Don’t Eat That! Holiday Foreign Objects that Can Harm Pets

Pets, and dogs in particular, like to explore the world with their mouths. This is especially true when the items smell and look like food. Holiday foreign body dangers not only include people food, but also the ornaments and decorations that are popular this time of year. 

Since it’s easy to get distracted by the hustle and bustle and bustle of holiday entertaining, being aware of potential dangers to your pet can help you avoid a disaster. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here with a list of some of the more common decorations that can harm pets, so you can create a pet safe holiday.

Holiday Decor Don’ts

The glitter, sparkle, and shine of holiday decorations can have an appeal to us. We love the ambience of candlelight and tabletop displays, but some of these things can pose a threat to curious pets.

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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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Up, Down, and All Around: What Your Cat’s Tail is Telling You

If you love cats, you most likely know how sensitive, playful, and even snuggly they can be. However, do you sometimes find yourself scratching your head, trying to decipher what they want?

Your cat’s tail may be one of the best ways to determine their mood. Watching and learning what their tail position means can be a fun and enlightening endeavor – and it can help you better understand your cat!

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A Little Prep Can Save a Life: Pet CPR and Basic First Aid

Murphy’s law can easily apply to pet ownership. Sure, accidents may not happen all the time, but, as the adage goes, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Nobody enjoys preparing for the worst, but even a little bit of preparation can go a really long way. In the case of pet CPR and first aid, it could actually save your pet’s life.  

All Elements

The Pet Experts truly hope you never need to use pet CPR, but if you do, your ability to act quickly, calmly, and confidently could be a life saver.

Depending on the situation, you may need to look around for additional signs of danger. Once you’ve assessed the environment, you’ll want to determine whether your pet needs CPR, which is as easy as A-B-C:

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Ready for Pet Pictures? Tips & Tricks for Fantastic Results

We’re ready for spring, how about you? One of the best ways to usher in the season of buds and blooms is to gather all of our friends together. The Pet Experts love seeing members of our fine community and this April, we are happy to host a seasonal event for pets and their people to enjoy. The best part? Pet pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Ready. Set. Go!

Most dog owners will not take their dog into a crowded public setting if they’re not properly trained. But even animals that have received obedience training can feel overwhelmed in certain situations. The distractions and temptations notwithstanding, the tax on their senses can simply be too much.

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The Right Stuff: Taking Steps to Achieve Your Pet’s Healthy Weight

“Bikini season” is right around the corner – a time that strikes both terror and anxiety in the hearts of many. Gym memberships increase, healthy foods are purchased, and bodies are scrutinized, all in the name of looking good in a bathing suit.

Obviously, your pet doesn’t care how they look, but being overweight is just as dangerous for them as it is for us. Reaching and maintaining your pet’s healthy weight should be a top priority during every season. Let The Pet Experts get you started off on the right paw!

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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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Science Says: Relaxing With Your Pet Is Great for Your Health (and Theirs!)

Relaxing with your pet is great for pet health!

When people closely interact with their pets, they experience a spike in the powerful “love hormone”, oxytocin. Oxytocin is well-known to nursing human mothers and people that tightly embrace loved ones, but it may be surprising that animals experience the positive effects, too.

As a result, when relaxing with your pet, say, during a great weekend couch snuggle, the boons to your health are quite amazing. What’s more is that your pet experiences the good vibes, too. Win-win!

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Why Does My Dog do That? Weird Dog Behaviors Explained

Weird dogs make the best dogs.

It’s no secret that we absolutely adore dogs here at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, and getting to know the unique personalities and habits of our canine patients is part of what we love about our job. It seems like we learn more about weird dog behaviors every day! In fact, there are so many that we couldn’t help but share more about this topic with our loyal readers!

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