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12 Common Dog Breeds & Their Health Issues

Often pet parents choose a particular breed for a pet because someone in the family, or perhaps friends, have had one before. Sometimes pets are chosen just because the puppy was sooooo cute! However, as animals age and problems for the breed become an issue, the pet parents may wish they had made a little more informed decision. Arming yourself with information about your specific breed will help you to understand what is going on when the issues arise – and spot early symptoms, when it is the best time to take your pet to the vet.

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Celebrating National Holistic Pet Day

FCVC celebrates the National Holistic Pet Day with the knowledge that what we do is in keeping with the tenets of treating the whole animal.

National Holistic Pet Day was started by Coleen Paige from the Animal Miracle Foundation to encourage owners to look at all issues that could impact on the welfare of their pet.

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Preparing Your Pooch For Winter Weather

The nights are getting cooler as the temps slide down the scale to winter weather. Now is the time to consider your pets needs for dealing with winter temps. This article from our friends at PetsWebMD.com gives you the reminder run-down:

When the temperatures drop, dogs need special care to stay healthy, safe, and warm. Whether your pup spends lots of time outdoors or goes out for a couple of quick walks, he needs your help to avoid cold-weather health hazards. Keep a few basic tips in mind this winter.

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Recalls: Cat Food List 2018

In the spirit of equal time, since we posted the 2018 dog food recalls yesterday, we thought we would post the 2018 cat food recalls, too.
It is, thankfully, a short list.

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Recalls – Dog Food List 2018

It is easy to let many recall notices go by in passing. We may think, “I should check that out,” but activities get in the way and time goes by and we just let it go.

What you may not realize is how many of them there are in a year. However, if it doesn’t impact your brand, you may never know. But you might want to check and see if your pet food brand was on this list so far this year.

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Celebrating 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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For Pets Who Are Allergic To Fleas

Fleas are one of the most misery-making pests you can run into. If your cat or dog is allergic to them that can be even worse. In this article from our friends at WebMD.com we see how to spot FAD and get treatment. Working with your veterinarian is a key step:

Fleabites make most pets itch. But some dogs and cats are allergic to the pests. Your doctor may call this flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) or fleabite hypersensitivity. If your pet has a flea allergy, “even one or two fleabites can make your pet miserable,” says Carol Osborne, a veterinarian at Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center in Chagrin Falls, OH.

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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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The Real Meaning of “Dog Days of Summer”

Curiosity about the real meaning behind the phrase “the dog days of summer” took us to this interesting article from our friends at the Mother Nature Network:

The dog days of summer are known for being among the hottest of the season. Such days conjure up listless floating in the pool, scrambling to find shade and, of course, dogs panting even though they haven’t been running around. It’s too hot for running, after all.

Despite the phrase’s association with heat-struck canines, it has nothing to do with them. Well, it has nothing to do with earthbound dogs anyway.

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National Black Cat Appreciation Day

While we realize National Black Cat Appreciation Day was yesterday, we just wanted to share a this fun article on black cats we found at Romper.com:
All cat lovers know that their pets are special, but people lucky enough to share their home with black cats have special reason to rejoice this week. Friday, Aug. 17, is Black Cat Appreciation Day, according to the ASPCA. (My own midnight-black kitty would argue that she should be appreciated every day.) And really, it’s about time black cats got their due after having gotten such a bad rap over the years.

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Paws-ing to Check Your Pets’ 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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A Universal Microchip Lookup Registry

In advance of National Check the Chip Day tomorrow, August 15th, we thought we would pass on information about a universal microchip lookup tool at http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

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How Smart is Your Kitty?

Something to get your week going – an interesting comparison of cats, dogs and humans. Did you know your cat can manipulate you with it’s meow’s?

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Is Your Dog Not Eating?

FCVC knows it can be disconcerting when your dog does not want to eat. This article from our friends at PetsWebMD.com pinpoints some of the possible causes and solutions to try before the last resort of going to the vet.

Whether you’ve had pet dogs for years or you’ve just adopted your first puppy, it can be very distressing when your dog won’t eat. There are a variety of reasons for loss of appetite in dogs. It’s important to determine the cause in order to design the best treatment plan.

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Pampering Your Pet on a Budget

As a follow-up to Spoil Your Dog Day and National Lazy Day on the subject of pampering our pets – we ran across this article from our friends at PetSafe. Marketing research specialist Jessica wrote:

My dog, Emmitt, had his 2nd birthday last week. I guess in dog years that means he’s a teenager. Since last week was Emmitt’s birthday, I decided I’d share some fun and unique ways to pamper your pet(s) that we did in my household!

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National Spoil Your Dog Day – Did You Need An Excuse?

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 dog. The suggestions in this article from Chewy.com are all great ideas for pampering your pooch. A little bling, a sweet smelling bath, a massage, a deluxe bed, fun toys – who wouldn’t want to sign up for those?!

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Recall: Radagast Pet Food – 3 Lots of Rad Cat Raw Food and…

Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is recalling three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe because testing results indicate they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Company is also recalling one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe because testing results indicate it has the potential to be contaminated with Shiga Toxin producing E. coli O121.

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Celebrate International Cat Day

International Cat Day, also known as World Cat Day, is 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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Give It Your Best Shot

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.

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Work Like A Dog Day

Today is…

Work Like a Dog Day

The English language is often confusing. Take, for instance, two common idioms we use in our everyday lives: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog.”

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30 Fun Dog Facts

We did not want to leave out our canine pet friends from the fun fact fest. So we have this list of dog facts for you today:
Did You Know…
1. A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.
2. Basenji dogs don’t bark. They yodel.

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42 Feline Friday Fun Facts

We thought we would trot out some fun feline facts to start off your weekend with a few smiles – whether you have a kindle or a clowder. (Hint – a kindle is not related to Amazon…)

Did you know…

In many parts of the world, black cats are considered to be good luck!
Moggy is the British slang term for a domestic cat that does not have a pedigree.
Cats sleep for about 2/3 of their lives. When your cat is 12 years old, it will have been awake for only 4 years of its life!
Cats today live about twice as long as they did 50 years ago.
Cats have 4 rows of whiskers. They can move the top 2 rows independently of the bottom 2 rows.

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Old Wives Tale Put To Rest: Cats and Babies

Today, shelters are still visited by tearful mothers-to-be with cats in tow, having made their appointments after well-meaning relatives or old-school obstetricians have convinced them that keeping a cat risks the health and well-being of their unborn child. Don’t succumb to these old wives’ tales. Knowing the facts will help provide ways to safeguard both fetus and feline.

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Happy DOGust 1st

Happy DOGust 1st!

Today may be the first of August, but it’s also what many animal lovers around the country call “DOGust 1st,” 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.” We celebrate the 10th anniversary of this tradition started in 2008.

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FDA Alert – Canine Heart Disease From Dog Food

On July 12, the FDA announced that dog owners should be aware of a connection between food their animals are eating and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease. The diets in the cases reported to the FDA frequently list “potatoes or multiple legumes such as peas, lentils, other “pulses” (seeds of legumes), and their protein, starch and fiber derivatives early in the ingredient list, indicating that they are main ingredients”.

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National Mutt Day aka National Mixed Breed Dog Day

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.

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Clear the Shelters Event 08.18.18

FCVC loves supporting those opportunities to bring animals out of shelters into loving homes. In advance of tomorrow’s “National Mutt Day” (aka Mixed Breeds Day) event, we thought we would share an upcoming event closer to home.

The Larimer Humane Society will be having their “Clear the Shelters” day on August 18, 2018, from 9am-5pm.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It ? Part 3

In this post we want to look at two more Pet Insurers – Healthy Paws and Figo. 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?

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Part 2

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:

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? – Part 1

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.

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The Secret Life of Your Outdoor Cat

Have you ever wondered how far your cat wanders when they go outside? What adventures they encounter? It might be farther and scarier than you think! This research done by the University of Illinois casts some light on your pet’s trails.

Researchers (and some cat-owners) wanted to know: What do feral and free-roaming house cats do when they’re out of sight? A two-year study offers a first look at the daily lives of these feline paupers and princes, whose territories overlap on the urban, suburban, rural and agricultural edges of many towns.

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The Gum You Chew May Poison Your Dog

Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

There are certain sugar-free gums, candies, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and baked goods which contain xylitol, a 5-carbon sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. When ingested by dogs, xylitol may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure. This naturally-occurring sugar substitute is also available as a granulated powder for cooking and baking.

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9 Dangerous Human Foods for Cats

Cats are part of the family, so it’s only natural to want to share our food with them. Although your cat may not be interested in a lot of the things you eat, she may still help himself to something she shouldn’t eat.
What to Watch For

Any food not specifically formulated for cats can affect the digestive system, causing vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite. Here are some foods of particular concern:

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Saltwater Can Be Lethal to Dogs

Having fun in the summer often means excursions to saltwater, sand and sea adventures. But you need to know that saltwater can be deadly to your pets – here’s why:
Summer Safety: Saltwater A Lethal Threat to Dogs

Monday, July 9, was supposed to be a fun day in the sun with his Labrador retriever, O.G.

After a day full of classes and studying, Taylor took O.G. to Honeymoon Island, a dog-friendly beach in central Florida.

“He was like any other Lab. He loved to play in the water, loved people, and was a big old goofball,” Taylor told WebMD. “We were swimming and having a good time. We took breaks, and I made him drink fresh water, but we just stayed out too long.”
Later that night, his dog started vomiting and had diarrhea, something that had happened after other beach trips. But by Wednesday, the pup wasn’t eating and was lethargic.

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Having a “Fraidy Cat” for Real

Some cats become more sensitized to weather events than others. Here’s the scoop on why your kitty’s reaction may be off the wall.

Thunderstorm Phobias in Cats

The persistent and exaggerated fear of storms, or the stimuli associated with storms, is referred to as thunderstorm phobia. To treat this condition, your veterinarian should have some grasp of pathophysiology, as this phobia involves physiologic, emotional, and behavioral components.

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Smelly Dog Breath? Find Out Why

Because dental health is so important to the over-all health of your pet, this article features causes of bad pet breath.

We all know bad breath — also known as halitosis — when we smell it. Bad breath is the result of a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your dog’s mouth, lungs, or gut. Persistent bad breath can indicate that your dog needs better dental care or that something is wrong in his gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys. In all cases, halitosis is a red flag that should be investigated.

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9 Most Common Summer Pet Dangers

At FCVC we know that summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather and mingle with family and friends. In turn, it can also be a season of dangers for your pets. This article highlights some of the most prevalent. (Not so common: One person online said their dog ate the citronella candles!)

Summer has long been a time for vacations, cookouts and pool parties. When the temperature heats up, the dangers to pets increase, too. To keep your dog, cat and other furry friends safe, make sure you are prepared.

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Exploring the Colorado Trails with Fido

What better way to see Colorado and get you and your best dog pal some exercise? Colorado has an abundance of dog friendly trails that you can hike together. A new resource called AllTrails.com lets you know if the trails are dog friendly (usually on a leash).
For example you can go to Horsetooth Falls on the Horsetooth Rock Trail. Horsetooth Rock is viewable from the edge of Fort Collins). A description of the trailis listed:

Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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When Its Too Hot For Your Pet

Check out tips for dealing with the heat for your pets and the infographic from the ASPCA site that we found helpful:

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

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Spotting Hip Dysplasia in Canines

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal disorders seen in dogs. The condition is characterized by a malformation of the coxofemoral (hip) joint.

Instead of the normal tight fit between the acetabulum (cup or socket) and femoral head (ball), animals with this condition suffer from a laxity within the joint. The malformation is a result of both genetic and environmental factors.

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What to Do When Your Dog Hates the Rain

We’ve all been there—shivering in the relative shelter of the porch as we attempt to convince our dogs to get out there and do their business in the pouring rain. There is no more worthy adversary than a dog who hates to get wet.

“Dogs probably don’t like going out in the rain for the same reason we don’t—it is just unpleasant,” says Dr. Bonnie Beaver, Professor at Texas A&M University. “We have the advantage of being able to use umbrellas and raincoats, especially to keep rain from hitting our face. Dogs don’t have that ability.”

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Pets Need Dental Care, Too!

Close your eyes and run your tongue against your teeth. Now imagine never brushing your teeth and having that same experience. It’s no wonder so many of our dogs have “Dog Breath”.
Regular dental care is an important part of preventative health care for your pet. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet’s teeth, gum disease erodes the roots of the teeth causing tooth loss.
In addition, what many people don’t realize, is that every time your pet chews they are showering their bloodstream with harmful, even potentially life threatening bacteria.

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Sunburn is a Risk For Our Pets

The temps are roasting hot! Let’s make sure it isn’t us and our pets that are roasting!

Humans are not the only ones who need to monitor their exposure to UV rays: animals are at risk too.
Human or animal skin with little or no pigmentation is very sensitive to the sun in general.

Dogs and cats with white or thin coats are at particular risk, as are animals with very closely sheared fur or with certain pre-existing conditions. Hairless pets or pets with very short or thin fur can also be vulnerable.

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Cat Behavior Problems & Medications – Part 2

We continue our blog post from part 1 on cat behavior problems and the use of medications for treating them…
Medicines for Treating Ongoing Behavior Problems

Behavior problems that involve day-to-day household issues, such as problems between multiple cats within a household, or ongoing problems, such as excessive grooming, are best treated with medicines that are given long term, such as TCAs, MAOIs and SSRIs.

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Cat Behavior Problems & Medications – Part 1

Cats are considered perfect pets by many people because they’re relatively self-sufficient. If we provide a few basics-like a clean litter box, fresh water and access to nutritious food-they share our lives without demanding constant care. However, this same benefit can sometimes create problems when things go awry. When a cat develops a behavior problem, pet parents are often at a loss as to how to solve it.

As with dogs, many behavior problems in cats can be resolved with a change in management of your pet or your pet’s environment.

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Rescuing Donkeys: Longhopes Donkey Shelter & Adoptions

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 the rescue shelter efforts.

There are many easy ways you can help the Longhopes Donkey Shelter!

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Rescued by Longhopes Donkey Shelter and Adoptions

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.

Recently Dr. Mahoney adopted two rescue donkeys from the Longhopes Donkey Shelter. Their pictures are here on the left.

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.”

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Aging Cat Behavior Changes

As they age, cats often suffer a decline in functioning, including their cognitive functioning. It’s estimated that cognitive decline-referred to as feline cognitive dysfunction, or FCD-affects more than 55% of cats aged 11 to 15 years and more than 80% of cats aged 16 to 20 years. Memory, ability to learn, awareness, and sight and hearing perception can all deteriorate in cats affected with FCD. This deterioration can cause disturbances in sleeping patterns, disorientation or reduced activity. It can make cats forget previously learned habits they once knew well, such as the location of the litter box or their food bowls. It can increase their anxiety and tendency to react aggressively. It can also change their social relationships with you and with other pets in your home. Understanding the changes your cat is undergoing can help you compassionately and effectively deal with behavior problems that may arise in her senior years.

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