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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.
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.
Tasty DIY Homemade Cat Food Recipes for Favorite Felines
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:
Can You Give $5 to Research to Cure Pet Cancer?
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:
Happy Halloween! from Full Circle Veterinary Staff
FCVC wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween! A few favorite pix to enjoy…
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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!
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.
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.
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.
Closing Out Vet Tech Week 2018 Celebration
Closing out the National Vet Tech Week 2018 Celebration with a Thank You to veterinary technicians from their furry pet friends:
Vet Tech Week 2018 – A Labor of Love
FCVC is celebrating Vet Tech Week 2018 and we hope you enjoy the glimpses into the life of a veterinary technician.
Vet Tech Week 2018 – We Appreciate You
FCVC is celebrating National Vet Tech Week 2018 showing the life of veterinary technicians working along side veterinarians
National Feral Cat Day 2018
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Remembering Our Pets – Past and Present
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recall: Rad Cat Raw Diet Cat Food – ALL TYPES
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: