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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:
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
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:
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:
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!
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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. As a precursor to the National Pet Memorial Day this Sunday, September 9th we thought we would share these thoughts from Dog.com on ways to appreciate and honor them:
In some instances, dogs are not only valuable family members, but life-saving aides. Working dogs can be found in military and law enforcement agencies worldwide, but also in hospitals, schools and citizens’ homes as service and therapy dogs. There are several important differences between service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs, but all have important jobs that save lives.
As Full Circle Vet Care celebrates Labor Day with you – we wish you safe travels in all your adventures!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On August 9th, we posted an article about a recall of the Rad Cat Raw Diet Cat Food that just had two types involved. There is now an FDA update that covers all the types of this line of food – issued August 21, 2018.
In an expansion of previous recalls, now the entire product lineup shipped out within a 15-month period — all recipes, all sizes — has been recalled.
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.
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.