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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For a Disease With No Cure, Vaccinating Pets Against Rabies Is Essential

A white dog looking curiously at the camera, sitting in front of a light blue background.

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. 

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Help! We’ve Been Skunked!

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.

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Recognizing Signs of Illness in Exotic Pets

A small tortoise walks in the bark of his habitat

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital love all pets – and birds, reptiles, and small mammals are no exception! Learning how to properly care for these special creatures involves providing them with the right habitat, diet, and opportunities for exercise and interaction each day. 

Regular veterinary care is a core component of responsible exotic pet ownership. Annual wellness examinations, along with an understanding of the signs of illness in exotic pets, are essential when it comes to keeping your little pal healthy and happy.

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Pet Weight Loss Myths and Facts

When it comes to weight loss, the world is full of myths, fads, and scams, and, unfortunately, it’s not much different when it comes to our pets. That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to help you separate fact from fiction.

Join us as we debunk the most common pet weight loss myths and provide you with effective strategies to keep your pet healthy.

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Pet Hospital Lobby Etiquette: It’s Real and It Matters

Pet Hospital Lobby Etiquette is a real thing!

For the most part, pet owners are intuitive and respectful when it comes to other people and animals, but we all find ourselves in tricky situations every once in a while. For example, it’s not uncommon for tensions to percolate in the hospital waiting area. Whether your pet gets a little nosy with others or feels frightened by such alarmingly close proximity to strangers, a bit of pet hospital lobby etiquette may come in handy for your next visit.

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The Importance of Cat Dental Care

When it comes to health care, cats are notoriously underrepresented. Although cats are the most popular pet in the United States, they make far fewer trips to the veterinarian than their canine counterparts. Cats also receive less preventive dental care than dogs, both at home and professionally, and this can have a disastrous impact on their health and quality of life.

Taking charge of your pet’s health with proper cat dental care can change their future, and The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are happy to help!

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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…