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WE’RE MOVING! We will be closed on Friday, November 11th, and will re-open at 1 pm on November 14th at our new address 550 CO-105, Monument, CO 80132.

Our Services

Emergency Medicine

At Palmer Lake Veterinary Hospital, 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
719-260-7141
OPEN 24 hours – 365 days/year

Powers Pet Emergency
5956 Stetson Hills Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
719-473-0482
OPEN 24 hours – 365 days/year

VCA Douglas County Animal Hospital
531 Jerry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
303-688-2480
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
719-434-1118
Open 4 PM to 12 AM M-F and 4 PM to 10 PM Sat and Sun

Pharmacy

Palmer Lake Veterinary Hospital 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:

  • Prescription Medications for most pet medical conditions, including: ear infections, internal parasites, eye problems, heart problems, immune problems, intestinal upset, respiratory infections, skin problems, thyroid deficiency or excess, and behavior issues.
  • Prescription Diets: We carry Hill’s Prescription Diets and Royal Canin Prescription Diets to treat, manage and prevent a wide range of health conditions your pet may develop.
  • Heartworm Preventative: We stock Triheart oral heartworm preventative. You can also order other heartworm and flea and tick preventatives such as Revolution, Comfortis, Sentinel, Trifexis, Advantix I, and Preventative Tick Collars and Sprays.

Home Delivery
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!

Acupuncture

New!

Many pet owners have never tried acupuncture themselves and worry if it’s safe, painful, or effective for their cat or dog. According to the Chi Institute, acupuncture has a myriad of benefits for your pet, some of which include pain relief, the promotion of tissue healing, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, immunoregulation, antifebrile effects, and reproductive and hormone regulation.

Call us to learn more about our acupuncture services and discuss if your pet could benefit from this service. Additionally, to learn more, please visit the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society webpage.

Dental Care

According to the American Veterinary Dental College 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, improper care of your pet's teeth can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment immediately:
  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose teeth
  • Depression
Oral Exams: Proper dental care is one of the easiest ways to protect your pet’s health and keep them pain free. During your pet’s oral exam, we will examine your pet’s mouth, teeth, and jaw. We may recommend x-rays to assess the health of your pet’s tooth roots, as well. Regular oral exams, help prevent irreversible dental disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Teeth Cleanings: Your pet's dental cleaning will begin with a physical examination, so we can evaluate your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet will be given an anesthetic for a safe and painless teeth cleaning since most dental disease starts below the gumline. The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar using a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gum line while a curette cleans and smooths the teeth under the gum line in the crevice between the teeth and gums. Then your pet's teeth are polished, and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.

Extractions and Advanced Procedures: Our veterinarians will only recommend tooth extractions if we believe it is necessary for your pet’s wellbeing. We usually recommend this when we identify that your pet has an infected or broken tooth that is likely causing them pain. In the case that we recommend a tooth extraction, we will discuss what this means for your pet and how to properly care for them while they’re healing.

How To Prevent Dental Disease Before It Begins: Regular wellness visits allow us to check your pet’s mouth and teeth and identify issues before they progress. Additionally, at-home dental care including regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and using teeth cleaning treats can prevent plaque from building up. Lastly, avoid hard toys and bones that can potentially damage your pet’s teeth.

Wellness Care

At Palmer Veterinary Clinic we recommend regular comprehensive wellness exams from the time pets are young. Wellness exams are a critical part of your pet’s healthcare routine no matter what their size, breed, or age. Routine wellness exams are important to maintain your pet’s wellbeing and detect any medical issues before they progress. During your pet’s exam, we will assess their overall body condition, eyes, ears, mouth, internal organs and systems, skin and much more. We will also discuss with you any other recommended services, such as dental cleanings or diagnostic testing. If any areas of concern are identified during your pet’s exam, we will develop a treatment plan together.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an essential part of your pet’s health care plan starting from the time they are very young. Pets should begin their vaccinations between 6 and 12 weeks of age and require boosters throughout their life. Many common diseases can easily be prevented by vaccinating your pet.

Core vaccines, or essential vaccines, for canines include rabies and DAPP. Core vaccines for felines include rabies and FVRCP. Depending on your geographical area and pet’s exposure, you may also consider optional, non-core vaccines. Noncore vaccines for canines include leptospirosis, bordetella, parainfluenza, lyme disease and canine influenza. Noncore vaccines for felines include feline leukemia.

At Palmer Veterinary Clinic we’ll help you create a vaccine schedule appropriate for your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, and environment. We will also review any possible side effects of your pet’s vaccinations and how to address them.

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can pose a variety of health concerns for your pets and your family, but we can help you develop a prevention routine to keep everyone safe. At Palmer Veterinary Clinic, we recommend keeping your pets on year-round prevention to stop pests before they become a problem.

Common parasites include fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms. During your pet’s annual exam, we will test your pet for parasites with a thorough physical exam, a fecal test, and a blood test. Even if your pet is on year-round prevention, annual tests are still extremely important to detect parasites even if you aren’t seeing any symptoms.

Our knowledgeable healthcare team will help you develop a prevention plan that fits your lifestyle. You can keep your pets safe with either monthly oral medication or topical treatments. We will discuss what method can most effectively address your family’s needs.

Puppy and Kitten Care

The dedicated team at Palmer Veterinary Clinic is here to help you ensure your puppy or kitten gets off to the best start possible. Make sure to schedule your new pet’s first appointment within the first few weeks of bringing them home. The initial visit provides us an opportunity to meet and offers you a chance to ask questions. We strive to address any concerns you may have about owning a puppy or kitten and teach you the best ways to care for your new family member. This is a special time for you and your pet, and we want to ensure you feel supported in this transition. Our comprehensive approach addresses your pet’s needs from vaccinations to a proper diet. During your pet’s first visit we will conduct a physical exam, develop a vaccine schedule, discuss your pet’s diet, and develop a parasite prevention plan. We will also discuss the importance of getting your pet spayed or neutered and microchipped.

Senior Pet Care

As pets age, their needs change. Pets over the age of 7 are more susceptible to diseases and heal more slowly, however, with proper care you can help your pet live a longer, happier life. Our team at Palmer Veterinary Clinic can help you navigate your pet’s senior years with you. We do recommend more frequent wellness exams which will help us detect problems before they become advanced. Additionally, we may recommend changes to your pet’s diet, exercise, and other aspects of their healthcare as they mature. It can be very difficult to detect when your pet is in pain, but there are some signs that they may be experiencing discomfort in their older years. If you notice any of the following, your pet may be in pain:
  • Difficulty getting up, easing into a comfortable position or limping.
  • Fatigue including decreased stamina on walks.
  • Reluctance to be groomed, picked up or touched in certain areas.
  • Urinary or fecal accidents
If any of these behaviors begin to occur, visit us so a source of the pain can be identified, and treatment can begin.

Surgical Services

Palmer Veterinary Clinic offers a wide range of basic surgical services, from spays and neuters to soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. During your pet’s procedure, their safety and comfort are our top priority. We will develop a safe and effective anesthetic protocol for your pet to ensure they experience very little pain. Our state-of-the-art hospital is equipped with the latest anesthetic and monitoring technology to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout their surgery. We are here to answer any questions regarding your pet's specific surgery and even offer a pre-surgical consultation as an essential part of the process. Your veterinarian will also provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure your pet is recovers quickly.

Diagnostics

We offer medical imaging to aid in the diagnosis of many different conditions. Radiographs and ultrasound are both painless and noninvasive ways to evaluate organs and bones allowing us to better understand what is occurring in a pet’s body. In some cases, medical imaging can detect conditions and situations that may otherwise have gone undetected for months or years. Our state-of-the-art radiology and ultrasound are conducted by our trained and compassionate staff, making it both safe and effective.

Diet and Nutrition

Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep your pet healthy. At Palmer Veterinary Clinic, we offer individualized nutrition counseling and customize a recommendation for your unique pet. Our doctors will perform a thorough body-condition evaluation during every physical examination and can give nutritional recommendations based on what we see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet.

Urgent Care

We focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, pets occasionally experience an illness or injury that requires urgent care. Our clinic is equipped to handle urgent care during hospital hours, schedule permitting. If your pet has an emergency outside of our hours, we encourage you to contact:

Tri-Lakes Animal Emergency Care
1150 Baptist Rd Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(719) 434-1118

End of Life Care

We understand that regardless of the situation, saying good-bye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever make. Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals can help you through this painful experience. We will work with you to ensure your pet's comfort and dignity during his or her last days and final moments. We are happy to accommodate special requests and help you make arrangements for cremation or other options. Sedation will be administered prior to performing the euthanasia to ensure your pet is at ease. We are here to help you through this transition and make this process easier for you.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is a drug free, pain free, surgery free treatment option. Laser therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects such as, improved healing time, pain reduction, and decreased swelling. This option is available for the treatment of many types of issues including osteoarthritis, soft tissue injury, and chronic wounds. Improvement is seen over a period of several treatments, although improvement seen with only one or two treatments is not unlikely. Patients typically express greater comfort and mobility within a day after receiving laser treatment.

Laser therapy treatment requires no patient sedation or restraint which creates a more relaxing treatment environment. Laser therapy is often used with other forms of therapy including drug therapy and acupuncture. All laser therapy is performed by our K-laser certified technicians. Ask us to recommend a treatment plan that fits your pet’s needs!

Laboratory

Our state-of-the art laboratory and diagnostic equipment allows us to do many lab tests onsite. Labs are essential to detect disease and underlying causes of illness in your pet. We may recommend lab work for a variety of reasons, some common tests include complete blood counts, urinalysis and chemistry panels. Our laboratory is staffed by experienced veterinary technicians that will ensure your pet’s tests are interpreted quickly and accurately, allowing us to begin your pet's treatment immediately.

Microchipping

Microchipping is the most effective means of identification for your pet. Like vaccinations, microchipping is safe, quick and causes little pain. We always recommend an ID tag be attached to your pet's collar, but the microchip will serve as an extra layer of protection if an accident does occur. Most veterinary hospitals and shelters are equipped with a handheld microchip scanner that can be used to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. From there, they can retrieve the pet owner’s contact information from the manufacturer and call the owner.