A Solution to Pain: Cold Laser Therapy for Pets

For a pet who suffers from chronic pain, or who has recently undergone a surgery, helping them recover quickly is something most  pet owners want. The other thing pet owners want is a treatment that can expedite recovery without invasive therapies or ongoing pharmaceuticals. What if we told you there is a great solution that is both noninvasive and effective?

Companion laser therapy for pets has been around for the past few decades, and it has gained in popularity and ability. Laser therapy has proven to be advantageous in helping a number of conditions affecting pets. To learn more, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to explain.

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Buying a Bird: 7 Things You Need to Know About Avian Care 

Have you been thinking about getting a bird? Pet birds make great and unusual pet companions. But like anything, birds have their pros and cons, and there are some considerations for basic husbandry that no pet owner can ignore.

To help you assess whether buying a bird is right for your family, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here with some of the important things you’ll want to consider.

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Why Do My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos? 

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Have you noticed a distinctive odor emanating from your pet’s cute little paws? Perhaps something reminiscent of corn chips or popcorn? No, you aren’t going crazy – your pet’s paws really do smell like they’re edible!

If you’ve ever wondered why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos, you’re not alone. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are asked this question routinely, so we thought we’d shed a little light on the topic!

Why Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos

Just like us, our pet’s bodies are covered with a healthy and (usually) balanced array of bacteria and yeasts. These microscopic organisms are responsible for the various odors the body produces – the bacteria Pseudomonas and Proteus are most likely behind why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos.

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When Does Having Pets Become Hoarding Them? 

The  subject of how many pets a person can own is a sensitive one. It’s also highly subjective, to some extent, and in some cases there are legal issues that determine pet ownership. Unfortunately, there is no magic number as to how many pets an owner can handle, but there are red flags that signal a problem. 

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are  here to address the situation of pet hoarding and help illuminate the signs.

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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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