Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light. During this procedure, different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. The body tissue then absorbs the light. The red and near-infrared light cause a reaction, and the damaged cells respond with a physiological reaction that promotes regeneration.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental disease can be very uncomfortable for pets and the longer it is left untreated, the more complicated and expensive it becomes to treat. Furthermore, certain dental diseases can lead to issues with your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys, and can also flood their body and bloodstream with harmful bacteria.
Common signs of dental disease include:
At Palmer Lake Veterinary, we offer comprehensive preventative and therapeutic dental procedures. Our cleaning procedure consists of a thorough oral exam, above and below the gum line ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling, and polishing. Digital dental x-rays are taken to detect problems under the gum line and in the bone. In addition, we offer surgical extractions, sealants, periodontal therapies, and oral surgery.
We highly recommend you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year even if your pet is not demonstrating symptoms. Schedule an oral exam to prevent irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
At Palmer Lake Veterinary Clinic, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, pets occasionally experience an illness or injury that requires the veterinarian’s care while hospitalized.
We offer high quality diagnostic and medical treatment for sick or injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for your pet while they are hospitalized for care. A successful recuperation is our goal. Your pet is monitored closely and attended to by our experienced and caring staff of veterinary professionals.
Our medical team utilizes our state-of-the-art laboratory, radiographic diagnostic tools, and fully stocked pharmacy to quickly assess your pets’ condition and begin treatment. Treatment plans may include I.V. fluids, medications, and pain medications depending on the problem. Severe illness and injuries always take first priority in our hospital and are attended to immediately. Critical cases that need to be referred are immediately transferred to emergency clinics or 24-hour care facilities.
Medical cases or injuries that do not require hospitalization are diagnosed, treated, and are released to recuperate in the comfort of their own home. If needed, there are many veterinary specialists in the Colorado Springs area that are available for referral or consultation on cases.
Our clinic is fully equipped to handle emergencies during hospital hours. If you have an emergency outside of normal business hours, weekends, or holidays please call our office and listen to the voice messaging system. The message will direct you to the nearest emergency hospital on North Nevada in Colorado Springs.
The complete list of emergency hospitals in the area are:
Animal ER Care
5520 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
OPEN 24 hours – 365 days/year
Powers Pet Emergency
5956 Stetson Hills Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
OPEN 24 hours – 365 days/year
VCA Douglas County Animal Hospital
531 Jerry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Open 8 AM – 8 PM M-F and 8 AM -6 PM Sat and Sun
Tri Lakes Animal Emergency Care
1150 W Baptist Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Open 4 PM to 12 AM M-F and 4 PM to 10 PM Sat and Sun
Our state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory is fully equipped to perform a wide array of diagnostics tests – with results within an hour or less. Diseases of the kidneys, liver, pancreas, as well as anemia, platelet counts, and more, can all be tested for and monitored right in our clinic. Further in-house testing includes heartworm tests, Giardia tests, Parvo tests, fecal exams, FIV/ Feline Leukemia test, and complete urinalysis.
We also use the services of commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and histopathology using Board-Certified Veterinary Pathology specialists.
All of our laboratory results are computerized. This allows us to email the result to you or a specialist.
Palmer Lake Veterinary Clinic has an on-site, fully-stocked pharmacy of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications for your convenience and peace of mind. When you purchase your pet’s medication from our pharmacy you can rest assured that the medication was obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under optimal conditions. Our trained staff will fill your prescriptions with care and attention to detail for your pet’s specific needs. We will provide you with accurate information about your pet’s medications, including proper dosing information, and will alert you to any potential drug side effects or interactions. We are also here if you experience any problems with your medication after you return home. We stand behind every product that we dispense.
We carry a wide range of prescription medicines and prescription diets to keep your pet healthy, including:
We now offer convenient home delivery of both pharmaceuticals and prescription diets from our online pharmacy.
VetSource gives you 24/7 access to a large inventory of medications and prescription foods that are recommended by our clinic. VetSource also has a great reminder system that allows you to better keep track of when your pets’ medications are due.
When you order through VetSource, you know that the medication is coming straight from our distributors and directly from the source. Each product is guaranteed to be legal, in the original FDA-approved packaging, and carries all of the manufacturer’s guarantees. Many other online pharmacies are NOT supported by the manufacturer’s guarantees!
We offer digital radiology which uses less radiation than traditional x-rays. Our digital radiographs can be seen on the computer screen in any exam room and can be reviewed by you and the doctor. The doctor can point out any pathology to help you understand what is going on with your pet. The radiographs can also be e-mailed to a specialist. If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please do not hesitate to ask.
Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring
At Palmer Lake Veterinary Clinic your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority. When your pet needs surgery we utilize the latest anesthetic protocols which are individually selected for each pet. We perform pre-anesthetic blood tests to make sure your pet is healthy for the procedure. Intravenous (I.V.) fluids are given to all patients while under general anesthesia. We administer pain medication before beginning the procedure, during the procedure, and post-operatively for the comfort of your pet. Our highly-trained technicians closely monitor your pet’s vital signs with special equipment and manual techniques during surgery and recovery. They watch your pet’s pain levels after the procedure to make sure your pet is comfortable. Patients are sent home with post-surgery pain medication. The majority of our surgery patients go home later in the afternoon, the same day.
Spaying your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents female animals from becoming pregnant, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Spaying will not change your pet’s personality.
By spaying your female pet you are protecting her against potentially deadly diseases, including bacterial infections, reproductive tract diseases, and several types of cancer. You also won’t have to worry about her going into heat. This means avoiding the mess that often accompanies the heat cycle in female dogs and the pacing and crying that happens with female cats. In addition, spaying your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure her safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
To set up an appointment to have your pet spayed or to learn more about this procedure, call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to spay your pet, please call us so we can discuss your concerns.
Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not change your pet’s personality.
By neutering your pet you are reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.
Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anesthesia. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. Please see the descriptions under Anesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.
To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us or stop by so we can discuss your concerns.
Soft Tissue Surgery
We perform many types of soft tissue surgeries at our clinic. Soft tissue surgeries are those that are not associated with bone. These surgeries can provide many benefits to pets.
Probably the most common soft tissue surgery performed on pets is the removal of masses or lumps. Most of these masses, once removed and tested, are found to be benign (non-harmful); however, occasionally they are more serious. Early removal and accurate diagnosis of a lump is necessary to improve the outcome in your pet if the mass is cancerous.
Soft tissue surgeries can also involve abdominal exploratory to remove intestinal obstructions, cancerous masses, or diseases of the spleen and other internal organs.
Surgery can be performed on the ears to help treat chronic ear infections and other diseases related to the ear such as polyps and hematomas. Surgery can also help resolve several problems related to the eyes such as corneal ulcers, removal of tumors of the eye or eyelid, and cataract surgery.
If your pet’s surgery requires the expertise of a specialist, we refer to board-certified veterinary soft tissue surgeons, cancer surgeons, and ophthalmologists in the Colorado Springs area.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how soft tissue surgery might be able to help your pet.
We perform selective orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Complex orthopedic surgeries (back surgery, hip replacement, knees repair, and elbow surgery) are referred to our highly skilled board-certified orthopedic surgeons in the Colorado Springs area
Leg fractures are a common orthopedic problem. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast or splint to treat certain fractures, however, many fractures will require surgical intervention. “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area. “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture. These surgical procedures are referred to a specialist to ensure the best possible outcome.
Common athletic injuries such as cruciate ligament rupture in the knee can be repaired by a specialized surgery called a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO). Our veterinarian will discuss all the surgical options available to you.
Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.
Ultrasonography is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, and other organs.; Ultrasound can also be used to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses, and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy. We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiographs to ensure a proper diagnosis. Palmer Lake Veterinary Clinic uses a Board-certified Veterinary Radiologist who performs all our ultrasounds at the clinic by appointment.
Vaccinations and parasite prevention are essential to your pet’s wellbeing starting from the time they are very young. Pets should be vaccinated between six and twelve weeks of age and require booster vaccines throughout their life. Furthermore, many pet parasites can infect people in addition to pets, which means parasite prevention is important for the health of your family as well. Animals are susceptible to a variety of parasites that can be easily avoided with parasite preventative.
Vaccinations and preventative care give your pets the best chance to avoid sickness and disease. At Palmer Lake Veterinary Clinic, we create a personalized plan to meet the exact needs of your pet.
Annual wellness exams are one of the easiest ways to give your pet a longer, more comfortable life. Our knowledgeable doctors and staff strive to educate clients on how to keep their pets feeling great. During wellness exams we will thoroughly assess:
If any areas of concern are identified when examining your pet, we will work together to develop a treatment plan. Routine bloodwork and fecal testing are highly recommended for us to detect internal parasites or underlying issues that we cannot detect during a physical exam. Call us to schedule your pet’s wellness exam today!