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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Shedding Season: So. Much. Fur.

Elmhurst_iStock_000025354607_LargeIf you’ve decided there aren’t enough brooms and vacuum cleaners in the world to handle all the dog or cat hair under your furniture, on your furniture (that why they call it furniture in the first place, right?), and probably in your soup, take heart. There are things you can do to make shedding season a little easier on everyone.   Continue…

Clickety-Clack: It’s Time To Trim Your Pet’s Nails

Elmhurst_iStock_000025058940_LargeIf you keep your pet’s nails trimmed on a regular 4-week schedule, bravo! Not only are you filling your home with sonic balance (we always vote for less clicking on hardwood, laminate, or tile floors), but you are servicing your pet in other tremendous, healthful ways. Of course, not all pet owners are able or willing to trim their pet’s nails (it can be off-putting at first for all involved), and that’s where we come in!

This March, bring in a pet food donation for shelter animals at Magnificent Mutts and we’ll trim your pet’s nails for free! We’ll show you our tricks of the trade and you can bone up on the benefits of trimming your pet’s nails below. Continue…

Pet Grooming: Tips From Our Experts

Style: "Neutral"Good habits in the pet grooming department are key to your furry friend’s overall health, comfort, and happiness. Pet grooming maintains your pet’s fur, skin, teeth and nails. As pet owners, we need to have the knowledge and correct tools to get the job done.

With our busy schedules, personally tending to all of your pet’s skin, fur, oral, and nail needs can leave you with a full schedule. Sometimes it is all we can do to tend to our own grooming!

Elmhurst Animal Care Center understands and is proud to offer full-scale grooming where we are committed to treating your pet like family. Together, we can support your pet’s wellness with a dedicated and complete grooming regimen. Continue…

Poodle with a Mohawk: Dog Grooming with Style and Service


With Spring on its way,  shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent.

Just like us, pets love to be pampered. A day at the spa can be just as rejuvenating for your pooch as it is for you. Add in a fresh new look and a jaunty little bow or bandana and you’ll notice a spring in your pup’s step that lets you know he or she is feeling frisky.

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Grooming at Elmhurst Animal Care Center – Bow Wow Wow!!!

How to know who to trust with your pet’s grooming

Choosing somewhere to have your pet groomed can be difficult.  A plethora of grooming salons have popped up in recent years, and sometimes it can be almost impossible to tell which ones are good and not-so-good until you find out first hand.  Of course, we will tell you that our groomers are the best in the area, but we would rather you come to that conclusion on your own!  Here are some factors to consider when choosing a groomer for your pet:

  • Does the groomer personalize services?

For instance, certain pets may require special shampoos for itchy skin, have trouble with their ears, or need their coat trimmed a certain way.  Our groomers are willing to groom to your pet’s needs, not a one-size-fits-all template.

  • Does the groomer require proof of vaccination?

Requiring vaccinations protects your pet.  Be wary of any establishment that does not ask for this information.  We require all vaccines to be documented and current at the time of your appointment.

  • Does the groomer know you and your pet?

Many groomers turn and burn through many pets a day and don’t have time to get to know each client.  After a grooming session or two, your pet should be greeted by name!

  • Does your pet get treated like the prince/princess s/he is?

Likewise, when a groomer has many pets to groom in a day s/he is unable to take the time to pamper your pet.  Our groomers take pride in treating each individual pet to a spa day, taking time to allow even nervous pets to relax and enjoy themselves!

  • What kinds of hours do they keep?

Do you have to work around the groomer’s schedule or do they work with yours?  We are happy to work around your day care or boarding schedules.

  • Can they accommodate special requests?  Do they have a working knowledge of your needs?

If you have a show or performance pet, it may need to be groomed in a certain manner.  Does your groomer have an in-depth knowledge of your needs?  Thinking of changing up Fluffy’s look and going with a pink coat?  Can your groomer accomplish that?  Be sure to ask!

  • What happens if the pet needs medical attention?

Injuries and accidents can happen, particularly if you choose a groomer where care and experience are lacking.  In the unlikely event of a problem, Elmhurst Animal Care Center has veterinarians on staff that can immediately attend to your pet.  It is also convenient to have a veterinarian around so that any minor medical issues can be addressed during your pet’s grooming appointment.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center is proud to have an experienced, caring grooming staff to attend to your pets.  We hope that you trust us with your grooming needs.  Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are just a few to help you see what a great job we do!

Elmhurst ACC - Before Grooming

Lucy Before Grooming

 

Elmhurst ACC - After Grooming

Lucy After Grooming – Bow Wow Wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elmhurst ACC - After Grooming

Ernie & Daisy After Grooming – Woof!!

 

 

 

(Scoot, scoot, scoot) Scoot Your Booty

Ah, the dreaded butt-drag.  Every pet owner has experienced it.  But what does it mean? Don’t ignore it!  If your dog is carpet surfing, there is a reason.  Here are the most common causes:

  • Anal sacs Booty-ScooterAll dogs and cat have little sacs right inside the rectum that contain a stinky fluid.  Normally this fluid is expressed when your pet has a bowel movement.  Sometimes the glands can become clogged or infected, however, resulting in a very irritating pressure that can be painful. You can help avoid this by bringing your pet in for grooming, which can include anal gland expression.
  • Parasites – Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms can cause irritation around the rectum, resulting in scooting.
  • Allergies – Allergies, in particular food allergies, can cause an itchy behind.  Give us a call if you suspect this may be the case for your pet.
  • Irritation – Anything irritating such as debris stuck in the hair around the rectum or inflammation secondary to diarrhea can result in your pet dragging or licking at its bottom excessively.
  • Fleas – Fleas love to hang out around the back half of the animal, which can sometimes result in scooting.  Fleas can also carry tapeworms, another culprit!

So next time you catch your pet dragging its rear end on your white rug, don’t yell at him or her-  Make an appointment to get it checked out!  Your dog or cat is trying to tell you something!

Itchy Skin

Nothing is more frustrating than an itchy pet. And there are few things that look more miserable. There are many causes for a scratching animal, but here are some of the more common offenders:

  • Bugs!  Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause your pet to scratch.
  • Irritation: That shampoo you bathed Fido with or the lavender scented detergent that you washed Fluffy’s bed in may smell great to you, but for some pets these things can be very irritating.  You are often best off to use fragrance-free products and gentle shampoos.
  • Allergies: Pets can be allergic to anything that people can, and most of the time their allergies rear their ugly head as itchiness. Food, grass, dust, even cat dander can cause your pet to be itchy.  If you suspect your pet may have an allergy, consult with your veterinarian for the best was to relieve the symptoms.
  • Skin infections: Infections can occur for a variety of reasons, but they most skin infections are irritating! Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.

If your pet is scratching, it might be a good idea to have a vet take a closer look. Feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

 

Good Grooming

Keeping up with the grooming basics doesn’t have to be a big event.  Make sure you keep up with the following and your pet will be in tip-top shape.

  • Coat: Depending on your pet’s hair, this may require minimal attention to daily care. Brushing helps to prevent mats and spreads out natural coat oils. It can even minimize hairballs. Most animals require brushing at least once a week, but longer haired critters may need to be brushed daily.
  • Ears: Examine the inside of your pet’s ears frequently to catch symptoms of a problem such as pain, discharge, or redness early on.  Your veterinarian can show you how to gently clean the insides of the ears and recommend a good cleanser.
  • Eyes: Gently cleaning the corners of the eyes with a damp cloth can prevent buildup. Products may be recommended for animals with tear-staining. Also, be sure long hair on the face is not irritating the eyes- if so it may be time for a professional trim.
  • Teeth: Many of our pets have dental problems. The best way to ward these off is by brushing their teeth regularly. Veterinary toothpastes and brushes are available- never use human toothpaste!  Your vet can demonstrate how to take care of your pet’s pearly whites.
  • Nails: Too-long nails can cause un-natural stresses on the foot, break or snag, and even grow into the paw pads. Animals require frequent trimmings to keep their feet healthy. Trim with clippers made for animals and avoid cutting too much and cutting the blood vessel in the nail.

Need to schedule an appointment? Call us at 630-530-1900 or visit our website any time for more information.