Help! My Pet Has Been Sprayed by a Skunk!

There’s no mistaking the unique aroma of skunk spray. If you’ve ever been the unfortunate owner of a recently-sprayed pet, you know all too well the noxious, eye-watering stench. Rushing to bathe your pet was probably your first instinct, but bringing them inside and getting them wet is actually the worst thing you can do!

If your pet has been sprayed by a skunk, let The Pet Experts shed a little light on the stinky situation. We will explain why skunks spray, and what you can do to remove the odor and protect your pet (and your rugs, furniture, bedding, and everything else you own) from a smelly disaster.

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Too Much, Too Often: How to Train Your Dog Not to Bark

Dogs and barking seem to go hand-in-hand. In fact, it can actually be helpful when your pet barks to alert you to a dangerous situation or an unknown visitor. However, unprovoked bouts of barking or prolonged periods of barking can be difficult to manage. 

Of course, no pet owner wants to completely eliminate all forms of barking. Fortunately, you can focus on correcting the behaviors you don’t want so your dog can engage in natural barking behaviors that benefit the whole family. 

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Pet Hydration: The Key to a Safe Summer for Your Furry Friend

a tired looking dog drinks from an outdoor public water fountain

We’ve had an unseasonably cold spring here in Chicagoland, but that doesn’t mean we can’t expect blisteringly-warm temperatures as the summer progresses. However, the heat doesn’t have to be extreme to place pets at risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. Especially if you’re aware of proper pet hydration.

Keeping pets hydrated is simple, but it can easily slip our minds in all the excitement and activities of summer. July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month, and The Pet Experts want to use this opportunity to share the principles of pet hydration with our readers.

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The Best Ways to Take Care of Your Pet’s Paws This Summer

Seasoned pet owners are familiar with the dangers of heatstroke, especially when it comes to leaving their best friend in the car. Less common, however, is an awareness of the ground temperature during the hottest months. Even when air temperatures hover between 75-85 degrees, asphalt and concrete temperatures can soar to 125-140 degrees! While that doesn’t impact our shoe-laden feet, damage to animal paw pads is imminent. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent injury and protect your pet’s paws this summer.

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Toxic Flowers Can Turn Your Pet’s Day Upside Down

People that care about animals typically have a fondness for all life. These nurturing sensibilities naturally extend to caring for and enjoying plant life. In the past, The Pet Experts blogged about yard and garden safety and dangerous holiday plants to avoid. However, it’s essential this time of year to share information about other toxic flowers that pets can easily come across in their day to day routines.

Super Cautious

It’s happened to every pet owner at least once. The impromptu lapse of judgement that inadvertently places a pet at risk. It could be that Easter lily given to you by someone special, or a Mother’s Day bouquet that included toxic flowers you never even heard of. Whatever the case may be, the rule of thumb is to make sure that whatever you bring home cannot threaten your pet’s health and wellness.

There are few pet owners that expect their pets to simply ignore a sweet-smelling bouquet or arrangement brought into the house. The fact is, pets are curious and (more often than not) interested in sampling unfamiliar flowers.

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Kitty Communication: What is Your Cat’s Tail Trying to Tell You?

It’s easy to tell when dogs are happy – they wag their tails. A cat’s tail is just as expressive as a dog’s, but for many, deciphering “cat tail language” isn’t always easy.

Although understanding cat body language may not come as naturally as it does with dogs (we can thank 14,000 years of coevolution for this insight), it’s important that all cat owners be aware of what their kitty is trying to tell them. The Pet Experts invite you to join us as we dive into the incredible world of your cat’s tail!

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Animals Get a Second Chance With Pet CPR

No pet owner ever hopes for a chance to use their lifesaving skills, but in the case of a nightmarish pet emergency, knowing if a pet needs CPR – and being able to administer it – can make all the difference. This relatively simple course of action can buy time before you can get to our hospital, and improves their chances of recovery and survival. Ready to learn?

Check the Signs

Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an animal with a heartbeat can be extremely detrimental and even fatal. Pet CPR should only be used when there’s no breathing and no pulse.

The femoral artery in the hind leg (toward the abdomen) is an ideal place to check for a pulse. Also, place an ear directly on the heart, or feel the paw for any signs of a heartbeat.

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Cut the Fat: Dispelling the Top 5 Pet Weight Myths

We’ve long known that obesity is one of the biggest threats to our health. Unfortunately, this problem is no longer limited to humans – pets are also suffering the effects of being overweight or obese. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese.

The Pet Experts care deeply about all pets, and we believe that owner education is the key to correcting and preventing pet obesity. Let’s start by tackling the top 5 pet weight myths!

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Pet Pictures with Wheaton Animal Hospital: Tips for a Great Experience

Here at Wheaton Animal Hospital, community involvement is extremely important to us, especially when it comes to helping homeless pets in Chicagoland. Throughout the year, we work closely with rescue groups and local businesses to plan fundraising events that not only raise awareness, but are also a lot of fun. Our Easter adoption event is right around the corner, and in addition to the raffles, refreshments, and adorable pets up for adoption, we’ll be offering families and their pets a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny!

The Pet Experts want this popular event to be enjoyable for everyone, so we’ve put together a few tips for taking great pet pictures and making the most of your time with us!

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette 101

At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we do our best to make our waiting area as peaceful and hospitable as possible. Even with all of our efforts, the fact is that coming to see the veterinarian is an extremely stressful event for many pets, and sitting in a lobby packed with strange people and animals can compound feelings of fear and anxiety.

Practicing good veterinary hospital lobby etiquette will go a long way toward keeping the atmosphere relaxed and is essential for the safety and well being of everyone present.


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