Naperville_iStock_000031368124_LargeAs we wrap up a year, it is common practice to look back on the last 12 months and remember the highlights of the year. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital wanted to join in the fun and take some time tow walk through 2015, blog style. For those of you who are regular readers of our blog, a few high points of the year might come to mind. Even if you don’t regularly read, however, take a moment to review our best blogs of 2015. So many of our readers can’t be wrong.

  1. Making the Most of Your Pet’s Wellness Exam

If you are like many pet owners, the moment you begin to think about your pet’s wellness exam may coincide with a moment of dread. Thoughts like, “How am I going to put Fluffy in her carrier?!?” or, “Will Banjo try and run when I get the leash?” start to flood our mind as we feel the panic start to set in. Some of us also feel a sense of worry about seeing our pets age, and perhaps feel a tinge of avoidance when the annual exam rolls around.

  1. Loyal for Life:  Service Animals and How They Help People Thrive

Dogs have existed and worked alongside us for more than 14,000 years, offering us protection and assisting us in the hunt for food and shelter. New research reveals that this relationship with canines was as beneficial to canines as it was to us humans.
Research tells us that many animals (and not just canines) are at their best when they are allowed to “work” or engage in mentally and physically challenging activities alongside us. One way we benefit from a mutually beneficial relationship is with service animals. These attuned animals are trained to aid differently abled individuals by providing assistance in daily living and in the recovery process. Keep reading…

  1. Spring Fever – Pet Safety Precautions

Naperville’s flora and fauna are just starting to wake up after a long, hard winter and your pet is probably beyond ready to embark on spring adventures with you.

Before you get too caught up with yard work, cleaning, and trips to the dog park, take a moment to lock-in certain pet safety precautions. If enjoying time in the great outdoors with your pet this spring is something you’ve been craving since, say, November, just make sure you are ahead of the curve in the following ways: Keep reading…

  1. Pet Proofing Your Home:  Reducing Dangers and Temptations

If you’ve decided to invite a little fuzzy monster into your home, it’s best to take a few precautions. Kittens and puppies are not so different than toddlers when it comes to getting into anything and everything in sight. Locking away potentially dangerous items and eliminating clutter will go a long way towards keeping your fuzzball safe and destruction to a dull roar. Keep reading…Dog in a Car Window and enjoy road trip

  1. The Loss of a Pet and the Importance of Grief Support

The bond between pet parent and much-loved furry family member can be one of the strongest, deepened through the experience of unconditional love. That is why, when the time comes to say goodbye, the loss of a pet is felt so deeply and is never easy. It can leave us struggling to get past the grief and with a huge feeling of emptiness for that spirited love that was once so near. Keep reading…

  1. Running Free:  Establishing Dog Park Etiquette

No one could argue that the benefits of dog parks increase when visitors – canine and human alike – follow the established rules that aim to keep everyone safe. While each dog park boasts its own characteristics, there are some basic rules that, if followed, will boost your dog park etiquette score ten-fold. Keep reading…

  1. 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. Keep reading…

  1. The Wonderful World of Litter Box Training

House-soiling is one of the most common reasons cats are surrendered to animal shelters each year. Fortunately, with a little effort and proper training, this behavior can be changed or avoided altogether. Whether you are bringing home a new kitten or seeking to re-establish proper elimination behavior in an older cat, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital can help! Keep reading…Training

  1. Loud Noise Anxiety in Pets and How to Help Them Cope

Did you know noise anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety and phobias in pets? It is estimated that 10 million dogs suffer from noise related fear, and the same for many cats, yet it can often seem as there is no escaping noise…. Keep reading…

  1. Outbreak 2015:  The Update on Canine Influenza and 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. Keep reading…

Do you agree with our top 10 favorite posts? Are there others you think should have made the cut? Let us know what you think and what you want to hear about next year. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are always listening.