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How to Include Your Pet on a Date this Holiday Season

Taking your pet on a date for some holiday fun with pets!

The holidays are a uniquely delightful and romantic time to be dating, but if you’re just getting to know someone, there may still be plenty of awkward pauses, nervous conversation, and other less-than-desirable moments. Including your pet on a date might be the perfect way to lighten the mood, and it can allow you to more fully enjoy all the wonders of the season together. Check out these ideas for fun, romantic, and pet-friendly holiday dates!

Holiday Fun (With Pets!)

One of the best parts about bringing your pet on a date is that it doesn’t have to be too expensive. Get into the spirit of the season with the following affordable ideas:

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Is a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet Right for Your Cat or Dog? A Closer Look at Pet Nutrition

Despite the range of dining options, only a small percentage of Americans self-identify as vegetarian or vegan. Often stemming from personal feelings regarding animal products (or the meat industry in general), this lifestyle can be a healthy choice for many people.

But can the same be said for our pets? Optimal pet nutrition hinges on exact portions of high-value ingredients, but does it make sense to eliminate meat altogether for obligate carnivores (e.g., cats) or opportunistic omnivores (e.g., dogs)?

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Pet Costumes You Can Really Write Home About

Pet costumes are a fun way to celebrate Halloween with PetsIt’s almost Halloween, and time’s running out to get your costume under way. There’s no shortage of creative, classy, or wack-a-doo options for people – and our pets can also join in the fun! Of course, many won’t have anything to do with playing dress-up, but for those who are adorably tolerant, we’ve got some award-winning pet costume ideas to share with you.

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Everyone loves a good photo op, and, for many pets, that’s about as long as they’ll tolerate our shenanigans. Remember to never force your pet into wearing a costume. With time, praise, and lots of encouragement, it’s possible your pet may warm up to the idea, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work out. Continue…

Invisible Disabilities: Combatting the Service Dog Stigma

The service dog stigma is real.If you’ve ever seen a service dog helping a person in a wheelchair or guiding someone with a visual impairment, you were probably very impressed. These dogs are highly trained and capable, and their service allows their handlers to lead more independent lives. However, did you know that service animals are also trained to help those with disabilities that cannot be seen, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Unfortunately, these individuals typically experience more discrimination because their disability is invisible.

National Service Dog Month is all about recognizing these animals and their handlers. The team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital wants to raise awareness around this issue and help combat service dog stigma. Continue…

Laser Therapy for Pets: A Powerful Way to End Pain

Laser therapy for pets is great for pet pain management

 

 

No pet owner wants their pet to be in pain, and most of us would do anything to reduce pain in our furry companions. Traditional pain medications are an option, but what if there was a way to reduce pain and speed healing while using little to no pharmaceuticals?

Laser therapy for pets sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but this simple yet powerful technology has been used on people and animals for years to reduce chronic pain and encourage healing after surgery or injury. This technology is being used to improve the lives of dogs and cats every day, including right here at Hanford Veterinary Hospital. Continue…

Safety and Fun on a Run: The Do’s and Don’ts of Running with Your Dog

Running with dogs is great pet exercise, but be smart about pet safety.If you lead an active lifestyle, you may be wondering what activities you can do with your dog. Running together might be an ideal activity, as dogs generally love to be outside, have excess energy to burn, and want to be with you. But running with your dog does come with some do’s and don’ts, especially in warm weather. It takes training, awareness, and some preparation.

Your team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital is happy to share our best tips about how to hit the pavement safely.

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Before you start your running program with your dog, a little preparation is in order. Continue…

Permanent ID: Why Microchipping is Your Best Chance at Finding a Missing Pet

Pet Microchipping is important if a lost pet is going to become a found petAfter we covered the ins-and-outs of dealing with a pet escape artist, the natural follow-up would be to focus on the solution. At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we believe one of the best solutions to dealing with a possible missing pet is microchipping.

These days, it’s rare to adopt a pet who doesn’t come with a microchip (as well as already being vaccinated and spayed/neutered). That’s because most of us in the animal care profession understand that microchipping is vital to reuniting pets with their owners. There are hundreds of thousands of pets who end up in shelters each year because they’ve been separated from their families.

The Microchip

A microchip is a tiny chip, or radio transponder, that emits only radio frequency (not GPS), much like the chip in your credit card. It can only be read by a corresponding wand that picks up on the signal and “reads” the unique identification associated with your pet. The microchip is encased in a biocompatible capsule and will remain in your pet’s body for life, making it a permanent assurance of identification. Continue…

Dog-Gone: How to Manage a Pet Who Escapes

pet who escapesSpringtime is all about enjoying the great outdoors, cool breezes, and sweet-smelling blooms that make it an awesome time for all of us, including our pets. Spring also coincides with mating season for several species, including unspayed cats who tend to roam.

In general, shelters report getting an increase of animals this time of year, and there’s an uptick in the number of free-roaming animals. To help curb this desire in your pet, we want to discuss ways to deal with a pet who escapes and why your pet may be engaging in this behavior.

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Is Toilet Training Cats the Wave of the Future?

toilet training catsWhen the self-cleaning automatic litter box hit the market, most cat owners rejoiced. The price tag, unfortunately, isn’t for everyone. Even without scooping the litter yourself, you still have to remove it from the container, clean the box regularly, refill it with new litter, and sweep up the area on a daily basis.

What if there was a way to cut down on all those chores? Cats still have to go to the bathroom, but what if they actually, you know, used the toilet? Yes, indeed, toilet training cats is a real thing, and it could be what you’ve been waiting for.

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Canine Influenza

Canine InfluenzaDuring the winter, we typically think of cozying up by the fire, cooking warm and comforting foods, and…preventing the flu from visiting our homes and workplaces. But did you know our dogs can also get a form of the flu? Although it’s not at all related to the human flu and it’s not seasonal, the canine influenza virus is a growing threat to the health of our dogs.

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