Fictitious Fido: Debunking Popular Dog Myths

There are myths and misconceptions about virtually every animal, but when it comes to pets, there are so many more! This is because we spend our lives observing and interacting with them so closely and often form many assumptions about their health and behaviors.

In a previous blog, we debunked several common cat myths. This week, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center want to discuss popular dog myths and how these seemingly innocuous beliefs could result in negative outcomes.

 

 

 

 

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Rainy Day Games and Activities for Your Pet

Rain or shine, your pet needs exercise and interaction every day to keep them at their healthiest and happiest. As we look ahead to the coming winter months, it’s likely that some days may not lend themselves to outdoor play. This can be especially disconcerting for the dog who loves to go on walks to the park.

Since we can anticipate wet, cold, and snowy days ahead, it’s important to have a few indoor activities for your pet in mind. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few ideas to help you enjoy those rainy days with your pet (and the whole family!).

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Award-Winning (or Just Smile-Worthy) Pet Costumes of 2017

pet costumesYou know that feeling when you look at your pet and start to well up inside because of how cute they are and how much you love them? Well, take those good feelings and imagine your pet all dressed up for Halloween!

If your love and affection just hit the roof, it may be time to consider shopping for pet costumes. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have done some browsing for you, and we hope you’re inspired by the potential for extreme Halloween cuteness.

Best Dressed Pets

Halloween is a wonderful time to get involved with your neighbors and other pet owners. These days, most families embrace pet costumes, so we’re sure your furry friend won’t be the only one on the block.

All the Same?

Not all pet costumes can be considered safe. When dressing up your pup or kitty, please make sure they can breathe easily and without restrictions. Also, full vision and movement are required for Halloween safety and being able to go to the bathroom is non-negotiable. Remember, while masks look cute, they’re notoriously difficult for pets to tolerate.

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Extra Vigilance for Pets on Halloween? Yes, Especially Black Cats

black catsGazing into the yellow eyes of a black cat can have a hypnotizing, calming effect. While we certainly feel great about these sweet, friendly felines, they haven’t always held the good graces of human care takers like other cats have. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are among the throngs of other black cat fanciers around the globe who aim to reverse this unearned reputation. Unfortunately, at Halloween, black cats simply need extra protection.

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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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