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Fall Toxic Pet Dangers to Watch Out For

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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Here’s to Celebrating National Vet Tech Week 2019!

Here’s to Celebrating National Vet Tech Week 2019!

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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Pitbull Awareness Month 2019 – Myths vs Facts

Pitbull Awareness Month 2019 – Myths vs Facts

As October is Pit Bull Awareness Month and Pit Bull Awareness Day is on Oct. 27th, Sunday, 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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During Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – Get a Free Pet Physical Exam

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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Walking the Dog During National Walk Your Dog Week Fights Canine Obesity

Walking the Dog During National Walk Your Dog Week 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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Animal Safety and Protection Tips For Your Pets

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?

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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Oct 1 National FirePup Day

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

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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22nd Anniversary Drawing Winner!

22nd Anniversary Drawing Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS! To Julie Green, winning Full Circle’s $100 gift certificate. Julie’s name was drawn from the September entries in celebration of our 22nd Anniversary in business.
Thanks to all who came to the clinic to register for the contest!

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Do You Have a Happy Cat? Celebrating Happy Cat Month

Do You Have a Happy Cat? Celebrating Happy Cat Month

The vets at FCVC know 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. This article from our friends at the CATalystCouncil gives 5 simple suggestions for keeping your kitties happy during Happy Cat Month:

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FREE First Physical Exam for National Dog Day!

FREE First Physical Exam for National Dog Day!

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

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Here Kitty, Kitty – It’s National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Here Kitty, Kitty – It’s National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

In celebration of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, we would like to share this information about preventive care versus reactive care for your cat(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.

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Paws-ing for Your Pets on Check the Chip Day

Paws-ing for Your Pets on Check the Chip Day

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:

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Clear the Shelters 2019 – August 17th

Clear the Shelters 2019 – August 17th

FCVC loves supporting those opportunities to bring animals out of shelters into loving homes. In advance of this weekends nationwide Clear the Shelters 2019 event, we wanted to tell you who is doing what this weekend:

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Celebrate International Cat Day August 8th

Celebrate International Cat Day August 8th

Also known as World Cat Day, it’s a holiday which was 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.

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July 15th is National Get Out of the Dog House Day

July 15th is National Get Out of the Dog House Day

Monday July 15, 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.

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Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet Carries Risks

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet Carries Risks

High levels of harmful bacteria found in many raw meat dog foods may be dangerous for more than just Fido, a new study suggests.Not only can these foods put a dog at risk, but people who live with that dog, particularly the elderly, young and immunocompromised, are vulnerable, scientists say.

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7 Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips for the New Year

7 Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips for the New Year

When the temps drop below freezing, you get cold and so do your pets. They may like to play in the snow, but prolonged exposure is another issue. We have seven cold weather pet safety tips to help your pets survive the winter elements from our friends at PetMd.com:

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10 Best Dog and Cat Toys for Christmas Gifts

10 Best Dog and Cat Toys for Christmas Gifts

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.

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Raising Awareness for World Wildlife Conservation Day

Raising Awareness for World Wildlife Conservation Day

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.

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Why Do Cats Act Like Dogs Sometimes?

Why Do Cats Act Like Dogs Sometimes?

As humans, we tend to give our animal human-like characteristics to explain their behavior. However, sometimes cats act like dogs, and some canines can have feline tendency. This article from Cuteness.com discusses why those differences may exist:

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5 Tips to Giving First Aid for Pets

5 Tips to Giving First Aid for Pets

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:

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Pet Food Recalls October & November

Pet Food Recalls October & November

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.

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Guide to the Best Dog and Cat Foods

Guide to the Best Dog and Cat Foods

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:

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Pet Food Facts – What’s Really In It?

Pet Food Facts – What’s Really In It?

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.

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Feeding Yummy Thanksgiving Leftovers to the Pets

Feeding Yummy Thanksgiving Leftovers to the Pets

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.

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A Pet Friendly Thanksgiving Feast for Fido

A Pet Friendly Thanksgiving Feast for Fido

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).

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Invite Shelter Pets for a Thanksgiving Feast

Invite Shelter Pets for a Thanksgiving Feast

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…

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Pets and Thanksgiving – Holiday Safety Tips

Pets and Thanksgiving – Holiday Safety Tips

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:

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National Take a Hike Day is Today

National Take a Hike Day is Today

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:

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6 Easy Healthy Pet Care Tips

6 Easy Healthy Pet Care Tips

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:

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World Diabetes Day Pets and You Together

World Diabetes Day Pets and You Together

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:

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World Kindness Day – A Chance To Be Positively Encouraging

World Kindness Day – A Chance To Be Positively Encouraging

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!

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Pet Resistance to Antibiotics & Why You Should Care

Pet Resistance to Antibiotics & Why You Should Care

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:

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On Veterans Day – Pets for Vets with PTSD

On Veterans Day – Pets for Vets with PTSD

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 –

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Canine Cancer Awareness

Canine Cancer Awareness

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.

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Nov 7 is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

Nov 7 is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

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.

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DIY Homemade Cat Food Recipes

DIY Homemade Cat Food Recipes

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:

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month – Giving Your Pet a Fighting Chance

Pet Cancer Awareness Month – Giving Your Pet a Fighting Chance

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.

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month – Give a Forever Home

Adopt a Senior Pet Month – Give a Forever Home

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.

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