A Year in Review at Naperville Animal Hospital: Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

Veterinary Technicians are the backbone of veterinary care in Naperville, IL

You know when you’re looking back at something that happened in the recent past, and you just can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed? On one hand, nostalgia triggers memories that make us feel like a significant event or experience occurred only moments ago. But when we’re faced with a “before and after” snapshot, we can see the difference – and feel it, too. This is never more apparent than at the end of each year.

As we close out 2018, Naperville Animal Hospital would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the previous 12 months. It’s proven to be a busy year for all of us, and we continue to feel grateful to share in your pet’s journey. Whether you have a young pet at home, or care for an aging senior, our goal is to provide relevant and helpful information in our bi-weekly pet care blogs.

The Pet Experts wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to you our ever-growing community of pet owners and animal lovers. Thank you for reading our pet care blogs. Here is a sampling of some of our most popular topics.

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Tips for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet presents unique pet travel challenges.

You may be over the river and through the woods this holiday season, but if you have a pet who is sick, immunocompromised, affected by cancer, or otherwise not well it can make things a little more complicated. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have you covered, though, with our tips for traveling with a sick pet.

Things to Consider When Traveling with a Sick Pet

It can be stressful enough taking a pet on a trip. You need to remember all the associated supplies, plan your pit stops, and be sure that you have everything that you might need along the way.

When traveling with sick pet, however, the ante is upped considerably. It is important to consider a few factors when planning the trip:

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Veterinary Technicians: What They Do and Why We Love Them!

Veterinary Technicians are the backbone of veterinary care in Naperville, IL

Did you know that October 14-20 is annual Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week? At Naperville Animal Hospital, we celebrate our beloved veterinary technicians every day, but the third week in October is a great opportunity for us to officially recognize the vital role they play at our practice.

Whether you interact with our technicians during your pet’s annual wellness visit, during an emergency, or on a regular basis due to a chronic health condition, you’ve witnessed these amazing professionals in action. Keep reading to learn more about veterinary technicians and how they support the health and well being of our patients.

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Cost vs. Value: How Does Pet Insurance Work, Exactly?

Pet insurance can help you pay for veterinary care.While you can never predict what’s going to happen, it’s likely your pet will require life-saving veterinary or emergency care at some point in their life. What if The Pet Experts told you there was a way to protect your pet’s future through a simple and effective investment? Purchasing pet insurance can be an excellent way to protect against unexpected veterinary costs, but choosing the best option isn’t always easy. Let the team at Naperville Veterinary Hospital lend a helping hand!

Projections

You want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life possible, right? Well, just like people, pets face health problems related to age, weight, contagious diseases, and sudden accidents. Knowing the most about their health can help support longevity, but more often than not, pets require emergency care due to unforeseen circumstances. Continue…

Keep One Step Ahead with Disaster Preparedness for Pets

If you’re like many Americans, you probably have at least some semblance of a plan in the event of a natural disaster or evacuation; perhaps you’ve stashed some extra food and water in the basement or have a first aid kit in your car. Whatever the case, it’s important to remember the needs of your pet, as well. Disaster preparedness for pets is critical to their safety and well being. If you’re wondering where to start, you’re in luck! The Pet Experts are here to help.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Having the necessary items on hand is essential to disaster preparedness for pets. Check the following items off your list:
(and make sure they’re stored in an easily accessible location!)
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Reader’s Choice: Your Favorite Blogs of 2015

Naperville_iStock_000031368124_LargeAs we wrap up a year, it is common practice to look back on the last 12 months and remember the highlights of the year. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital wanted to join in the fun and take some time tow walk through 2015, blog style. For those of you who are regular readers of our blog, a few high points of the year might come to mind. Even if you don’t regularly read, however, take a moment to review our best blogs of 2015. So many of our readers can’t be wrong.

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Blogging Down the New Year: Naperville Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

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. Continue…

Naperville Animal Hospital Loves Your Cat!

iStock_000001064221_MediumAt Naperville Animal Hospital, we know you love your cat and want the very best for your fancy feline. Cats have a special survival skill of hiding illness. Combined with the challenge of getting some cats into their carriers, we try to make your visit a positive one and make it easier to give your kitty the care he or she needs.

We’re cat lovers, too, and we know that cats need a little special TLC when it comes to veterinary care. Stress is no fun for humans and animals alike; and our cat-friendly environment helps ensure that your kitty gets the care he or she needs without the anxiety.

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National Veterinary Technician Week

This year during the week of October 14th we are celebrating an important part of your pet’s healthcare team- the veterinary technician.  Do you know what a vet tech does?

  • Veterinary technicians have completed an accredited two-year degree while veterinary technologists have completed an accredited four-year degree.
  • Vet techs have to pass an exam to earn the license and must complete continuing education requirements to maintain that license.
  • While the veterinarian diagnoses pets, prognoses their diseases, performs surgeries, and prescribes medications, a licensed vet tech can (and often does!) do everything else.
  • Veterinary technicians can earn specialties in areas such as anesthesia, dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, emergency and critical care, and many others.

Veterinary technicians are an integral part of your pet’s care.  Take this opportunity to recognize them!  Express your thanks or share your story about how a vet tech helped your pet in the comments section below.