kittenWe’ve covered fleas and ticks. We’ve covered laser therapy. We’ve covered allergies, and Lyme disease, and how to make the road trip with Rover a success. Throughout the year, we have focused on some of the most pressing, important issues when it comes to pet care and ensuring a healthy, well-behaved pet. And, we appreciate your dedicated readership, questions, and feedback.

We thought a sort of “blog in review” would be a great way to wind down a fantastic, eventful year. With that in mind, these are the year’s most read blogs. We hope you enjoy them again – or for the first time, if you missed a few.

Naperville Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

Boxer210. (Scoot, scoot, scoot) Scoot Your Booty
Ah, the dreaded butt-drag.  Every pet owner has experienced it.  But what does it mean? Don’t ignore it!  If your dog is carpet surfing, there is a reason. Continue reading…

9. Spay Surgery After-Care for Your Pet
For new pet owners, having your dog or cat spayed can be a little nerve-racking. No one wants to see their beloved pet suffer, and it is completely normal to feel anxious about providing spay surgery after-care for your pet. Read on…

8. Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Cat (2008)
It’s National Adopt-A-Cat Month again, and it is time to think about the benefits of providing a home for a shelter cat. Here are the top ten reasons to offer up your home to a cat in need. Read on…

iStock_000040438840_Small7. Why Winter Grooming is Important for Your Pet
Have you stopped showering this winter? No? Then why would you hold off on your pet’s grooming during the winter months, when you’re still taking care of your own hygiene needs? Read on…

6. Helping Your Pets Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July
Independence Day – to you it’s a day to celebrate. It’s a day of grilling, parties, and of course, fireworks. However, for your pets,  the Fourth of July is a day of anxiety and fear. Read on…

iStock_000012627946_Large5. Poodle with a Mohawk: Dog Grooming with Style and Service
With Spring on its way, shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent. Read on…

4. What is a Pet Emergency?
Emergencies are an unfortunate aspect of pet ownership. No one wants to have to deal with a sick or injured pet, but being prepared for these situations is important so that we can help you to help your pet. Read on…

Running purebred dog3. Allergies, Atopy, and Your Pet
Atopy, or a genetic predisposition to developing allergic reactions to things in the environment such as dust, mold, and pollen, is one of the most common causes for seasonal skin problems in pets. Other than flea allergies, it is the most common cause of allergies in dogs. Read on…

2. Stop Animal Chasing in its Tracks
It is fairly natural for a dog to want to chase other animals moving in his or her vicinity. However, for most pets, this behavior is not one we should encourage. Dogs who chase other animals may find themselves injured by a wild animal trying to defend itself. Porcupine quills, raccoon bites, and skunk spray (among others) are all very real risks to our pets’ health and safety. Read more

Dog in a Car Window and enjoy road trip1. Beating the Pet Boarding Blues: How to Make Your Pet’s Stay a Success
With summer just around the corner, it’s likely that you and yours will be hitting the road or taking to the skies for a much needed vacation. And, unless you’re leaving your pets at home with a trusted sitter, it also means that Fluffy or Fido is slated for a stay at our Pet Paradise boarding facility for a staycation of their own. Read on…

We hope you’ve enjoyed reviewing these favorite posts of the last year as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them for you. If there are topics concerning your pet’s health you’d find beneficial, we welcome your suggestions! After all, education is the foundation of prevention and maintaining our best friend’s health all year long.

We wish you, your family, and those adorable pet family members a very happy, healthy, and adventure-filled 2015!