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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Dehydration in Pets: Is Your Furry Friend Getting Enough Water?

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If you’ve ever over-exerted yourself on a hot day, you probably know how lousy dehydration can make you feel. It’s also quite easy to become dehydrated when many of us drink more soda and less water each day than we should. That’s why it’s not a stretch to assume that dehydration in pets can pose several problems and make them quite ill, as well.

In fact, our small furry friends are prone to dehydration because they often do not consume enough water, and they’re prone to overheating due to their inefficient means of body temperature regulation. Since the long, hot, and humid days of summer are soon to come, let’s take a look at dehydration in pets and what you can do to make sure your pet is getting enough water.

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Do Pets Sweat? How Cats and Dogs Stay Cool

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pets sweatMost people have never considered whether or not pets sweat. After all, with all that fur, it’s a bit hard to discern the same signs as when people sweat, and pets don’t get body odor. In reality, however, cats and dogs do sweat – just not in the same manner as humans.

Keep reading to learn more about how pets sweat and how their bodies are designed to stay cool during hot weather.

Do Pets Sweat?

Our bodies come complete with numerous sweat glands along the skin’s surface, which allow us to perspire and release heat from the body. While our furry companions don’t possess the same number of sweat glands, they do have some, which are primarily located in the paw pads. Since their bodies are covered in thick fur, they have different ways to regulate body temperature.

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Hairballs: Common Feline Foe or an Owner’s Worst Nemesis?

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hariballsHairballs are usually fine – that is, until they become a serious problem. To be sure, a monthly hairball “incident” is considered normal. However, if your furry, fluffy feline happens to retch a little too regularly, it’s time for a closer look. But don’t worry! Of all the subjects The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital specialize in, feline hairballs are at the top of our list.

Rough Tongue

Your cat’s tongue is scratchy like sandpaper because of tiny spikes called papillae. These are instrumental in grooming thick, loose, or dirty fur, but like a human hairbrush, hair piles up on the papillae and is swallowed.

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It’s Meow Time: A Strategy for Indoor Cat Care

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indoor cat careAfter hundreds of years as strictly agents in pest control, cats are now among our closest animal companions. Historically, many cats were never allowed to come inside a residence (much less rule one like the ones we know!). These days, however, owners are encouraged to keep their cats inside. Exposure to injury or illness just isn’t worth it when you consider the many positive facets of indoor cat care.

Safety and Wellness

Cats have a reputation for being a low-maintenance pet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need (or benefit from) veterinary support. While indoor-only cats may not be at risk of falling from a tree, getting into a fight, or suffering a run-in with a car, they still need protection from the following:

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