Hear, Hear! The Importance of Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

Most of us know just how acute our animal companions’ sense of hearing is. Those adorable pet ears can hear sounds at a much greater frequency than our own. But did it ever occur to you that those all-important ears require regular cleaning to stay healthy?

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to tell you all about the importance of cleaning your pet’s ears. With a little help, you can make sure to help them maintain their extraordinary sense of hearing and live a happy, vibrant life.

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All Set For Pet Adoption? Read This First

There are so many animals in need of homes, we wish we could adopt them all! Not only do pets add variety and entertainment to our lives, but their mere presence at home increases our own mental and physical health. With that in mind, the popularity of pet adoption and ownership continues to rise. 

Although more people are opening their homes (and hearts) to pets, it’s not always as easy as simply bringing them home. To help, the Pet Experts have some tips for the process of planning and preparation. 

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Kidney Disease in Cats: A Common Catastrophe

When it comes to anatomy and physiology, it is important that all parts work together in harmony. When one piece of the puzzle is missing, the others often begin to crumble as well.

Any part of our body can fail at any time, but some are more prone to doing so than others. For cats in particular, the kidney is especially at risk of having major problems. 

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital love caring for your pets, and we know how much you love them as well. Seeing kidney disease in cats is a frequent occurrence at our hospital and one we are prepared to help our pet parents navigate.

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Bloat in Dogs: Understanding a Serious and Deadly Condition

It seems like dogs are always getting into something, whether it’s the litter box, yesterday’s garbage, or that unidentifiable, dirt-covered lump they found in the backyard. Because of their, er, outside interests, tummy troubles in dogs are not all that uncommon, and most resolve on their own.

One type of gastrointestinal issue that is unlikely to “just go away” is bloat. Bloat is the second most common cause of death in dogs, and one that every dog owner should be aware of.

 The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to walk you through the signs of bloat in dogs, what you can do to help prevent it, and what your emergency and treatment options are.

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For a Disease With No Cure, Vaccinating Pets Against Rabies Is Essential

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When we discuss important vaccinations for cats and dogs, there are typically questions about the less familiar diseases, such as distemper or Bordetella.

But almost every pet owner unanimously agrees with the mandate to protect pets from rabies. This is easily explained by the fact that prevalent suburban wildlife are known harbingers of this disease. Perhaps most significantly, vaccinating pets against rabies protects the entire family. Now that’s something the Pet Experts can really get on board with!

It’s the Law

Illinois law stipulates that every dog 4 months of age or more be inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Furthermore, a second rabies vaccination should be administered within one year of the first. 

A certificate of immunization is issued to each dog, cat, and ferret alongside their microchip number, resident county, and name of veterinarian. 

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Help! We’ve Been Skunked!

If you’ve ever let your unsuspecting dog outside at dawn or dusk, only to have them come running hell bent back to the front door, chances are your dog has been skunked.

Although your first instinct may be to let your dog inside to wash him off, don’t! Skunk spray oil lingers in the air until his coat is clean. What’s more, the oil can get all over your couch, carpet, and worse, you – so keeping your dog outside while you help him get cleaned up is imperative. 

Here are our best tips for what to do if your dog encounters a skunk.

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A Spoonful of Sugar: Pill Pockets and Beyond

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Almost every pet owner dreads the task of giving a pill to their pet. Some pets seem like professional pill avoiders – the dog that finds the tiny pill stuffed into the big piece of bologna you gave them, or the cat who conveniently goes missing every day right around medication time. Not only is it frustrating, it can be dangerous for pets that rely on their daily dose.

Pill pockets are a popular method for tricking a pet into swallowing their pills, but some pets have learned to get around them. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have put together a list of ideas to help the medicine go down.

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Recognizing Signs of Illness in Exotic Pets

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The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital love all pets – and birds, reptiles, and small mammals are no exception! Learning how to properly care for these special creatures involves providing them with the right habitat, diet, and opportunities for exercise and interaction each day. 

Regular veterinary care is a core component of responsible exotic pet ownership. Annual wellness examinations, along with an understanding of the signs of illness in exotic pets, are essential when it comes to keeping your little pal healthy and happy.

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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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