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Do Natural Essential Oils Poison Pets?

As natural remedies take the place of chemical-heavy cleaners and other possibly toxic household products, it is important to know that they are not without their own risks.

Of course, when used correctly, essential oils can be effective for various health concerns. But despite their positive effects on people, some essential oils poison pets.

Upon Closer Look

Essential oils are extracted from plants via steam, water distillation, or cold pressing. The oils often smell more intense than the plants they are extracted from simply because they contain higher levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Depending on the product, essential oils may be added to carrier oils which dilute the purity or strength of the essential oils. Pure essential oils poison pets more readily.

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Pet Lumps and Bumps: What’s Normal, What’s Not

Even though pet lumps and bumps are common enough, they are notorious for sending shock waves through a pet owner’s heart.

Typically noticed during grooming, petting or snuggling, lumps and bumps can grow slowly over time or develop suddenly. Either way, these growths cause significant concern.

The Cart Before the Horse

Pet owners are typically alarmed as soon as they notice or feel pet lumps and bumps. It’s normal to question how it happened, or how an animal’s health and comfort may be impacted. 

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How To Spice Up The Daily Dog Walk

A man and a leashed dog take a stroll  down a tree-lined path.

No matter their age, breed, or temperament, dogs need daily walking. At least twice a day, you and your dog should hit the road for a little fresh air and exercise. Dog walks are necessary for exercise and well being of our canine best friends. Dogs that are walked daily tend to be happier and have a stronger bond with their owners. 

But what if you’re feeling like there are a hundred other things you’d like to do rather than walk your dog? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. What you really need are just some ideas to spice up your daily dog walk. 

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Crusty Nose and Other Bulldog Problems

Squishy faces, wrinkles for days, stubby happy tails… what’s not to love? At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we adore bully breeds, but like it or not they come with certain issues that need to be addressed. Understanding what bulldog problems you might encounter as a bully fanatic can help you decide if they are truly the breed for you. 

Brachycephalic Bummers

Any breed with a smushed face (think Pugs, Persians, and Pekingese) is considered brachycephalic and subject to a special set of concerns. Due to their unique anatomy, breathing can be an issue for some of these dogs. Pets with brachycephalic syndrome will have varying degrees of:

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Teaspoon of Fun, Cupful of Safety: Let’s Celebrate Pet Birthdays (Responsibly!)

A dog wearing a party hat sitting in front of a birthday cake with his people on either side of him

A birthday party is always a good reason to celebrate, but a pet birthday party is really something special. Pet owners naturally attracted to this kind of event have likely spent months daydreaming about it, but it’s also possible to pull off a pet birthday party without too much advanced planning. 

Pet birthdays are always meaningful, and when everything is done with safety in mind, all guests can enjoy the celebration. The only problem? Pet birthdays only come around once a year!

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How to Get Your Pet Social Media Superstar Status

We have all heard of people who’ve made a name for themselves via Youtube, Instagram, or other social media platforms. Influencers in fashion, beauty, fitness, nutrition, travel, and more are everywhere, and pets are right in there with the best of them. After all, there’s nothing like coming across a photo of your favorite Instagram pet to give you a little boost of happiness in the middle of a busy day. A lot of us have thought “I could do that!”

You already know that your dog, cat, ferret, guinea pig, parakeet, or bearded dragon lizard is the absolute cutest pet out there. Could you be the proud owner of the next pet social media superstar? The team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital can help!

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Pets or No Pets? Should Landlords Rent to Pet Owners?

For most pet owners, their companion animals are bonafide members of the family. Unfortunately, it can be notoriously difficult to find a rental property that allows pets, and for good reason – pets can cause property damage and other problems for landlords and neighbors. On the other hand, pet owners often make excellent, long-term tenants.

Deciding whether or not to rent to pet owners can be challenging, but the team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital is here to help. Let us walk you through some of the pros and cons we’ve learned over our many years of investing in the lives of pets and their owners.

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Canine Flu: What You Can Do

It seems there’s a new story every week about a canine flu outbreak. This virus is a highly contagious airborne condition that can affect every breed, age, and size of dog.

Nearly all cases of canine flu are passed through indoor contact, doggy day care, dog parks, boarding, or grooming. It’s only through owner awareness, adhering to shared space policies, and the availability of the canine flu vaccine that more dogs can avoid contracting this illness.

Hanford Veterinary Hospital walks you through what you can do about the canine flu.

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How to Check Your Dog For Ticks

If you have pets, chances are you know something about ticks. These parasites are everywhere, and unfortunately they can survive in almost any weather (especially when they overwinter in your garage, house, or shed). What’s more, they carry diseases that can be serious and even deadly for your pet, and some of these diseases are transmissible to you, too.

Ticks Are Everywhere

Ticks generally like moist, damp and shady places in which to breed. This could mean a pile of mulch in your yard, or a grassy hillside. To reduce tick habitat in your yard:

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Celebrating the Many Ways Pets Help Kids With Disabilities

The benefits of pet ownership are well known. From reducing isolation to lowering blood pressure, from encouraging independence to elevating mood, the animals in our lives have a direct impact on our happiness and longevity. Similarly, pets help kids with disabilities by simply being there for them.

However, the mere presence of a calm, loving animal at home can do so much more to add to a child’s quality of life.

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