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Ten Things Every Cat Owner Should Know

No one adopts or purchases a cat with the hope that it will misbehave, destroy the house or hide under the bed. Whenever you enter into a relationship with a cat you have expectations about sharing a wonderful life together. So what goes wrong? Well, all-too-often we’re the ones who mess things up. We’re quick to blame the cat, but we don’t follow through on our part of the bargain.

So here’s a little reminder list of ten things you shouldn’t forget:

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Cat Carriers

If you have cats, chances are you already have a carrier of some sort. If not, there are many choices – traditional carriers like that pictured above, soft-sided carriers, carriers that can be opened from the top, etc., etc.

Here are the types of carriers available:cat in carrier

Homemade carrier from items you have at home. Some people transport their cats in an old cardboard box, a pillow case, or a laundry basket. These types of carriers are not safe for moving your cat around. Cats can easily escape or become injured if you are transporting them in items that are not specifically designed to be cat travel carriers.

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Pet Pickup and Delivery

Dog owners – If you have cats, we can help them, too.
Is transporting your cat to the veterinarian a real chore? Many cat owners think so. It can be especially difficult if you have multiple cats for their appointments. We can help!

We can always help get your cat from your car to the clinic. We know many carriers can be heavy. Call us from your parking space or come in and let us know you would like help. We can come get your cat for you.

We even provide pet pickup and delivery service and make house calls in the Johnstown and Milliken area.

We are YOUR cat-friendly veterinarian!

Read more about cat carriers.

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June is Adopt a (Shelter) Cat Month

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat – or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

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Prepare for a Tick Explosion

Dogs and the great outdoors go together in Colorado like ham and cheese. But you need to keep a careful eye on pets and human bodies after venturing into the great unknown. This is why:

Experts Warn of “Tick Explosion” Coming Soon. Here’s Why & What to Do

In recent years, there’s been plenty of talk about a rising tick population across America. In part a result of this growth, “vector-borne” illnesses (or illnesses passed by blood-feeding) have tripled in the US since 2004. Because Coloradans tend to spend so much time outside, this can pose a major health concern.

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USDA Pet Air Travel Regulations

U.S. Pet Air Travel Regulations

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates air transportation of pets within the U.S. and all airlines are required by law to follow the guidelines below. Individual airlines may impose further restrictions or fees for flying with your pet. For the individual policies of each airline, refer to our Airline Pet Policies page. If you will be traveling from the Continental United States to Hawaii or a foreign country, please consult our International Pet Travel page for additional regulations imposed at your destination.

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United Airlines and Pets 2018

In March, United began a comprehensive review of the transportation of animals and, in May, announced it will be working with American Humane, the country’s first national humane animal organization, to improve the well-being of all pets that travel on United.

Effective June 18, 2018, United will implement several new policies and customer requirements for pet air transportation to improve the safety of the travel experience. Throughout the remainder of the year, United and American Humane will continue to make enhancements as needed to further improve the safety and care of animal transportation.

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Could your cat have asthma?

Feline asthma, sometimes referred to as allergic bronchitis, is very similar to the asthma we humans get. For some cats, this can be a chronic problem, while for others it can be seasonal or can come and go inexplicably. In some instances, once a cat’s airway is restricted, your cat’s ability to breath can become life-threatening in just minutes.

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Remembering Dogs of WWII

For those brave dogs who served, but didn’t come home.

Guam will always remember its 1944 liberation from Japanese occupation and honor the U.S. soldiers who risked, and gave their lives to make it happen. But there are also, “the few, the proud, the Marines” who made the ultimate sacrifice on all fours – 25 faithful canines from the 2nd and 3rd War Dog platoons.

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Remembering Military Heroes

Everyone has a story to tell, even Military Working Dogs, who are loved by the men and women who work with them. These dogs have saved countless lives and in many stories have lost their own lives. This story recognizes six such canine heroes.

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Pets and Crowds

Have you ever wanted to take your dog to a street fair, Saturday market, parade, or a pet expo but haven’t because you are afraid of controlling your dog in large crowds? Or, have you taken your dog to one of these events and then had to leave because you just weren’t able to control your dog? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Handling a dog in a crowd can be a difficult and stressful situation. There are a lot of dangers within the crowd itself — people stepping on your dog, tripping on them, other dogs that may or may not be friendly, children running up and grabbing your dog from behind or by the ears — not to mention your dog’s reactions to all of the sights, smells and other stimuli going on around him. The following simple tips should relieve the stress and help you control your dog in a crowd.

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Battling Pet Anxiety with All-Natural ProQuiet

We all know what happens when we eat a big turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. The post dinner sleep kicks in, not entirely because of a massive food coma, but because of a lovely little amino acid called tryptophan. Scientists have actually found that tryptophan has the same calming effect in our dogs and cats as it does in humans. Luckily for us, we can actually utilize this in an all-natural supplement called ProQuiet.

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Pet Car Travel Tips

In addition to the ThunderShirt we have available for sale at FCVC, here are more tips on traveling with a pet that is subject to issues like car anxiety and car sickness.

How to Overcome Your Dog’s Car Travel Anxiety

Your dog is your best friend, which means you want to bring her with you everywhere you go. But do you have one of those dogs that just doesn’t travel well in the car?

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Beat Summer Pet Anxiety – Meet ThunderShirt!

Calm Your Pets Biggest Fears

(and save some cash!)

Spring and summertime can bring a lot of fun in the sun for us as well as our pets! Unfortunately for our pets, it also brings loud thunder storms, fireworks and lots of travel; which isn’t always enjoyable for our furry friends! Fortunately, we do have nice alternatives to medicine for calming our pets. One of these nice alternatives is the original Thundershirt! Thundershirts can be pricey, but (lucky for you!) we have them on sale for $29.99 in the clinic until July 15th, while supplies last! We have limited stock so be sure to come in soon to grab one.

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Prepping Pets for Memorial Day

Our pets love summer just as much as we do! It’s the best time of year to be out and about, enjoying all that the season has to offer, including picnics, hikes, swimming, running or just enjoying a nap in the backyard with your fur babies. While these are all great activities, I’ve got some tips to offer for a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.

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After the microchip – Pet GPS trackers

Dog owners want to keep their four-legged best friends safe. That’s why they train them to stay in their yard, keep them on leashes when going for a walk, and take them to the vet regularly for checkups and care. But, let’s be honest. Even the most loving dog owners have lost their pet at one point and experienced nearly unbearable fear and anxiety.

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Lost Dog! Oh, no! But Wait, Is He Microchipped?

There are many ways to protect your pet. To keep them from being lost. One of the tried and tested methods is microchipping your pet. Here we look at the three main benefits of microchipping your pet and an extra level of protection to keep your dog safe.

3 Benefits of Microchipping Your Pet

Scans Save Lives
When your dog gets lost, it can become frightened. Occasionally causing it to dash into dangerous, unfamiliar territories. This often means that ID tags fall off in the chaos.

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Are You a Fan of Simon’s Cat?

Simon’s Cat is popular with millions worldwide. Have you seen this full color version of “Off to the Vet”?
All of us who have tried to get a cat ready for a trip to the vet can relate! We love our cats, but they don’t always make it easy to care for them.

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You, Your Pets and RV Travel

Summer is here, and it’s time to start planning your vacation. If you’re wanting to take your pets along with you this year, consider hitting the road in a recreational vehicle (or RV). You won’t be alone, Kevin Broom, director of media relations for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association,says: “According to our spring survey of RV owners (completed in April), 61 percent of RVers travel with pets.” He adds that survey data shows that about 90 percent tote their dogs, while 14 percent are accompanied by their cats.

Any time you’re traveling with pets, of course, there are safety concerns to consider.

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Have You Scheduled Your Pet Friend Visit to the Vet?

Bringing your dog or cat to the veterinarian’s office on a regular basis can ward off serious illness and help to avoid high bills later.

Your dog can’t tell you in words that his teeth hurt, nor can your cat confide that her leg doesn’t feel right. Fortunately, information like that—and much more—can be determined during a pet’s physical exam.

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Why Do Dogs Woof or Cats Meow?

Dogs and cats seem to have plenty to say. Dogs whine, bark, howl, and growl; cats meow, purr, hiss, and yowl. Are they trying to tell us something? Some scientists think they are. Many believe it is highly likely that pets, because they depend on us, have evolved communication systems that function to manipulate and control our behavior.

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Tips for Traveling With Your Pet Friends This Summer

We all need a vacation once in a while. But for pet owners, the thoughts of leaving our furry friends behind—even for a few days—can filled our vacation with worry. That is, if you can even bring yourself to leave your pets in the first place.

If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. A recent survey from Nature’s Recipe found two-thirds of pet parents nationwide wish they could take their dog on every trip. Because of the hassle of bringing your best friend along, however, nearly half of pet parents avoid traveling with their pooches.

It doesn’t have to be that way though.

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Do you have a favorite – “If I fits…”?

Take heart feline enthusiasts. Your cat’s continued indifference toward her new Deluxe Scratch DJ Deck may be disappointing, but there is an object that’s pretty much guaranteed to pique her interest. That object, as the Internet has so thoroughly documented, is a box. Any box, really. Big boxes, small boxes, irregularly shaped boxes—it doesn’t matter. Place one on the ground, a chair, or a bookshelf and watch as Admiral Snuggles quickly commandeers it.

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PetSmart Reaches Milestone of 8 Million Adopted Pets

We are so impressed by those who choose to adopt pets!

Potential Pet Parents Can Keep Pet Adoption Momentum Going by Helping Local Pets in Need Find Loving Homes

PHOENIX – May 17, 2018 — With the help of nearly 4,000 animal welfare partners across North America, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities today announced they reached an unprecedented milestone of 8 million pet adoptions since 1994.

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Is a reptile right for your family?

Reptiles can make excellent pets but sometimes inexperienced owners are overwhelmed when they realize how expensive and difficult some reptiles are to care for. Unfortunately, many owners go home from pet stores with incomplete and even incorrect information on the proper care of their chosen reptiles.

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Hiking tips for you and your pet

Warm weather is a natural draw for getting out and enjoying the bounties of summer before the next cold arrives in the fall. And naturally, our dogs want to get out and enjoy the warm weather, too.

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Keep your dog safe at the lake or pool this summer

Many dogs love a trip to the lake, river or ocean, and many others love to go boating. But preventing accidents that could injure your dog? That’s up to you. Even dogs who swim well can drown, just as people who are good swimmers sometimes do. People and dogs both often overestimate their skills, and they frequently don’t give enough respect to the water and the weather.

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Carrier Training for Cats

Many people have experienced the stress of trying to get a cat into a carrier to go to the vet. But it doesn’t have to be traumatic for you or your cat.

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Is Your Pet Having a Neuro Exam? What to expect…

Other than seizures, we often mistake neurological changes in pets for other medical problems. We assume a pet who won’t eat feels sick to her stomach – not that she can’t eat. In older pets especially, we assume lameness or weakness stem from arthritis, orthopedic...

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Causal effect – Dental problems in Cats and Dogs

Dental problems in dogs and cats can cause or be caused by other health problems. Pet dental problems can be similar to those in people, although cavities are less common in pets. These problems can include periodontal disease, tumors in the mouth, infected teeth, and...

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Don’t Miss Signs of Neurologic Disease in Your Cat

Don't miss these signs of neurologic disease in your cat. A wide variety of nervous system conditions can put your cat's life at risk. Here's what to look for. Although it’s only the size of a golf ball, your cat’s brain is just about as complex and, when it comes to...

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Periodontal Disease Fact

Fact: 80% of dogs have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age. It’s important to know that there are multiple stages of pet periodontal disease and without proper veterinary dental exam, cleaning and radiographs, there is no way to know if...

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What happens at a pet dental cleaning?

Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age. Dental disease can result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss. Bacteria under the gum can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. A professional dental cleaning...

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Why Does My Dog Fall Down?

In dogs, falling can be a sign of something serious... Little kids love spinning in place until they fall down. But when we're talking about our dogs, there's really no good reason for loss of balance. So why do dogs fall down? Is it possible to treat loss of balance?...

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Are Pet-Safe Ice Melts Completely Safe?

Are Pet-Safe Ice Melts Completely Safe? The short answer is no, pet-safe ice melts are not completely safe. While some ice melts are “safer” for pets than others, they all carry some risk. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center classifies all ice melt products as...

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Signs of Neurologic Disease in Cats

Don't miss these signs of neurologic disease in your cat. A wide variety of nervous system conditions can put your cat's life at risk. Here's what to look for. Although it’s only the size of a golf ball, your cat’s brain is just about as complex and, when it comes to...

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February is Responsible Pet Owners Month

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. Do you know what it takes? Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. The benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities. These include: Lifelong care of the pet. This means...

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Smile, Fido! February is National Pet Dental Health Month 2019

It’s National Pet Dental Health Month 2019 – Has your pet had a dental checkup lately?

Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

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Groundhog Day…Brrr!

The groundhog hath spoken! Welcome to six more weeks of winter. This morning, Punxsutawny Phil scurried out of his little marmot hole and saw his shadow. This omen indicates a longer winter. Great.

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Client Appreciation Day! Wednesdays

Special Clients deserve a Special Day for all of us to say "Thank You" for your business! Save on these services every Wednesday: Office Visit $40.00 (Discounted from $50) Technician Fee     Discounted to only $15.00  Questions? Ask us! Call today for your appointment...

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