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Full Circle Veterinary Care is happy to acknowledge National Vet Tech Week 2021 in honor of all the veterinary technicians we have had the pleasure of working with. We wouldn’t be what we are without them!
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FCVC brings 7 ways to celebrate your dog during National Dog Week 2021, 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:
FCVC supports those who advocate not purchasing pets from the puppy mill industry. Sadly, puppy mills do still exist. Very often the living conditions in puppy mills are deplorable. Can you help?
Today is National Deaf Dogs Rock Day! We bring you a fun story and video pinpointing why deaf dogs “rock”
In this post we want to look at three more Pet Insurers – Healthy Paws, Figo and Pets Best. Along with Trupanion (in our previous post), these insurers get high marks in their industry. We wanted to know if there is a big difference in price and if there are any “Gotchas!” In other words, are you going to get your money’s worth?
September is a busy month as Puppy Mill Awareness Day, the start of Deaf Pet Awareness Week and Responsible Dog Ownership Day are this month on the same day (Sept 19th)!
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.
What is Credit Card Care vs Insurance?
Users of everyday credit cards will recognized that they are used for expenses that occur as they happen. Insurance is pre-paid (usually a monthly payment) against a point in time when the need occurs.
CareCredit is a health financing credit card which you apply for and is subject to approval. Their veterinary option says:
Our pets are not so communicative about telling us when they hurt. FCVC would like to do its part in raising the awareness that our pet friends can suffer. Pain that you might otherwise not see.
This is a subject that can rile up passions on both sides – for or against. There are people who say that it is the best way to provide the best possible care for your pet – without going into major debt. Like a life vest, you can consider it to be a preventive measure.
Then there are those people who say use a credit card and insurance is not worth the expense. This is a topic that you will need to individually decide about for you and your pets. We are try to help this discussion along with a series to provide some facts about insurance providers and what they do cover when it comes to expenses.
As Full Circle Vet Care celebrates Labor Day with you – we wish you safe travels in all your adventures!
Whatever you decide to do, we hope that all pawrents and pet friends will have a safe and happy day off like the Full Circle Vet Care team. 🙂
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.
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.
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!
Full Circle Veterinary Care is celebrating its 24th Anniversary of being in business on September 17, 2021. Celebrate with us. Enter the $100 gift certificate drawing!
In celebration of Ginger Cat Appreciation Day (Sept 1st) 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.