Bad Weather Blues? Have Some Fun With These Indoor Activities for Dogs

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indoor activities for dogsThe rainy days of autumn precede the cold, frosty mornings of Old Man Winter. Knowing that inclement weather is just around the corner, it can be difficult to find ways to entertain your pet inside. Those skipped walks to the park or strolls around the neighborhood can take its toll on your dog, who needs exercise and stimulation each day.

When weather is at its worst, what can you do to keep your pet from bouncing off the walls? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some great tips for indoor activities for dogs and for chasing away those rainy day blues.

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It’s Never Too Late to Start: Pet Costumes to Write Home About

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pet costumesThere’s a significant amount of cause and effect in the world shared by our pets, and either positive or negative behaviors are the result of certain stimuli. In the case of pet costumes, it’s never a given how an individual pet will react, but excessive panting, hiding, and growling aren’t entirely uncommon. In fact, pet costumes can repel the pet you so dearly want to dress up, but The Pet Experts have a few tips to keep your Halloween game strong and safe.

Good Show

Many pet owners might purchase or create a costume with the understanding that their four-legged buddy will detest it. In spite of your best efforts, enthusiasm, and encouragement, your pet reserves the right to hate every possible option under the sun. That’s okay. Don’t force the issue. Instead, spend a quiet night at home watching scary movies together.

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Harmonious Home? How to Help Your Pet Adjust to a New Baby

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The best things in life come in small packages, right? Newborn babies are the most delightful little bundles of joy, but this sentiment may not be shared immediately by your pet. Don’t worry. As you transition into your new life with your little one, your pet can also learn about the sights, smells, and sounds associated with babies. It may not always be smooth sailing, but you can definitely help your pet adjust to the new normal with these tips from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.

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Stormy, Smokey, Shadow, and the Fight to Protect Black Cats

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black catsThe connection between black cats and something ominous or monstrous is nothing new. In fact, the somewhat magical power of black cats has featured strongly in cultures around the globe for centuries. Thought to be evil spirits, Druid circles in Europe that go back over 2,000 years were known to sacrifice black cats on the last night of October.

Not coincidentally, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital hope to raise awareness of these special animals. No longer linked to dangerous witchcraft or pagan revelry, black cats are still widely viewed as “bad luck.” But not if we can help!

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Pet Hair, Don’t Care: Tips and Tricks for Managing Shedding

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pet hairFall has arrived in Chicagoland, and that means it’s time to clean up the yard, garage, and home in preparation for the long winter ahead. For pet owners, the change in seasons is often a time of increased shedding. Unfortunately, with fewer opportunities to be outdoors or have the windows open, it’s easy to feel as though you’re drowning in pet hair.

Whether it’s seasonal or year round, all pets shed and all pet owners must figure out how to deal with pet hair in their homes, cars, and on furniture and clothes. That’s why The Pet Experts have compiled some of our favorite pet hair removal tips to help keep your home in tiptop shape.

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Introducing… The Catio! The Ultimate Chill Spot for Your Feline Friend

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catioAs devoted feline fanciers, we may go to great lengths to keep our furry friends happy, active, and purring. We provide excellent nutrition, complete wellness care, and offer plenty of daily affection to these incredible pet companions. In fact, many cat lovers have made the choice to keep their cats indoors – knowing that it is safer and ultimately healthier for them.

But as you might imagine, the life of an indoor cat can become lacking. Just take a look at Fluffy’s obsession with gazing out the window at all of those (tasty) birds. Given their ancestry,  it’s not surprising that cats want to be outdoors. So how can you offer some time in nature while keeping your cat (and the bird population) protected?

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The Short Snout: Brachycephalic Breed Safety

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breed safetyFlat-nosed breeds are unique and lovable, but the same physical features that endear them to owners are the same ones that endanger their health. Indeed, a shortened muzzle not only contributes to vision difficulties and eye ulcers, but problematic breathing and eating are equally as common – especially during the summer. When the temperatures are high, brachycephalic breed safety must be priority number one.

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Why Dogs Eat Grass?

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dogs eat grassDogs are pretty infamous for eating anything they come into contact with. While we can definitely understand some of the more tasty options that fall from the table, it might be a stretch to say that other canine snack choices don’t invite scrutiny. At the top of that list is, of course, grass.

Wondering why dogs eat grass? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some ideas.

Maybe This, Maybe That

It is unknown why dogs eat grass, but there are theories out there that can account for this mystery.

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10 Undeniably Great Reasons to Adopt a Dog

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adopt a petEver catch yourself gazing enviously at your neighbor, happily walking his Min-Pin? Ever long to go camping with a happy-go-lucky lab or just snuggling up on the couch with a furry best friend? You’re not alone!

There are over 78 million dogs in the United States, and man’s best friend can surely bring a lot of joy and devotion to someone’s life. If you’re on the fence about whether to adopt a dog, we encourage you to consider the following list of reasons this may be the right decision for you.

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Fourth of July Pet Safety Survival Guide

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fourth of julyWith the Fourth of July right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for your pet’s safety and comfort during this most American of holidays. The loud noises, crowds, and parties can pose a serious risk to our four-legged friends if we aren’t careful. Follow our Fourth of July pet safety tips to help your best pal enjoy the holiday as much as you do.

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