Not Knowing the Signs of a Reverse Sneeze Could Cost You 

Many dogs will live their entire lives without experiencing a “reverse sneeze”, while other pups will make the signature honking, wheezy snorting sounds from time to time. If you’ve never heard your dog do this, you may wonder if you’ve got a real emergency on your hands (it’s that jarring). But before you know it, your dog stops the alarming sounds and goes about their business. 

Knowing what’s going on during a reverse sneeze (also known as paroxysmal respiration) can save you a lot of worrying and expense!

Up the Nose

A normal sneeze is triggered by an irritant in the nasal passages. By forcing air out through the nose, dogs clear up any triggers. However, during a reverse sneeze, air is pulled in through the nose quite rapidly. A strange dog behavior for sure, they will stand still, extend the neck, and make snorting or honking noises.

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Everything You Need to Know About Pet DNA Testing 

If you love a delightful mutt, chances are you have wondered about their breed. How many breeds make up the cute furballs you own is something most pet owners are curious about. 

Human DNA testing has been around for some time, and now we are finding much more sophisticated pet DNA tests available on the market. If your curiosity has been piqued about your pet’s origins, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to give you the scoop about pet DNA testing.

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When Your Pet’s Knee is in Need: All About TPLO Surgery 

When a pet begins to limp suddenly on a back leg, there are a few different things that could be causing the problem. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have the expertise, tools, and resources to make an accurate diagnosis for your pet so that we can move forward with the right treatment.

One of the most common causes of acute hindlimb lameness is rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the knee, called a CCL rupture. This is analogous to an ACL rupture in humans. The treatment for this condition is almost always surgical, and while there are several procedures that can be performed, the gold standard option for most pets is TPLO surgery. 

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Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2019

No one can care as much about your pets as you do, but The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are sure to come a close second. After all, our very day to day existence is taking care of other people’s animals.

One of the many ways that we show our care and dedication to you and your pets is through our blog content. These carefully crafted posts help us to educate, enrich, and elevate the human-animal bond. In case you aren’t already an avid reader, we thought that we would share with you our most read pet care blogs of 2019.

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My Pet Just Ate What? Holiday Foreign Body Dangers

The holidays are filled with baubles, bells, bows, and other bling. And each of these items can be just as tempting as the next when it comes to our pets. Decorations, food, gifts, the endless array of good smelling gifts, along with the feast, can prove tempting to even the most well behaved dog or cat. 

Pet emergencies during the holidays are all too common, and most pet owners understand why. Because of the busyness of the season, most people are juggling obligations and pay less attention to what Fido or Fluffy are up to. Couple that with all of the sights, smells, and wonders, and you’re suddenly thinking to yourself, “my pet just ate what!” 

Thankfully, the Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to shed light on these risks so you can better protect your pet.

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Key Concepts of Leash Training Your Dog

Walks are important for all dogs, regardless of age. In addition to building the bond between you and your pet, exercise keeps you both healthy and keeps boredom at bay. Dogs need to explore their environment for their own well being. Daily walks also aid in your pet’s digestion and help them sleep better at night. 

But many people are reluctant to walk their dogs, afraid of the pulling, barking, and general unpleasant behavior that may accompany leash walks. It’s easy to think that dogs just innately know how to walk on a leash, but in fact, this skill is something that needs to be trained. It’s an important skill to teach, and one that you’ll appreciate every time you take your dog out for her walk. 

Keep reading for tips on leash training from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.

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Can You Hear Me? The Importance of Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

Did you know that your pet’s ability to hear is three times that of our own? This may come as no surprise, given how those adorable ears perk up every time there is the slightest noise; but those amazing ears are also fragile. They are susceptible to a number of problems, including parasites and infection. 

Learn more about cleaning your pet’s ears and why you should practice weekly ear inspections for good health and well-being.

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Combating Kidney Problems in Cats

The body itself is pretty amazing. When you take the time to understand all of the inner workings and processes that go into keeping us alive, it is downright incredible what our bodies do each day. Every organ plays its own unique and important role in this task.

The kidneys are one of the main workhorses in the body, and they take quite a beating. It is no wonder that they are often an organ that can have problems, sometimes just due to wear and tear. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital see kidney problems in cats regularly and hope that by educating our proactive pet owners about them that we can help better help our patients who are affected.

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Bloat in Dogs: A Real Emergency

A close-up of a Boxer dog against a blurred hardwood floor

Pet emergencies happen, and it is nice to know that The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are there for you. Some urgent pet problems are more serious than others, and it is important to understand those that cannot wait.

Some of these, like a pet who has been hit by a car, are pretty obvious. Others are a little less in your face. In particular, suspected bloat in dogs is one of those do-not-pass-go situations that requires a vet visit yesterday and is one that every pet owner should know about. 

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Rabies: Why Keeping Up With Vaccines Is So Important

We’ve all heard of rabies, but thanks to vaccination laws the disease is relatively uncommon in the United States. It’s easy to think that rabies isn’t a problem and won’t affect you or your pets, but the reality is that this deadly disease is closer to us than we realize. Although it’s mostly found in wildlife, rabies still manages to kill hundreds of pets, and a few humans, every year.

Understanding and respecting rabies is the key to protecting your family and pets from this devastating illness.

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