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…

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…

A Blur of Fur? Not With Our Tips for the Best Pet Pictures

pet photosPhotographing animals can feel like an exercise in futility. Indeed, so much personality can be lost between experiencing the moment and capturing it for posterity – but your coinciding frustration doesn’t have to be the only guiding force. Not only can you snap beautiful images of your beloved pet, but it can also be a fulfilling opportunity to bond with your furry best friend. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have put our heads together for the best tips and tricks for compelling and natural pet pictures. Ready? 3, 2, 1…cheese!

 

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

When you see your pet looking indescribably cute, it’s normal to want to take a few pictures. We’re lucky to be able to snap away on our phones or digital cameras, but even when programmed for “action,” pet pictures can still come out blurry. Try setting your camera to burst mode and discard the shots that don’t accurately depict your pet’s distinct personality and character.

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Sweet Dreams: The First Nights with a New Puppy

Naperville_iStock_000051539012_LargeThose of us who love dogs can think of few things more exciting than the arrival of a new puppy. Along with lots of laughter and smiles, you can also expect a few mishaps and accidents to occur in those first few weeks. However, one thing an exuberant new owner may not consider are the sleeping habits and nighttime behaviors of a puppy.

Nighttime Tips for a New Puppy

At first, a puppy’s never-ending curiosity and little howls may seem cute…until it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and Patches has kept you awake most of the night yipping and whining. Continue…

Forever Family

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The decision to adopt a new pet brings an excitement unlike any other. Whether you’re looking to adopt a cat, dog, bird or pocket pet, your new bundle of joy is likely to bring big changes to your household. So how do you make the transition a smooth success? By letting the “pet experts” of Naperville guide the way.

Ask Yourself a Few Key Questions

Before heading to the shelter to adopt a new furry friend ask yourself a few key questions and really consider your answers. If you find that the answers to these questions are iffy or don’t sit right with what you know your soon-to-be pet deserves, then the time for adopting might not be right.  Continue…

PUPPY TRAINING: IS IT IMPORTANT?

Puppies ready for training

With spring well on its way, everyone—human and animal alike—is looking to get outdoors and play. After being cooped up all winter, the sunshine and warm weather are irresistible. It’s only natural that you want to take your puppy out for a run or a game of fetch at the local dog park.

Without proper obedience training though, your day in the sun can quickly turn into a power struggle between you and your pooch. Continue…

New Pet Checklist – Helping Your New Pew Stay Happy & Healthy

 

Spring is upon us, and many families will be welcoming new furry pet companions into their homes.  When taking in a new pet, it is important to be sure that you are ready to provide everything that he or she will need.  Use the following checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything!

  • Good nutrition

Choose a quality diet that meets your pet’s life stage (puppy/kitten, adult, senior), size, and energy needs.  Make any diet changes slowly over a period of 10-14 days. Continue…

The Hypoallergenic Dog: An Urban Legend?

 

Urban Legend?

Ah, the urban legend.  A story that you heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that is just plausible enough to be believed.  We have all heard them, and we have all fallen for one or two at some point.  No one knows exactly where the myth of the “hypoallergenic” dog got started, but it is a highly perpetuated tale.   Continue…

Adopt a Pet, Gain a Friend

Did you know that 6-8 million pets end up in shelters every year?  And that half of those are typically not ever adopted?  Most of these pets end up in this sad situation through no fault of their own.  “Moving” and “landlord issues” are the most common reasons given when a pet is relinquished.  This means that your local shelter and rescue groups are filled with loving, family-friendly pets that just want to find a forever home.

When you adopt a pet, it typically is less costly than purchasing one or even getting one for “free”.  These pets often are fully vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, and spayed/neutered.  A shelter or rescue can even help you to choose the right pet for your family.

By adopting a pet, you are doing your part to help the pet overpopulation problem.  So spread the word!  Tell us about your pet adoption experience!

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Cat

It’s National Adopt-A-Cat Month again, and it is time to think about the benefits of providing a home for a shelter cat.  Here are the top ten reasons to offer up your home to a cat in need:

10.  Who doesn’t need some extra help controlling rodents/bugs/miscellaneous pieces of fluff on the floor?

9.  Cats from shelters/rescues frequently come fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered so that you don’t have to worry about doing it.

8.  We all know that a house without a cat in not truly a home.

7.  You can sleep better at night knowing you are providing an animal with a comfortable home rather than letting it live out its life in a cage.

6.  Because you’ll know every time your kitty looks at you with those loving eyes that you did the right thing.

5.  By adopting an animal, you make room and resources available for another life to be saved.

4.  When you adopt an older animal, you have a better idea of what you are getting.  Personality traits and medical issues are likely to already have been identified.

3.  Everyone needs an extra cuddle-buddy!

2.  Having pets has been shown to reduce stress and improve quality of life.

1.  Combat the pet overpopulation problem.  Three to four million animals are euthanized in shelters every year.

Please give us a call if you have any questions!