FCVC Blog - We Talk PetsKeeping pet owners in the know
Full Circle Veterinary Care loves all the pets that come through our doors and we know that pet parents do their best to provide great homes for their pet family. Unfortunately, lots of circumstances can conspire to put many pets into rescues and shelters. The sad part is that it could be more than two years before a pet finds a home – that’s more than 730 days!
FCVC brings 7 ways to celebrate your dog during National Dog Week 2020, as a way to celebrate every canine, not just those with a pedigree. This article from our friends at TheDogDaily and EntirelyPets shows you how and gives a little history:
September is a busy month as Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day and Responsible Dog Ownership Day are all this month – on the same day!
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.
FCVC stands in support for those who advocate not purchasing pets from the puppy mill industry. Very often the living conditions in puppy mills are deplorable. A much better option is to buy from a reputable rescue or shelter facility. There are several links at the end of this article for finding a pet through shelters or rescues.
Full Circle Veterinary Care is celebrating its 23rd Anniversary of being in business on September 18, 2020. Come celebrate with us. Enter the $100 gift certificate drawing!
If 2020 is not a poster child for disaster preparation, we don’t know what is! We have been hearing of record number of hurricanes in the Tropical Storm pattern this year (Sally is looming large off the Gulf coast), fires at home here in Colorado and terrible toll-taking fires in California.
But floods, tornadoes and fires can happen any time. This month is National Disaster Preparedness Month. 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.
It’s a day of love and remembrance for our pet friends. In addition to National Pet Memorial Day today, we can also celebrate National Hug Your Hound Day.
National Hug Your Hound Day was created by Ami Moore, author and Canine Behaviorist. Her desire is to make America more “pup friendly”, as it is in Europe.
Gone, but not Forgotten – Sept 13th is National Pet Memorial Day
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.
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
In celebration of Ginger Cat Appreciation Day (Sept 1), 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.
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). 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.
We love the black cat on National Black Cat Appreciation Day, August 17th, and we just wanted to share this fun article we found at Romper.com:
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.
FCVC loves supporting those opportunities to bring animals out of shelters into loving homes. In advance of this months nationwide event, we wanted to tell you who is doing what to Clear the Shelters:
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.”
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.
Happy 4th of July! from all the staff at Full Circle Veterinary Care
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Dog owners want to keep their four-legged best friends safe. But, let’s be honest. Even the most loving dog owners have lost their pet at one point and experienced nearly unbearable fear and anxiety. That’s why (after a microchip!) a GPS dog tracker may help.
We thought we would give you information about a universal microchip for pets lookup tool at Pet Microchip Lookup sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
There are many ways to protect pets. To keep them from being lost. One of the tried and tested methods is to microchip your pets. We look at the three main benefits of microchipping our pets and an extra level of protection to keep our animals safe.
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 2020 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Before the unexpected happens you have the opportunity to take 4 steps with your pets in mind. Today is a great time to take a few minutes during National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. If you are quarantining and social distancing, there is no better time than now to think about what reaction you would have if an emergency occurs and you only have minutes to leave your home.
At FCVC we like to feature our clients pets. Joe and Mr. Yoda came in just in time for Mother's Day. We hope you like their friendly faces, too! The staff hopes that all our pet mom's have a terrific Mother's Day! We had a few other other Mother's Day social media...
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...
During Puppy Mill Action Week, it’s a good time to demonstrate your disapproval. The majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from dog-making factories where mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are discarded or killed. Due to poor sanitation and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills are often sick.
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?
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 2020 to be contributing to the health and well-being of our animal friends.
Reminding our readers in April 2020 keep your pets healthy this spring and summer by avoiding ticks and the possible outcome of tick bites – Lyme disease.
Do you love those dogs known as the fastest couch potatoes? Greyhounds are gentle giants, quiet and loving by nature. But they need help. The COVID-19 virus has shut down racetracks running these dogs without warning and it is likely that those tracks will not open again. What can you do? Adopt a Greyhound!
The ASPCA announced a partnership with iconic actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, to “raise awareness on the prevalence of dog fighting in the U.S. and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against one of the most brutal forms of animal cruelty.”
April is National Heartworm Awareness Month.
FCVC presents this article from the AKC, because 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.
During these anxious times WHAT IF … A Digestive Calm Probiotic Could Change Your Dog’s Behavior. Full Circle carries Calming Care, Veterinary Supplements digestive calm probiotic. It is a strain shown to help dogs maintain less anxious behavior.
Rocky, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu-Lhasa Apso mix owned by Mike and Kathy Tyson, is a patient at Full Circle. He was diagnosed by Dr. Tribbey at Full Circle with a small heart murmur or leaky valve in his heart and arthritis last summer. Dr. Tribbey prescribed a medicine...
What happens when people do not bring their cat to the veterinarian’s office on a regular basis?
March 23 is National Puppy Day. Celebrate the joy of puppies and adopt a puppy that needs a good home rather than buying one. In 2006, Colleen Paige created National Puppy Day because of her love for puppies. The official motto of National Puppy Day is “Adopt, instead of shop!”
The 58th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21, 2020, marking five+ 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.
When we have to go away on a trip and cannot take our pets with us, often we will turn to putting them in a kennel, for lack of a better option.But who to call? Did you know that there is a National Professional Pet Sitters Organization?
March 3rd has been named “If Pets Had Thumbs Day.” In honor of this wonderfully wacky holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten things your pet would probably do if he did indeed have opposable thumbs. Which of these sounds most like your pet?