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The Ugly Truth About Heartworm Disease

Dog eating heartworm preventive chewable.

The team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital strongly recommends monthly heartworm preventive medication for your dog because we want your pets to live long, happy lives. Keep reading to see how heartworm can affect your pets and why a preventive is so essential:

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How to Treat and Prevent Anxiety in Your Cat

Hanford, CA cat hiding and having anxiety.

Just like humans, cats can experience anxiety. Unlike humans, they hide it very well. There are many natural ways to treat and present anxiety. If these treatments below don’t work, we recommend discussing a comprehensive, personalized plan with your vet at Hanford Veterinary Hospital

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Life-Saving Tricks: The “Leave It” Command

A human teaches a dog the leave it command

Teaching your pet tricks and commands can be a lot of fun and definitely enhances the human-animal bond. At Hanford Veterinary Hospital we have seen some of this education pay off in a big way for pet owners, though. Did you realize that teaching things like the “leave it” command could actually save your pet’s life?

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Pawed Patient: Helping Your Pet Recover After Surgery

A cat in an e-collar.

After any surgery, the patient (whether human or animal) will need lots of rest, rehabilitation, and a slow return to normal life for complete healing. Knowing what to do in helping your pet recover after surgery will go a long way in getting them back on their paws in less time. Since post-surgical care is so important, the team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital is here with an overview on what you can do for your furry patient:

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Wee-Wee, I’m So Excited I Could Pee! Excitement and Submissive Urination in Dogs

Miniature goldendoodle puppy sitting at the feet of her owner and looking up  waiting for a treat.

If your dog gets wound up and excited when you (or anyone else) walks in the door, it may seem endearing but it won’t be for long. When you are constantly cleaning up a mess, a frustrated dog owner may wonder what they can do to stop their dog from peeing when they are excited. What’s it all about, anyway?

This behavior is most often seen in puppies but can carry on into adulthood when not addressed. This is why your friends at Hanford Veterinary Hospital are here to explain excitement and submissive urination and dogs to help your four-legged friend (and your floors).

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Is Your Cat Shedding Too Much?

A person shows a cat all the hair it has shed.

Cat ownership involves several different types of maintenance. From weight management to dental care, cats depend on their owners to stay in front of potential problems. One possible facet of their appearance, their coat, doesn’t typically require intensive intervention (aside from regular brushing). Indeed, they are excellent at taking great care of their fur. But there are times that cat shedding can be linked – and contribute – to problems. 

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The Skinny on Fad Diets for Dogs

Throughout the vast majority of the co-evolution between humans and dogs, dogs lived on the scraps and leftovers that their two-legged counterparts didn’t want. Modern dogs reap the benefits of an elevated status in most human societies, including the highly specialized science of canine nutrition.

A trip down the pet food aisle at any pet supply store will reveal that today’s dogs have more choices than ever before, including specialty diets such as grain-free, raw, and even homemade. With so much information out there, how do you know what’s right for your pet?

Your partners in pet care at Hanford Veterinary Hospital want to help you provide your dog with the best possible nutrition. Separating fact from fiction when it comes to fad diets for dogs is the first step!

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Kitty King Kong: Combating Destructive Cat Behavior

Most cat lovers can admit that the feline species is a whole lot in a little package. They have a lot of very endearing qualities (making biscuits on your lap, anyone?), but goodness knows cats can be challenging as well. 

Hanford Veterinary Hospital knows that the cat-human bond relies on the ability to peacefully coexist, and we would like to help cat owners combat destructive cat behavior.

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How to Treat Your Pet During the Holidays (Without Overfeeding Them)

Few things escape the notice of our pets. This is especially true when we’re in the kitchen. Sure, they may not understand why you’re baking up a storm or stirring tasty ingredients into a frenzy, but they know they want to be there in case you drop something on the floor. During the holidays, it’s understandable that you want to treat your pet. To do this safely (and in a way that only supports their health and wellness), we have some recommendations on where to start.

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A Happy Cat Is A Healthy One

You know how it is when you feel great – you tend look good, too. You’ve got a little pep in your step, and your health shines from a beaming grin and twinkling eyes. 

The same is true with our feline friends. When they are feeling their absolute best, you know it because their coat shines, they’re carrying on with cheerful chirps and meows, and they prance and scamper whenever they please. Without a doubt, a happy cat is an absolute pleasure to be around.

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