Posts in Category: The Great Outdoors
As winter finally (sort of, maybe, hopefully) begins its slow melt into spring, new life will be popping up everywhere as trees, grasses, and flowers wake from their long slumber. Spring is also baby animal season, and it’s not uncommon to glimpse a cute baby bunny, bird, or other critter as we go about our daily activities.
Spotting a baby wild animal all by itself can be concerning, and while it’s understandable to want to help, that may not always be the right tactic. The Pet Experts are here to walk you through what to do if you’ve found a baby animal. Please do not bring wildlife to Naperville Animal Hospital.Continue…
When we discuss important vaccinations for cats and dogs, there are typically questions about the less familiar diseases, such as distemper or Bordetella.
But almost every pet owner unanimously agrees with the mandate to protect pets from rabies. This is easily explained by the fact that prevalent suburban wildlife are known harbingers of this disease. Perhaps most significantly, vaccinating pets against rabies protects the entire family. Now that’s something the Pet Experts can really get on board with!
It’s the Law
Illinois law stipulates that every dog 4 months of age or more be inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Furthermore, a second rabies vaccination should be administered within one year of the first.
A certificate of immunization is issued to each dog, cat, and ferret alongside their microchip number, resident county, and name of veterinarian.Continue…
If you’ve ever let your unsuspecting dog outside at dawn or dusk, only to have them come running hell bent back to the front door, chances are your dog has been skunked.
Although your first instinct may be to let your dog inside to wash him off, don’t! Skunk spray oil lingers in the air until his coat is clean. What’s more, the oil can get all over your couch, carpet, and worse, you – so keeping your dog outside while you help him get cleaned up is imperative.
Here are our best tips for what to do if your dog encounters a skunk.Continue…
We may have had a cool spring, but July is one of the hottest months of the year in the Midwest – so it’s no coincidence that it’s also National Pet Hydration Month.
Keeping your pet hydrated is simple, but it’s something that can easily be an afterthought during the hustle and bustle of summer. The Pet Experts want to make sure our readers have all the information they need to keep pet hydration on the radar all summer long.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…
If you’re like most pet owners, you shudder to think about a life-threatening pet emergency. However, the odds of a happy ending are greatly increased when you have the right knowledge and resources to help your pet.
Knowing how to perform pet CPR is an incredible asset to any responsible owner, and The Pet Experts are here to help you get started!
It Can Happen Anywhere
Pet emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. The most important thing to remember is that your pet needs help immediately. Whether this means bringing them in to our hospital or performing pet CPR yourself, acting quickly and calmly makes a big difference.
Pet CPR 101
Pet CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is pretty much the same regardless of the animal, but certain biological differences will determine the specifics. Basically, the goal is to manually circulate oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain and back again.
To facilitate pet CPR, we recommend adhering to the following protocol:
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.
Images of cute, chubby pets seem to be everywhere we turn these days. While it’s hard to deny the appeal of a soft, squishy dog or cat lounging contentedly with you on the sofa, having an overweight pet can lead to health problems, high veterinary bills, and a shortened lifespan.
Making sure your pet gets plenty of exercise on a regular basis is an important component in keeping them healthy, but exercise fatigue in pets can be dangerous. Making sure your sweet furball gets the right amount of exercise without overdoing it is the key to achieving balanced health for your pet.
The benefits of daily exercise for pets cannot be understated. Exercising and playing with your pet keeps their joints limber, maintains muscle mass, and promotes good cardiovascular health, not to mention reinforcing the bond you share. While it can be tempting to “tire them out” with hours of fetch or feather chase, some pets simply don’t know when to quit. Continue…
Whether it was a long howl at dusk or a chance encounter at the park, most people have experienced the call of the wild at some point when it comes to coyotes. Like many species, coyotes have adapted to coexist with humans—this includes rural areas and major urban hubs like Chicago.
That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to offer some ideas on how to keep your pets safe from coyotes, ever fascinating, but wild canines.
Coyote Behavior 101
Canis latrans (“barking dog”) has been something of a legend, including being maligned by ranchers, farmers, hunters, and others for a long time.
For outdoor enthusiasts, camping is one of the more enjoyable summertime activities. All that fresh air, starry skies, and wide open space – what’s not to love?
For pet owners, camping with a dog makes the experience a hundred times better. However, along with the wonders of nature also come certain dangers. For our canine camping buddies, this includes the risk of becoming lost or encountering wildlife.
Camping with a Dog 101
To keep your four-legged friend safe, plan ahead for your camping trip and know how to handle emergency situations. Continue…
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