Laughter is the Best Medicine: Do Pets Have a Sense of Humor?

pets have a sense of humorDo you ever feel like your dog is doing something just to make you laugh? Maybe you think your cat is laughing at you? Pet birds might have the best sense of humor of all, especially talking parrots!

But are all these situations just flukes or do our pets really have a sense of humor? We’re ready to tackle this question and look at the research. Stay tuned as The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital explore whether our pets have a sense of humor.

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Not a Perfect Match? What to Do When Pet Adoption Doesn’t Work

pet adoptionMost of the time, adopting a pet turns out to be one of the best decisions ever made. It can take time to adjust, but with patience, determination, support, and education, a new pet can make the transition relatively quickly. But what happens when a pet adoption doesn’t work out? The Pet Experts have some ideas.

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Essential Oils and Pets: A Match Made in Heaven?

Essential Oils and PetsAh, the sweet, calming smell of lavender. The energy burst that you can get from citrus. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a way for humans to relax and rejuvenate. More recently, essential oils have become popular as home remedies for common maladies. So, it begs the question, can essential oils be beneficial when it comes to our pets?

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital went searching for answers, and we were fascinated with what we learned. Read on for more information about essential oils and pets.

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Love is in the Air: The Science of Our Love for Pets

Essential Oils and PetsDo you love your pets? Of course, we all do. We feel it when our smiling, wagging dog meets us at the door after a long day, or when our kitty jumps up into our lap for a snuggle on the couch. Those warm fuzzies make us happy, and what’s more, studies show that there are real emotional and physical benefits to our love for pets.

Do you ever wonder if they love us back? Thankfully, scientists have been interested in the relationship between pets and humans for a long time. In addition to the benefits for humans, there have been numerous scientific studies that have looked at pets loving us.  The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital delved deeper into this question, and we know you can’t wait to see what we found out!

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Here to Stay? Pet Yoga is the Latest and Greatest Fad

While some people might not jump at the chance to breathe deeply amidst a herd of goats, others are embracing the opportunity. Likewise, meditating on horseback may not be your cup of tea, but you can guarantee someone’s out there doing it.

So what is this new trend of pet yoga, and is it here to stay? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have the skinny.

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Getting to the Root of Periodontal Disease in Pets

periodontal diseaseThe American Veterinary Dental College estimates that periodontal disease is the most common condition seen in adult dogs and cats today. Studies report that by the time a dog or cat is 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. That’s a scary statistic! Fortunately, this common condition is completely preventable.

What is periodontal disease in pets, and more importantly, how can you and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital prevent this problem from affecting your pet? Below, we’ll lift the lip on periodontal disease in pets, and give you our recommendations for care.

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Fluffy Said What?! Cat Myths Through the Ages

cat mythsIt’s no wonder the game “Whisper Down the Lane” is so popular among kids and grown ups alike. We hear what we want to hear and pass it along. Sometimes it’s amusing, other times it just shows how well we’re able to fill in the blanks when we don’t have all the puzzle pieces.

Cat myths likely developed in the same way as a million rounds of “Whisper Down the Lane.” In the absence of concrete scientific research, what else could explain why cats were such stealthy hunters or amazing jumpers? Indeed, their abilities seem to defy human logic, and the prevalence of flawed explanations took root across cultures and centuries.

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Ringing in the New Year with Our Top 10 Pet Blogs of 2017

Another year has come to a close, and for many of us this offers the chance to reflect on all that has transpired and ponder ways we can make 2018 even better. Ideas such as getting healthier, overcoming bad habits, and spending more time with loved ones circulate in our minds.

The Pet Experts believe that the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to improve the lives of our furry companions, as well. Our weekly blog is brimming with topics to help you do just that!

To encourage you get started, we have compiled the top 10 pet blogs most widely read in 2017 into one convenient location.

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Ring in the New Year: 5 Resolutions for Pet Owners in 2018

As another year comes to a close, now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what matters most and where we’d like to see ourselves in the future. Our modern society looks kindly on self-care, and making improvements such as getting in shape, unplugging from our devices, quitting smoking, and spending more time with loved ones is easier than ever.

The Pet Experts want to encourage you to let your pet’s well being guide you as you ponder which changes to make in the coming year. Check out our New Year’s resolutions for pet owners to get started on making a change in your pet’s life!

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Rainy Day? Unleash Indoor Excitement With Pet Enrichment Activities

pet enrichmentWe know the scene well: a dark grey sky, windows streaked with rain, and a frigid wind whipping against the house. Pets might find themselves outside during inclement weather, but probably not for long. Instead, they lounge around, perfectly content to wait it out. But what happens when this goes on for days on end? The Pet Experts know that most pets not only require, but benefit from, daily physical exertion and mental stimulation. The solution? Pet enrichment activities that last the entire season.

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