pocket pet careTwice a month we reach out to our local – and worldwide – communities in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of pet owners. We brainstorm topics and seek to integrate relevant information with a common sense approach. The point of all of this is to help pet owners recognize and avoid potential mishaps, support overall pet health, and even deepen the human-animal bond.

We truly hope that you enjoy our pet care blog as much as we like writing it. As we reflect on the topics we covered in 2017, we’re proud of the sheer range of information. We’re able to see which blogs hit home more than others, and that’s what we’d like to share with you.

Drumroll, please! The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are thrilled to present our top 10 pet care blogs of the year.

Our Top 10 Pet Care Blog Posts of 2017

  1. Extra Vigilance For Pets On Halloween? Yes, Especially Black Cats – Gazing 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. Read More…
  2. Canine Leptospirosis: What You Need To Know – Leptospirosis. Even the name sounds exotic and scary. Yet, canine leptospirosis, a serious bacterial disease that is transmitted through infected wildlife and water and soil, is becoming quite common. Some of you may have heard of the illness or perhaps have had your dog vaccinated against it by the Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center. Read More…
  3. 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. Read More…
  4. Award-Winning (Or Just Smile-Worthy) Pet Costumes Of 2017 – You 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! Read More…
  5. 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. Read More…
  6. 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. Read More…
  7. 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. Read More…
  8. 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. Read More…
  9. 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. Read More…
  10. I Found A Lost Or Stray Pet: Now What? – As a consummate animal lover, you may rejoice at the chance to help a stranded or lost pet, but it can definitely be unnerving for some, including the animal. Of course, the four-legged friend that took up residence under your deck or on your front stoop may be a stray without a devoted owner. He or she could also have a warm, loving home somewhere with a worried or heartbroken pet parent waiting. Read More…

We appreciate every pet care blog you’ve clicked on in 2017, and hope we continue to earn your interest with topics pursued in the new year. (If you have any suggestions, we are all ears. Please call us!)

Thank you to all of the dedicated pet owners we’re pleased to call our clients. You truly made our year unforgettable. Happy New Year!