Keep One Step Ahead with Disaster Preparedness for Pets

If you’re like many Americans, you probably have at least some semblance of a plan in the event of a natural disaster or evacuation; perhaps you’ve stashed some extra food and water in the basement or have a first aid kit in your car. Whatever the case, it’s important to remember the needs of your pet, as well. Disaster preparedness for pets is critical to their safety and well being. If you’re wondering where to start, you’re in luck! The Pet Experts are here to help.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Having the necessary items on hand is essential to disaster preparedness for pets. Check the following items off your list:
(and make sure they’re stored in an easily accessible location!)
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5 Warning Signs Of Dental Disease in Pets

Dental disease in pets is a serious threat to systemic pet healthOur pets may not need to smile for the camera, but they still require dental care to keep them healthy and happy. Studies show that by the time they are 4 years of age, 85% of pets have some form of dental disease. And what starts as bad breath and a little tartar can quickly progress to more serious problems such as tooth loss, bacterial infection, and internal organ damage.

But many of us don’t regularly look inside our pet’s mouths. And so how to tell if our pet has a problem? We’ll look at the 5 warning signs of dental disease in pets and give you some tips on what to look for.

Dental Disease in Pets

First, what is dental disease? Periodontal disease is defined as the progressive inflammation of the supporting structures that surround the teeth. Here’s how it happens: Continue…

Is Pet Anxiety Normal When Kids Go Back to School?

Pet anxiety can intensify when kids go to school and your pet is bored.For most pets, the summer is an absolutely wonderful, happy, fun-filled time. It’s so satisfying, in fact, that when it’s over and the kids go back to school, a surreal, confusing reality can set in. To be sure, pet anxiety can be the direct and natural result of an abrupt shift at home, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm the household. Instead, with a few tips from the Pet Experts you can do your part to help your pet continue to feel part of the pack.

Bored? Restless? You Bet.

The family pet may be dreading what the meaning is behind the new shoes, gear, and supplies starting to creep in. They might not know the details of what’s to come, but they’re pretty sure they’re not going to like it. Continue…

Microchipping Your Pet: An Invaluable Gift

Tabby cat running outsideAccording to the American Humane Association, 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their life. Furthermore, studies show that without proper identification, 90% of those lost will never return home.

Fortunately, microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure a happy reunion should your pet become lost. Let The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital review the basics of this important safeguard.

What is a Microchip? How Does it Work?

A microchip is a tiny device that’s placed under your pet’s skin during their annual preventive care exam. The microchip stores a unique ID number that can be used to contact you should your pet go missing. Continue…

One Life at a Time: The Joys of Fostering a Shelter Pet

Fostering a shelter pet is an important part of pet adoption.If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you’re an animal lover. Most of us are deeply saddened by the plight of homeless, abandoned, and abused animals, and it can seem like an insurmountable and overwhelming issue to tackle. After all, how could one person possibly make a difference in such an enormous problem?

Fostering a shelter pet is one of the most effective ways to make a dent in the serious issue of marginalized pets. By simply opening up your home to a foster pet, you are not only saving that pet’s life (and experiencing the warm fuzzies and fun of having a new pet in your home), you are freeing up valuable space in a shelter for another animal in need. The stability and love of a temporary home also allows the pet’s true personality to shine and gives them the chance to interact with other people and pets, all of which increases their likelihood of being adopted. Continue…

The Brilliance of Pet Yoga: Practice at Home With These 15 Poses

Pet yoga at home is a great way to get in some pet exerciseMany devoted yogis and yoginis practice anywhere they can unroll their mats – the beach, the space next to the hotel bed, in an unoccupied office, and, of course, at home. For a seasoned practitioner, it’s easy enough to simply follow a flow that feels right, but there are also many helpful videos online.

Animals have been a constant theme in yoga since its creation. In fact, a large percentage of poses (asanas) have been inspired by their anatomy or actions. While you can now attend public classes that include cats, dogs, goats, horses, and more, there are at least 15 pet yoga poses you can embrace at home. Continue…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is a great way to get pet exercise in!Leading an active lifestyle is an important part of staying healthy, and including the family dog is a fun way for both of you to stay fit. Providing your pet with regular exercise not only keeps their bodies strong, it also provides an outlet for stress and anxiety, reduces negative behaviors, and can deepen and strengthen the bond you share.

Running with your dog is a great option when it comes to getting exercise together, but there are safety concerns pet owners need to be aware of. Before you lace up your running shoes, check out these safety tips straight from The Pet Experts!

Running with Your Dog Safely

Just like with any other activity, planning and preparation are integral to a safe and enjoyable experience, and running with your dog is no different. The following ideas offer you ways to make sure you and your pup reap all the benefits of your run, and none of the dangers. Continue…

Exercise Fatigue in Pets: Can It Happen?

Exercise fatigue in pets can affect your pet obesity and pet exercise routinesImages of cute, chubby pets seem to be everywhere we turn these days. While it’s hard to deny the appeal of a soft, squishy dog or cat lounging contentedly with you on the sofa, having an overweight pet can lead to health problems, high veterinary bills, and a shortened lifespan.

Making sure your pet gets plenty of exercise on a regular basis is an important component in keeping them healthy, but exercise fatigue in pets can be dangerous. Making sure your sweet furball gets the right amount of exercise without overdoing it is the key to achieving balanced health for your pet.

Too Tired?

The benefits of daily exercise for pets cannot be understated. Exercising and playing with your pet keeps their joints limber, maintains muscle mass, and promotes good cardiovascular health, not to mention reinforcing the bond you share. While it can be tempting to “tire them out” with hours of fetch or feather chase, some pets simply don’t know when to quit. Continue…

Pet Grooming: It’s More Than Just Looks

pet groomingGrooming your pet – that is, bathing, conditioning, trimming, and brushing – can feel like extra chores on an already long list. But when you consider how good pet grooming is for overall health and wellness, it’s the kind of activity that you may come to value. Nope, grooming isn’t just for the aesthetics, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have some advice on ways to unleash your inner stylist.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: Do Pets Have a Sense of Humor?

pets have a sense of humorDo you ever feel like your dog is doing something just to make you laugh? Maybe you think your cat is laughing at you? Pet birds might have the best sense of humor of all, especially talking parrots!

But are all these situations just flukes or do our pets really have a sense of humor? We’re ready to tackle this question and look at the research. Stay tuned as The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital explore whether our pets have a sense of humor.

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