Thirsty? The Importance of Pet Hydration

We may have had a cool spring, but July is one of the hottest months of the year in the Midwest – so it’s no coincidence that it’s also National Pet Hydration Month. 

Keeping your pet hydrated is simple, but it’s something that can easily be an afterthought during the hustle and bustle of summer. The Pet Experts want to make sure our readers have all the information they need to keep pet hydration on the radar all summer long.

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Summer Sizzle: Dangerously Hot Temperatures and Summer Paw Safety

Paw pads are comprised of fat, connective tissue and thick skin, but that doesn’t mean dogs can’t feel the ground they walk on.

Sure, their specialized anatomy allows them to hike on rocky trails or run on scratchy pavement, and their paw pads stand up to a lot of action over time. However, summer paw safety is critical to avoid injuries associated with walking on sizzling surfaces.

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Heads or Tails: What Your Cat’s Tail is Telling You

Although we tend to think of cats as independent and even aloof, they’re actually great communicators. Feline communication includes many different facets, such as body language, vocalizations, facial expressions, and scent markers.

However, the position of your cat’s tail may be one of the best indicators of their mood. Once you understand some of the basics, it’s easy to determine your cat’s likes, loves, and fears. And, let’s be honest, what cat owner wouldn’t love gaining a little more insight into how their cat is feeling?

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Exotic Pets for Kids: Yay or Nay?

It’s a rare child who doesn’t beg their parents for a pet at some point. Even if the family already has a dog or cat, kids may feel the need to have their “own” pet.

If you’ve decided to let your child adopt a small pet, you’ll want to choose one that’s easy to care for, relatively low-maintenance, and one that can tolerate the noise and rambunctious play that often goes along with having children in the home.

Fortunately, The Pet Experts are here to help with some ideas for suitable exotic pets for kids.

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Are You Comfortable Performing Pet CPR?

If you’re like most pet owners, you shudder to think about a life-threatening pet emergency. However, the odds of a happy ending are greatly increased when you have the right knowledge and resources to help your pet.

Knowing how to perform pet CPR is an incredible asset to any responsible owner, and The Pet Experts are here to help you get started!

It Can Happen Anywhere

Pet emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. The most important thing to remember is that your pet needs help immediately. Whether this means bringing them in to our hospital or performing pet CPR yourself, acting quickly and calmly makes a big difference.

Pet CPR 101

Pet CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is pretty much the same regardless of the animal, but certain biological differences will determine the specifics. Basically, the goal is to manually circulate oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain and back again.

To facilitate pet CPR, we recommend adhering to the following protocol:

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Look Great, Have Fun: The Keys to Successful Pet Pictures

There’s nothing cuter than a picture of your pet – except a picture of your pet with the Easter Bunny! Each year, Naperville Animal Hospital hosts our Easter Adoption Event, and pet pictures with the Easter Bunny is one of the highlights. Is your pet camera ready? Check out these tips from The Pet Experts to make the most out of your experience this year.

Take Stock

Before bringing your pet into any public space (especially where other animals are present), it’s important to make sure they know how to behave around a crowd. Be honest about your pet’s ability to deal with stress by asking yourself the following questions:

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Pet Weight Loss Myths and Facts

When it comes to weight loss, the world is full of myths, fads, and scams, and, unfortunately, it’s not much different when it comes to our pets. That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to help you separate fact from fiction.

Join us as we debunk the most common pet weight loss myths and provide you with effective strategies to keep your pet healthy.

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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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Pet Hospital Lobby Etiquette: It’s Real and It Matters

Pet Hospital Lobby Etiquette is a real thing!

For the most part, pet owners are intuitive and respectful when it comes to other people and animals, but we all find ourselves in tricky situations every once in a while. For example, it’s not uncommon for tensions to percolate in the hospital waiting area. Whether your pet gets a little nosy with others or feels frightened by such alarmingly close proximity to strangers, a bit of pet hospital lobby etiquette may come in handy for your next visit.

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