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National Take a Hike Day is Today

Anytime you can get out and have a fun time with your pet friend is bound to be a good time! Take advantage of National Take a Hike Day this Saturday, Nov 17th. We bring you thoughts on hiking from Cheryl Strayed, a fun pet video, and info about the day from our friends at DaysoftheYear.com:

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6 Easy Healthy Pet Care Tips

At FCVC our goal is that our pet parents have happy, healthy pet friends. In order to create happy pets, they need a combination of diet, exercise and maintenance care – just like their pet parents! We have gathered together some excellent tips for healthy pet care from our friends at Healthline:

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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 from our friends at the ALVMA and PetDiabetesMonth. This video is a good way to learn about feline and canine diabetes:

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World Kindness Day – A Chance To Be Positively Encouraging

The world can sometimes feel like a lonely place, with the grind of work and home. Take a moment on Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day to look up from your phone or computer to do something positive for someone else. Smile at that stranger on the bus, compliment your coworker, pay for the next person’s coffee…the day is yours to make delightful!

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Pet Resistance to Antibiotics & Why You Should Care

This is National US Antibiotics Awareness Week (Nov 12-18) and unless you are a practicing medical professional it will probably go unnoticed by the vast amount of the population. That’s something they should worry about, right? Except antibiotic use should concern you because pet resistance to antibiotics affects humans and pets:

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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. From our recent articles on Adoption of Senior Pets and Shelters and Rescue facilities, you already know that many pets (especially Senior, black and needful pets) languish for months and years before being adopted – if ever. Were you aware of the percentage of veterans that return home with PTSD? The statistics can be alarming –

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Canine Cancer Awareness

In our previous article on National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day we touched on the symptoms for canine cancer awareness. We wanted to bring to your attention this excellent repository of canine cancer information that we found at WeAreTheCure.org. It is one of the most extensive libraries that we have seen collected on one page.

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Nov 7 is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

Full Circle is brings this article to you on National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day in the hopes that increased knowledge about the facts, symptoms and likelihood of cancer in dogs will help you understand what your pet faces in its lifetime.

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DIY Homemade Cat Food Recipes

If your cat is a finicky eater, you may have looked for alternatives in the pet store. But did you know you can easily make kitty dinners with diy homemade cat food recipes? Do It Yourself may seem a little strange, but your furry feline will be purring all night with contentment after you put one of these tasty recipes in their bowl. You may also find that you get more mileage from your efforts, than from those cans you buy. Our friends at CatsLoveToKnow bring you these irresistible homemade cat food recipes:

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V.E.T. News November 2018

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and you might consider adopting an older pet. Animal shelters have lots of animals and the senior ones are usually harder to place. When you adopt an older pet, you know that they are fully grown and many have already been trained.

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National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week

This week is National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week. FCVC wants to celebrate by thanking all the amazing shelters and rescues who help save the lives of animals every day. During this week, people are encouraged to become acquainted with their local shelters and rescues to learn how they can give back. We have included here information about pet ownership in America.

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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 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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Adopt a Senior Pet Month

At FCVC we love senior pets—that’s why we are thrilled that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged-friend to your family, consider opening your home and your heart to an older dog or cat in need.

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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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November Pet Holidays

We have rolled off the October Halloween holiday into November pet holidays and in this brand new month with more human and pet celebration / awareness days. This is the list for November

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A National Cat Day Video To Warm Your Heart

One more video this National Cat Day to make you smile and give you that warm and fuzzy feeling – when an assisted living/memory care facility gets a surprise visit from therapy cats. The best 3:30 you will spend all day!

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Therapy Cats For Anxiety on National Cat Day

FCVC likes to highlight the role of the pets in unusual and extraordinary circumstances. Cats, which are often thought of as being too aloof and independent to be trainable, are finding their way more and more into service as therapy cats.

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When is Cat Day?

You might be confused about “when is cat day” ? As there are multiple days celebrating cats (and dogs) on the yearly calendar. There is global cat, international cat, world cat, national cat, national feral cat, happy cat, and black cat appreciation days. So as a short review, we bring you this video:

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A Teddy Bear’s History on Plush Animal Lovers Day

Just because we are human, we like to give the animal kingdom many human characteristics that they do not really possess. Unlike cartoon characters portrayed in the Jungle Book and the Lion King, wild animals are really not always so friendly. Yet we love to make cute representations of the animals we adore in plush huggable forms. The Teddy Bear’s History shows how this happened. So as today is Plush Animal Lovers Day, we thought we would share the origin of how the most loved of plush animals came to be:

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FCVC a Johnstown Trick or Treat Street Stop

Full Circle Veterinary Care is joining in on the festivities sponsored by the Johnstown Milliken Chamber of Commerce & the Milliken Events Committee for the Annual Trick or Treat Street on this Saturday, October 27th! The time for Johnstown Street trick or treating is between 10am and 12pm and Milliken Street time is between 12pm and 2pm.

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Scary Night! Halloween Pet Safety Tips Video

Full Circle Vet is always concerned with your family pet’s safety. We have put together this short video to give you pet safety tips for before and after Halloween night. You may have new puppies or kittens that have not been through a Halloween event or older canines and felines that may be timid and shy. Please spend a few minutes to reduce their stress about all the excitement.

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Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

As Halloween creeps up on us next week, 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, from our friends at the ASPCA.

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Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018 – Myths vs Facts

As October is Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018 and Pit Bull Awareness Day is on Oct. 27th, Saturday this week, we are bringing awareness to the myths vs. the facts about pit bulls. We hope you will spend the three minutes to view this video created by the Salt Lake County Animal Services:

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National Feral Cat Day 2018

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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Here’s to Celebrating National Vet Tech Week 2018

Full Circle Veterinary Care is happy to acknowledge National Vet Tech Week 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. We appreciate them – we hope you will, too!

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Kennel Stress In Shelter Dogs Takes a Toll

When you go to adopt a pet, some animals may seem aggressive or timid. It can take a lot of understanding and patience to coax a dog out their shell or get past a in-your-face persona. Sometimes the reticent pet you see is from kennel stress in shelter dogs taking its toll. At a forever home, the shelter animal blossoms into a loving pet. This excerpt from “Saving Penny Jane” by Amy Sutherland, gives you a window into the lives of shelter dogs. It leads you to think that just like people, animals are all all individuals.

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3D Printed Skull Cap Gives Dog New Future

Friday seems a great day for optimism. How a 3D printer and some titanium gave Patches the dachsund a longer life span. Here is a wonderful video and story reported by theBark.com that combines the veterinary science and technology:

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29 Fruits and Vegetables For Dogs They Can (And Can’t) Eat

FCVC knows that watching what your pets eat and controlling what you feed them is serious business. For the most part people food is not good for your pets. However, certain fruits and veggies can be good for them. But you have to know what you can and cannot feed your pets. This handy guide from our friends at AKC gives you 29 fruits and vegetables that your dog can eat. In the video you meet a cute young dog, Basil, who likes veggies. He is sure to make you smile.

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5 Questions To Ask the Vet To Deter Pet Obesity

Pet obesity, as in human obesity, is tough to get a handle on 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! These answers will lead you away from the pet obesity path to the healthy pet trail.

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During Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – Get a Free Pet Physical Exam

October is exciting for kids in anticipation of Halloween and adults thinking about the perfect party costumes. However, you could make a world of difference in a shelter dog or cat’s life by adopting one during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. The ASPCA started this event and we bring from their site the ways you can participate this month:

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Family and Pets versus Rodents and Rodenticide Use

In our local area, we are still surrounded by vacant lots and open farm land, while it is beautiful, it is home for rodents. Cooling temps drive rodents, like mice and rats, in to structures where they can keep warm, find food and survive the winter. The battle to eliminate these pests is a fine line between getting rid of the problem and not causing secondary injury to your family or pets. This article from the American Veterinary Medical Association points out the risks involved in protecting your family and pets against rats and rodenticide use:

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Pet Dogs Die After Eating Toxic Mushrooms in Own Yard

FCVC is aware that this tragic event could happen anywhere. In a previous article we noted that mushrooms are a fall danger that pet owners should take care to avoid. We also came across this excellent article about mushroom toxicity – what toxic mushrooms look like and what symptoms you may see in your pets. From our friends at HealthyPets:

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Fall Toxic Pet Dangers to Watch Out For

FCVC vets know that danger can pop up at any time for our pets and not just from an injury. Each season brings its own kind of dangers. From holiday candy and foods that can be lethal, to flu, allergies, pesticide use, school project glues and more!
As part of this weeks emphasis on Animal Welfare. here are a few concerns for our pets as we enter the fall season:

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V.E.T. News October 2018

Congratulations to Jennifer Adkisson who was the winner of a $100 gift certificate to Full Circle. Her name was drawn from people that registered during September in celebration of our 21st Anniversary of being in business. Jennifer’s dog is “George,” a dachshund. Thanks to all that came to the clinic to register.

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Walking the Dog Fights Canine Obesity

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?”. Unfortunately, many pet owners and their pets don’t get the activity in that they should. Some don’t realize that they aren’t doing it on a regular emphasis.
So this week is really a reminder that it’s good to get out and walk and say, “Who let the dogs out!”

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Can You Change The World of One Animal?

FCVC supports World Animal Day, as the primary goal of this ongoing mission is to raise the status of animals in order to improve standards for their welfare around the globe. This is a lofty goal when it competes with sub-standard human conditions in many parts of the world. We bring you this article from across the pond, from our friends at WorldAnimalDay.org:

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Animal Safety and Protection Tips For Your Pets

Protecting the safety of your dog or cat is a pet owner’s primary responsibility. FCVC knows this isn’t easy in the world we live in. Things just happen. However, you can have take preparedness steps so that you are caught totally off-guard. This October, observe National Animal Safety and Protection Month by using these pet safety tips:

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Ready To Adopt-A-Dog This Month?

Focusing on Adopt-A-Dog month Full Circle Veterinary Care is offering a FREE physical exam for any dog or cat adopted from The Humane Society or any 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 at 970-587-5140.

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21st Anniversary Drawing Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS! To Jennifer Adkisson, winning Full Circle’s $100 gift certificate. Jennifer’s name was drawn from the September entries in celebration of our 21st Anniversary in business. Jennifer’s dog is “George,” a very cute dachshund.
Thanks to all who came to the clinic to register for the contest!

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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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Oct 1 National FirePup Day

National FirePup Day could also be called Fire Protection Learning and Awareness Day, but FirePup Day is much catchier. October 1st is the birthday for FirePup, the NFSC dalmation cartoon character.

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Celebrating (Booku !) October Pet Holidays

FCVC wants to get the month off to a good start by telling you what we will be talking about all month long on our We Talk Pets blog. While not every celebration is a fun day (like National Fire Pup Day or National Plush Animal Lovers Day), we do try to mix in the fun with the seriousness.

With September quickly behind us, October blows us into autumn with a busy month for pet recognition holidays. So in case you were wondering, our friends at DogTipper.com assembled this (not so short!) list for you to keep track:

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