cute beagle lying on the grass in the parkIf you are like us, you love lists and you can’t get anything done without them! For us, finding out which blogs have been the most popular throughout 2014 has been a great exercise. We now have a window into what is most interesting – and important – to our valued readers, and can use that to better serve you and your fuzzy family.

We hope you enjoy this little peak into what topics your fellow pet owners find fascinating, and maybe learn a little something new in the process. So, without further delay…

Elmhurst Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014



iStock_000012298746_Large10. Adopt a Pet, Gain a Friend
Did you know that 6-8 million pets end up in shelters every year?  And that half of those animals are typically never adopted?  Most of these pets end up in this sad situation through no fault of their own. Read More…

9. Beach Safety for Your Dog
Some 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. Keep Reading…

8. Poodle with a Mohawk: Dog Grooming with Style and Service
With Spring on its way,  shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent. Read On…

iStock_000021930272_Large7. The Benefits of Puppy Kindergarten Class
Adopting a new puppy can be a life changing experience for everyone involved. To ensure your new addition gets off on the right paw, puppy kindergarten classes are a great option. While many training basics can be accomplished at home on your own, there are some major benefits to professional puppy training classes. Read More…

6. NexGard: New Flea and Tick Control for Dogs
Elmhurst Animal Care Center is very excited to be able to offer one of the newest flea and tick preventatives on the market: NexGard. This oral parasite preventative has recently been approved by the FDA as a safe, effective option for external parasite control for dogs. Keep Reading….

iStock_000000907846_Small5. The Well-Behaved Pooch: Best Practices in Dog Training
There’s perhaps nothing as annoying as listening to someone yell at his or her dog, who has decided to explore or eat something, roam or simply misbehave. Read On…

4. Planning Ahead for Stress-Free Boarding
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. Read More…

3. (Scoot, scoot, scoot) Scoot Your Booty
Ah, the dreaded butt-drag.  Every pet owner has experienced it.  But what does it mean? Don’t ignore it!  If your dog is carpet surfing, there is a reason. Keep Reading…

Style: "Neutral"2. Heatstroke and Summer Pet Safety
Enjoying the outdoors with your pet is one of the perks of summer. The warm weather provides longer days, opportunities for trips to the lake or pool, and more play time in the yard–all of which can be hard to resist for people and pets alike. Summer also means taking the necessary precautions to help protect your pet from heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, overexertion, and heatstroke. Read More…

1. Paw Licking, Allergies, And Your Pet
At 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? Keep Reading…

We appreciate your involvement with your blog; you and your fellow readers make it all worthwhile! If you would like to contribute to our topic list, please let us know! We look forward to making 2015 another year for the record books and hope we can have another outstanding top ten list next year. Thanks for reading!