The Perks of Relaxing with Pets

It’s no secret that reducing stress can lead to better health overall. Taking time for sleep, exercise, and meditation contributes to lower blood pressure, faster healing time, greater happiness, and increased longevity.

Pet owners may have the upper hand when it comes to reaping the rewards of downtime. Relaxing with pets is easy (and fun!), and it can accelerate the health benefits associated with stress reduction.

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The Importance of Cat Dental Care

When it comes to health care, cats are notoriously underrepresented. Although cats are the most popular pet in the United States, they make far fewer trips to the veterinarian than their canine counterparts. Cats also receive less preventive dental care than dogs, both at home and professionally, and this can have a disastrous impact on their health and quality of life.

Taking charge of your pet’s health with proper cat dental care can change their future, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are happy to help!

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Celebrate Good Times: How to Throw an Amazing Pet Birthday Party

A pet birthday party is a fun way to celebrate your pet

Celebrating milestones and special events is one of the best parts of life, and including our four-legged family members in the fun just makes sense. Sure, while inviting your pet to join in a human celebration is one thing, throwing them their very own party is even better. Pet birthday parties are all the rage, and The Pet Experts couldn’t be more excited to share our ideas for a fun, safe, bark-tastic celebration!

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right venue is essential to the success of your pet birthday party. A fenced in yard or living room may be appropriate, or you could choose one of the many pet-friendly rental spaces available in our area. Depending on the amount of people and pets on your guest list, some dog-friendly restaurants/pubs may also be willing to make special arrangements for your event.

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Microchipping Your Pet: An Invaluable Gift

Tabby cat running outsideAccording to the American Humane Association, 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their life. Furthermore, studies show that without proper identification, 90% of those lost will never return home.

Fortunately, microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure a happy reunion should your pet become lost. Let The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital review the basics of this important safeguard.

What is a Microchip? How Does it Work?

A microchip is a tiny device that’s placed under your pet’s skin during their annual preventive care exam. The microchip stores a unique ID number that can be used to contact you should your pet go missing. Continue…

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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The Catio: Your Cat’s Ticket to Fun

catioMost veterinarians (us included) agree that indoor cats enjoy more robust health, greater protection from dangers, and an overall longer lifespan than outdoor and indoor/outdoor cats. This arrangement works well for the reclusive, couch-potato kitties, but if your cat can be found gazing out the window or cackling at the sight of a bird, you might want to consider building him or her a catio.

What is a Catio?

A catio is an enclosed, protected outdoor space for cats! This fast-growing trend is a wonderful way to provide your indoor cat with access to the outdoors, while keeping him or her protected from common threats such as other animals, cars, and communicable diseases. The more than 3 billion birds and 20 million small animals who are killed by domestic cats each year will also thank you for letting your pet look but not touch.

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Cat Whiskers: The Defining Feature of Feline Friends

cat whiskersThey’re long, wispy, and have a knack for tickling your face in the middle of the night. They seem to be the first thing that draws us in when admiring the beauty of cats, and they certainly define the Felidae family.

Cat whiskers are the standout feature of a cat’s face. Even though other mammals have whiskers, they seem to be most distinct on our cat friends. But what exactly are they used for?

The Pet Experts want to discuss just how expressive (and important) whiskers are to your purry pal.

The Anatomy of the Whisker

Whiskers, also known as vibrissae, are not just an ornamental aspect of your cat’s face; they’re also a means of perceiving the world and communicating. Unlike a strand of hair, the whisker is a sensory device meant to attune your cat to the environment.

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The Truth About Indoor Cat Care and Disease Prevention

We are bombarded every day to make decisions, but how do we truly know if the choices we make are the right ones? Of the big decisions faced by pet owners, keeping a pet cat inside is one of the better ones. Fluffy is safe from running into traffic, getting stuck in trees or bad weather, fighting with predators and other territorial felines, and also benefits from reduced exposure to parasites.

To best serve our clients who share their lives with furry felines, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have some ideas that support overall indoor cat care.

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Preventing Cat Bites Is Easier Than You Think

Ginger cat bites woman's hand.It’s not unusual to feel that some cat bites are completely unwarranted, as if the offending feline just got a burr up the rear end. But most of the time, felines give various warnings that a reaction (like a bite or scratch) is imminent. If we pay closer attention to the warning signs, we might be able to prevent many cat bites.

While dog bites get a great deal of attention, very little is often said about the prevention of cat bites. Commonly dangerous for people, cat bites also signify that the language of felines is not well understood, or appreciated. For these reasons and more, the Pet Experts are to help! Continue…

Hyperthyroidism in Cats: A Battle You Can Win

Old Long-Haired Grey Cat with Yellow Eyes on RailingIf you have a senior pet, your list of worries is probably longer than it was a few years back. Unfortunately, it is true that as a pet ages his or her likelihood of experiencing many conditions increases. Be it arthritis, cancer, or even dementia, having an older pet increases the odds that your beloved family member may be affected by some disease process.

We start to consider our cat patients to be seniors around the age of seven. While trouble can find felines of any age, there are a few conditions that we see very commonly in our senior cat population. One of the more common problems that affect older cats are those involving the thyroid gland. Continue…