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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Hot Weather and the Risk to Brachycephalic Dogs

Who doesn’t love a sweet, smooshed-face dog full of wrinkles and squishy hug-ability? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital certainly adore them! Brachycephalic pets, or brachys, include all those adorable flat-nosed animals whose popularity has exploded over the past few decades.

From pugs to bulldogs, we love our brachycephalic dogs…but they do come with some extra care requirements. Hot weather can be brutal for all animals, but when it comes to brachys, it can be even more insidious.

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Getting Their Greens: Why Dogs Eat Grass

dogs eat grassIf you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve seen your pooch nibble on a few blades here and there. Maybe your dog eats and swallows grass, or maybe just gives it a few chews and spits it out, but either way you’ve likely wondered why this supposed carnivore on the end of your leash seems to be drawn to the green stuff.

Client education is important to us at Naperville Animal Hospital. We’ve delved into the topic of why dogs eat grass with the hopes of shedding some light on this interesting dog behavior.

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Considering Adopting a Pet? Stop Before You Shop

adopting a petFrom all the cuddles and snuggles to the endless companionship, the benefits of adopting a pet are pretty clear. In fact, the pros of pet ownership are so attractive to prospective pet guardians that the cons aren’t always carefully considered. However, the truth is that adopting a pet is a sizable commitment that requires a great deal of forethought. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital believe in the power of adoption – if it’s the right time for everyone involved.

What to Know

Sometimes, an animal comes into someone’s life without invitation. This can definitely work out positively, but it’s more common for families or individuals to seek out the pet of their dreams.

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Pets Sweat? The How and Why of Pet Perspiration

When most people consider their fur friends, the thought of them sweating seems absurd. With all that fur, how could it even be possible? Well, believe it or not, cats and dogs do sweat – but in ways us humans aren’t familiar with (for example, we doubt your pet will ever need to borrow your deodorant!).

To learn more about why pets sweat and how they do it, let’s take a closer look at this gross but necessary function.

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