Community Practice

Everyday Care for Your Pet

Part of our goal at the VTH is to provide the best care possible to each and every patient. A very important part of your pet's health is the regular care you are able to give them at home. We'd like to provide you with some helpful information about ways you can care for and protect your pet every day.


Feline Furniture Scratching
Training Your Cat to Use a Litterbox
Enjoy the Holidays While Keeping Your Pet Safe
Helping Pets through Trauma and Disasters


Pet Obesity is a Growing Problem
What Should You Feed Your Dog?

Feline Care

Cat Care from AAHA
Toxoplasmosis (AVMA)
Feline Diabetes
Feline Social Behavior and Selection of a New Kitten

Healthy Living

Helping Your Pet Live Longer


Trimming Your Cat's Nails
Trimming Your Dog's Nails
Brushing Your Pet's Teeth

Parasites and Zoonotic Diseases

Why is it Important to Protect Your Pets from Parasites?
External Parasites (AVMA)
Internal Parasites (AVMA)

Guidelines for parasite prevention:
As suggested by Companion Animal Parasite Council and CDC

  • Clean your pet's living area at least once a week. Feces should be either buried or bagged and disposed of in the trash. Pick up feces immediately whenever walking a dog in a public area.
  • Do not allow children to play in areas that are soiled with pet or other animal stool.
  • Sandboxes can be an attractive "litter box" for both domestic animals and wildlife. It is important to cover sandboxes when not in use.
  • Practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after playing with your pets or other animals, after outdoor activities, and before handling food.
  • Teach children the importance of washing hands to prevent infection.
  • Teach children that it is not safe to eat dirt or soil.
  • Feed pets cooked or prepared food (not raw diets) and provide fresh, potable water.


Everyday Items That May Be Toxic to Your Pet
Preparing Your Home for a New Dog
Common Poisonous Household Plants

Senior Pets

Caring for an Older Pet
Senior Pets (AVMA)


Benefits & Risks of Vaccinations for Your Pet (AVMA)
Canine Distemper (AVMA)
Canine Parvovirus (AVMA)
Heartworm Disease (AVMA)
Rabies (AVMA)
Feline Panleukopenia (AVMA)
World Rabies Day


Body Condition Score

Black Dog Receiving Exam From Clinicians

Students' Insights into Community Practice

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Appointments & Questions:
(970) 297-5000

Directions, Lodging, & Pet Boarding Information