What you need to know about your pet 

 August 2019 

Vol. 9, Issue 8

Small Town Feel;

State of the Art Care

Full Circle V.E.T.

 “Very Exciting Tidbits”

a newsletter with information important for pet owners

Dear Pet Owner,

Rachel Mahone Office Manager

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.


Mission Statement

Full Circle Vet Care

At Full Circle Veterinary Care we 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.

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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 This Issue
Rocky Enrolls in CSU Vet Studies
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
August 15th is National Check the Chip Day
Client Appreciation Day
National Dog Day is August 26th
Feline Fridays
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More Tidbits (Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?, Information We Should Have for Your Pet, No Interest Payment Plans, Do You Know About Pet Insurance?)

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Rocky Enrolls in CSU Vet Studies via Full Circle Veterinary Care
Rocky, a 12-year old shiatzu-mix, who was adopted by Mike and Kathy Tyson from the Humane Society of Weld County, is a long-term patient of Full Circle Vet Care. Recently, he was having trouble walking and was tired. Dr. Tribbey, who noted that he had a heart murmur, recommended that Rocky have an echocardiogram at CSU. She also put Rocky on an arthritis medicine which greatly reduced inflammation and improved his ability to walk after one week.
Kathy and Mike Tyson with Rocky

Kathy and Mike Tyson with Rocky at CSU 

After an initial visit to the CSU Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Marissa Ames suggested that Rocky might be a good candidate for two studies. The RAAS 2019 Fingerprint study, which was completed by Dr. Ames and assistant Kaitlin Brunk on July 1 was a single visit for physical examination, echocardiogram, blood pressure, and blood/urine sampling. The results found that Rocky has degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD). DMVD is a common heart disease found in older, small breed dogs. When the mitral valve has degenerative changes, it allows varying degrees of insufficiency (leaky valve), which results in volume overload (excess) of blood within the left atrium and left ventricle. If the volume of insufficiency is significant enough, it results in chamber enlargement and eventual pressure increase within the left side of the heart.

Based on echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), Rocky has a mild leak at one of the heart valves (mitral), and this leak has not yet caused any enlargement of the heart. In the future, if his left-sided chamber enlargement progresses, the vets may start a medication that should improve heart function and delay the onset of congestive heart failure (fluid accumulating in the lungs). Signs of congestive heart failure include difficulty breathing, increased breathing rate and effort, and coughing. At this time, Rocky has no evidence of congestive heart failure.

Dr Marissa Ames, Kaitlin Brunk and Rocky

Dr. Marissa Ames and Kaitlin Brunk with Rocky

Rocky also qualified to be in an ongoing degenerative mitral valve disease clinical trial run by Dr. Scansen at CSU. In this study, older dogs will be put on a special diet and will have examinations which include the echocardiogram and other tests four times during the next year. All of Rocky’s lab and test results are sent to Full Circle Vet Care in Johnstown.



Rocky waiting patiently for his testing at CSU



rocky echocardiogram

Rocky’s echocardiogram

rocky at csu

Rocky at CSU



August is National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.  It’s a great time to make sure your pets are vaccinated, too.  If you have any question, contact us to see if your pet is current on it’s vaccinations. Call Full Circle Veterinary Clinic at 970-587-5140.

vaccination awareness month

August 15 is National Check The Chip Day
August 15th is Check the Chip Day

August 15th is National Check the Chip Day

Is your pet microchipped? When was the last time their microchip was scanned to check that it’s still working? When was the last time you updated your microchip registration?

Bring your pet into Full Circle Vet Care for a complimentary scan and we’ll help you make sure your microchip can do its job if your beloved pet is ever lost, or found far from home. Come see us anytime during the month of August and we will check your pet.  No appointment needed and there is no cost!
The Humane Society of the United States indicates that 1 in 3 pets will get lost during their lifetime. Microchipping is the only unique, unalterable, tamper-proof and permanent form of identification that owners can provide for pets.
 August 15th is Check the Chip Day
A microchip gives pets a silent voice when they can’t speak for themselves. A microchip will help us, another vet, a shelter or an animal control agency contact you so that your beloved can find its way home!
A microchip is as small as a grain of rice and is easily implanted between your dog or cat’s shoulder blades. It’s no more painful than any other vaccine, no sedation is required, and it takes only seconds – but it can save your pet’s life!


Microchip Your Pet

If your pet is not microchipped, we can implant a chip that will give you peace of mind for your pet.  Call Full Circle Vet Care for all the details at 970-587-5140.



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 $55.00 to $40.00

Technician Fee       Discounted to only $15.00

Call today for your appointment — 970-587-5140

  Customer Appreciation Day


National Dog Day is August 26

Dogs have been “man’s best friend” for over 15,000 years.  We rely on our wonderful canine companions to keep us safe, bring us comfort, and love us unconditionally. National Dog Day is our opportunity to show our deep appreciation for these remarkable animals and to find homes for all of the dogs in need of a loving family.

Adopt a Dog

To celebrate National Dog Day, adopt a dog (or cat) from your local shelter. Full Circle Veterinary Care will provide a FREE first physical exam for any dog or cat adopted from the Humane Society.  Bring in your paperwork within 7 days of adopting your new pet for this special offer.  Call us for an appointment at 970-587-5140.

Feline Fridays

Every Friday is Feline Friday at Full Circle.  Special Clients deserve a Special Day for all of us to say “Thank You” for your business! Save 10% on services for your feline every Friday.  Excludes food and surgeries.

Feline Friday


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More Tidbits …..

Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?
Cats have a “righting reflex” that lets them reorient their bodies in midair to avoid injury.  Cats are more likely to survive a fall from higher places because it gives them more time to right themselves.

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.

Rachel Mahoney
Office Manager
Full Circle Veterinary Care
Small Town Feel; State of the Art Care



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