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A National Cat Day Video To Warm Your Heart

One more video this National Cat Day to make you smile and give you that warm and fuzzy feeling – when an assisted living/memory care facility gets a surprise visit from therapy cats. The best 3:30 you will spend all day!

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Therapy Cats For Anxiety on National Cat Day

FCVC likes to highlight the role of the pets in unusual and extraordinary circumstances. Cats, which are often thought of as being too aloof and independent to be trainable, are finding their way more and more into service as therapy cats.

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When is Cat Day? Your Cat Probably Knows

You might be confused about “when is cat day” ? As there are multiple days celebrating cats (and dogs) on the yearly calendar. There is global, international, world, national, national feral, happy, and black cat appreciation day. Whew! Our feline friends have managed to get onto the calendar for a bunch of days! (It might be a little competition with all the days that their dog friends have on the calendar.) 🙂 So as a short review, we bring you this video:

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A Teddy Bear’s History on Plush Animal Lovers Day

Just because we are human, we like to give the animal kingdom many human characteristics that they do not really possess. Unlike cartoon characters portrayed in the Jungle Book and the Lion King, wild animals are really not always so friendly. Yet we love to make cute representations of the animals we adore in plush huggable forms. The Teddy Bear’s History shows how this happened. So as today is Plush Animal Lovers Day, we thought we would share the origin of how the most loved of plush animals came to be:

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FCVC a Johnstown Trick or Treat Street Stop

Full Circle Veterinary Care is joining in on the festivities sponsored by the Johnstown Milliken Chamber of Commerce & the Milliken Events Committee for the Annual Trick or Treat Street on this Saturday, October 27th! The time for Johnstown Street trick or treating is between 10am and 12pm and Milliken Street time is between 12pm and 2pm.

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Scary Night! Halloween Pet Safety Tips Video

Full Circle Vet is always concerned with your family pet’s safety. We have put together this short video to give you pet safety tips for before and after Halloween night. You may have new puppies or kittens that have not been through a Halloween event or older canines and felines that may be timid and shy. Please spend a few minutes to reduce their stress about all the excitement.

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Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

As Halloween creeps up on us next week, 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, from our friends at the ASPCA.

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Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018 – Myths vs Facts

As October is Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018 and Pit Bull Awareness Day is on Oct. 27th, Saturday this week, we are bringing awareness to the myths vs. the facts about pit bulls. We hope you will spend the three minutes to view this video created by the Salt Lake County Animal Services:

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National Feral Cat Day 2018

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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Here’s to Celebrating National Vet Tech Week 2018

Full Circle Veterinary Care is happy to acknowledge National Vet Tech Week 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. We appreciate them – we hope you will, too!

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Kennel Stress In Shelter Dogs Takes a Toll

When you go to adopt a pet, some animals may seem aggressive or timid. It can take a lot of understanding and patience to coax a dog out their shell or get past a in-your-face persona. Sometimes the reticent pet you see is from kennel stress in shelter dogs taking its toll. At a forever home, the shelter animal blossoms into a loving pet. This excerpt from “Saving Penny Jane” by Amy Sutherland, gives you a window into the lives of shelter dogs. It leads you to think that just like people, animals are all all individuals.

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3D Printed Skull Cap Gives Dog New Future

Friday seems a great day for optimism. How a 3D printer and some titanium gave Patches the dachsund a longer life span. Here is a wonderful video and story reported by theBark.com that combines the veterinary science and technology:

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29 Fruits and Vegetables For Dogs They Can (And Can’t) Eat

FCVC knows that watching what your pets eat and controlling what you feed them is serious business. For the most part people food is not good for your pets. However, certain fruits and veggies can be good for them. But you have to know what you can and cannot feed your pets. This handy guide from our friends at AKC gives you 29 fruits and vegetables that your dog can eat. In the video you meet a cute young dog, Basil, who likes veggies. He is sure to make you smile.

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5 Questions To Ask the Vet To Deter Pet Obesity

Pet obesity, as in human obesity, is tough to get a handle on 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! These answers will lead you away from the pet obesity path to the healthy pet trail.

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During Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – Get a Free Pet Physical Exam

October is exciting for kids in anticipation of Halloween and adults thinking about the perfect party costumes. However, you could make a world of difference in a shelter dog or cat’s life by adopting one during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. The ASPCA started this event and we bring from their site the ways you can participate this month:

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Family and Pets versus Rodents and Rodenticide Use

In our local area, we are still surrounded by vacant lots and open farm land, while it is beautiful, it is home for rodents. Cooling temps drive rodents, like mice and rats, in to structures where they can keep warm, find food and survive the winter. The battle to eliminate these pests is a fine line between getting rid of the problem and not causing secondary injury to your family or pets. This article from the American Veterinary Medical Association points out the risks involved in protecting your family and pets against rats and rodenticide use:

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Pet Dogs Die After Eating Toxic Mushrooms in Own Yard

FCVC is aware that this tragic event could happen anywhere. In a previous article we noted that mushrooms are a fall danger that pet owners should take care to avoid. We also came across this excellent article about mushroom toxicity – what toxic mushrooms look like and what symptoms you may see in your pets. From our friends at HealthyPets:

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Fall Toxic Pet Dangers to Watch Out For

FCVC vets know that danger can pop up at any time for our pets and not just from an injury. Each season brings its own kind of dangers. From holiday candy and foods that can be lethal, to flu, allergies, pesticide use, school project glues and more!
As part of this weeks emphasis on Animal Welfare. here are a few concerns for our pets as we enter the fall season:

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Walking the Dog Fights Canine Obesity

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?”. Unfortunately, many pet owners and their pets don’t get the activity in that they should. Some don’t realize that they aren’t doing it on a regular emphasis.
So this week is really a reminder that it’s good to get out and walk and say, “Who let the dogs out!”

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Can You Change The World of One Animal?

FCVC supports World Animal Day, as the primary goal of this ongoing mission is to raise the status of animals in order to improve standards for their welfare around the globe. This is a lofty goal when it competes with sub-standard human conditions in many parts of the world. We bring you this article from across the pond, from our friends at WorldAnimalDay.org:

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Animal Safety and Protection Tips For Your Pets

Protecting the safety of your dog or cat is a pet owner’s primary responsibility. FCVC knows this isn’t easy in the world we live in. Things just happen. However, you can have take preparedness steps so that you are caught totally off-guard. This October, observe National Animal Safety and Protection Month by using these pet safety tips:

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Ready To Adopt-A-Dog This Month?

Focusing on Adopt-A-Dog month Full Circle Veterinary Care is offering a FREE physical exam for any dog or cat adopted from The Humane Society or any 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 at 970-587-5140.

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21st Anniversary Drawing Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS! To Jennifer Adkisson, winning Full Circle’s $100 gift certificate. Jennifer’s name was drawn from the September entries in celebration of our 21st Anniversary in business. Jennifer’s dog is “George,” a very cute dachshund.
Thanks to all who came to the clinic to register for the contest!

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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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Oct 1 National FirePup Day

National FirePup Day could also be called Fire Protection Learning and Awareness Day, but FirePup Day is much catchier. October 1st is the birthday for FirePup, the NFSC dalmation cartoon character.

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Celebrating (Booku !) October Pet Holidays

FCVC wants to get the month off to a good start by telling you what we will be talking about all month long on our We Talk Pets blog. While not every celebration is a fun day (like National Fire Pup Day or National Plush Animal Lovers Day), we do try to mix in the fun with the seriousness.

With September quickly behind us, October blows us into autumn with a busy month for pet recognition holidays. So in case you were wondering, our friends at DogTipper.com assembled this (not so short!) list for you to keep track:

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Canine First Aid Kit Essentials

In our experience of 20+ years, FCVC knows an emergency can happen any time. It can catch you off-guard and be a tremendous upset. We want you to be prepared for that emergency moment.

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Deafness in Dogs – What You Need To Know

In thinking about Deaf Pet Awareness this week, FCVC hopes that if you have a new puppy that you don’t have any issues. But you might be interested in checking out your new family pet for the signs of deafness in this article from our friends at Petbusiness.com

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Is There a Future With No Rabies? World Rabies Day 2018

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 2018 and we bring you this educational article on the subject of rabies from our friends at EndRabiesNow.org:

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Still Special – Whether Deaf or Blind or…

FCVC wanted to share this story from Theurerkopf’s Tails (a Blog for Passionate Pet People) that touched our hearts today. We hope you will find it simply wonderful in that these basically unwanted pets found a forever home. You may be moved to look at these special animals in a totally new light:

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Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet 4 Love

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!

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Deaf Dogs May Amaze You

Bringing awareness to Adopting a Less Adoptable pet this week also overlaps those dogs in Deaf Dog Awareness Week. We bring you an article and video pinpointing why deaf dogs “rock” from our friends at BravoTV and Deaf Dogs Rock:

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Awareness: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week

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. Our awareness article today comes from our friends at Positively:

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Celebrate National Dog Week 2018 – Sept 23rd thru 29th

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. This article from our friends at TheDogDaily gives 7 tips on how to celebrate your dog(s) this week:

Held the last week of September, National Dog Week dates back to the late 1920s or early 1930s, although it is unclear exactly when and where it began. One account attributes National Dog Week to a group of dog fanciers who wanted to promote better care of the animals.

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Millennials Love Their Pets – 73% Have a Pet

FCVC recognizes that every generation loves their pets and we are happy that the millennials find that enjoying life with a pet is very important. This article from our friends at Petful highlights how much millennials have incorporated pets into their lives:

Keeping pets safe and enjoying pet-friendly neighborhoods and lifestyles are important to this generation.

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8 Dog Car Safety Mistakes You Can Help Your Pet Avoid

Keeping everyone safe when traveling in the car is a high priority, and especially when traveling with your pet friends. This article from PetMD highlights eight dog car safety mistakes that you easily avoid with a little preparation and forethought:

For many dog owners with a quick errand to run, it may seem like a no-brainer: Bring the pup along. Whether they’re sticking their head out the window to get a whiff of fresh air, or simply sitting and watching the new sights go by, many dogs love car rides.

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Study Says: Almost Half of Pet Parents Do Not Have Car Safety Gear for Dogs

FCVC believes when it comes to traveling in a car with your dog, safety should be paramount for you both. However, a recent study from Volvo Car USA found some surprising statistics.

According to the report (which partnered with Harris Poll), an estimated 97 percent of dog owners drive with their pet in the car, but only 48 percent have safety gear for their four-legged companion.

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Gabby the Lab Fetches Golf Balls

This is just a fun story! Fetch, Gabby!
From our friends at PetMd.com:

At the Mt. Ogden Golf Course in Ogden, Ohio, an unlikely duo is helping to retrieve lost golf balls from all over the course.

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Responsible Dog Ownership Day

September 15th is a busy day as Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day and Responsible Dog Ownership 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.

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Puppy Mill Awareness Day – You Make A Difference

September 15th is Puppy Mill Awareness Day.
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. We bring this article to you from our friends at AwarenessDay.org:

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Pet Birth Defect Awareness – Pets Living Life with Birth Defects

FCVC knows that not all pets are created perfectly. Some come into this world with birth defects that could have been prevented had safer breeding practices been used. However, many pets with birth defects can lead happy normal lives. In an effort to raise awareness about pet birth defects that are “common, costly and critical” on Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day, this Saturday, Sept 15th, we bring you this article with eight inspiring dog stories from our friends at Rover.com:

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4 Steps For Pets Disaster Preparedness

We have been hearing of hurricanes in the Tropical Storm pattern this year (Florence is looming off the Carolina coast), but floods, tornadoes and fires can happen any time. This month is also 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.

The question is “What are you prepared to take with you?” People often think of their family (yes, first!), then documents, treasures and pictures. Often, what gets forgotten are the pets needs – special foods, medications, grooming brushes and toys. This article from our friends at the AKC gives you a quick rundown on what to gather in a kit for a dog (but for cats as well!) to be prepared on an instant’s notice:

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Dog Years to Human Years – It’s NOT 7 to 1

What we used to think we knew about how dogs age is not really how it works. Common knowledge is not always correct and in this instance is off by a bit. So if you want to know the real age of your dog versus human years – there is a little more math involved. (Or, you can look at the handy chart below which has it figured out for you). We bring you how the American Kennel Club says it should be done:

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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

September is quite the month! We have already talked about Happy Cats, Guide and Service Dogs and Pet Insurance as celebrated month events. There are still a couple to go. This article focuses on Animal Pain Awareness Month. Our pets are not so communicative about telling us when they hurt. FCVC would like to do its part in raising the awareness of pain our pet friends can suffer, that you might otherwise not see. Our friends at the IVAPM have materials especially for this month:

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Hug Your Hound Day – Sept 9th

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.

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Remembering Our Pets – Past and Present

Join us as we celebrate National Pet Memorial Day on September 9, 2018 honoring our pets both past and present. Held each year on the second Sunday in September, this prestigious event was established more than 40 years ago by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories in recognition of the important role that our beloved pets play in our lives.

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