Posts in Category: For The Dogs
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.
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.
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.Continue…
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.
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.Continue…
According 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…
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New Dog or Puppy? Time For Training!
Training is an important part of any dog's life. From providing mental stimulation to exercise and proper socialization, training will help in the development of a great canine companion. Enrollment is now open for Behavior Training Classes. The cost of a 6-week session is $120. Classes will be held at Springbrook Animal Care Center, 2759 Forgue Dr., Naperville (off Route 59 at 95th). Please call (630)428-0500 to register your pet. For specific training questions only, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.