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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Summer Sizzle: Dangerously Hot Temperatures and Summer Paw Safety

Paw pads are comprised of fat, connective tissue and thick skin, but that doesn’t mean dogs can’t feel the ground they walk on.

Sure, their specialized anatomy allows them to hike on rocky trails or run on scratchy pavement, and their paw pads stand up to a lot of action over time. However, summer paw safety is critical to avoid injuries associated with walking on sizzling surfaces.

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Microchipping Your Pet: An Invaluable Gift

Tabby cat running outsideAccording to the American Humane Association, 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their life. Furthermore, studies show that without proper identification, 90% of those lost will never return home.

Fortunately, microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure a happy reunion should your pet become lost. Let The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital review the basics of this important safeguard.

What is a Microchip? How Does it Work?

A microchip is a tiny device that’s placed under your pet’s skin during their annual preventive care exam. The microchip stores a unique ID number that can be used to contact you should your pet go missing. Continue…

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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Pet Tummy Trouble: Tips and Tricks

As we approach that time of year when we experience an increased frequency of overindulgence and digestive distress of all varieties, it is important to think about our pets as well. Pet tummy trouble happens, but luckily if it happens to your furry family this holiday season, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help.

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Ignoring Easter Pet Safety Could Send You Down the Rabbit Hole

For some, Easter is an incredibly important, rather serious religious holiday. However, Easter is also a time for family gatherings, egg hunts, and revelry on the same level as all other significant holidays. It’s finally spring, after all!

The pastel colors, glazed ham, bonnets, baby birds, and bunnies notwithstanding, Easter pet safety should remain in the forefront of every pet owner’s mind. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have the following tips to protect your pet – and guarantee a good time is had by all.

Is Trouble Hopping By?

Primarily, Easter pet safety hinges on restricting access to certain foods or treats. Before we dive into that, a word of caution.

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Coexisting With Wildlife: How to Keep Pets Safe From Coyotes

Whether it was a long howl at dusk or a chance encounter at the park, most people have experienced the call of the wild at some point when it comes to coyotes. Like many species, coyotes have adapted to coexist with humans—this includes rural areas and major urban hubs like Chicago.

That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to offer some ideas on how to keep your pets safe from coyotes, ever fascinating, but wild canines.

Coyote Behavior 101

Canis latrans (“barking dog”) has been something of a legend, including being maligned by ranchers, farmers, hunters, and others for a long time.

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The Gift of Love: Helping Animals in Need this Holiday Season

Big ears, upside down.The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on all that we are grateful for, including family, friends, and, of course, our pets. Often, these feelings of thankfulness prompt us to wonder how we can help others less fortunate than ourselves.

If you have found yourself wondering how you can give back to an underserved segment of our society, or would like to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism in younger members of your family, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital can help. We have plenty of ideas for pet lovers everywhere about how to help animals in need this holiday season, and all year long.

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What Could be Better? Pet Costume Safety Tips That are Sure to Please

Chihuahua Wearing Clown CostumeIt’s fall, and the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital couldn’t be more excited for all that is in store for our community! We’re talking about Howl-o-ween, of course! The haunted houses, the creepy crawlies, and the foggy spookiness are just too fun to pass up, but your pet may not harbor the same enthusiasm for the Hostess cupcake costume you picked out for him or her.

As with any major calendar event, there are holiday hazards to be aware of. If your plan is to dress up Fluffy or Fido this Halloween, pet costume safety should get your full attention.

Where to Start

For pet lovers, it’s not shocking to learn that for every three dollars spent on a child’s costume, one dollar is spent on a pet’s. Indeed, Halloween is becoming more of a pet-centric holiday every year, but does your pet want to join the costume parade? Continue…

Wildlife Awareness and Safety

Naperville_Wildlife.docx-0.jpgWhether you are an avid outdoorsman or woman, or prefer to stay in the city sipping a cappuccino on a patio, wildlife is all around. Where once we relied on cities to keep the barrier between us and other species, wildlife awareness is now more important than ever as we are finding many species have successfully adapted to our surroundings. And, with more animals, comes more risk of attack and exposure to disease.

For pet owners, the presence of wildlife can create risky situations when walking pets or even allowing them outdoors. Common urban dwellers, such as coyotes, skunks, and raccoons, are responsible for an increased presence of diseases like rabies and predation in and around cities. Continue…