The Pet Experts of Elmhurst, IL
Have you ever heard your pet suddenly start honking? Like they were gasping for air, only to have the problem go away as quickly as it came? You may have even worried that your pet was having an allergy or asthma attack, or that something might be stuck in the back of their throat. This phenomenon in pets is not so uncommon and is something we are often asked about from concerned pet owners.
Reverse sneezing is a condition that can occur in certain pets and can resemble the sound a goose makes, but the good news is that it is rarely a cause for concern. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain.Continue…
Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a self-replicating string of instructions present in all living organisms. Responsible for carrying genetic information, DNA not only tells an individual story, but an ancestral one, too.
Human DNA testing continues to be popular, but now pet owners can easily test their cat or dog. Pet DNA testing helps pinpoint breed(s), and their percentage (particularly useful in mixed breed pets). However, when we go beyond ancestry to the potential identification of hereditary conditions, we are given a glimpse into an animal’s future health.Continue…
Pets, and dogs in particular, like to explore the world with their mouths. This is especially true when the items smell and look like food. Holiday foreign body dangers not only include people food, but also the ornaments and decorations that are popular this time of year.
Since it’s easy to get distracted by the hustle and bustle and bustle of holiday entertaining, being aware of potential dangers to your pet can help you avoid a disaster. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here with a list of some of the more common decorations that can harm pets, so you can create a pet safe holiday.
Holiday Decor Don’ts
The glitter, sparkle, and shine of holiday decorations can have an appeal to us. We love the ambience of candlelight and tabletop displays, but some of these things can pose a threat to curious pets.
Does your dog pull you along every time you try to walk them? Or, do they plop down obstinately on their butt when they want to go down a different street?
Many pets can prove to be stubborn when it comes to walking on a leash; but often that stubbornness can stem from a lack of training on how to walk on a leash.
The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few tricks up our sleeve for easy leash walking to get your pet on the move.
The Pet Expert’s Tips for Easy Leash Walking
If your pet needs the basic skills to successfully walk on a leash, we highly recommend training and socialization first. It can help ease your pet into loose leash walking, along with reinforcing those important basic commands.
If your pet has been trained but needs some help walking on a leash without pulling or becoming distracted, we recommend these simple tips.
Ears are integral to your pet’s life and well-being. A dog’s ears are keen and attuned to noises we can never hear. In fact, a dog’s hearing is three times better than our own. But keeping that essential sense requires maintenance and veterinary examination. Although you may not consider the cleanliness of your pet’s ears, cleaning them is a must for good grooming and health.
The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help you take a closer look at what’s in your pet’s ears and why cleaning them should be a part of regular pet care.
For many, bringing home a new pet is something we do on impulse and with utter abandon. Other folks, however, require lots of time to research the right fit. Both approaches can work well, but it is rather important to know exactly what an animal needs – and how you can deliver the goods.
If you only had to bring home some kibble, more people might adopt with greater frequency. But the truth is, there is so much more than that. Pet proofing, that is, keeping potential risks at bay, is a great place to start.Continue…
Not much can get those of the feline persuasion down, but kidney problems are something that can affect even the most confident cat. Feline chronic kidney disease is a commonly diagnosed problem, but one that The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are well-equipped to help you with.
The Inner Workings
The kidneys filter all of the body’s blood supply day and night, an extremely important job! Properly functioning kidneys are essential for:
Bloat is the second leading cause of death in dogs, yet few pet owners truly understand what the condition is, and how to recognize it. Bloat can affect dogs of any age and breeds and is one of the most serious pet emergencies you may encounter.
Understanding the signs of bloat in dogs, and what your emergency options are, may just save the life of your sweet pet!Continue…
The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center do our best to make the best recommendations and preventative care plans for your furry family every day. One recommendation we make for every pet we see is a rabies vaccination; and for very good reasons!
Read on to learn why the rabies vaccination for your pet is so very important.Continue…
Everyone can recognize the pungent and distinct odor of skunk spray, but having your pet show up freshly doused brings that special scent to a new level. Pets, especially dogs, have a natural playfulness and curiosity that lends them to encounters with wildlife in the yard and on the trail. If a skunk is the object of your pet’s interest, the results can be nasty.
If your pet has been skunked, don’t panic! Folk remedies, such as bathing your pet in tomato juice, may abound, but many have little to no effect and some can be dangerous for your pet.
Let The Pet Experts help you with our strategies for cleaning up your pet, and saving your sanity if your pet has been skunked.Continue…