Bloat in Dogs: Always an Emergency

Bloat is the second leading cause of death in dogs, yet few pet owners truly understand what the condition is, and how to recognize it. Bloat can affect dogs of any age and breeds and is one of the most serious pet emergencies you may encounter. 

Understanding the signs of bloat in dogs, and what your emergency options are, may just save the life of your sweet pet!

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Why You Don’t Want to Skip the Rabies Vaccination for Your Pet

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center do our best to make the best recommendations and preventative care plans for your furry family every day. One recommendation we make for every pet we see is a rabies vaccination; and for very good reasons!

Read on to learn why the rabies vaccination for your pet is so very important.

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Help! My Pet Has Been Skunked… Now What?

Everyone can recognize the pungent and distinct odor of skunk spray, but having your pet show up freshly doused brings that special scent to a new level. Pets, especially dogs, have a natural playfulness and curiosity that lends them to encounters with wildlife in the yard and on the trail. If a skunk is the object of your pet’s interest, the results can be nasty.

If your pet has been skunked, don’t panic! Folk remedies, such as bathing your pet in tomato juice, may abound, but many have little to no effect and some can be dangerous for your pet. 

Let The Pet Experts help you with our strategies for cleaning up your pet, and saving your sanity if your pet has been skunked.

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Helping the Medicine Go Down: Pill Pockets and Other Tricks

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Most pets will have to take medicine at some point in their lives – some of them multiple times per day – and it’s the rare dog or cat who willingly swallows pills on command. Some pets are so good at getting around their daily dose, in fact, that pet owners will find the medication spat out after hiding it in the most delectable pill pockets or bits of people food.

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How Do I Know When my Exotic or Pocket Pet is Sick?

It’s a common misconception that exotic pets and pocket pets are easier to take care of than a more traditional pet. Exotic and pocket pets tend to eat less and take up less room, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require just as much time, energy, and love as a dog or a cat.

Part of responsible pet ownership is bringing your pet to the veterinarian if they are ill or injured. Knowing how to tell when your exotic or pocket pet is sick is the first step in getting them the care they need. 

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Got Water? How to Achieve Optimal Pet Hydration This Summer

Many animal species evolved in such a way that reduced the need for water. Camels, for example, can survive over a month in the desert as long as they eat enough vegetation. But the lionshare of animal species absolutely depend on fresh, clean water in order for their bodies to function properly.  

With summer temperatures rising, July has been designated National Pet Hydration Month. Since as much as 80% of a pet’s body weight is water, it is critical to measure and observe how much water they drink this summer. Together, the Pet Experts hope to keep your pet healthy and hydrated!

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When It Comes to Summer Paw Care, How Hot Is Too Hot?

There are few things that keep members of our active community from exercising. Instead of allowing ourselves to get into seasonal slumps, goal-oriented individuals commit to gratifying challenges. Pets are typically along for the ride, but sometimes the outdoor conditions are just too extreme.

While pet owners must be aware of the dangers related to overheating, it’s equally important to adopt a routine for summer paw care. That way, you and your pet can keep on truckin’ together throughout the entire season.

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Up, Down, and All Around: What Your Cat’s Tail is Telling You

If you love cats, you most likely know how sensitive, playful, and even snuggly they can be. However, do you sometimes find yourself scratching your head, trying to decipher what they want?

Your cat’s tail may be one of the best ways to determine their mood. Watching and learning what their tail position means can be a fun and enlightening endeavor – and it can help you better understand your cat!

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Exotic Pet Care: Easy vs. High Maintenance

All animals require a specific set of circumstances in order to survive and thrive. Dogs, cats, and other domesticated species tend to be relatively simple when it comes to care. They’ve evolved along with us, and we’re familiar with what it takes to keep them happy and healthy.

Although exotic pets tend to be smaller and appear easier to maintain, this is usually not the case. Before you adopt an exotic pet, it’s important to do your research. Exotic pet care can be tricky, and some animals are easier to maintain than others. Figuring out what a pet needs and how that will (or will not) fit into your lifestyle is critical.

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A Little Prep Can Save a Life: Pet CPR and Basic First Aid

Murphy’s law can easily apply to pet ownership. Sure, accidents may not happen all the time, but, as the adage goes, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Nobody enjoys preparing for the worst, but even a little bit of preparation can go a really long way. In the case of pet CPR and first aid, it could actually save your pet’s life.  

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The Pet Experts truly hope you never need to use pet CPR, but if you do, your ability to act quickly, calmly, and confidently could be a life saver.

Depending on the situation, you may need to look around for additional signs of danger. Once you’ve assessed the environment, you’ll want to determine whether your pet needs CPR, which is as easy as A-B-C:

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