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Because today is Gingerbread House Day, we thought we would be a little different and bring you a gingerbread dog house 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 a gingerbread house recipe for the dogs, you can make a pet safe Christmas treat your canine friends will give you the five star paws of excellence for.
Here at FCVC we understand that keeping your felines and canines happy and entertained can be quite a feat. So we have undertaken to find some of the best dog and cat toys that are highly rated by actual users. And we have included the current sale price for these items on that big retailer that you all know and love (Amazon). If you order now, you can have them under the tree for Christmas. Your pets are bound to love you and be endlessly entertained.
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!
What would the world be without volunteers? Not nearly as great a place as it is. We celebrate International Volunteer Day 2018 to give due respect to those wonderful souls who volunteer.
FCVC celebrates World Wildlife Conservation Day this Dec 4th. We bring you this information on how wildlife in the world is being affected by those who would choose to profit from killing animals. How can you help? Spreading awareness of the problem and choosing to act to save animals are two ways.
FCVC loves cats (and dogs), and since the month of December was declared Cat Lovers Month, we thought to bring you some kitty tidbits from our friends at Figo:
At FCVC we understand that most people do not want to think about the words pet and emergency in the same sentence. Unfortunately, emergencies do happen when we least expect them and often when the veterinary clinic is not open. There are a number of good resources to help you prepare in advance to giving first aid for pets. This one is from our friends at the AVMA:
Part of the FCVC mission is to help you maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle for your pets. This includes the diet they eat. Unfortunately, from time to time, the source of your pet’s food can become contaminated, before it leaves the factory. The companies involved usually issue voluntary pet food recalls of their products – but these recalls do not always make the news headlines. With the help of our friends at Petful, we bring you these lists.
FCVC continues from our previous article yesterday looking at what the best dog and cat foods are so that you can make a good an informed choice about what is available on the market and whether it is a good choice for your pet or not. We bring you these researched findings from Reviews.com:
In light of this recent finding (see video) – and warning – from the FDA about grain-free dog foods and heart disease, FCVC looked into what pet food facts you should know when looking for the healthiest pet food to feed your canine and feline friends.
FCVC understands that it can be tough to be a pet parent during the holidays. We prepare lots of food and eat lots of food. And then there are the Thanksgiving leftovers to be reckoned with. This article gives you ten clues as to what leftovers are safe for your pets and those that are not.
FCVC understands that pets ARE family and as much a part of the Thanksgiving holiday as all our human bonds.
While pets love to eat what you do – not every thing you eat is good for them. We want to help you make it a pet friendly thanksgiving feast for your Fido (or Freda).
When you run across something that you think – “Wow! What a great idea!” – you just have to share it. That’s exactly what we thought when we came across this article from The Dodo about a shelter who encourages people to invite shelter dogs over for Thanksgiving dinner. It all started when a shelter director said…
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! But we need to be aware that the human food we prepare may not be good for our canine and feline friends. We bring you some holiday safety tips from our friends at the American Veterinary Medical Association:
Anytime you can get out and have a fun time with your pet friend is bound to be a good time! Take advantage of National Take a Hike Day this Saturday, Nov 17th. We bring you thoughts on hiking from Cheryl Strayed, a fun pet video, and info about the day from our friends at DaysoftheYear.com:
At FCVC our goal is that our pet parents have happy, healthy pet friends. In order to create happy pets, they need a combination of diet, exercise and maintenance care – just like their pet parents! We have gathered together some excellent tips for healthy pet care from our friends at Healthline:
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 from our friends at the ALVMA and PetDiabetesMonth. This video is a good way to learn about feline and canine diabetes:
The world can sometimes feel like a lonely place, with the grind of work and home. Take a moment on Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day to look up from your phone or computer to do something positive for someone else. Smile at that stranger on the bus, compliment your coworker, pay for the next person’s coffee…the day is yours to make delightful!
This is National US Antibiotics Awareness Week (Nov 12-18) and unless you are a practicing medical professional it will probably go unnoticed by the vast amount of the population. That’s something they should worry about, right? Except antibiotic use should concern you because pet resistance to antibiotics affects humans and pets:
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. From our recent articles on Adoption of Senior Pets and Shelters and Rescue facilities, you already know that many pets (especially Senior, black and needful pets) languish for months and years before being adopted – if ever. Were you aware of the percentage of veterans that return home with PTSD? The statistics can be alarming –
In our previous article on National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day we touched on the symptoms for canine cancer awareness. We wanted to bring to your attention this excellent repository of canine cancer information that we found at WeAreTheCure.org. It is one of the most extensive libraries that we have seen collected on one page.
Full Circle is brings this article to you on National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day in the hopes that increased knowledge about the facts, symptoms and likelihood of cancer in dogs will help you understand what your pet faces in its lifetime.
If your cat is a finicky eater, you may have looked for alternatives in the pet store. But did you know you can easily make kitty dinners with diy homemade cat food recipes? Do It Yourself may seem a little strange, but your furry feline will be purring all night with contentment after you put one of these tasty recipes in their bowl. You may also find that you get more mileage from your efforts, than from those cans you buy. Our friends at CatsLoveToKnow bring you these irresistible homemade cat food recipes:
FCVC has seen many animals affected by cancer. It is heart-breaking to see pets with cancer. During Pet Cancer Awareness Month we are passing on the steps you can take to minimize the risk of cancer. Keep your dog at a health weight. Spay or Neuter. Avoid toxins. Know the symptoms. Visit your vet twice a year for checkups.
At FCVC, sometimes we just stumble across things. In our research for National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, we bumped into this event on the American Cancer Foundation (ACF) blog:
At FCVC we love senior pets—that’s why we are thrilled that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged-friend to your family, consider opening your home and your heart to an older dog or cat in need.
FCVC wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween! A few favorite pix to enjoy…
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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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Closing out the National Vet Tech Week 2018 Celebration with a Thank You to veterinary technicians from their furry pet friends:
Can you Adopt a Pet from a local shelter or rescue?
FCVC is celebrating Vet Tech Week 2018 and we hope you enjoy the glimpses into the life of a veterinary technician.
FCVC is celebrating National Vet Tech Week 2018 showing the life of veterinary technicians working along side veterinarians
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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 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.
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