Pet Preventative Care Plans: A Powerful Tool for Proactive Pet Ownership

A ginger cat getting a treat from a vet techIt’s a fact of life – pets develop health problems. They get sick or injured, or develop a disease. Some of these things may be preventable. If you knew that your pet’s problem could have been prevented, wouldn’t you do everything in your power to go back in time and do so?

Our preventative care plans are designed to help catch problems early so that we can treat them more effectively and, in some instances, prevent them entirely.

Pet Preventative Care Plans at Elmhurst Animal Care Center

We strongly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is why we have designed Preventative Care Plans for our client’s pets with plans designed to make proactive pet care easy and affordable. Continue…

A World Of Thanks from Elmhurst Animal Care Center

happy thanksgivingAs the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many of us are pausing to consider all we have to be grateful for. Whether your year has been all you had hoped for, or you’ve experienced the ups and downs familiar to us all, we each have something or someone in our life to be thankful for.

We are a business, but we are also comprised of individuals who are each thankful. As such, we would like to express our gratitude and count our blessings. We know that not all businesses are as blessed as ours is, so we acknowledge that we have a lot to be thankful for.

And so, we give thanks… Continue…

Singing the Praises of Our Incredible Vet Techs

Elmhurst - StephIt’s National Veterinary Technician Week and we would like to take a moment to regale you about our wonderfully talented team of technicians who provide exemplary care to our pet clients every day. Thank you, Stephanie and Kelly! We appreciate your hard work, compassion, and dedication more than you might know.

This special week also offers us a chance to honor the many ways vet techs provide support and comfort to our special fur friends. Not only are technicians skilled in necessary medical procedures, but they are also comforters, educators, and friends to animals. They are the front-line team, often dealing with medical emergencies and end-of-life emotional support. In short, they are the rock on which we all rely.

By observing National Veterinary Technician Week, we hope to encourage others to discern the skills and talents it takes to become a certified veterinary technician, a profession that is key to the health and wellness of our pets. Continue…

Paws with Purpose: How Pet Therapy Helps Children and Adults Heal

Young Girl Being Visited In Hospital By Therapy DogUndeniable affection and their amazing ability to learn are just a few of the many wonderful aspects of our canine friends. For the dog lover, the significant emotional and physiological benefits of the human-dog connection is nothing new. It is incredibly exciting to see research that supports and affirms this basic truth: interacting with an animal can be healing.

A study by Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., RN, of the University of Missouri-Columbia Center for the Study of Animal Wellness, illustrated that when we interact with a pet, such as petting our dog, we experience an overall sense of well-being. This is largely due to what takes place in us physiologically as the body produces more “feel good” chemicals, such as dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphin. Studies conducted in the 80s concluded that heart attack survivors who owned a dog lived longer than those without – and, that simply petting a dog can lower blood pressure.

While we all consider our own wonderful pooches to be exceptional and perhaps even therapeutic to us, for a dog to be classified as a service dog, specific criteria and rigorous training must be met to teach these dogs the skills they will need to be a therapeutic partner. Continue…

The Well-Behaved Pooch: Best Practices in Dog Training

“Get back here!”

“No, no, no… No, Riley, no!”

“Mac, drop it. Drop it, Mac. Maaaaaaaac!!”

A puppy being trained in obedienceThere’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. Yet, at every park or campground, we often hear the familiar and droning scolding of a pooch on the loose.

Likewise, it can be frustrating to be that pet owner scolding away at your pet… But there is hope.

Ideally, you have had the opportunity to start your dog training classes when your pooch was a puppy, generally beginning at 10-12 weeks of age (an ideal time for behavioral training and socialization). However, the reality is, many of us adopt dogs who have not been trained or exposed to dog parks and other social places. Many shelter dogs or rescues have been subjected to stressful environments where behavioral challenges and fears can be developed. Continue…

School Season Blues: How to Help Separation Anxiety in Pets

A dog on the deck with a bookAll summer long, your kids and their best four-legged friends have bonded over trips to the park, lazy days by the pool, and sprints across the lawn. Now you and your family have turned your attention to papers, pencils, new clothes, and busy schedules as the alarm clock announces another crazy day ahead. In the hustle and bustle, though, your pets may find themselves having to adjust to all of the changes the back-to-school season brings.

Although we think of the new school season in terms of our children’s adjustment to new classmates, classes, and experiences, it is important to remember that pets often suffer from some separation anxiety and stress in response to the change in routine.

While these shake-ups in family schedules are unavoidable, there are some ways you can help acclimate your pet to their flipped routine and make the process less daunting for your furry  family member. Continue…

NexGard: New Flea and Tick Control for Dogs

A cat and dog cuddling in the outsideElmhurst 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. Our staff is pretty excited about NexGard – here’s why…

Why NexGard is Different

Until recently, pet owners had to rely on topical spot-on products or collars to provide good flea and tick control. This presented challenges for some pet owners:

  • Topicals can be messy
  • Bathing and swimming can influence effectiveness
  • Some pets with sensitive skin do not tolerate these well
  • Concerns about exposure to cats and children
  • Issues with applying topicals down on the skin as directed

Because NexGard is administered orally, none of these problems are a concern. NexGard is conveniently dosed as a tasty beef-flavored chewable that most dogs eat willingly. Continue…

The City Pet: Keeping Your Pet Safe in Urban Areas

pragAlthough many of us live in metropolitan areas, the reality is cities present unique challenges to raising and owning a pet. There are more people living in close proximity and therefore more trash, traffic, and training requirements. In the Chicago metro region, we may enjoy the lakefront or the many parks within our communities, but it is hard to escape the impact of living with our city pet in a congested, busy, and traffic-rife area.

Of course, there are also a myriad of benefits to being a city-dwelling pet lover. There are dog, cat, and exotic pet clubs. There are dog parks of all varieties. And, generally speaking, there is access to better quality veterinary care and pet health specialists.

The key to keeping your pet happy and safe in an urban environment resides in your level of awareness and some city-savvy pet skills that only a true cosmopolitan pet owner can exemplify. Continue…

Beach Safety for Your Dog

A pup on the beachSome 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. However, there is nothing more dreadful to beach patrons than stepping in some fresh dog poop with their bare feet.

While your dog might love the beach, there are etiquette and safety precautions to keep in mind – both for him or her and for the other people who would like to enjoy the beach too.

Beach Safety for Your Dog

The very first thing to do before taking your dog(s) to the beach is to check ahead that it is a dog friendly beach. There’s no sense in loading him or her up for a ride only to find out that your dog isn’t allowed out of the car. The fact is, many parks and beaches don’t allow dogs because owners don’t always clean up after their pets, leaving a mess. Continue…

Heatstroke and Summer Pet Safety

cute beagle lying on the grass in the parkEnjoying 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. You don’t want to spoil your summer and endanger your pet, resulting in an emergency call to your veterinarian, or worse.

Keeping Your Pet Happy and Hydrated

Providing an endless supply of fresh, clean drinking water is essential to keeping your pet healthy and safe during the summer heat. Continue…