The Right Stuff: Taking Steps to Achieve Your Pet’s Healthy Weight

“Bikini season” is right around the corner – a time that strikes both terror and anxiety in the hearts of many. Gym memberships increase, healthy foods are purchased, and bodies are scrutinized, all in the name of looking good in a bathing suit.

Obviously, your pet doesn’t care how they look, but being overweight is just as dangerous for them as it is for us. Reaching and maintaining your pet’s healthy weight should be a top priority during every season. Let The Pet Experts get you started off on the right paw!

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

Bringing your pet to the veterinarian can invoke a wide variety of emotions depending on why you’re there and how your pet reacts to different sights, sounds, and smells. The constantly changing environment can be stressful, and situations can escalate quickly if precautions aren’t in place.

Brushing up on veterinary hospital lobby etiquette can help ensure a safe and calm experience for you, your pet, and everyone else.

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Science Says: Relaxing With Your Pet Is Great for Your Health (and Theirs!)

Relaxing with your pet is great for pet health!

When people closely interact with their pets, they experience a spike in the powerful “love hormone”, oxytocin. Oxytocin is well-known to nursing human mothers and people that tightly embrace loved ones, but it may be surprising that animals experience the positive effects, too.

As a result, when relaxing with your pet, say, during a great weekend couch snuggle, the boons to your health are quite amazing. What’s more is that your pet experiences the good vibes, too. Win-win!

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Why Does My Dog do That? Weird Dog Behaviors Explained

Weird dogs make the best dogs.

It’s no secret that we absolutely adore dogs here at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, and getting to know the unique personalities and habits of our canine patients is part of what we love about our job. It seems like we learn more about weird dog behaviors every day! In fact, there are so many that we couldn’t help but share more about this topic with our loyal readers!

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Making Pet Dental Care a Priority at Home

At-home pet dental care promotes pet oral health

What we all need is more work to do, right? We’re not talking about hard labor or even menial chores around the house, but we are referring to one of the most influential contributors to your pet’s health and vitality. Pet dental care is truly an effective measure against serious illness, but it’s sort of perceived as work. As a result, brushing isn’t necessarily part of everyone’s routine.

With The Pet Experts’ simple, effective tactics, you can seamlessly add brushing to your daily schedule for remarkable payoffs later on.

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Cheers to Our Readers! Elmhurst Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

A pet birthday part is fun for pets and people

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, we take great pride in being your trusted source of knowledge and information when it comes to your pet. Our educational pet care blogs is one way we extend our service to you outside of regular business hours, and we’re thrilled that so many of you are reading it!

Changing and growing is important to us, and we know that in order to do that, we must pause and reflect on what we’ve done in the past year. We hope you enjoy this list of our most popular pet care blogs of 2018!

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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? It’s a mistake to think that a pet’s fur can 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. What are your ideas for keeping pets warm in the winter? Stay tuned as The Pet Experts take you through some best practices to keep everyone in your pack safe and comfortable.

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Pets With Cancer: Traveling With a Compromised Immune System

Traveling with pets with cancer requires special pet travel safety planning

Cancer is one of the most common diseases diagnosed in pets, especially as they age. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make it any easier for those of us who love and care for pets with cancer. Depending on how sick the pet is, daily care can take up a good deal of time and energy, and the emotional turmoil of the whole experience can be overwhelming.

Even though you may be caring for a sick pet, life must still go on. In some cases, this means traveling with a pet who has a compromised immune system. With the holidays right around the corner, The Pet Experts are here with some helpful tips to support your pet every step of the way.

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Children and Pets: A Powerful Partnership

Children and pets are a great combo!

Both children and animals have a way of bringing people together and making our hearts melt. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center know that when these forces unite, it can be quite powerful! We love to share in and celebrate the incredible teams made between children and pets.

Children and Pets: Mutual Benefits

Of course as an animal lover you probably know that spending time with your pet makes you feel great, but did you know that there is real and scientific evidence that pets have positive effect on us all? In fact, HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) keeps a database of all the research being produced about the positive effects of animals on people. It is amazing to look at.

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Why Not? Planning the Best Pet Birthday Party Ever

A pet birthday part is fun for pets and people

With a 24-hour news cycle filling our collective hearts and minds, we could all benefit from something fun, right? An event that all but guarantees smiles, giggles, and probably a belly rub or two. We’re talking about planning a pet birthday party, of course! It might sound frivolous to some, but The Pet Experts can assure you, there are few things as wonderful and memorable as a gathering to celebrate one’s best furry friend.

The Exact Day?

Many pet owners don’t know when their pet was born. That’s Okay! You can celebrate the day you adopted them, or any other date that holds meaning for you. Once you set the date, you’ll have to hone in on several tiers of pet party planning elements.

X Marks the Spot

Choosing the location of your pet birthday party is a huge puzzle piece. Once you kind of have an idea of the general numbers of humans and pets in attendance you can decide between:

  • Your house (do you have enough inside/outside space to accommodate your guest list?)
  • Favorite park (you may need permission from the city)
  • Doggie daycare facility (like our’s at Elmhurst Animal Care Center)
  • Family or friend’s house or property

Protection from the elements is important. Animal guests must be able to go outside to the bathroom, as well.

Who’s Coming?

Are you going to include your friends and family, or just people you know that share your affinity for animals? There’s something to be said for inclusivity, but some pets may need to sit this one out if their behavior and socialization isn’t up to par.

Kids can also add a great deal of fun to your event, but their unpredictability can set some pet’s nerves on edge. No matter who is coming to your pet birthday party, close supervision is key.

Other Considerations

To get the most of your pet birthday party, plan a coordinated activity or two. If the weather is nice and your gathering is outside, any of the following can work:

  • Fetch
  • Hide and seek
  • Water games
  • Photo booth
  • Frisbee

Your Own Pet Birthday Party

You’ll probably want to serve your guests food, and pets are famous for indulging in homemade treats like these:

  • Doggy or Kitty birthday cake (little or no sugar, and nutritious)
  • Homemade biscuits
  • Freezer pup-sicles or frozen tuna cubes for cats
  • Yogurt treats
  • Fresh, bite-sized apples, carrots (steamed), blueberries, roasted sweet potato and more

Please let the Pet Experts know if you have any questions or concerns about your pet birthday. Better yet, share a picture on our Facebook from your pet’s special day. Enjoy!