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The Reverse Sneeze and Other Startling Dog Sounds

Sometimes dogs make funny noises. From the snorts of a pug to a cute little belch to even a playful yip, our pets can certainly make some entertaining sounds. Sometimes, though, certain less familiar sounds can bring worry and panic to pet parents everywhere. 

While any abnormal sound from your pet is something that we recommend investigating at Hanford Veterinary Hospital, we want to be sure that our pet owners are familiar with a few that are typically not anything particularly serious.

Dog sounds, like a reverse sneeze or goose honk cough, can sound very scary, and while a visit to see one of our expert veterinarians is indicated, it is not usually anything to lose sleep over. 

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A Penny Saved is a Puppy Earned: Saving Money on Pets

Anyone who has owned a pet can attest to the fact that they aren’t cheap. Between food, vet visits, cute collars, and parasite preventions, pets can really beef up your budgetary needs. 

Pets are wonderful additions to any home and family, but no one likes to spend more than they need to on something. Hanford Veterinary Hospital definitely has some tricks to share when it comes to saving money on pets, and they aren’t all what you might expect!

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3 Things Cats Hate. 3 Ways You Can Make Cats Happy

Pretty ginger cat pricked up ears in the alert. Surprised cat, wide opened eyes, funny emotions.

We love cats so much and will do pretty much anything to please them. From investing in high quality cat furniture and bedding to loading up on crunchy-on-the-outside-creamy-on-the-inside treats, there’s not a lot we’d be unwilling to do for their health and happiness. 

Without a doubt, owners of cats are incredibly supportive and involved. You get to know them and do your best to appreciate their myriad likes and dislikes. But what if you’re doing something that makes them mad? If you’re doing any of these things that cats hate, you might want to make some swift changes.

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Are Hairballs Just a Normal Part of Cat Behavior, or Something to Worry About? 

There isn’t a cat owner out there that doesn’t know the shocking sound of their cat hacking up a hairball. This usually normal cat behavior happens at the most inconvenient times, and is often deposited in the most unfortunate locations. 

With barb-covered tongues and fastidious self-grooming tactics, cats inevitably swallow loads of dead hair on a daily basis. And while feline anatomy is specifically designed to digest certain amounts of hair, there comes a moment when it’s too much to handle.

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Bad Pet Smells Mean Poor Health 

People that struggle with bad breath, stinky feet, and odoriferous bathrooms tend to have looming health problems. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is an equally strong link between the ways animals smell and overall health.

While certain pet smells that simply come with the territory, a truly “off” odor can definitely signal that something is wrong. 

A Way of Life?

Whether it’s bad breath, smelly paws, or a foul-smelling rear end, many pet owners accept the variety of pet smells. However, when pet smells linger or they become more intense, these seemingly surface smells may be the result of underlying health problems.

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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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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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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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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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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…

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