Naperville Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2019… The Tradition Continues!

As we embark on a new year, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital would like to take a moment to honor what has become an annual tradition in our blog – our Top 10 Blogs list.

Little did we know when we first published this list in 2014 that we would be where we are today. With nearly 250 blogs published over the past 6 years, we are thrilled to see our readership grow year after year, and are always interested to see which topics have resonated with you – both from this year and years past.

And so, without any further ado, we offer you…

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What in the World Is a Reverse Sneeze? 

A reverse sneeze may sound like it belongs on a list of ridiculous, crowd-pleasing party games. But if you’ve ever heard the alarming, confusing sound of a reverse sneeze, you know it’s far from fun. It may not ever happen to your pet, but if they do show signs of this common condition, the Pet Experts encourage you to be prepared so you know what to do for them.

Does Your Pet Need Help?

A reverse sneeze refers to the pharyngeal gag reflex, and can sound like your pet is choking, snorting, snuffling, or gagging. An abrupt honking sound is a common characteristic. Lasting several minutes, a reverse sneeze can send an owner into a panic.  

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Discovering Your Pet’s Breed with Pet DNA Testing

If you are like most pet owners, your pet is a mixed breed, or Heinz 57, as we like to call them. Fabulous mutts make amazing pets because they are a mix of several breeds and often display the best of each of these breeds, rather than only one. Since your pet has a personality of their own, their behaviors and idiosyncrasies may have you guessing about their origins.

You are in luck. Pet DNA testing is a popular choice for pet lovers everywhere, and a great idea for holiday gifts, too. So, what does a pet DNA test reveal? Is it accurate? The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to answer these questions.

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Hear, Hear! The Importance of Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

Most of us know just how acute our animal companions’ sense of hearing is. Those adorable pet ears can hear sounds at a much greater frequency than our own. But did it ever occur to you that those all-important ears require regular cleaning to stay healthy?

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to tell you all about the importance of cleaning your pet’s ears. With a little help, you can make sure to help them maintain their extraordinary sense of hearing and live a happy, vibrant life.

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Kidney Disease in Cats: A Common Catastrophe

When it comes to anatomy and physiology, it is important that all parts work together in harmony. When one piece of the puzzle is missing, the others often begin to crumble as well.

Any part of our body can fail at any time, but some are more prone to doing so than others. For cats in particular, the kidney is especially at risk of having major problems. 

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital love caring for your pets, and we know how much you love them as well. Seeing kidney disease in cats is a frequent occurrence at our hospital and one we are prepared to help our pet parents navigate.

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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

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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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