Managing Feline Diabetes

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…

Canine Kennel Cough & Influenza: Current Info for Pet Owners

Schertz_iStock_000015133785_LargeKennel 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…

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 Preventative Care Plans: A Powerful Tool for Proactive Pet Ownership

iStock_000012298746_LargeIt’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!!”

iStock_000021930272_LargeThere’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

iStock_000015693942_MediumAll 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

iStock_000024894111_MediumElmhurst 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…