What they’re saying…

Read from fellow pet owners!


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Another reason why we adore Dr. Berns.

Here is a touching moment with Dr. Berns and “Barrett” as he is recovering from his neuter. During her lunch break she took a nap with him so he wouldn’t be alone.

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Mira L.

Thank you, Chris Glawe, for the amazing work on my dog’s TPLO surgery. I have my mountain buddy back!! Can’t tell you how much it has improved both her life and mine! Haven’t seen her limp once since she got the all-clear, and it’s not for lack of skree slopes and snow stomping

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“Casey Jones”

Hi! I just wanted to send Dr. Glawe a picture of Casey Jones. We just ran around in all of the snow we got today and I just wanted to thank Dr. Glawe for giving Casey the opportunity to do this with no pain

Happy snow day!!

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Asher G.

Asher G., a 3 ½ year old, male, Labrador Retriever presented in mid-November of 2017 for vomiting and refusal to eat. An abdominal ultrasound was performed which revealed an intestinal obstruction.  Asher was taken to surgery and Dr. Chris Glawe removed a ‘squeeker’ from a toy that was blocking Asher’s small intestine.  Asher recovered well from surgery and hopefully won’t do this again!

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Izzy M.

A year ago almost to the day, Dr. Chris Glawe at Hamden Family Pet Hospital performed TPLO surgery on our 7-year old Malamute. Before surgery, he said she’d probably get back to 95 percent. After surgery, he said it was one of the hardest he’s done. Given her size and age and extent of injury, we hoped for the best but expected less. And yet today, our girl Izzy is hiking and biking and tackling her little brother as if she never tore her ACL. Thanks Dr. Glawe and Hamden Family Pet Hospital. We feel so very lucky to have found you during a difficult time.

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Estilo C

Dear Amazing Team at HFPH,
We can’t thank you enough for being the best pet hospital a family could ask for! We always looked forward to our visits because we knew we would be treated so kindly. Recently we lost our great friend Estilo and we miss him every day. During the tough time when he became sick, everyone at HFPH was so great. For that, we are thankful. We especially wanted to thank Shawna and Dr. Buttrill for your extreme thoughtfulness during our final visits. Much thanks to you all!

The Craver Family

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Ace S.

Dr. Glawe-
In September of 2010, you performed a double TPLO surgery on my Wheaten Terrier mix, named Ace. Both of his back legs had given out (ACL and meniscus) and you treated him, expertly. His recovery went very well and he was able to live a long and healthy life. We followed up with aqua therapy and he even lost the weight you recommended!

Sadly, he quietly passed away yesterday, after a long life of fun and great memories. I will always be grateful to yourself for how you, basically, saved and rejuvenated his life back in 2010. Ace was a little over 8 years old when you performed the TPLO. He lived to be over 13.5 years old and would’ve turned 14 in June. We had many adventures, hikes and experiences together. Through it all, people were always amazed at how well he was walking, post-surgery. I took him to a “bark in the park” baseball event, last September, and he was rolling around and playing with a 10 month old puppy! Ace was a proud example of how your skills and care can make a tremendous difference.

You have my eternal thanks and admiration for helping to make the second half of his life joyful.

All the best,
-Erick S.

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Keya Q

Dr. Poundstone allowed me to observe the dental procedures on my Keeshond, Keya. I found the entire thing very interesting. I feel that x-rays, ultrasonic cleaning, scaling, probing, and polishing are all necessary components to a complete dental cleaning in my patients. (I am a retired Hygienist). So, I was thrilled to see that all the same procedures were followed for my dog.
I was very surprised to see the bone loss that had occurred in my dog. Two of her lower molars needed to be extracted. Even though I had been scaling her teeth when she developed calculus at home, I could not see nor test for the problem. Keya will let me do a lot to her, but her tongue will not let me get a good look at the mandibular lingual surfaces of her teeth. So all that damage went unnoticed by me.

All in all, start to finish, I was very pleased with the comprehensive care that Keya received in this appointment. Keya is now smiling bright.

Carol Q (Hygienist, retired)

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Moose N

Dr. Glawe and the crew at Hampden Family Pet Hospital,Nobody wants to see their dog in pain and then subsequently nobody wants to put their dog through surgery.  But…after our berner, Moose tore her meniscus and ACL, I found myself lucky and grateful to have found your care.  Dr. Glawe, thank you for the amount of time, detail, and compassion you spent explaining, educating, and alleviating my concerns. 

And of course, most gratefully for your fantastic craft that has given Moose a new lease on life.  2 months later, she is playing, chasing the squirrels, and hiking.  We are so thankful!!  I have no reservation referring ANYONE to your care and your incredible team.

Thanks again,
Anne, Brian, Moose, and Scout N

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Cricket O.

Dear Dr. Phyllis,

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful care that you provided Cricket after her diagnosis of Lymphoma. As you know, she was dear to our hearts, and this diagnosis was devastating for our family. From the first day you saw Cricket, you gave us options to consider and your perspective on what would be best. We knew from the start that Cricket would not survive her Cancer. We were so pleased that Cricket had a very positive response early on in her treatments and her life seemed to be as normal as possible. She had good health with the support of her treatment for many months.

When Cricket began to have difficulties, you again provided us with options and the prognosis for the choices we had. We hoped and prayed that Cricket would survive for a year of more with treatment, and it was nearly a year to the date when she passed away. She was fortunate that the treatment did not make her ill until the very end and that she enjoyed her life with us to that point.

She came to our family on our daughter’s fifth birthday from a shelter after being abandoned at a gas station. She was so happy to have a family and other dogs to play with , although our aging Pomeranian was not exactly happy with the addition. They later became buddies. From the first day, Cricket began to show us her many tricks. She could scale a six foot fence, climb a tree, escape under the fence, and many othe antics such as riding above the back seat in the car and ferociously letting other animals along the road know she was there. She was the most wonderful dog with children. Our children have a jog-a-thon each year at their school and Cricket put on many miles with many children there. Cricket loved her yard. We called part of our yard the “jungle” because of all of the plants, bushes and trees. Cricket loved the jungle particularly in the summer time. One of her favoirte pastimes was to chase the bees in the jungle. Many times, all you could see was the tip of her tail going through the jungle. She thoroughly scoped out the yard every morning and several times thereafter during the day by walking the perimeters and going through the jungle. She knew how to jump on the swing and rock herself, one of her favorite things on a hot day. Her intelligence and ingenuity were amazing. Cricket never knew a stranger. She won the hearts of many of your staff and we were comforted knowing she had friends and love when she came in for treatment. We’d take another one of her in a minute.

And so as we said goodbye to her a few weeks ago, Cricket passed on in her own way. We had prepared to put her to sleep that morning, but she decided otherwise. She went to seleep on the comfort of her blanket with those who loved her most beside her. Our heartfelt thanks once again for the care and compassion of our beloved Cricket. In our eyes, you are the finest Oncologist anyone could find.

The Otto family

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Smokey C.

You know it’s coming and you dread it for months: your beloved senior pet is suffering and euthanasia is the heartbreaking — but best — decision. My husband and I found ourselves in this situation recently with our sweet Smokey, an Aussie Shepherd mix that we had rescued 8 years ago. On what ended up being Smokey’s last day, my husband took her to Hampden Family Pet Hospital as an emergency walk-in. She had experienced a grand mal seizure overnight and had another around 9 a.m.. After my husband checked in, Smokey had another seizure in the waiting room. Dr. Justin Milizio ran in and scooped her up in his arms and took her back to intensive care. After being assured that Smokey was in good hands, my husband went on to work and I waited at home for a call from “Dr. Justin” (as most people know him). Within a couple of hours, Dr. Justin called to tell me that Smokey’s existing disease (a growing, inoperable liver tumor) was likely causing her severe seizures. With a sincere and compassionate voice, Dr. Justin outlined Smokey’s three options. Two of them would have put Smokey through extensive medical procedures and had little chance of success. Euthanasia was the third option and Dr. Justin encouraged my husband and me to make our decision together and let him know. When we notified Dr. Justin of our decision and that it would be 7 p.m.. before we could be at the clinic, he said that he would stay late to be there for us — and for Smokey. She made her transition peacefully, assisted by a kind, respectful vet who had met her only hours before. Dr. Justin followed up with us, via phone, the next day to see how we were and said that we could call him anytime to talk. As someone who has cared for dogs all of my life, I’ve taken them to vet clinics large and small. Hampden Family Pet Hospital, and Dr. Justin Milizio, offer the kind of skilled care — and heartfelt caring — that we demand for our canine family members.

Gail C.


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Winston A.

Winston is our miracle boy! A year ago Jan 5, 2013, Winston was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. We were shattered and it changed our world. Winston, our English born Border Terrier, was always wild and strong and full of life and energy. He was a third time Master Agility Champion and we were busy with our agility competitions. He had just turned 9. There was no history of any cancer and specifically lymphoma in his blood lines.

On that Saturday we were getting ready to go to an agility trial and Winston could hardly get out of his bed. We thought it was a muscular problem and immediately took him to a therapist we know. She found the swollen lymph nodes. Scott went on to the trial with Guinness our other BT and I took Winston up to Evergreen Animal Hospital. We thought he may have an infection and it was a total shock when the vet confirmed with the exam and blood work that it was lymphoma. I couldn’t believe it an almost passed out from the news. The veterinarian said we needed to see an oncologist as soon as possible and gave a few recommendations. One of the girls at the clinic and one of my best friends recommended Dr. Phyllis Glade at Hampden Family Pet. After listening to them we knew that is who we must see.

Scott called first thing Mon and the girl at Hampden Family Pet had such compassion and actually called Dr. Glawe at home to see if she could work us in first thing . After the tests and exam, Dr. Glawe discussed our options and her treatment plan. She was our hope and we had a plan to move forward. Dr. Glawe started her chemo treatment as soon as Winston’s blood work allowed. We bought Dr Dressler’s Dog Cancer Survival book and it became our bible and guide.

After 7 months, Winston had completed is chemo treatments and after having a “plan” for every week we felt a little lost. Dr. Glawe said “It is now time for Winston to be a dog and enjoy life”. We had put Winston on the cancer diet from day one which showed immediate increase of energy and continued with full spectrum care including Nutraceuticals. We continued with checkups first a month and then 3 months.

Dr. Glawe and Hampden Family Pet have been incredible. The treatment, the care and the compassion helped us through this very difficult time. Our endless questions and concerns were always addressed in a straightforward but caring manner. They were our lifeline and helped us learn and apply what we learned and do everything we could for Winston.

Winston has been in remission for over a year. We started to go back to our agility competitions as soon as we could but only a day here and there and only when the blood work gave us a green light. Our boy was happy and full of energy. He did great with his treatments and diet and exercise did wonders. We lived one day at a time.

We passed our year anniversary since his diagnosis and shortly thereafter Winston got his 4th Master agility championship MACH4. I still get so emotional when I think of how far we have come. We never thought it possible. The championship was amazing but the greatest thing was having our Winston doing so well. He is such a happy boy and has taught us so much about life. His blood work has been good, his energy great and his huge personality is an inspiration to all.

We never thought we would be where we are today, to have Winston with us and going good …really good! We have been blessed. The journey has been hard, very bittersweet but we feel Winston has had the greatest care possible. We have done everything possible for him based on everything we have learned. We have always believed in Dr. Glawe and we know Winston would not be alive today were it not for his treatment. There are no guarantees in life but every day is a gift. Our lives were changed and things will never be quite the same but we received support and care beyond our greatest expectations. This is priceless to us. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude. How can we possibly thank you enough? Dr Phyllis and the team at Hampden Family Pet…thank you for all you do. We will never ever forget.

Gwen, Scott, Winston and Guinness


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Buster D.

Good Day Doctors!And what good days they are! I just wanted to give you all an update on Buster and how he has bounced back from the CFE. You three were (correction… ARE) so wonderful! I’m sure I’m not the only obsessive pet owner, but you do know just how much these guys mean to me and I so appreciate your taking the time to not only return my call but take the time to reassure me and answer questions. I will surely miss you, your fabulous caring staff and the facility. Although I feel truly blessed to have found the doctor who has helped Buster so much and the therapist, it doesn’t begin to compare to Hampden Family Pet Hospital! Here in the Quad Cities, there is no facility that could touch your way of doing things.
I’ve looked at all that has happened as a “God thing”. He has answered prayer, not only through the healing process of Buster but by placing all of you in his path. I am ever grateful.

Love and gratitude,
Cindy and Buster

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Red J.

Dear Dr. Justin and everyone at Hampden Family,

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and the sweet pin you sent in memory of our dear “Red”. We appreciate the care and concern you have shown our dogs and us.

Bob & Gerri J.

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Pickets W.

Dearest Dr. Justin and Staff,

I was so impressed with the care, kindness, and personal attention shown to me, my family, and our precious Golden Retriever Pickets by everyone there at HFPH! Not to mention the professional medical care we were blessed with by Dr. Justin! I can not thank you enough for everything you’ve done and for making us feel special! Thank you also, for the lovely angelic pet dog angel pin! It did help to wear on my shoulder and bear the loss of our beloved puppy. What a hole is left behind. Sincerely, you guys are the angels and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Justin for giving us one more glorious year with Pickets.

Thank you Dr. Justin and God Bless you all,

Robin W. and family

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Chami G.

We received exceptional care here for our dog. We brought our dog in after she had been to an urgent care vet the night before and was still sick. Though our Dr. was not in that day Dr. Justin Milizio took our dog under his care and gave us, what felt like his undivided attention. We had been devastated because we thought we would lose her and the other facility had not been able to find her problem. Just giving Dr. Justin her symptoms he suspected her problem and quickly got the results from tests to confirm her illness. He was correct in everything, from her diagnoses, how to treat her and her recovery. She spent the night in their care there and the facility is very clean. Dr. Justin gave us his cell phone number and made himself available 24/7 during her recovery period for about the next 10 days, even calling us regularly to check in on her progress. The staff is very attentive and friendly from the front desk to the back hospital.
This is at least a 20 minutes drive from our house, but I don’t think twice about taking our dog there for this kind of care. I would highly recommend Hampden Family Pet Hospital.

Ann-Marie G.

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Shelbey W.

Hampden Family Pet Hospital is all a pet parent could ask for. Everyone at this hospital is incredibly caring, knowledgeable and professional. Recently our four-year-old golden retriever, Shelbey, had a life-threatening medical emergency. Even though we had not yet become regular clients, Hampden Family was the only place we could get an appointment on a Friday afternoon. Dr. Chris Glawe, Dr. Justin Milizio, Dr. Kris Abbey, Dr. Phyllis Glawe and all the talented, supportive vet techs have provided the best support and care for Shelbey (and his family) on his journey back to being an energetic and healthy four-year-old ‘triever.

Now, our cats and dogs all are happy (well, the cats are mostly tolerant) to be a part of the Hampden “family.” I cannot say enough about the thorough, quality care available at this pet hospital. For every kind of pet need from regular vaccinations to emergency care, this is a place you can trust. I highly recommend this wonderful facility for every pet!

Cindy W.


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Mali C.

All of the doctors I’ve seen here with my dog have been wonderful- from Dr. Milizio who stitched up her ear when she broke the cartilage to Dr. Abbey who helped remove the stitches….The front desk staff (particularly Andrea) and Dr. Buttrill were 100% amazing when we decided that we needed to put my dog down after she was not recovering from the latest bout of IMHA that had plagued her for years. At 13 years old or so (we had adopted her 7 years previously), we felt that she had lived out a pretty good second half of her life, and we were grateful for the care the staff showed and the grace with which they helped end her pain. Dr. Milizio also called to offer his condolences, as he wasn’t in the office when we came in for the final visit. What a great staff- you can tell they love working with both animals and people! I have found their prices to be comparable to other vets we had taken our girl to. I would and will recommend them to anyone!

Anna C

Robin W. and family

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Tyon S.

We have been taking our pets to Dr. Justin Milizio for a few months now and I have to tell you he is terrific. Really is passionate about our pets. The staff there is wonderful, from the moment they answer the phone with “Is this an emergency or may I place you on hold ” most places just put you on hold right away. They are so compassionate and listen to your concerns. Really, I am impressed. We had a wonderful family member (our 8 year old German Shepherd ) that we had to euthanize. Dr. Justin came to our house at our convenience and just gave us all the time we needed, making it easier for us as well as Tyson. Truly, I can’t say enough about how great Dr . Milizio is to clients. I haven’t used any of the others there. We always make our appointments with him and he always accommodates our needs. We always see different staff members when we go in but I haven’t run across anyone who doesn’t love what they do. They are wonderful.

Ann S

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Premier T.

HFPH… Destia and I would like to thank all that helped us with Premier. From the front desk, the techs, and of course Dr. Poundstone we thank you all for the bottom of our hearts. We wish you were able to meet Premier in his prime and not the way you did. Premier was an awesome animal. He had his CGC award. He was dual registered. He had his Purple Ribbon and his official name is “PR” King Kong’s Premier. He won a few conformation shows as well as competed in weight pull events. Premier has been to the top of several 14er’s, swam in the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the gulf of Mexico. He had a lot of friends and never had a dull moment. We are very proud of him and are going to miss him very much. Again we thank everyone at HFPH for being there for us. In the future when Destia and I get another animal we will showing up at your door.

Thank You,

Destia & Temple

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Johnny Cloud R.

 A million thanks to Dr. Etheridge and the amazing staff at HFPH for taking such good, good care of Johnny Cloud during and after his two Gastrotomy surgeries. Your exceptional commitment to both people and pets is greatly appreciated! Johnny is back to his old self and seems to be delighted each day by his bodies ability to fully digest his food. He has not eaten anything unusual since the second operation and we are confident that whatever circumstances brewed the “perfect storm” have passed on (pun intended). We are more careful now!

Kristen R.

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Bullet J.

To All The Staff of Hampden Family Pet,

Thank you each for your hugs and support during our time of loss.

We appreciate your kindness and understanding. You are all an amazing team.


Steve, Dave, and Chopper J.

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Frankie & Gloria V

Dr. Justin Milizio, Dr. Glawe and all vets, techs, office staff, and those who fund Helping Hands,

Having both dogs need very serious and expensive care within 2 weeks was made better by all of you wonderful people!

With my most sincere deep appreciation,

Colleen, Frankie and Gloria V. 

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Casey G.

To Dr. Karalyn & The Staff at Hampden Family Pet Hospital,

Just wanted to say that we appreciate the dog angel pin you sent to us. We miss Casey dog, our little “Yorkie-poo”!

Thank you for your kindness,

Leo & Verda G. 

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Max P.

Dear Staff at Hampden Family Pet

Thank you, thank you! Thanks for all your smiles and scratches while I was being treated there. Old pugs like me don’t get to hang out with fabulous babes that often, but every time I come here everyone treats me like a King. I like that! I don’t remember who was talking in my ear and giving me belly scratches while I was being treated by Dr. Abbey, but let me tell you Hubba-Hubba. Don’t trim those nails.

Thanks everybody,

Max, Lynette, Chris P..

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Willow S

Thank you to all of the vets and techs who helped my beautiful Willow over the years. We spent way too much time at HFPH over the years and I am so grateful for the love and care she received. Especially, thank you to Andrea for always being so caring, Sandy who actually came home with us one tme to get Willow out of the car and into the house. Dr. Poundstone your wisdom and friendship are so appreciated. Dr. Monica who still loved Willow even after the rude belch, and for getting us through the last most horrible day. Dr. Glawe for being Willow’s advocate and boyfriend.

121/2 years turned out to be too short a time with her, but I believe it would have been shorter without you all.

Karen S.

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Ava L.

Dr. Glawe,

Ava and I would just like to thank you and all of the techs that helped put Ava back together. You all did such an amazing job on her operation. She is back to running around like crazy as if nothing ever happened. It means so much to us that you put so much care into her getting better. Once again, thank you!

Katie L.

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Prisa G.

Prisa was gravely ill when Dr. Milizio took over her case in October. She had most likely contracted Leptospirosis, caused by a bacterium carried in the urine of wild mammals. She was hospitalized for 6 days (staying the weekend at VRCC) on IV therapy. Prisa was so ill she barely ate, was absolutely listless and did not respond to her environment. Frankly, we considered euthanasia. Dr. Milizio did a stellar job steering her through this scary and turbulent medical crisis. He acted quickly and confidently in getting her the most effective care and patiently answered our multitude of questions. Her condition turned around about 10 days after hospitalization and our Prisa is now back to herself! Thank you, Dr. Milizio, thank you Dr. Monica (for assuring me that dogs can live awhile without eating and giving us hope) and to the entire HPFH staff who rooted for her recovery!

To all who read this – please consider the 2 booster lepto vaccine!

Judy G.

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Precious R

Dr. Kris,

Thank you for always taking such gentle care with Precious. She felt much better after her Acupuncture on Wednesday. She had more energy, more joy, and an overall better feeling. We are so grateful!

Madeline & Precious R.

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Mia S

Dear Dr. Poundstone,

We have an appointment with you on the 10th to get Mia’s stitches out but I wanted to write you a quick note to say how thankful I am to you with the work you’ve done for Mia. You did such a wonderful job with the surgery and stitches! I had Melanoma skin cancer and had to get surgery on it and your stitching job was much better than my surgeon. I should have just had you do mine! She hasn’t popped one stitch and she is doing great! I know you tried as hard as you could and we are praying that you got everything and she doesn’t have to undergo anything else.

We appreciate you so much. You are a great Vet and we are thankful to have found you.

Rachel S. (& Mia)

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Tarquin B.


I went in to see the dental cleaning of my three pets and a lump removal. That was very interesting for a science teacher/geek, but I learned lots more!

Vitals, blood work check, and pre-meds
Consult with owner
Anesthesia with constant vital monitoring before, during, and after the procedure(s).
X-rays and a report on each tooth
Meticulous teeth cleaning (I’ve never seen such pearly whites)!
If necessary: Doctor consult regarding extractions or surgery
Surgery & extractions in a short amount of time (get them in and out of anesthesia)
Recovery in kennels and monitoring until released to go home.
Bonus! Complimentary nail trim.
Wow! I never realized all that goes into proper dental cleaning for pets. If the vitals and x-rays hadn’t been taken, I never would have found out the needs of my cat (heart problem), or my dog (extractions). I will brush my pet’s teeth regularly.

Alison B.

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Wiley L.

Dr. Chris Glawe has been nothing but outstanding. He was recommended to me by a well known dog trainer in in town in 2007. My dog, Wiley, had a compressed disc. Given Dr. Glawe’s reputation as one of the best Ortho Vets in town I went. Animals have a natural trust with him, it’s hard to explain. My dog normally fear bites, and never has a problem with him. It’s just an “aura” he has. Secondly, the second you start talking with him, you can tell he knows his stuff. It’s totally different than going to a franchise vet. It’s more like walking into a Dr’s office. Plus, he takes time to explains things to you, even if he’s backlogged. He truly cares and you can totally tell. He hadn’t seen my dog in a year and he totally remembered most everything about him, his temperament, personality, and condition. I will never go anywhere else, especially when it’s extremely important. Just a great guy all-around!

Aaron L.

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Annie S

Hampden Family Pet Hospital, Kris Abbey DVM, and great staff,

I can’t thank you enough for being open the day after Christmas to treat Annie. I loved your staff and hospital. Annie acted calmer too! She could feel the happy environment your hospital has created for anxious owners and their pets. Due to your great care, Annie is back to feeling much better. I will certainly be back when Annie needs care.

Have a wonderful New Year,

Pam and Annie S.

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Sass H

Docs Glawe, Carpenter, and Adolf,

A quick note to thank you all for my getting my hunting partner back. Sass had a TPLO on the left performed by Doctor Glawe and then the right was done by Doctor Carpenter. Doctor Adolf handled watching over us during the rehab and is our vet. We missed the 2009 season but have not missed an opportunity since.

A look at Sass when she has just heard “huntem up” is to see what pure joy is and you have my sincere thanks and appreciation for giving her that back.

Yes, her partner to the left does hunt, he is a sight hound not figuring out what the nose is for yet. And you want to get to to him and a downed bird quickly or he’s gonna have an early lunch.

Thank you,

Eric and Kristine H.

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Marley B.

Hello Dr. Glawe,

I don’t know if you remember me, but I am the owner of Marley the crooked leg pup. It is a little over a year since you worked your magic on my dog and I just wanted to say thank you again! Thanks to all your help, he is now able to do anything his little puppy heart desires. He loves his hiking, swimming, and now we have him in the process of seeking training. We did a DNA test on him and he is mostly German Shorthaired Pointer so we decided to bring out his strong points. He is living a normal doggie life and loving every minute of it thanks to all your help. I could never express the gratitude I have for you and your staff. I’m so happy that my little man gets to enjoy his life. Here is a pictures of him that I thought you might enjoy.

Thank you again,


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LaLa H.

Dear Melani,

Thank you so much for your care of our darling Lala. I appreciate your wisdom and concern. In the last 48 hours things went from bad to worse. It became clear Lala was suffering despite our best efforts. It was clear to me in the early hours this morning that the only option was to euthanize. Dr. Weeden was so good to fit us in on an already busy morning. She was very caring, compassionate, and helped us both through a difficult morning. I know Lala is happy being with our previous dogs: Liberty, Buster, and Ruby eating all the pizza and hamburgers that were her favorite.

Thank you,

Nancy T

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Jessie H.

Dear Dr. Poundstone:

This is to let you know that Jessie has fully recovered and is almost as frisky as a young dog. She frequently rolls on her back, runs around the house and is curious about many things. It is as if she were a new dog. All of this is because of your expert surgery skill. It must be infrequent that you get to see the result of your surgery expertise–thus these few appreciative words.

We are aware it is still too soon to know if she has beaten the cancer. We have her on Omega 3 oil in hopes it will fight the cancer. We are thankful for maybe a couple more years with her thanks to your knowledge and skill.

You are the best Barbara, Kevin, and Jessie H.

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Blue U.

Hello Dr. Glawe,

Here is our favorite picture of Blue for your Oncology page. We are so happy with how well he is doing and his zest for life. I am sure that humans are way more hung up on their pet losing a limb, than the actual pet.

It is a scary and heart wrenching decision, but we have no doubts that for us it was the right decision.

Thank you for your care and expertise with the health of our “Blue”.


Leonard R.

Dear Dr. Monica Watterud,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to shadow you again. I especially liked listening to the dog’s hearts and being able to observe what it’s like to be a veterinarian. I also enjoyed getting to interview you about animal cruelty and listening to your opinion.

Animals will always hold a special place in my heart. I appreciated everyone’s knowledge and compassion for the animals.

I look forward to taking what I have learned and observed while job shadowing you with me in my future to become a vet technician.

Thank you again for the opportunity!


Leonard R.

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Gracie E

Added to all of the contacts we experienced is your latest act of generosity and kindness. Your donation to HABT is wonderful and we are inspired by it. We want to add this small contribution to HABT as a tribute to you.


Joel & Beth E.

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Jackson P.

Dr. Glawe,

Just wanted to thank you for all your wonderful care treating & healing Jackson. He is doing great! He’s walking on that leg as if nothing ever happened. I also appreciate you letting Ellen pick out bandage colors each time. You’re the best!

Lori P.

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Duncan E.

Hello Dr. Glawe,

Thought you would like to see a picture of Duncan’s first hike with me on Mt. Evans on June 11th. It was a short one, approximately 4 miles. He did great, even did some post holing in the snow up to his hip. Didn’t show any signs of soreness or limping in either leg afterward. He is doing so wonderful. Thanks again for all you did. I do appreciate it. Duncan is so loved.


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Mooshu W

Hampden Family Pet Hospital Staff,

We wanted to send a note to say thank you for the wonderful care of “Mooshu” this year. You are all friendly, very helpful, and we know he gets excellent care. We appreciate all of your hard work!

Happy New Year,

Cindy, Dan, and Mooshu W.

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Bailey M

Dr. Abbey,

Thank you for the wonderful care you provided my little guy. I appreciated your kindness. You are a wonderful veterinarian.

Rita & Bailey M.

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Moose N.

Dr. Dr. Glawe,

We can’t thank you enough for helping us with Moose. Your kindness is a bright light during what has been a very difficult year.

Much, much thanks,

Gretchen and Doug N.

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Casey S.

To all the staff at Hampden Family Pet Hospital,

Thank you for all that you did for my Casey. You helped him on his road to freedom and I am so grateful. It is still very painful, but I will always remember the kindness and compassion given by you to Casey and myself.


Darla S.

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Jelly Bean

Dear Melani,

I had a wonderful time at the Open House. You have created a wonderful facility and have assembled a staff of the finest doctors in the area. For this, both “Jelly Bean” and I thank you.

It was obvious that the same care that had been devoted to the creation of the hospital had been given to the Open House.

Thank you for a great afternoon and a place where I know “Jelly Bean” will receive the best care available.


Gerry & Jelly Bean A.

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City of Aurora

Dear Dr. Glawe:

On behalf of Kim P., I want to acknowledge and thank you for yours and your staff”s veterinary services donated for the care of Layla. Our shelter relies completely on donations, (monetary and in-kind), for veterinary care as it is not provided for in the budget we receive from the City of Aurora. We would not be able to provide the level of care that we do without caring professions such as yourself contributing veterinary care services.


Barb J.

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Spike G

Dear Dr. Glawe,

You are an amazing one of a kind doctor with a love of animals that can’t be contained. Your compassion and kindness fill the hospital, emanate from your staff and embrace your patients and their owners. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful care you gave our sweet boy, Spike. His passing was a knife to the heart for our family.

Fortunately, Dr. Gill at the VRCC hospital helped him pass over peaceful and quiet in the wee hours of May 14, 2010.

I must apologize for my tearful message but I wanted you to be the first to know. When it is time for us to gather new furry family members into our arms, we will bring them in so you can meet them and check them over.


Cheryl and Mike G.

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Ming-Li H.

Dear All,

Please accept my deepest appreciation for all of your efforts to pull “Ming-Li” through her health crisis. I have been around animals my entire life and, therefore, have experienced many caregivers. Your clinic is by far the best I’ve seen both for skill and dedication. I especially liked the regular communication and your letting me also be part of “Ming-Li’s” healing team. If only people doctors were so committed.


Joan H.

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Toad w

Toad, Jennifer and I were grateful with the overwhelming professionalism, care and attention that Toad received in his final days. Dr. Kris Abbey, Dr. Phyllis Glawe, and Dr. Chris Glawe were an effective and great team. I could not have asked nor expected anthing more than the quality care we received. Simply, because anything and everything that could have been done for Toad, was done.

Understandably, friends and family have asked about Toad’s care. I would expect with the praises given by both Jennifer and I will have earned Hampden Family Pet Hospital new clients.

Jennifer and I are anxious for our pets today and for our pets on into the future to receive their veterinary care at Hampden Family Pet Hospital.

Thank you, doctors, technicians, and staff


Harvey and Jennifer W.

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Kona B.

I just want to formally thank the entire team for the incredible care and support you provided as our family experienced Kona’s last chapter. Dr. Phyllis Glaw is a special gift for families experiencing a life changing diagnosis. She always had time to compassionately explain what she thought and provided caring answers to difficult questions. I have no doubt that her support and medical expertise extended our journey with Kona far longer than a less capable professional probably would have.

We said goodbye to our sweet, strong, handsome boy Kona on Wednesday morning, March 28th, 2018. We had received a devastating diagnosis just before Labor Day with the expectation that we would have only a few weeks left. Kona defied the initial prognosis from another Vet (with Hampden Family Pet Hospital’s help!) and we went on a long amazing journey with him. We were able to go on numerous walks and progressively less taxing hikes, frequent car rides where he never lost his ability to hop in and out of the car, many hours splashing and playing in the Chatfield and Cherry Creek Bark Parks and even a bucket list Christmas road trip to Florida for wave hopping and lizard chasing !

Dr. Glaw told us to trust him to tell us when it was time and that time was when he stopped halfway down our front walk, looked at me, wagged his tail, and told me he just couldn’t go on his daily morning walk. Sure there were plenty of physical signs, the increasingly difficult breathing and loss of appetite, issues that progressed slowly over the last several months, but this was the moment he told us he was ready.
We took him to his new favorite place along Bear Creek where he sat and seemed to be thanking the water, the snow and the woods for giving him so much joy and he took in the beauty and his heart was full of appreciation.

We met the very professional and compassionate Dr. Megan from Caring Pathways at our home and we were able to say goodbye where we all wanted. It was sunny, on an otherwise cloudy day, just long enough to warm Kona’s back as he lay with his paws and head in the snow. The sedation gave him the ability to breathe more purely and easily than he had in months. He was calm. I think he felt all of his love for the world and all of our love for him during those last breaths. His death was peaceful and graceful. We love you Kona Bean.