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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Common Holiday Foreign Body Dangers Pets Ingest

The world is full of smells, tastes, and sights that are beyond tempting to our four-legged friends, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, this can present a very real danger to our pet’s safety and well-being, especially if something is consumed that shouldn’t be.

Foreign body dangers to pets are not just unique to this time of year, since pets, and especially dogs, have a knack for eating things they shouldn’t. The holidays in particular pose specific foreign body consumption risks that have to do with decorations, food, trees, and gifts. 

Your Pet Expert team at Naperville Animal Hospital want to education pet owners on these seasonal problems, so you can keep the “holly jolly” in your holidays. 

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Expert Tips for Leash Walking Skills

Leash walking is one of the first skills your dog needs to learn to live a happy life. Daily walks provide plenty of exercise and socialization necessary for your dog to become a great canine citizen. Still, leash walking can be something of a challenge for most pets, as many new pet owners don’t realize that this skill is learned, not innate. 

If you and your fur friend needs some help in the leashing walking department, The Pet Experts and Naperville Animal Hospital are here. Here are some of our best training tips so that you and your Fido can be out walking successfully very soon.

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All Set For Pet Adoption? Read This First

There are so many animals in need of homes, we wish we could adopt them all! Not only do pets add variety and entertainment to our lives, but their mere presence at home increases our own mental and physical health. With that in mind, the popularity of pet adoption and ownership continues to rise. 

Although more people are opening their homes (and hearts) to pets, it’s not always as easy as simply bringing them home. To help, the Pet Experts have some tips for the process of planning and preparation. 

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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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Exotic Pets for Kids: Yay or Nay?

It’s a rare child who doesn’t beg their parents for a pet at some point. Even if the family already has a dog or cat, kids may feel the need to have their “own” pet.

If you’ve decided to let your child adopt a small pet, you’ll want to choose one that’s easy to care for, relatively low-maintenance, and one that can tolerate the noise and rambunctious play that often goes along with having children in the home.

Fortunately, The Pet Experts are here to help with some ideas for suitable exotic pets for kids.

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Are You Comfortable Performing Pet CPR?

If you’re like most pet owners, you shudder to think about a life-threatening pet emergency. However, the odds of a happy ending are greatly increased when you have the right knowledge and resources to help your pet.

Knowing how to perform pet CPR is an incredible asset to any responsible owner, and The Pet Experts are here to help you get started!

It Can Happen Anywhere

Pet emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. The most important thing to remember is that your pet needs help immediately. Whether this means bringing them in to our hospital or performing pet CPR yourself, acting quickly and calmly makes a big difference.

Pet CPR 101

Pet CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is pretty much the same regardless of the animal, but certain biological differences will determine the specifics. Basically, the goal is to manually circulate oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain and back again.

To facilitate pet CPR, we recommend adhering to the following protocol:

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Look Great, Have Fun: The Keys to Successful Pet Pictures

There’s nothing cuter than a picture of your pet – except a picture of your pet with the Easter Bunny! Each year, Naperville Animal Hospital hosts our Easter Adoption Event, and pet pictures with the Easter Bunny is one of the highlights. Is your pet camera ready? Check out these tips from The Pet Experts to make the most out of your experience this year.

Take Stock

Before bringing your pet into any public space (especially where other animals are present), it’s important to make sure they know how to behave around a crowd. Be honest about your pet’s ability to deal with stress by asking yourself the following questions:

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The Perks of Relaxing with Pets

It’s no secret that reducing stress can lead to better health overall. Taking time for sleep, exercise, and meditation contributes to lower blood pressure, faster healing time, greater happiness, and increased longevity.

Pet owners may have the upper hand when it comes to reaping the rewards of downtime. Relaxing with pets is easy (and fun!), and it can accelerate the health benefits associated with stress reduction.

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