Finding Your Groove as a Responsible Pet Owner

Man and dogWhen considering adoption, the Beatles said it best: “all you need is love!” Right? Of course love is central to your new role as a pet owner, but that’s really just the beginning. Before you take the plunge, there’s a lot to consider.

That’s why the pet experts offer the following tips on what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. Your new pet will thank you for being prepared – and ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Continue…

I Ruff You: 5 Ways To Show Your Pets You Love Them

Woman with her dog tender sceneWith Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s possible that you have realized that nobody loves you, like your pet loves you. This special someone in your life sleeps with you every night, loves you unconditionally, would never leave you, and greets you at the door each day with a slobbery kiss or cheek rub. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re talking about your pet.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center knows how much you love your pets, that’s why we have put together a list of the top 5 ways pet parents can express their love to the important animals in their live, even if it’s not Valentine’s Day. Continue…

Candid Camera! How to Take the Best Pictures of Your Pet

Picture of cat by smartphoneLet’s face it – you have the cutest, sweetest pet in three counties! Beyond simply framing a few pictures at home, you may also have an interest in sharing your pet’s antics online or on one of Chicago’s many photography forums.

Either way, you definitely want to take the best possible pictures of your pet, and the pet experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help. Continue…

The Dangers Of Antifreeze: Protecting Our Pets

Refilling the windshield washer system antifreezeAs pet owners, most of us will do everything we can to protect our pets from the dangers of everyday life; we may keep our cats indoors, walk our dogs on leashes, have our pets vaccinated, and keep them away from toxic foods to name a few. Now that winter is firmly in place (and not going anywhere for awhile) The Pet Experts would like to turn the focus toward a deadly, and unfortunately common, pet toxin: antifreeze.

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Protect Your Pooch! Get the New Canine Flu Vaccine

Yorkie DentistSome of you may remember this time last year, when a new strain of canine influenza rocked this region. When this new bug emerged, there was no vaccine that was effective against it, thankfully that has changed. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are one of the first to have our hands on the new canine flu vaccine and are eager to share this with concerned pet owners. Continue…

It’s the Final Countdown: Our Top Ten Blogs of 2015

A cat scratching itselfThe results are in and the people have spoken. Have you been an avid follower of our blog this year? Even if not, keep reading to see our top ten blogs of 2015 from the Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center. Our countdown list is sure to get you caught up so that you don’t miss a beat in caring for your pet. Continue…

Keeping Your Senior Pet Safe and Comfortable This Winter

A black dog in the outdoorsMost of us could live without the cold weather, snow drifts, and icy sidewalks, but these conditions can also threaten the safety and wellbeing of your senior pet.

Due to some of the health challenges commonly faced by older pets, winter seems to hit them especially hard. Difficulties include joint stiffness, arthritis, and other mobility issues, as well as compromised immunity and sensitivity to cold. Continue…

Atopy And Your Pet

A cat scratching itselfIs 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…

Managing Canine Diabetes

A dog sneaking food off the counterDiabetes is no longer just a human problem, over the past thirty years, the incidence of diabetes in dogs have increased three-fold. Finding out your dog has diabetes can be frightening for any pet owner and will likely leave you with many questions and possibly leave you feeling powerless and overwhelmed.

The Pet Experts are here to help you and your pet navigate the path toward your dog’s wellness. With proper veterinary help and home care by a dedicated pet parent there is no reason why your dog can’t live a normal life with canine diabetes. Continue…

DIY Holiday Gifts for Pet Lovers

A dog wearing a pink coatIt may seem a tad early to start thinking about the holidays, but for the “do it yourself” crafty types, now is the time to start planning. For those of us who love our pets, gifts for other pet lovers on our lists seem to be some of the most fun to create.

But, who wants another knitted dog sweater or cat coffee mug?

To give you a bit of inspiration when planning your next craft session, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have come up with a few of our favorite ideas for those who adore their fur companions. Continue…