Animal Health

Canine Respiratory Disease Cases Declining Across Colorado

Based on data collected and shared by Trupanion, a pet insurance provider, data suggests the number of canine respiratory disease cases has significantly dropped since the peak in the last few months of 2023. Colorado State University veterinary experts are also reporting a drop in cases.

Court Orders More Than 80 Dogs Transferred to Colorado Animal Welfare Organizations

On January 31, in coordination with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, CDA’s Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA) program staff worked to remove more than 80 dogs from Just 4 Jacks Ranch Sanctuary in Lyons, Colorado. Under the PACFA rules and regulations, anyone sheltering, housing or harboring more than 15 dogs and/or cats is required to have a pet animal care facility license.

New Backyard Avian Influenza Case Confirmed in Colorado

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed a new case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a backyard flock in Weld County, Colorado. The flock experienced a high mortality event, losing 20 of 24 chickens in the flock, after exposure to sick and dying wild geese on the premises. The remaining birds in the flock were euthanized.  

Growing with the Flow: CDA visits an aquaculture facility

On September 25th staff from CDA, USDA and the Colorado Attorney General's Office toured an aquaculture facility to learn more about Colorado’s aquaculture industry. The team was able to learn how fish are grown and stocked, the differences in water sources, regulatory considerations, and fish health and veterinary medicine considerations. Learning more about aquaculture will help CDA and USDA to better support the needs of the industry. 

Day in the life of: Veterinary Social Worker

In the past, animal mistreatment and neglect or abuse of people were usually perceived as two separate issues. More recently, an increasing amount of research has shown a direct link between human and animal mistreatment. Professionals in animal law enforcement and human social work have found that difficult life circumstances and mental health life challenges are at the root of many of these linked cases.