Baer Bechtel, DVM  |  Carmen Lastine, DVM  |  Paul Grych, DVM | Heidi Patterson, DVM 

456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E  |  Fruita, CO  |  970.858.4299

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Change is in the air

Change is in the air!

I couldn't help but notice the large Starbucks logo looming in the sky as I entered the round about heading into work this morning.  Clearly, Fruita is growing!  Along with growth comes inevitable changes, some for the better, others, perhaps not as we would like. Trying new things can be exciting and fun or daunting and stressful. This brings me to introduce a few exciting good new changes here at Kokopelli Animal Hospital that are sure to bring less stress, less worry, and added convenience to our wonderful pet owners.


Temperatures are dropping in the Grand Valley


After enjoying a mild and beautiful fall in the grand valley temperatures are starting to drop.  We've talked about the dangers of heat stroke during our hot dry summer months and now want to take a moment to address the polar opposite concern of hypothermia risks in winter months.

Hypothermia occurs when an animal’s body is no longer able to maintain normal temperature, causing a depression of the central nervous system. It may also affect heart rate, blood flow, breathing, and the immune system.

Rat Poison 2017

As we all know, rodents can be a terrible nuisance. They can transmit disease to people, they chew through floors and wires causing all types of problems. As a result, there are rodenticides available to help with control of the rats and mice.

Traditionally, rat poison has been made of products that thin the blood and cause the animal to bleed to death. These poisons interfere with clotting factors made in the liver and can be treated with the use of Vitamin K. We can also diagnose the problem and monitor treatment by checking clotting profiles in suspected animals.

Fall is in the air!

Fall is in the air!  Many of you may be planning a trip up to the Grand Mesa for color Sunday which is just around the corner.  Feeling good and being able to get around well are things we don't want to take for granted!  If you've noticed your favorite four-legged hiking buddy slowing down or coming up sore or lame after your excursions there are a few things that can help.  A few aches and pains are a part of life, but we want to be sure we are doing the best we can to help our pets live healthy and happy lives. 

Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke

These dog days of summer can be difficult for our four legged companions.  Heat stroke is a serious condition in dogs and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to this malady.  The main mechanism dogs use for cooling core body temperature is through panting along with some cooling via glands in the paw pads as well.  If you notice your dog panting heavily or excessively it can be the first warning sign that their temperature is rising. 


Heartworm Disease

Heartworm Disease

Most of us are familiar with Heartworm disease in dogs. This is one of the diseases transmitted by the lovely mosquito. There are many species of mosquitoes that have affinity to spread different diseases, but the important thing here is that mosquitoes transmit Heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease in dogs is easily preventable with administration of monthly preventative or an injection that lasts 6 months. But what about cats?

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation!

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation!

2017 is off and running and we are pleased to report that our hospital recently completed its 3 year evaluation process for American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation!  We are committed to and passionate about putting forth the effort and resources required to become an accredited animal hospital. We voluntarily participate in this inspection to help assure we are offering our clients and patients excellent medical care.  Kokopelli Animal Hospital is pleased to be among the15% of animal hospitals nationwide that have gone through the stringent accreditation process required by AAHA.

Dangers of Holiday Food!

Dangers of Holiday Food!

Everyone has their favorite holiday and mine is coming up!  Gathering with attitudes of gratitude over a table of tantalizing dishes is the best. To help keep your holiday season magical, I want to share some things to be aware of when it comes to keeping Fido and Fifi from any unscheduled visits to the veterinary hospital.  With a little awareness, I hope we can prevent some holiday pet hazards from stealing the festivities' joy.

Fearless...What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

Fearless...What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

What are you afraid of?  Spiders? An auditorium full of people waiting for you to speak? A loud knock on your door late at night? Whatever the stimulus, fear sets off a chain reaction in your brain that starts and ends with the release of chemicals in the body that cause your heart to pound, breathing rate to increase, and muscles to tense.  These are just a few of the things involved in what is known as the fight-or-flight response.  The fear response is almost entirely automatic.  We don't consciously trigger it or even know what's going on until it has run its course.

Is This A Good Food to Feed My Pet?

Is This A Good Food to Feed My Pet?

Often, I am asked to give my opinion on pet foods by friends and clients.  That is easy enough to do, but where it gets complicated, is when they ask what I think about this or that particular brand or diet they are feeding.  The nutritional fuel we provide in the form of dog and cat food is important.  We are a nation of brands, grades and preferences. Even the gasoline we choose to fill our automobile tanks confirms that!  Here is where the water gets a bit murky. Which bag of food is really a good choice?

How often do you go to the dentist?

How often do you go to the dentist?

How often do you go to the dentist?  I know my dentist recommends twice yearly cleanings and three times a day brushing and flossing as the foundation for oral and tooth care.  ​Then there is the importance of proper nutrition, beverage choices and the all important reminder NOT to chew ice...which I confess I love to do!  So, now that I have you thinking about those pearly whites, take a look over at Fido or Fifi, your faithful companion resting near by as you surf the web and peruse the latest KAH blog.  Did you brush their teeth today? 

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Contact us

Baer Bechtel, DVM
Carmen Lastine, DVM
Paul Grych, DVM

Heidi Patterson, DVM

456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-4299
(970) 858-3357 Fax

Office Hours:

Mon: 8am-5:30p

Tue: 8am-5:30p

Wed: 8am-5:30p

Thur: 8am-6pm

Fri: 8am-5:30p

Closed Sat & Sun

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Animal ER of the Western Slope
1160 North Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center
573 32 Rd Suite 11
Clifton, CO 81520