Dog Park Finesse: Do You and Your Dog Have What it Takes?

A dog catching a frisbeeDuPage County boasts several natural areas, parks, lakeside trails, and other outdoor recreation possibilities. Because of this, it’s no wonder that so many dog owners are anxious to get out there with their intrepid canines as soon as the weather permits.

For many, dog parks, such as Mayslake Forest Preserve Dog Park – a sprawling off-leash, fenced-in wonderland for dogs – are a natural choice. Unfortunately (and you probably know what we’re about to say), some dogs are not exactly prepared for the social occasion. Continue…

Why Doggie Day Care?

Elmhurst DaycareFor many pet owners, the idea of doggie day care may not have crossed your mind. After all, your dog is safe and well-fed, and can sleep all day at home. What could be better?

If you asked your dog, however, you might be in for a surprise. See it from your dog’s perspective: every morning your precious family all leave at once. You’re alone in the house with the cat. You can’t dig in the fridge. You can’t text your friends or watch TV. You can’t even pull up funny videos on YouTube…  You could chase the cat but you’ve already done that a million times.

Sigh. It’s gonna be another long, boring dog-day afternoon…

What if, instead of locking the door and leaving you behind, your favorite human said, “Yippee! Let’s go to doggie day care!” and off you went in the car (!) to see all your friends and play in a cool yard just for doggies? All day! Continue…

Canine Kennel Cough & Influenza: Current Info for Pet Owners

A white dog being examined by a vetKennel cough and canine influenza are all over the news right now, leaving many pet owners in a quandary. Should I be worried? How can I protect my dog? What does canine influenza have to do with kennel cough? And what the heck is kennel cough anyways?

Given the seriousness of this outbreak, it is important for all pet owners to be educated on what kennel cough and canine influenza are and what to be looking for. Keep reading to fill yourself in.

A Kennel Cough Primer

Kennel cough is a term that describes an infectious tracheobronchitis in dogs. Commonly it results in a harsh, honking cough that can sound like your pet has something stuck in his throat. Most often kennel cough is mild and runs its course in a short time. Once in a while, however, kennel cough can be serious, resulting in pneumonia. Continue…

Shedding Season: So. Much. Fur.

A white kitten after groomingIf you’ve decided there aren’t enough brooms and vacuum cleaners in the world to handle all the dog or cat hair under your furniture, on your furniture (that why they call it furniture in the first place, right?), and probably in your soup, take heart. There are things you can do to make shedding season a little easier on everyone.   Continue…

Clickety-Clack: It’s Time To Trim Your Pet’s Nails

A chihuahua getting a nail clipIf you keep your pet’s nails trimmed on a regular 4-week schedule, bravo! Not only are you filling your home with sonic balance (we always vote for less clicking on hardwood, laminate, or tile floors), but you are servicing your pet in other tremendous, healthful ways. Of course, not all pet owners are able or willing to trim their pet’s nails (it can be off-putting at first for all involved), and that’s where we come in!

This March, bring in a pet food donation for shelter animals at Magnificent Mutts and we’ll trim your pet’s nails for free! We’ll show you our tricks of the trade and you can bone up on the benefits of trimming your pet’s nails below. Continue…

Pet Dental Care and Its Impact on Overall Pet Health

A dog having its teeth brushedWhile pet dental care can sound daunting, it’s an incredibly undervalued aspect of pet health. After all, our pets can’t choose to learn the tricks of good dental care or tooth brushing. They depend on us to provide daily dental care to keep them from developing dental and gum diseases. And, while brushing your dog or – even more daunting – your cat’s teeth each day doesn’t sound like a trip to the beach, it does help prevent periodontal disease and other serious health conditions.

Before you run the other way, keep in mind that both your pet and you can adjust to the dental care routine, making it far less difficult in the future. All you need to begin is a bit of instruction and some understanding of why dental care is so important to overall health. Continue…

Walking the Dog…

A brown dog outside with their humanFor some pet owners, simply attaching a leash to their pet’s collar is all that’s needed for a successful walk with their dog… but not all of us are that lucky.

Unfortunately, dogs don’t come leash trained (unless you’re the lucky adopter of an adult or senior pet). While it’s true that some pets don’t need to be bribed, begged, or otherwise convinced that a walk in the park is, well, a walk in the park; others are in need of considerable training, as they tend to pull on their leash, chase wildlife, or jump up on passersby. Whatever the case, there is irrefutable evidence that pets and their owners subscribe to the healthiest of habits by getting outside for walks together.

January has marked the celebration of two wonderful month-long occassions: National Train Your Dog Month and National Walk Your Dog Month. This double-whammy of national support shows just how important it is for your pet to have a healthy lifestyle.

Walking – and walking in tandem with your pet – is probably the easiest, most convenient, and pleasurable of all the exercise routines out there. Working  and walking together, we are positive both of your fitness goals will be satisfied. Continue…

Linking Nutrition to Pet Obesity: A Guide For Success

kitten eatingMoving into the new year, pet owners can do a variety of things to keep the future full of adoring looks, happy wags, cozy cuddles, and sweet smooches. But possibly the single-most important aspect of taking care of your pet’s health involves what they eat.

With pet obesity rates rising, doing what you can for your pet now can prevent health problems, or drastically minimize existing ones. Join us in learning more about the connection between nutrition and obesity. Continue…

Like Letterman: Elmhurst Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

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… Continue…

Pet Grooming: Tips From Our Experts

Style: "Neutral"Good habits in the pet grooming department are key to your furry friend’s overall health, comfort, and happiness. Pet grooming maintains your pet’s fur, skin, teeth and nails. As pet owners, we need to have the knowledge and correct tools to get the job done.

With our busy schedules, personally tending to all of your pet’s skin, fur, oral, and nail needs can leave you with a full schedule. Sometimes it is all we can do to tend to our own grooming!

Elmhurst Animal Care Center understands and is proud to offer full-scale grooming where we are committed to treating your pet like family. Together, we can support your pet’s wellness with a dedicated and complete grooming regimen. Continue…