You Can Learn to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth!

Think about dog's teeth healthUnfortunately, many owners are still reluctant to take pet dental care seriously, even though dental health is a strong indicator of overall health. From tooth loss to kidney disease, neglecting your pet’s mouth can have severe consequences.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way! To brush your pet’s teeth at home is the best preventive care strategy to protecting your dog or cat’s pearly whites. Keep reading to learn more about pet dental care and how to brush your pet’s teeth with ease.

The Chewing Myth

One of the reasons we often hear owners give for opting out of dental care is that wild animals don’t brush their teeth, they chew. While that’s partially true (some debris is removed by chewing sinew and bone), keep in mind that wild animals also don’t lead very long lives.

Sibling Rivalry: Multi-Pet Aggression in the Home

Two dogsWhen you decided to get a second (or third) pet, you might have had wonderful visions of being surrounded by mounds of cuddly furballs. However, in reality, your home is plagued with fighting pets. While multi-pet aggression isn’t uncommon, it can create troublesome stress for pets and owners alike.  

Despite our desire for peace, the truth is that not all dogs and cats get along with each other. Some breeds prefer to be the only pet around while others thrive in the presence of other fur buddies. A pet’s background is also integral to whether adding another pet could pose problems. Continue…

Pet Popsicles and More: The Best in Summer Pet Treats

Homemade Dog BiscuitsFor some, the words “liver” and “treat” should never go hand in hand. However, this combo might delight and satisfy your hungry, eager pet. Homemade pet treat recipes are plentiful, but when it comes to this bounty of summer recipes, how do you know what will hit the spot?

Luckily, The Pet Experts have done the legwork for you. Sit back, relax, and watch your pet go bananas over these scrumptious summer pet treats!

Beat the Heat

Raw fruits are wonderful additions to your pet’s diet. While you should avoid grapes, raisins, and most citrus options, your pet can enjoy these peeled, cored, and de-seeded fruits: Continue…

Sweet Dreams: The First Nights with a New Puppy

Naperville_iStock_000051539012_LargeThose of us who love dogs can think of few things more exciting than the arrival of a new puppy. Along with lots of laughter and smiles, you can also expect a few mishaps and accidents to occur in those first few weeks. However, one thing an exuberant new owner may not consider are the sleeping habits and nighttime behaviors of a puppy.

Nighttime Tips for a New Puppy

At first, a puppy’s never-ending curiosity and little howls may seem cute…until it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and Patches has kept you awake most of the night yipping and whining. Continue…

Play’s the Thing: Fantastically Fun DIY Dog Toys

iStock_000021470999_LargeIf you do an Internet search for “DIY dog toys,” you’ll get thousands of hits. It’s easy to start clicking around and before you know it, the Late Show is on and it’s time to hit the hay. Because we value your time – and want your dog to have the safest toys available – the pet experts culled through the endless number of results to offer you this list of effective DIY dog toys.

Save the Dough

We’re all trying to save money and reduce waste. If you’re constantly having to replace your dog’s toys, this can end up costing you financially, as well as environmentally. Instead, save your hard-earned paycheck by getting creative and crafty. Continue…

Hyperthyroidism in Cats: A Battle You Can Win

Old Long-Haired Grey Cat with Yellow Eyes on RailingIf you have a senior pet, your list of worries is probably longer than it was a few years back. Unfortunately, it is true that as a pet ages his or her likelihood of experiencing many conditions increases. Be it arthritis, cancer, or even dementia, having an older pet increases the odds that your beloved family member may be affected by some disease process.

We start to consider our cat patients to be seniors around the age of seven. While trouble can find felines of any age, there are a few conditions that we see very commonly in our senior cat population. One of the more common problems that affect older cats are those involving the thyroid gland. Continue…

Weight No More: Get The Skinny On Pet Weight Management

iStock_000065156107_MediumAccording to the Association For Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats in the U.S. are classified as clinically overweight. Excess weight can lead to similar health concerns for both pets and people; osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help. Together we will explore the ins and outs of pet weight management and what you can do to help your pet live a happy, healthy, and long life. Continue…

The Gift Of Prevention: Pet Obesity and the Holidays

iStock_000071872941_Large.jpgThe weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Day are notorious for comfort food, rich treats, and small, delicious indulgences that add calories up pretty darn fast. While personal self-control is on sabbatical until January, it’s easy to apply the same rule-breaking to a pet, especially one with pleading eyes, a wagging tail, and repeated chop-licking. One tiny tidbit can’t do any harm, right? Just a small morsel of holiday goodness to share with your pet? We’re sorry to break the spell, but allowing or offering special holiday nibbles can cause or exacerbate pet obesity. Continue…

Fall Fun with Your Dog | Naperville Animal Hospital, Naperville, Il

Autumn westieAfter a particularly hot summer, the cool evening temps, the crisp air, and the allure of all those cozy sweaters means a changes in seasons is upon us. We may even start to feel a resurgence of energy when it comes to planning fall activities with your pet, now that the weather is so mild.

From beautiful outdoor hikes to enjoying a hayride, there are many autumnal excursions you can make to get into the seasonal spirit with your pet companion. Continue…

Why A Feline Friendly Vet Matters

Schertz_iStock_000011076233_LargeOur affiliation with the American Association of Feline Practitioners is one we take very seriously, and our standards for quality care aim to exceed clients’ expectations. Each and every day, we strive to make a difference in lives of all pets in need of veterinary care, and applying our expertise to your feline is a top priority.

But what, exactly, does it mean to be a feline friendly vet? For starters, we get down on whisker-level to truly place ourselves in your cat’s paws, and make adjustments accordingly. Continue…