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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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…

5 Warning Signs Of Dental Disease in Pets

Dental disease in pets is a serious threat to systemic pet healthOur pets may not need to smile for the camera, but they still require dental care to keep them healthy and happy. Studies show that by the time they are 4 years of age, 85% of pets have some form of dental disease. And what starts as bad breath and a little tartar can quickly progress to more serious problems such as tooth loss, bacterial infection, and internal organ damage.

But many of us don’t regularly look inside our pet’s mouths. And so how to tell if our pet has a problem? We’ll look at the 5 warning signs of dental disease in pets and give you some tips on what to look for.

Dental Disease in Pets

First, what is dental disease? Periodontal disease is defined as the progressive inflammation of the supporting structures that surround the teeth. Here’s how it happens: Continue…

Pet Grooming: It’s More Than Just Looks

pet groomingGrooming your pet – that is, bathing, conditioning, trimming, and brushing – can feel like extra chores on an already long list. But when you consider how good pet grooming is for overall health and wellness, it’s the kind of activity that you may come to value. Nope, grooming isn’t just for the aesthetics, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have some advice on ways to unleash your inner stylist.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine: Do Pets Have a Sense of Humor?

pets have a sense of humorDo you ever feel like your dog is doing something just to make you laugh? Maybe you think your cat is laughing at you? Pet birds might have the best sense of humor of all, especially talking parrots!

But are all these situations just flukes or do our pets really have a sense of humor? We’re ready to tackle this question and look at the research. Stay tuned as The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital explore whether our pets have a sense of humor.

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Not a Perfect Match? What to Do When Pet Adoption Doesn’t Work

pet adoptionMost of the time, adopting a pet turns out to be one of the best decisions ever made. It can take time to adjust, but with patience, determination, support, and education, a new pet can make the transition relatively quickly. But what happens when a pet adoption doesn’t work out? The Pet Experts have some ideas.

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Essential Oils and Pets: A Match Made in Heaven?

Essential Oils and PetsAh, the sweet, calming smell of lavender. The energy burst that you can get from citrus. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a way for humans to relax and rejuvenate. More recently, essential oils have become popular as home remedies for common maladies. So, it begs the question, can essential oils be beneficial when it comes to our pets?

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital went searching for answers, and we were fascinated with what we learned. Read on for more information about essential oils and pets.

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Love is in the Air: The Science of Our Love for Pets

Essential Oils and PetsDo you love your pets? Of course, we all do. We feel it when our smiling, wagging dog meets us at the door after a long day, or when our kitty jumps up into our lap for a snuggle on the couch. Those warm fuzzies make us happy, and what’s more, studies show that there are real emotional and physical benefits to our love for pets.

Do you ever wonder if they love us back? Thankfully, scientists have been interested in the relationship between pets and humans for a long time. In addition to the benefits for humans, there have been numerous scientific studies that have looked at pets loving us.  The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital delved deeper into this question, and we know you can’t wait to see what we found out!

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Here to Stay? Pet Yoga is the Latest and Greatest Fad

While some people might not jump at the chance to breathe deeply amidst a herd of goats, others are embracing the opportunity. Likewise, meditating on horseback may not be your cup of tea, but you can guarantee someone’s out there doing it.

So what is this new trend of pet yoga, and is it here to stay? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have the skinny.

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