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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.
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.”
Tuesday July 20th, is “Get Out of the Dog House Day .” If you’re in trouble with a loved one, today is supposed to be your day for a reprieve. This 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. 🙂
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 cute dachshund in our picture (below), you can’t just wrap them up in a protective towel and hang them up to keep them safe. However, you can take preparedness steps so that you aren’t caught totally off-guard.
Did you know that between July 4 – 6 more pets are lost than any other time? The lost pet problem in America is enormous. It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. It is also estimated that about 5 million animals enter shelters each year and of those 40 to 60 percent are lost pets.
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 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.
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.
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.
Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat – or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!
COVID-19 restrictions are easing and as we are on the verge of summer, thoughts of travel and outings are uppermost in our minds. How to make it safe for our pets?
Reminding our readers in May 2021 to keep your family and pets healthy this spring and summer by avoiding ticks and the possible outcome of tick bites – Lyme disease, or in our home state of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Understanding When Your Pet is Hurting – Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Dogs (and cats) aren’t always so eager to tell us when they’re in pain. To compound that dilemma, some common health conditions are also some of the most painful. It’s crucial to note a change in a dog’s behavior to help determine that something may be wrong.
Service dogs are exceptional examples of everything we love about dogs. These working animals dedicate their lives to serving disabled and chronically ill humans who have difficulty caring for themselves. To thank them, May is National Service Dog Eye Examination Month.
Committing to adding a new furry family member before you’re ready can be a tremendous disservice, both to the dog and to you. Here are a few questions to ask before adopting a new dog, to make sure you’re being a responsible animal guardian.
Be Proactive During Be Kind to Animals Week Building a better world for all of us begins with a few simple actions and American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is challenging people to commit to protecting and improving the lives of millions...
Your Mission: Empty the Shelters Today! (April 30th)
What a great goal that would be – to empty the shelters across the USA! Did you know: 6–8 million animals end up in shelters each year, half of which will probably not be adopted. 25 percent of pets in shelters are purebreds.
In celebration of National Tabby Day (April 30th), 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.
As veterinarians at Full Circle Vet Care, we recognize that veterinarians play an important role in keeping the health of the world’s animals at the highest level possible. We are very proud and happy during World Veterinary Day 2021 to be contributing to the health and well-being of our animal friends.
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.
Why did we bring a new app called PetPage to you?
We know you don’t need one more app on your phone. LOL
But what you DO need is a better way to manage the data about your pets.
The 60th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27, 2021, marking six decades of safer homes and saved lives. While much of the nationally-recognized effort has been directed at raising awareness with parents of small children, the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline remind us that pets are also vulnerable and susceptible to accidental ingestion of potentially life-threatening common items in the home.
Did You Know February is National Cat Health Month?
February is a short, but feisty month! Giving cats their due is we’re all about. Here are some tips to help you focus on your feline’s needs:
It’s National Pet Dental Health Month
(But its not just for dogs!)
Has your pet had a dental checkup lately?
Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.
That got us thinking – how do we view responsible pet ownership? While there isn’t an exact definition for it the America Kennel Club gives each of us a great starting point for how we view our pets ownership: “Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it’s a responsibility.” Whether you care for a dog or a cat, one thing is for sure, owning that animal comes with great responsibility and a life long commitment to the animal.
Do Your Furriends Wish For These Best Cat Toys? I suppose we should not be surprised that number 1 has catnip in it, as do 5 of the top 10. Or that there are 3 flopping fish in the top 10. Which left a two-way tunnel, a circle track ball (for chasing), springs and a...
We will have to admit that we did not think the #1 dog toy best seller on Amazon would be a dog chew. However, it makes sense, as canines like to chew on things and the real bacon flavor is probably irresistible. We laughed at plushes Gumby, Stuffingless and Lambchop, and were amazed at the success of Outward Hounds Hide a Squirrel and Nina Ottosson interactive play games. If you are looking for a new activity for your pet friend, you are sure to find something on this list!
If you cannot take your pet with you, we have some boarding your cat for the first time tips. Even if you’re an old hand at this, you may find things you have not done before. For those of us who are pet owners, traveling means thinking about how to care for your pets. We have some boarding your cat for the first time tips and even if you’re an old hand at this, you may find it helpful.
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 humans. 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 for.
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 🙂
When you do get a new ball of fur, there are a few things you may want to do to help during the adjustment phase as your new puppy settles in.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.”
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.
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!