Heads or Tails: What Your Cat’s Tail is Telling You

Although we tend to think of cats as independent and even aloof, they’re actually great communicators. Feline communication includes many different facets, such as body language, vocalizations, facial expressions, and scent markers.

However, the position of your cat’s tail may be one of the best indicators of their mood. Once you understand some of the basics, it’s easy to determine your cat’s likes, loves, and fears. And, let’s be honest, what cat owner wouldn’t love gaining a little more insight into how their cat is feeling?

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Stealing, and Other Screwball Dog Behaviors

Odd dog behaviors can be both endearing and infuriating.

A huge part of the fun in owning a dog is experiencing the full spectrum of their goofy canine conduct. Yes, it’s true – dogs are weird! They do stuff that just defies human logic. But why?

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really behind some of the strangest dog behaviors, the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital have a few explanations to help make sense of it all.

Why, Oh, Why?

Many pet owners are pleased as punch by their dog’s exemplary behavior. But that doesn’t mean cringe-worthy moments have entirely passed them by. Indeed, even the canine model citizens of the world have to answer to their base instincts.

Wherever you sit on the spectrum, we’d be willing to bet that you’re among other dog owners, well-versed in the world of butt-sniffing.

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The Wonderful Ways Animals Help Kids with Disabilities

Pets help kids with disabilities in so many ways.

It’s no secret that children are naturally drawn to animals. As depicted in thousands of beloved children’s books, cartoons, and movies, the family pet often serves as confidant, playmate, and best friend to the youngest members of the household.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that animals help kids with disabilities in countless ways. At Naperville Animal Hospital, the pet experts are constantly in awe of this special relationship, and we’d love to share more about this amazing bond.

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Is Pet Anxiety Normal When Kids Go Back to School?

Pet anxiety can intensify when kids go to school and your pet is bored.For most pets, the summer is an absolutely wonderful, happy, fun-filled time. It’s so satisfying, in fact, that when it’s over and the kids go back to school, a surreal, confusing reality can set in. To be sure, pet anxiety can be the direct and natural result of an abrupt shift at home, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm the household. Instead, with a few tips from the Pet Experts you can do your part to help your pet continue to feel part of the pack.

Bored? Restless? You Bet.

The family pet may be dreading what the meaning is behind the new shoes, gear, and supplies starting to creep in. They might not know the details of what’s to come, but they’re pretty sure they’re not going to like it. Continue…

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Do Pets Have a Sense of Humor?

pets have a sense of humorDo you ever feel like your dog is doing something just to make you laugh? Maybe you think your cat is laughing at you? Pet birds might have the best sense of humor of all, especially talking parrots!

But are all these situations just flukes or do our pets really have a sense of humor? We’re ready to tackle this question and look at the research. Stay tuned as The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital explore whether our pets have a sense of humor.

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Fluffy Said What?! Cat Myths Through the Ages

cat mythsIt’s no wonder the game “Whisper Down the Lane” is so popular among kids and grown ups alike. We hear what we want to hear and pass it along. Sometimes it’s amusing, other times it just shows how well we’re able to fill in the blanks when we don’t have all the puzzle pieces.

Cat myths likely developed in the same way as a million rounds of “Whisper Down the Lane.” In the absence of concrete scientific research, what else could explain why cats were such stealthy hunters or amazing jumpers? Indeed, their abilities seem to defy human logic, and the prevalence of flawed explanations took root across cultures and centuries.

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Getting Their Greens: Why Dogs Eat Grass

dogs eat grassIf you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve seen your pooch nibble on a few blades here and there. Maybe your dog eats and swallows grass, or maybe just gives it a few chews and spits it out, but either way you’ve likely wondered why this supposed carnivore on the end of your leash seems to be drawn to the green stuff.

Client education is important to us at Naperville Animal Hospital. We’ve delved into the topic of why dogs eat grass with the hopes of shedding some light on this interesting dog behavior.

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Sluuuuurp! Why do Dogs Lick Ears?

dogs lick earsAs much as we love them, let’s face it, dogs are well known for their less than impeccable manners. From butt sniffing to leg humping, it’s safe to say they’re pretty comfortable with their animal selves, but there are some behaviors that have most pet owners stumped – like ear licking. So, why do dogs lick ears, and is it normal?

Why Dogs Lick Ears: The Good, the Bad, and the Gross

Is your dog enamored with your ears? How about with another cat or dog who lives in the home? Whether it’s a little love-kiss or a full-on slurp fest, the reasons that dogs lick ears can be varied.

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Successful Dog Training Starts With Five Basic Commands

Senior woman with her dogAccording to canine intelligence experts, the average dog recognizes and understands about 150 human words. Talking directly to your dog serves a variety of purposes, but there’s a special advantage when it comes to dog training. Teaching basic commands is not only fun and rewarding, it can also prevent injuries and inappropriate behavior.

A Great Head Start

Ideally, all puppies between 12-16 weeks should be taught the following basic commands, but any dog can learn new things throughout his or her life. That’s why The Pet Experts recommend these tips for success: Continue…

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…