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Dog Hydration Tips for Canine Health

Dog Hydration Tips for Canine Health

Your Dog's Health - Dog Hydration Tips Summer brings to mind that we need to keep an eye on how much our dogs are drinking. It is a basic question - Are they getting enough water? How do you know? A dogs body is approximately 80% water! (Compare that to 55%-60% water...

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Remembering Pets on World Pet Memorial Day

Remembering Pets on World Pet Memorial Day

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.

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Barks and Meows for Pet Appreciation Week

Barks and Meows for Pet Appreciation Week

Giving Lots of Love for Dogs & Cats During Pet Appreciation Week June 5-11
How to Show Appreciation to Your Pets

Showing your appreciation towards your pets means that you are showing them love and displaying appreciation to your pet or pets means that you appreciate them and the role that they play in your life and those closest to you.

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Why Microchip Your Pets? It May Be a Passport Home

Why Microchip Your Pets? It May Be a Passport Home

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.

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Can You? It’s Adopt a Cat Month

Can You? It’s Adopt a Cat Month

With the onset of “kitten season,” it’s no surprise that June has been designated as Adopt a Cat Month and Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

If you’ve been thinking of adopting a kitty, now is the time to do it! Even if you can’t adopt, you can still help out by donating your time, cash or supplies.

Here are 5 ways you can help:

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Living Up To the Role of Responsible Animal Guardian

Living Up To the Role of Responsible Animal Guardian

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.

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Celebrate National Pet Month with your best friend

Celebrate National Pet Month with your best friend

National Pet Month is here, and as you dream up fun ways to display how much you care for your canine companion during the 31 days of dogged devotion to companion animals, why not transform your compilation of ideas into a barket list! LOL

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Can We Empty the Shelters on Adopt a Shelter Pet Day?

Can We Empty the Shelters on Adopt a Shelter Pet Day?

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.

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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 National Tabby Day, we bring you some facts and fun about the domestic cats that some people call “tabby” and are orange, ginger or marmalade.

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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Hairballs in Cats are Disagreeable and Icky

Hairballs in Cats are Disagreeable and Icky

No two ways about it: Hairballs in cats are unpleasant (and icky!). And they’re not just disagreeable for the person who has to clean them up — they can cause intestinal blockages, which can be a serious health problem for your cat. It’s a given that your cat is going to groom herself, so what can you do to keep hairballs to a minimum?

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Sir Patrick Stewart Speaks Up Against Dog Fighting

Sir Patrick Stewart Speaks Up Against Dog Fighting

he ASPCA partnered with iconic actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, to “Raise awareness on the prevalence of dogfighting in the U.S. and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against one of the most brutal forms of animal cruelty.” on National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.

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5 Tips to Giving First Aid for Pets

5 Tips to Giving First Aid for Pets

During National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, there are a number of good resources to help you prepare in advance to giving first aid for pets. The thing to consider is – How would you react in an emergency for your pet? Are they limping, coughing, convulsing, vomiting? The list can go on…

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FYI: Pets and Heartworm Awareness Month

FYI: Pets and Heartworm Awareness Month

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month.
It is so important for your pets that you know about what heartworm disease can do to them.
Not every dog owner is well versed in the potentially deadly parasite.

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National “If Pets Had Thumbs Day” March 3rd

National “If Pets Had Thumbs Day” March 3rd

March 3rd brings “If Pets Had Thumbs Day.” Celebrating this whimsically wacky day, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten things your pet would probably do if he did indeed have opposable digits. Our pets could be a lot more independently minded.

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Raising Awareness During National Poison Prevention Month

Raising Awareness During National Poison Prevention Month

Pets are curious and often can’t resist smelling, tasting and sometimes swallowing foods, plants and other items in our homes that interest them,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “Poison-proofing your home is important.”

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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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