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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:
It’s National Pet Dental Health Month
(But its not just for dogs!)
Has your pet had a dental checkup lately?
Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.
That got us thinking – how do we view responsible pet ownership? While there isn’t an exact definition for it the America Kennel Club gives each of us a great starting point for how we view our pets 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.
Do Your Furriends Wish For These Best Cat Toys? I suppose we should not be surprised that number 1 has catnip in it, as do 5 of the top 10. Or that there are 3 flopping fish in the top 10. Which left a two-way tunnel, a circle track ball (for chasing), springs and a...
We will have to admit that we did not think the #1 dog toy best seller on Amazon would be a dog chew. However, it makes sense, as canines like to chew on things and the real bacon flavor is probably irresistible. We laughed at plushes Gumby, Stuffingless and Lambchop, and were amazed at the success of Outward Hounds Hide a Squirrel and Nina Ottosson interactive play games. If you are looking for a new activity for your pet friend, you are sure to find something on this list!
If you cannot take your pet with you, we have some boarding your cat for the first time tips. Even if you’re an old hand at this, you may find things you have not done before. For those of us who are pet owners, traveling means thinking about how to care for your pets. We have some boarding your cat for the first time tips and even if you’re an old hand at this, you may find it helpful.
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 humans. 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 for.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.”
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.
FCVC loves cats (and dogs), and since December was declared Cat Lovers Month, we thought to bring you some kitty tidbits
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!
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…
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…
People are encouraged this week (Nov 2-8) to become acquainted with their local shelters and rescues to learn how they can give back.
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:
As Halloween creeps up on us this weekend, 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.
We thought we would share the origin of how the most loved of plush animals came to be: The Teddy Bears History on Plush Animal Lovers Day.
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.
October is exciting for kids in anticipation of Halloween and adults thinking about the perfect costumes. However, you could make a world of difference in a shelter dog or cat’s life by adopting this month. The ASPCA started this event and we bring from their site the ways you can participate this month:
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 dog in our picture, you can’t just wrap them up in a protective bag to keep them safe. Things just happen. They eat things they shouldn’t. They wander off in that second you weren’t looking. They get in fights with other pet friends. However, you can take preparedness steps so that you aren’t caught totally off-guard
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.
FCVC supports giving cats a home, but sometimes cats living in your neighborhood don’t want to live inside, but outside. Misinformation abounds and we bring you this article from Alley Cat Allies (and a short video):
As in human 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!
Full Circle Veterinary Care is happy to acknowledge National Vet Tech Week 2020 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. Your pets deserve the best in pet care and it takes everyone on the veterinary health care team to make that happen. We appreciate them – we hope you will, too!
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 the three minutes to view this video created by the Salt Lake County Animal Services:
American Humane created this month’s campaign to spotlight how many animals are waiting to get their permanent homes. Maybe you can help? And we have a gift for you!…
Full Circle Veterinary Care is offering a FREE physical exam for any dog or cat adopted from The Humane Society or any accredited 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 as soon as you adopt at 970-587-5140.
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?”
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.
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.
To Geri Coe, winning Full Circle’s $100 gift certificate. Geri Coe’s name was drawn from the September entries in celebration of our 23rd 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 to register for the contest!
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 2020 and we bring you this educational article on the subject of rabies from our friends at RabiesAlliance.org:
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: