Naperville Veterinary Advice: Your Pet’s Water Needs

A Naperville pet needing help with their water.

Water helps pets absorb consumed nutrients from your pet’s cells, and releases unwanted toxins and waste from the body. Proper hydration also adds to immune system response and mobility. All internal organs and body tissues (from the eyes to the spinal cord) depend on water to operate successfully. A valuable piece of Naperville veterinary advice: keep a close eye on your pet’s water consumption, and act quickly when there are changes.

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Spay/Neuter Awareness: What Your Pet’s Recovery Might Look Like

A dog lies down to recover after surgery.

Surgical sterilization of cats and dogs is one of the best ways to address overpopulation, but there are important health benefits to the procedure as well. Spaying a female pet is more involved than neutering a male, but post-operative care is the same. Knowing what to expect in the hours and days after a spay/neuter surgery is necessary for a successful outcome. Your pet’s recovery might not be without certain challenges, but it’s worth it!

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Expand Your Furry Family with Some Rodent Pets

A black, white, and brown gerbil.

Whether you already have a dog and cat and are looking to bring a different species home, or you are not ready to commit to a larger animal, rodents make great pets for a variety of pet owners. Before you bring this new exotic animal into your house, take some time researching some different rodent pets so you know which one will fit best into your home and your lifestyle.

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Pyometra in Pets and Why You Should Be Concerned

Labrador puppy with purple flower on it's head.

Most people choose to spay their pets because they wish to avoid unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. While pet overpopulation is a big problem, there are certainly other reasons that spay and neuter is a good choice for most families. 

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want our clients to understand these reasons, and pyometra in pets is a big one.

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Staving Off the Betta Fish Blues

A blue betta fish swims in black water.

Like a siren call, the undeniable beauty of the betta fish makes it hard to resist taking one home and calling it your own. Whether you have already purchased one or you are considering brightening your space with a betta, it is important to take the time to really understand how to care for these eye-catching fish. Many pet owners are surprised that it takes more than you think to properly care for a betta. Although they tend to excel when living in a tank on their own, they can truly thrive when provided with the proper environment.

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My Dog Bit Someone: Now What?

A dog bites a man's arm.

Your dog biting someone is quite possibly one of the most challenging and upsetting experiences you could face as a pet owner. Even the most gentle dog is capable of aggression under the right circumstances, so having a plan in place should it happen is essential.

If your dog bit someone, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help. Let’s get started.

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Every Breath You Take: Asthma in Pets

Melancholy dog rests on grey sofa

Breathing is one of those things that should happen without any major effort. But, for some of us it’s just not. There are many different things that can affect your pet’s respiratory system, and just like for humans, asthma in pets is a real condition. 

Luckily for you, the pet experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to sort it out and get your furry friend breathing easy again. 

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A Soggy Matter: Why Do Dogs Lick People?

Dog licking smiling man

If you are a proud dog owner, you probably know that every time you greet your pup you can prepare yourself for a wet smooch. Or, when you start to get up in the morning and your dog is strategically standing near your head, you better cover your face! A dog’s natural reaction to being petted or interacted with from their humans is to lick. But have you ever wondered about why dogs lick people? 

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to give you some insight into this messy phenomenon, so you can better understand why you get all the sloppy kisses. 

8 Reasons Why Dogs Lick People

For most dog behaviors, whether learned or instinctual, there is more than one explanation. This is equally true of why dogs are so enamored with “cleaning” us with their tongues. For the most part, this desire to lick isn’t something to worry about, unless it becomes habitual or is accompanied by other health concerns. 

Here are some more common reasons why dogs lick people.

  1. They want your attention. Licking is a way for them to communicate that they want something, whether it’s your attention, their breakfast, or a walk. They know that licking gets a response, and usually a reward.
  2. It’s a survival throwback. When your dog was a wee puppy, licking was a way to garner attention to be fed. Have you noticed your dog seems to lick you more when they want their meals or a tasty morsel? 
  3. You taste good to them. The skin contains a mix of whatever it is we have been exposed to, what we eat, sweat, and so on. This combination, why not appetizing to us, is delicious to four-legged friends.
  4. They’re showing affection. Licking is a mother dog’s way of grooming their young and showing their presence. It’s an age-old show of affection to say, “I am here.” Licking increases serotonin and oxytocin in the body, those feel good hormones. Your dog may consider themself to be a surrogate mama dog to you, too.
  5. They’re figuring you out. Dogs, like babies, explore the world with their mouth. You can see this exhibited in your dog’s need to chew anything and everything, even substances that can be poisonous to them. 
  6. They’re excited. When a dog gets overstimulated about something in the environment, their tendency is to lick. If this is followed by enthusiastic tail wags, jumps, and excited barks, they are probably excited to see you or whatever they want.
  7. They are playing with you. Puppies and dogs practice play nipping and licking as a way to initiate fun. If your dog starts to slobber all over you, or nip at your hand, they may just want to enjoy a game. Grab the toys!
  8. They are alleviating anxiety. If certain dogs are prone to fear or anxiety, they may start licking as a way to self-soothe. This behavior can alleviate stress in the same manner that it elevates serotonin and oxytocin during a moment of affectionate bonding.

Does your dog love to lick nonstop? Or, have you noticed they only do it in certain scenarios, such as being petted? We’d love to hear more about your doggo and their behaviors. Call us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Naperville Animal Hospital’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020!

‘Looks like we made it! And what a feeling it is! 2020 was quite the year and we are so grateful to be on the other side of it. We are also incredibly grateful for our pets, not just because they saw us through the best of times and the worst of times, but also for their antics and unconditional love.

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here for our clients and patients, too. Not only for your patience as we adapted to the challenges of the year, but for your trust in our hospital, too. We hope some of that trust has been built on the continued publication of our blog and the information it provides you.

With that in mind, we wanted to share our most-read blogs of 2020 with you, our readers. We hope you enjoy!

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Whiz Kid: Dogs and Urine Marking

Gray dog laying down on indoor rug.

Your dog’s natural calling card is their scent. They communicate their territory and other things to their canine peers through this form of marking. To us, the thought of sending an email to a friend this way is pretty gross, but to them, it’s the norm. If your pup pal decides to “communicate” in your house, then it is a problem.

Your Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help you prevent your dog from urine marking and what you can do to reduce the odor.

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