Pet Boarding: What to Know & What to Look Out for When Boarding

A dog with his head popping out of his travel bag.

Summer is right around the corner, and while you’re making your vacation plans, don’t forget to plan ahead for pet boarding. Openings fill up quickly during the summer months, and you want to give yourself plenty of time to choose a trusted boarding facility that will give your pet the best experience possible.

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I Found A Lost or Stray Pet: Now What?

Stray animal.

As a consummate animal lover, you may rejoice at the chance to help a stranded or lost pet. The four-legged friend that took up residence under your deck or on your front stoop might 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. How can you figure out where this animal came from?

If you have found a stray or lost pet, these tips from Elmhurst Animal Care Center can help you do right by the animal:

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Paw Licking, Allergies, And Your Pet

Dog licking paws.

At long last, spring is in the air. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, however, you know that the longer days and the warmer temperatures also mean an increased pollen count and the return of seasonal allergies.

But did you know that, like us, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, too?

You might think that seasonal allergies for your cat or dog mean sniffling and sneezing, but they don’t. Instead, your pet’s allergies are dermatological; which means that if your pet is excessively licking, chewing, scratching, or shaking, then chances are good that allergies are to blame.

Paw Licking

One of the most frustrating symptoms of seasonal allergies (for many pet owners, and most likely for pets, too) is excessive paw licking.

If your cat or dog licks and bites his or her paws incessantly, but the itchiness doesn’t seem to travel to other areas of the body, chances are good that your pet is picking up allergens on his or her paws. Typically, these allergens are found in the home or outdoors, and are linked to organic matter or chemicals used in and around the home or yard.

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It’s a Good Thing You’re Cute: Dog Training for the Ornery Pup

A well behaved puppy listening to its owner.

If you’ve seen a well-behaved, calm, intuitive dog, it probably took a process to get that way–one that likely included a lot of patience, commitment, and hard work. Sure, all dogs are sweet and have the potential to be great housemates, but without an investment in dog training, your home life might become a bit strained from time to time. The Pet Experts not only recommend signing up for a class, we offer one that fits the bill!

Payback, Baby

Dog training is fun! When both you and your pet find it enjoyable, the dividends are huge. But before we get into details, it’s important to approach the process lightly. Keep your sessions short and effective and consistently reinforce new skills. Whether you’re training a younger dog or an older one, enjoy the process, and make sure it’s rewarding.

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Stinky Senior: My Older Dog Smells Bad

Old dog smells bad.

Senior pets are those described as being over the age of 7 naturally take place. Certain conditions may arise in older pets that can cause a distinct aroma in your furry one. If you are wondering why your older dog smells bad, we can get to the bottom of the stinky situation.

The team at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain the reasons behind senior pet odor.

Health Conditions that Cause Older Dogs to Stink

Most dogs have a certain doggie smell to them. After all, they roll around and wander through gross things on their walks and during play. They actually even have an instinctual drive to cover their own scent by rolling around in other stinky smells. 

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Your Dog Won’t Stop Digging. Deal-Breaker?

Dog won't stop digging

Let’s face it, no dog is perfect. They behave in ways guaranteed to drive us up the wall, but we still love them and want them around. Fortunately, there are strategies to counter most canine behaviors, and help them towards more, shall we say, positive outcomes. 

Digging is one dog behavior that is hard to contend with, in part because it’s an instinct that cannot be ignored. Not just an issue for your yard’s appearance, when a dog won’t stop digging they could find themselves on the other side of your fence or gate. 

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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Cat Wellness

Cat celebrating new years.

Your cat is one cool character capable of so much awesomeness. In fact, they are so amazing it’s almost like your efforts to care and provide for them are redundant at best, unnecessary at worst. 

The truth is, however, your cat depends on you to create a healthy environment for them in which to thrive. Proper nutrition, engaging enrichment opportunities, and tons of attention are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cat wellness. As we round the corner to the new year, let’s take a look at some essentials of feline health that have long-lasting benefits.

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Keeping Pets Warm in Winter

Keeping pets warm in winter is part of responsible pet ownership.

Most of us are aware of the dangers of our pets overheating in warm weather, but what about their safety in the cold? Although most are covered in a protective layer of fur, this is often not enough to protect them from winter wind, rain, snow, and wind. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold for your pet.

It’s true that some Northern breeds are better equipped to handle cold conditions than short-haired, thin-skinned breeds (like a chihuahua). But even these dogs need protection from the elements. Here are some of our best practices to keep everyone in your pack safe and comfortable:

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My Dog Ate Chocolate: Holiday Treats for Pets and Those to Avoid

Holiday pet safety.

The holidays are an exciting time of year when it seems like everyone is baking, making delicious treats, and indulging in goodies. While you’re enjoying your favorite holiday treat, you may feel tempted to give your pet something special, too. Even though you don’t want your animal family members to feel left out of the festivities, you have to be mindful of what treats are safe for them to consume. The team at Elmhurst Animal Care Center has put together this guide of holiday treats this winter season so you know which ones are safe and which are dangerous. 

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Sharing Holidays Safely: Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Foods

Pet friendly Thanksgiving foods.

As Thanksgiving approaches, many pet owners find themselves counting their pets among all they have to be thankful for. For many, the love, companionship, and camaraderie we share with our pets make them a part of our family. Because of this, it’s only natural that we should want to share our Thanksgiving feast with our four-legged family members. And thankfully, we can if we know about pet-friendly Thanksgiving foods.

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