A Cat Health Checklist for Well-Rounded Care

A cat on the couch.

Cats can be pretty easy to care for, a fact that partially explains their popularity. They aren’t as demanding as, say, other kinds of household pets. Despite their independence, cats have specific health requirements that, if met, help them achieve vitality and longevity. Yearly or biannual wellness exams can steer a cat’s overall physical and mental fitness, but a big part of an owner’s approach to cat health is to maintain daily check-ins regarding appearance and behavior.

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The Profound Impact of a Cat-Friendly Practice

A man rubs heads with his cat.

It’s not easy to find a veterinary hospital that checks all the boxes. Often, it comes down to the people you meet at the hospital. It is essential that you like and respect everyone that directly or indirectly handles your pet. Your positive interactions build trust and confidence and influence how often you bring your pet in for routine exams. 

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There’s No Place Like Home, but Some Pet Boarding Experiences Are Pretty Homey

A cat sleeping next to a suitcase.

It’s never easy to leave your pet, but sometimes you have to. Whatever the circumstances are, you want to be absolutely sure that they’ll receive the same (or at least a similar) level of care in your absence. If you’re not able to leave your pet at home with a family member, friend, or professional pet sitter, how do you find the right pet boarding facility? There are definite considerations that factor into your decision-making, and we’re here to help you zero in on the right candidates.

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New Pet Checklist–Helping Your New Pew Stay Happy & Healthy

New pet cat.

Spring is upon us, and many families will be welcoming new furry pet companions into their homes.  When taking in a new pet, it is important to be sure that you are ready to provide everything that he or she will need. Use the following checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything!

Good Nutrition

Choose a quality diet that meets your pet’s life stage (puppy/kitten, adult, senior), size, and energy needs.  Make any diet changes slowly over a period of 10-14 days. Talk to your veterinarian about the best kind of diet for your pet’s health and needs.

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The Importance of Maintaining Your Pet’s Vaccinations and Boosters

Pet vaccines.

There’s something about the idea of shots that has many of us wincing at the idea, especially when it comes to our best fur friends. No one really enjoys the thought of our pet experiencing the slightest bit of nervousness or twinge of pain. But, when we choose to forego this momentary discomfort (for us and them), we potentially put our pets at risk for numerous diseases or illnesses, some of which are fatal.

And, let’s face it; there seems to be a lot of media attention and misinformation being proposed around the dangers of vaccines. In reality, though, vaccinating your pet and maintaining his or her booster schedule is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of many common, highly contagious diseases while encouraging a lifetime of health for your pet.

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What Your Groomer Wants You To Know About Pet Grooming

A well groomed, happy and healthy dog.

People generally enjoy a trip to the barber or salon because it feels good to be pampered and get all spiffed up. Our mood changes, our self-esteem is magically boosted, and for some, it can even seem as if our overall wellbeing is enhanced by the time we spend in the salon chair.

Much of the same can be said for our pets, too. There is no denying the springy step our pups develop as they leave one of our grooming appointments all clean, clipped and looking great.

Wheaton Animal Hospital is your pet’s grooming and style destination–but our grooming team handles more than breed-specific haircuts. We are well-equipped to handle the full spectrum of pet grooming including (but certainly not limited to) nail trims, early detection of developing medical conditions, and special attention to skin or coat problems.

In addition to regular visits with our skilled and enthusiastic grooming team, we stress the importance of routine grooming at home. You can take the opportunity to bond with your pet while brushing, combing, clipping, and inspecting. The physical attention, coupled with some snuggles or a treat, will add deeper layers to your friendship and your pet’s overall health will flourish as a result.

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There’s Nothing Better Than a New Kitten

A kitten waiting to be adopted to it's new home.

Baby animals win us over. Even the most immoveable people out there are easily warmed by the innocent and playful natures of fuzzy, furry, wide-eyed, uncoordinated baby animals. Kittens are among the most adored baby animals out there, and we simply cannot resist them. This partially explains why many people adopt kittens on impulsive whims before they’ve had a chance to fully prepare. With our go-to guide, you can bring home a new kitten, help them settle in, and set them up for lifelong health and happiness. 

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

Pill pockets for pets.

Pet owners are key players when it comes to executing an effective treatment plan. 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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The Benefits of Buying Medication Through Your Vet

Sick golden retriever puppy.

Pets, like their humans, can benefit from preventive medicines, including vaccinations, parasite protection, and dermatological treatments for sensitive skin. If you purchase prescribed medications at our clinic or online store, you can be sure that each product is safe for your pet.

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The Very Real Threat of Coyotes to Your Pet

Coyote on some stairs.

If you’ve seen a coyote recently, you are not alone. These highly adaptable animals are becoming more common in and around developed areas, including Wheaton, due in large part to the sheer variety of possible shelters and abundant refuse to eat.

Coyotes have certainly earned their place on the food chain (and continue to be important contributors to the ecological community), but the threat of coyotes to your pet is sizable. In an effort to protect your pet from a dangerous attack or altercation, the pet experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital offer the following tips:

In Check

Coyotes are enormously helpful in keeping the rodent population down, but they’re easily lured away from their territories by the smell of food. Their proximity to our front doors and backyards can alternate between surprising and unsettling, but the bottom line is that it’s always important to have some safety protocols in place.

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