At Naperville Animal Hospital, we want to make full-service pet care as simple as possible. Our online pharmacy isn’t just for prescriptions. You can order vet-approved pet food and treats, too. When you order from our veterinary online store, you know you will receive quality products at fair prices.Continue…
In addition to the many wonderful things shared by pets and their owners, they tend to share some unfortunate experiences, too. Zoonotic diseases, for example, can be passed by pets to their humans. Among these, ringworm in pets ranks pretty high on the list of common illnesses shared between the species. Contrary to what the name suggests, ringworm in pets isn’t a worm. It’s a fungal disease, and it can wreak havoc in households.Continue…
Did you know that your dog (and cat) has two glands right inside the rectal sphincter that house some pretty stinky stuff? If you aren’t familiar with anal glands, you are about to be. Lucky for you, Naperville Animal Hospital has all the information you (never) wanted to know about your pet’s anal glands. Our veterinary team will care for the smelly parts of your family friends just as much as the more lovable parts.
Anal Glands 101
Most mammals have anal glands in some form. These pea-to-marble-sized sacs live just inside the rectum off to each side. Lined with oil and sweat producing glands, they hold some pretty unique secretions that have a distinct fishy odor.
In dogs and cats, the anal glands are not really functional. They may add some scent to the stools as they are expressed typically during a bowel movement, aiding in marking territory and communication. More often than not, they are just a pain in the behind. Literally.
When the anal glands become too full and aren’t able to express, problems can ensue. Pressure, inflammation, and pain often cause the pet to:
- Have redness or swelling near the rectum
- Act painful about manipulation of the tail or rear
- Lick or bite at the rear more than normal
- Scoot or drag
- Avoid bowel movements
- Have a bloody discharge from the rectum
Untreated, an impacted anal gland can beccome infected and form an abscess and may even rupture. Anal glands are also subject to developing cancer.
How Naperville Veterinary Services Can Help
Our team is ready to help if you think your pet may be having a problem with their anal glands. Call us right a way, as this can be a painful condition. We can also help prevent problems, too.
Routine wellness visits are an excellent opportunity for us to detect trouble early in the process. These visits are also a great time to help wrangle conditions predisposing pets to anal gland problems such as being overweight, having frequent soft stools, or allergies (including food allergies).
If a pet has recurrent issues with their anal glands, routine manual expression may also be in order. We recommend having this done with one of our expert staff so that it may be completed as effectively and comfortably as possible.
Anal glands can be a big problem, but with the help of the veterinary services at Naperville Animal Hospital, you can rest easier. We will take care of the dirty work for you.
Water helps pets absorb consumed nutrients from your pet’s cells, and releases unwanted toxins and waste from the body. Proper hydration also adds to immune system response and mobility. All internal organs and body tissues (from the eyes to the spinal cord) depend on water to operate successfully. A valuable piece of Naperville veterinary advice: keep a close eye on your pet’s water consumption, and act quickly when there are changes.Continue…
Surgical sterilization of cats and dogs is one of the best ways to address overpopulation, but there are important health benefits to the procedure as well. Spaying a female pet is more involved than neutering a male, but post-operative care is the same. Knowing what to expect in the hours and days after a spay/neuter surgery is necessary for a successful outcome. Your pet’s recovery might not be without certain challenges, but it’s worth it!Continue…
Whether you already have a dog and cat and are looking to bring a different species home, or you are not ready to commit to a larger animal, rodents make great pets for a variety of pet owners. Before you bring this new exotic animal into your house, take some time researching some different rodent pets so you know which one will fit best into your home and your lifestyle.Continue…
Most people choose to spay their pets because they wish to avoid unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. While pet overpopulation is a big problem, there are certainly other reasons that spay and neuter is a good choice for most families.Continue…
Like a siren call, the undeniable beauty of the betta fish makes it hard to resist taking one home and calling it your own. Whether you have already purchased one or you are considering brightening your space with a betta, it is important to take the time to really understand how to care for these eye-catching fish. Many pet owners are surprised that it takes more than you think to properly care for a betta. Although they tend to excel when living in a tank on their own, they can truly thrive when provided with the proper environment.Continue…
Your dog biting someone is quite possibly one of the most challenging and upsetting experiences you could face as a pet owner. Even the most gentle dog is capable of aggression under the right circumstances, so having a plan in place should it happen is essential.
If your dog bit someone, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to help. Let’s get started.Continue…
Breathing is one of those things that should happen without any major effort. But, for some of us it’s just not. There are many different things that can affect your pet’s respiratory system, and just like for humans, asthma in pets is a real condition.
Luckily for you, the pet experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to sort it out and get your furry friend breathing easy again.Continue…
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