Snowed In! How to Keep Your Pet Active During Winter

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The first moment that an animal experiences snow is unlike any other. Many pets take to the flurries and drifts with unbridled (and contagious) enthusiasm. Others, however, harbor deep skepticism – or abject horror – when venturing outside their warm, cozy home.

Consider yourself lucky if your pet can’t get enough of the freezing, blustery weather. However, should your pet require ringing endorsements for winter’s finer qualities, The Pet Experts can provide a few. To this end, check out our tips to keep your pet active during winter. Even if you get snowed in, you won’t get cabin fever!

Wise Words

Before we dive into some ideas to keep your pet active during winter, The Pet Experts would like to remind owners of the myriad dangers of winter weather: Continue…

The Mystery Behind Why Cats Sleep so Much

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Sleeping catBeing a master of stealth requires a great deal of energy. For cats, they have to be able to wait for any kind of action for hours on end (all the pouncing, pawing, hunting, stalking, and running notwithstanding). Plus, jumping to dizzyingly high places or perching dangerously on the edge can make anyone feel a bit, well, drowsy to say the least.

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital ask – are these the reasons cats sleep so darn much?

Nocturnal, Diurnal, or Crepuscular?

Cats are commonly mistaken for nocturnal mammals, but they’re actually most active during the hours surrounding dawn and dusk. That makes them a crepuscular species, and their sleeping patterns reflect this. These times of day are not only prime for hunting small rodents, but they also happen to be when a cat’s predators are mostly inactive.

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Cabin Fever? Not With These Winter Activities for Your New Pet!

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dachshundWe’re not going to see any warm weather for weeks (or months!), but that doesn’t mean your newly adopted pet can’t enjoy the get-up-and-go they deserve. To be sure, one of the more successful ways to acclimate a new pet is to provide outlets for all that extra energy. Unfortunately, the short, frigid winter days make this challenging. It’s not impossible, though, and The Pet Experts have a few winter activities for your new pet to last until the first crocus pops up.

The Obvious

If it’s above freezing, bundle up and head out to any number of local community and/or dog parks. While only older puppies who have received complete vaccinations should embark on public outings, all pets can benefit from fresh air and scenery (provided they’re also sufficiently socialized).

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The Final Countdown: Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs Of 2016

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The big day is almost here! As 2016 comes to a close, we’ve had a chance to reflect on what an exciting, productive, and rewarding year we’ve had here at Wheaton Animal Hospital, thanks in no small part to our wonderful clients and patients!

As you finalize your December 31st plans, put the finishing touches on that New Year’s resolutions list, and contemplate taking down the holiday decorations, The Pet Experts invite you to enjoy our list of the top 10 blogs that were the most popular among our readers in 2016. Enjoy!

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Narrowing Down the List: Top Gifts for Pet Owners

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grey kitten playing with an little santa clausWe live in the land of good and plenty, making the list of potential gifts for pet owners remarkably long. From whimsical to practical, to the high-tech to the home-spun, The Pet Experts have gone through cart loads of suitable presents to create the following list of ideas. You’ll not only enjoy shopping for the animal lover in your life, you’ll definitely love seeing the sheer joy and satisfaction your gift will bring!

Bits and Bobs for the House

Shopping for someone who loves pets and enjoys a hot beverage? Check out this adorable Dog Coffee Sleeve. For other household gifts for pet owners, check out:
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Hashtag Isn’t a Pet Name, but We Do Follow the Most Famous Instagram Pets

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Fast dogPhoto sharing is one of the best opportunities online to be creative, and Instagram encourages users to view, like, publish, tag, and share their personal favorites. With more than 400 million accounts, the ones we like the best, of course, are those that focus on a single pet or multiple pets. To be sure, Instagram pets spread joy and this form of “micro-micro-blogging” can be a fascinating way to spend a few moments.

With so many accounts to sift through, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have made it easy for you to click and follow our recommendations for the most adorable, clever Instagram pets around the world. Enjoy!

All About the Image

We can recall images about 1.5 times more often than words we read. This is why loads of brands like Victoria’s Secret and Nike use Instagram to connect with consumers. But, pet lovers are mostly interested in connecting with other deeply involved pet owners, with the intention to celebrate animals. It’s no wonder why the Dogs of Instagram and the Cats of Instagram accounts are so immensely popular, with 3.5 million and 7.1 million users, respectively.

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Protecting Your Pet From Ice Melt Toxicity

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Young dog acting shy in the parkIce melt toxicity is a very real concern, not only for those with small children but also people with pets. Ice melt (deicers) are used to melt snow and ice on roads, walkways, driveways, and other areas to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, despite its good intention, ice melt can have dire consequences for pets.

With winter looming on the horizon, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want to help all owners avoid a potentially fatal accident this season.

What is Ice Melt Toxicity?

Unless otherwise labeled as a pet-safe alternative (and even those aren’t entirely safe), most ice melting products contain a noxious cocktail of ingredients. This includes sodium chloride (rock salt), potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and sometimes urea.

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Our Favorite DIY Pet Gift Ideas

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On the table is a knitting and a cupWhether you’re a bit of a Grinch around the holidays or you’re eagerly stringing up lights in November, one thing is for sure – when it comes to gift ideas, the earlier, the better.

This includes gifts for our pets. For the artsy pet lover, DIY gifts are both heartfelt and fun to make. To help you get a jumpstart on the season, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have compiled some of our favorite homemade pet gift ideas.

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Pet Tooth Brushing: It Can Be Done!

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Yorkshire Terrier Yelling about her BathtimeThe field of veterinary dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and we now know that your pet’s oral health is a vital component of his or her overall well-being. We generally recommend that pets see us once or twice per year for a dental exam and professional cleaning, but good home dental care is just as important in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy.

Brushing your pet’s teeth probably does not top your list of desirable activities, but it may be the single most effective way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, and the health problems that go along with it.

With patience and practice, pet tooth brushing can become second nature for both you and your pet. Continue…

What in the World? Dealing with Gastrointestinal Obstructions in Pets

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Dachshund puppy plays with shoe outside in grassPicture this. You’ve just arrived home, but before you can even put your bags down and kick off your shoes, you notice something isn’t right. Your pet’s face shows an indescribable expression (worry, paired with shame, guilt, or pain?) and then you see it…The pile on the floor resembles new cross-trainers, but the tattered, drastically shortened shoe lace nearby takes the situation from exasperating to potentially life-threatening.

Never fun, and often dangerous, gastrointestinal obstructions in pets happen when objects are consumed that cannot be properly digested. However, you can protect your pet (and avoid a pet emergency) with these tips from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital. Continue…