Safe Strategies: What to Know About Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is good pet exerciseRunning has exploded in popularity in recent decades, and there’s no doubt that this type of regular aerobic exercise brings with it a myriad of health benefits, a sense of accomplishment, and is even fun for some. Your dog may seem like a natural fit as a running partner. After all, they have plenty of energy to burn and love spending time with you.

But running with your dog requires training and an eye on safety. Does your dog have what it takes?

Before You Begin

Before you start running with your dog, you’ll need to make sure they are healthy enough for high-impact exercise. Dogs who are too young or old (puppies under 18 months should not go running, as their bones and joints are not fully developed) are not good candidates for a jog. Flat-nosed breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs, have shortened airways, which could make running difficult or dangerous for them. Stick to a daily walk in this case. Continue…

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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Preparing Your Pet for the New Baby

preparing petWhat can be a happier occasion than to welcome a new little bundle of joy into the family? From their sweet yawns to their powdery baby scents, bringing home a little one can be an exciting time like no other. However, while the charm of your new child is not lost on you, your pet may be wondering what all of this newfound excitement can be about.

Although you have big plans when it comes to how well your new baby and your furry pal will become the very best of friends, there are changes that may need to be addressed before this can happen.

Thankfully, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are here to help guide you through preparing your pet for your new baby – and all the recommendations to make for a very happy home for all.

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Hidden Dangers: Protecting Pets from Back-To-School Pet Toxins

pet toxinsWhen the time comes to get ready for the start of a new school year, potential pet toxins probably aren’t at the top of the list of concerns, but they should be! The risks associated with seemingly harmless items, such as backpacks and lunchboxes, are a very real threat to our pets, and deserve a second look.

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Spring Cleaning: Pet Safe Cleaning Tips from The Pet Experts!

Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning when you have a pet. Cleaning up after a pet is challenging enough, further complicated by the fact that many commercial household cleaning products contain ingredients that can be hazardous to pets.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your pets protected while you engage in some seasonal scrubbing. Pet safe cleaning is easy and affordable, and The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center can show you how!

Why Is Pet Safe Cleaning Important?

Commercial cleaning products generally have a long list of unfamiliar sounding ingredients, many of which can be toxic to our pets. Pets can come into contact with cleaning products in a variety of ways, and even a small amount ingested or inhaled can cause damage, thanks to ingredients such as ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, phenols, and alcohol. Many of these chemicals are extremely poisonous, and some are known animal carcinogens.

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The Most Important Elements of Winter Pet Safety

Man walks dog in Brooklyn Heights during a winter snowstorm‘Tis the season for a seemingly endless list of chores. Considering all there is to prepare for, we should all be ready for the ultimate test: a rough Illinois winter. Luckily, your pet has you to help them navigate the cold temps and bad weather. To ensure you’re ready for the coming months, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center would like to review some important tips for winter pet safety.

The Foundation

Perhaps the best thing you can do for your pet this winter is to encourage him or her to stay inside where it’s safe, warm, and dry (especially senior pets). However, some pets prefer the outdoors no matter the temperature. In this case, be sure your pet has access to an insulated shelter, soft bedding, and fresh, unfrozen water.

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What to Know Before Introducing Your Pet to Children

Little boy and large dogAs every graduate knows, making a good impression is critical on the first try. Similarly, a positive introduction between a child and a pet is essential to overall success. While companionship is never guaranteed, relationships are much more likely to flourish when everyone gets started on the right foot…or paw!

Before introducing your pet to children, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have compiled a few tricks to smooth out any social wrinkles and keep everyone safe. 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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Beach Safety for Your Dog

iStock_000003792665_SmallSome 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…

Food-Borne Illness And Your Pets

petfoodMost of us are familiar with the ins and outs of food-borne illness in humans. E.coli and Salmonella are increasingly common in our society and we have learned the precautions to take, at least at home, to avoid them. But did you know that pets can be affected by food-borne illness too?

Raw or undercooked fish, poultry, and eggs can make us sick. And the same is true for our pets. The same goes for “infected” greens or meats.

What’s worse is that just as we can contract these illnesses from store-bought foods or restaurants, so can our pets. Sadly, it is becoming more and more common for pet foods to be recalled due to food-borne illness concerns (or your leftovers).

And while much of this is out of our control, you can bone up on the facts in an effort to protect your pets.

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