FCVC Blog - We Talk PetsKeeping pet owners in the know
FCVC is an advocate of taking care of animals in the best way possible. We support National Mutt Day as an effort to bring awareness to the plight of so many homeless cats and dogs and other pets. If you can support another pet at your house be sure to check out the adoption agencies and shelters caring for a multitude of pets. There are over 17,000 shelters in the USA. You can use the Adopt-A-Pet search widget on our home page to view many of these available pets.
FCVC loves cats (and dogs), and since December was declared Cat Lovers Month, we thought to bring you some kitty tidbits
As we near one of the major holiday celebrations of the year we want to be aware that pets and Thanksgiving can coexist with all the preparations going on in the kitchen. These goings on will be of major interest to your pets as it smells great and, of course, that is where you are!
FCVC covers World Diabetes Day Pets Awareness in November during National Diabetes Month. Just like people, our animals can also suffer from diabetes. One of the keys to controlling this disease is proper diet, which deters obesity. We bring you this information on the risk of cats and dogs to become diabetic…
In honoring those who serve, both past and present, we thought you would be encouraged to hear of a program that brings returning veterans and animals in shelters together. Were you aware of the percentage of veterans that return home with PTSD? The statistics can be alarming…
People are encouraged this week (Nov 2-8) to become acquainted with their local shelters and rescues to learn how they can give back.
Whew! We made it through Halloween! We hope you and your pets made it through safely, too. Now we slide into the month of November and today is National Cook for Your Pets Day. If you are so inclined to cook as a treat for your pets, we bring you some healthful recipes from our friends at HeroPetBrands and SavvyHomemade:
As Halloween creeps up on us this weekend, FCVC believes that it is important to be a responsible pet owner. We want to help keep your pets safe this Halloween by offering up a few important tips.
We thought we would share the origin of how the most loved of plush animals came to be: The Teddy Bears History on Plush Animal Lovers Day.
Many of the dogs that are used in dogfighting are pitbulls and so to help erase this negative stereotype around pitbulls and similar breeds we bring you this article for National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
October is exciting for kids in anticipation of Halloween and adults thinking about the perfect costumes. However, you could make a world of difference in a shelter dog or cat’s life by adopting this month. The ASPCA started this event and we bring from their site the ways you can participate this month:
Protecting your dog or cat is a pet owner’s primary responsibility. FCVC knows this isn’t easy in the world we live in. Unlike the dog in our picture, you can’t just wrap them up in a protective bag to keep them safe. Things just happen. They eat things they shouldn’t. They wander off in that second you weren’t looking. They get in fights with other pet friends. However, you can take preparedness steps so that you aren’t caught totally off-guard
FCVC knows there are many, many feral cats in the world. They do not have forever homes and they generally would not be comfortable there, having been raised in the wild. But each of us can help to reduce the problem. Foremost, by having our own pets spayed and neutered. Then by helping support those programs that trap, neuter and return feral cats.
FCVC supports giving cats a home, but sometimes cats living in your neighborhood don’t want to live inside, but outside. Misinformation abounds and we bring you this article from Alley Cat Allies (and a short video):
As in human obesity, it is tough to get a handle on it for your pet when it has become a full-blown, undeniable case of obesity. As a responsible pet owner, you are the one who controls what your pet eats on a regular basis. We urge you to get answers to the “5 Questions You Should Ask The Vet About Your Pet”. Ask us!
Full Circle Veterinary Care is happy to acknowledge National Vet Tech Week 2020 in honor of all the veterinary technicians we have had the pleasure of working with. Vet techs have an amazing skill set and they do a wonderful job helping vet doctors give your pets the best possible care. We hope you will view the video and glimpse a small part of what a vet tech does. Your pets deserve the best in pet care and it takes everyone on the veterinary health care team to make that happen. We appreciate them – we hope you will, too!
October is Pit Bull Awareness Month and Pit Bull Awareness Day is on Oct. 26th. We are bringing awareness to the Myths vs. Facts about pit bulls. We hope you will spend the three minutes to view this video created by the Salt Lake County Animal Services:
American Humane created this month’s campaign to spotlight how many animals are waiting to get their permanent homes. Maybe you can help? And we have a gift for you!…
Full Circle Veterinary Care is offering a FREE physical exam for any dog or cat adopted from The Humane Society or any accredited animal rescue organization. (A $55 value). Your new pet must be examined by one of our veterinarians within two weeks of the adoption date. Please call for an appointment as soon as you adopt at 970-587-5140.
FCVC cares about you and your pets. There are multiple reasons for walking the dog, but the two most important are – its good for them and its good for you.
Your next question might be – “Why do we need a whole week to talk about walking the dog?”
Yes, it is a real thing, unfortunately. FCVC hopes you are NOT afraid of black dogs (or black cats!). As you read this article and watch the video below, you will find that there is a real bias against black coated pets, known as Black Dog Syndrome (BDS).
However, we believe informed pet parents can make a difference when it comes to making their next choice of a pet. On this Oct 1st, which is also National Black Dog Day, we would ask you to please consider: 1) an older shelter or rescue pet and 2) take a look at a black coated pet first.
In 1986, National Fire Safety Council, Inc. (NFSC, Inc.) developed Firepup®, a friendly Dalmatian cartoon character, in an effort to make learning about burn prevention and life safety issues, fun, entertaining, and non-threatening.
To Geri Coe, winning Full Circle’s $100 gift certificate. Geri Coe’s name was drawn from the September entries in celebration of our 23rd Anniversary in business.
We appreciate all our pet friends and their pawrents in the Northern Colorado – Johnstown – Milliken communities that we serve. It has been a delight to have so many new pet friends visit us each year.
Thanks to all who came to the clinic to register for the contest!
FCVC knows that in the United States, rabies is not the threat that it is in the rest of the world. But we can help keep the rabies threat from re-occurring and we can help eliminate it in the rest of the world. Being informed about rabies is an excellent start. We support World Rabies Day 2020 and we bring you this educational article on the subject of rabies from our friends at RabiesAlliance.org:
FCVC brings 7 ways to celebrate your dog during National Dog Week 2020, as a way to celebrate every canine, not just those with a pedigree. This article from our friends at TheDogDaily and EntirelyPets shows you how and gives a little history:
September is a busy month as Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day and Responsible Dog Ownership Day are all this month – on the same day!
Each year, the AKC invites its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs, along with other pet-related organizations, to host Responsible Dog Ownership Days to help educate the public in their communities about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets.
FCVC stands in support for those who advocate not purchasing pets from the puppy mill industry. Very often the living conditions in puppy mills are deplorable. A much better option is to buy from a reputable rescue or shelter facility. There are several links at the end of this article for finding a pet through shelters or rescues.
Full Circle Veterinary Care is celebrating its 23rd Anniversary of being in business on September 18, 2020. Come celebrate with us. Enter the $100 gift certificate drawing!
If 2020 is not a poster child for disaster preparation, we don’t know what is! We have been hearing of record number of hurricanes in the Tropical Storm pattern this year (Sally is looming large off the Gulf coast), fires at home here in Colorado and terrible toll-taking fires in California.
But floods, tornadoes and fires can happen any time. This month is National Disaster Preparedness Month. There is no better time than now to think about what reaction you would have if an emergency is occurring and you only have minutes to leave your home.
It’s a day of love and remembrance for our pet friends. In addition to National Pet Memorial Day today, we can also celebrate National Hug Your Hound Day.
National Hug Your Hound Day was created by Ami Moore, author and Canine Behaviorist. Her desire is to make America more “pup friendly”, as it is in Europe.
Gone, but not Forgotten – Sept 13th is National Pet Memorial Day
FCVC recognizes that all too often our pets lives seem so brief. They give us so much love and then, one day, they are gone. Remembering your pet friends after they depart is one way to honor them.
FCVC knows that keeping your cat happy is tied to your cat being healthy. Healthy cats are happy cats. One of the problems is that cats do not express when they are unhappy very well. Bored cats are not happy. Cats need stimulation and activity. 5 simple suggestions for keeping your kitties happy during Happy Cat Month
In celebration of Ginger Cat Appreciation Day (Sept 1), we bring you some facts and fun about the orange tabby that some people call ginger from our friends at KittenToob. A famous cartoon kitty is an orange tabby – the beloved Garfield.
Tabby cats are very common felines, but they’re not actually recognized as a breed. It’s not a fact that many people are aware of, but it’s one we know and are happy to share with you. They’re some of the cutest cats in the world, as well as the most common.
If you adopt a dog (or cat) from an accredited local shelter, Full Circle Veterinary Care will provide a FREE first physical exam for any dog or cat adopted. Just bring in your paperwork within 7 days of adopting your new pet for this special offer. Call us at FCVC for more details and to make an appointment, 970-587-5140.
In celebration of #Cat2Vet day, we would like to share this information about preventive care versus reactive care for your feline(s). Keeping up with your felines’ health may not be high on your priority list of things to do and your kitties are generally reluctant to tell you that they need any looking after. As a matter of fact, most cats will not even indicate when they are in pain.
We love the black cat on National Black Cat Appreciation Day, August 17th, and we just wanted to share this fun article we found at Romper.com:
Full Circle supports the efforts to make sure your pets are microchipped. FCVC can implant the microchip in your pets in a quick, painless procedure. This article from our friends at Health Paws Pet Insurance is a great explanation of what the Check the Chip Day is all about:
FCVC knows how you love your animals – we love ours, too! And while we certainly don’t need an excuse – be careful how you spoil your canine on Spoil Your Dog day.
FCVC loves supporting those opportunities to bring animals out of shelters into loving homes. In advance of this months nationwide event, we wanted to tell you who is doing what to Clear the Shelters:
Happy DOGust 1st!
Today may be the first of August, but it’s also what many animal lovers around the world celebrate as the birthday for shelter animals. This is an event North Shore Animal League America says is “the universal birthday for all shelter and rescue dogs since most often their actual dates of birth are unknown.”
FCVC is concerned not only for the well-being of the pets brought in for our care, but also for the well-being of our pet owners. We highlight National Immunization Awareness Month, because staying protected against serious illnesses can be a matter of just taking your shots. It’s a great time to make sure your pets are vaccinated, too. Not sure if your pets’ shot records are up-to-date? We can help you with that. Give us a call at 970-587-5140.
Happy 4th of July! from all the staff at Full Circle Veterinary Care
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Dog owners want to keep their four-legged best friends safe. But, let’s be honest. Even the most loving dog owners have lost their pet at one point and experienced nearly unbearable fear and anxiety. That’s why (after a microchip!) a GPS dog tracker may help.
We thought we would give you information about a universal microchip for pets lookup tool at Pet Microchip Lookup sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
There are many ways to protect pets. To keep them from being lost. One of the tried and tested methods is to microchip your pets. We look at the three main benefits of microchipping our pets and an extra level of protection to keep our animals safe.
At Full Circle we know that a pet’s passing is part of the life cycle. Pets have much shorter life spans than their human pet parents. We have had multiple pets go over the Rainbow Bridge and we miss them greatly. World Pet Memorial Day 2020 is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of our pets that have a special place in our hearts forever. Although pets are only in our lives for a short time, they stay in our memories forever. It’s a small consolation, but it’s nice to know there are many ways you can honor the memories of your pets this June.
After reading our FCVC blog article on June is Adopt a (Shelter) Cat Month you might have decided a new cat was just the way to round out your family. Here are some more tips on choosing and caring for your new cat:
Before choosing a new cat, do your research and think about your options. Keep in mind the personality, age, and appearance, you’re looking for as well as the kinds of pets you already have at home. If you’ve never owned a cat before, it’s also important to know what taking care of your new cat will involve in advance.
Quotes That Suggest Why You Might Have a Pet As a Best Friend
Today (June 8th) is National Best Friends Day. In light of that, here are a few quotes that indicate you could have a pet as best friend.