a newsletter with information important for pet owners
Hello. I’m Rachel Mahoney, Office Manager here at Full Circle. Thank you for caring for your pet and reading our newsletter. We hope you will find valuable information that you can use for your pet and its needs.
At Full Circle Veterinary Carewe are committed to the human/animal bond through client and community education on animal care and health. Our focus is on the prevention of disease as well as the art of healing. We want to support you in all stages of owning a pet from helping you choose a lifelong companion to saying good-bye to a lifelong friend. In this way, together, we will come… Full Circle.
Member Better Business Bureau, Johnstown-Milliken Chamber of Commerce, Johnstown Milliken News, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Weld County Veterinary Medical Association (WCVMA).
In the Believe It Or Not category, Dr. Mahoney adopted two donkeys, Ernesto and Delilah, from Longhopes Donkey Shelter. What a great cause to support!
Ernesto and Delilah
The Longhopes Donkey Shelter was incorporated January 2000 but began in 1998 when the founder, Kathy Dean, went looking for her own donkeys. She knew there were unwanted donkeys needing homes but she was unable to find them, because unwanted donkeys were usually sold for slaughter at local sale barns. Wanting to offer an alternative, Kathy learned that rescuing donkeys was impossible without a facility where the donkeys could be rehabilitated and trained until a new owner was found.
Alex & Cathy
In August 1999, Kathy and her husband Alan Miller, bought 20 acres in Bennett. That month Kathy took in Rocky, a 42 year old donkey, whose owner could no longer keep him. By January 2000 Kathy had 9 donkeys. That was when Kathy decided to formalize her passion and create an equine shelter to serve donkeys in the Rocky Mountains.
In 2000, Longhopes became a Colorado non-profit corporation and 501(c) 3 tax-exempt charity. Longhopes is managed by a non-compensated Board of Directors.
Longhopes has rescued over 1000 donkeys and placed over 930 in adoptive homes.
Pets Need Dental Care, Too
Close your eyes and run your tongue against your teeth. Now imagine never brushing your teeth and having that same experience. It’s no wonder so many of our dogs have “Dog Breath”.
Regular dental care is an important part of preventative health care for your pet. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet’s teeth, gum disease erodes the roots of the teeth causing tooth loss.
In addition, what many people don’t realize, is that every time your pet chews they are showering their bloodstream with harmful, even potentially life threatening bacteria.
Bacteria enters the bloodstream through large blood vessels located in the gums and mouth. This bacterial showering can then cause damage to organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. Dry diets, hard biscuits, prescription dental diets and even chew toys all help promote good oral care, but none of these things can replace a through dental examination and cleaning.
To clean your pet’s teeth, routine anesthesia is needed. Once a complete cleaning is done, home care including regular brushing is the most effective way of controlling plaque and tartar build-up.
Home care instructions and brushing demonstrations are quick and easy.
Click to see my video on cleaning your pet’s teeth.
Dr. Patricia Mahoney
Full Circle Veterinary Care
Sunburn Can Be A Risk For Our Pets
Humans are not the only ones who need to monitor their exposure to UV rays: animals are at risk too.
Human or animal skin with little or no pigmentation is very sensitive to the sun in general.
Dogs and cats with white or thin coats are at particular risk, as are animals with very closely sheared fur or with certain pre-existing conditions. Hairless pets or pets with very short or thin fur can also be vulnerable.
For dogs and cats this applies in particular to those parts of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun. These include the ears, the bridge of the nose, the skin around the eyes, and the back. Some animals particularly enjoy lying on their backs to bask in the sun. This exposes the skin on their bellies, which is often hairless, to the rays of the sun, increasing the risk of sunburn.
Damage caused by sun exposure:
In animals, sunburn results in an acute inflammation of the skin that can cause itching or even pain, depending on the individual animal. Frequent sunburns can lead to pre-cancerous conditions or even actual skin tumors.
Particularly vulnerable pets:
House pets with white or short fur are at particular risk of sunburn. The Dogo Argentino breed, white bulldogs, Dalmatians, boxers, whippets, beagles and white or multi-coloured cats with white patches have skin that is very sensitive to light, especially on their heads. Short hair allows UV rays to penetrate down to the sensitive skin and cause sunburn.
Hairless dogs and cats are naturally more sensitive to the sun, since they lack the natural sun protection fur affords. Here too though, skin pigmentation plays a role, and darker animals are less vulnerable to UV rays. Owners of vulnerable breeds should take particular care to protect their animals from the sun.
Sun protection for animals:
As a rule, animals should have a shady place to lie in, especially at midday, when the sun is at its strongest and presents the greatest risk, not just for the skin, but for the animal overall. Particularly sensitive animals require sun protection in the form of a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Call us for recommendations on types of sunscreen to use.
For longer hikes through the mountains where the sun’s rays are particularly aggressive, sensitive animals should wear a t-shirt, coat or hat for protection.
Not every white dog or white cat needs sunscreen or clothing to protect it from the sun. If sun damage has already occurred though, or if an animal is highly sensitive, it is up to us to protect it from further damage.
Treating sunburn in animals:
If sunburn is visible as reddened, warm or flaking skin, the animal should be moved to the shade as quickly as possible. Cool compresses and ointments to soothe the skin can help relieve the initial symptoms. If the burn is severe, a veterinarian should be consulted as treatment with a cortisone product or antibiotic may be indicated to prevent inflammation. The affected animal will need to be well protected from the sun in future to prevent permanent damage.
Every Wednesday is Client Appreciation Day
Special Clients deserve a Special Day for all of us to say “Thank You” for your business! Save on these services every Wednesday.
Office Visit Discounted from $50 to $40.00
Technician Fee Discounted to only $15.00
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Get Out Of The Doghouse Day
Monday, July 16th, is “National Get Out of the Doghouse Day.” If you’re in trouble with a loved one, today is supposed to be your day for a reprieve. Get Out Of The Doghouse Day is like a get out of jail free card from the game Monopoly. Use it to apologize, mend hurts and get back to normal.
We would like for you to show off your homemade creations that are providing shelter to your beloved pets. Let’s see the doghouse you’ve set up for your dog. Or that special box for your cat. Some people go to great lengths to build shelters for their pets.
Just share it on our facebook page by clicking HERE.
National Mutt Day
July 31 is National Mutt Day, or National Mixed Breed Dog Day.
National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. National Mutt Day was created to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the many mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes.
So if you are thinking about getting a dog, visit your local shelter and find a new friend today. If you can’t adopt a mixed breed friend, you can volunteer at a pet shelter, walk you dog, or simply donate to a pet charity in memory of a lost dog.
A day just for me!
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Why Don’t Cats Like Sweets The Way Dogs Do?
Cats are carnivores so they need to eat meat and they don’t digest carbohydrates very well. They are also more picky about food than dogs and more susceptible to toxins than dogs. Dogs, in contrast, are better adapted to eating the things we do.
Information We Should Have For Your Pet
Have you ever wondered what information you should have before you bring your pet into the veterinarian? We have questions that can help your veterinarian provide the best care for your pet. Please contact us to make sure your pet’s information is up to date.
No Interest Payment Plans are Available!
You might want to consider the convenience of a monthly payment plan. There is a program called CareCredit that is similar to your credit card. It is a convenient, low minimum monthly payment program to help you accept the best treatment recommendation for your pets. No annual fees and No Interest Payment Plans are available. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.
Do You Know About Pet Insurance?
It’s becoming more popular to have insurance for your pet. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.
Please let us know if we can help you and your pet with our products and services.
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