Elmhurst Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Pet Expert Blogs of 2019

For many of us, January allows us the opportunity to reflect on the year behind us and set our intentions for the year ahead. What has worked? What hasn’t? What can we do better?

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, part of that process is reviewing our blog and which posts and topics resonated most with our readers. This insight allows us to both better understand the issues you (and your pets) are interested in, and plan for which topics to tackle in the months ahead.

As you might know, we’ve made an annual tradition of showcasing The Pet Expert’s Top 10 most-read blogs, and this year is no different. So, without any further ado…

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Honking from Your Hound: What Is Reverse Sneezing? 

Have you ever heard your pet suddenly start honking? Like they were gasping for air, only to have the problem go away as quickly as it came? You may have even worried that your pet was having an allergy or asthma attack, or that something might be stuck in the back of their throat. This phenomenon in pets is not so uncommon and is something we are often asked about from concerned pet owners.

Reverse sneezing is a condition that can occur in certain pets and can resemble the sound a goose makes, but the good news is that it is rarely a cause for concern. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain.

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The Future Is Now: Why Pet DNA Testing Is So Interesting (and Problematic)

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a self-replicating string of instructions present in all living organisms. Responsible for carrying genetic information, DNA not only tells an individual story, but an ancestral one, too. 

Human DNA testing continues to be popular, but now pet owners can easily test their cat or dog. Pet DNA testing helps pinpoint breed(s), and their percentage (particularly useful in mixed breed pets). However, when we go beyond ancestry to the potential identification of hereditary conditions, we are given a glimpse into an animal’s future health. 

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Hello In There! What’s in Your Pet’s Ears?

Ears are integral to your pet’s life and well-being. A dog’s ears are keen and attuned to noises we can never hear. In fact, a dog’s hearing is three times better than our own. But keeping that essential sense requires maintenance and veterinary examination. Although you may not consider the cleanliness of your pet’s ears, cleaning them is a must for good grooming and health.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help you take a closer look at what’s in your pet’s ears and why cleaning them should be a part of regular pet care.

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Feline Chronic Kidney Disease and Your Cat

Not much can get those of the feline persuasion down, but kidney problems are something that can affect even the most confident cat. Feline chronic kidney disease is a commonly diagnosed problem, but one that The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are well-equipped to help you with.

The Inner Workings

The kidneys filter all of the body’s blood supply day and night, an extremely important job! Properly functioning kidneys are essential for:

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Bloat in Dogs: Always an Emergency

Bloat is the second leading cause of death in dogs, yet few pet owners truly understand what the condition is, and how to recognize it. Bloat can affect dogs of any age and breeds and is one of the most serious pet emergencies you may encounter. 

Understanding the signs of bloat in dogs, and what your emergency options are, may just save the life of your sweet pet!

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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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Helping the Medicine Go Down: Pill Pockets and Other Tricks

Dog catching treat

Most pets will have to take medicine at some point in their lives – some of them multiple times per day – and it’s the rare dog or cat who willingly swallows pills on command. Some pets are so good at getting around their daily dose, in fact, that pet owners will find the medication spat out after hiding it in the most delectable pill pockets or bits of people food.

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How Do I Know When my Exotic or Pocket Pet is Sick?

It’s a common misconception that exotic pets and pocket pets are easier to take care of than a more traditional pet. Exotic and pocket pets tend to eat less and take up less room, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require just as much time, energy, and love as a dog or a cat.

Part of responsible pet ownership is bringing your pet to the veterinarian if they are ill or injured. Knowing how to tell when your exotic or pocket pet is sick is the first step in getting them the care they need. 

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