Helping Take the Itch and Sneeze Out of Pet Allergies

A dog rubbing against a tree to relieve an itchThe wheezing, the sneezing, the inflammation and itching…seasonal allergies can make any one of us feel mildly to miserably uncomfortable. And, the same is true for animal companions when they struggle with pet allergies.

Unfortunately, many pets suffer through symptoms when they remain undiagnosed, untreated, or simply needlessly exposed to the allergens.

Detecting Seasonal and Flea Allergies in Pets

Allergens can be active year-round, depending on what your pet is allergic to. And, many pets who live with allergies are impacted by more than one type of allergy. Continue…

Easy As (Apple) Pie: Pet Activities Tuned For Fall

A dog out for a run in the woodsThe moment when summer gives way to fall is a special on, especially for those with highly tuned senses and an ability to acutely enjoy life’s simple pleasures. We’re talking about your pet, of course! That crisp autumn air carries various intriguing scents and regardless of your pet’s mastery of seasonal changes, he or she likely knows something fun – and possibly delicious – is on the horizon.

With so many choices for fall fun in our area, it can be a challenge to know which ones your pet will truly revel in. We’ve narrowed down the list to a few of the best pet activities to enjoy together this fall that are sure to set the tone for the following years. Continue…

Whiskers Worthy: Why To Choose a Cat Friendly Veterinary Practice

A ginger cat being given a treatThere are many good reasons to choose a veterinary clinic that is cat friendly. By friendly, we mean both accommodating to you and your feline friend as soon as you walk in the door, as well as providing excellent care for your kitty.

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, cats are the top pet in the United States, with more than 3 million feline homes, but are less likely to receive veterinary care. This is an enormous disservice to our whiskered friends, since they, too, require wellness care to get the most out of their lives. Continue…

Double Whammy: The Negative Effects of Fleas and Ticks

An older golden retriever scratching itselfNature’s clock wakes up persistent parasites every spring, and the blood-sucking population multiplies non-stop throughout the warm summer months. However, the fast-approaching autumnal equinox is not the insurance your pet needs to avoid the fate of a parasite’s blood meal. Fleas and ticks can lie dormant throughout the winter, wake up after the last frost, and wreak havoc on a myriad of mammalia.

No matter the season, your pet is always at risk for parasites. Let’s discuss the basic (not to mention disconcerting) truths about fleas and ticks. Continue…

Managing Feline Diabetes

A girl holding a cat

Coping with and managing the symptoms of a cat living with diabetes can consume worried cat owners, especially if the diagnosis is recent. After months of potential confusion and frustration, many people can experience stress – or even grief – over their cats’ diagnosis of diabetes.

You (or someone you know) may feel helpless regarding how to best help a diabetic cat, but the Pet Experts are here to support families living with a diabetic cat. Whether you are learning about feline diabetes to prevent it or coping with the disease, we are here to answer all of your questions. Continue…

Preparing for International Travel with a Pet

A dog wearing a hat with a suitcase

International travel planning can be both exciting and arduous. Details, details, details… that is the mantra. Despite how frequently people travel overseas, the fact that there is a lot of planning involved remains the same; especially when you travel with a pet.

As any experienced jetsetter with a fur friend knows, travel with a pet requires extra time and attention to ensure the safe, comfortable wellbeing of your fur friend en route. Continue…

Canine Leptospirosis: What You Need to Know

An older dog laying on the ground, dozingLeptospirosis. Even the name sounds exotic and scary. Yet, canine leptospirosis, a serious bacterial disease that is transmitted through infected wildlife and water and soil, is becoming quite common. Some of you may have heard of the illness or perhaps have had your dog vaccinated against it by the Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center. Continue…

Outdoor Party Tips and (P)etiquette

A dog licking the grillWe know how to party in Chicagoland, especially after a long, cold, gray winter.  When the sun’s rays first make their appearance, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy them with family, friends, and, of course, our pets. Summer activities may include a family visit, your boss’s barbecue, or a friend’s doggie birthday party. Learn how to celebrate safely with your pets this summer using proper etiquette using these tips from the Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center! Continue…

Safe And Sound: The Benefits of Pet Microchipping

A cat looking over a tableBecoming separated from your pet is a scary thought for any pet owner. Our pets rely on us to provide them with food, shelter and love, but how can we protect them in the event that they go missing? Besides a properly fitting collar with current ID tags, a microchip may be the best way to ensure the safe return of your four-legged pal.

How Do Microchips Work?

A microchip is roughly the same size as a grain of rice and is implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades. This pet microchipping procedure takes only a few moments, is relatively pain-free, and is performed here in the office. Continue…

For a Thorough Pet Wellness Exam, Pet Owner Participation is Key

A cat with its ears downMaintaining your pet’s annual wellness examination is one of the most important things you can do for your pet. Wellness exams offer your veterinarian the chance to detect any subtle changes in your pet’s health, weight, muscle mass, dental health, and numerous other factors. As your pet ages, previous exams will act as a baseline to help determine the best approach to prevention-based care, as well as contribute to healthy aging.

But, there is more to a wellness visit than just the examination and diagnostics themselves; this is your chance as a pet owner to communicate what you observe every day. Your observations – from behavioral changes to increased accidents or noticeable anxiety Continue…