Posts in Category: For The Dogs
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!Continue…
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!Continue…
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.
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.
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:
- Hide and seek
- Water games
- Photo booth
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
Dog lovers everywhere know how wonderful it can be to share life with a canine companion; the bond we share with dogs is truly unique, and their ability to detect and respond to our feelings and concerns is nothing short of incredible.
For the thousands of men, women, and children living with a physical or mental disability, the bond with a dog can actually be life changing. Service dogs offer their handlers the chance to live independently, move freely, and can even save lives.
What is a Service Dog?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is not a pet. A service dog is defined as one that has been “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.” Some of the ways in which a dog can be of service to a human handler include: Continue…
Running has exploded in popularity in recent decades, and there’s no doubt that this type of regular aerobic exercise brings with it a myriad of health benefits, a sense of accomplishment, and is even fun for some. Your dog may seem like a natural fit as a running partner. After all, they have plenty of energy to burn and love spending time with you.
But running with your dog requires training and an eye on safety. Does your dog have what it takes?
Before You Begin
Before you start running with your dog, you’ll need to make sure they are healthy enough for high-impact exercise. Dogs who are too young or old (puppies under 18 months should not go running, as their bones and joints are not fully developed) are not good candidates for a jog. Flat-nosed breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs, have shortened airways, which could make running difficult or dangerous for them. Stick to a daily walk in this case. Continue…
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!
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. Continue…
Dog behavior can range from adorable and sweet to unruly and revolting within seconds. Dogs can surely be well-mannered, but they can’t easily shake all of their inherited instincts. Eating cat poop is one example of a dog behavior that many owners wish they could banish. The Pet Experts discuss whether it’s realistic to curb “litter box mouth” or if dogs will simply be dogs.
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.
In a previous blog, we debunked several common cat myths. This week, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center want to discuss popular dog myths and how these seemingly innocuous beliefs could result in negative outcomes.
Whether your plans entail time on the beach or lounging poolside, hitting the water often means a tail-wagging good time for dogs and their owners. However, keep in mind that many dogs need practice before swimming confidently. Contrary to popular belief, this is not an innate skill; teaching dogs to swim requires training, patience, and practice. Continue…
There are pros and cons to nearly all of life’s conundrums. We aren’t asking why boxing rings are square or what the best invention was before sliced bread came around. Instead, our ponderings always involve pet care, which is why we’re wondering: Should your cat travel with you this year?
Before You Decide
The most important factor in regard to cat travel is whether your pet is healthy enough to leave the comforts of home. Before taking off, schedule an appointment with us. Your senior cat may not cope well on a road trip or airplane ride. Similarly, traveling with a cat who requires medication may also not be a great idea. Continue…
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Keep Your Pet Healthy All Year Round!
We offer plans for puppies, kittens, adult dogs & cats. With affordable monthly payments and our convenient hours, it's the best value in helping your pet live a longer & healthier life! Call us at 630.530.1900 for details!
Meet Our Adoptable Animals!
We are currently fostering some great pets available for adoption! Visit our Featured Foster page HERE to view all animals available for adoption and make an appointment to meet them at our clinic by calling us at 630.530.1900!