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Practice Name

Alpine Animal Hospital

Primary Location
17776 Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623
Phone: (970) 963-2371
Fax: (970) 963-2372

Office Hours

DayHours
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM2:00 PM
SundayClosed
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Oncology

Unfortunately, cancer is diagnosed fairly often in companion animals. However, there have been many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of certain cancers, enabling many animals to live longer, quality lives. Some cancers in animals are curable.

Diagnosis usually involves diagnostic imaging and blood work, and often involves cytology and histopathology. It is important to identify the type of cancer and to stage it, i.e., determine if it has spread, before discussing treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, various treatment options are available. Some types respond well to surgery, while others require chemotherapy and yet others need specialized treatment such as radiation therapy or limb-sparing surgery, or perhaps a combination of these modalities.

We are experienced in administering several types of chemotherapy here. Animals undergoing chemotherapy, as a rule, don’t tend to have the marked side effects that we associate with chemotherapy in people. The most common side effect is an upset GI tract. We support our patients with medications and acupuncture to try and prevent or minimize nausea and diarrhea. Many chemotherapy drugs can cause a lowered white blood cell count, which can predispose the animals to infections. Therefore, we conduct a CBC prior to each chemotherapy treatment to try and minimize any side effects that may be caused by too low of a white blood cell count. Additionally, periodic serum chemistries are advised to monitor kidney and liver function during the course of chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy necessitates a trip Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center (http://www.csuanimalcancercenter.org) in Fort Collins. We are fortunate to have this facility close, as they provide on-going support for us and for our clients and patients. Additionally, they keep us informed of current clinical trials for which our patients may qualify.

Dealing with cancer in our companion animals can be difficult. We are here to support our patients and clients medically, surgically and emotionally, from diagnosis through treatment.

If you notice any of the common signs of cancer (growths, change in appetite or weight, sores that don’t heal, odors, persistent lameness, or difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating) please contact us. Early intervention gives us the best opportunity for prolonging life and preserving its quality.

New Patients Welcome

Learn about Fear Free Visits to the Vet and the Certified Fear Free Professionals at Alpine Animal Hospital.


New Patient Welcome

Refer a friend or family member to our clinic and receive a $25 credit to your account and your friend will receive a $25 credit as well.

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Featured Services

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment Refer a friend or family member to our clinic and receive a $25 credit to your account and your friend will receive a $25 credit as well. Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Petsimonials

This is the best vet hospital I've ever experienced with multi-generational Maltese puppies. The best ! We are so grateful to have Alpine Vet Hospital in Carbondale, Co

 

Very impressed with the teamwork you all do and we're also fans of the Fear
Free mission. It's nice having care for our pets that is as knowledgeable
and reassuring as you all are. Keep up the good work!

   
Alpine Animal Hospital
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Office Hours

DayHours
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM2:00 PM
SundayClosed
Day Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM Closed
5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 2:00 PM

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