Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Pet insurance can defray the cost of veterinary care.If your pet were critically injured tomorrow, and needed to be hospitalized, could you afford the bill?

We all strive to take the very best care of our pets. They’re members of our family, after all! Luckily, we now have access to advanced veterinary care for our pets. From cancer treatment, to life saving critical care, to treatment for hyperthyroidism, we are fortunate to have many choices when it comes to treating major illness and injury. However, that advanced care does not come without cost. According to Canine Journal, the annual cost of pet care is now topping $1800 per pet. So it’s no wonder that veterinary care is becoming a significant financial strain on many families.

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Just as human health insurance is meant to bridge the gap between cost and needed health care, pet insurance can ease the financial burden of unexpected illness or injury in our pets. But is it worth it? 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…

What Does it All Mean? Funny Pets and the People Who Love Them

funny petsThere’s no question that pets are funny, and they make us laugh all the time. But do they mean to? In other words, do pets have a “sense of humor” and are they keyed into the positive response to their antics? Or is it more likely that funny pets have no idea that their behaviors make us giggle and laugh? The Pet Experts dive into this subject with open arms (and a big ‘ole smile!).

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Common Cat Myths Debunked!

Since their emergence around the time of the ancient Egyptians (or maybe earlier, studies suggest), cats and myths have gone hand-in-hand. Indeed, no other pet is as intimately linked with myth, legend, superstition, and folklore as the cat. Perhaps it’s their beautiful and graceful way of moving, or their killer instincts, or the fact that, although they live together with humans, cats have retained most of the genes and mannerisms of their wild cousins.

Whatever the reason, cat myths abound in cultures around the world, and while many of them have a base in reality, most are just plain false. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have done our research and are excited to share with you the most common misconceptions about our beautiful feline friends.

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The Unshakeable Love Between Pets and Owners  

pets and ownersFor the majority of pet owners, our love for our four-legged family members is unconditional. We provide them with everything they need to survive and thrive, shower them with attention, and think about them when we aren’t together. For the most part, we’re pretty sure our pets love us back. From the excited dog who greets us each day to the contented purring of a sweet kitty, most pet owners can cite many ways our pets show us love.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center agree that pets and owners love each other, so we delved into the latest scientific research about this remarkable relationship. We relish the opportunity to share our findings with you…

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The Pet Experts Look Back at Our 2017 Pet Care Blog

pocket pet careTwice a month we reach out to our local – and worldwide – communities in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of pet owners. We brainstorm topics and seek to integrate relevant information with a common sense approach. The point of all of this is to help pet owners recognize and avoid potential mishaps, support overall pet health, and even deepen the human-animal bond.

We truly hope that you enjoy our pet care blog as much as we like writing it. As we reflect on the topics we covered in 2017, we’re proud of the sheer range of information. We’re able to see which blogs hit home more than others, and that’s what we’d like to share with you.

Drumroll, please! The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are thrilled to present our top 10 pet care blogs of the year.

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Pet Life Lessons: What Our Pets Teach Us Every Day

pet life lessonsThe health benefits of pets have been well studied. We now know that pet owners are less likely to have high blood pressure and heart disease than non-pet owners, and that living with a pet can reduce depression, anxiety, and increase our interactions with others.

The gifts our pets offer us go beyond good health, however. As it turns out, our pets are actually four-legged gurus, and the pet life lessons they impart can be applied to all areas of our human lives.

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Fictitious Fido: Debunking Popular Dog Myths

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.

 

 

 

 

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Tasty and Healthy Ideas for Homemade Pill Pockets

At some point, almost every furry friend will have to take medication. For most pets, swallowing a pill plain is a guaranteed struggle. That’s why pill pockets are so popular, helping make the process easier by associating it with a delicious treat.

For pups or cats on long-term medications or those who have learned to spot those pill pickets a mile away, switching to a homemade option may be just the thing the doctor ordered. For one, you’ll save money (pill pockets can be pricey for those with daily medication needs). Also, like any treat, they can add more calories to your pet’s diet (and mostly empty ones at that).

That’s when homemade pill pockets can save the day!

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Everybody Loves Some Bunny: Tips for Rabbit Care

 

Flemish Giant. Rex. Mini Lop. Angora. Himalayan. If any of these names ring a bell, you probably enjoy rabbits. And really, when one looks into the nose-twitching face of an adorable, intelligent rabbit, it’s hard not to get a kick out of them. Rabbits make quiet, curious, and docile pets, and once you get a handle on rabbit care methods, you can hop alongside your bunny for the next 5-8 years.

Bucks and Does

Perhaps surprisingly, baby bunnies are actually called “kittens” and are produced by mating males called bucks and females called does. Known worldwide for their prolific breeding abilities, rabbits can mate at about 6 months old. The pregnant doe gives birth 30 days later to a litter of 4-10 kits.

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