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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Everybody Loves Some Bunny: Tips for Rabbit Care

 

Flemish Giant. Rex. Mini Lop. Angora. Himalayan. If any of these names ring a bell, you probably enjoy rabbits. And really, when one looks into the nose-twitching face of an adorable, intelligent rabbit, it’s hard not to get a kick out of them. Rabbits make quiet, curious, and docile pets, and once you get a handle on rabbit care methods, you can hop alongside your bunny for the next 5-8 years.

Bucks and Does

Perhaps surprisingly, baby bunnies are actually called “kittens” and are produced by mating males called bucks and females called does. Known worldwide for their prolific breeding abilities, rabbits can mate at about 6 months old. The pregnant doe gives birth 30 days later to a litter of 4-10 kits.

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The Great Mysteries of Life: Why Dogs Lick Ears

Let’s face it, dogs have some quirky habits. Whether it is staring at the dishwasher, bogarting the bed, or an obsession with your underwear, most of our canine companions have a strange tendency or two. While The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center may not know exactly why your dog does everything he or she does, today we tackle one of the great mysteries of pet ownership: why dogs lick ears.

The Behavioral Aspects of Ear Licking

When it comes to answering why dogs lick ears, there seem to be some powerful behavioral forces at play. Dogs by nature are pack-oriented, and because of this, many of their behaviors can be explained by communication and social structure.

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Spring Cleaning: Pet Safe Cleaning Tips from The Pet Experts!

Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning when you have a pet. Cleaning up after a pet is challenging enough, further complicated by the fact that many commercial household cleaning products contain ingredients that can be hazardous to pets.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your pets protected while you engage in some seasonal scrubbing. Pet safe cleaning is easy and affordable, and The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center can show you how!

Why Is Pet Safe Cleaning Important?

Commercial cleaning products generally have a long list of unfamiliar sounding ingredients, many of which can be toxic to our pets. Pets can come into contact with cleaning products in a variety of ways, and even a small amount ingested or inhaled can cause damage, thanks to ingredients such as ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, phenols, and alcohol. Many of these chemicals are extremely poisonous, and some are known animal carcinogens.

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Do Pets Grieve?

From the mourning rituals of elephants to a beloved dog who refuses to leave the grave of an owner, animal grief is palpable, complex, and still a bit of a mystery. Despite thousands of stories from pet owners who have witnessed pets grieve, the ability of animals to experience emotions is still widely debated.

To learn more about how pets grieve, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers some compelling evidence and tips on how to help your pet move through the impact of loss.

The Emotions of Animals

Whether it’s steadfast empirical evidence or softer accounts of emotions in animals, it’s generally accepted that many species do feel emotions like joy, anger, jealousy, and grief. In the late 1800s, even Darwin proposed that other species could feel emotions like man, not as a matter of difference, but a matter of degree.

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