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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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pet Dehydration

The heat of the summer may not have taken full effect just yet, but we know it is on the horizon. Spending time in the great outdoors is something many pet owners look forward to – whether that’s a stroll to a favorite park or an epic road trip to some far off destination. From vacations to weekends on the beach, there’s plenty to be excited about.

But along with heatstroke and other summertime perils comes an increased risk of pet dehydration. Because many pets dehydrate easily or can experience chronic dehydration, it’s essential to learn more about how much water your pet needs and ways to encourage hydration for overall health and safety.

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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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