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For many of us, January allows us the opportunity to reflect on the year behind us and set our intentions for the year ahead. What has worked? What hasn’t? What can we do better?

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, part of that process is reviewing our blog and which posts and topics resonated most with our readers. This insight allows us to both better understand the issues you (and your pets) are interested in, and plan for which topics to tackle in the months ahead.

As you might know, we’ve made an annual tradition of showcasing The Pet Expert’s Top 10 most-read blogs, and this year is no different. So, without any further ado…

Elmhurst Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Blogs of 2019

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10. Exotic Pet Care: Easy Vs. High Maintenance
Although exotic pets tend to be smaller and appear easier to maintain, this is usually not the case. Before you adopt an exotic pet, it’s important to do your research. Keep reading…

9. How To Tell If Your Cat Loves You
You adore your cat and will do anything for him or her, but does your cat feel the same about you? Felines have a reputation for being standoffish and aloof; while we appreciate these unique characteristics, they sometimes lead us to wonder how a cat truly feels. Continue…

8. 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. Read more…

Weird dogs make the best dogs.

7. The Great Mysteries Of Life: Why Dogs Lick Ears
Let’s face it, dogs have some quirky habits. Whether it is staring at the dishwasher, bogarting the bed, or an obsession with your underwear, most of our canine companions have a strange tendency or two. Read on!

6. Hello In There! What’s In Your Pet’s Ears?
Ears are integral to your pet’s life and well-being. A dog’s ears are keen and attuned to noises we can never hear. In fact, a dog’s hearing is three times better than our own. But keeping that essential sense requires maintenance and veterinary examination. Keep reading?

5. You Found A Tick On Your Dog… Should You Be Concerned?
The 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. Continue…

A poodle on the beach

4. Why Does My Dog Do That? Weird Dog Behaviors Explained
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! Read on!

3. When Cat Nips Turn Into Cat Bites: Understanding Feline Behavior
If you had sharp, pointy teeth, wouldn’t it be a shame not to use them every once in awhile? This could certainly answer the question “Why does my cat bite me?”, but to truly understand this common feline behavior, we must look beyond boredom or entertainment. Take a bite?

Dog catching treat

2. 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. Catch a whiff?

1. Helping The Medicine Go Down: Pill Pockets And Other Tricks
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. Read more…

funny pets

Cheers to You!

Whether you are new to The Pet Expert’s blog, or are a devoted reader, we thank you for taking the time to read our blog and learn more about the ins and outs of pet care and being (great!) a pet owner.

As always, if you have any questions or if we can help you and your pet in any way, please feel free to give us a call.