Wheaton Veterinary Services Spotlight: Anal Glands

Wheaton dog with anal glands.

Caring four our four-legged friends can be a lot of fun, but there are some not-so-pleasant aspects as well. Anal glands tend to top the list of things that we would all rather avoid, but caring for them is an important part of pet ownership. The pet experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital understand this, though, and when it comes to Wheaton veterinary services, caring for your pet’s anal glands is something we are equipped for and ready to help you with. 


Spay and Neuter Considerations for Your Pets

German shepherd puppy in front of flowerbed of white tulips.

Do you have questions when it comes to preventive surgery for your pet? We may not be Bob Barker, but The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have all the answers you need when it comes to spay and neuter!


Furry And Small, These 10 Best Rodents Make Great Pets

A hamster looks at the camera.

Most owners of rodents are initially drawn to them on account of their cuteness, which can quickly go into overdrive. With their short legs, furry bodies, and bright, shiny eyes, many rodent species have burrowed their way into the hearts of many. 

Found in just about every terrestrial habitat around the world (including environments made and shared by humans), all of these small mammals come equipped with a single pair of ever-growing incisors. With hundreds of species out there, it can be hard to know which one is the right match for you. The team at Wheaton Animal Hospital has narrowed the list down to today’s 10 best rodents.


Understanding Pyometra in Cats and Dogs

A cat lies on the couch as a woman pets her.

You may have never heard of the word pyometra, but it is a medical condition that warrants understanding. It is especially essential to recognize its signs if you are the owner of an intact rather than spayed female cat or dog. Pyometra is a uterine infection that occurs in older unspayed females. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want our pet owners to be able to spot this secondary infection in their beloved pets, so that they can get treated right away.


Betta Fish 101

A Betta fish swims in a tank.

Most people think of fish as low-maintenance pets that are a great addition to a house that already has dogs, cats, or other pets. While there are certain breeds of fish that can survive happily with some food occasionally sprinkled into a bowl, the betta fish is not one. 

This species requires specific care to ensure a healthy and happy life. Wheaton Animal Hospital wants to be sure you know what it takes to successfully add betta fish to your pet family.


What Should I Do? My Dog Just Bit Someone!

Dog snarling.

There is possibly nothing more frightening when it comes to canine behavior than an attack or bite. When this happens and your dog is the perpetrator, it can be devastating. You may wonder what you should do next and worry about the outcome. Dog bites, while not to be understated, are a common occurrence and any dog is capable of biting. 

If your dog just bit someone, or did so recently, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital can help you sort through what you need to do next.


Struggling to Breathe: When Your Pet Has Asthma

A dog lies on the ground as its owner rubs its face.

Have you noticed that your pet is having trouble breathing? They may cough or wheeze. They may even want to sleep more than normal, or don’t have any interest in exercise. Respiratory issues in pets can be caused  by a number of conditions, but if your pet already struggles with allergies, these symptoms may point to asthma.

When your pet has asthma, you may wonder what you can do to help them. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to explain this condition, its treatment, and at home care. 


Your Dog Licks You. Should They Be Trained to Stop?

While most animal lovers would probably welcome kisses from all sorts species (sloths, elephants, sea otters, etc.), we generally only get doggie slurps. Sure, cats may sample an extended finger or try to taste the tip of your nose, but they can’t really be described as “slobbery”. 

Dogs, on the other hand, are known to use their tongues to express themselves, and some go overboard. Also, when your dog licks you (and other people, too) they may be experiencing distress.


So Many Famous Cats, So Little Time

Gray cat with yellow eyes lokking through cardboard box hole

People and their cats a lot like like Forrest Gump and his gal pal Jenny: peas and carrots. We love them so much, in part because it seems like they love us, too. 

Indeed, our somewhat symbiotic relationship evolved through mutual appreciation and affection, but also because they served early human settlements as bona fide rodent hunters. They scratched our backs, and we repaid the favor tenfold by making them the most celebrated species in the world. They now rule the internet, but most famous cats over millennia were actually celebrated in art, religion, and folklore. 

Back In the Day

Ancient Egyptians have been credited with elevating cat ownership to the status our pets enjoy today. In fact, they deified the feline species and worshipped cat goddesses like Bastet and others. Over thousands of years, living with and caring for cats became popular around the world, especially after the Islamic prophet Mohammed became known for appreciating his favorite friends. 

Fast Forward

The idea of keeping cats strictly indoors arose after the arrival of kitty litter. Before that, cats may have slept inside but almost always went outside to do their business. They lived between our human world and the wild (even if they lived in established settlements or cities). Of course there have always been the cats that didn’t return, but mostly they did come home. We could only speculate over what they saw or did on their adventures, and human fascination has been sealed since!

Popular Culture

From Dewey the Library Cat Iowa to Mike the Feline Guard at the British Museum, Felicette the first (and only cat in space) to Unsinkable Sam (the cat that made it through 3 shipwrecks during WWII), there are plenty of real, historical famous cats to inspire future generations. I

The following cats that made their way from their creator’s imagination to the page, block of clay, film and more may be fictional, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t relatable or realistic to many of us:

  • Garfield
  • Tom Cat (of Tom and Jerry)
  • Hobbes (of Calvin and Hobbes)
  • Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers
  • Felix the Cat
  • The Cheshire Cat
  • Sylvester from Looney Tunes
  • Snagglepuss
  • Salem Saberhagen from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • Thomas O’Malley from Aristocats
  • Cat in the Hat
  • So Many More!

Next Wave of Famous Cats

How many times have you spent more time than you had watching funny cat videos on YouTube? You’re not alone. They’re the best! Amazingly, there just isn’t a shortage of great cat content on the internet, and these famous cats can prove it:

  • Grumpy Cat
  • Maru
  • Cole and Marmalade
  • Lil Bub
  • Sam (the cat with eyebrows)
  • Garfi
  • Nala
  • Colonel Meow
  • Oskar and Klaus
  • Oh Long Johnson

Luckily, the world will not run out of funny, handsome cats to drool over and laugh about. This ist will continue to grow over the coming years as new stars rise.

No Question

The history of cat ownership is a long, varied, interesting story. They say a great deal without talking our ears off, they’re so smart, and the impact and influence of cats on cultures around the world cannot be overstated.

At Wheaton Animal Hospital we think cats are the…cat’s meow!

Dangerous Pet Toys

A gray Wheaton cat looking up.

Although modern dogs and cats look pretty different from their wild cousins, many of the instincts remain the same. For many pets, the need to chew, hunt and stalk prey, or just get their excess energy out can be relieved with a good toy. Providing them with safe outlets for these deeply-rooted needs seems like a reasonable way to protect your furniture, shoes, and other belongings – but there are more to pet toys than meets the eye.

Every year thousands of pets need medical treatment for injuries related to dangerous pet toys. That’s why it’s up to us to figure out which toys are safe, and which should be avoided.