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
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
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.
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!
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
Teeth Cleanings: Your pet's dental cleaning will begin with a physical examination so that 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.
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
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
Senior Pet Care
- 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
Diet and Nutrition
Tri-Lakes Animal Emergency Care
1150 Baptist Rd Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
End of Life Care
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!