February 2018

Vol. 8, Issue 2     




Small Town Feel;

State of the Art Care

Full Circle V.E.T.  
 "Very Exciting Tidbits"
A newsletter with information important for pet owners  

Dear Pet Owner,

Hi. I'm Rachel Mahoney, Office Manager here at Full Circle. Thank you for caring for your pet and reading our newsletter. We hope you will find valuable information that you can use for your pet and it's needs.                                            



Mission Statement
At Full Circle Veterinary Care
we are committed to the human/animal bond through client and community education on animal care and health. Our focus is on the prevention of disease as well as the art of healing. We want to support you in all stages of owning a pet from helping you choose a lifelong companion to saying good-bye to a lifelong friend. In this way, together, we will come... Full Circle.  
Member Better Business Bureau, Johnstown-Milliken Chamber of Commerce, Johnstown Milliken News, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Weld County Veterinary Medical Association (WCVMA).  
In This Issue
February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Dog Training
Prescription Medications For Your Pet?
Happy Valentine's Day
Could Your Cat Be Sick?
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More Tidbits (Information We Should Have For Your Pet, No Interest Payment Plans are Available!, Do You Know About Pet Insurance?)

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Why is pet dental care important for your pet? 
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 broken teeth or jaws.  If you notice symptoms in your pet like discolored teeth, reduced appetite, pain or bleeding around the mouth, bad breath, or loose or broken teeth, your pet should see a veterinarian immediately.  A veterinarian should check your pet's teeth at least once a year.
Cleaning your pet's teeth   
If your pet's teeth need to be cleaned by a veterinarian, anesthesia is required.  Why?  For several reasons.  Anesthesia enables the veterinarian to clean the teeth below the gumline where most dental disease occurs.  Without anesthesia, injury to the pet or the veterinarian performing the dental cleaning can occur.  Under anesthesia, there is less stress and pain for your pet and better cleanings can be done.    
Because February is National Pet Dental Health Month, Full Circle is offering 10% off all dental cleanings during the month of February.
Please sign up early as there are a limited number of surgery appointments available. 
Call today for your appointment at 970-587-5140.
For more information on pet dental health, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website.  
What can you do at home to for your pet's teeth?  
Routine brushing of your pet's teeth can help reduce plaque and tartar on their teeth.  It is the single best thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy and reduce the need for dental cleanings by your veterinarian.  
Click HERE for a video of Dr. Mahoney demonstrating various ways to clean your pet's teeth.   
Dog Training
We refer dog and puppy training to Amy Creaven, KPA-CTP.  

Check Amy's website at or email her at .

Prescription Medications For Your Pet?
Here is a common questions we get from our clients:  "I have been prescribed medication for my pet, but now I look at stories on the internet of this same drug hurting other pets and I'm afraid to use it."

The internet is such a wonderful source of information, but one of the best sources to scare yourself in both human and veterinary medicine out there.  All medications have side effects.  What we as doctors have to do is try to balance the risks vs. the benefits to your pet for any particular medication we prescribe.  If your pet has been prescribed medication, it is because there is enough perceived benefit to that medication to warrant its' use. 

So, how can you keep your pet as safe as possible on any medication? 

First, perform the recommended testing prior to starting the new medication.  Make sure your pet is a good candidate for this medication before we start it.

Second, use ALL of the medication at the prescribed dose for the prescribed amount of time.  Half of the dose is not only ineffective, but not any safer than the correct dose.  Perform follow up testing.  For example, many medications should have repeat blood work in 14 or 30 days to make sure that the drug is causing no harm.  Research has shown us, in most cases, if follow up blood work is performed and early signs of blood work changes are seen, that these changes in the body are reversible if the medication is adjusted at that time.

Lastly, talk over any concerns you have with your veterinarian.  We are here to help and all of us have been pet owners a lot longer than veterinarians.  We worry about our babies, too.      
Happy Valentine's Day

One in five Americans will take their pets into consideration on Feb. 14, according to a new study by the National Retail Federation, a trade association. Out of a total of $18.9 billion spent on the holiday, consumers will drop $703 million on their furrier companions, the group forecasts.  While the figure at first appears staggering, the retail group points out that consumers will just spend $5.28 on their pets on average.  But even though opting for heart-shaped Milkbones suffices, nothing says I love you like adopting a pet in need of a good home.  Click HERE to view the Weld County Humane Society's website and adoption animals, process, and fees.

Could Your Cat Be Sick?
Your cat can't talk to you, but there are signs that your cat could be sick.  Here are some things to consider:
  • Is your cat just not acting itself?  Is it hiding in different places, flicking its tail, or laying its ears back?  Your cat could be stressed.
  • Is your cat not eating or drinking like it should?  This could indicate a problem.
  • Is your cat losing weight rapidly?  If so, it could indicate dental disease or other problems.  Or is it gaining weight?  Rather than eating too many calories, your cat could be accumulating fluid in its abdomen or chest.
  • Does your cat groom itself constantly?  It could be a sign of skin irritation or other problem.  A decrease in grooming could indicate pain somewhere in its body.  Are you finding hairballs?  If so, it could indicate intestinal problems, stress or pain.
  • Has your cat's pattern of sleeping changed?  Examples include places it sleeps, the way it lays, or the times it sleeps during the day or night.  If so, it could indicate pain, reduced vision, reduced hearing, or other problems.
  • Is your cat not using its litter box?  It could indicate stress or pain.
These are just some of the signs that your cat could be sick.  If you see any of these signs in your cat, see your veterinarian immediately.  Even subtle changes can be serious.  Getting your cat evaluated and treated by a veterinarian early on can eliminate more serious problems later. 

Make sure your cat gets an annual physical by your veterinarian.  Prevention goes a long way in preventing serious problems.    

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More Tidbits .....
Does Weather Affect Your Pet's Skin and Coat Health?
Yes. Colder, dryer air can chap skin. To help keep your pet's skin and fur healthy, a good brushing is a great way to stimulate the production of weatherproofing oils on their fur, as well as help speed up the growth of their winter undercoat.

For pets who are suffering from dry skin, one way to soothe them is giving them an oatmeal bath. It is best to avoid washing their fur with shampoo, as the degreasing components would end up stripping their fur of the very weatherproofing oils they need to fend off the ravages of winter. There are medicated shampoos for pet dry skin available, but consult with your vet before using them.

Information We Should Have For Your Pet
Have you ever wondered what information you should have before you bring your pet into the veterinarian?  We have questions that can help your veterinarian provide the best care for your pet.  Please contact us to make sure your pet's information is up to date.
No Interest Payment Plans are available!
You might want to consider the convenience of a monthly payment plan.  There is a program called CareCredit that is similar to your credit card.  It is a convenient, low minimum monthly payment program to help you accept the best treatment recommendation for your pets.  No annual fees and No Interest Payment Plans are available.  Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information. 
Do you know about Pet Insurance? 
It's becoming more popular to have insurance for your pet. Give us a call or stop by the clinic for more information.

Please let us know if we can help you and your pet with our products and services.




Rachel Mahoney

Office Manager

Full Circle Veterinary Care

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