‘Looks like we made it! And what a feeling it is! 2020 was quite the year and we are so grateful to be on the other side of it. We are also incredibly grateful for our pets, not just because they saw us through the best of times and the worst of times, but also for their antics and unconditional love.

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here for our clients and patients, too. Not only for your patience as we adapted to the challenges of the year, but for your trust in our hospital, too. We hope some of that trust has been built on the continued publication of our blog and the information it provides you.

With that in mind, we wanted to share our most-read blogs of 2020 with you, our readers. We hope you enjoy!

The Pet Expert’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020

#5 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…

#4 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…

#3 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…

#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..?

#1 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?

Your Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital hope to see you and your pet in the year ahead. As always, please don’t hesitate to call us for questions and concerns about your pet’s health, behavior, or whatever they may need. Happy 2021!