Top Tips for Traveling with a Special Needs Pet

Traveling with a special needs pet requires special pet travel plans

Hitting the road with a special friend can be amazing, especially when that co-pilot has four legs. There are times, though, when it may not be as easy as packing up and leaving town. Traveling with a special needs pet requires some extra consideration, but The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are prepared to help you achieve travel success.

Recognizing the Risks

Understanding which pets might be considered special needs is half the battle. If you are not aware that your pet may be open to extra risks, you cannot do anything to help protect them. When planning a trip with your faithful friend, be sure to make an appointment to discuss your travel plans with us and allow us to perform an examination to be sure your pet is up to the task.

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The Big Chill: Keeping Your Pet Warm This Winter

Keeping Keeping Your Pet Warm This Winter is part of responsible pet care and pet safety

Winter winds are on the horizon, and with freezing weather and storms come many discussions about how to keep warm, safe, and dry. Our pets need to be included in these discussions too, whether they are indoors or outdoor pets.

A common misconception is that a pet’s coat will keep them warm enough to brave winter weather. But in truth, fur is not adequate protection from winter cold, wind, and wet. Animals are just as likely to get hypothermia and frostbite as their owners.

Luckily, with a few tips and some knowledge, you can help with keeping your pet warm this winter season. In fact, many of the same safety measures you take for yourself will also keep your best friend safe and warm.

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How to Throw a Pawsitively Pawsome Pet Birthday Party


Our pets do so much for us. Besides giving unconditional love, their daily antics bring joy and laughter to our lives (not to mention some great Instagram pictures!). With their wagging tails, sweet purrs, and cute faces, our pets certainly give us something to look forward to at the end of a long day. Studies show that pet ownership even contributes to better health and longevity.

With all these benefits, you might be looking for a special way to show your pet how much you appreciate them, and a pet birthday party may be just the ticket!

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? The Big Question

Pet insurance can help cover your veterinary bills

If your pet was hospitalized with a critical injury tomorrow, could you afford the bill?

Many of us consider our pets to be family, and of course – they are! With advancements in veterinary medicine over the past decade, we now have access to advanced medical care for our pets – including cancer treatment, advanced surgical procedures, and critical care that rivals human level medicine.

As wonderful as it is to be able to provide this life saving care for our fur friends, it certainly does not come cheap. Canine Journal estimates that the annual cost of pet care is topping $1800 per pet. So it’s no wonder that some families struggle financially with providing the kind of veterinary care they want for their pet.

Enter: pet insurance. Designed to bridge the gap between medical care and cost, pet insurance can offset the financial burden of unexpected injury or illness to our pets. But is the monthly cost worth it? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital delve into this question, so you can weigh the costs and benefits for yourself.

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Our Veterinary Technicians: Amazing and Talented

Veterinary technicians are tantamount to veterinary nurses and are the backbone of veterinary care. If you’ve ever had an emergency with your beloved pet, you know how comforting it can be to have a knowledgeable and experienced veterinary technician caring for them. When you bring your pet in to see us, you know they are getting the very best in care from our team.

Our veterinary technicians are an integral part of that team. And with October 14-20th, 2018 designated as National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, we can think of no better time than now to tout the amazing capabilities and talents of these professionals. This week is dedicated each year to allow managers, veterinarians, and pet owners to thank veterinary technicians for all they do to care for and love our pets. Continue…

Do You Have a Plan for Your Pet During a Disaster?

What would you do with your pet during a disaster?Most people accept the fact that terrible things can happen, but assume it’s more probable that they won’t. Sure, there are those that operate from a point of fear, but plenty of pet owners – not unlike their pets – live in and embrace the moment. Wherever you stand on the issue, the fact remains that having a plan for your pet during a disaster is better than the alternative. The good news? The Pet Experts have a few suggestions to get you going.

Perfect Place

Illinois doesn’t rank very high on the list of states with the most potential for natural disasters, but we are very high on the list of states that are prepared to handle them. Tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, and fires are no strangers in this part of the country, increasing the importance of disaster preparedness. Continue…

Look Out! How to Recognize and Address the Signs of Pet Dental Disease

Pet dental disease can affect your pet's health, systemically. Veterinary dental exams can help.Like us, pets benefit incredibly from clean teeth and gums, but unfortunately, many pets don’t get attention to this area before certain problems have already taken root. Some, sadly, don’t ever have their teeth cleaned. The issue isn’t aesthetic, although a fresh-smelling slobber-kiss is certainly preferable to the alternative. Instead, through the prevention of pet dental disease, owners invest in their pet’s overall health and longevity. As the Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital can attest to, this is no small feat.

The Truth About Inflammation

The teeth are supported by gums, bone, and tissue. When these structures become progressively inflamed, tooth loss is the typical result. But the process starts long before when bacteria forms plaque on the teeth and gum line. To make matters even worse, saliva is comprised of certain minerals that, when combined with plaque, form the worst offender: tarter. Continue…

Is Pet Anxiety Normal this Time of Year?

Pet anxiety can come from separation and a bored petWhen pet owners come to us with reports of urinating or defecating inside the house, pacing, destroying property, and endless vocalization, discussing separation anxiety is a natural place to start. To err on the side of caution, we first ensure there isn’t an underlying medical condition. If nothing is found, The Pet Experts work with pet owners to help assuage dangerous or challenging symptoms and re-prioritize their pet’s needs.

It’s All About Routine

Undoubtedly, pets are creatures of habit. They rely heavily on predictable events, such as meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for play and exercise. After a long, active summer in which they’ve grown accustomed to daily, consistent involvement, some pets have a tough time adjusting to a new routine. Continue…

What Are Pet Microchips and How Do They Work?

Pet microchips help lost pets get homeIt sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but pet microchips have been around for more than two decades. Statistics show that dogs and cats with chips are reunited with their owners 52% and 38% of the time, respectively. The likelihood of an animal going home that is not microchipped is much, much smaller. Because the Pet Experts believe in the power of pet microchips, we offer them for free at your pet’s first wellness exam.

Not a Replacement

Pet microchips are never a replacement for collars and tags. Rather, they act as a supplemental insurance against permanent separation.

The Skinny

Encased in biocompatible glass or polymer, pet microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and simply comprised of a capacitor, antenna, and connecting wire. They do not contain a battery and do not use GPS to show location. Continue…

Have You Ever Considered Fostering a Pet?

Fostering a pet can help pets get adopted.When it comes to making a difference in the world, there are many opportunities. Fostering a pet may be the perfect one for you! Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital, review some things to consider before making a commitment to this worthy endeavor.

Close the Gap

Animal shelters commonly use the following reasons to promote the fostering of dogs, cats, and other animals: Continue…