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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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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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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 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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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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A National Cat Day Video To Warm Your Heart

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

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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FCVC a Johnstown Trick or Treat Street Stop

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

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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Kennel Stress In Shelter Dogs Takes a Toll

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

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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Family and Pets versus Rodents and Rodenticide Use

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

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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Can You Change The World of One Animal?

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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Canine First Aid Kit Essentials

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

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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Still Special – Whether Deaf or Blind or…

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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Deaf Dogs May Amaze You

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

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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Millennials Love Their Pets – 73% Have a Pet

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

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

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

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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Pet Birth Defect Awareness – Pets Living Life with Birth Defects

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

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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