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Cats can have an amazing range of eye colors. But why is that? What makes your cats’ eye colors?
Cat eye colors start with the iris
The colored area around the pupil of the eye is called the iris. The iris has two layers, the stroma and the epithelium.
People often associate September with the start of school, football season, and Fall – and September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. So while you’re planning your seasonal fun, consider these 7 steps to celebrate your dog and practice your own responsible dog ownership.
FCVC hopes to bring awareness for this week long National Dog Week celebration as a way to celebrate every dog, not just those with a pedigree.
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.
Yesterday was National Deaf Dogs Rock Day! We bring you a fun story and video pinpointing why deaf dogs “rock” this week.
To Marge Carr winning Full Circle’s $100 gift certificate. Marge’s name was drawn from the September entries in celebration of our 25th 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 or entered online to participate in our giveaway contest!
Gone, but not Forgotten – Sept 11th is National Pet Memorial Day 2022
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.
Full Circle Veterinary Care is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of being in business on September 17, 2022. Celebrate with us. Enter the $100 gift certificate drawing!
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.
Floods, tornadoes and fires can happen any time. This month is National Preparedness Month (NPM). 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.
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!
In celebration of Ginger Cat Appreciation 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.
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). 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…
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.
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.
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.
FCVC loves supporting those opportunities to bring animals out of shelters into loving homes. Starting today, during this months nationwide event, we wanted to tell you who is doing what to Clear the Shelters:
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. COVID has certainly heightened the awareness for vaccines. We highlight National Pet Immunization Awareness Month, because staying protected against serious illnesses can be a matter of just getting your pet a shot.
Happy DOGust 1st!
Today is 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 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.
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.
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.
We know summer will be warm, but we need to be proactive about not only protecting ourselves, but also pet friends when the heat climbs to “too hot.” We have some tips for how to do that:
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? We can help with that!
Passing on a little information about a universal lookup tool at Pet Microchip Lookup sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). If you have the number, after the pet is scanned, but not the registry – this will help!
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.
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.
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:
We are on the verge of summer with Memorial Day weekend. Thoughts of travel and outings are uppermost in our minds. How to make it safe for our pets, too?
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.”
Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal.
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:
That got us thinking – how do we view responsible pet 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.