Preparing Your Pet for the New Baby

preparing petWhat can be a happier occasion than to welcome a new little bundle of joy into the family? From their sweet yawns to their powdery baby scents, bringing home a little one can be an exciting time like no other. However, while the charm of your new child is not lost on you, your pet may be wondering what all of this newfound excitement can be about.

Although you have big plans when it comes to how well your new baby and your furry pal will become the very best of friends, there are changes that may need to be addressed before this can happen.

Thankfully, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help guide you through preparing your pet for your new baby – and all the recommendations to make for a very happy home for all.

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Curious Dog Behavior: Why do Pups Drink From the Toilet?

Most dog owners are well aware that their dogs have certain unsavory interests, but that doesn’t mean canines are unilaterally excused from basic etiquette. Butt-scooting, humping, and drooling are all part of the pup package, but drinking from the toilet is one dog behavior that continues to elicit mixed reactions.

If you’re like other dog lovers out there, you may be wondering when to simply shake your head (but allow this dog behavior to happen) and when to become worried about the risks. Let The Pet Experts help you figure it out!

Product Placement

A consumer can feel overwhelmed by all the available cleaning products, specifically for toilet cleaning. From blue-water tablets and sprays to deodorizers and scrubs, toilet cleaners come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s all in the name of sanitation, but when you think about your dog guzzling down toilet water that’s full of chemicals, the alternative may seem safer.

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Hidden Dangers: Protecting Pets from Back-To-School Pet Toxins

pet toxinsWhen the time comes to get ready for the start of a new school year, potential pet toxins probably aren’t at the top of the list of concerns, but they should be! The risks associated with seemingly harmless items, such as backpacks and lunchboxes, are a very real threat to our pets, and deserve a second look.

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Tasty and Healthy Ideas for Homemade Pill Pockets

At some point, almost every furry friend will have to take medication. For most pets, swallowing a pill plain is a guaranteed struggle. That’s why pill pockets are so popular, helping make the process easier by associating it with a delicious treat.

For pups or cats on long-term medications or those who have learned to spot those pill pickets a mile away, switching to a homemade option may be just the thing the doctor ordered. For one, you’ll save money (pill pockets can be pricey for those with daily medication needs). Also, like any treat, they can add more calories to your pet’s diet (and mostly empty ones at that).

That’s when homemade pill pockets can save the day!

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Summer is a Great Time to…Swim, Grill Out, Travel, Adopt a DOG!

adopt a dogWe realize dogs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea (what?!), but for those who cherish our canines, we think they’re top notch! Besides, there’s a reason they’re man and woman’s best friend – a friend who not only thinks you’re, like, the BEST HUMAN EVER, but also someone who will never insult your taste in music (even ABBA) or take over the remote.

Many animal lovers who have always wanted to  adopt a dog can make an indelible difference in the life of a sweet fur friend this summer. Adopting not only offers a forever home to a deserving animal, but it also makes room for others to be rescued. So what are you waiting for?

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What are Cat Whiskers Really For?

Cats are mysterious and seemingly difficult to “de-code,” but there are lots of ways to interpret how they feel. The tail, for instance, can signal a variety of moods and can either warn against contact or invite affection. Also, the eyes and ears have the potential to communicate feline emotions; we just have to be observant of their subtle changes. However, among their many physical characteristics, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center believe that cat whiskers take the cake when it comes to communication – and much more.

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Should You be Concerned About Pet Dehydration?

A panting pet is a common sight during the summer months. A natural response to heat or physical exertion, panting helps a pet regulate body temperature – but it’s not nearly as effective as sweating is for humans. The natural consequence of overheating is fluid loss, and when an animal’s body is comprised of 80% water, pet dehydration is a real threat to overall health.

I Saw the Sign

Most pet owners watch carefully for even the slightest shift in behavior. Being in tune with your pet’s patterns and personality helps ensure normalcy, but sometimes, signals are subtle or confusing.

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Indoor Cat Care Tips to Keep Your Feline Happy and Healthy

Gone are the days when we viewed cats as “outdoor only” pets or mousers for the barn, and this is good news indeed. Even if your pet ventures out on a leash or enjoys some playtime in the sun, most savvy pet owners understand that an indoor cat is typically a healthier cat with a longer life expectancy.

Indoor cats, however, can develop some challenges of their own – namely, in the form of exercise and weight management. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center can help keep your indoor kitty at his or her best with some tips on indoor cat care.

Exercise and Weight Management

Keeping your cat indoors is the best option for reducing risk and promoting health, but unlike outdoor cats, indoor kitties often need encouragement in the exercise department. After all, a day spent snoozing in a sunny spot can diminish important opportunities for exercise.

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When Cat Nips Turn into Cat Bites: Understanding Feline Behavior

cat bitesIf you had sharp, pointy teeth, wouldn’t it be a shame not to use them every once in awhile? This could certainly answer the question “Why does my cat bite me?”, but to truly understand this common feline behavior, we must look beyond boredom or entertainment. Indeed, the reasoning behind cat bites can vary inexplicably from one moment to the next.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center welcome you into the always mysterious, never boring world of catty quirks.

The Extent

Most cat owners nod when asked if their cats have ever bitten them, but that doesn’t mean they know why. Cat bites can be the result of stress, fear, impatience, boredom, or anxiety, but they can equally occur out of playfulness, curiosity, or even affection.

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Your Go-To Guide for Essential Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet carePocket pets have grown in popularity over recent years, due to changing household dynamics, allergies, and improved access to these special animals. Hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, rabbits, sugar gliders, and even hedgehogs round out the list of common pocket pets. Being small is certainly part of their charm, but the basics of pocket pet care are still a big responsibility.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offer the following tips to ensure the brightest future for your pint-sized friend.

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