Caviar Dreams: Lifestyles of Rich and Famous Pets

famous petsIf you had a chance to pamper your pet, would you opt for a private chef, deep-muscle massage, custom wardrobe, or psychic readings? According to Forbes, a significant percentage of wealthy pet owners splurge on special accommodations that most of us can’t imagine. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are equally fascinated when it comes to rich and famous pets, and we hope that our favorites inspire some extra indulgences we’re sure your pet deserves.

Great Inheritances

Of the affluent, over half make advanced arrangements for their pets in case of death. Over 25% create a trust for their pet (or pets), with the average being $526,000. Of these trusts, 90% stipulate that only after their pet passes away will any surviving family members receive the inheritance.

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Sluuuuurp! Why do Dogs Lick Ears?

dogs lick earsAs much as we love them, let’s face it, dogs are well known for their less than impeccable manners. From butt sniffing to leg humping, it’s safe to say they’re pretty comfortable with their animal selves, but there are some behaviors that have most pet owners stumped – like ear licking. So, why do dogs lick ears, and is it normal?

Why Dogs Lick Ears: The Good, the Bad, and the Gross

Is your dog enamored with your ears? How about with another cat or dog who lives in the home? Whether it’s a little love-kiss or a full-on slurp fest, the reasons that dogs lick ears can be varied.

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The Truth About Indoor Cat Care and Disease Prevention

We are bombarded every day to make decisions, but how do we truly know if the choices we make are the right ones? Of the big decisions faced by pet owners, keeping a pet cat inside is one of the better ones. Fluffy is safe from running into traffic, getting stuck in trees or bad weather, fighting with predators and other territorial felines, and also benefits from reduced exposure to parasites.

To best serve our clients who share their lives with furry felines, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have some ideas that support overall indoor cat care.

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Ignoring Easter Pet Safety Could Send You Down the Rabbit Hole

For some, Easter is an incredibly important, rather serious religious holiday. However, Easter is also a time for family gatherings, egg hunts, and revelry on the same level as all other significant holidays. It’s finally spring, after all!

The pastel colors, glazed ham, bonnets, baby birds, and bunnies notwithstanding, Easter pet safety should remain in the forefront of every pet owner’s mind. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have the following tips to protect your pet – and guarantee a good time is had by all.

Is Trouble Hopping By?

Primarily, Easter pet safety hinges on restricting access to certain foods or treats. Before we dive into that, a word of caution.

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Addressing the Itch: Seasonal Allergies in Pets

While the new blooms and buds of another spring season may be beautiful, this time of year can also bring seasonal allergies. Allergies are annoying for many of us, but you may be surprised to know that pets can also suffer from allergies.

Seasonal allergies in pets is a fairly common diagnosis, although the symptoms may be quite different from those we associate with our own. To help keep your pet itch-free and feeling great, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have compiled some basic information and tips to help your pet cope with allergies this spring.

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Coexisting With Wildlife: How to Keep Pets Safe From Coyotes

Whether it was a long howl at dusk or a chance encounter at the park, most people have experienced the call of the wild at some point when it comes to coyotes. Like many species, coyotes have adapted to coexist with humans—this includes rural areas and major urban hubs like Chicago.

That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to offer some ideas on how to keep your pets safe from coyotes, ever fascinating, but wild canines.

Coyote Behavior 101

Canis latrans (“barking dog”) has been something of a legend, including being maligned by ranchers, farmers, hunters, and others for a long time.

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Do Pets Grieve and Understand Loss?

For those of us who share our homes with pets, we often intuitively know when they want our attention, need some cuddles, or aren’t feeling their best. Through their behaviors, we understand a great deal about them, despite not sharing a common language.

From happiness and joy to sadness and anxiety, many astute pet owners will also attest to a range of emotions in their pets. Still, the emotional lives of animals is a subject of debate among animal behaviorists and other researchers.

That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have set out to understand how pets grieve and experience loss.

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All You Need Is Love: Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Valentines_iStock_000011197177_MediumValentine’s Day is all about love, and if you’re like most pet owners, chances are you love your pets as much (if not more!) than most of the humans you know. Many pet owners even report preferring to spend the evening at home, snuggled up on the couch with their furry loved-ones, than out on the town with a significant other… and we don’t blame them one bit!

The romantic goodies associated with Valentine’s Day can be wonderful for humans, but many of them pose serious risks to our four-legged friends. Our Valentine’s Day pet safety tips will help you keep your pet safe and at home with you, where he or she belongs.

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Leaders of the Pack: The Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

Purebred Shetland Sheepdog outdoors on grass meadowIf you could measure your dog’s intelligence, what criteria would you use? For many dog owners, traits like responsiveness, obedience, and good behavior might come to mind when factoring intelligent dog breeds.

The study of canine cognition and behavior is nothing new. From Pavlov to more recent studies on emotional intelligence, learning about sociable pack animals like dogs have helped us gain insight into their world and into human behavior.

While you may think your dog is the smartest one around, there are specific metrics used to determine intelligent dog breeds and why they excel.

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To Look Ahead, We Acknowledge Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2016

Enjoying a day together.Lists, lists, and more lists! We just got through the most hectic time of the year, wherein one to-do list topples another. We scratched off our accomplishments or drew asterisks next the ones that take priority, and the fact is, we are pretty amazed at all there is left to do! That’s why we’re taking this particular moment to make yet another list, but we can assure you: this one is quite special.

Over the course of the previous twelve months, The Pet Experts attempted to skillfully craft meaningful pet care blogs for one sole purpose: to help and educate our clients and readers. From the difficult to the amusing, we tried to tackle a range of subjects that we felt appealed to our large community of pet owners, and you gave us relevant feedback.

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