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Do Natural Essential Oils Poison Pets?

As natural remedies take the place of chemical-heavy cleaners and other possibly toxic household products, it is important to know that they are not without their own risks.

Of course, when used correctly, essential oils can be effective for various health concerns. But despite their positive effects on people, some essential oils poison pets.

Upon Closer Look

Essential oils are extracted from plants via steam, water distillation, or cold pressing. The oils often smell more intense than the plants they are extracted from simply because they contain higher levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Depending on the product, essential oils may be added to carrier oils which dilute the purity or strength of the essential oils. Pure essential oils poison pets more readily.

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posted in:  Pet Safety  |  Pet Toxins  |  You & Your Pet

Teaspoon of Fun, Cupful of Safety: Let’s Celebrate Pet Birthdays (Responsibly!)

A dog wearing a party hat sitting in front of a birthday cake with his people on either side of him

A birthday party is always a good reason to celebrate, but a pet birthday party is really something special. Pet owners naturally attracted to this kind of event have likely spent months daydreaming about it, but it’s also possible to pull off a pet birthday party without too much advanced planning. 

Pet birthdays are always meaningful, and when everything is done with safety in mind, all guests can enjoy the celebration. The only problem? Pet birthdays only come around once a year!

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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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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…

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…

Dog-Gone: How to Manage a Pet Who Escapes

pet who escapesSpringtime is all about enjoying the great outdoors, cool breezes, and sweet-smelling blooms that make it an awesome time for all of us, including our pets. Spring also coincides with mating season for several species, including unspayed cats who tend to roam.

In general, shelters report getting an increase of animals this time of year, and there’s an uptick in the number of free-roaming animals. To help curb this desire in your pet, we want to discuss ways to deal with a pet who escapes and why your pet may be engaging in this behavior.

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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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Fit or Flabby? A Primer on Pet Obesity

Many pet owners are often surprised to learn that a pet is overweight or obese, but even a small weight gain doesn’t happen overnight.

Overfeeding is the leading contributor to an unhealthy weight, but it’s equally important to offer the right combination of nutrients along with daily exercise. Putting looks aside, pet obesity can have damaging results to an animal’s overall wellness, quality of life, and longevity.

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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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Understanding the Danger of Rabies and Zoonotic Diseases

The Indian flying foxMost pet owners have either had firsthand experience with zoonotic diseases, or have a general understanding of the most common ones. Illnesses including ringworm, Leptospirosis, Giardiasis, scabies, and perhaps the most famous of all, rabies, have the potential to infect your pet and the members of your household.

There is a bright side to this, though, and it comes in the form of preventative practices. Keeping up with your pet’s wellness visits and maintaining your pet’s vaccinations are always good ideas, but when confronted with rabies and zoonotic diseases, they are your pet’s best defense.   Continue…

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