Does it seem like your dog is in pain or not behaving the way they usually do? Use the clickable pet diagram below to find out more about potential causes and canine orthopedic treatment options that can return your dog to a pain free, active lifestyle.
Our orthopedic veterinary specialty team includes four board certified veterinary surgeons with over 50 years of combined experience, seven certified veterinary technicians as well as a dedicated, pet loving staff. We believe pets enrich our lives in many ways and constantly strive to make your pets healthy, happy and ready to greet you when you walk in the door.
Colorado Canine Orthopedics offers advanced orthopedic care in a state-of-the-art veterinary surgery center designed with your dog in mind. You'll find non-slip rubber flooring, dog beds, dog toys, treats, a dog walking path and of course plenty of loving attention. Your pet will recover in a heated recovery area, where they'll get lots of attention in our open concept treatment area. Clients are welcome to stay with their pet prior to surgery and during recovery. You will also have internet access, work space if you choose to bring work and every heart warming dog movie ever made, all in one of our private rooms. We’ll also thoroughly review the detailed discharge packet, which includes the surgeon's personal phone number.
We recognize your time is valuable and most pet owners do not want to leave their four-legged family member over night in the hospital. Thanks to arthroscopy and epidural analgesia most pets are able to go home the day of surgery. Many clients bring their pet for a “consult to surgery” appointment, stay with their pet prior to surgery, get some work done or watch a movie then head home with their pets all in one day; even Saturdays.
Our veterinary surgery facility is equipped with the latest diagnostic, imaging and surgical tools including:
Messages from Colorado Canine Orthopedics Patient Families
"Two years ago our Shorthaired Pointer black lab mix "Juicy Fruit" started to limp after playing ball and unfortunately was diagnosed with a torn ACL by our local vet, our vet referred us to multiple facilities in Denver that could handle this type of injury and we visited three of them. The visits we made in Denver made us more skeptical about the surgery and in no way comforted us into letting our pup be operated on.
While researching online about the injury type, surgery types, risks and rehab we found Colorado Canine Orthopedics, I was almost shocked that there was an actual orthopedic specialist for dogs. I watched the video online, made the call and set up the consultation. From Juicy Fruit walking in tail wagging (usually locks up all four legs at the door at any animal facility) to the clean facility, friendly staff and extensive information provided by Dr. Bauer, Juicy Fruit fell asleep on Dr. Bauer's leg while he was explaining our options. All of this made it very easy to feel ok about trusting our dog's well being with Colorado Canine Orthopedics, we called the next day and scheduled the surgery.
The day of the surgery we walked in and our dog was treated like the million $$$ dog she is. The surgery was a tremendous success, and they even did a good job at making us feel better while it was happening, we were absolute wrecks! It has been over two years and with the surgery and rehab Juicy Fruit is 100%, she is a hardcore ball and squirrel chaser and lives to run. We play and exercise with her everyday. She is a happy, healthy dog thanks to Colorado Canine Orthopedics. There is no way to thank them enough for giving my dog her life back. The only thing I would change...I wish they could be my dogs fulltime vet, I would drive from Denver with no questions asked."
- Jeremy J. Denver, CO
"Dr. Riecks came in on Christmas Eve to check my dog, then called in the operating and clerical staff that day to operate. He personally came in on Christmas day to check and release 'Buster' to me. He also called while he was on vacation to respond to my call. I have told this to many friends and know of at least one who has used your facility. If not for him my dog would have been put down."
Our staff looks forward to working with you to schedule an evaluation with our doctors to determine if your dog has an orthopedic condition or to discuss surgical options for your pet.
Call: (719) 264-6666
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat., 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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