A Real Hannah Story: Little Lady

I absolutely adore Hannah the Pet Society!

Having Total Lifetime Care for my animals is total peace of mind! Right now I have a cat, and all I pay is $44 per month. Every month they deliver food to my doorstep! Every month I get flea treatment. All emergency care is covered, training and basic “well-child check ups” as I call them, covered! Everything you need or may need is covered! Dental cleanings, discounted daycare or room and board is available, if you are leaving home for awhile! Amazing! All shots are covered! It’s the best medical plan available with no deductibles! Our animals will get better medical insurance than we do! This is amazing to me even though I have a cat.

Before I became a Hannah member, my best friend, who was a wired-haired dachshund, died from a hit and run accident. (After he was struck) I took my pup to the local animal hospital. After pacing the floor, the doctor came out and said that all damages were internal and they won’t know what they are looking at unless they do X-rays; which were $600 each. At the time we were living from paycheck to paycheck. I wanted to make payments but they would not do that. I said do it anyway, and they said payment had to be made before I left.

With no way around it, they gave him medication to make him more comfortable and I took him home and stayed awake as long as I could with him in my lap. When I awoke, Buster was gone, and I found him under my bed. I screamed and rushed to the hospital crying so hard I had to pull over. When I got there I said, “We were here last night and you wouldn’t help him, and now my child is dead because you all were concerned about money!”

Then I screamed, “Why don’t you offer pet insurance?”

That was four years ago and I refused to have an animal without insurance or a safety net of some kind. Then when my little kitty adopted us randomly, we called Hannah the Pet Society and have been true happy customers since. Because they are so amazing I have been thinking about getting a Buster Jr, which Hannah will help me find.

Truly Happy Hannah Customers
Jessica and Patrick Andrews, Vancouver, WA


Boundless Love: Why Bunnies Make Great Pets

Easter might be over, but the boundless love a bunny brings goes on and on. Did you know that the Pet rabbit is one of the newest members of the domestic family?

For example, cats have been living with humans for more than 10,000 years. Dogs have been with us even longer! While rabbits were bred by humans as far back as the 16th century, they were mainly raised as farm animals. Inviting rabbits into the home and keeping them as Pets has only been in practice since the 19th century. Still, in a relatively short period of time, rabbits have become one of the world’s most popular domesticated Pets.

How many Pet rabbits are there? The American Pet Products Association’s 2009-2010 Pet Owners Survey stated that of the 15.9 million small animal pets owned in the U.S., 42% of them were rabbits. That means 6.6 million rabbits were kept as Pets in 2010. Fast forward to 2014 and the House Rabbit Society suggests that between six to nine million rabbits are kept as Pets, and of those, 25% are adopted.

Here are a few reasons why rabbits have become so popular, not only in the Unites States, but around the world:

  • Rabbits are clean Pets and can be trained to use a litter box. As a result, under certain conditions and with supervision, Pet parents can feel comfortable letting their Pet rabbit move around the home.
  • Rabbits often cohabitate well with other species of Pets, particularly cats. Even well-mannered, well-trained dogs can be great with rabbits.
  • Rabbits can be very affectionate, capable of forming incredibly strong bonds with their Pet parents and families. That bond is slow to build at first: As a prey animal, rabbits are predisposed to avoid things that appear dangerous. That means it is up to the Pet parent to foster trust. After that, families will reap the rewards that a loving rabbit can provide.
  • Like other domestic animals, rabbits love to play with toys, such as balls and rattles.
  • Rabbits require the same level of commitment, love and attention as other Pets. This includes feeding, training and healthcare. To avoid unwanted litters and certain health concerns, rabbits, like cats and dogs, should be spayed or neutered.

Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program is the perfect support for any rabbit parent! Not only does Hannah’s TLC provide all of the veterinary care you need for your furry family member (including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, emergencies, medications and surgeries), we also provide food and supplies delivered directly to your home! If you are looking to add a rabbit to your family, Hannah can help with that too through our Lifetime Matching Program.

To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall or at www.HannahSociety.com.

If you would like to learn about any Hannah Pet, please give us a call at 360-816-8000. You can also speak with a Live Chat agent on duty or fill out a web form on our website: www.HannahSociety.com

A Real Hannah Story: Max Bear

An anonymous poet once wrote:

My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies.
It comes from the love in my dog’s eyes.

When I adopted Max Bear from Hannah the Pet Society approximately a year ago, I knew from the beginning that I would be receiving what Hannah calls the B.E.S.T. care, an acronym for Behavior, Education, Support and Training.

Mr. Bear, who back then was an eighty-pound hulk suffering from anxiety separation and on medication, was introduced to me by Dr. Tripp, the staff animal behavior specialist extraordinaire. I was impressed with his tips and follow through after the first day and knew that I would be able to work with he and the vets Drs. Anderson and Kramer, on reducing his medications such that within nine months, he was not only drug free, but had fully adjusted to his active lifestyle complete with morning meditation walks, socialization at the dog park, daily games of fetch and Chuck It as well as many sojourns to the Oregon coast and Columbia Gorge.

In May we were invited to join the remarkable training classes taught by Chris Burley and by September, Mr. Bear became a Canine Good Citizen. He is loved and respected by adults and children everywhere we go, and since I decided to leave my full-time job as an educator for many decades, considered the idea that we would follow the path to having him become a therapy dog in a children’s hospital as well as cheer up cancer patients at a clinic where I have facilitated journal writing workshops for the past four years.

As my kindred companion, I was heartbroken when two days before I was supposed to embark on a vacation to Mexico, he suddenly became violently ill with extreme nausea and vomiting. I phoned Hannah and was told to follow the emergency procedure of boiling rice and chicken. When that didn’t work, I brought him into the Westside where he was seen immediately by the team, put on fluids and I was told all would be well. Max Bear apparently decided to eat a slipper sock my neighbor had made for me last Christmas and had ignored until just before my departure. I was told to take the trip and could pick him up upon my return.

Max Bear had to undergo surgery that was performed by Dr. Kubelun and was taken complete care of by the team as well as the medical director, Dr. Hughes. While he was in the hospital, the doctors kept me informed each day about Max’s progress and prognosis.

Today I find myself deeply grateful to all of the staff at Hannah the Pet Society for their compassionate care and professional expertise.

As for Max, he is happy to be home, is back to his old self again, and is indeed the sunshine of my life!

National Hairball Week!

This week is National Hairball Awareness Week.  That’s right, Hannah Family, there is a week, day or month to commemorate everything!  But as mundane as it may seem, hairballs are a real concern for millions of Pet parents.  And not just when they’re walking barefoot across the carpet and step in something unpleasant.

So let’s talk hairballs!  There’s more to them than just a mess on the floor.

What are Hairballs?

Hairballs are clumps of hair and mucus which is passed through a cat’s stool.  But a certain amount can remain in the stomach, which will result in hacking, retching and eventually vomiting.

What causes them?

Hairballs are caused when cats ingest loose hair during their daily grooming process

Do some cats experience hairballs worse than others?

Since hairballs are caused by loose hair being ingested, cats with longer hair, as well as those that shed often will experience more hairballs than infrequent shedders or cats with short hair.

Can hairballs hurt my cat?

Not generally.  Hairballs are the body naturally rejecting those things that shouldn’t be there.  While it may be a bit uncomfortable for our furry family members as they are passing them, it’s a natural part of daily life for most cats.

Is there a way to reduce hairballs?

Yes!  Remember, cats prefer to be clean, so they will groom themselves several times a day.  Removing excess hair through daily brushing and regular bathing (especially for long-haired felines) can greatly reduce the frequency of hairballs.

Hannah understands the concerns of Pet parents.  Whether it’s the food they eat or the hairballs they leave on the kitchen floor, we want our Pets to be happy, healthy and to live a long life.  That’s why we developed the Total Lifetime Care program.  Hannah’s TLC was designed to address the concerns of all Hannah members.  This includes working with our members to try and reduce excessive hairballs!

With Hannah’s TLC, members enjoy the benefits of an all-inclusive veterinary care service, which covers vaccinations, preventative care, parasite controls, emergencies, surgeries, medications and dental care.  Not only that, but members also receive lifetime behavioral training and high quality Pet food delivered right to your door.

To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

Clackamas Town Center can be reached at (503) 905-5200 or email Annemarie.Caulfield@hannahsociety.com

Washington Square can be reached at (503) 924-6850 or email Dev.Nicholson@hannahsociety.com

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Flea and Tick Prevention

As we approach warmer climates and we start to plan sunny outdoor trips with our furry family members, it’s a good time to stop and consider one of the most common risks faced by Pets and their Pet parents.

Fleas and ticks dwell where Pets are present and, often, are most comfortable.  Dogs who spend time outside, even in your own back yard, are highly susceptible to fleas and, on more wooded properties, ticks as well.  Even more susceptible to fleas and ticks are those Pets who join us on hiking and camping trips.  For this reason, Hannah Pets receive all preventative medicine, including parasite controls, as part of their exclusive Total Lifetime Care membership.

So, why is it important to regularly administer flea and tick medications?

  • First, as we all know, flea and tick bites can cause itching, severe discomfort and irritation.
  • Even more severe is the risk of Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), which is a severe allergic reaction to flea bites suffered by millions of dogs and cats. Untreated cases of FAD can lead to severe irritation, hotspots, skin abrasions and even bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Anyone who’s lived with a Pet suffering with fleas has probably suffered right along with them. Fleas can leap unnoticed from your Pets to you and will often lay eggs in furniture and carpets, leading to second and third generations of irritating and dangerous pests.
  • Fleas can also transmit parasites, such as tapeworms, bacterial diseases and Bartonellosis (cat scratch fever).
  • Like flea bites, tick bites can be painful and irritating. But the risks that ticks pose to humans and dogs can be even more severe, leading to Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, causing serious illness or even death.

While flea and tick prevention is relatively easy, inexpensive and non-invasive, many Pet parents forget or neglect to have their Pets treated until it’s too late.  Hannah can help!

Our Total Lifetime Care program provides not only parasite controls such as flea and tick prevention, but all Pet care, including 100% veterinary care (medications, preventative care, emergencies, surgeries, dental care, etc.), high quality Pet food delivered right to your door, and lifetime behavioral training.

To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.


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National Puppy Day

This week, to celebrate National Puppy Day, we took a moment to honor some of the youngest members of the Hannah family and to learn how to set our Pets on the road to a long, happy, healthy life.

Anyone who has ever raised a puppy knows that the decision to adopt is not one that should be taken lightly.  Puppies are cuddly, adorable and fun, and they can add joy and fulfillment to the lives of their families.  But they are also a lot of work.  And they require a great deal of love, patience, training and supervision.

Here are just a few important things to remember as you raise your new furry family member:

  • Take your puppy in for a vet visit as soon as possible for vaccinations and a checkup.  A sick puppy may not adjust well to her new environment, causing long-term behavioral concerns.  With Hannah, all of the Pets we place are pre-examined and are on a strict vaccination schedule.  Hannah members can also rest easy, knowing that all veterinary care is provided for a low monthly fee.
  • Puppies, like babies, require lots of sleep.  Create a quiet, safe space for your new pup to be alone and get the rest she needs.  This could be a bathroom, laundry room or, preferably, a kennel.  This will not only help her to stay rested and healthy, but it also helps to prevent separation anxiety.
  • Start training early and be consistent!  Puppy classes, like those provided to Hannah members, are a great resource for learning to instill great behavioral habits in our Pets.  Puppy training can go a long way in breaking or preventing bad habits early, such as marking, inappropriate chewing, or excessive barking.
  • Socialization is a very important part of raising a puppy.  Providing training classes, supervised puppy playtime, afternoons at the dog park, or taking her for a walk down a public street can teach her valuable social skills that will last a lifetime.
  • Exercise and nutrition are two of the biggest contributors to a long happy life.  Your puppy needs to build those muscles!  She also needs the mental stimulation she can only get from a long walk or run outdoors.  Likewise, proper nutrition is important in providing a long, healthy happy life, free of diabetes, heart disease and other health concerns.  Hannah provides a diet that is high in nutrition and will help your puppy grow up strong and healthy.

If you’re thinking about adding a Pet to your family, Hannah can help!  Our innovative Pet Matching program uses an interview process to help you find the right Pet for your family.  But we don’t stop there!  Hannah provides all the care your Pet needs through our Total Lifetime Care program.  The TLC is an innovative care program that provides your Pet with complete healthcare (including emergencies, surgeries, vaccinations, preventative and dental care, and medications), food delivered straight to your door and lifetime behavioral training.

To learn more about Hannah’s Pet Matching program, or how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

St. Paddy’s Day: Dogs from the Emerald Isle

As we reflect on St. Patrick’s day and digest our corned beef, cabbage and Guinness, we at Hannah thought about some of our furry family members who find their origins on the Emerald Isle.

Dogs are amazing creatures and their origins are as diverse as their species, personalities and traits.  Many people are aware that the Corgi comes from Wales and the Rottweiler is German.  But did you know that the Akita is from Japan, Bassets are French, and Dalmatians come from Croatia?

And here are just a few of the wonderful breeds that come to us from the Emerald Isle:

  • When we mention Irish dog breeds, possibly the first thing that comes to mind is the Irish Setter. With a lean frame and a beautiful, silky red coat, the Setter may be one of the world’s most identifiable breeds.  Originally bred as a hunting dog as early as the 16th century, Setters now enjoy a reputation as a wonderful family companion with a temperament that is well suited to small children and active households.
  • A less recognizable, but still commonly known breed is the Irish Wolfhound. The tallest of all dog breeds, the Wolfhound was, like the Setter, bred as a hunting companion and there is some evidence of their presence in Ireland thousands of years ago.  An easygoing, intelligent breed, they are known to develop a strong bond with their families.
  • A lesser known breed, at least in the States, is the Glen of Imaal Terrier. Often described as a big dog in a little dog’s body, Glens usually max out at 35lbs and have an appearance similar to other terriers, while being a bit stockier.  Like their Terrier cousins, Glens are energetic and feisty, although they are known to be a bit more even tempered and less vocal.
  • The Kerry Beagle is one of the oldest of the Irish hounds and is believed to be a descendent of the legendary Irish Hounds with a pedigree dating back to the late 1700s. A worker who maintains a strong hunting instinct, the Kerry is also great with kids and other dogs.

While these all make wonderful Pets, they do require a great deal of love and attention and some have known health concerns such as hip dysplasia in the Glen of Imaal Terrier or behavioral problems like “selective hearing” in the Irish Wolfhound.  That’s why Hannah is here!

Our Total Lifetime Care program provides an innovative solution that covers all veterinary care (including emergencies, surgeries, medications, preventative and dental care, vaccinations, etc.), food delivered right to your door and behavioral training and advice!

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

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Protecting Your Pets from Poison

We all want to protect our Pets from dangers outside the house: busy streets; fights with other cats or dogs; the threat of getting lost.  But if we’re not careful, there could be just as many dangers inside the house as out.

One such risk to our Pets’ health could be common household items, some of which could prove to be irresistible to some furry family members.  Below, we have listed some common household items to help identify those substances which may prove harmful or even deadly if not used and stored properly.

  • We’ve talked extensively on this blog about common house plants that can cause serious illness to some Pets. While many dogs and cats aren’t drawn to common house plants, some are, so avoid plants and flowers such as rhododendrons, peace lilies, tulips, poinsettias, chrysanthemums, azaleas and many types of ivy.  Of course, this is just a small list, so it’s a good practice to check the safety of any plant before bringing it into the home.
  • There are several household chemicals that are harmful to Pets: cleaning products, lawn and garden chemicals, insect controls, etc. One of the most common items that can cause severe injury or death is anti-freeze, which contains a sweet smell and taste.  If consumed, one teaspoon could kill a small cat.
  • Stringy items, such as rubber bands, yarn or dental floss can be fun for playing or chewing. While not poisonous, if consumed, these items could cause intestinal blockage or even strangulation.
  • Certain foods can even be poisonous such as raw bread dough, onions, grapes, chocolate, and avocado.
  • Most of us are aware that poisons meant for rats and rodents can be deadly to dogs and cats. As a result, most of us would never bring these items into the home in the first place.  But what about a new home?  If you’ve recently moved or are planning to move, ask the most recent tenants if they’ve used these items.  Then do a thorough search to be sure all harmful materials are disposed of.

But no matter how many precautions we take, there is always a risk of injury or illness with regard to our Pets.  That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place, just in case something goes wrong.  Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care Program is just such a plan.  With Hannah’s TLC, members enjoy an all-inclusive veterinary care plan (including prevention, vaccinations, parasite controls, dentals, medications, emergencies and surgeries), high-quality Pet food delivered right to your door, and lifetime behavioral training, all for one low monthly fee!

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

Reducing Obesity in Our Pets

A few weeks ago, cities around the country and the world, celebrated Fat Tuesday, which marked not only the kick-off to Mardi Gras, but also, for many, the last day of eating fatty, gluttonous foods before the Lenten season.

We’re all aware of the importance of eating healthy and avoiding, junk food, fast food and processed foods.  But how many of us have fallen into a bad habit of feeding equally unhealthy foods to our Pets?  It’s an easy trap to fall into!  Low grade, fatty Pet foods with little-to-no nutritional value is much more affordable than higher grade, healthier diets.  But it’s important to remember that paying a few extra bucks is a small price to pay for your Pet’s long life and happiness.

At Hannah, we are passionate about the food we provide!  Why?  Because we understand that food and exercise are the two most important contributors to the long term health and well-being of our Pets.

Here are just a few facts to consider:

  • Some studies have found that about 45% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. That equals 35 million dogs!
  • As in humans, obesity in Pets can lead to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, among many other disorders and diseases, and can be deadly.
  • While your Pet may not be a big eater, that doesn’t mean they are not overweight. Often, weight problems can stem from inactivity.  If your Pets are sedentary, are stuck indoors all day and don’t get the exercise they require, their health could be at serious risk.  A daily walk, trip to the dog park, swim or a game of fetch can make a huge difference in your Pet’s health.
  • Consult with your Hannah vet! Remember, they are the experts and can tell you what your Pet’s ideal weight should be and can recommend the best feeding and exercise regimen for your furry family member.
  • Free-feeding is generally considered to be the wrong way to feed a dog and can make weight loss difficult. Instead, feed your Pet 2-3 times per day and remove the food after a period of time.  This will train your Pet to eat on a schedule.  Combining this with a regular exercise schedule can contribute greatly to helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Do you have an overweight Pet, or do you suspect you might?  Hannah will work with you to identify the feeding, exercise and lifestyle habits that will help your Pet live a long, healthy, happy life.  Our TLC program provides a complete healthcare plan which includes surgeries, emergencies, preventative and dental care, medications and vaccinations.  We also provide the best food for your Pet and behavioral training!

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

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World Spay Day

Puppy jumping on the beachOn February 24th, the Pet care world recognized the 21st anniversary of World Spay Day!

The importance of spaying and neutering your Pets can never be overstated.  In fact, it may be one of the most important decisions a Pet parent can make when it comes to the long-term health and welfare of their Pets as well as the Pet community at large.

Here are just three of the most important reasons to spay or neuter your Pet:

–          Across the U.S, the staggering number of homeless Pets is a real problem.  Each year, about 6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters in this country.  Of those, approximately half are euthanized due over-population, space constraints and budgetary restrictions.  But there is a simple solution to over-population: prevention!  Spaying and neutering your Pet eliminates the risk of unexpected and unwanted litters.

–          This may surprise you, but spaying/neutering can increase your Pet’s lifespan.  According to one study, neutered male dogs live an average of 18% longer than unaltered males.  Spayed females can live up to 23% longer than un-spayed females.  One reason for this difference is that altering your Pet can help reduce the risk of cancer in the reproductive system.  Another reason is that an altered Pet has a decreased urge to roam, thereby reducing the risk of injury or illness.

–          Behavior is of primary concern to most Pet parents.  Spaying/neutering can help to curb many unwanted behaviors.  After Pets are altered, parents see a noticeable improvement in areas such as aggression, unwelcome assertiveness, excessive barking, mounting and marking.

So why would a Pet parent decide not to spay or neuter?  The primary reason given many is cost.  This is, afterall, a surgery that requires anesthesia, medications and a follow-up appointment or two and can be a bit pricey.  Often, this cost reaches into the hundreds!

How much of this cost do Hannah members pay?  For a low monthly fee, Hannah members enjoy all the benefits of Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program.  Our plan covers all veterinary care, including vaccinations, medications, spaying, neutering, emergencies, surgeries, dentals, and preventative care.  It also includes all food, delivered directly to your home, and behavioral training!

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

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