Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic is excited to announce our American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation! The process of becoming an AAHA hospital involves meeting mandatory standards, as well as a high percentage of the 900 other standards in 19 various sections of the practice. This accreditation represents they type of care we strive to provide for our patients, as
well as the level of customer care we provide to our clients. If you would like to learn more about AAHA, you can read about it on their website at AAHA.Org.
Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic is very excited about some up coming changes to our clinic. We have loved our partnership with Black Dog Animal Rescue, however we have both outgrown our space. Black Dog will be moving into their own facility in the late spring to early summer. We will continue our partnership with this great organization, but they will no longer be next door.
We will be spreading out into the entire building after a significant remodel to upgrade our space. We are spending the next few months in the planning process including working with the city on zoning issues, our drive entrance and parking. At the same time we are working with an architect to make the best use of our space and working towards acquiring some national certifications.
We are so thankful to all of our excellent clients that have allowed us to make these great changes. We will keep you posted throughout the process.
As we slowly emerge from the deep freeze, who am I kidding it is only March, it is time to start thinking about Heartworm Prevention. If you travel outside of Wyoming your pet may need to be on prevention. This is a life-threatening infection and is very expensive to treat. If there is any risk for your pet, they should be on Heartworm prevention. Please let us know if you are traveling and we will advise you on if your pet needs to get started on prevention.
Have you heard of Angel? She was brought into Black Dog Animal Rescue 2 months ago. She had over 20 broken bones but an unbreakable spirit. Angel has undergone 3 major surgeries, 30 plus xrays and countless bandage changes. We are happy to report that Angel had her last planned surgery yesterday. Her final stitches will be removed in 2 weeks and she will be adopted to a wonderful family. Through all of this has brought us many laughs, a few temper tantrums learning to deal with new bandages, lots of tears because of her injuries and many snuggles and kisses.
Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic is excited to announce that we have added a surgical laser to our practice. During surgery the laser seals off nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics which reduces post operative pain, bleeding and swelling.
We are so happy to announce that Dr. Chelsea Croghan has joined our team. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 and moved to rural Colorado where she practiced in a mixed animal practice for three years. She returned back to her hometown with her husband, 2 children and horses. Dr. Croghan enjoys the challenges of surgery in veterinary medicine and has a passion for helping clients understand and learn about their pets. Outside of the office, Dr. Croghan enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing and horseback riding.
Trip, a 6 year old American Bulldog has been shuffled between shelters and rescue organizations over the last month. Each organization has tried to get Trip to gain weight but he just refused to eat. When Trip arrived at the clinic he was very happy and sweet but his poor body was just skin and bones. After several tests it was decided to take Trip to surgery for an abdominal explore to find the reason why he would not eat. The reason was very obvious, he had a large rubber stopper lodged in his intestines. The foreign object was removed and he recovered very well from his surgery. He is now working hard to find anyone who will feed him in order to gain 40 pounds that he needs to put him at a healthy weight.
Jazzy was recently adopted from a rescue organization. Unfortunately Jazzy had been living in an area with heartworm disease and she was not on heartworm prevention. Jazzy contracted this life threatening disease during her life on the run and has just finished her treatment. She will be on prevention for the rest of her life. We are so excited to have Jazzy’s treatments finished and her Mom is looking forward to many happy years rubbing Jazzy’s belly.