Smarty Cat: A Closer Look at Feline Intelligence

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feline intelligenceThey’ve been around us for millennia, and yet, we aren’t that much closer to understanding cats. To be sure, there’s far more research about the existence – and scope – of canine IQ. Most cat owners know how smart and clever their cats truly are, and luckily, the field of feline intelligence is rapidly expanding. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have the scoop!

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Always Important, Sometimes Fun: Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

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Isn’t it great when you know you can always count on someone? It takes the stress out of the unknown and relieves any doubt or confusion about what may unfold. That’s why we pride ourselves on our pet care blog that readers can depend on every two weeks.

Besides the lighter topics that offer fun insights into pet quirks, we also strive to deliver timely and relevant information to our growing community of pet owners. In other words, you can always count on us to share tips and tricks to help you provide the best care for your best friend.

Every year, Wheaton Animal Hospital conducts a round-up of sorts to see which pet care blog topics hit home with our readers. Thank you for helping us identify what’s most important to you, so that we may continue improving in 2018.

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Giving Back: Ideas for Helping Shelter Pets During the Holidays

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helping shelter petsWith the holiday shopping season underway, now is the time to start thinking about how to make the holidays brighter for those in need. For animal lovers, helping shelter pets is an obvious choice, but because the situation can seem dire and overwhelming, many of us are left wondering where to begin or if our help could even make a difference.

As it turns out, it doesn’t take much to make a big impact on the lives of shelter pets. Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital guide you in finding the perfect way to help needy pets this holiday season and all year long!

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Tummy Trouble: Always a Pet Emergency or Can You Wait it Out?

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pet tummy troublesThere are exactly zero pet owners out there who shrug off unforeseen, yet repetitive, vomiting episodes (with or without diarrhea). To be sure, it’s alarming when an animal shows acute signs of sickness, but rushing to the ER every time your pet hacks something up may not always be the right approach. The Pet Experts present: when to wait and see if tummy troubles improve vs. when to accept that a real pet emergency is looming…

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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.

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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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