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

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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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Bringing Home Fur-Baby! Preparing Your House for Your Newly Adopted Pet

How exciting it is to bring home your brand new little one. You must be anticipating all of the little meows or barks, the pitter-patter of paws across the living room floor, and the sweet moments of getting to know your new pet companion. Your friends at Wheaton agree…This time is one of the very best. 

But there is a lot to think about when it comes to a newly adopted pet. Your home, especially if it has been fur-free, is probably not entirely pet-proof. What is pet-proofing the home, you may ask? We are here to help you out!

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Tough Pill to Swallow? Not With Specially-Designed Pill Pockets for Pets!

In the process of developing an effective treatment plan, pet owners are key players. Whether they’re managing a pet’s weight with healthy meal portions, or providing substantial opportunities for exercise and environmental enrichment, it is their critical involvement that gets results. 

Administering pet medications at home can also be a part of the healthcare puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Pill pockets for pets may just save the day! 

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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

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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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