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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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Giving Back: Keeping Your Cat Company in Unprecedented Times

There have been a lot of amusing videos and memes lately that document cats unsure of the constant companionship at home. For many felines, life was just the way they liked it before stay at home orders. The house all to themselves, they did whatever pleased them, whenever the mood struck. 

Now that cat owners face extra time at home, some human-feline pairs are having more fun than others. Keeping your cat company during quarantine (or any time, really) doesn’t have to be tense or unpredictable. With our tips, it can be comforting, relaxing and rewarding.

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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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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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Do Natural Essential Oils Poison Pets?

As natural remedies take the place of chemical-heavy cleaners and other possibly toxic household products, it is important to know that they are not without their own risks.

Of course, when used correctly, essential oils can be effective for various health concerns. But despite their positive effects on people, some essential oils poison pets.

Upon Closer Look

Essential oils are extracted from plants via steam, water distillation, or cold pressing. The oils often smell more intense than the plants they are extracted from simply because they contain higher levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Depending on the product, essential oils may be added to carrier oils which dilute the purity or strength of the essential oils. Pure essential oils poison pets more readily.

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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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Teaspoon of Fun, Cupful of Safety: Let’s Celebrate Pet Birthdays (Responsibly!)

A dog wearing a party hat sitting in front of a birthday cake with his people on either side of him

A birthday party is always a good reason to celebrate, but a pet birthday party is really something special. Pet owners naturally attracted to this kind of event have likely spent months daydreaming about it, but it’s also possible to pull off a pet birthday party without too much advanced planning. 

Pet birthdays are always meaningful, and when everything is done with safety in mind, all guests can enjoy the celebration. The only problem? Pet birthdays only come around once a year!

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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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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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