10 Tips for Easy Leash Walking

Does your dog pull you along every time you try to walk them? Or, do they plop down obstinately on their butt when they want to go down a different street?

Many pets can prove to be stubborn when it comes to walking on a leash; but often that stubbornness can stem from a lack of training on how to walk on a leash.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few tricks up our sleeve for easy leash walking to get your pet on the move.

The Pet Expert’s Tips for Easy Leash Walking

If your pet needs the basic skills to successfully walk on a leash, we highly recommend training and socialization first. It can help ease your pet into loose leash walking, along with reinforcing those important basic commands.

If your pet has been trained but needs some help walking on a leash without pulling or becoming distracted, we recommend these simple tips.

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Beyond Pet Proofing, How Should You Prepare Your Home for a Newly Adopted Pet?

For many, bringing home a new pet is something we do on impulse and with utter abandon. Other folks, however, require lots of time to research the right fit. Both approaches can work well, but it is rather important to know exactly what an animal needs – and how you can deliver the goods. 

If you only had to bring home some kibble, more people might adopt with greater frequency. But the truth is, there is so much more than that. Pet proofing, that is, keeping potential risks at bay, is a great place to start.

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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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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

Bringing your pet to the veterinarian can invoke a wide variety of emotions depending on why you’re there and how your pet reacts to different sights, sounds, and smells. The constantly changing environment can be stressful, and situations can escalate quickly if precautions aren’t in place.

Brushing up on veterinary hospital lobby etiquette can help ensure a safe and calm experience for you, your pet, and everyone else.

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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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Children and Pets: A Powerful Partnership

Children and pets are a great combo!

Both children and animals have a way of bringing people together and making our hearts melt. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center know that when these forces unite, it can be quite powerful! We love to share in and celebrate the incredible teams made between children and pets.

Children and Pets: Mutual Benefits

Of course as an animal lover you probably know that spending time with your pet makes you feel great, but did you know that there is real and scientific evidence that pets have positive effect on us all? In fact, HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) keeps a database of all the research being produced about the positive effects of animals on people. It is amazing to look at.

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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…

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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Trouble in Paradise: Common Issues with Rescue Pets and How to Resolve Them

rescue petDeciding to open your home and heart to a rescue pet is an important and meaningful life decision. Not only are you gaining a new best friend, you’re saving a life and helping to reduce the homeless pet population at the same time.

Although adopting a rescue pet can be a wonderful experience, many of these animals arrive in our homes with health, behavior, and/or emotional issues that may leave owners confused, frustrated, and wondering if they made the right decision. Fortunately, many of these undesirable behaviors are easily corrected, and The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to support you as you create a wonderful life for you and your new pet.

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Essential Oils and Pets: Is It Safe?

Aromatherapy has been a popular way to relax and rejuvenate for years, and essential oils use as home remedies for many different ailments has also been gaining in popularity recently. Although you may enjoy lavender, citrus, or any number of lovely scents from essential oils, it’s important to keep in mind some safety measures when it comes to essential oils and pets.

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