Archive for the ‘Pet Care’ Category

Weight No More: Get The Skinny On Pet Weight Management

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

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. (more…)

The Gift Of Prevention: Pet Obesity and the Holidays

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

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. (more…)

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

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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. (more…)

Why A Feline Friendly Vet Matters

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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. (more…)

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane: How To Prepare For International Pet Travel

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Dog sitting in his transporterWhile your cat or dog isn’t able to help you navigate, he or she could be great company on a trip abroad. Whether you’re preparing to move abroad, traveling for work or leisure, or just make a visit across the border, international pet travel requires advanced preparation. As part of our focus on pet travel and roadtrips with your pet, we put together the following basics to help orient you skyward or onward to your foreign destination. Also consider contacting a professional pet travel business like Bring Fido to help with your pet travel plans. (more…)

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Pet: Reasons to Invest in Pet Dental Health

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Naperville_iStock_000031982520_Large (1)Although we look at each individual area of your pet’s body to determine his or her overall wellness; it’s possible that the most influential area we examine is the mouth. The impact your pet’s oral health has on the whole body is astonishing. Even so, many pet owners ignore pet dental health altogether. But it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little fortitude and motivation, we can improve your pet’s dental health and, in turn, invest in a longer, happier life. (more…)

Involving Kids in Pet Care

Friday, March 28th, 2014

they all like milkFor many parents, watching the bond that our children share with our family pets is priceless. But for many parents, pet ownership creates an unparalleled learning opportunity, too. Involving kids in pet care can teach children of all ages the lessons of responsibility, compassion, health care, and decision-making.

Whether you’re a parent that is just starting to test the waters of involving your kids in pet care, or the parent of an older child looking to increase his or her pet care responsibilities, the following tasks are worthy of your consideration as you plan for your child’s responsibilities in caring for your family pet.

Daily Pet Care

While not every task is appropriate for every age, there are daily activities that all children can be a part of, even if it’s just talking to them about (more…)

The Veterinary Technician: Caring for Your Pet

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Did you realize that, besides your veterinarian, there is another important member of your pet’s health care team that does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work? Veterinary technicians are an integral part of your pet’s care, and they deserve to be recognized.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has proclaimed the third week in October to be National Veterinary Technician Week, and we are proud to celebrate this week.

“Technicians are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, and celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week gives them the credit they deserve. It also provides an opportunity to teach the public about what veterinary technicians do on a daily basis,” said Sandy Sponaugle, NAVTA Communications Director.

This week helps us to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare.

What is a vet tech?

Veterinary technicians are highly trained and dedicated members of the veterinary team. Having completed a degree in veterinary technology as well as passing a national board examination and maintaining continuing education requirements, vet techs are also very educated.

What does a vet tech do?

We consider our veterinary technicians to be the backbone of our practice. They are a huge part of providing the best care possible to your pets. They are responsible for the care and nursing of sick or injured patients, performing laboratory testing, taking radiographs (X-rays), assisting with anesthesia, administering medications and therapies to patients, and performing dental cleanings. They are also hugely involved in the education of pet owners on various topics.

Needless to say, our veterinary technicians play a tremendous role in the day-to-day functioning of our veterinary practice. They are an essential part of keeping the hospital running smoothly and are very important in caring for the pets that enter our doors.

Thank you to our veterinary technicians insert names here. We don’t know what we would do without you!


Preventative Pet Care Plans Have Arrived

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

wellness plans

Naperville Animal Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of our in-house Preventative Care Plans. We believe that preventative care not only improves the quality of your pet’s life, but may also extend it. (more…)

Tick Talk

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013


This time of year it is not uncommon to find many pet owners enjoying the great outdoors with their pets. But if the proper preventatives are not being used to protect your dog, what can begin as a great day in nature can end up being a tick-infested nightmare. (more…)