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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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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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.  

All Elements

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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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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Join the Bandwagon: Why Microchipping Your Pet Is a Great Choice

Nobody blinks when they pay monthly car insurance premiums or invest in good health plans. Instead, we all recognize the value of protecting what’s important to us. When it comes to safeguarding your pet’s health and longevity, there are also health insurance plans, disease prevention methods, and dental care practices that demand time, attention, and money. However, microchipping your pet is the best insurance against ever becoming permanently separated, and aids in a swift return of a lost or missing pet.

Tiny, Easy, Effective

It sounds like something you’d see on the Syfy channel, and microchipping your pet is sort of a glimpse into the future.

About the size of a grain or rice, microchips are an excellent back-up to a pet’s collar and ID tags (which can be removed). While they don’t transmit location, microchips employ RFID, or radio frequency identification. When placed under a microchip scanner, a number comes up on the screen. Only when the number on the scanner is plugged into a national database can the pet owner’s information can be revealed. Continue…

Safe Strategies: What to Know About Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is good pet exerciseRunning 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…

You Found a Tick on Your Dog…Should You be Concerned?

tick on your dogThe more you’re exposed to something, the more comfortable you are with it, right? Not so with ticks. Because they’re known to pass dangerous diseases to animals and people, they’re perceived as nightmarish, blood-sucking parasites – no matter how many times you’ve seen one.

If you have yet to find a tick on your dog, you’re quite lucky. As we approach the summer months, the likelihood of a tick encounter skyrockets. Recognizing risk factors and practicing disease prevention are key to keeping your pup in tip-top shape.

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