Red Rocks Animal Center

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Red Rocks Animal Center

Red Rocks Animal Center
620 Miller Ct, Lakewood, CO 80215

Our Doctors

Dr. Kristopher Norris

Dr. Kristopher Norris

Dr. Gundula Wolf

Dr. Gundula Wolf

Dr. Gennadiy Chepelevich

Dr. Gennadiy Chepelevich

Dr. Kubacki

Dr. Janele L Kubacki

Our Services

  • Dental Care
  • Wellness Exams
  • Laboratory Services
  • Vaccinations
  • Senior Wellness
  • Ultrasound
  • Surgery
  • Microchipping
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Canine Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain.

It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.

Red Rocks Animal Center offers complete pet oral health services, including:

  • Dental exams
  • Annual dental cleanings
  • Dental X-rays
  • Extractions

Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Red Rocks Animal Center only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.

Preventive Dental Care

Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.

To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at 503-452-2901.

Your pet’s health is always our number one priority, which is why for most pets we recommend annual wellness exams to ensure that your animal companion remains in good health. If your pet is a senior--over seven for dogs, over nine for cats--we strongly suggest twice-yearly exams and blood screenings. That's because pets age more rapidly than humans, meaning disease and illness develop faster as well.

Red Rocks Animal Center’s veterinarian-performed physical exams comprehensively assess every aspect of your pet’s health. Wellness exams typically include:

  • Ear exam
  • Eye exam
  • Rectal exam
  • Dental exam
  • Skeletal exam
  • Reproductive system exam
  • Internal health evaluation
  • Neurological evaluation
  • Cardiovascular evaluation
  • Nutrition consultation
  • Behavior counseling

Taking care of your precious pet's health starts with a thorough veterinary exam. To schedule an appointment for your pet, call us at 503-452-2901.

Red Rocks Animal Center has the capability to perform various blood tests, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and other types of testing on site instead of sending samples to an outside lab. This saves time, money, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait overnight for results—meaning your pet gets a diagnosis and needed treatment sooner.

Testing provided in the hospital includes:

Chemistry Panels:

  • Liver enzyme screening
  • Pancreatic evaluation
  • Renal (Kidney) profiles

Wellness screenings:

  • Complete blood counts
  • General chemistries
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal testing (parasites)
  • Blood pressure

 Viral screenings:

  • FelV, FIV in cats
  • Parvovirus in dogs

While we do offer an extensive range of on-site testing, it is possible that your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we are happy to send blood work or other testing to an outside lab that will send results back to us.

For more information on our in-house lab services or to schedule your pet for testing, call us at 503-452-2901.

Young animals are like kids--it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It's important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy.

While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.

Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core vaccines include:

  • Rabies (dogs and cats)
  • DA2PPV - Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza (dogs)
  • FVRCP - Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)

Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccinations for cats include FIV for feline immunodeficiency virus and FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For dogs, bordetella and canine influenza shots are recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.

It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to a disease. Your Red Rocks Animal Center veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 503-452-2901.

It can be hard to admit when we see the signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most dogs are considered seniors when they hit seven, cats around nine. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illness progress quicker as well.

To ensure that your pet has the longest, healthiest, most comfortable life possible, Red Rocks Animal Center encourages you to bring your senior pet for exams and blood tests twice each year. This way, we can track how your pet is aging, and we’ll be more likely to catch any developing diseases before they’re big problems.

Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior exam. These blood screenings—often referred to as a “senior panel”— monitor red and white blood cell counts and reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid are functioning. Your vet may recommend a chest x-ray to ensure that the heart is a normal size and that there are no masses in the lungs.

Periodontal disease is always a threat to our pets’ health and comfort, and it’s particularly tough on older pets. That’s why a dental exam is always part of any senior pet screening as well.

Finally, make sure to let your vet know about any behavior changes in your pet. Once dogs and cat get to the geriatric stage, monitoring for signs of cognitive dysfunction—such as losing housebreaking, getting lost or wandering aimlessly—is very important.

To schedule a wellness exam for your senior pet, call us at 503-452-2901.

Due to high demand of abdominal diagnostic procedures we are happy to present an in-house abdominal ultrasound. We are now performing the ultrasounds for more affordable price since we no longer dependent on an out of clinic ultrasonographers. Although we do still offer the option to send out the ultrasound images to a board certified ultrasonographer.WHY ULTRASOUND?Ultrasounds are a great way to see underlying problems that may not be visible on an x-ray such as:

  • detailed picture of each abdominal organ
  • gastrointestinal foriegn objects
  • abdominal masses and their localization
  • small organs such as:
    • adrenal glands
    • pancreas
    • abdominal lymph nodes
-and variety of pathologies concise with themFine Needle Aspiration (FNA)The other useful feature that is opened to us with an ultrasound is the possibility of performing a Fine Needle Aspiration. FNA is a noninvasive technique which allows us to get cell material from the organ we are exploring. Whit the FNA we can determine what kind of pathological changes the affected organ has.PRICES
In-house abdominal ultrasound320
In-house abdominal ultrasound + board certified examination (4-6 h wait time)350
In-house abdominal ultrasound + board certified examination (1-2 h wait time)390
Focused in-house abdominal ultrasound150
Focused in-house abdominal ultrasound + board certified examination250
X-ray + Abdominal Ultrasound370
X-ray + Abdominal Ultrasound + board certified examination420
Ultrasound guided FNA (with microscopic interpretation)200
Full Abdominal Ultrasound + FNA (with microscopic interpretation)400

Surgery is often the most effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders, and Red Rocks Animal Center is proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our hospital provides a full range of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.

Surgery specialties

  • Soft-tissue
  • Orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Dental
  • Ophthalmic
  • Foreign body removal

Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Red Rocks Animal Center’s experienced veterinary anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and with minimum discomfort.

Our veterinary team will walk you through the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, and we’re available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.

If you are considering veterinary surgery for your pet, please contact us at 503-452-2901 to schedule a consultation with your Red Rocks Animal Center veterinarian.

One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is a realization that your pet has gone missing. Only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats make it back to their owners—which can make it feel like you’ll never see your pet again if they get lost.

Red Rocks Animal Center wants to encourage you to consider microchipping your pet, even if they live entirely indoors--because even indoor pets can escape and become lost. Unlike collars and tags, microchips can’t fall off and they serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Microchips are also rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.

Microchipping a pet is simple, relatively painless and very affordable. Once implanted, authorities only need to scan the chip to locate your information. But remember: a microchip is only useful if your contact information is updated.

Red Rocks Animal Center believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. To get your pet “chipped”, request an appointment online or call us at 503-452-2901.

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. Even if you keep a close watch on your pet, accidents happen, and unexpected offspring means more animals that won’t be given the chance at full, happy lives.

Spaying and neutering can help end this cycle, and both procedures can have health benefits for pets.


Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Red Rocks Animal Center veterinarians recommend spaying your pet at 3-6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat.


  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
  • Remove the possibility of uterine infections

What to expect after surgery

Spaying is a major surgery requiring 7-10 days of recovery time. Recovery may also include pain medication and lethargy is common for the first couple of days following the procedure. A small, green tattoo is applied post-surgery that signifies that the animal is spayed should she ever get lost or taken to a shelter.


Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is 4-6 months old but can be performed on older animals as well.


  • Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
  • Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors

What to expect after surgery

Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. Recovery may also include pain medication and lethargy is common for the first couple of days following the procedure. It’s extremely important that you monitor your pet to prevent the animal from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 503-452-2901.

Extra capsular stabilization aka “Fishing Line”   Extra capsular stabilization aka “Fishing Line” This is a synthetic suture (UHMWPE braided material most of the time) used outside of the joint to mimic the cranial cruciate ligament. There are many variations of this procedure. It is usually used for less-active, smaller patients or as an addition to another procedure. $850-$1,200.


The Modified Maquet Technique (MMT)The Modified Maquet Technique (MMT)
Designed as an evolution of TTA, this procedure is less invasive than most of the other orthopedic knee surgeries but has very good results with a faster recovery. . This procedure is so named to acknowledge the investigator of these operations, Dr. P Maquet, a human orthopedic surgeon working in Belgium during the 1960s. More than 75% of dogs will return to previous levels of unrestricted athletic activity and function with this canine orthopedic knee surgery. $2,150

All inclusive: first visit, Xrays of both knees and hips, pre surgical blood tests, surgery, all medication, and all follow ups.  This is the“gold standard” in canine orthopedic knee surgeries according to some surgeons. . During the TPLO procedure, the tibial plateau (portion of the tibia adjoining the stifle) is cut and rotated so that its slope changes to approximately 5 degrees from the horizontal plane. This prevents the femur from sliding down the slope of the tibial plateau when the dog puts weight on the knee. Most dogs (over 90%) are expected to regain a very active and athletic lifestyle with no post-operative complications and without the need for any long-term pain-relieving medication. $2,150

All inclusive:  first visit, Xrays of both knees and hips, pre surgical blood tests, surgery, all medication, and all follow ups.  CBLO is an excellent procedure for almost every case. This unique procedure combines the advantages of TPLO & TTA. The osteotomy is centered on the CORA (center of rotation of angulation) which achieves alignment of the proximal anatomic axis and distal anatomic axis in contrast to a TPLO which results in caudal shift of the proximal anatomic axis and secondary translation. Additional advantages of the CBLO include: excellent long-term functional results, normal long-term appearance of articular cartilage, rapid healing of the osteotomy (6 -7 weeks), ability to apply osteotomy in juvenile patients, and application in cases with excessive slope. $2,250 CCL

Potential Complications

Infection, implant-associated inflammation, implant failure or need for removal in future, seroma, arthritis, persistent lameness, medical meniscal tear, CrCL rupture in the future.

Some Things You Can Expect/Take Home Instructions

  • Swelling and bruising around the ankle 2-3 days after surgery is very typical and is not a concern. Call if it accompanied by drainage from the incision or reluctance to begin using the limb.
  • Please call immediately if your pet becomes suddenly lame or if they do not begin to using the limb in the next 5-7 days.
  • Please use a towel or sling under the abdomen to walk them over stairs or slippery surfaces until suture removal, and as needed afterwards.
  • Please monitor the incision daily for increased swelling, redness, drainage.
  • Call if they occur as these could indicate an infection.
  • Ice the incision for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times daily through the week. Frozen peas wrapped in a clean towel work well.
  • Your pet should not be allowed to lick or chew at the incision.
  • They should wear an E-collar at all times to prevent infection of the incision and premature removal of the sutures.
  • Activity/Exercise Restriction: please limit your pet’s activity for 8-10 weeks.
  • Slow leash walks only for the time it takes to urinate & defecate (it may take 3-4 days for them to defecate – do not be concerned. A small amount of Metamucil or canned pumpkin can be added to the food).
  • No running, jumping, stairs, slippery surfaces, or playing with other dogs.
  • Excessive activity may lead to failure of surgery.
  • Please confine her to a cage or small room when unsupervised.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you wish any of the procedures to be performed by a board-certified surgeon or a surgeon who has extensive experience (more than 5,000 surgeries) please add approximately $800 to the prices listed above.

We also use prolotherapy, cold laser, and Shockwave therapy to avoid the surgery in some cases.

We understand that a pet is part of the family. Our goal is to provide each one with a long, healthy and happy life. The day your pet enters our hospital it becomes part of our family too. From new puppy and kittens to graying seniors, we are there every step of the way. Our comprehensive suite of veterinary services ensures that every aspect of their wellbeing is given the excellent care they deserve.

Red Rocks Animal Center