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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What Does it All Mean? Funny Pets and the People Who Love Them

funny petsThere’s no question that pets are funny, and they make us laugh all the time. But do they mean to? In other words, do pets have a “sense of humor” and are they keyed into the positive response to their antics? Or is it more likely that funny pets have no idea that their behaviors make us giggle and laugh? The Pet Experts dive into this subject with open arms (and a big ‘ole smile!).

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Common Cat Myths Debunked!

Since their emergence around the time of the ancient Egyptians (or maybe earlier, studies suggest), cats and myths have gone hand-in-hand. Indeed, no other pet is as intimately linked with myth, legend, superstition, and folklore as the cat. Perhaps it’s their beautiful and graceful way of moving, or their killer instincts, or the fact that, although they live together with humans, cats have retained most of the genes and mannerisms of their wild cousins.

Whatever the reason, cat myths abound in cultures around the world, and while many of them have a base in reality, most are just plain false. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have done our research and are excited to share with you the most common misconceptions about our beautiful feline friends.

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Is Pet Yoga a Real Thing and Should You Try It?

pet yogaThere have been some questionable pet trends in recent years, but like many hot new ideas, they often fade to the background fairly quickly. When The Pet Experts first heard about practicing yoga with (or in certain cases on top of) various animals, we held out to see whether the concept would stick around. At this point, we’re fairly certain this pet trend won’t be going anywhere soon. Instead, pet yoga offers meaningful opportunities for animals and pet owners alike.

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The Unshakeable Love Between Pets and Owners  

pets and ownersFor the majority of pet owners, our love for our four-legged family members is unconditional. We provide them with everything they need to survive and thrive, shower them with attention, and think about them when we aren’t together. For the most part, we’re pretty sure our pets love us back. From the excited dog who greets us each day to the contented purring of a sweet kitty, most pet owners can cite many ways our pets show us love.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center agree that pets and owners love each other, so we delved into the latest scientific research about this remarkable relationship. We relish the opportunity to share our findings with you…

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The Pet Experts Look Back at Our 2017 Pet Care Blog

pocket pet careTwice a month we reach out to our local – and worldwide – communities in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of pet owners. We brainstorm topics and seek to integrate relevant information with a common sense approach. The point of all of this is to help pet owners recognize and avoid potential mishaps, support overall pet health, and even deepen the human-animal bond.

We truly hope that you enjoy our pet care blog as much as we like writing it. As we reflect on the topics we covered in 2017, we’re proud of the sheer range of information. We’re able to see which blogs hit home more than others, and that’s what we’d like to share with you.

Drumroll, please! The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are thrilled to present our top 10 pet care blogs of the year.

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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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Award-Winning (or Just Smile-Worthy) Pet Costumes of 2017

pet costumesYou know that feeling when you look at your pet and start to well up inside because of how cute they are and how much you love them? Well, take those good feelings and imagine your pet all dressed up for Halloween!

If your love and affection just hit the roof, it may be time to consider shopping for pet costumes. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have done some browsing for you, and we hope you’re inspired by the potential for extreme Halloween cuteness.

Best Dressed Pets

Halloween is a wonderful time to get involved with your neighbors and other pet owners. These days, most families embrace pet costumes, so we’re sure your furry friend won’t be the only one on the block.

All the Same?

Not all pet costumes can be considered safe. When dressing up your pup or kitty, please make sure they can breathe easily and without restrictions. Also, full vision and movement are required for Halloween safety and being able to go to the bathroom is non-negotiable. Remember, while masks look cute, they’re notoriously difficult for pets to tolerate.

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Preparing Your Pet for the New Baby

preparing petWhat can be a happier occasion than to welcome a new little bundle of joy into the family? From their sweet yawns to their powdery baby scents, bringing home a little one can be an exciting time like no other. However, while the charm of your new child is not lost on you, your pet may be wondering what all of this newfound excitement can be about.

Although you have big plans when it comes to how well your new baby and your furry pal will become the very best of friends, there are changes that may need to be addressed before this can happen.

Thankfully, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help guide you through preparing your pet for your new baby – and all the recommendations to make for a very happy home for all.

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Do Pets Grieve?

From the mourning rituals of elephants to a beloved dog who refuses to leave the grave of an owner, animal grief is palpable, complex, and still a bit of a mystery. Despite thousands of stories from pet owners who have witnessed pets grieve, the ability of animals to experience emotions is still widely debated.

To learn more about how pets grieve, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers some compelling evidence and tips on how to help your pet move through the impact of loss.

The Emotions of Animals

Whether it’s steadfast empirical evidence or softer accounts of emotions in animals, it’s generally accepted that many species do feel emotions like joy, anger, jealousy, and grief. In the late 1800s, even Darwin proposed that other species could feel emotions like man, not as a matter of difference, but a matter of degree.

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