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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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…

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