Enjoying a day together.Lists, lists, and more lists! We just got through the most hectic time of the year, wherein one to-do list topples another. We scratched off our accomplishments or drew asterisks next the ones that take priority, and the fact is, we are pretty amazed at all there is left to do! That’s why we’re taking this particular moment to make yet another list, but we can assure you: this one is quite special.

Over the course of the previous twelve months, The Pet Experts attempted to skillfully craft meaningful pet care blogs for one sole purpose: to help and educate our clients and readers. From the difficult to the amusing, we tried to tackle a range of subjects that we felt appealed to our large community of pet owners, and you gave us relevant feedback.

Now, we’d like to present our top ten pet care blogs of the year:

  1. Successful Dog Training Starts With Five Basic Commands According 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. Read More…
  2. Popular Pet Myths Debunked! Whether you’re a pet owner or not, you’ve likely heard your fair share of pet myths. These “old wives tales” range from everything to how many lives a cat has (only one, in case you’re wondering) to what a wagging tail on a cat means (many things). Read More…
  3. Finding Your Groove As A Responsible Pet Owner When considering adoption, the Beatles said it best: “all you need is love!” Right? Of course love is central to your new role as a pet owner, but that’s really just the beginning. Before you take the plunge, there’s a lot to consider. Read More…
  4. Candid Camera! How To Take The Best Pictures Of Your Pet Let’s face it – you have the cutest, sweetest pet in three counties! Beyond simply framing a few pictures at home, you may also have an interest in sharing your pet’s antics online or on one of Chicago’s many photography forums. Read More…
  5. Poodle With A Mohawk: Dog Grooming With Style And Service With Spring on its way,  shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent. Read More…
  6. Here To Stay: All About Canine Influenza It all began in the spring of 2015: Dog after dog kept turning up in veterinary clinics throughout the Chicagoland area with a mysterious illness. In April 2015, scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin finally determined that the illness was caused by a strain of canine influenza known as H3N2. By then more than 1,000 Chicagoland dogs had been sickened. Read More…Naper_iStock_000080765437_Large
  7. Must Have Pet Apps For The New Year If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of apps on your smartphone or tablet. From handy-dandy step counters to stargazing constellation maps, there is an app for that. And, so it is no surprise that pet apps are becoming more popular, too, since so many of us share our home with a cat, dog, or other animal companion. Read More…
  8. Hyperthyroidism In Cats: A Battle You Can Win If you have a senior pet, your list of worries is probably longer than it was a few years back. Unfortunately, it is true that as a pet ages his or her likelihood of experiencing many conditions increases. Be it arthritis, cancer, or even dementia, having an older pet increases the odds that your beloved family member may be affected by some disease process. Read More…
  9. Outbreak 2015: The Update On Canine Influenza & Kennel Cough If you are a dog owner and have been paying much attention to the media, you have probably heard about the recent canine influenza/kennel cough outbreak affecting dogs in the Chicagoland area. Read on to learn what you need to know about your dog and the 2015 outbreak. Read More…
  10. Sibling Rivalry: Multi-Pet Aggression In The Home When you decided to get a second (or third) pet, you might have had wonderful visions of being surrounded by mounds of cuddly furballs. However, in reality, your home is plagued with fighting pets. While multi-pet aggression isn’t uncommon, it can create troublesome stress for pets and owners alike. Read More…

Black male cat show interest at photo cameraLooking ahead to 2017, we are filled with optimism. It’s a bright future for pets and their owners, and we hope you’ll let us know what you think.

Until then, our veterinarians and staff send our regards for a happy, healthy, and safe new year! Cheers!