Halloween Pet Safety: No Tricks, Only Treats

Halloween pet safety.

Halloween is traditionally a holiday filled with candy, sweets, and goodies. When celebrating, it is easy to want to include your pet in the festivities. With Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Halloween pet safety tips, you and your pet can make the most of the spooky season.

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5 Common Cat Questions Answered!

A man works from home with his cat.

One in three households in the U.S. includes a cat among its family members. Cats are so very appealing thanks to their range of quirky personalities. Many cat lovers are compelled to find ways to understand the mysteries of their pets and, naturally, look to the internet for answers. We’ve gathered some of the most commonly Googled questions about cats:

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FIV/FeLV in Cats: What You Should Know

Cat diagnostic exam.

We hear a lot about feline leukemia (FeLV) and wonder if it’s safe for infected cats to be around human babies and other household pets. The truth is that feline leukemia affects cats, not other animals or people. The same is true of feline immunodeficiency (FIV). There is no evidence that humans or other pets can be infected. It is possible, however, for an infected cat to transmit the disease to other cats.

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Help, My Dog’s Balding!

Pet hair loss

Are you constantly cleaning piles of dog hair off furniture? Is your floor or carpet thick with a layer of animal fur? If you have a shedding breed, that’s to be expected. But if you see bald spots—patchy areas with no hair—there is reason to be concerned for your pet’s health.

What Causes Dogs To Lose Their Fur?

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Urinary Problems in Dogs and Cats

Puppy urinating on carpet.

Just like humans, dogs and cats are susceptible to issues that affect the urinary tract. These problems can range from mild discomfort to serious medical issues. The urinary tract, which consists of the kidneys, the bladder, the urethra, and the uterus in females, can easily come into contact with bacteria, fungus, and parasites. Although dogs are much more likely to suffer urinary problems, cats can have them, too. The team at Wheaton Animal Hospital wants to help you learn to spot urinary problems so you can get your pets the help they need before these problems have a bigger effect on their health: 

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Bearded Dragons 101

Bearded dragon.

Fluffy isn’t fluffy when Fluffy is a Bearded Dragon. Cute in so many other ways, Bearded Dragons have their charms—including giving good cuddles. They change colors and puff up their spiky throat areas when they’re in love, but they don’t have fur to groom and might not offer kisses.

What Is a Bearded Dragon?

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Keep It Local and Shop at Our Veterinary Online Store

Wheaton cat shopping at a veterinary online store.

Whether it’s groceries or garden supplies, books or clothing, there’s nothing like shopping online. Just last year alone, consumers spent over $800 billion with internet retailers, an increase of 44 percent from 2019. Of course, it’s hard to compete with the convenience of loading up a virtual cart and choosing next-day delivery. But while most big box stores don’t have to work terribly hard for their sales, their customer service could use some work. That’s where we come in. Our Veterinary Online Store offers a variety of pet products, along with a personalized approach to your pet’s needs. Win-win!

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Ringworm Treatment for Dogs And Cats

Sad dog that needs ringworm treatment.

Ringworm is an incredibly contagious fungus that can cause health issues for dogs, cats, and even humans. If your furry friend comes into contact with ringworm, it is important to get treatment quickly to avoid it causing further problems for that animal or spreading to other animals in your home. The team at Wheaton Animal Hospital is here to provide you with some helpful tips on treating and preventing ringworm for your dogs and cats:

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