Wheaton Animal Hospital Blog
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!
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…
Being 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.
We’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.
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).
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!
We 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
Photo 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.
Ice 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.
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.
Whether 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.
The 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…
Picture 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…
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