Welcome Home! Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets can intensify when the kids go back to school. Welcome home! You step inside your house after a few hours out expecting a warm welcome from your pet. Instead, you find that your dog has chewed your rug, or your cat has eliminated on your bed! Are your pets angry at you for leaving? Likely not.

It’s possible that feelings of anxiety and fear at being left alone are at the root of your pet’s behavior. Separation anxiety is a one of the top contributing factors for behavior problems in pets.

The Pet Experts have some tips on how to recognize and resolve separation anxiety in pets.   Continue…

A New Leaf: New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners In 2018

When the end of December rolls around, we all know the drill. Take an honest look at our lifestyles and habits, note where improvement is needed, write it down, and promise ourselves that this year we will finally stick to the much needed changes.

In most cases, our pets’ lives could use some tidying up as well. Our furry companions rely on us for everything, which is why it’s often easier to keep promises to them than to ourselves!  If you’re having trouble getting started, let The Pet Experts help! We’ve outlined some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are simple, effective, and easy to start on today or anytime.

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Should You be Concerned About Pet Dehydration?

A panting pet is a common sight during the summer months. A natural response to heat or physical exertion, panting helps a pet regulate body temperature – but it’s not nearly as effective as sweating is for humans. The natural consequence of overheating is fluid loss, and when an animal’s body is comprised of 80% water, pet dehydration is a real threat to overall health.

I Saw the Sign

Most pet owners watch carefully for even the slightest shift in behavior. Being in tune with your pet’s patterns and personality helps ensure normalcy, but sometimes, signals are subtle or confusing.

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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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Atopy And Your Pet

Atopy_iStock_000052716348_Large-1.jpgIs your pet constantly chewing on his or her paws? Is he or she suffering from one of more areas of raw, exposed skin (hot spots)? Does your pet’s constant  or biting drive you crazy, possibly even waking you up at night?

If this sounds like your pet, he or she may be suffering from an inherited form of allergies known as atopy.   Continue…

Helping Take the Itch and Sneeze Out of Pet Allergies

Elmhurst_iStock_000003124266_MediumThe wheezing, the sneezing, the inflammation and itching…seasonal allergies can make any one of us feel mildly to miserably uncomfortable. And, the same is true for animal companions when they struggle with pet allergies.

Unfortunately, many pets suffer through symptoms when they remain undiagnosed, untreated, or simply needlessly exposed to the allergens.

Detecting Seasonal and Flea Allergies in Pets

Allergens can be active year-round, depending on what your pet is allergic to. And, many pets who live with allergies are impacted by more than one type of allergy. Continue…

Beach Safety for Your Dog

iStock_000003792665_SmallSome dogs are just like us when it comes to the beach – they are excited to not just romp through the sand, but also elated for that first splash into the cool water. However, there is nothing more dreadful to beach patrons than stepping in some fresh dog poop with their bare feet.

While your dog might love the beach, there are etiquette and safety precautions to keep in mind – both for him or her and for the other people who would like to enjoy the beach too.

Beach Safety for Your Dog

The very first thing to do before taking your dog(s) to the beach is to check ahead that it is a dog friendly beach. There’s no sense in loading him or her up for a ride only to find out that your dog isn’t allowed out of the car. The fact is, many parks and beaches don’t allow dogs because owners don’t always clean up after their pets, leaving a mess. Continue…

Paw Licking, Allergies, And Your Pet

pawlickingAt long last, spring is in the air. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know that the longer days and the warmer temperatures also mean an increased pollen count and the return of seasonal allergies.

But did you know that, like us, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, too?

You might think that seasonal allergies for your cat or dog means sniffling and sneezing, but they don’t. Instead, your pet’s allergies are dermatological; which means that if your pet is excessively licking, chewing, scratching, or shaking, then chances are good that allergies are to blame.

Paw Licking

One of the most frustrating symptoms of seasonal allergies (for many pet owners, and most likely for pets, too) is excessive paw licking.

If your cat or dog licks and bites his or her paws incessantly, but the itchiness doesn’t seem to travel to other areas of the body, chances are good that your pet is picking up allergens on his or her paws. Typically these allergens are found in the home or outdoors, and are linked to organic matter or chemicals used in and around the home or yard. Continue…

Summertime Considerations for Your Cat

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We hear all about keeping dogs out of the heat, out of parked cars, and in the shade during the hot summer weather. But what about our feline friends? Summertime can be hazardous for cats as well.

Keep in mind the following considerations during the summer months:

• Cats can get heat stroke also. Outdoor cats are at highest risk (consider keeping cats indoors on the hottest days), but indoor cats are only safe when the house is kept cool. Don’t turn off your air conditioning during the day, and if you are going to be out of town make sure someone is checking in on your cat and ensuring the house is at a safe temperature. If your cat does go outdoors, be sure that they have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Elderly, or sick cats are at the highest risk of succumbing to the heat.

• Summer means lots of critters are out and about besides your cat. Increases in the number of cat fights and animal encounters are seen during these months. Be sure that your pets are up to date on their vaccines. Spaying or neutering your cat can decrease the number of these incidents. Declawed cats should never be intentionally left outdoors.

• There is an increase in the number of parasites that are lurking about in the summer. Fleas love to hang out in cool, shady areas where your cat will likely be. Heartworms, which are transmitted by mosquitoes, are also a summer risk for cats. Make sure your cat is on a quality parasite prevention program.

• Some summertime hazards are impossible to avoid for an outdoor cat. You cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to chemicals such as rat poison, slug bait, or lawn and garden chemicals. Vehicles are also a very real danger for cats.

We hope that this summer is a safe, healthy season for you and your cat!

 

The Hypoallergenic Dog: An Urban Legend?

 

Urban Legend?

Ah, the urban legend.  A story that you heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that is just plausible enough to be believed.  We have all heard them, and we have all fallen for one or two at some point.  No one knows exactly where the myth of the “hypoallergenic” dog got started, but it is a highly perpetuated tale. Continue…