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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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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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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Bloat in Dogs: Understanding a Serious and Deadly Condition

It seems like dogs are always getting into something, whether it’s the litter box, yesterday’s garbage, or that unidentifiable, dirt-covered lump they found in the backyard. Because of their, er, outside interests, tummy troubles in dogs are not all that uncommon, and most resolve on their own.

One type of gastrointestinal issue that is unlikely to “just go away” is bloat. Bloat is the second most common cause of death in dogs, and one that every dog owner should be aware of.

 The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to walk you through the signs of bloat in dogs, what you can do to help prevent it, and what your emergency and treatment options are.

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A Spoonful of Sugar: Pill Pockets and Beyond

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Almost every pet owner dreads the task of giving a pill to their pet. Some pets seem like professional pill avoiders – the dog that finds the tiny pill stuffed into the big piece of bologna you gave them, or the cat who conveniently goes missing every day right around medication time. Not only is it frustrating, it can be dangerous for pets that rely on their daily dose.

Pill pockets are a popular method for tricking a pet into swallowing their pills, but some pets have learned to get around them. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have put together a list of ideas to help the medicine go down.

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Summer Sizzle: Dangerously Hot Temperatures and Summer Paw Safety

Paw pads are comprised of fat, connective tissue and thick skin, but that doesn’t mean dogs can’t feel the ground they walk on.

Sure, their specialized anatomy allows them to hike on rocky trails or run on scratchy pavement, and their paw pads stand up to a lot of action over time. However, summer paw safety is critical to avoid injuries associated with walking on sizzling surfaces.

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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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Stealing, and Other Screwball Dog Behaviors

Odd dog behaviors can be both endearing and infuriating.

A huge part of the fun in owning a dog is experiencing the full spectrum of their goofy canine conduct. Yes, it’s true – dogs are weird! They do stuff that just defies human logic. But why?

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really behind some of the strangest dog behaviors, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have a few explanations to help make sense of it all.

Why, Oh, Why?

Many pet owners are pleased as punch by their dog’s exemplary behavior. But that doesn’t mean cringe-worthy moments have entirely passed them by. Indeed, even the canine model citizens of the world have to answer to their base instincts.

Wherever you sit on the spectrum, we’d be willing to bet that you’re among other dog owners, well-versed in the world of butt-sniffing.

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To Bundle, or Not to Bundle? Keeping Pets Warm and Comfortable this Winter

Keeping pets warm during the winter is part of winter pet safety

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild winter this year, but let’s face it, here in Chicagoland, the winter is never really “mild.” Regardless of the howling winds, subzero temperatures, and mounds of snow, Fido still needs his daily walk and potty breaks.

While we certainly know how to bundle ourselves up to stay warm, what about our pets? When it comes to keeping pets warm this winter, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have a few ideas!

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