29 Apr Practicing Veterinary Dentistry and Owning a Dog in Castle Pines, CO
I have lived in the Douglas County, Colorado area for most of my adult life. After beginning my career in veterinary dentistry at Animal Care Centers of Castle Pines, I started looking for fun local activities for our family and two dogs. Castle Pines and Castle Rock are two of the largest communities in Douglas County and have some of the best dog-friendly activities in all of Colorado.
Dog-Friendly Open Spaces
Douglas County has several off-leash dog parks and open spaces that my pugs love to explore. Bayou Gulch Regional Park has a 2-acre off-leash dog park with several miles of surrounding trails that we have enjoyed hiking. Glendale Farm Open Space is perhaps the most popular dog park in Castle Pines. Conveniently located near Castle Pines Parkway and I-25, it’s 17 acres of open space provides your dog plenty of terrain to explore. There are several miles of low-intensity trails located adjacent to the park where pets are welcome on leash.
The Bluffs Regional Park Trail boasts a 2.7-mile loop with great views of the Front Range mountains. Daniel’s Park showcases magnificent rock formations, a bison herd and some of the most splendid views in Douglas County. Farther south in the Larkspur area, the Spruce Mountain and Greenland open spaces provide endless miles of hiking opportunities for families and their dogs.
Canine-Friendly Restaurants and Breweries
Colorado is quickly becoming known as one of the most dog-friendly restaurant states in America. Not only do we enjoy taking our dogs with us whenever possible, but we’ve been known to enjoy a quality microbrew now and then. The 105 West Brewing Company and Barnett and Son Brewing Company are great nearby places to kick back and unwind with your dog by your side. If an outdoor cafe is more your style, Miyo Cafe, Pegasus Grill, Parry’s Pizza and the Hideaway Bar & Grill in nearby Castle Rock have great outdoor patios where pets are welcome in warmer weather.
Practicing Veterinary Dentistry in Castle Pines
Soon after graduating from veterinary technician school, I worked in an emergency and specialty veterinary clinic in Castle Rock. This is where I first met Dr. Patrick Vall, who piqued my interest in veterinary dentistry. Dr. Vall helped me understand the impact that dental disease has on our pet’s overall health and the great benefits in treating and preventing dental disease.
A few years later we found ourselves working together again at Animal Care Centers of Castle Pines. We started to build the specialty veterinary dentistry branch at the clinic in 2015 through our affiliation with Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery in Colorado Springs. In 2018 we had the pleasure of adding Dr. John Huff, another board-certified veterinary dentist, to our Douglas County team. Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery now has locations along Colorado’s Front Range in Colorado Springs, Castle Pines and Loveland.
Working as a veterinary dentistry technician for Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery in Castle Pines has been one of the most rewarding positions of my career. It has provided me with an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact on our patient’s health every day.