Thirsty? The Importance of Pet Hydration

We may have had a cool spring, but July is one of the hottest months of the year in the Midwest – so it’s no coincidence that it’s also National Pet Hydration Month. 

Keeping your pet hydrated is simple, but it’s something that can easily be an afterthought during the hustle and bustle of summer. The Pet Experts want to make sure our readers have all the information they need to keep pet hydration on the radar all summer long.

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Celebrate Good Times: How to Throw an Amazing Pet Birthday Party

A pet birthday party is a fun way to celebrate your pet

Celebrating milestones and special events is one of the best parts of life, and including our four-legged family members in the fun just makes sense. Sure, while inviting your pet to join in a human celebration is one thing, throwing them their very own party is even better. Pet birthday parties are all the rage, and The Pet Experts couldn’t be more excited to share our ideas for a fun, safe, bark-tastic celebration!

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right venue is essential to the success of your pet birthday party. A fenced in yard or living room may be appropriate, or you could choose one of the many pet-friendly rental spaces available in our area. Depending on the amount of people and pets on your guest list, some dog-friendly restaurants/pubs may also be willing to make special arrangements for your event.

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Your Pet and New Baby Have a Lot to Learn

pet and new babyPets are creatures of habit. In fact, they not only rely on routine, but their overall health and wellness depend on it. They enjoy anticipating meal times, walks, and snuggle sessions. They look forward to when owners typically reappear at home. In short, they do not welcome change or household disruptions – at all.

However, a pet and new baby is one of life’s most joyful combinations. While it may not necessarily be the quickest or most graceful adjustment, with these tips from The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital, you’ll have one big happy family in no time.

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Coexisting With Wildlife: How to Keep Pets Safe From Coyotes

Whether it was a long howl at dusk or a chance encounter at the park, most people have experienced the call of the wild at some point when it comes to coyotes. Like many species, coyotes have adapted to coexist with humans—this includes rural areas and major urban hubs like Chicago.

That’s why The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to offer some ideas on how to keep your pets safe from coyotes, ever fascinating, but wild canines.

Coyote Behavior 101

Canis latrans (“barking dog”) has been something of a legend, including being maligned by ranchers, farmers, hunters, and others for a long time.

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All You Need Is Love: Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Valentines_iStock_000011197177_MediumValentine’s Day is all about love, and if you’re like most pet owners, chances are you love your pets as much (if not more!) than most of the humans you know. Many pet owners even report preferring to spend the evening at home, snuggled up on the couch with their furry loved-ones, than out on the town with a significant other… and we don’t blame them one bit!

The romantic goodies associated with Valentine’s Day can be wonderful for humans, but many of them pose serious risks to our four-legged friends. Our Valentine’s Day pet safety tips will help you keep your pet safe and at home with you, where he or she belongs.

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What Could be Better? Pet Costume Safety Tips That are Sure to Please

Chihuahua Wearing Clown CostumeIt’s fall, and the Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital couldn’t be more excited for all that is in store for our community! We’re talking about Howl-o-ween, of course! The haunted houses, the creepy crawlies, and the foggy spookiness are just too fun to pass up, but your pet may not harbor the same enthusiasm for the Hostess cupcake costume you picked out for him or her.

As with any major calendar event, there are holiday hazards to be aware of. If your plan is to dress up Fluffy or Fido this Halloween, pet costume safety should get your full attention.

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For pet lovers, it’s not shocking to learn that for every three dollars spent on a child’s costume, one dollar is spent on a pet’s. Indeed, Halloween is becoming more of a pet-centric holiday every year, but does your pet want to join the costume parade? Continue…

Wildlife Awareness and Safety

Naperville_Wildlife.docx-0.jpgWhether you are an avid outdoorsman or woman, or prefer to stay in the city sipping a cappuccino on a patio, wildlife is all around. Where once we relied on cities to keep the barrier between us and other species, wildlife awareness is now more important than ever as we are finding many species have successfully adapted to our surroundings. And, with more animals, comes more risk of attack and exposure to disease.

For pet owners, the presence of wildlife can create risky situations when walking pets or even allowing them outdoors. Common urban dwellers, such as coyotes, skunks, and raccoons, are responsible for an increased presence of diseases like rabies and predation in and around cities. Continue…

Life’s A Picnic: Our Guide To Summer Party Pet Safety

Naperville_iStock_000031368124_LargeDog lovers are often found toting their dogs in bicycle baskets or trailers, enjoying meals on cafe patios, and running errands together. Our culture has unabashedly embraced the symbiotic dynamic between humans and canines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pet is invited – or welcome – everywhere.

Take, for example, the ubiquitous outdoor summer fête. One could naturally assume that your pooch would be a welcome (not to mention gracious) guest, but the raised eyebrows of your host or hostess could indicate the opposite. While you know your pet will easily break the ice, behave beautifully, and entertain all, you’ll need to be on point throughout the affair to minimize accidents, insults, or both. Continue…

Spring Fever – Pet Safety Precautions

Naperville_000047785894_LargeNaperville’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: Continue…

Pet Proofing Your Home: Reducing Dangers and Temptations

Naper_iStock_000014863777_LargeIf 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.

Keeping things off the floor might work in the early days if you have a very young pet, but they will find their way onto the counters and into the cupboards in no time. To help you help your pets, we’ve concocted a list of what to look out for so you can keep your pet safe from the most common dangers found around the home. Continue…