Ready, Freddy? Disaster Preparedness and Your Pet

Disaster preparedness for your pet should be part of your family's disaster plan.Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors knows to bring along certain supplies “just in case.” Indeed, it’s always better to have something and not need it, instead of the other way around. So it goes with disaster preparedness. When thinking about evacuation plans, medical needs, and more, it’s good to have a general understanding of how to protect and provide for your pet should an emergency situation arise.

Better Safe than Sorry

One of the best defenses against separation is to microchip your pet. This is important for general pet care, of course, but in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, it provides the best chance at a happy reunion. While microchipping isn’t a replacement for a collar and ID tags, microchips definitely add an extra layer of protection. Continue…

Cat Travel: Is Your Pet Ready?

White cat sitting in a bag for the animals on the benchThere are pros and cons to nearly all of life’s conundrums. We aren’t asking why boxing rings are square or what the best invention was before sliced bread came around. Instead, our ponderings always involve pet care, which is why we’re wondering: Should your cat travel with you this year?

Before You Decide

The most important factor in regard to cat travel is whether your pet is healthy enough to leave the comforts of home. Before taking off, schedule an appointment with us. Your senior cat may not cope well on a road trip or airplane ride. Similarly, traveling with a cat who requires medication may also not be a great idea. Continue…

Why Doggie Day Care?

ElmhurstDaycareFor many pet owners, the idea of doggie day care may not have crossed your mind. After all, your dog is safe and well-fed, and can sleep all day at home. What could be better?
If you asked your dog, however, you might be in for a surprise. See it from your dog’s perspective: every morning your precious family all leave at once. You’re alone in the house with the cat. You can’t dig in the fridge. You can’t text your friends or watch TV. You can’t even pull up funny videos on YouTube…  You could chase the cat but you’ve already done that a million times.

Sigh. It’s gonna be another long, boring dog-day afternoon…

What if, instead of locking the door and leaving you behind, your favorite human said, “Yippee! Let’s go to doggie day care!” and off you went in the car (!) to see all your friends and play in a cool yard just for doggies? All day! Continue…

Summer Vacation: Packing for Your Pet

iStock_000000907846_SmallAs summer begins, many of us are making plans for our summer vacations, camping trips, and family reunions. And whether your pet is traveling with you, or staying with us, you’ll want to be sure that your four-legged friend will have everything he or she will need to be comfortable away from home.

Here’s what your pet will need for his or her summer vacation…

Packing for Your Pet On the Road

If you’re taking Fido along on your summer adventures, you’ll want to make sure to pack the following:

  • A collar with current ID tags and an updated microchip as back-up identification
  • A dependable leash, and a lead that can be used to secure your pet outdoors, if needed
  • A crate or carrier, if it’s practical (not all large-breed crates are travel friendly)
  • Food and fresh drinking water, plus bowls (and treats!)
  • Waste disposal bags
  • A blanket or bed, and something familiar to snuggle
  • A toy, or some other distraction to stave off boredom in the car and at your destination
  • Any medications that he or she needs, as well as dosage instructions
  • Any sweaters or jackets that your pet may need, especially if you’re camping – just because it’s hot in the city, doesn’t mean it will be in the woods
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    Planning Ahead for Stress-Free Pet Boarding

    boarding (1)Planning a vacation is almost as exciting as going on the actual trip. However, if your dog is afraid of the pet boarding experience, you may be more focused on worrying about how he or she will manage while you are away than the fun you’re going to have.

    Thankfully, there are several things you can do prior to pet boarding that will help your fearful dog feel more safe and confident while you are away.

    Take a Tour of the Kennel Before You Leave for Your Trip

    Prior to the big stay, bring your pet in for a tour of the facility and to meet the people working there. Letting your dog sniff out the new smells prior to boarding will help your pet feel more comfortable when he or she arrives for their stay.

    If time permits, consider bringing your pet in for a day or two of doggie daycare, or leaving your pet at the boarding facility for an overnight stay. This will Continue…

    Happy Tails! The Ins and Outs of Boarding Your Pet


    With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

    So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Elmhurst Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos.

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    Top Ten Signs of a Top Notch Boarding Facility

    It is hard enough to leave your pooch or puss behind when you have to be away from home, let alone select somewhere for them to stay.  Ease your worries by making sure your boarding facility displays all the signs of being a quality joint.

    10.  Separate lodging for cats and dogs.  Especially for cats, this can be a big deal.  Make sure the cats and dogs are not intermingled.  Bonus points if cats are kept in an area that drowns out the noise of any barking dogs.

    9.  Spacious accommodations.  Take a look and see if cage sizes seem appropriate to the size of the animal it contains.  Don’t forget your pet may be staying more than a night or two.

    8.  Personalized care.  Special diet requirements, medication administration, or caretaking requests should be honored (within reason of course).

    7.  Opportunity for exercise.  Particularly if your pet is staying more than a few days, it is important that they are allowed the ability to stretch their legs and burn off some steam.  Even pets that don’t require much exercise (couch potato kitties, older dogs) should be offered some form of interaction on a daily basis.

    6.  Caring staff.  Talk to the people that will be taking care of your pets.  Oftentimes you can get a good feel for their level of commitment to their job and to their furry guests.

    5.  Willingness for you to visit.  A good facility should be willing to have you come and take a look around.  This is often the best way to get a feel for the quality of care.

    4.  A plan.  A top notch facility should know their policies, have a plan in place for medical emergencies, and ask you about your desires for specific situations.

    3.  Cleanliness.  Of course anywhere that houses animals is bound to have some “accidents”, but overall pet’s living conditions should be clean and smells should be minimal.

    2.  Vaccination and other health requirements.  If a boarding facility doesn’t ask for your pet’s vaccine status or de-worming history, chances are they haven’t asked for anyone else’s pet’s either.  Your pet can come into contact with diseases at a place such as this, and a conscientious operation will be on top of these types of issues.

    1.  A genuine interest in your pet.  This is often what separates the good from the great.  A great facility will welcome your pet with open arms and offer the same caring touch that you would at home.  The presence of a true interest in your pet is what will make you the most comfortable leaving your baby.

    Be sure to consider us for boarding if you’re taking some time away. We would love to take care of your loved one, and we’re sure you’ll find we match up to all of the criteria listed above!