Unearthed: Here’s Why Your Dog Won’t Stop Digging

Dog in a hole it dug.

Is your backyard dappled with more divots than an 18-hole golf course? At Naperville Animal Hospital, we dig dogs as much as you do, and you can turn to us for tips if you’ve got a dog who digs. We’re happy to discuss your dog’s behavior at every preventive care visit and whenever you have questions. Our pet experts are here to help you decode— and de-escalate— this decidedly destructive behavior! 

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How to Stop Cat Scratching From Being a Problem

Cat scratching a wall

Having a cat in your home involves claws, and for the most part, that’s okay. Sometimes, though, cat scratching can be a real problem. The pet experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have some great tips for you, though, to help keep kitty’s claws from being a cat-astrophe.

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Get Your Home Pet Ready for the Holiday Season

Holiday pet safety.

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is here already. As you start to transform your home into a winter wonderland, be sure to consider your pets and their safety considerations. Naperville Animal Hospital is here with some helpful tips on creating a pet-friendly home this holiday season:

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Pet Safety: Pet-friendly Thanksgiving Foods

Pet-friendly Thanksgiving foods.

Our pets are our family, and it’s hard to forget they can’t necessarily enjoy the same foods we can from the Thanksgiving table. Before accidentally sharing some toxic Thanksgiving foods for pets, take a look at our list of safe holiday foods for your furry friends:

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The Five Most Googled Questions About Cats

Cat using a computer.

The internet has become the go-to source for most (if not all) of our informational needs, and the world of pet ownership and care has endless sources. As such, we thought it would be fun to list the five most Googled questions about cats, and their corresponding explanations:

Can My Cat Eat…(Fill in the Blank)?

People love to share food with their pets, and cats are extremely convincing when they want to sample something. Dairy is just one of those things that is especially confusing. A saucer of milk or cream has been part of feline lore for eons, but their lactose intolerance can make this type of indulgence a painfully gassy and/or messy one. 

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Are You Positive It’s FIV? Symptoms To Look Out For

Cat wellness.

Feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, is a cat-specific virus that doesn’t affect other species of pets or humans. It is most often transmitted from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, which makes outdoor, territorial cats more susceptible. Transmission through casual contact, such as sharing food bowls or litter boxes, is rare. FIV can weaken a cat’s immune system by attacking white blood cells, making FIV-positive cats more vulnerable to succumbing to illnesses or developing secondary infections. For this reason, twice-yearly preventive care visits are best for FIV-positive felines.

Know the Symptoms

FIV symptoms can be subtle and slow to emerge, which makes regular checkups coupled with appropriate diagnostic testing important for all cats. 

There are numerous potential FIV symptoms and many of these mimic symptoms of other conditions. Please contact us if your cat exhibits any of the following: 

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