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A Unique Bond: All About K9 Officers And Police Dogs

K9 officersHumans have relied on dogs for a wide variety of jobs and duties throughout the over 10,000 years of history we share. Dogs have served critical functions in our society such as hunting, herding, guarding, guiding, and more. In our modern times, the police dog embodies all of the wonderful qualities of service, protection, and loyalty that make dogs so special to humans.

K9 officers are in a unique position among a police force. Not only are they required to fulfill their duties as officers of the law, they work in close partnership with a member of a different species to accomplish this. How they are trained and what goes into this partnership is the perfect example of how closely connected humans and canines have become, and how much we need and rely on each other.

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The Long View: How You Can Extend Your Pet’s Lifespan

The impact pets have on our lives is huge, but did you know we have an equally powerful influence on our pet’s lives? To be sure, the extent of a pet’s wellness is not accidental, and the amount of time and energy directed towards wellness has long term results. In other words, your pet’s lifespan has a lot to do with how you care for him or her.
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Pet Liver Problems Demystified

The liver is an important organ , whether you have four legs or two. This essential component of our day to day functioning resides in the front of the abdomen, surrounding the stomach. It has many essential functions, including removing toxins, storing several important vitamins and minerals, regulating blood sugar, and synthesizing several important proteins.

When the liver is in trouble, things can go south quickly. Because the body relies on this organ for so many vital tasks, a liver that is not up to par affects our patients tremendously. Unfortunately, pet liver problems are quite common. Hanford Veterinary Hospital feels that proactive and early action is essential when it comes to maintaining your pet’s hepatic health, and what better way to start than learning a little about the trouble that can occur in this amazing organ.

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Making a Splash With Pet Water Safety

pet water safetyWhether it’s surf time or pool time, any situation involving water requires keeping a close watch on your four-legged swimming buddy. With warmer than average temperatures this season, swimming, boating, and relaxing by the water seem to be perfect activities for the entire family. So, of course, you’ll want to include furry family members, as well!

To stay cool and enjoy the waves, the team at Hanford has compiled some tips and recommendations for pet water safety to keep everyone splash happy this summer.

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Kitty Confidential: Why Do Cats Meow?

cats meowWhether you’re a cat owner or not, you probably associate the word “cat” with “meow”. From the time we are babies to fully grown adults, we are conditioned to ask “What does the kitty say?” when our purr pal is extra chatty. We are conditioned to think that meowing is a cat’s primary mode of communication.

In reality, cats have a deeply nuanced system of communicating with each other and with the humans in their lives. Understanding the basics of feline communication, including why cats meow, is key to developing a deeper and more satisfying relationship with the feline in your life.

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Not Just a Fad: Leash Training Your Cat is Easy and Fun!

leash train catFrom ant farms to sea monkeys, pet rocks to pot-bellied pigs, there have always been pet care fads. Some evolved as gag gifts. Others maintained their place in popular culture for decades. Whatever the case may be, certain pet fads create frenzy and fascination.

Training cats to walk on a leash may sound like a pet fad, but the associated benefits to a feline’s health and happiness are absolutely real. Welcome to our special edition of: Everything you’ve always wanted to know about leash training your cat (but were afraid to ask).

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Giving Back to Pets

What is better than volunteering or giving back in some way? Giving back to pets and animals, of course! Hanford Veterinary Hospital knows how good it feels to lend a helping hand. Read on to learn about some of our favorite ways to help out in our community.

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The best part about giving back to pets and animals is that literally anyone can do it. It doesn’t take anything special to make an impact in the world at all. There are many different ways you can help out. Consider:
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Up Close and Personal: The Evolution of Pet Ownership

From self-cleaning litter boxes to programmable machines that feed, entertain, and even monitor animals in our absence, caring for pets has never been easier. While we love our pets (annual spending in America in excess of $50 billion), the fact is, we’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for millennia. Indeed, pet ownership has provided animals with food and safety while humans gain a sense of happiness and companionship. Let’s take a moment to study the history of this great relationship.
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What Happens in a Pet Dental Exam?

Many pet owners view pet dental care as an extra expense perfectly situated on the back burner. However, it’s actually more expensive in the long run to wait for symptoms of periodontal disease to develop. Daily care at home is a fantastic defense against oral bacteria, plaque, and tartar accumulation, but a regularly scheduled pet dental exam should never be overlooked.
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New Year, New Truths: Debunking Common Cat Myths

Wet KittenThe feline species has had the power to intrigue and inspire humankind for millennia. Perhaps it’s their intrinsically mysterious nature or maybe we just admire their impressive physical abilities; whatever the case, cats reign in our collective hearts as the most charming – and charmed – species among us.

While a great deal of observational and scientific research has been conducted over the years, there are still substantial cat myths swirling around. Who knows what to believe?

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