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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Thirsty? The Importance of Pet Hydration

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.

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Are You Comfortable Performing Pet CPR?

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:

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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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The Shy Pet

Naper_iStock_000029790470_XXXLargeYou may know this scene all too well: your friend stops by for a visit and suddenly your lap cat is nowhere to be found… Or, perhaps you find that your sweet pup is cowering behind you whenever a new person walks by and offers a smile. Whatever the scenario, a shy pet can prove to be a challenge for many pet owners. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, that shyness may eventually develop into crippling phobias and serious anxiety.

Since many of us choose to adopt our pets (thank-you!), Fluffy or Fido may come to us with unknown backgrounds and behavioral challenges resulting from his or her abandonment or life on the street.

Thankfully, there are many affirming, effective methods you can use to help your shy pet ease out into the world and eventually learn to enjoy the experiences that once frightened him or her. Continue…

What is a Pet Emergency?

calling the vetEmergencies are an unfortunate aspect of pet ownership. No one wants to have to deal with a sick or injured pet, but being prepared for these situations is important so that we can help you to help your pet.

Sometimes it is difficult to know if a situation is even an emergency. Take a few minutes to be sure you know what pet problems need to be seen urgently and how to handle them.

How to Know if a Pet Problem is Urgent

It can be difficult to know if a problem with your pet needs immediate attention or if it can wait. Some problems should be evaluated without delay. These include: Continue…

Emergency Pet Care You Can Count On

Female Veterinary Surgeon Treating Dog In SurgeryAs you know, accidents and unexpected illness can strike at any time, and the same is true for our pets.To help you and your four-legged friend through any pet emergency, Naperville Animal Hospital’s emergency pet care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in order to provide emergency veterinary services to the pets in our community, no matter what.

Pet emergencies come in many forms, whether it’s a dogfight, a car accident, the accidental ingestion of something poisonous, frostbite, or heat stroke, it seems as if there is a potential pet emergency no matter the time of year, or the breed you own.

We know that your pet’s health is important to you, and it is equally important to us. That’s why Naperville Animal Hospital provides pet emergency services that utilize the latest diagnostic and surgical techniques and equipment in order to treat your pet, no matter the circumstances. Continue…