The Perks of Relaxing with Pets

It’s no secret that reducing stress can lead to better health overall. Taking time for sleep, exercise, and meditation contributes to lower blood pressure, faster healing time, greater happiness, and increased longevity.

Pet owners may have the upper hand when it comes to reaping the rewards of downtime. Relaxing with pets is easy (and fun!), and it can accelerate the health benefits associated with stress reduction.

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Stealing, and Other Screwball Dog Behaviors

Odd dog behaviors can be both endearing and infuriating.

A huge part of the fun in owning a dog is experiencing the full spectrum of their goofy canine conduct. Yes, it’s true – dogs are weird! They do stuff that just defies human logic. But why?

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really behind some of the strangest dog behaviors, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have a few explanations to help make sense of it all.

Why, Oh, Why?

Many pet owners are pleased as punch by their dog’s exemplary behavior. But that doesn’t mean cringe-worthy moments have entirely passed them by. Indeed, even the canine model citizens of the world have to answer to their base instincts.

Wherever you sit on the spectrum, we’d be willing to bet that you’re among other dog owners, well-versed in the world of butt-sniffing.

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To Bundle, or Not to Bundle? Keeping Pets Warm and Comfortable this Winter

Keeping pets warm during the winter is part of winter pet safety

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild winter this year, but let’s face it, here in Chicagoland, the winter is never really “mild.” Regardless of the howling winds, subzero temperatures, and mounds of snow, Fido still needs his daily walk and potty breaks.

While we certainly know how to bundle ourselves up to stay warm, what about our pets? When it comes to keeping pets warm this winter, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have a few ideas!

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Celebrate Good Times: How to Throw an Amazing Pet Birthday Party

A pet birthday party is a fun way to celebrate your pet

Celebrating milestones and special events is one of the best parts of life, and including our four-legged family members in the fun just makes sense. Sure, while inviting your pet to join in a human celebration is one thing, throwing them their very own party is even better. Pet birthday parties are all the rage, and The Pet Experts couldn’t be more excited to share our ideas for a fun, safe, bark-tastic celebration!

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right venue is essential to the success of your pet birthday party. A fenced in yard or living room may be appropriate, or you could choose one of the many pet-friendly rental spaces available in our area. Depending on the amount of people and pets on your guest list, some dog-friendly restaurants/pubs may also be willing to make special arrangements for your event.

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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…

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…

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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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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Here To Stay: All About Canine Influenza

Naper_iStock_000080765437_LargeIt all began in the spring of 2015: Dog after dog kept turning up in veterinary clinics throughout the Chicagoland area with a mysterious illness. In April 2015, scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin finally determined that the illness was caused by a strain of canine influenza known as H3N2. By then more than 1,000 Chicagoland dogs had been sickened. Continue…