Helping Baby Wildlife in Need 

If you have ever stumbled upon a baby wild animal all alone in the outdoors, you probably are familiar with that panicky feeling about what to do with it. Mother Nature often works best when left to her own devices, but it can be difficult to turn your back on a helpless animal in need.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center don’t regularly care for baby wildlife, however we do know how to get started helping and who to ask when things are serious. Please do not bring wildlife to Elmhurst Animal Care Center. 

When to Intervene

Wild animals, no matter how small and cute, are not the same as our household pets. Knowing how to assess the situation when you find an animal seemingly in need can help stop you from doing more harm than good. 

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TPLO Surgery: The Bee’s Knees for CCL Injury in Pets 

You probably know someone (maybe even yourself) who has torn the ACL in their knee alignment, which plays a big role in stabilizing the knee joint. Usually this happens during a rough football play, a skiing accident, or maybe some other traumatic injury.

In dogs and cats, the ACL is even more critical due to the mechanics of their four-legged gait. In pets this ligament is termed the cranial (vs. anterior) cruciate ligament (CCL), but serves the same purpose: to keep the femur from sliding off the front of the tibia (ouch!).

When a pet injures or ruptures their CCL it is more often due to chronic strain and wear than traumatic injury, but the result is the same. A sudden, non-weight bearing lameness that prompts immediate treatment. Unfortunately, ligaments are not well-known for their healing ability and often a procedure such as a TPLO surgery is required. 

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The Curious Case of the Corn Chips: Why Your Pet’s Feet Smell Funny 

A common complaint among dog owners is the fact that their pets smell funny. Whether that’s due natural oils or a quick roll on something questionable outside, there are many reasons why a pet may smell bad. 

One of the more common questions has to do with why a pet’s paws smell like Fritos. This unusual odor has a few explanations and The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center is here to give you the low down.

Why Do My Pet’s Feet Smell like Corn Chips?

Ah, that corn based snack has a distinct odor to it. And if your pet’s feet are emitting something similar to this scent, it may be cause for concern. The good news is that this smell is generally nothing to worry about.

Here are a few reasons behind why your pet’s feet and paws smell funny.

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Elmhurst Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Pet Expert Blogs of 2019

For many of us, January allows us the opportunity to reflect on the year behind us and set our intentions for the year ahead. What has worked? What hasn’t? What can we do better?

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, part of that process is reviewing our blog and which posts and topics resonated most with our readers. This insight allows us to both better understand the issues you (and your pets) are interested in, and plan for which topics to tackle in the months ahead.

As you might know, we’ve made an annual tradition of showcasing The Pet Expert’s Top 10 most-read blogs, and this year is no different. So, without any further ado…

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Honking from Your Hound: What Is Reverse Sneezing? 

Have you ever heard your pet suddenly start honking? Like they were gasping for air, only to have the problem go away as quickly as it came? You may have even worried that your pet was having an allergy or asthma attack, or that something might be stuck in the back of their throat. This phenomenon in pets is not so uncommon and is something we are often asked about from concerned pet owners.

Reverse sneezing is a condition that can occur in certain pets and can resemble the sound a goose makes, but the good news is that it is rarely a cause for concern. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain.

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The Future Is Now: Why Pet DNA Testing Is So Interesting (and Problematic)

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a self-replicating string of instructions present in all living organisms. Responsible for carrying genetic information, DNA not only tells an individual story, but an ancestral one, too. 

Human DNA testing continues to be popular, but now pet owners can easily test their cat or dog. Pet DNA testing helps pinpoint breed(s), and their percentage (particularly useful in mixed breed pets). However, when we go beyond ancestry to the potential identification of hereditary conditions, we are given a glimpse into an animal’s future health. 

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Don’t Eat That! Holiday Foreign Objects that Can Harm Pets

Pets, and dogs in particular, like to explore the world with their mouths. This is especially true when the items smell and look like food. Holiday foreign body dangers not only include people food, but also the ornaments and decorations that are popular this time of year. 

Since it’s easy to get distracted by the hustle and bustle and bustle of holiday entertaining, being aware of potential dangers to your pet can help you avoid a disaster. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here with a list of some of the more common decorations that can harm pets, so you can create a pet safe holiday.

Holiday Decor Don’ts

The glitter, sparkle, and shine of holiday decorations can have an appeal to us. We love the ambience of candlelight and tabletop displays, but some of these things can pose a threat to curious pets.

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10 Tips for Easy Leash Walking

Does your dog pull you along every time you try to walk them? Or, do they plop down obstinately on their butt when they want to go down a different street?

Many pets can prove to be stubborn when it comes to walking on a leash; but often that stubbornness can stem from a lack of training on how to walk on a leash.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few tricks up our sleeve for easy leash walking to get your pet on the move.

The Pet Expert’s Tips for Easy Leash Walking

If your pet needs the basic skills to successfully walk on a leash, we highly recommend training and socialization first. It can help ease your pet into loose leash walking, along with reinforcing those important basic commands.

If your pet has been trained but needs some help walking on a leash without pulling or becoming distracted, we recommend these simple tips.

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Hello In There! What’s in Your Pet’s Ears?

Ears are integral to your pet’s life and well-being. A dog’s ears are keen and attuned to noises we can never hear. In fact, a dog’s hearing is three times better than our own. But keeping that essential sense requires maintenance and veterinary examination. Although you may not consider the cleanliness of your pet’s ears, cleaning them is a must for good grooming and health.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help you take a closer look at what’s in your pet’s ears and why cleaning them should be a part of regular pet care.

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Beyond Pet Proofing, How Should You Prepare Your Home for a Newly Adopted Pet?

For many, bringing home a new pet is something we do on impulse and with utter abandon. Other folks, however, require lots of time to research the right fit. Both approaches can work well, but it is rather important to know exactly what an animal needs – and how you can deliver the goods. 

If you only had to bring home some kibble, more people might adopt with greater frequency. But the truth is, there is so much more than that. Pet proofing, that is, keeping potential risks at bay, is a great place to start.

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