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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Rainy Day Games and Activities for Your Pet

Rain or shine, your pet needs exercise and interaction every day to keep them at their healthiest and happiest. As we look ahead to the coming winter months, it’s likely that some days may not lend themselves to outdoor play. This can be especially disconcerting for the dog who loves to go on walks to the park.

Since we can anticipate wet, cold, and snowy days ahead, it’s important to have a few indoor activities for your pet in mind. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few ideas to help you enjoy those rainy days with your pet (and the whole family!).

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Hidden Dangers: Protecting Pets from Back-To-School Pet Toxins

pet toxinsWhen the time comes to get ready for the start of a new school year, potential pet toxins probably aren’t at the top of the list of concerns, but they should be! The risks associated with seemingly harmless items, such as backpacks and lunchboxes, are a very real threat to our pets, and deserve a second look.

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Spring Cleaning: Pet Safe Cleaning Tips from The Pet Experts!

Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning when you have a pet. Cleaning up after a pet is challenging enough, further complicated by the fact that many commercial household cleaning products contain ingredients that can be hazardous to pets.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your pets protected while you engage in some seasonal scrubbing. Pet safe cleaning is easy and affordable, and The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center can show you how!

Why Is Pet Safe Cleaning Important?

Commercial cleaning products generally have a long list of unfamiliar sounding ingredients, many of which can be toxic to our pets. Pets can come into contact with cleaning products in a variety of ways, and even a small amount ingested or inhaled can cause damage, thanks to ingredients such as ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, phenols, and alcohol. Many of these chemicals are extremely poisonous, and some are known animal carcinogens.

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The Most Important Elements of Winter Pet Safety

Man walks dog in Brooklyn Heights during a winter snowstorm‘Tis the season for a seemingly endless list of chores. Considering all there is to prepare for, we should all be ready for the ultimate test: a rough Illinois winter. Luckily, your pet has you to help them navigate the cold temps and bad weather. To ensure you’re ready for the coming months, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center would like to review some important tips for winter pet safety.

The Foundation

Perhaps the best thing you can do for your pet this winter is to encourage him or her to stay inside where it’s safe, warm, and dry (especially senior pets). However, some pets prefer the outdoors no matter the temperature. In this case, be sure your pet has access to an insulated shelter, soft bedding, and fresh, unfrozen water.

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Dog Bite Prevention During the Trick-or-Treating Season

Dog biteDog bite prevention relies on a combination of understanding your pet and providing the right training and reassurance. Unfortunately, when a pet experiences fear around strangers or loud noises (think doorbells, shouting, and other sudden auditory surprises), things can go awry.

Halloween is one of the most common times of year for dog bites, precisely because of these things we just mentioned. To avoid an unfortunate situation and keep the night filled with spooky fun, it’s important to implement some dog bite prevention measures. Continue…