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Our Thornton veterinarians and team share helpful tips and advice on a variety of topics to help you keep your pets looking and feeling their very best.

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Leaving a Kitten Alone at Home for the First Time

Leaving a Kitten Alone at Home for the First Time

While you likely wish you would never have to leave your furry friends, there will come times when you have to spend time away from them. Here, our Thornton vets offer tips and advice for leaving a cat or kitten at home alone for the first time and how to make it a success.

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How long can you leave a dog alone?

How long can you leave a dog alone?

Sharing your life with a furry friend is incredibly rewarding, but how do you ensure their happiness while you are at work or away? Here, our Thornton vets discuss how long you can leave your dog at home alone, ways to keep them happy and why pet boarding may be a good choice.

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What is medical pet boarding?

What is medical pet boarding?

Leaving a beloved pet can cause anxiety for some pet parents, especially if there are concerns about illness or medical conditions. Here, our Thornton vets share some advice about pet care while you are away and how medical pet boarding can help your cat or dog stay safe and healthy until you return.

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Elder Pet Care: Expert Tips for Senior Dog Veterinary Care

Elder Pet Care: Expert Tips for Senior Dog Veterinary Care

As your pup reaches their golden years the care they need will need to change as their body and mind do. Here, our Thornton vets discuss the importance of routine senior pet care and provide some tips on how to help your beloved pet live comfortably once they are considered geriatric.

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Aging Cats: When is a cat considered a senior?

Aging Cats: When is a cat considered a senior?

Senior cats need specific care to stay happy and healthy into old age. This includes routine veterinary care to detect and prevent illnesses. Here, our Thornton vets explain when a cat is considered a senior and how you can care for it. 

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Best Dog Food for Senior Dogs

Best Dog Food for Senior Dogs

Your dog's diet will play a role in their health and wellbeing throughout their life. Here, our Thornton vets share some information about the impact of diet on your aging pup and how choosing the best dog food for your senior dog can help keep them healthy.

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Thyroid Testing for Dogs

Thyroid Testing for Dogs

Your dog's bodily functions are regulated by hormones secreted by glands throughout their body. When these glands don't work properly, illnesses can occur. Today, our Thornton vets discuss thyroid hormones, what they do, and the purpose of thyroid testing for your dog's health.

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Understanding Blood Tests for Cats

Understanding Blood Tests for Cats

Diagnostic tests help veterinary professionals gain an understanding of the internal health of pets. This can help with ongoing health care, diagnostics, and treatment of conditions. Today, our Thornton vets talk about what is learned from blood tests for cats and what can be seen in the results.

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My cat is breathing heavy and panting, what can I do?

My cat is breathing heavy and panting, what can I do?

Heavy breathing is normal in dogs after running around but it is much less commonly seen in cats. This isn't to say that it doesn't happen, but you should be wary of serious conditions that can cause panting. Our Thornton vets talk about the various normal and abnormal causes of heavy breathing or panting cats, and when you should reach out to your vet or nearby emergency clinic.

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Why is my cat breathing heavy?

Why is my cat breathing heavy?

While we can expect our feline friends to pant a little after rigorous activity or exercise, panting can be worrisome when it happens at times of rest. But when is it considered an emergency? Here, our vets in Thornton talk about the causes of heavy breathing in cats and when you should bring them in for emergency veterinary care.

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