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!

A New Leaf: New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners In 2018

When the end of December rolls around, we all know the drill. Take an honest look at our lifestyles and habits, note where improvement is needed, write it down, and promise ourselves that this year we will finally stick to the much needed changes.

In most cases, our pets’ lives could use some tidying up as well. Our furry companions rely on us for everything, which is why it’s often easier to keep promises to them than to ourselves!  If you’re having trouble getting started, let The Pet Experts help! We’ve outlined some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are simple, effective, and easy to start on today or anytime.

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Extra Vigilance for Pets on Halloween? Yes, Especially Black Cats

black catsGazing into the yellow eyes of a black cat can have a hypnotizing, calming effect. While we certainly feel great about these sweet, friendly felines, they haven’t always held the good graces of human care takers like other cats have. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are among the throngs of other black cat fanciers around the globe who aim to reverse this unearned reputation. Unfortunately, at Halloween, black cats simply need extra protection.

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New Year’s Resolutions: A Healthy New Year for You and Your Pet

Man walks dog in Brooklyn Heights during a winter snowstormIt’s that time again. The holiday decadence is almost over, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for a few ways to turn over a new leaf in 2017. Whether it’s losing weight, getting in shape, or quitting a bad habit, we can always find an area of our lives to put to the test.

While you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to include your four-legged family members. There are probably a few ways you can improve upon the health, safety, comfort, and happiness of your pet, and what better time to start a new routine than January 1st?

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Holiday Gifts for Pet Lovers on Your List

Christmas wreath on neck dachshund puppyAs an adoring animal fan, it’s likely you share a love of animals with your friends and family members. As an added bonus, this also makes your holiday shopping a bit easier.

To help you in your quest to find the perfect gifts for pet lovers, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have compiled a few of our favorites.

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Outdoor Party Tips and (P)etiquette

Elmhurst_iStock_000050922562_LargeWe know how to party in Chicagoland, especially after a long, cold, gray winter.  When the sun’s rays first make their appearance, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy them with family, friends, and, of course, our pets. Summer activities may include a family visit, your boss’s barbecue, or a friend’s doggie birthday party. Learn how to celebrate safely with your pets this summer using proper etiquette using these tips from the Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center! Continue…

Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Your Pets

Valentine dogIt’s almost Valentine’s Day. And while that may mean a dinner date, candy, and flowers for you; it could also mean a veterinary visit for many pets, too.

We don’t often think about common Valentine’s gifts being dangerous for pets, but many items can make pets sick or worse. Use caution when celebrating this year and ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for everyone in your household by following these Valentine’s Day safety tips for your pets…. Continue…

Holiday Pet Safety

Part of having a happy holiday is being sure that we keep our loved ones safe and sound. Our pets are no exception. Pay attention to the following do’s and don’ts to keep your pets merry and bright this holiday season.

Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

DO make sure to familiarize yourself with holiday plants that can be toxic, including mistletoe, lilies, and holly. Be sure to keep these plants well out of the reach of curious pets or do not let them in the house at all.

DON’T decorate with items that can be hazardous to your pets. Tinsel is extremely tempting for cats and can be ingested. Glass ornaments and metal hooks can also pose a risk if chewed on or swallowed. Continue…

Sharing Holidays Safely: Pet-friendly Thanksgiving foods

Dog (not in focus) licks itself and sitting in front of big tast

As Thanksgiving approaches, many pet owners find themselves counting their pets among all they have to be thankful for. For many, the love, companionship, and camaraderie we share with our pets make them a part of our family. Because of this, it’s only natural that we should want to share our Thanksgiving feast with our four-legged family members. And thankfully, we can if we know about pet-friendly Thanksgiving foods. Continue…

Holiday Plant Primer

 

Around the holidays our homes are filled with all sorts of objects that aren’t there the rest of the year.  Many times this includes festive plants of all kinds.  These plants often end up in the mouths of curious pets, especially puppies and kittens.  Some may not cause any problems at all, but many cause side effects ranging from mild to severe.  Here is the low-down on a few of the more common holiday house guests:

Poinsettia

While the poinsettia plant is perhaps the most infamous holiday plant, its reputation is not entirely deserved.  Its extreme toxicity is largely an urban legend.  The plant is mildly toxic and irritating to the mucous membranes.  While it is unlikely to cause severe illness, it is probably best to keep this plant out of reach.

Mistletoe

The level of toxicity of mistletoe largely depends on the variety, but the berries of both the American and European variety cause stomach irritation at small doses. At larger doses, it can trigger much more serious problems (including low blood pressure, seizures, and disorientation).

Holly

Eating holly can result in severe stomach upset in dogs and cats.  Signs that your pet has eaten holly include smacking of lips, drooling, head shaking, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

Lilies

Lilies are very popular around the holidays, but they are deadly for cats.  Ingestion causes severe stomach upset, heart arrhythmias, kidney failure, and death.

Christmas tree

Don’t discount the tree!  The oils and sap can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, which can lead to drooling and vomiting.