisions of the Colorado Department of Agriculture is their Animal Health Division, which is “responsible for animal health and disease control activities in Colorado.”  Their website includes many resources including updates on diseases and conditions such as vasicular stomatitis and avian influenza.  Other resources include tips on controlling predators; information on the […]

Plague in Colorado

This morning the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that plague had been confirmed in an Adams County resident and their pet dog.  Plague can cause high fever, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting in humans; it can be fatal to pets.  Plague is spread by fleas on rodents, especially prairie dogs.  The CDPHE advises […]

Emergency Care for Pets

SB14-039 has just been signed into law, allowing emergency medical responders to provide emergency care to domesticated animals.  Previously, animals could only be treated by veterinarians, but through the passage of this bill, animals that are, for example, injured in a car accident can be treated on the scene along with their owners.   Care of pets and other domesticated animals is […]

Shelter Pets

Are you looking for statistics on the number of pets in shelters in Colorado, and numbers of pet adoptions from shelters?  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program has made this data available through the Colorado Information Dataset.  Click here for statistics on the number of dogs, number of cats, number of […]