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Are Dog Dental Chews Worth It?

Dog chewing on bone.

You’re reading this because clearly, your pet’s dental health matters to you. Hanford Veterinary Hospital is passionate about pet dental health because we know it affects overall health. Did you know bacteria can pass into the bloodstream through unhealthy gums and even cause kidney disease? 

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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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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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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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What Works Best for Kids and Dogs in Close Quarters?

If your family is experiencing a little bit of the “scrunch factor”, you’re not alone. While it’s always important to safeguard the needs of both kids and pets, perhaps more than ever before, special attention is crucial to successful cohabitation.

The Love Is Real!

Dogs are unquestionably generous with their affection and adoration, especially when it comes to their younger family members. Many family dogs are also incredibly patient – until, that is, they reach a breaking point. Snapping, growling or biting are part of a natural progression that can definitely be prevented by observing canine body language.

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How To Spice Up The Daily Dog Walk

A man and a leashed dog take a stroll  down a tree-lined path.

No matter their age, breed, or temperament, dogs need daily walking. At least twice a day, you and your dog should hit the road for a little fresh air and exercise. Dog walks are necessary for exercise and well being of our canine best friends. Dogs that are walked daily tend to be happier and have a stronger bond with their owners. 

But what if you’re feeling like there are a hundred other things you’d like to do rather than walk your dog? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. What you really need are just some ideas to spice up your daily dog walk. 

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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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How to Get Your Pet Social Media Superstar Status

We have all heard of people who’ve made a name for themselves via Youtube, Instagram, or other social media platforms. Influencers in fashion, beauty, fitness, nutrition, travel, and more are everywhere, and pets are right in there with the best of them. After all, there’s nothing like coming across a photo of your favorite Instagram pet to give you a little boost of happiness in the middle of a busy day. A lot of us have thought “I could do that!”

You already know that your dog, cat, ferret, guinea pig, parakeet, or bearded dragon lizard is the absolute cutest pet out there. Could you be the proud owner of the next pet social media superstar? The team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital can help!

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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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How to Check Your Dog For Ticks

If you have pets, chances are you know something about ticks. These parasites are everywhere, and unfortunately they can survive in almost any weather (especially when they overwinter in your garage, house, or shed). What’s more, they carry diseases that can be serious and even deadly for your pet, and some of these diseases are transmissible to you, too.

Ticks Are Everywhere

Ticks generally like moist, damp and shady places in which to breed. This could mean a pile of mulch in your yard, or a grassy hillside. To reduce tick habitat in your yard:

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