FAQs

At Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital, we want our clients to be as informed as possible about their pet’s health care needs. For this reason, we provide a number of frequently asked questions and answers to help you. If you don’t see your question below, please contact our team for assistance or visit our Client Education page. That’s what we’re here for!

Do you offer knee surgery?

Yes, we provide knee surgery, including Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery and arthroscopy surgery at Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital. Visit our Surgery page to learn more about this service.

Do you offer chemotherapy for pets?

Yes, when your pet is diagnosed with cancer, we know that it can be a difficult time for everyone. We will provide compassionate support and care for both you and your pet as we guide you through this challenging time. Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital provides a range of cancer care options for pets, including chemotherapy.

At what age are vaccines recommended? Why are they important?

Arrowhead veterinarians recommend initial vaccines for healthy puppies and kittens at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, then annually thereafter. Recommendations may change for pets with different exposure or lifestyle risks (such as pets who go hiking with their owners). These pets may need additional vaccinations given at different times to help them to develop the best protection from disease. Following a physical examination and risk assessment of your pet, Dr. Mike Etchart or Dr. Paul Bingham will recommend which vaccine protocol is appropriate for your pet's individual needs to optimize protection without giving unnecessary medications.

What is heartworm disease and why is it so important for pets to be protected in Western Colorado?

Heartworm is a potentially life-threatening disease that is transmitted from dog to dog through infected mosquitoes. Western Colorado remains a geographical "hot spot" for the disease. Dogs, and in rare cases cats, are affected by this disease. Clinical signs may vary from coughing to lethargy to severe respiratory problems, though some animals may show no signs of being infected in the early stages of the disease. If infected, treatment can be possible, but is very expensive and not always successful. Prevention is key, even if your pets live indoors. Our veterinarians simply test patients with an annual blood test, then the pet owner administers a tasty oral or topical medication monthly. The benefits of the medication are two-fold, as it also contains a de-worming ingredient to treat for internal parasites, which can also be harmful to your dog as well as transmissible to people.

What do I do if I forget to give my pet their monthly heartworm pill?

Please contact our team directly so that our veterinarians can assist you.

Does Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital have the expertise to evaluate and treat birds and exotic pets?

Yes, we do provide care to exotic and avian pets. Please contact us to discuss your specific pet’s needs with our team.

At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?

We recommend spaying or neutering healthy pets at 6 months of age. Health benefits include a reduced risk of certain cancers, preventing unwanted puppies or kittens, and reduced anesthetic risks. Behavioral benefits include reduced wandering and less aggression, just to name a few.

Where is Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital located?

Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital is located in Fruita, just one mile north of the Fruita Co-Op. Please click on our map for easy-to-follow instructions, or visit our address page for specifics. Trust us, we are worth the drive!