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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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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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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.

Get Going

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

Permanent ID: Why Microchipping is Your Best Chance at Finding a Missing Pet

Pet Microchipping is important if a lost pet is going to become a found petAfter we covered the ins-and-outs of dealing with a pet escape artist, the natural follow-up would be to focus on the solution. At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we believe one of the best solutions to dealing with a possible missing pet is microchipping.

These days, it’s rare to adopt a pet who doesn’t come with a microchip (as well as already being vaccinated and spayed/neutered). That’s because most of us in the animal care profession understand that microchipping is vital to reuniting pets with their owners. There are hundreds of thousands of pets who end up in shelters each year because they’ve been separated from their families.

The Microchip

A microchip is a tiny chip, or radio transponder, that emits only radio frequency (not GPS), much like the chip in your credit card. It can only be read by a corresponding wand that picks up on the signal and “reads” the unique identification associated with your pet. The microchip is encased in a biocompatible capsule and will remain in your pet’s body for life, making it a permanent assurance of identification. Continue…

Is Toilet Training Cats the Wave of the Future?

toilet training catsWhen the self-cleaning automatic litter box hit the market, most cat owners rejoiced. The price tag, unfortunately, isn’t for everyone. Even without scooping the litter yourself, you still have to remove it from the container, clean the box regularly, refill it with new litter, and sweep up the area on a daily basis.

What if there was a way to cut down on all those chores? Cats still have to go to the bathroom, but what if they actually, you know, used the toilet? Yes, indeed, toilet training cats is a real thing, and it could be what you’ve been waiting for.

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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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Channeling Your Inner Scout: Preparing for Your Vet Visit

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crateBeing prepared is half the battle for anything in life, and bringing your pet in to see us is no exception. Preparing for your vet visit can help you to maximize your pet’s exam and make your trip to Hanford Veterinary Hospital more enjoyable than ever.

Arriving in Style

Getting your pet here is a big part of a successful veterinary visit. Car rides can be very stressful for some pets. Be sure to do the following to help your pet cope with the ride in: Continue…

Celebrating Your Pet…On Valentine’s Day and Any Day

VRVC_iStock_000000393434_MediumYou adore your furriest sweetheart – that delightfully silly dog or snuggly cat can do no wrong. Whether your companion is a new puppy or kitten or a loyal senior pet, he or she is the apple of your eye.

Likewise, you may sense your pet also loves you more than anything else (possibly even more than his or her favorite treat!).

In observance of Valentine’s Day, your friends at Hanford Veterinary Hospital want to celebrate this special bond by showcasing five wonderful ways pets show their love for us. Continue…

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