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Dynamite Comes in Small Packages: Aggression in Small Dogs

Small dog acting aggressive.

When you picture an aggressive dog, a Yorkie or Chihuahua may not be the first breed that you think about. Aggression in small dogs is a very real thing, though, and Hanford Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand why it happens and what to do about it. 

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Tips on Training Your Cat and Improving their Behavior

Cat standing on hind legs

Cats definitely have minds and personalities of their own, and these personalities seem like they are pretty set in stone. Most cat owners think that kitty makes the rules and there is no point in even trying to train your cat, but your friends at Hanford Veterinary Hospital are here to tell you that not only is it possible, but it is not as difficult as you might think.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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All the Feels: The Emotions of Animals 

Most pet owners will agree that their pets show feelings. Whether they are feelings of joy, sadness, grief, empathy, or shame, there are numerous accounts of animals and their feelings. 

The emotions of animals is an area of study by animal behaviorists and other animal researchers, and has been the focus of movies and books for the past few decades. But does your pet actually feel emotions like anger, grief, and sadness?

The team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital are here to explore the emotional lives of animals. 

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