Ringing in the New Year with Our Top 10 Pet Blogs of 2017

Another year has come to a close, and for many of us this offers the chance to reflect on all that has transpired and ponder ways we can make 2018 even better. Ideas such as getting healthier, overcoming bad habits, and spending more time with loved ones circulate in our minds.

The Pet Experts believe that the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to improve the lives of our furry companions, as well. Our weekly blog is brimming with topics to help you do just that!

To encourage you get started, we have compiled the top 10 pet blogs most widely read in 2017 into one convenient location.

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Ring in the New Year: 5 Resolutions for Pet Owners in 2018

As another year comes to a close, now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what matters most and where we’d like to see ourselves in the future. Our modern society looks kindly on self-care, and making improvements such as getting in shape, unplugging from our devices, quitting smoking, and spending more time with loved ones is easier than ever.

The Pet Experts want to encourage you to let your pet’s well being guide you as you ponder which changes to make in the coming year. Check out our New Year’s resolutions for pet owners to get started on making a change in your pet’s life!

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Rainy Day? Unleash Indoor Excitement With Pet Enrichment Activities

pet enrichmentWe know the scene well: a dark grey sky, windows streaked with rain, and a frigid wind whipping against the house. Pets might find themselves outside during inclement weather, but probably not for long. Instead, they lounge around, perfectly content to wait it out. But what happens when this goes on for days on end? The Pet Experts know that most pets not only require, but benefit from, daily physical exertion and mental stimulation. The solution? Pet enrichment activities that last the entire season.

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Pet Tummy Trouble: Tips and Tricks

As we approach that time of year when we experience an increased frequency of overindulgence and digestive distress of all varieties, it is important to think about our pets as well. Pet tummy trouble happens, but luckily if it happens to your furry family this holiday season, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help.

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The Big Picture: Everyday Life Lessons Your Pet Teaches You

If we were to take cues from the animals we know and love dearly, would we all start to act a little wild? Or would we simply be kinder and more compassionate?

It’s possible that the answer is a little of both, but instead of talking about funny (or questionable) feline and canine behaviors we experience, let’s consider the countless ways pets influence our lives and make them more meaningful.

Whether you realize it or not, your pet teaches you life lessons that can be applied to your own journey, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are keyed into this powerful and magical relationship.

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A Blur of Fur? Not With Our Tips for the Best Pet Pictures

pet photosPhotographing animals can feel like an exercise in futility. Indeed, so much personality can be lost between experiencing the moment and capturing it for posterity – but your coinciding frustration doesn’t have to be the only guiding force. Not only can you snap beautiful images of your beloved pet, but it can also be a fulfilling opportunity to bond with your furry best friend. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have put our heads together for the best tips and tricks for compelling and natural pet pictures. Ready? 3, 2, 1…cheese!

 

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

When you see your pet looking indescribably cute, it’s normal to want to take a few pictures. We’re lucky to be able to snap away on our phones or digital cameras, but even when programmed for “action,” pet pictures can still come out blurry. Try setting your camera to burst mode and discard the shots that don’t accurately depict your pet’s distinct personality and character.

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Your Pet and New Baby Have a Lot to Learn

pet and new babyPets are creatures of habit. In fact, they not only rely on routine, but their overall health and wellness depend on it. They enjoy anticipating meal times, walks, and snuggle sessions. They look forward to when owners typically reappear at home. In short, they do not welcome change or household disruptions – at all.

However, a pet and new baby is one of life’s most joyful combinations. While it may not necessarily be the quickest or most graceful adjustment, with these tips from The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital, you’ll have one big happy family in no time.

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7 Effective Ways to Deal with Pet Hair

pet hairWhile some of us wish for long, flowing tresses, this sentiment is often lost on our pet owner friends who struggle with their pets’ chronic shedding. In fact, over 72% of pet owners state that one of the major challenges of pet ownership is pet hair on furniture, rugs, and clothing.

From sweeping up the never-ending furballs, to stashing dozens of lint brushes around the house, when it comes to pet hair there is ample reason to wonder: why all the shedding?

Although there will probably never be a time when your sofa or slacks are free from pet fur, there are several ways you can help avoid the onslaught of a furry mess; and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help!

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The Catio: Your Cat’s Ticket to Fun

catioMost veterinarians (us included) agree that indoor cats enjoy more robust health, greater protection from dangers, and an overall longer lifespan than outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats. This arrangement works well for the reclusive, couch-potato kitties, but if your cat can be found gazing out the window or cackling at the sight of a bird, you might want to consider building him or her a catio.

What is a Catio?

A catio is an enclosed, protected outdoor space for cats! This fast-growing trend is a wonderful way to provide your indoor cat with access to the outdoors, while keeping him or her protected from common threats such as other animals, cars, and communicable diseases. The more than 3 billion birds and 20 million small animals who are killed by domestic cats each year will also thank you for letting your pet look but not touch.

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Cat Whiskers: The Defining Feature of Feline Friends

cat whiskersThey’re long, wispy, and have a knack for tickling your face in the middle of the night. They seem to be the first thing that draws us in when admiring the beauty of cats, and they certainly define the Felidae family.

Cat whiskers are the standout feature of a cat’s face. Even though other mammals have whiskers, they seem to be most distinct on our cat friends. But what exactly are they used for?

The Pet Experts want to discuss just how expressive (and important) whiskers are to your purry pal.

The Anatomy of the Whisker

Whiskers, also known as vibrissae, are not just an ornamental aspect of your cat’s face; they’re also a means of perceiving the world and communicating. Unlike a strand of hair, the whisker is a sensory device meant to attune your cat to the environment.

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