Do Dogs Need Sun Protection?

Ask any dog owner how easy it is to leave the house during the summer months with their pup in tow, you can expect a few surprises. 

Gone are the days that we can get away with packing just one extra doodie bag. Instead, we are now faced with the never ending list of things to pack in order to have a safe, comfortable, healthy day away from home. 

In addition to baggies, collapsible water bowls, and treats, dogs need sun protection, too! Without it, your pup could be in serious trouble.

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Please Don’t Go! When Cats Have Separation Anxiety

Is your cat a velcro kitty who follows you around all day, wanting to be next to you? Do they get stressed or fearful any time you leave the home? Have you noticed increased accidents or other destructive behavior upon returning?

If your cat shows these behaviors and rushes to meet you each time you return, they may have separation anxiety.

This disorder is typically diagnosed in dogs, but several cats have separation anxiety. Their behavior, though, may seem different from a dog with the disorder. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to spotlight this disorder in cats and how you can help prevent or treat it in your special feline.

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Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Skimping on Puppy Socialization

Bringing a new pet into your home during social distancing can be good for your stress and anxiety. It can also be helpful when it comes to training due to the increased amount of time spent at home. Proper puppy socialization, on the another hand, can be particularly challenging. 

All About Puppy Socialization

When you welcome a new furry family member into your home, of course you want to get them started right. Teaching your pooch the rules and norms of living in your house is important. For younger dogs, taking advantage of the developmental socialization window is critical as well. 

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The Health of a Smelly Senior Dog Could Be One Sniff Away

There aren’t many reasons why people opt out of dog ownership, but if we had to guess, eau de dog might be one of them. It’s true: dogs have the tendency to truly stink from time to time. 

Unruly puppies cannot be easily deterred from rolling around in mud, garbage or poop, but as they age, these behaviors subside. Just when they start to mellow out, dogs can develop certain age-related health problems that cause unmistakable scents. While they may not be entirely welcome at home, the olfactory signatures of a smelly senior dog may reveal treatable health problems.

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Hack, Cough, Uh-Oh: Hairballs in Cats

Most cat owners know the signal of impending doom. Your cat suddenly starts backing up while making an unearthly noise, as if to vomit. Then…they do. Amid the mess is that telltale wad of fur called a hairball. Not only are hairballs gross, they may be an issue of concern if they are a response to an underlying illness or condition. 

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to tell you more about hairballs and why they happen.

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The Nitty Gritty on Bird Care

Birds have fascinated and delighted humans for thousands of years (and probably more!). They are beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing, and some species can make good pets as long as they are properly cared for by a devoted owner. 

Are you ready to take on a pet bird? Before you decide, it’s important to understand the basics of bird care, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital is here to help!

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Get Your Goggles Out! Veterinary Laser Therapy is Here to Stay 

What if we told you we have a magic wand that could relieve your pet’s pain, promote healing, and even improve their quality of life?

It may sound like fantasy or science fiction, but veterinary laser therapy, an innovative modality that’s grown in popularity in recent years, has the potential to be a total game-changer. This non-invasive, fast, and pain-free treatment uses focused, penetrating light to help animals recover from various types of conditions or injuries, and the Pet Experts have seen extraordinary results.

Lasers… Really?!

Veterinary laser therapy can be beneficial alongside or in place of medication, massage therapy, or acupuncture. The term “laser” originated as an acronym that stood for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

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Too Much of a Good Things: When You Have Too Many Pets 

Any time spent watching the news usually includes a story or two about pet hoarding. It’s an unfortunate occurrence that can harm the animals themselves but also the community. These circumstances may seem extreme, but people having too many pets is common. 

For pet lovers, it is hard to imagine not wanting to have a few pets in the household. After all, more wonderful sweeties to care for and love. But, as you probably know, there is a limit to this desire to care.

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to discuss the reasons why having several pets can be a problem, as well as what to watch for in a pet hoarding situation.

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I Found a Baby Animal, What Do I Do?

As winter finally (sort of, maybe, hopefully) begins its slow melt into spring, new life will be popping up everywhere as trees, grasses, and flowers wake from their long slumber. Spring is also baby animal season, and it’s not uncommon to glimpse a cute baby bunny, bird, or other critter as we go about our daily activities.

Spotting a baby wild animal all by itself can be concerning, and while it’s understandable to want to help, that may not always be the right tactic. The Pet Experts are here to walk you through what to do if you’ve found a baby animal. Please do not bring wildlife to Naperville Animal Hospital. 

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A Common Concern: TPLO Surgery in Pets 

A limping pet can be a very scary thing. So many things can cause a sudden change in gait, from a broken toenail to a tumor and everything in between. That’s why having a trusted partner to help care for your furry family such as The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital is so important. 

One of the more common diagnoses for a suddenly limping dog is injury or rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in the knee. Similar to an ACL injury in a person, this painful condition often needs surgery, which can also be intimidating. Knowing more about TPLO surgery in dogs can help make this beneficial procedure a little less stressful. 

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