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3 Things to Know about Boarding Your Pet

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In a perfect world, you could take your Pet with you wherever you go. The next best thing is a great kennel in which the staff love and care for your companion as much as you do. Like hotels, cat and dog boarding facilities range in price and amenities. The right one for you is one that makes you feel comfortable, makes efforts to reduce your Pet’s stress, and makes the separation from your Pet as simple as possible. Knowing what to look for in a kennel allows you to make an educated decision and maintain peace of mind […]

Is Your Pet Insurance Worth It?

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Pet health insurance companies claim that they’ll help cover the cost of veterinary expenses, which might seem appealing when you consider the cost of treating unexpected injuries and illnesses. To determine if a Pet insurance policy is best for your Pet and budget, it’s important to know how the policy works and what it does not cover.

How Pet Insurance Works

When you purchase a Pet insurance policy, you select a deductible amount and a reimbursement or co-pay level. For example, a plan might have a $500 annual deductible and $20 co-pay. This means […]

Clean Your Dog’s Teeth: Why Dental Health is Important

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A dog’s mouth is one of its most important assets. Oral hygiene, however, is often one of the most over-looked factors of a Pet’s overall health. According to Animal Planet, up to 85 percent of adult dogs have periodontal disease. Just as you brush your teeth daily and see the dentist for regular checkups, dog teeth cleaning is equally important.

The Significance of Dental Health for Dogs

Puppies begin losing their baby teeth when they’re about 4 months old. By 7 months, most will already have their permanent teeth. This is the time to […]

The Importance of Health Care for Your Senior Pet

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The age at which a Pet becomes a senior Pet depends on its species and size. Cats and medium-sized dogs are generally seniors at age seven. Large and small dogs can be seniors at age six. Like humans, older Pets have different health requirements. By knowing the basics of senior Pet health, you’ll go a long way toward maintaining your companion’s quality of life.

Regular Veterinary Visits
A Pet should visit a veterinarian at least once a year. As they get older, the vet might recommend that a Pet receive a wellness checkup at least […]

Four tips for dog and puppy training, and why obedience classes are good for both you and your pet

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So you’ve decided to adopt a dog or puppy. What’s next?
The good news is that Hannah the Pet Society’s inclusive pet care service ensures your dog receives disciplinary training. Our pet care packages not only cover pet supplies and vet visits at our veterinary clinics in the Portland, Tigard and Beaverton areas, but also obedience classes for puppies and dogs.

If you’ve never trained a dog before, have no fear – it’s relatively easy and a fun way to bond with your pets. Children are often great trainers too, and so making puppy training a […]

Five ways to protect your dog or cat from cold winter weather

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The first day of winter is only a week away. Here are some tips from Hannah the Pet Society to help keep both you and your dog or cat warm, healthy and happy when the cold sets in.

1) Keep pets indoors and out of the cold. If you feel chilly, your pet probably does too. Sure, they have thick fur that helps protect them to some extent, but leaving them out in the cold can be really harmful to them. Also make sure they have a pillow, blanket or bed to sleep on that isn’t in […]

10 tips for a successful holiday with your pet

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There’s no doubt that the holidays are stressful for people. They can also stressful for your pet. Here are 10 tips and tricks to make sure that you and your pet have happy holidays.

1) Don’t let them eat human food. Let’s be honest. One of the best parts of the holidays is all of the delicious food—if you’re a human, that is. But human food can be harmful to pets. Don’t feed them scraps from the table, and make sure they aren’t rooting through the garbage when you’re not […]

An Injured Puppy Gets a New Lease On Life

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An injured puppy gets a new leash on life: Watch Casper the dog get treated for a broken leg
Sometimes, a simple but expensive medical procedure is all that stands in the way for a homeless puppy to get a new “leash on life.” In those cases, Hannah the Pet Society is happy to step in to provide the needed veterinary treatment so a rescue pet can find a forever home.
In October, a passerby found an abandoned puppy with a broken leg and brought him to a Portland-area rescue facility. The no-kill shelter […]

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

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No one wants Turkey Day to be ruined because of a sick pet. Check out these tips to make sure that you and your pet have a happy (and safe!) Thanksgiving.

1. Remind your guests not to feed your pets from the table. Well-meaning relatives might not understand the risks of feeding human food to pets, so ask them nicely to resist the temptation to feed your little guy table scraps. If you want to give your pup a Thanksgiving treat, consider whipping him up one of these easy-to-make peanut butter treats instead.

2. Not sure what […]

Providing pets for patriots – Happy Veterans Day!

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Today is Veterans Day, and Hannah the Pet Society would like to thank all of the men and women who serve our country. Pets offer huge benefits for everyone, but they can be especially good companions for veterans – people like Bill Calder, who was recently matched with a dog through our sister organization, Hannah’s Helping Hands.

For Calder, mornings are especially hard. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s about six years ago, Calder, a retired police officer, and a veteran of both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army, now has trouble moving because of the degenerative disease.

“It was […]

What should you do if your dog breaks his leg? Call Hannah!

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Sawyer is a Pomeranian mix, or, as his Pet Parent Franco DeJesus puts it: “Eight pounds of sweet, loving personality. We just love him.”

So when Sawyer broke his leg, Franco and his family were thrilled with the Hannah care they received.

“Outstanding, great—that is how I would describe it,” he said. “We were able to get in to see the vet right away, we didn’t have to call around and figure out where to go. That would have made a hard situation even more stressful. We really liked how they handled our emergency, and how everything was […]

How green is your dog? 7 ways you and your Pets can walk gently on the planet

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We love our Pets…and we love the environment. Here are 7 ways you can manage your Pet’s carbon footprint.

Spay or Neuter. With more than 70,000 puppies and kittens born every day in the United States, spaying or neutering your Pet is the fastest and easiest way to balance Pet ownership with environmental kindness. Pet overpopulation is one reason why this procedure is included in your Hannah membership. The other? Spaying and neutering helps your Pet live a longer and healthier life by removing the risk of reproductive cancers, and decreasing the risk of prostate […]

Hannah Brings Yappy Hour to Senior Living Community

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Get ready for monthly Yappy Hour!
Residents of Courtyard Village Vancouver recently celebrated “Yappy Hour” with Hannah the Pet Society. Geared to celebrate the joys of Pet companionship, Yappy Hour will take place monthly at this location.
Dog of the Month
Is your Pet the best? Of course! And there is even a fancy gift basket to prove it. Every month residents will be entered to win a “dog of the month” competition. Top prize: A gift basket valued at $100, donated by Hannah the Pet Society.
Want a Yappy Hour of your own?

Six FUN things to do with your dog this summer

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The Dog Days of Summer are almost here—and if you’re like so many Hannah families, your kids and fur-faced family members are yammering (and yapping) for something fun to do. Don’t forget to pack water and extra treats for the whole crew, plus your Pet’s leash, pickup bags, and extra towels.

Here are six of our best ideas.

Hit the trail. Plan a day trip to the Oregon coast or a quick jaunt through Forest Park.
Visit the dog park. There are more than 30 dog parks in the Portland metro area that have an […]

Hannah scores “A” rating with Better Business Bureau. Here’s one reason why.

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What’s it like being a Hannah member?

For those in the know: Hannah is an all-inclusive veterinary care provider. In addition to high quality vet care, we also deliver Pet food right to our members’ homes and provide lifetime behavioral training.

What drives us?  Our goal is to make Pet care easier—and more affordable—for our members.It’s an innovative approach to Pet care, designed to deliver a worry-free experience. Hannah members enjoy the love of their Pet without having to worry about unanticipated Pet health care costs, or changes in their circumstances […]

Dog Bloat: Hannah Saves Bruce’s Life

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Bruce is a five-year-old Great Dane. His Pet parent is Hannah Member Donna Heimbuch.

About a month ago he got dog bloat, and Hannah provided life-saving emergency surgery and aftercare for her regular monthly fee.

Bloat happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food or fluid, causing it to expand and put painful pressure on other organs. Bloat is a serious, potentially fatal, condition.

This is Bruce’s story, in Donna’s own words. We’ve also included some advice on how to protect your own Pet. If you suspect your dog has bloat, please […]

How to make July 4th Safer for Dogs and Cats

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Snap, crackle, BOOM! Celebrating our nation’s independence often terrifies dogs and cats. You can keep them safe with a bit of planning and a large dose of compassion.

Here are some ideas to try.
• Hold a Fireworks Party. When you first hear fireworks, or realize your Pet is afraid of loud noises, make it a game. Reward your Pet with a treat and excitedly explain, “It’s a fireworks party!” Build the association between loud noise and a positive outcome. It’s also a good idea to make a Fireworks Party part of puppy training. Done consistently […]

5 Tips for Take Your Dog to Work Day!

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Pack some kibble, grab a leash and create a comfy spot under your desk, because this Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Now in its 17th year, TYDTWDay is an annual event sponsored by Pet Sitters International. It was created to celebrate dogs and to promote adoption.

Hannah participates — every day!  

The ability to bring our Pets to work is one of the perks of being a Hannah Team Member. This allows our Pets to interact and socialize with hundreds of other Pets and people every week.

Because we are experts in animal behavior and training […]

Happy Tails! How to Have a Great Road Trip with Your Dog

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School’s out! And that means the first day of summer is almost here. What better way to spend those lazy, hazy, crazy days than on a road trip? Whether it’s a weekend at a campsite or a pilgrimage to some famous national park, a long drive is a great way to bond with your kids, and the family fur-face.

Here is how to make sure your Happy Trails includes Happy Tails.

Be sure to bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records, especially proof that the rabies shot is current. You’ll likely need […]

Knee Surgery Gives Kona a New Lease on Life

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Matt Davis has a unique relationship with Hannah.

He is the director of Employee Benefits for RiskPoint Insurance Advisors and Hannah is one of his clients.

“When I started working with Hannah, I thought the program sounded pretty cool. I already had a dog, and I talked about becoming a member,” he said.

“I never did anything about it, and a few months later, Kona blew out her knee.

“We found out it would cost about $5,500 to get it fixed. That’s a lot of money, and we were agonizing over the decision. Meanwhile, the dog is hobbling […]

Monty vs Rat Poison: Hannah saves his life

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My dog is young and has always been healthy. About two years ago he ingested rat poison and only because I had access to round-the-clock medical care was this very serious situation noticed. If I hadn’t had been a Hannah member I would have put off taking my boy to the vet for one more day. Like so many dog owners, I was “hoping” the problem would go away on its own. Had I waited, it might have been too late to save Monty’s life.

Thank God Monty is a Hannah dog. He required blood transfusions […]

Couch or Scratching Post? 3 Ways to Stop Cat Scratch Fever

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Rare is the cat parent who has furniture that is unscratched and unscathed.  In fact, some have simply given up on that old sofa with the shredded arm and decided it now belongs to the cat!

Addressing cat behavior at a young age can help Pet parents avoid much of the destruction that can occur when scratching and other unwanted habits go unchecked.  If you have a cat enrolled in our Total Lifetime Care program, you can call for behavioral support 24-hours a day.

Here are a few other ideas to try:

First, before bringing a cat home, or […]

How to train your dog to earn those treats

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Give and take. It’s the hallmark of every human relationship. It also works much the same way with our beloved pooches.
In this video, Hannah Pet Behaviorist Dr. Rolan Tripp shares some ideas on how to train your dog to earn everything from dog treats to extra cuddles to a rousing romp in the park. The result? A better behaved, calmer dog whose focus remains on you.
For more ideas on improving your dog’s (or cat’s!) behavior, Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program provides unlimited behavioral training, PLUS complete veterinary care (including preventative care, emergencies, surgeries, dental […]

12 Deadly Sins: What NOT to feed your dog!

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By now most of us know not to feed our dogs chocolate. But did you know there are some other foodstuffs that can make Fido fall ill?*

Here’s a quick list:

1.  Chocolate: We love chocolate, and so do our dogs. What is a fun addiction for us can lead to serious health problems for your Pet. Theobromine is the culprit here, and symptoms of poisoning include:

diarrhea or increased urination
vomiting
excitability or restlessness
dehydration, excessive panting
seizures

While a taste of chocolate might not harm your dog, an overdose is possible based on your dog […]

How to Stop Your Puppy from Biting

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we at Hannah are committed to providing members with Pets that are healthy and well-behaved. Our Pet behaviorist Dr. Rolan Tripp knows how to “nip” biting in the bud, and he shares some easy how-to tips in this video.

There’s no doubt about it. We love our dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there were 70 million dogs in the United States (2011) or one dog for every 4.5 people. More than 35% of all homes have at least one dog.

While some breeds get […]

7 New Ways to Exercise Your Dog

Exercise. It’s important for your dog’s health and wellbeing. Daily walks are great for bonding and they are also a good time to work on training and socialization. Plus, they’re fun: There is no simpler joy than watching your dog’s body move to its own rhythm.

If you’re finding your daily walk is getting a bit ho-hum, it’s time to mix it up a bit.

Here are 7 ideas to try.

Walk more, sit less. Frequent, shorter walks are best for your dog. It’s not good for anyone—person or […]

Zachary’s Story: The Healing Power of Dental Care

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Dear Hannah Team,

I would like to personally thank you for your highly regarded medical expertise and knowledge, along with the genuine compassion and care you provided for Zachary, my six-year-old Chihuahua, on the day of his urgent teeth cleaning and extraction (just two days after becoming an official Hannah Member).

Your medical staff that included Scott Chambers, Jessica Park, Miranda Down, Shelby Winchester, Errin Stevens, and Pet Counselor Miranda Whalley were all absolutely exemplary with their high level of competency in their job skills as each and everyone treated me with the same professional courtesy and superior […]

Four Reasons to Celebrate National Pet Month

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Do you know what makes May extra special? It’s National Pet Month! We at Hannah are excited to celebrate how Pets make our lives better.

National Pet Month got its start in the UK more than 25 years ago. Their celebration runs through the month of April. Here in the US, it runs through the month of May.

The goal of National Pet Month is to promote the benefits of Pet ownership, support Pet adoption, and raise awareness around how Pet ownership can make people healthier and happier.

Every Pet parent knows that Pets make our lives better. In […]

Surgery Success Story: Hannah Testimonial

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My dog, Max, recently had surgery and Hannah took such good care of him.

I really appreciate the love they show my dog. The doctors were just fantastic and so was the staff. Everyone was really nice, just so sweet to Max. They petted him and made him so comfortable after surgery. They made the process so much easier for him.

We wouldn’t change anything.

At one price every month and dog food delivery included, you can’t beat that!

Thanks so much Hannah @205.

Darla & Brent Enbysk

Brush your dog’s teeth! Why dental hygiene is critical to your dog’s health

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Bad breath can come between you and your dog—after all, who wants a slobbery kiss that stinks? But that bad breath might be an indicator of a more serious problem: Bad gums and bad teeth. Unresolved dental problems can lead to disease or chronic infections that can damage your dog’s health.

Did you know—80 percent of dogs have periodontal disease? It is the most commonly diagnosed problem in the vet’s office. Here are three ways you can improve your Pet’s oral hygiene:

Use a dental rinse. Dental rinses can be purchased at the pet store […]

Keep Your Pet Safe with a Microchip

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This is National Pet Identification Week, a great time to remind Pet Parents to microchip your dog or cat. Why not just keep using a collar and tag? Because it’s not complete protection: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that while 80 percent of Pet owners understand the importance of ID tags, just 33 percent say their Pet always wears one.

That doesn’t mean skip the ID tag! You still have to license your Pet, so you might as well add an ID tag for extra security. This way you ensure your […]

How Hannah Saved My Cats’ Lives

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I called Jody (Hannah Team Member) in desperation, because my previous vet had labeled my cat unsuitable to neuter, and that I would have to pay close to $1000 to have an MRI and X-ray done to ensure that my cat did not have a heart murmur—this was based off of the vet tech’s assumption.

Jody calmed me down and guided me through what it would cost if I went to a vet versus paying Hannah for one year. Plus I would get flea treatments and food delivered (on my doorstep)! They did the necessary tests, and […]

Flea and Tick Prevention

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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 […]

National Puppy Day

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Protecting Your Pets from Poison

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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 […]

Reducing Obesity in Our Pets

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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 […]

World Spay Day

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On 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 […]

Hannah Celebrates Adopt-a-Rabbit Month!

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The popularity of rabbits as Pets is on the rise!  In fact, according to one estimation, there are over 2.2 million households that enjoy the company of a Pet rabbit.  This number has risen substantially over the past 20 years.  It’s difficult to identify the reason behind this spike, but some speculate that the rise of the internet has made it easier for potential Pet parents searching for the right Pet to learn about the benefits of rabbit companionship.

Here are some fun facts about rabbits that will probably come as a surprise to many:

–          The domestication of […]

Give Your Pet a Special Valentine This Year

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How much do you love your Pet?

Our Pets are members of our families.  We love them, protect them, provide food, toys, shelter and care for them.  We even clean up after them!  And in exchange, our Pets give us so much more.  They keep us grounded; they make our lives easier and provide immeasurable amounts of joy and fun; they reduce our stress and they make our lives richer.

For these and so many other reasons we only want the best for our Pets.  This Valentine’s Day, do something to show your Pets how much you truly love […]

Resolve to Give Your Pet the Best Care Possible in 2015

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There are two types of Pet parent in the world: those who have faced unexpected and exorbitant veterinary bills, and those who will.  It is an unavoidable fact that Pets get sick, they get injured and they occasionally require some form of major medical attention.

Times like these are the reason behind Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program.  With Hannah’s TLC, members not only receive an all-inclusive veterinary care plan, which includes preventative care, vaccinations, dentals, medications, emergencies and surgeries (among many other services), but also high quality Pet food delivered right to your door and lifetime behavioral […]

National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

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We’ve said it before; there seems to be a day, week or month to commemorate everything.  Following Dress Your Pet Day and Train Your Dog Month, today Hannah Society is celebrating National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day!

Whether you’re a “cat person” or not, it’s natural to observe a cat and wonder exactly what they’re thinking.  To celebrate this special day, Hannah has compiled a list of questions and answers about our feline friends.  Questions are the easy part; it’s the answers that are hard.  Afterall, cats are still a mystery to us, even […]

National Train Your Dog Month

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Did you know that January is National Train Your Dog Month?  This month we examine the benefits of training your Pet and why it’s so very important.

At Hannah, we believe that a well-trained dog is a happy and healthy dog.  That’s why we’ve made behavioral training one of the three main components of our Total Lifetime Care program.  Along with all-inclusive veterinary care and high-quality Pet food, Hannah members also receive adult and puppy classes, on-leash classes and private behavior consultations with our staff of Pet behavior experts.

So, why is training […]

It’s Dress Your Pet Day!

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It seems there is a day to commemorate everything.  January alone contains Argyle Day, J.R.R. Tolkein Day, Rubber Duckie Day and of course, Fruitcake Toss Day!

But today is one commemorative day that we at Hannah always look forward to: National Dress Your Pet Day!  That’s right Pet parents, it’s time to find or create the perfect outfit for your furry family members.

Dressing your Pet is a fun and easy way to not only bond with your Pets, but also to find fun ways of keeping them warm and cozy!  Here are a few ideas […]

Bring Your Pets in from the Cold!

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As winter temperatures continue to rise and fall here in the Pacific Northwest, we at Hannah wanted to stop and remind our readers about some important measures to take to keep your Pets healthy, warm and happy.

We’ve written a few blogs highlighting the risks of hot weather, such as leaving Pets in the car or outdoors without shade or water.  But cold weather can be equally risky.  And a few simple tips can help Pet parents to prevent injury, illness and pain in their furry family members.

–          First, think about how your own body reacts to extreme cold […]

The Perfect Gift for the Perfect Pet

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The holidays are a time to share in a little food-eating and gift-giving among family and friends.  And this includes our furry family members!  The joy experienced by our Pets as they receive a new treat or toy is only matched or exceeded by the proud Pet parent.

The holiday experience wouldn’t be complete without the love and companionship of our Pets.  As we move closer to the big day, Hannah has put together a list of safe, fun and useful gift ideas for the Pets in your life.

–          Most dogs love plush toys!  This scene will […]

The Importance of Pet-Proofing Your Home

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Pets are a great source of love, companionship and joy.  But they are also a lot of work and need our supervision and care.

Our homes are full of common items that we often overlook, but that can be extremely dangerous to a curious or playful Pet; items such as power cords, small toys, harmful plants and foods.  The most common, everyday items to you or me, could cause severe injury and even death to our Pets.  What follows is a brief list of preventative measures every Pet parent can take to help keep your furry family members safe and […]

Benefits of Adopting Older Pets

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Who doesn’t love a puppy?  They’re cute and playful, and full of love and curiosity.  But there is a price to pay for all of that cute and cuddly wonder.  Along with the joy and fun, it’s important to keep in mind that puppies are a lot of work!  To assume the responsibility of a puppy is a major commitment that should not be taken lightly.  From elimination training to vaccinations, chewing to late-night whining, raising a puppy is no small task.

For this reason and many others, families often choose an older dog who already […]

Working with your Begging Dog at Thanksgiving and Dr. Tripps Tips

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Thanksgiving is a day to gather loved ones together for food, family and football!  But one beloved family member may not be welcome at the table.

While we love our dogs and cherish their companionship and company, we certainly don’t want them begging at the dinner table.  It’s not an unusual habit.  In fact, for thousands, if not millions of Pet parents, begging has become a habit that is tolerated, ignored and in some cases, even unintentionally encouraged.  Here are some tips for preventing or eliminating these unwanted traits:

–          First and foremost, don’t give in to the […]

Hannah’s Annual Pet Quiz!

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Every year, the first full week of November is a time to honor and appreciate animal shelters and rescues, nationwide!  Hannah is proud to work hand-in-hand with regional shelters and rescues to place Pets in need into great, loving forever homes.

Once again this year, in honor of these wonderful organizations, we are taking a break from our regular Hannah Blog to test the knowledge of our readers with a little Hannah Pet Trivia!  (The answers appear at the bottom of the blog.)

a.) How many teeth does the normal adult dog have?  (28, 32, 42 or 46 […]

Halloween Treats and Tips for Your Pet!

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Halloween is just a few days away!  And that means candy, knocks at the door, families and children in outrageous costumes and of course, Pets dressed as superheroes, hot dogs, butterflies and cows.

 

Nothing is quite as cute as a pug dressed as a princess.  Or a Bassett hound in Yoda ears.  But with the fun and surprises that the evening is sure to provide, there are a few very important reminders, which every Pet parent should keep in mind as they prepare to stock up on sweets and welcome the neighborhood kids to the door with tricks […]

Tricks, Treats, Doorbells and Barking

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 There are certain times of year that can drive a dog (and a Pet parent) absolutely crazy!  With so many loud bangs and cracks, one of those times is Independence Day, which can cause severe anxiety in dogs.  Another is New Year’s Eve for the same reason.

Another is Halloween, which is nearly upon us.

Many dogs have a bad habit of barking uncontrollably when the doorbell rings or someone knocks.  This can be particularly troublesome when you have multiple visitors approaching your home, offering a trick or a treat!

If your dog is particularly sensitive to the summoning […]

The Importance of Preventative Care

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We all want what’s best for our families.  For our children, that means the best diet, the highest levels of nutrition, regular medical and dental check-ups, the best education possible and regular exercise.  We want the same for our Pets!  We want them to live long, happy, healthy lives.

We can help make this happen by practicing a few preventative care habits that will have immeasurable benefits for our Pets and the relationship we have with them.

Below are five basic steps that every Pet parent can follow to provide the best and healthiest life for their Pets […]

Hannah’s Pet Aptitude Test Helps Prevent Dog Bites

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 The Pet Aptitude Test (PAT) is an innovative Pet screening process developed by Hannah the Pet Society to learn specific characteristics of each Hannah Pet.  Every Pet who joins the Hannah family is tested for aggression and sociability with other Pets, strangers, and little ones.  They are also tested for object and food guarding, cooperativity and training motivation.  According to Hannah’s Chief Behaviorist Dr. Tripp, “the PAT is patterned after the S.A.T. (Scholastic Aptitude Test), measuring the aptitude of the Pet to be compatible with the new Pet parent.  It tests friendliness and education and provides situations […]

Preventing Cat Scratch Fever

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Rare is the cat parent who has furniture that is unscratched and unscathed.  In fact, some have simply given up on that old sofa with the shredded arm and decided it now belongs to the cat!

But addressing cat behavior at a young age can help Pet parents avoid much of the destruction that can occur when scratching and other unwanted habits go unchecked.  Hannah members who have a cat enrolled in our Total Lifetime Care program can call for behavioral support 24-hours a day.  But there are a few things you can do before calling for that behavior […]

Tips for Preventing Separation Anxiety

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Hannah’s team of Pet behavior specialists deal with any number of concerns on a weekly basis, ranging from jumping to licking/mouthing to leash-pulling to any number of other issues.  One of the most common complaints among Pet parents is destructive or worrisome behaviors resulting from separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a disorder characterized by distress a Pet suffers when left alone and which leads to unwanted or destructive behaviors such as chewing, urinating/defecating indoors, howling, barking or attempting to escape.  In extreme cases, Pets could actually hurt themselves attempting to get through windows or chewing dangerous […]

Traveling with Your Pets

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As the summer months come to a close and we enjoy a final vacation or road trip, and as we begin to make holiday travel plans (yes, it’s approaching quickly), let’s take a moment to think about best practices when traveling with our furry family members!

Traveling with Pets can be a stressful endeavor if the Pet parent is unprepared.  Planning is key to any great vacation, but this element is absolutely essential if you want to enjoy a vacation with your Pets.  Fortunately, most hotels, airlines and campgrounds have websites that specify their individual Pet policies and […]

Portland Dog Park’s: Hannah’s Top Pick

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Compared to other areas in the continental U.S., Portland doesn’t get a lot of sunshine or clear skies.  But when we do see that big yellow ball in the sky, we know better than most how to take advantage of it!  On any given sunny weekend, you’ll see open-air street fairs, food and drink festivals, city-wide river floats, and even pet-centered activities.

 

We’re lucky here in Portland.  Considered by many to be the most pet-friendly city in the country, our Pets enjoy the luxury of accompanying us to the farmers […]

Who’s in Charge Here?

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Competition is a natural element of canine society.  Dogs, like other animals both wild and domestic, compete for food, mating partners, resting spots, toys, etc.  Dominance and submission is a way to determine these things through what is essentially a hierarchical ranking system.  As social creatures, dogs tend to organize themselves in their packs and social groups.  In play or work, some dogs will behave in a somewhat supervisory role, controlling the play and leading the charge, while others will often submit and follow the leader.

Some Pet parents tend to see dominance as a negative.  But it’s important […]

Fireworks and Scary Noises!

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For many dogs, there is nothing that provokes more anxiety than loud, booming noises.  At the mere hint of thunder, loud airplanes or fireworks, they will begin to shake, pant and will often find a dark, enclosed place, like a closet or bathtub.

 

Remember that dogs have an acute sense of hearing.  The light rumble of thunder 10 miles away might go unnoticed by you, but your furry family member hears it loud and clear.  As many as 20% of dogs suffer from a fear of loud noises.  And while every Pet parent wants their Pets to be […]

Dads, Dogs, and Reducing Stress!

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Happy Father’s Day to all of Hannah’s Dog Daddies!  Hannah is proud to provide the best care, training and food available to them and their furry family members.

Parenthood is not an easy job, as every mom and dad knows.  Add to that the pressures of career, bills, home care and all of the other realities of daily life and for many the stress can be overwhelming.  Unfortunately, stress has become somewhat unavoidable in our society.

Pets are a great resource not only for companionship and love, but studies have shown that they can also help us reduce […]

May is National Pet Month!

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As May comes to a close and we welcome the summer sun to the Northwest, we at Hannah are celebrating National Pet Month!

Beginning 25 years ago in the UK, the purpose of National Pet Month is to recognize the many ways our lives benefit from our furry family members, and the impact they have on our health and happiness.

Every Pet parent knows that Pets make our lives better.  But most of us are unaware of the fact that the Pets in our lives can actually make us healthier and even help us to live longer.  Here are just […]

Keep Your Family Safe From Dog Bites!

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At this point, many of us have seen this video, captured by security cameras: a young boy gets off his bicycle near his family car.  A dog prowls from next door, quickly creeps around the car and aggressively pulls the child from his bike and begins biting and pulling on his leg.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the boy’s cat lunges from under the car and attacks and then chases the dog away.

This week marks National Dog Bite Prevention Week and reminds us that stories like the one above are far too common.  But in most cases, there […]

Beware of Hot Weather!

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The heat is on! For many, this is the time to don those hiking boots, leash up the dog and hit the trail, or find a spot to throw a blanket down in the park. While inclimate weather has never stopped us in the Pacific Northwest from getting outdoors, now that the temperatures are rising, it’s a good time to stop and remember that while we may be fully prepared for the heat, our Pets may require different considerations.

Heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature rises to a dangerous level, causing headaches, dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat and […]

Charlie the Cat: A life-savin​g story from Hannah

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Charlie is an 8-year old loving tabby cat. She was brought to Hannah for what seemed like a minor issue – she wasn’t eating. After a full exam Dr. Martin found that Charlie had an inner and outer ear infection and Periodontal disease. Charlie was hospitalized and treated at Hannah’s Health and Education Center for 4 weeks. During that time, she also went home with our vet nurse Sheila to receive 24/7 personalized care. Over the course of 4 weeks Charlie went from being very sick and off balance to regaining balance and eating on her own […]

Some Bunny Loves You!

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As we celebrate the Easter season and we encounter the familiar images of the Easter Bunnies populating storefronts and candy aisles, let’s take a moment to celebrate one of the newest members of the domestic family, the Pet rabbit!

Cats have been living with humans for 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.  But in a relatively […]

Keep Your Pet Safe by Micro Chipping!

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It’s amazing when you think about it!  Something no bigger than a grain of rice could be the key to bringing your Pet home if she gets lost.

As we recognize National Pet ID Week, let’s take a look at why it’s so very important to microchip your furry family members in order to keep them safe and protected.  At Hannah we recognize the importance of these issues, which is why each and every Hannah Pet is microchipped!

Thousands, possibly millions, of U.S. Pet Parents have recovered lost Pets through the use of licenses and microchips […]

Protect your Pets against Fleas & Ticks

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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 […]

National Puppy Day

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In recognition of National Puppy Day, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the youngest members of the Hannah family and learn how to set our Pets on the road to a long, happy, healthy life.

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

Here are just […]

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

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

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 […]

World Spay Day!

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On February 25th, the Pet care world commemorated the 20th 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 […]

February is Adopt a Rabbit Month!

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Rabbits can be wonderful Pets and can provide immeasurable joy and companionship.  The popularity of rabbits as Pets is on the rise!  In fact, according to one estimation, there are over 2.2 million households that enjoy the company of a Pet rabbit.  This number has risen substantially over the past 20 years.  It’s difficult to identify the reason behind this spike, but some speculate that with the prevalence of the internet has made it easier for potential Pet parents searching for the right Pet to learn about the benefits of rabbit companionship.

Here are some fun facts about […]

Make Your Pet Your Valentine This Year!

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How much do you love your Pet?

Our Pets are members of our families.  We love them, protect them, provide food, toys, shelter and care for them.  We even clean up after them!  And in exchange, our Pets give us so much more!  They keep us grounded; they make our lives easier and provide immeasurable amounts of joy and fun; they reduce our stress and they make our lives richer!

For these and so many other reasons we only want the best for our Pets.  This Valentine’s Day, do something to show your Pets how much you truly […]

Hannah’s TLC Is Made For The Long Run!

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Here’s a scenario that’s far too familiar to millions of Pet parents: Pet gets sick or injured in the middle of the night; Pet parents scramble to find emergency care; after a sleepless night, the Pet parents are given the choice of a $6,000 procedure, or the unthinkable: euthanize the Pet.  Even with Pet insurance and wellness plans, exorbitant veterinary bills are still a very real possibility.

With the help of Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, hundreds of Hannah members who would have otherwise been faced with this decision were instead able to provide all of […]

Resolve to Give Your Pet the Best Care Possible in 2014

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There are two types of Pet parents in the world: those who have faced unexpected and exorbitant veterinary bills, and those who will.  It is an unavoidable fact that Pets get sick, they get injured and they occasionally require some form of major medical attention.

Times like these are the reason behind Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program.  With Hannah’s TLC, members not only receive an all-inclusive veterinary care plan, which includes preventative care, vaccinations, dentals, medications, emergencies and surgeries (among many other services), but also high quality Pet food and lifetime behavioral training.

Here are some other […]

National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may be noticing a pattern.  Following Dress Your Pet Day and Train Your Dog Month, today (January 22nd) Hannah Society is celebrating National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day!

Whether or not you’re a “cat person”, it’s natural to observe a cat and wonder exactly what they’re thinking.  To commemorate this special day, Hannah has compiled a list of questions and answers about our feline friends.  Questions are the easy part; it’s the answers that are hard.  Afterall, cats are still a mystery to us, even […]

National Train Your Dog Month

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Did you know that January is National Train Your Dog Month?  This month we examine the benefits of training your Pet and why it’s so very important.

At Hannah, we believe that a well-trained dog is a happy and healthy dog.  That’s why we’ve made behavioral training one of the three main components of our Total Lifetime Care program.  Along with all-inclusive veterinary care and high-quality Pet food, Hannah members also receive adult and puppy classes, on-leash classes and private behavior consultations with our staff of Pet behavior experts.

So, why is training […]

Cold Weather and Your Pets

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As we continue to slog through some of the coldest temperatures on record here in the Pacific Northwest, we at Hannah wanted to stop and remind our readers and Hannah members about some important measures to take to keep your Pets healthy, warm and happy.

We’ve written a few blogs highlighting the risks of warm weather, such as leaving Pets in the car or outdoors without shade or water.  But cold weather can be equally risky.  And a few simple tips can help Pet parents to prevent injury, illness and pain in their furry family members.

First, think about […]

What NOT To Do When Raising Your New Puppy

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Raising a dog is not an easy job.  While the rewards are many, it’s also a lot of work.  It takes a great deal of energy, patience and self-control to train and care for our Pets.  This is why Hannah’s placement process involves a thorough screening and counseling process to help our members prepare for their new family member.

There are many common mistakes Pet parents make in the puppy and dog-raising process that can seem harmless but are anything but!  Here is a list of some of the biggest no-no’s and why they […]

Holiday Gift Ideas (for Pets!)

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My dog loves opening gifts.  As soon as the first one appears under the tree, he begins circling the room in anticipation.  He looks at me, then back at the mysterious new present, then back at me again.  I tell him ‘no’, he pouts, and this goes on for a few weeks until I put a few healthy treats, rawhides and Kongs wrapped in festive holiday paper in front of him to open.  He tears into them like a kid.

The joy experienced by our Pets as they receive a new treat or toy is only matched or exceeded by […]

Pet-Proofing Your Home

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Hi, I’m Rufus. After a long day of chewing live power cords and swallowing Legos that are lightly coated with the oh so delicious sticky remnants of fruit roll-ups and Cheerios, I make my way to the cat’s litter box and snack on a delicacy I like to call “Kitty Roca.”

I get bored sitting around the house. No one bothered to take me out for a walk this morning so I’ve got nothing but energy…ready to burn! So I’ll get into the trash and saunter out to the garden and eat all of […]

How to Work With Your Begging Dog

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Thanksgiving is a day to gather loved ones together.  For many of us, it’s a day of food, family and football!  But one beloved family member may not be welcome at the table.

While we love our dogs and cherish their companionship, we certainly don’t want them begging at the dinner table.  It’s not an unusual habit.  In fact, for thousands, if not millions of Pet parents, begging has become a habit that is tolerated, ignored and in some cases, even unintentionally encouraged.  Here are some tips for preventing or eliminating these unwanted traits:

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Hannah’s Pet Trivia!

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This week is National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week!  Hannah is proud to work hand-in-hand with regional shelters and rescues to place Pets in need into great, loving forever homes.  Not only that but, to date, Hannah has donated more than $200,000 to local and regional shelters, rescues and animal welfare organizations.

In honor of these wonderful organizations, we thought we’d take a break from our regular Hannah Blog to test the knowledge of our readers with a little Hannah Pet Trivia!  (The answers appear at the bottom of the blog.)

a.) What is the […]

Halloween Tips from Hannah

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Halloween is upon us!  And that means candy, knocks at the door, adorable kids in outrageous costumes and of course, Pets dressed as superheroes, hot dogs, butterflies and cows.

Nothing is quite as cute as a pug dressed as a princess.  But with that said, there are a few things every Pet parent should keep in mind as they prepare to stock up on sweets and welcome the neighborhood children to the door with tricks and treats.

First, of course, keep the chocolate and other candy out of reach.  Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs […]

Celebrating World Cat Day!

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Tuesday, October 29th is National Cat Day.  While every day at Hannah is Cat Day, we decided to take a look back – way back! – to commemorate the day and to celebrate the role cats and kittens play in our lives.

Some cat owners believe that “domesticated cat” is a contradiction in terms, given the feline penchant for independence.  But, domesticated they are and according to many scientists and anthropologists, have been for thousands of years.

While dogs have been on the domestication track much longer due to their usefulness as hunters, many experts believe that cats began the domestication process […]

Tricks, Treats and Barking Dogs

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There are certain times of year that can absolutely drive a dog (and a Pet parent) crazy!  One of those, of course, is Independence Day, with the loud bangs and cracks that can cause severe anxiety in dogs.  Another is New Year’s Eve for the same reason.  And still another is Halloween, which will be upon us shortly.
Many dogs have a bad habit of barking uncontrollably when the doorbell rings or someone knocks.  This can be particularly troublesome when you have multiple visitors approaching your home.  Like Halloween.

If your dog is particularly sensitive to the summoning of […]

The Importance of Effective Preventative Care

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In honor of Child Health Day, Hannah is taking a moment to recognize the other children in our lives: our Pets!

We all want what’s best for our families.  For our children, that means the best diet, the highest levels of nutrition, regular medical and dental check-ups, the best education possible and regular exercise.  For some of us, they’re our kids!  We want them to live long, happy, healthy lives.  And we can help make this happen by practicing a few preventative care habits that will have immeasurable benefits for our Pets and the relationship we have […]

Hannah Loves Pets

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“Every time we go in for a vet appointment at Hannah the Pet Society, our dog is treated like a king!”  These words and others like them have been expressed many times by countless Hannah members.  Why do we do what we do?  Because we love Pets.  It’s as simple as that!
“I treat every Pet as if it were my own,” said Dr. Tim Hughes, Hannah’s Director of Medicine and Member Services.  Any Hannah member who has met Dr. Hughes can attest to this statement.  It can be said of all of Hannah’s Pet care professionals […]

Portland: the Most Dog-Friendly City in the US!

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Portland and her surrounding ‘burbs are known for many things – beer, food, coffee, music, bacon-strewn donuts – but one of our greatest claims to fame is the love we have for our Pets!  In fact, according to Animal Planet, Portland is the country’s most pet-friendly city, which will come as no surprise to Portland’s many Pet parents.  What other city can claim nearly 20 off-leash dog parks, countless pet-friendly pubs and even ankle-high drinking fountains just for dogs?

Some of us on the Hannah team have compiled a list of some of our favorite […]

Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care brings affordable Pet Care down to Earth

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The cost of veterinary care has skyrocketed. Pet parents are faced with higher veterinary, food and training costs than ever before. According to the American Pet Products Association, in the past 10 years the amount of money spent by the average dog and cat owner on Pet medical care has increased nearly 50%.

In a survey by the American Humane Association on the Reasons for non-ownership of Pets, 30% of former dog owners and 25% of cat owners said that veterinary costs were the main reason they would not get another Pet.

The inability to pay for the high […]

Cats Need Love (and Laser Pointers)!

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We spend so much time talking about dogs on this blog, we thought it was time to give equal time to those other furry friends, our cats!

There was a time when cat parents allowed their feline family members to prowl the neighborhood freely, coming in at night to eat and seek shelter and returning to wilds of the street in the morning. These days most of us know that cats are safer indoors, free from the dangers of dogs, cars dangerous plants/berries and getting lost or stolen. At Hannah, we encourage all of our Pet parents to keep […]

Heat Stroke and your Pet

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The heat is on! For many, this is the time to don those hiking boots, leash up the dog and hit the trail, or find a spot to throw a blanket down in the park. While inclimate weather has never stopped us in the Pacific Northwest from getting outdoors, now that the temperatures are rising, it’s a good time to stop and remember that while we may be fully prepared for the heat, our Pets may require different considerations.

Heat stroke occurs when the core body temperature rises to a dangerous level, causing headaches, dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat and […]

The Booms & Bangs Begin…

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Though Independence Day isn’t for another week, we’re already beginning to hear the familiar booms and bangs that mark the July 4th holiday. For some of us, this means a frightened dog hiding under the bed until the commotion passes.

If your Pet exhibits any level of fear as a result of noise from fireworks, thunder, low-flying planes, etc., there are steps you can take to help alleviate and maybe even prevent these fears. But first, it’s helpful to identify your dog’s level of fear and anxiety.

– A mild level of fear as a result […]

Pet Safety Tips for Your Summer Cookout

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When the clouds finally part and the sun shines down on the Pacific Northwest, a favorite activity for many of us is getting outdoors for a cookout with friends, family and of course, our beloved Pets. But there are a few Pet safety tips to remember before taking the lawn chairs from the garage and firing up the grill.

The first thing to keep in mind is that many emergency vet visits are a result of something a pet has ingested. With this in mind, always be aware of any foods that may be in your pet’s reach. A […]

Plants & Flowers Every Pet Parent Should Avoid This Spring

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There are few places in the country where the arrival of spring is more evident than in the Pacific Northwest. This is the time when Washington & Oregon residents will begin planting seeds and creating landscapes that they will love, nurture and enjoy until well after fall’s oranges and browns have peaked in October.

As a pet parent, it’s important to remember that some plants can be harmful, even deadly, to our four-legged family members. Here are a few to avoid:

Lily – Beautiful and wildly popular but even small amounts can cause kidney failure in cats.

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5 Tips for Helping Your Dog Live Longer

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If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a person who thinks of your four-legged companion as a family member and not just the family Pet. We all want our loved ones to live forever! And most of us will do whatever it takes to help our Pets live the longest, happiest life possible. Here are 5 basic tips to helping your dog enjoy a long life:

• Vaccinate your Pet regularly! Most vaccines should be administered every 1-3 years with a schedule determined by your veterinarian.

• Control those parasites! Keep in mind that many parasites are […]

5 Things Every Pet Parent Should Know About Proper Dental Care

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My dog loves having his teeth brushed! He doesn’t put up a fight; he sits still and doesn’t try to eat the toothpaste; he doesn’t chew on the brush or jerk his head away. He’s a perfect gentleman!

None of this is true, of course. When it comes to understanding the importance of proper dental care, Sid just doesn’t get it!

But what Hannah has taught me (and what Sid is learning, gradually), is that there are a few basics to proper dental care. Here are the top five things every pet owner should know […]