Essential Oils and Pets: Is It Safe?

Essential Oils and PetsAromatherapy has been a popular way to relax and rejuvenate for years, and essential oils use as home remedies for many different ailments has also been gaining in popularity recently. Although you may enjoy lavender, citrus, or any number of lovely scents from essential oils, it’s important to keep in mind some safety measures when it comes to essential oils and pets.


Here to Stay? Pet Yoga is the Latest and Greatest Fad

While some people might not jump at the chance to breathe deeply amidst a herd of goats, others are embracing the opportunity. Likewise, meditating on horseback may not be your cup of tea, but you can guarantee someone’s out there doing it.

So what is this new trend of pet yoga, and is it here to stay? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have the skinny.


Getting to the Root of Periodontal Disease in Pets

periodontal diseaseThe American Veterinary Dental College estimates that periodontal disease is the most common condition seen in adult dogs and cats today. Studies report that by the time a dog or cat is 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. That’s a scary statistic! Fortunately, this common condition is completely preventable.

What is periodontal disease in pets, and more importantly, how can you and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital prevent this problem from affecting your pet? Below, we’ll lift the lip on periodontal disease in pets, and give you our recommendations for care.


Fluffy Said What?! Cat Myths Through the Ages

cat mythsIt’s no wonder the game “Whisper Down the Lane” is so popular among kids and grown ups alike. We hear what we want to hear and pass it along. Sometimes it’s amusing, other times it just shows how well we’re able to fill in the blanks when we don’t have all the puzzle pieces.

Cat myths likely developed in the same way as a million rounds of “Whisper Down the Lane.” In the absence of concrete scientific research, what else could explain why cats were such stealthy hunters or amazing jumpers? Indeed, their abilities seem to defy human logic, and the prevalence of flawed explanations took root across cultures and centuries.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.