The AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) only gives accreditation to hospitals that have achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence and we're proud to announce that Fountain Valley Animal Hospital has met those standards. Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada achieve accreditation by the Association. In order for Fountain Valley Animal Hospital to maintain our accredited status, our hospital practices, medical equipment, facility, and client services were all rigorously reviewed by AAHA. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals are those that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services.
AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized to be among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. At AAHA-accredited hospitals, pet owners can be assured of the finest care for their pet and can trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team.
For more information about accreditation, visit www.healthypet.com.
311 Main Street
Security, CO 80911
Hours (starting April 30):
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to noon
Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
Please call us during normal business hours to take care of any emergency care. If you need after-hours emergency care, please contact these clinics:
North: Near I-25 & N. Nevada Ave.
5520 North Nevada Avenue #150
South: Near S. Academy Blvd.
& Airport Rd.
3775 Airport Rd. and Academy Blvd.
From April through September, we are offering 5% off on heartworm testing and a 12-month supply of Heartguard Plus (with a coupon for a $12 rebate when it is purchased in the hospital).
Heartworm disease is becoming prevalent in Colorado. The larval parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes that then migrate to the heart and pulmonary arteries. Once inside the host, the larvae start to grow, eventually reaching the size of a strand of spaghetti. One mosquito bite can infect your pet with hundreds of larvae. While they grow to adulthood, the worms live in the lung tissue, causing irritation, and the heart struggles as it pumps blood. This leads to heart failure and death.
Cats seem to be able to limit the growth of the larvae. However, the larvae do not need to reach adulthood to cause considerable damage to the heart. One heartworm is enough to kill a cat.
Once heartworms are established in dogs, treatment involves a long (and expensive!) course of medication, including multiple injections of Immiticide (an arsenic-based drug) to kill the adult worms. Treatment can be risky, depending on the severity of the disease, and cost upwards of $1000. There is no effective treatment for adult heartworms in cats.
Prevention is inexpensive and painless. Maintaining your pet on a year-round course of Heartguard Plus will help to ensure that your friend does not suffer.
To read more, please visit http://www.heartwormsociety.org/ .
The Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study
The Morris Animal Foundation is accepting applications from humans who share their lives with Golden Retrievers. The study looks at how lifestyle, diet, and exercise affect the longevity of this special breed. Applicants are asked to remain in the program for the duration of the dog's life. Benefits include reimbursement for yearly exams, labwork, etc. Please go online at the Morris Animal Foundation to register.
Search under the vet listing and click on our name. The Morris Animal Foundation will then contact us to ensure that your pet qualifies for the study.
We look forward to helping your pet live a healthy, long, and happy life.
For new clients we offer $5 off your first visit. See our New Clients page to print out the coupon. This offer is not to be used with other offers or discounts.
Seniors: Receive 5% off on examinations and vaccines.
Military: Retired or active, receive 5% off your medical bill.
(Products and over-the-counter items are not covered)
We believe that adopting pets is a great way to save lives and to find a friend for life. Please see us for further details.
We Treat Your Pets As Though They Were Our Own
Welcome to Fountain Valley Animal Hospital, proudly serving southern Colorado Springs, Fountain, and Security/Widefield. The hospital has been at its current location, 311 Main Street, since 2007. The practice has come a long way from its early beginnings in 1986 as a satellite clinic of Cheyenne Mountain Animal Hospital.
Today, Fountain Valley is a full-service, small animal veterinary hospital, which means we have a full array of diagnostic equipment to quickly assess your pet's needs. We provide outpatient treatment and an extensive pharmacy to get your pet on the road to good health. Fountain Valley's dedicated staff is trained and ready to deal with any minor or major health issues. Although we are equipped to deal with emergencies and complicated medical cases, we emphasize preventative medicine.
The Fountain Valley veterinarians, Devin Fitzgerald, DVM and Rachael Fitzgerald, DVM, were interviewed recently by Gary Atencio of CNTV. They discuss the importance of preventative care and nutrition in extending the life of your pets. To learn more about how important these issues are in keeping your pets healthy, we invite you to watch the interview (10 minutes).
Today's pets are living longer than ever; dogs are reaching their mid- to late-teens and our feline friends can reach their mid-twenties! Longer life spans are not only a direct result of better nutrition and advances in veterinary medicine, but also a result of better preventative health care.
Veterinary medicine has experienced a drastic shift the past decade from a focus on curing problems to a focus on preventing aliments. From infant to adult to senior, we'll help guide you and your pet through their first vaccinations, followed by routine checkups, dental work, and laboratory screening tests. Please visit the pages under the Services button to learn more about how Fountain Valley Animal Hospital can serve you.