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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…

Canine Influenza

Canine InfluenzaDuring the winter, we typically think of cozying up by the fire, cooking warm and comforting foods, and…preventing the flu from visiting our homes and workplaces. But did you know our dogs can also get a form of the flu? Although it’s not at all related to the human flu and it’s not seasonal, the canine influenza virus is a growing threat to the health of our dogs.

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The Four Stages of Pet Periodontal Disease

There are many stages of preparing for an exam, dealing with grief, and healing injuries. With the right approach and a good deal of research, each level can be dealt with and even conquered. The four stages of pet periodontal disease works a little differently. Instead of getting better, the symptoms get worse as the stages increase. We always work toward prevention, but once a pet reaches the first stage of the disease, it’s time to act quickly.

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The Principles of Pet Bird Care

pet bird careThere’s no doubt that pet birds can make a wonderful addition to a home and family. Curious, alert, and intelligent, birds are truly a delight to observe and interact with. Proper pet bird care, while simple, is absolutely critical to the continuing physical and mental health of our avian friends.

Follow our tips to enjoy a long and rewarding relationship with your feathered BFF.

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The Big Freeze: What is Pet Cryosurgery?

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What is Cryosurgery?

Have you heard of cryosurgery? This somewhat strange word, perhaps better termed cryotherapy – since no actual cutting takes place, means the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. It has been used for over 200 years, and in humans is used to treat many different types of cancer, skin conditions and tumors, and hemorrhoids. In pets, there are many uses as well. Our team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital is proud to now offer pet cryosurgery as a complement to our surgical services.

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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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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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The Link Between Table Scraps and Pancreatitis in Pets

Father and daughter in kitchen for christmas with their dog.The holidays can be a time of extras for many of us; extra money spent, extra time taken up by shopping, planning, and gatherings, and extra calories consumed.

For humans, overdoing it here and there when it comes to food may tighten our waistbands, but it probably won’t hurt us in the long run. It’s a different story when it comes to our pets, and even small amounts of fatty foods can trigger a dangerous inflammatory condition known as pancreatitis.

Learning about pancreatitis in pets and how to avoid it this holiday season, and all year long, is essential in protecting your furry loved one.
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