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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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Chew on This! Selecting Safe Chews for Dogs

Chew treats for our canine companions can fill many roles:  special treat, boredom buster, dental health booster…but how to choose? Are they all safe for your beloved pet? Are some better than other? Before you ask the pet store employee about selecting safe chews for dogs, ask your pet professionals at Hanford Veterinary Hospital.

Food For Thought

When perusing the aisles looking for pet treats, there is a lot to consider. You will need to pick up the packages and do a little investigating in order to find the best option for your pet family. Think about:

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Did You Know That Owning Cats Makes You Healthier?

Adopting a cat can make you healthier!

Are you still looking for a resolution as we enter into the New Year? If you are coming up short on fresh ideas for your future health and wellness, you might consider adding a member to your family.

At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we aren’t terribly surprised to learn that owning cats makes you healthier. Maybe a feline friend is just what you need to achieve all of your aspirations in 2019!

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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.

Assess the Situation

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.

Get Going

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

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