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Jan 14 is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Jan 14 is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Whether it’s a sharp sweater, a warm jacket, or yes, an adorable lion king costume, tons of pet parents have played dress up with their four-legged friends. This is the perfect day to celebrate your pet’s impeccable fashion sense. Come see some of our favorite social media furriends inc costume!

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National Pet Travel Safety Day – Jan 2nd

National Pet Travel Safety Day – Jan 2nd

Created by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige in order to heighten awareness of the traveling needs of dogs and cats, January 2 marks National Pet Travel Safety Day. This is the time to make a resolution to keep your dog or cat safe every time you get in the car.

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Dealing with Christmas Holiday Stress for Pets

Dealing with Christmas Holiday Stress for Pets

FCVC understands being prepared to deal with Christmas holiday stress for pets is one of the last things to check off your list. But you can have happier holidays with reduced excitement from your favorite pet friends through a little preparation. Everyone will enjoy the holidays! Chat with us for suggestions 🙂

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Dog Treats – a Gingerbread House Recipe for Your Dogs

Dog Treats – a Gingerbread House Recipe for Your Dogs

A simple Christmas project that is easy to get everyone involved in (and fun to make) and tasty for your dogs! We bring you a gingerbread dog house treat recipe.
We know the holidays are chock full of baked goods and treats for the hoomans. The good news is, with a few choice ingredients for the dogs, you can make a pet safe Christmas treat your canine friends will give you the five star paws of excellence.

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4 Tips for Giving Pets as Christmas Gifts

4 Tips for Giving Pets as Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, FCVC feels like you do – pets are wonderful and everyone should have one, or two or more. (Hopefully that elicited a smile). But then again maybe, or maybe not. Having pets is a personal decision that each of us has to decide if that works for our circumstances. So then, giving pets as Christmas gifts may require thinking through what the personal biases are of the new owners and how that pet fits for their needs. These tips may help you in deciding whether or not to give a pet as a gift.

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Celebrate National Day of the Horse with Friends

Celebrate National Day of the Horse with Friends

FCVC celebrates the National Day of the Horse for our equine friends (also known as equids). While our veterinary practice is mainly dogs and cats, we have a passion for (and love) horses!

As in the resolution that created the republics Day of the Horse, we also encourage people to be mindful of how the horse has helped shape our history and the joy of having horses.

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Rescuing Donkeys: Longhopes Donkey Shelter & Adoptions

Rescuing Donkeys: Longhopes Donkey Shelter & Adoptions

In our previous blog post we told you a little about how the Longhopes Shelter does donkey rescues and adoptions. In this post you can find out ways to be a part of their shelter rescue efforts.

There are many easy ways you can help the Longhopes Donkey Shelter!

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Rescued by Longhopes Donkey Shelter and Adoptions

Rescued by Longhopes Donkey Shelter and Adoptions

FCVC does not provide animal services for donkeys or horses. However, as a veterinarian can recommend the Longhopes Donkey Shelter as a wonderful rescue facility that takes care of their animals and as a place to adopt, sponsor, donate or volunteer.

Dr. Mahoney has adopted four rescue donkeys from the Longhopes Donkey Shelter.

After viewing the facility, Dr. Mahoney said, “The facility is wonderful. You can see the animals are well taken care of, and that they love their surroundings.”

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National Mutt Day aka National Mixed Breed Dog Day (Round 2)

National Mutt Day aka National Mixed Breed Dog Day (Round 2)

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.

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Pets and Thanksgiving – Holiday Safety Tips

Pets and Thanksgiving – Holiday Safety Tips

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!

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World Diabetes Day Pets and You Together

World Diabetes Day Pets and You Together

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…

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National Pet Cancer Awareness Month – Giving Your Pet a Fighting Chance

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month – Giving Your Pet a Fighting Chance

FCVC has seen many animals affected by cancer. It is heart-breaking to see pets with cancer. During National Pet Cancer Awareness Month we are passing on the steps you can take to minimize the risk of cancer. Keep your dog at a health weight. Spay or Neuter. Avoid toxins. Know the symptoms. Visit your vet twice a year for checkups.

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On Veterans Day – Pets for Vets with PTSD

On Veterans Day – Pets for Vets with PTSD

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…

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Yes, it’s National Cook For Your Pets Day

Yes, it’s National Cook For Your Pets Day

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:

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National Feral Cat Day aka Global Cat Day

National Feral Cat Day aka Global Cat Day

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.

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5 Questions To Ask the Vet To Deter Pet Obesity

5 Questions To Ask the Vet To Deter Pet 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!

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Pitbull Awareness Month 2021 – Myths vs Facts

Pitbull Awareness Month 2021 – Myths vs Facts

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 3 minutes to view this video created by the Salt Lake County Animal Services:

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We Love The Black Cat in October and Every Day!

We Love The Black Cat in October and Every Day!

We love the black cat for Black Cat Awareness Month in October, (really every day of the year!) It shouldn’t be this way, but owners of black cats are cautioned to keep their pets indoors on and just before Halloween, because of the risk they might be teased or abused by bullies.

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Learning Is Fun Oct 1 on National Fire Pup Day

Learning Is Fun Oct 1 on National Fire Pup Day

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.

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Is Black Dog Syndrome A Real Thing?

Is Black Dog Syndrome A Real Thing?

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.

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Rabies: Facts, Not Fear – World Rabies Day 2021

Rabies: Facts, Not Fear – World Rabies Day 2021

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 2021 Facts: Not Fear.

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Awareness: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week Sept 20-27

Awareness: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week Sept 20-27

FCVC loves all animals and especially the ones we hold dear – like our rescue donkeys Delilah and Ernesto. There are so many “less adoptable” pets that are not perfect, but love their pet owners every bit as much – given the chance. You can help us raise awareness by helping others to see that the “not so perfect” pets are worth giving a home.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It ? Part 3

Is Pet Insurance Worth It ? Part 3

In this post we want to look at three more Pet Insurers – Healthy Paws, Figo and Pets Best. Along with Trupanion (in our previous post), these insurers get high marks in their industry. We wanted to know if there is a big difference in price and if there are any “Gotchas!” In other words, are you going to get your money’s worth?

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7 Steps to Celebrate September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month

7 Steps to Celebrate September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is a busy month as Puppy Mill Awareness Day, the start of Deaf Pet Awareness Week and Responsible Dog Ownership Day are this month on the same day (Sept 19th)!

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.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Part 2

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Part 2

What is Credit Card Care vs Insurance?
Users of everyday credit cards will recognized that they are used for expenses that occur as they happen. Insurance is pre-paid (usually a monthly payment) against a point in time when the need occurs.

CareCredit is a health financing credit card which you apply for and is subject to approval. Their veterinary option says:

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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

Our pets are not so communicative about telling us when they hurt. FCVC would like to do its part in raising the awareness that our pet friends can suffer. Pain that you might otherwise not see.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? – Part 1

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? – Part 1

This is a subject that can rile up passions on both sides – for or against. There are people who say that it is the best way to provide the best possible care for your pet – without going into major debt. Like a life vest, you can consider it to be a preventive measure.

Then there are those people who say use a credit card and insurance is not worth the expense. This is a topic that you will need to individually decide about for you and your pets. We are try to help this discussion along with a series to provide some facts about insurance providers and what they do cover when it comes to expenses.

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PSA – National Guide/Service Dog Month

PSA – National Guide/Service Dog Month

Bringing you awareness of National Guide/Service Dog Month. September is National Service Dog Month + National Guide Dog Month. FCVC recognizes the hardworking service animals that have many roles in helping humans cope with situations that are not what we would consider “normal”. The “service” dog label has more than just one category. There are also therapy dogs and emotional support animals.

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5 Tips For A Happy Cat – Celebrating Happy Cat Month

5 Tips For A Happy Cat – Celebrating Happy Cat Month

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 and beyond!

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Tabby Cats – Orange, Marmalade or Ginger Cats…They’re Lovable

Tabby Cats – Orange, Marmalade or Ginger Cats…They’re Lovable

In celebration of Ginger Cat Appreciation Day (Sept 1st) 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.

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Here Kitty, Kitty – It’s National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Here Kitty, Kitty – It’s National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

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.

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Paws-ing for Your Pets on Check the Chip Day

Paws-ing for Your Pets on Check the Chip Day

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:

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Celebrate International Cat Day August 8th

Celebrate International Cat Day August 8th

Also known as World Cat Day, it’s a holiday created in 2002 and is used to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to advocate for the safety and well-being of cats. This holiday is celebrated annually on August 8th.

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Give It Your Best Shot During National Immunization Awareness Month

Give It Your Best Shot During National Immunization Awareness Month

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.

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Do You Work Like A Dog Everyday?

Do You Work Like A Dog Everyday?

Today is…

Work Like a Dog Day

The English language is often confusing. Take, for instance, two common idioms we use in our everyday lives. One is – “It’s a dog’s life.” This refers to dogs being able to laze around and sleep all day, having no worries or issues more pressing than breakfast, lunch, dinner or play time.

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