Tips for Tails
Warmer temps and cold temps must be considered when you leave your pet in the back yard or in a garage/shelter. Make sure you have sufficient shelter for your animal, if you keep your pet outside while you're away. If you keep your pet in a garage, make sure you have pet - proofed your garage (ie. keep toxic chemicals such as anti-freeze, oil, etc. out of reach). Put tools and any other items on shelving or in places that your furry friend cannot get into and remember to have plenty of water available! Also, make sure the temperature in the garage or shelter is comfortable for your pet.
When walking your dog in your neighborhood or in parks, please remember to bring plenty of water if you're going to out for a long time (exercise is great, but dehydration can still occur), hiking is very strenuous for both humans and animals!
All Clawz N Pawz, LLC is prepared for emergencies, but are you? Do you have a disaster/emergency plan in place in the event you, your family, and your pets are separated? The American Red Cross website (redcross.org) is an excellent source of information to help plan for you, your family, and pets (most shelters in a diaster situation do not take pets with their humans, please keep this in mind). All Clawz N Pawz also has a helpful document to assist you in putting together your disaster/emergency plan, please contact us (email@example.com) and we'll be more than happy to send the document at your request.
There is also a very informative website that has several emergency guides to assist you with any emergency situation. Below is a link to the website where you can download the info to your cell phone or buy the printed versions to have in your home and/or office.
www.cocpr.com and click on the link for CPR for Canines for more information and to schedule a class.
However, if you want hands-on experience in pet first aid, we have a certified instructor (Lt. Mike Ziegler) through CPR for Canines who teaches courses on pet first aid. Visit
There is a wonderful organization not too far from the North Denver area called Code 3, which responds to diaster animal rescue situations, they are based out of Longmont, CO. Here's a link to their website if you would like to know more about this fantastic organization. They have responded to Katrina vicitms in the past and the victims in Texas and various other states that have needed assistance dealing with the hurricanes and tropical storms along our coast lines.
Help our soliders that are deployed and have be-friended abanboned furry friends in war zone areas! Some of these soliders have bonded with these abandoned animals and taken them into their military squadrons and provided them food and shelter, plus the animals have given these soliders much more while they are away from home and fighting for our country. Donations are needed to bring these animals state side among other things. Please click on the link below to read how you can help:
Dog and Cat Influenza (ASPCA Article - Oct 2009)
Pet parents of dogs and cats can relax for now, say ASPCA veterinarians. While the 2009 H1N1 virus—a faster moving and possibly more debilitating strain of influenza than the typical seasonal flu—has become an international concern, the virus, referred to as swine flu when first identified, appears to present little risk of infecting dogs and cats. However, viruses can mutate quickly and taking important preventative measures remains essential.
“Many species can become infected with influenza viruses, but the current 2009 H1N1 virus, which is a mixture of genetic material from different species, has not been identified in animal populations in the United States to date,” says Dr. Miranda Spindel, Director of ASPCA Veterinary Outreach. “These viruses are notoriously unpredictable, though, and it is important that we remain vigilant.”
In terms of other animals who are susceptible, Dr. Spindel warns that influenza or flu viruses are occasionally transmitted from people to pigs, and the 2009 H1N1 virus has also been identified in turkeys. Pet parents of Vietnamese Potbellies, African Pygmies and other pet pigs should monitor their animals' health closely, notify their veterinarian of any signs of illness and speak to their veterinarian about influenza type A vaccines. And ferrets are susceptible to most human flu viruses, so pet parents should take extra care to prevent exposure of pet ferrets to people or other ferrets with flu symptoms.
Meanwhile, flu season is upon us and pet parents should take common-sense preventative measures to keep their dogs and cats healthy:
- If your dog is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including coughing, nasal discharge or fever (normal dog and cat temperature is 101 to 102.5 degrees), play it safe and avoid taking him to places like dog parks, where he can pass on germs or come into contact with unvaccinated or sick dogs.
- Avoid letting your cat roam freely outside.
- If your dog comes into frequent contact with other dogs or is kept in a kennel, the ASPCA recommends that you discuss with your veterinarian whether vaccination against canine influenza may be appropriate. Note: canine influenza and H1N1 are not the same virus.
- Talk to your vet about what flu vaccines are currently available, and be sure all your pets get vaccinated!
- Don't let your pet share water bowls, food dishes or toys with other animals.
- Make sure your pet is eating, drinking and playing as he normally does each day. If you notice your pet behaving unusually, or if he has flu-like symptoms, check in with your veterinarian immediately.
Dog Licensing Requirements in Jeffco
Beginning July 1, 2007, all dogs older than 4 months residing in both unincorporated and incorporated Jefferson County must be licensed annually. Dogs belonging to Adams County residents who reside in the cities of Arvada and Westminster are also included in the program. Until 2007, only dogs residing in unincorporated Jeffco were required to be licensed.
Currently, the annual fee for a spayed/neutered dog is $7; the fee for an unaltered dog is $25. As of July 15, 2007, the annual fee for a spayed/neutered dog will be $15; the fee for an unaltered dog will be $30. Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the lower fees now before the rate increases go into effect July 15.
How to get a license
Download a license application (PDF), fill it out and mail it, along with your payment, to:
Animal Control / Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
700 Jefferson County Pkwy. #160
Golden, Colorado 80401
Dog licenses may also be obtained (during normal business hours) by visiting the Animal Control office at 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 160, in Golden, or Sheriff's Office substations at the following addresses:
- 8100 Shaffer Pkwy, Suite 100 (Ken Caryl)
- 4990 Highway 73, Evergreen
You may also visit one of our approved licensing sites.
Pet owners may also call 303-271-5070 for an application to obtain a tag through the mail. Dog owners must provide proof of a rabies vaccination administered by a veterinarian within the last 365 days, and proof of spay/neuter status. The license must be renewed annually.
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