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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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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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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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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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A Penny Saved is a Puppy Earned: Saving Money on Pets

Anyone who has owned a pet can attest to the fact that they aren’t cheap. Between food, vet visits, cute collars, and parasite preventions, pets can really beef up your budgetary needs. 

Pets are wonderful additions to any home and family, but no one likes to spend more than they need to on something. Hanford Veterinary Hospital definitely has some tricks to share when it comes to saving money on pets, and they aren’t all what you might expect!

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3 Things Cats Hate. 3 Ways You Can Make Cats Happy

Pretty ginger cat pricked up ears in the alert. Surprised cat, wide opened eyes, funny emotions.

We love cats so much and will do pretty much anything to please them. From investing in high quality cat furniture and bedding to loading up on crunchy-on-the-outside-creamy-on-the-inside treats, there’s not a lot we’d be unwilling to do for their health and happiness. 

Without a doubt, owners of cats are incredibly supportive and involved. You get to know them and do your best to appreciate their myriad likes and dislikes. But what if you’re doing something that makes them mad? If you’re doing any of these things that cats hate, you might want to make some swift changes.

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Are Hairballs Just a Normal Part of Cat Behavior, or Something to Worry About? 

There isn’t a cat owner out there that doesn’t know the shocking sound of their cat hacking up a hairball. This usually normal cat behavior happens at the most inconvenient times, and is often deposited in the most unfortunate locations. 

With barb-covered tongues and fastidious self-grooming tactics, cats inevitably swallow loads of dead hair on a daily basis. And while feline anatomy is specifically designed to digest certain amounts of hair, there comes a moment when it’s too much to handle.

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Bad Pet Smells Mean Poor Health 

People that struggle with bad breath, stinky feet, and odoriferous bathrooms tend to have looming health problems. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is an equally strong link between the ways animals smell and overall health.

While certain pet smells that simply come with the territory, a truly “off” odor can definitely signal that something is wrong. 

A Way of Life?

Whether it’s bad breath, smelly paws, or a foul-smelling rear end, many pet owners accept the variety of pet smells. However, when pet smells linger or they become more intense, these seemingly surface smells may be the result of underlying health problems.

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