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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Stinky Toes: The Reasons Behind Why Your Pet’s Feet Smell Bad 

Yuck! Have you ever caught a whiff of your pet’s paws and wondered why they smell like Fritos? You are not alone! Many pet owners mention this strange corn chip aroma coming from their fur friend. It may seem like a mystery, but there are some answers to this smell.

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to give you the scoop on the corn chip phenomena.

3 Reasons Why Your Pet’s Feet Smell

Dogs carry a number of odors on their skin, and the extent of the stink depends on what they’ve gotten into, in most cases. While your dog may never smell like roses, you may wonder why their skin smells like corn chips.

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Naperville Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2019… The Tradition Continues!

As we embark on a new year, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital would like to take a moment to honor what has become an annual tradition in our blog – our Top 10 Blogs list.

Little did we know when we first published this list in 2014 that we would be where we are today. With nearly 250 blogs published over the past 6 years, we are thrilled to see our readership grow year after year, and are always interested to see which topics have resonated with you – both from this year and years past.

And so, without any further ado, we offer you…

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What in the World Is a Reverse Sneeze? 

A reverse sneeze may sound like it belongs on a list of ridiculous, crowd-pleasing party games. But if you’ve ever heard the alarming, confusing sound of a reverse sneeze, you know it’s far from fun. It may not ever happen to your pet, but if they do show signs of this common condition, the Pet Experts encourage you to be prepared so you know what to do for them.

Does Your Pet Need Help?

A reverse sneeze refers to the pharyngeal gag reflex, and can sound like your pet is choking, snorting, snuffling, or gagging. An abrupt honking sound is a common characteristic. Lasting several minutes, a reverse sneeze can send an owner into a panic.  

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Discovering Your Pet’s Breed with Pet DNA Testing

If you are like most pet owners, your pet is a mixed breed, or Heinz 57, as we like to call them. Fabulous mutts make amazing pets because they are a mix of several breeds and often display the best of each of these breeds, rather than only one. Since your pet has a personality of their own, their behaviors and idiosyncrasies may have you guessing about their origins.

You are in luck. Pet DNA testing is a popular choice for pet lovers everywhere, and a great idea for holiday gifts, too. So, what does a pet DNA test reveal? Is it accurate? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to answer these questions.

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Common Holiday Foreign Body Dangers Pets Ingest

The world is full of smells, tastes, and sights that are beyond tempting to our four-legged friends, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, this can present a very real danger to our pet’s safety and well-being, especially if something is consumed that shouldn’t be.

Foreign body dangers to pets are not just unique to this time of year, since pets, and especially dogs, have a knack for eating things they shouldn’t. The holidays in particular pose specific foreign body consumption risks that have to do with decorations, food, trees, and gifts. 

Your Pet Expert team at Naperville Animal Hospital want to education pet owners on these seasonal problems, so you can keep the “holly jolly” in your holidays. 

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Expert Tips for Leash Walking Skills

Leash walking is one of the first skills your dog needs to learn to live a happy life. Daily walks provide plenty of exercise and socialization necessary for your dog to become a great canine citizen. Still, leash walking can be something of a challenge for most pets, as many new pet owners don’t realize that this skill is learned, not innate. 

If you and your fur friend needs some help in the leashing walking department, The Pet Experts and Naperville Animal Hospital are here. Here are some of our best training tips so that you and your Fido can be out walking successfully very soon.

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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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