There are a number of ways to find your new furry friend! From breeders to Craigslist adds to local shelters, it’s hard to know the best choice. Although a “free” pet from the local paper may be tempting, they are anything but. New pets need wellness exams, vaccines, deworming, and a variety of other care that adds up fast. We at the Family Pet Veterinary Center strongly recommend checking your local shelters before other sources. The shelters are full of adorable, adoptable cats and dogs in need of permanent homes! Continue reading “Is your family looking to add a new member?”
Our bodies require fatty acids to build new cells and maintain both brain and nerve function. Essential fatty acids (especially omega 3s) are those which are not produced by the body and have to be supplemented into the diet. Different species of animals like cats, dogs, and humans need different types and amounts of these essential fatty acids. Aside from their regular functions, fatty acids are used by the body in unique ways to achieve several beneficial effects. Continue reading “Fatty Acids for Our Pets”
Both dogs and cats can go through some gastrointestinal issues. The hard part is finding what caused it. The first thing to ask yourself and your family is if anything has changed in the pet’s environment? Moving, going out of town, boarding, new cleaners, new carpet or furniture, or a change in food can all cause GI upset. You should also look around the house and outdoors to see if there is anything that may have been ingested that could be toxic, irritating to the intestines, or that could get lodged in their GI tract. Things to look for would be: medications, garbage, plants, bones and rawhides, toys (kids and pets), fabrics, and strings. Continue reading “Gastrointestinal Issues in Pets”
Why should I get pet insurance?
For animals that experience sudden illness or injury, it may mean the difference between life and death. Anyone who’s ever owned an animal can testify to the rising costs of healthcare, especially in emergency situations! If your pet were diagnosed with an expensive medical condition, could you afford the unexpected expense? Continue reading “Benefits of Pet Insurance”
By Autumn L., FPVC Technician
Microchipping has become a routine part of pet care. Since microchipping began, it has allowed the safe return of thousands of pets that have become lost. Not much larger than a grain of rice, each tiny chip contains unique information, ensuring that when a pet is found, it can be scanned, identified and reunited with its owner in less time.
As pet owners, we often invest a lot of effort into doing what’s best for our “fur babies’’. With all of the options in the market today it can be very confusing to try and establish a safe and balanced diet for your pets. The human market is rampant with nutritional discrepancies; why would the pet nutrition market be any different? One of the biggest fallacies propagated is the RAW food diet. Continue reading “Raw Food Diets by Richelle”
By Trudee D., RVT
I recently had the pleasure of traveling with Dr. Jen and Mobie to Fort Collins, Colorado. There, I was welcomed by the experts at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Center (FCVER) to observe and assist with pain management and rehabilitation cases. I have dabbled in rehab, but I was able to learn so much more from the talented crew at FCVER. I cannot wait to institute some of their modalities to help Family Pet Veterinary Center become a leader in companion pet pain management and rehabilitation!
Continue reading “Mobie Learns About Rehabilitation”
Medical acupuncture, or the scientific basis of acupuncture, is taught in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a joint effort between Colorado State University’s Integrative Medicine department, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, One Health SIM (previously Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV)), and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). Continue reading “Mobie helps teach Medical Acupuncture”