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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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Pets or No Pets? Should Landlords Rent to Pet Owners?

For most pet owners, their companion animals are bonafide members of the family. Unfortunately, it can be notoriously difficult to find a rental property that allows pets, and for good reason – pets can cause property damage and other problems for landlords and neighbors. On the other hand, pet owners often make excellent, long-term tenants.

Deciding whether or not to rent to pet owners can be challenging, but the team at Hanford Veterinary Hospital is here to help. Let us walk you through some of the pros and cons we’ve learned over our many years of investing in the lives of pets and their owners.

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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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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.

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

Dog-Gone: How to Manage a Pet Who Escapes

pet who escapesSpringtime is all about enjoying the great outdoors, cool breezes, and sweet-smelling blooms that make it an awesome time for all of us, including our pets. Spring also coincides with mating season for several species, including unspayed cats who tend to roam.

In general, shelters report getting an increase of animals this time of year, and there’s an uptick in the number of free-roaming animals. To help curb this desire in your pet, we want to discuss ways to deal with a pet who escapes and why your pet may be engaging in this behavior.

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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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