To Bundle, or Not to Bundle? Keeping Pets Warm and Comfortable this Winter

Keeping pets warm during the winter is part of winter pet safety

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild winter this year, but let’s face it, here in Chicagoland, the winter is never really “mild.” Regardless of the howling winds, subzero temperatures, and mounds of snow, Fido still needs his daily walk and potty breaks.

While we certainly know how to bundle ourselves up to stay warm, what about our pets? When it comes to keeping pets warm this winter, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have a few ideas!

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Pets Sweat? The How and Why of Pet Perspiration

When most people consider their fur friends, the thought of them sweating seems absurd. With all that fur, how could it even be possible? Well, believe it or not, cats and dogs do sweat – but in ways us humans aren’t familiar with (for example, we doubt your pet will ever need to borrow your deodorant!).

To learn more about why pets sweat and how they do it, let’s take a closer look at this gross but necessary function.

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pet Dehydration

The heat of the summer may not have taken full effect just yet, but we know it is on the horizon. Spending time in the great outdoors is something many pet owners look forward to – whether that’s a stroll to a favorite park or an epic road trip to some far off destination. From vacations to weekends on the beach, there’s plenty to be excited about.

But along with heatstroke and other summertime perils comes an increased risk of pet dehydration. Because many pets dehydrate easily or can experience chronic dehydration, it’s essential to learn more about how much water your pet needs and ways to encourage hydration for overall health and safety.

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Addressing the Itch: Seasonal Allergies in Pets

While the new blooms and buds of another spring season may be beautiful, this time of year can also bring seasonal allergies. Allergies are annoying for many of us, but you may be surprised to know that pets can also suffer from allergies.

Seasonal allergies in pets is a fairly common diagnosis, although the symptoms may be quite different from those we associate with our own. To help keep your pet itch-free and feeling great, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have compiled some basic information and tips to help your pet cope with allergies this spring.

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Pet Popsicles and More: The Best in Summer Pet Treats

Homemade Dog BiscuitsFor some, the words “liver” and “treat” should never go hand in hand. However, this combo might delight and satisfy your hungry, eager pet. Homemade pet treat recipes are plentiful, but when it comes to this bounty of summer recipes, how do you know what will hit the spot?

Luckily, The Pet Experts have done the legwork for you. Sit back, relax, and watch your pet go bananas over these scrumptious summer pet treats!

Beat the Heat

Raw fruits are wonderful additions to your pet’s diet. While you should avoid grapes, raisins, and most citrus options, your pet can enjoy these peeled, cored, and de-seeded fruits: Continue…

Fall Fun with Your Dog | Naperville Animal Hospital, Naperville, Il

Autumn westieAfter a particularly hot summer, the cool evening temps, the crisp air, and the allure of all those cozy sweaters means a changes in seasons is upon us. We may even start to feel a resurgence of energy when it comes to planning fall activities with your pet, now that the weather is so mild.

From beautiful outdoor hikes to enjoying a hayride, there are many autumnal excursions you can make to get into the seasonal spirit with your pet companion. Continue…

Life’s A Picnic: Our Guide To Summer Party Pet Safety

Naperville_iStock_000031368124_LargeDog lovers are often found toting their dogs in bicycle baskets or trailers, enjoying meals on cafe patios, and running errands together. Our culture has unabashedly embraced the symbiotic dynamic between humans and canines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet is invited – or welcome – everywhere.

Take, for example, the ubiquitous outdoor summer fête. One could naturally assume that your pooch would be a welcome (not to mention gracious) guest, but the raised eyebrows of your host or hostess could indicate the opposite. While you know your pet will easily break the ice, behave beautifully, and entertain all, you’ll need to be on point throughout the affair to minimize accidents, insults, or both. Continue…

Spring Fever – Pet Safety Precautions

Naperville_000047785894_LargeNaperville’s flora and fauna are just starting to wake up after a long, hard winter and your pet is probably beyond ready to embark on spring adventures with you.

Before you get too caught up with yard work, cleaning, and trips to the dog park, take a moment to lock-in certain pet safety precautions. If enjoying time in the great outdoors with your pet this spring is something you’ve been craving since, say, November, just make sure you are ahead of the curve in the following ways: Continue…

Why Winter Grooming is Important for Your Pet

Dog taking a bathHave you stopped showering this winter?

No?

Then why would you hold off on your pet’s grooming during the winter months, when you’re still taking care of your own hygiene needs?

For many breeds, grooming is an important part of your pet’s overall health and is necessary for their overall comfort and wellness. And for many pets, especially those who spend time outdoors, this is especially true during the winter… Continue…

The Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Pet

Are you still making your list and checking it twice?

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift for your pet this year, make sure to take the following suggestions into account. After all, who deserves the absolute perfect present more than your faithful friend?

Gift Ideas For Your Pet

Treats–Treats can make great gifts, but use some discretion when choosing them. Have you heard about the kidney problems that have been occurring with jerky treats? Steer clear of these. Sometimes homemade gifts are the best kind. There are a lot of great ideas and recipes for treats that you can make at home for your pets. This way you know exactly what you are getting. Continue…