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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The Causes and Cures of Dog Breath!

The odoriferous quality of your pup’s mouth-breathing might be something to shrug off (dog’s will, after all, be dogs), but if you’re ever down wind of dog breath that’s particularly putrid, it’s time to take action.

Living with dog breath is a choice with sizable ramifications, but when pet dental care is addressed and managed, both of you will benefit. Your perks are obvious, but it’s your dog’s long-term health and happiness that are majorly affected. To support you in the full eradication of dog breath, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offer reasons why stinky breath happens – and how you can reverse it.

Red Flag

A majority of dogs over the age of three suffer (silently) from periodontal (gum) disease. While foul breath can be linked to other health issues such as diabetes mellitus, tonsil or throat inflammation, and GI issues, it’s often a direct result of gum disease. The good news? Dog breath – and its associated problems – is entirely preventable.

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The Pain of Pet Arthritis

Pet Arthritis_iStock_000075088461_LargeJust like us, pets suffer from age-related illnesses. It can be difficult to watch an older pet suffer, especially if it’s something that affects mobility and quality of life. While few diseases are more heartbreaking or painful than pet arthritis, when it’s treated and managed effectively, your pet’s former glory can still be seen. That’s where The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center come in!

Observation Skills

We all start to slow down after middle age, and pets are no exception. Pet arthritis occurs when the cartilage between the joints begins to wear away. This allows the bones to rub against each other, causing pain and even agony over the months and years.

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Suffering the Sniffles: Colds in Pets

dog sick , ill or sleepingIt’s that time of year again. If you have managed to dodge getting a cold so far, you are among the lucky ones. It seems like the intermingling that goes on around the holiday season, coupled with the colder weather, leads to more sniffles and coughs than we would like. You may be wondering, though, can your pet catch these upper respiratory ailments?

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have all the answers you will ever need about colds in pets.

Sick as a Dog

When you think of the collection of symptoms people normally associate with a cold, they often include:

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (For Our Top Ten Pet Care Blogs!)

Man and dogWell, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, and The Pet Experts couldn’t be more thrilled to share our top ten pet care blogs of the year. In a world that counts every keystroke or click, we receive regular feedback about what interest our valued readers and clients the most. Of course, seasonal topics get a great deal of attention at certain points, whereas other more general pet care blogs get clicked on over a longer period of time. Whatever the case may be, Elmhurst Animal Care Center continues the tradition of offering relevant and thoughtfully prepared information to the best people on the planet: animal lovers!

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New Year’s Resolutions: A Healthy New Year for You and Your Pet

Man walks dog in Brooklyn Heights during a winter snowstormIt’s that time again. The holiday decadence is almost over, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for a few ways to turn over a new leaf in 2017. Whether it’s losing weight, getting in shape, or quitting a bad habit, we can always find an area of our lives to put to the test.

While you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to include your four-legged family members. There are probably a few ways you can improve upon the health, safety, comfort, and happiness of your pet, and what better time to start a new routine than January 1st?

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Holiday Gifts for Pet Lovers on Your List

Christmas wreath on neck dachshund puppyAs an adoring animal fan, it’s likely you share a love of animals with your friends and family members. As an added bonus, this also makes your holiday shopping a bit easier.

To help you in your quest to find the perfect gifts for pet lovers, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have compiled a few of our favorites.

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Puppy vs. Adult: The Advantages of Adopting an Adult Dog

Adopting a Family Pet From the PoundWith their adorable Buddha bellies and tiny yips, it makes sense why those looking to adopt make a beeline for puppies. At The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, we agree that puppies are pretty sweet, but what you may not consider is how much work they can be. That’s why we encourage you to consider adopting an adult dog!

With over 4 million shelter animals across the United States, adopting an older pet just may save a life. Because puppies and kittens are usually the first to find homes, adopting an adult dog is a compassionate decision that can be very impactful…but that’s not the only benefit!

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The Most Important Elements of Winter Pet Safety

Man walks dog in Brooklyn Heights during a winter snowstorm‘Tis the season for a seemingly endless list of chores. Considering all there is to prepare for, we should all be ready for the ultimate test: a rough Illinois winter. Luckily, your pet has you to help them navigate the cold temps and bad weather. To ensure you’re ready for the coming months, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center would like to review some important tips for winter pet safety.

The Foundation

Perhaps the best thing you can do for your pet this winter is to encourage him or her to stay inside where it’s safe, warm, and dry (especially senior pets). However, some pets prefer the outdoors no matter the temperature. In this case, be sure your pet has access to an insulated shelter, soft bedding, and fresh, unfrozen water.

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