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You know when you’re looking back at something that happened in the recent past, and you just can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed? On one hand, nostalgia triggers memories that make us feel like a significant event or experience occurred only moments ago. But when we’re faced with a “before and after” snapshot, we can see the difference – and feel it, too. This is never more apparent than at the end of each year.

As we close out 2018, Naperville Animal Hospital would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the previous 12 months. It’s proven to be a busy year for all of us, and we continue to feel grateful to share in your pet’s journey. Whether you have a young pet at home, or care for an aging senior, our goal is to provide relevant and helpful information in our bi-weekly pet care blogs.

The Pet Experts wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to you our ever-growing community of pet owners and animal lovers. Thank you for reading our pet care blogs. Here is a sampling of some of our most popular topics.

The Pet Expert’s Top 10 Blogs of 2018

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#10: Cold Weather Tips For Frigid Felines and Pupscicles!
There is no doubt that winter is on its way.  As temperatures drop there are some special considerations for our pets.  Did you know that… Read on!

#9: Getting To The Root Of Periodontal Disease In Pets
The American Veterinary Dental College estimates that periodontal disease is the most common condition seen in adult dogs and cats today. Studies report that by the time a dog or cat is 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. That’s a scary statistic! Fortunately, this common condition is completely preventable. Read more…

#8: Not A Perfect Match? What To Do When Pet Adoption Doesn’t Work
Most of the time, adopting a pet turns out to be one of the best decisions ever made. It can take time to adjust, but with patience, determination, support, and education, a new pet can make the transition relatively quickly. But what happens when a pet adoption doesn’t work out? The Pet Experts have some ideas. Keep reading…

#7: Why Winter Grooming Is Important For Your Pet
Have 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. Read on!

#6: Is Pet Anxiety Normal When Kids Go Back To School?
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. Continue reading…

#5: Leaders Of The Pack: The Most Intelligent Dog Breeds
If you could measure your dog’s intelligence, what criteria would you use? For many dog owners, traits like responsiveness, obedience, and good behavior might come to mind when factoring intelligent dog breeds. Read more…

#4: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Running With Your Dog
Leading an active lifestyle is an important part of staying healthy, and including the family dog is a fun way for both of you to stay fit. Providing your pet with regular exercise not only keeps their bodies strong, it also provides an outlet for stress and anxiety, reduces negative behaviors, and can deepen and strengthen the bond you share. Read it all!

#3: Sluuuuurp! Why Do Dogs Lick Ears?
As 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? Read on!

#2: Essential Oils And Pets: A Match Made In Heaven?
Ah, 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? Keep reading!

#1: The Benefits Of Taking Your Cat To The Groomer
Many pet owners are convinced that cats don’t need extra help in the grooming department since they seemingly come pre-equipped with all the necessary tools. That special tongue, not unlike sandpaper, paired with amazing flexibility and dexterity should be enough for any cat to clean themselves properly; or so we think. Read it all!

Happy New Year!

Naperville-area pets are so lucky to be cared for by the responsible, loving pet owners that we’re privileged to help. Thanks again for reading our pet care blogs; we’ll be back next year with more material.

Until then, all of us at Naperville Animal Hospital extend our wishes for a happy and health 2019 to you and your pet!