Pet Safe Pesticides That You Can Feel Good About

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We all are a little more wary about the chemicals that exist around us in the world. As science advances we have learned more and more about how they can affect us and those we love.

Pesticides in the home are no different, yet there is some line where we just have to use something to protect our property from unwanted invaders.

Thankfully, pet safe pesticides do exist, and The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center know all about them.

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Protect Your Pup from Sun Damage by Using Dog Sunscreen

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Believe it or not, dog sunscreen is available for use on pets who spend time outdoors. It protects them from sunburn as well as reduces the risk of certain skin cancers. Like us, our dogs are susceptible to the effects of long hours under the UV rays. Not only can the intense summer sun cause skin damage, it can also lead to heatstroke and other heat related problems. 

Through the use of dog sunscreen, you can keep your pet’s skin in good health. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to tell you all about some great options in sun protection for our furry family members.

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Me Without You: A Guide to Separation Anxiety in Cats

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Cats are widely perceived as solitary, independent, or aloof pets. They may not be as demanding as dogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require – or benefit from – company, interaction, and affection. 

The truth is, cats need close companionship, and value their owner’s involvement in their day-to-day needs. Unfortunately, separation anxiety in cats is a natural consequence of our busy lifestyles, but it doesn’t have to have a lasting impact on feline health.

Understanding the Scope Cat Separation Anxiety

A bonded cat is a beautiful thing, but a deep connection to their owner can have a profound impact on their ability to cope with solitude. Separation anxiety in cats can cause many different symptoms, such as:

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Dog and Puppy Socialization While Social Distancing

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Raising a happy and healthy dog comes with a certain set of requirements: a nutritious diet, regular wellness care, vaccinations and parasite prevention, daily exercise, and lots of love (of course). Few people think of socialization as an important aspect of pet care, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

Dog and puppy socialization is the backbone of your pet’s emotional health and physical safety. In this age of social distancing, however, people are finding it difficult to make sure their new pets get plenty of exposure to the great big world. The Pet Experts want you to know that it is possible to socialize your pet while social distancing, and maybe even have a little bit of fun in the process.

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Gack! Are Hairballs Normal?

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All of a sudden you hear the distinct sound of your cat in the next room, making unruly noises. Next comes that disgusting ball of fur and stomach fluids. Hairballs make even the biggest cat lovers cringe, and wonder “Is this normal?”. 

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center get this question a lot and are here to discuss this most yucky of all cat behaviors.

What Is a Hairball?

A hairball, technically called a trichobezoar, is a collection of undigested fur that forms into elongated or round balls covered in saliva and stomach fluids. The fluids may appear yellow or clear and resemble vomit, but with the accumulated hair.

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The Healing Power of Light: How Cold Laser Therapy for Pets Works

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Cold laser therapy was invented 40 years ago and was understood as a powerful form of recovery and healing. This noninvasive therapy has come a long way in its development and uses. The benefits in using this treatment with pets is that it helps speed up recovery after an injury or surgery and reduce pain and inflammation without medication. 

To learn why this therapy is key to recovery for your furry one, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain.

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For the Birds: What You Should Know Before Buying a Bird

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Birds make amazing pets, as many bird fanciers will tell you. They are unique, beautiful, and sociable beings that offer something new in terms of the family pet. Yet, there are several factors to consider before buying a bird. Birds require specific husbandry and veterinary care needs that are quite different from your average cat or dog. 

To help you make a better informed decision about choosing a bird as a pet, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to explain some basics about our avian friends.

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How Do You Know If You Have Too Many Pets? 

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A multi-pet household can be a delightful experience, assuming everyone gets along. Play, environment enrichment, variety, and friendship are part of the ownership puzzle, and it’s mutually beneficial to all household pets. That said, is it possible to have too many pets?

More the Merrier?

The bottom line is that you can have as many pets as you can reasonably take care of. However, this balance can often get out of hand, causing detriment to the health of the pets and even the human family members.

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Helping Baby Wildlife in Need 

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If you have ever stumbled upon a baby wild animal all alone in the outdoors, you probably are familiar with that panicky feeling about what to do with it. Mother Nature often works best when left to her own devices, but it can be difficult to turn your back on a helpless animal in need.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center don’t regularly care for baby wildlife, however we do know how to get started helping and who to ask when things are serious. Please do not bring wildlife to Elmhurst Animal Care Center. 

When to Intervene

Wild animals, no matter how small and cute, are not the same as our household pets. Knowing how to assess the situation when you find an animal seemingly in need can help stop you from doing more harm than good. 

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TPLO Surgery: The Bee’s Knees for CCL Injury in Pets 

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You probably know someone (maybe even yourself) who has torn the ACL in their knee alignment, which plays a big role in stabilizing the knee joint. Usually this happens during a rough football play, a skiing accident, or maybe some other traumatic injury.

In dogs and cats, the ACL is even more critical due to the mechanics of their four-legged gait. In pets this ligament is termed the cranial (vs. anterior) cruciate ligament (CCL), but serves the same purpose: to keep the femur from sliding off the front of the tibia (ouch!).

When a pet injures or ruptures their CCL it is more often due to chronic strain and wear than traumatic injury, but the result is the same. A sudden, non-weight bearing lameness that prompts immediate treatment. Unfortunately, ligaments are not well-known for their healing ability and often a procedure such as a TPLO surgery is required. 

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