You Found a Tick on Your Dog…Should You be Concerned?

tick on your dogThe more you’re exposed to something, the more comfortable you are with it, right? Not so with ticks. Because they’re known to pass dangerous diseases to animals and people, they’re perceived as nightmarish, blood-sucking parasites – no matter how many times you’ve seen one.

If you have yet to find a tick on your dog, you’re quite lucky. As we approach the summer months, the likelihood of a tick encounter skyrockets. Recognizing risk factors and practicing disease prevention are key to keeping your pup in tip-top shape.

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The Unshakeable Love Between Pets and Owners  

pets and ownersFor the majority of pet owners, our love for our four-legged family members is unconditional. We provide them with everything they need to survive and thrive, shower them with attention, and think about them when we aren’t together. For the most part, we’re pretty sure our pets love us back. From the excited dog who greets us each day to the contented purring of a sweet kitty, most pet owners can cite many ways our pets show us love.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center agree that pets and owners love each other, so we delved into the latest scientific research about this remarkable relationship. We relish the opportunity to share our findings with you…

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A New Leaf: New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners In 2018

When the end of December rolls around, we all know the drill. Take an honest look at our lifestyles and habits, note where improvement is needed, write it down, and promise ourselves that this year we will finally stick to the much needed changes.

In most cases, our pets’ lives could use some tidying up as well. Our furry companions rely on us for everything, which is why it’s often easier to keep promises to them than to ourselves!  If you’re having trouble getting started, let The Pet Experts help! We’ve outlined some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are simple, effective, and easy to start on today or anytime.

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Rainy Day Games and Activities for Your Pet

Rain or shine, your pet needs exercise and interaction every day to keep them at their healthiest and happiest. As we look ahead to the coming winter months, it’s likely that some days may not lend themselves to outdoor play. This can be especially disconcerting for the dog who loves to go on walks to the park.

Since we can anticipate wet, cold, and snowy days ahead, it’s important to have a few indoor activities for your pet in mind. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few ideas to help you enjoy those rainy days with your pet (and the whole family!).

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Your Go-To Guide for Essential Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet carePocket pets have grown in popularity over recent years, due to changing household dynamics, allergies, and improved access to these special animals. Hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, rabbits, sugar gliders, and even hedgehogs round out the list of common pocket pets. Being small is certainly part of their charm, but the basics of pocket pet care are still a big responsibility.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offer the following tips to ensure the brightest future for your pint-sized friend.

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Holiday Gifts for Pet Lovers on Your List

Christmas wreath on neck dachshund puppyAs an adoring animal fan, it’s likely you share a love of animals with your friends and family members. As an added bonus, this also makes your holiday shopping a bit easier.

To help you in your quest to find the perfect gifts for pet lovers, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have compiled a few of our favorites.

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How to Get From Puppy Love to Puppy Care

Affection to dogIt’s easy to love a puppy. Puppies are cute, adorable, and oh-so-sweet. Luckily, their collective abilities lull us into a state of pure bliss, preserving their security and well-being.

But, what does caring for a puppy really entail? Endless snuggles? Check. Never-ending laughter? Of course. Heartwarming antics? You got it! All of these things (and more) are part of welcoming a young pup into your life, but there are more serious topics to be aware of.

To ensure the lifelong health of your precious puppy, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offer the basics of puppy care. Continue…

The Dangers Of Antifreeze: Protecting Our Pets

Refilling the windshield washer system antifreezeAs pet owners, most of us will do everything we can to protect our pets from the dangers of everyday life; we may keep our cats indoors, walk our dogs on leashes, have our pets vaccinated, and keep them away from toxic foods to name a few. Now that winter is firmly in place (and not going anywhere for awhile) The Pet Experts would like to turn the focus toward a deadly, and unfortunately common, pet toxin: antifreeze.

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Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Your Pets

Valentine dogIt’s almost Valentine’s Day. And while that may mean a dinner date, candy, and flowers for you; it could also mean a veterinary visit for many pets, too.

We don’t often think about common Valentine’s gifts being dangerous for pets, but many items can make pets sick or worse. Use caution when celebrating this year and ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for everyone in your household by following these Valentine’s Day safety tips for your pets…. Continue…

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…