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Puppy’s!!! And How To Introduce Them to You Kitty Cat!

This week we went to a performance in my daughter’s school, and one of the students was walking around holding her brand new puppy!  Then in the same week, I received a desperate email from another person who had gotten a new puppy, and the cats absolutely HATE the new family member and are causing all kinds of anxiety in that household.

So is it because WE got a new puppy that all of a sudden it seems I am seeing new puppy’s everywhere? Well no matter, there is nothing much cuter than a soft, wiggly, snuggly, ball of fur with the sweet smell of puppy breath!

However, as you may be figuring out, there is a lot more to a new puppy than just figuring out what color, size, or breed you might crave. Actually properly caring for a new puppy is nearly as much work as caring for a newborn child! (Well, almost!)

Please forward to friends with new puppy’s, or anyone having trouble with the interactions between their cats and dogs.

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Questions about Vaccines? We have Answers!

This week on Facebook, someone posted pictures of their new kitten! Yeah! Soft fuzzy kitties! They had questions about where to go to find a veterinarian that shared their concerns about over vaccinating their beautiful new little baby.  Vaccines can be very confusing and down right scary depending on what you might read on the internet.

This week on our YouTube show the Treat Fairy, service dog trainer Neil Hutchins-Resto and I discuss some of the pros and cons of vaccines, vaccines schedules, and Cat Nip!

Hope you enjoy! If you find these videos helpful please subscribe to my YouTube channel The1DrQ.

Thanks so much, have a wonderful day!


“Thinking Outside the Box” on Pet Teeth Care and Naughty Kitties

Recently in the clinic, we had someone drop off a perfectly beautiful cat to be put to sleep for being “old” and urinating all over the house. I had serious reservations about performing the procedure without at least giving the kitty a good check up.  After performing a thorough physical exam  (and checking a quick urine sample), the owners of the clinic and I both decided to offer to treat the kitty (at our expense) for a urinary tract infection if the clients would be willing to let us try to save her.  Luckily, they agreed! And after a close call she is back at home with the rest of her family.

This week this same question came up in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice.  Today we discuss what to do if your kitty is going to the bathroom outside of the litter box.

Additionally, a question was asked about what types of tooth care products are best to use on your animals. I let you know my favorites so you don’t waste your money on ineffective products.

Hope you enjoy this week’s edition of Hot and Health Topics with DrQ! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you do!


Vomiting Cats and Pooping Dogs This Week Jan. 26, 2017

This week in the clinic we performed 3 ultrasounds on cats that were vomiting or losing weight, and unfortunately, the youngest one ended up having a tumor which will need surgery.  Poor kitty! Since in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice a question was asked about vomiting in cats, we thought it would make a good topic for this week’s video blog.

In the dog segment, my pal, the service dog trainer Neil Hutchins-Resto (aka #thetreatfairy), also discuss another important topic which created a lot of stir in the group this week, and that is the adult dog who is still soiling in the house.

If you find the videos valuable, please like my YouTube channel The1DrQ. And if you have burning questions, ask them in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice. If enough people comment it will make into our weekly video blog!

Thanks for checking it out, please like and share with your friends! See you next week!


Declawing Cats, & Are Those Dogs Playing?

This week 1/19/2017, my pal Neil-Hustchins Resto, an excellent service dog trainer, work together to discuss two hot topics creating a lot of controversy in the Facebook group Positive Pet Advice the past few days.

We discuss how could anyone ever have a declawed cat, and

How to tell the difference between play and aggression in dogs.

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Thank you have a wonderful day!

Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year!

It was a warm, sunny day in May. A perfect opportunity to get the horses out of their new corral they had moved into during the winter, and have the chance to get familiar with their new surroundings. The footing was good, and the weather was perfect for enjoying a nice leisurely stroll around the neighborhood.  We had no idea about the tragedy which was about to strike….

(To skip the story and head right to the yearly wrap up, skip down now to the “*”).

To play it safe, we paired the two youngest kids with the steadfast donkey, and took out only him and the flightiest of our racetrack reject horses.  All was well for the first 15 minutes of the expedition.  Dominic the Donkey was being exceptionally well behaved with the kids, and Oliver the chestnut gelding was calmly taking in the sights and sounds of his new surroundings.  Wanting to avoid crossing a heavily trafficked road, we decided to cut across a friendly neighbor’s property in what appeared to be a safe path through a small ravine, where the grass was not as tall and the gravel was more obvious, allowing us to scout for potential dangers on the ground. We warned each other to be cautious of barbed wire or any other dangers in our path.

Just then, multiple noisy cars passed by on the nearby busy road. Oliver tossed his head up and stepped to the side, just to be cautious and get a better look. In an instant, he flew into a blind panic, as he realized that his gentle side step had put him right on top of a down stretch of barbed wire fence, which was now impaled onto the bottom of his left front hoof.  His panic quickly escalated to terror, as, while attempting to free his entangled hoof, the rest of the entire stretch of three strand barbed wire fence popped up out of the grass. Suddenly  a significant length of fence, underneath and on both sides of him, began to drag across the entire hillside towards him more frighteningly with each panicked backward step he took.  The children screamed. The donkey panicked, broke free and fled out of control toting a horrified 7 year old child in the other direction, towards potentially more hidden barbed wire.olivers-cut-hoof-may-29th-2016

Only through an excellent bond of trust, was I able to, with gentle words of soothing encouragement, able to break through the panicked horse’s backwards explosion, and get him to stop and stand still, side’s heaving, blood pouring, holding up his front leg, now with an unknown stretch of fencing securely embedded in the flesh and hoof wall of his lower limb.

Luckily, having many years of training already under her belt, the 7 year old overcame her own panicked screaming long enough to reach down and perform the emergency stop she had been taught. Luckily, our trusty rescue donkey, also with many hours of trust-building training,  complied, and saved them both. To learn more about our proven trust-building methods, and our “No saddle, no bridle, no problem” philosophy, stay tuned to our updates here https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/w96q4v9w.

Oliver suddenly panicked again,  fought and struggled backward some more, embedding a strand of barbed wire nearly 2/3 of the way through cutting off his hoof from his leg. Again soothing words, and amidst blood now all over the hillside, finally submitted to my encouragement to be still, and stood quietly in pain, panting heavily, waiting for help.

I tried in vain to remove the wire. There was no way to remove it, it was embedded too deeply in the hoof tissue. Bravely, the 7 year old held the donkey secure, while the 9 year old crossed the busy road, alone, and began to run the significant distance to the nearest rural home, knock on doors, and beg for help.

Luckily, good neighbor help came quickly with wire cutters, and without further incident or injury, we were able to cut and remove the wire, get Oliver some pain medication, and then slowly bring him limping back to the corral.  With each step the top of his leg sickeningly threatened to slip off the fragment of hoof underneath.

Then began the most difficult part for me as a veterinarian. Being able to objectively evaluate the situation, and make a good decision about the extent of the wound, and determine if treatment was even an option, or if euthanasia should be the choice.

With the support and encouragement of a long time good friend who reminded me to think of the situation in such a way as to what I would do if it was ‘his’ horse, and not mine, I was slowly, finally able to swallow my own fear and horror, and began to formulate a plan to evaluate the horrific injury.  I injected sterile yellow dye into his coffin joint deep in the hoof, and when none leaked out of the horrific wound, decided that it was worth at least trying to save his him.


Katie giving Oliver. He is now almost 100% recovered from nearly cutting his hoof off his leg!

Then began months of cleansing soaks, bandage changes, antibiotics, pain medications, acupuncture treatments, and solitary confinement. Luckily we received generous donations to help offset the cost of all the treatments. All the while unsure if Oliver would be able to lead any sort of normal, pain free life again.

Today, I am happy to report a Christmas miracle! Not only is Oliver’s hoof completely healed, but he walks, runs, bucks and plays with hardly a limp and only a small deformity in the hoof wall left to tell the terrible tale. I am grateful to my friend who encouraged me not to give up on him, but to give him a chance. Sometimes in life when things seem most hopeless, amazing things happen, and even thousand pound animals who nearly severe their lower limb off can walk normally again. This is why I encourage my children, friends, and clients, to never, ever, give up!

*        I can hardly believe how quickly this year has passed, and all the positive changes in the practice despite all the extra time it took to love, care for, and nurture sweet Oliver through his injury.  Can it really already be the end of the year?! The year started with me spending 4 days in Vail with a board certified behaviorist continuing to hone my skills and special interest in all things animal behavior. Hiring some much-needed help to implement some changes such as our new on line booking system which will help to serve you, our clients better by no longer having to play ‘phone tag’ to schedule an appointment.  To building a brand new website for http://www.resqranch.org to help continue to promote and build our dream for the future. Having our trusty student intern Katie join us to help provide loving care for the horses. Spending time with the racehorses at Arapahoe Park Racetrack and trying to find homes for good horses so they don’t end up at the slaughterhouse.  Getting to travel to South Dakota with my family to see one of my favorite clients and her kitty. Getting my feet wet doing multiple live internet interviews, events, and recording helpful videos. I really enjoyed another year with my admin role in one of my favorite free animal advice sources on the internet, a Facebook group called https://www.facebook.com/groups/PositivePetAdvice/.  If you are an animal lover and on Facebook, this is the group to belong to!  christmas-2016-silverthorne

It was great attending the VegFest again and getting to speak to all the animal lovers there. As well as being asked to speak at other events,  one being the Animal Rights Event in Colorado Springs (although I am not much of a proponent of animal rights, but rather animal welfare). However, the one which honored me the most, was being asked to be the keynote speaker at a vegan Thanksgiving event with over 100 people in attendance.

Opportunities to travel to California three times on business presented themselves,  (twice with my children), for such varied reasons as testifying as a veterinary expert in a court case against Purina, to speaking to the South California fish enthusiasts, to prospective veterinary students at Soka University, and culminating with being invited to speak at SeaWorld San Diego (we were lucky enough to be invited there twice in less than 2 months) to exchange ideas with the aquarists and about my experience with fish medicine practice. Along those lines I was also honored to be contacted this year by the local aquatics wholesaler Tropaquatics, to come in and evaluate their facility and help them provide healthier animals to their clients.29

Then in fall of this year, I was asked by a local veterinary hospital if I could lend a hand as they attempted to recover from the sudden loss of a full-time veterinarian. So now I find myself being a new 3 day a week regular addition at the local Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital. So far this has been a fascinating learning opportunity to hone and practice my holistic medicine skills, and learn many new modalities I had never even hear of before! Not to mention,  volunteering on various committee’s at my children’s school, unfortunately attending court more times than I care to mention to defend the children from my ex-husband’s antics,  and of course all the while caring for my busy caseload of clients and their pets, YOU!

No wonder the year flew by so fast! Although Oliver’s story ended up a happy tale, we did suffer some tragic losses this year here at the Resqranch. We lost Steve the cat to a urinary blockage, and my beloved TRex the bearded dragon. Few can imagine the deep bond a person can share with a reptile, or the deep cutting pain from their loss….

Overall the year was, what I would call, a success. A strong foundation was set in place for an even stronger year in 2017, with looking forward to finally acquiring 501 3 c status for the http://www.resqranch.org, and pushing ahead with the dream of opening a world-class education center,  children’s museum, and animal sanctuary, right here in Colorado.

If you care about the plight of suffering animals’, please subscribe to our updates about the Resqranch here https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/w96q4v9w/share/menu.

Thank you to all of you who placed your trust in me in 2016, and donated to the Resqranch.  I encourage you to stand with me in 2017 as I  bring a first of it’s kind, world class animal rescue facility into existence.  After all, they say, if your dreams don’t scare you a little bit, then they are not big enough!

Wishing you all happiness, big dreams, and much success in 2017!


Here is to making it even bigger and better.  see you next year!

Much love!

DrQ and the crew at the Resqranch


Please Join Us This Saturday for the Breeder’s Cup and Unwanted Horse Awareness Event!

Please join us this Saturday, November 5th from noon to 7 pm at the Woodcellar in Evergreen to enjoy the Breeder’s Cup races, learn to play the ponies, enjoy drink specials, and learn how YOU can help the Unwanted animals of the world, including the 2,000 horses a week sent to slaughter. Hope to see you!

A Funny Friday Video for You From the Future Resqranch!

Sometimes, you just have to put yourself out there, rough edges and all.

Last night at 9 pm I realized that the First Bank video contest submission was due by 4 pm today.


So I worked on it last night, at daybreak, and right up to the deadline.

Because I am not a master video editor, it took all I was worth to just get it done and uploaded on time.

So it may not be polished, but it does show the clear vision of the Resqranch.

If you have 3 minutes, I would appreciate it if you would check it out, so that, going into the holidays,

you know how we are changing the world.

I hope you aren’t too hard on me, you get a chuckle, and mostly that you enjoy!



Are You Ready for a Magical Bond?

I have a confession to make. I have been calling myself a Life Coach for quite some time, although the reality is, I have not been doing much coaching. Consulting, yes. Veterinary care, yes. However, I have not given clients the opportunity to engage with me in a true coaching experience. Where we work together, week by week, side by side, to really uncover, dig deep, bring to light, and solve, any and all of the issues you have with your beloved animals that stand in the way between you having the most magical, loving relationship you can even now imagine.

Because, that relationship, that bond, is really what is all about, isn’t it? We were all looking for love when we brought animals into our lives. That is the one driving force which binds all us animal lovers, and that is love. That unconditional love animals uniquely provide for us during our human experience.  And when we chose to bring animals into our lives, we were  hoping that we got more love, much more love, than heartache, and hassle.  For some of us, this is the case. And then we spend each day in fear of losing that love. We all know they just don’t live long enough. That is the greatest tragedy of giving your heart to an animal. You are the lucky ones.

For others, it hasn’t quite yet worked out that way.  The unexpected heartaches and hassles, all work together to build a wall around our hearts and don’t allow us to fully experience the joy that comes with sharing our lives with an animal. Each new day brings an opportunity for renewal. Some days are better than others, but the struggle is real, and the answers are not always so easy to find.

If you can identify with either one of these scenarios, I have a special invitation for you. No one knows animal lovers better than I do. The secret places deep in your heart that you only allow your animals to see. Your doubts, your fears, your weaknesses, that you attempt to drown in your animal’s sweet furry hugs.  I know, because I have walked in those shoes too, all my life. So I invite you now, to walk with me. Either to that place where the hassles and heartaches disappear, and nothing is left but the joyous, bountiful, unconditional love, or to that place where the doubts, insecurities, and fears melt away, and you are fully present in your animal’s love, knowing that there is nothing that stands between you and your beloved friend in the material world and that an eternity together is assured.

So, if you are ready to invest in your animal (s), and in yourself, and make the commitment to achieve the most amazing, productive, happy, healthy, youngest, longest life together that you could have ever dreamed possible, then join me for a 6 or 12 month journey, to achieve results beyond your wildest dreams. http://drquesten.com/consultations/

Still undecided? Don’t delay, contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to see if we are the right fit for each other. You have NOTHING to lose, and everything to gain!

DrQ and you, creating a magical bond people and the animals who love them. Contact us today!