Holiday Pet Safety

Part of having a happy holiday is being sure that we keep our loved ones safe and sound. Our pets are no exception. Pay attention to the following do’s and don’ts to keep your pets merry and bright this holiday season.

Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

DO make sure to familiarize yourself with holiday plants that can be toxic, including mistletoe, lilies, and holly. Be sure to keep these plants well out of the reach of curious pets or do not let them in the house at all.

DON’T decorate with items that can be hazardous to your pets. Tinsel is extremely tempting for cats and can be ingested. Glass ornaments and metal hooks can also pose a risk if chewed on or swallowed. Continue…

Happy Tails! The Ins and Outs of Boarding Your Pet


With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Elmhurst Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos.

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Poodle with a Mohawk: Dog Grooming with Style and Service


With Spring on its way,  shedding season is upon us. That means the time has come to schedule your pooch for his or her Spring-cleaning. Even if you have your pet on a regular grooming schedule, the time is perfect to freshen up your pet’s look with a new do or a fun flourish of color or scent.

Just like us, pets love to be pampered. A day at the spa can be just as rejuvenating for your pooch as it is for you. Add in a fresh new look and a jaunty little bow or bandana and you’ll notice a spring in your pup’s step that lets you know he or she is feeling frisky.

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PUPPY TRAINING: IS IT IMPORTANT?

With spring well on its way, everyone—human and animal alike—is looking to get outdoors and play. After being cooped up all winter, the sunshine and warm weather are irresistible. It’s only natural that you want to take your puppy out for a run or a game of fetch at the local dog park.

Without proper obedience training though, your day in the sun can quickly turn into a power struggle between you and your pooch.

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Diagnostic Screening for Your Pet: Early Warning System for Disease

 

Have you ever had a diagnostic screening test? You know, when your doctor insists on checking your cholesterol levels, taking your blood pressure, or testing for glaucoma–even though you feel perfectly healthy?

Screening tests are a common strategy used to identify those who have a certain condition or disease even though they are not necessarily exhibiting symptoms.

These diagnostic screening tests are a powerful tool in both human and veterinary medicine, as many diseases respond better to treatment when they are caught early in their course. Many of the tests also provide valuable wellness information that allows your vet to make recommendations for diet or lifestyle to maintain wellness. Continue…

Canine Parvovirus and Your Pup

 

Spring has sprung, and with it a whole new slew of pet hazards need to be on your radar. One common danger for pups is the dreaded canine parvovirus. While “parvo” can strike any time of the year, it is most common in the spring and summer months.

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New Pet Checklist – Helping Your New Pew Stay Happy & Healthy

 

Spring is upon us, and many families will be welcoming new furry pet companions into their homes.  When taking in a new pet, it is important to be sure that you are ready to provide everything that he or she will need.  Use the following checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything!

  • Good nutrition

Choose a quality diet that meets your pet’s life stage (puppy/kitten, adult, senior), size, and energy needs.  Make any diet changes slowly over a period of 10-14 days. Continue…

Know Thy Enemy: Heartworms in Pets

 

Heartworms are a parasite that every pet owner should be familiar with. How much do you really know about this serious and formidable foe? See if you can answer the following questions.

 

Q:  True or false?  Heartworms only affect dogs.

A:  False. While heartworm disease is mostly a dog problem, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and sea lions can all be infected. Continue…

The Importance of Rabies Vaccinations for Pets

 

You probably know that your vet recommends vaccinating your pet for rabies.  While there are not a huge amount of rabies cases in pets in the United States, skipping out on the rabies shot is not a matter to be taken lightly.  Here are a few compelling reasons to keep your dog, cat, or ferret current on its vaccines: Continue…

The Importance of Rabies Vaccinations for Pets

 

You probably know that your vet recommends vaccinating your pet for rabies.  While there are not a huge amount of rabies cases in pets in the United States, skipping out on the rabies shot is not a matter to be taken lightly.  Here are a few compelling reasons to keep your dog, cat, or ferret current on its vaccines: Continue…