That Thing You Do: Strange Dog Behaviors Explained

Dogs are amazing, if not a little odd. We take many of their quirky but cute habits for granted. Every once in awhile, though, your pup does something that makes you stop and wonder.  The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are no strangers to strange dog behaviors. Keep reading to find out what we know about your constant companion.

It’s All About Communication

Many of the things that dogs do are rooted in communication. Since they can’t just talk and tell us when they need or want something, often times body language or actions are their means to an end.

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Pet Dental Care: Is it Really Worth it?

Pet dental care can help pets live longer

You know your pet benefits from regular wellness exams, up-to-date vaccinations, and year-round parasite protection, but many pet parents don’t realize that pet dental care is just as important. Professional dental exams and cleanings can be costly, and it’s easy to think they just aren’t worth the money. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

February is Pet Dental Health Month, and The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want to make sure our readers know how important (and cost effective) it can be to invest in your pet’s dental health.

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Special Needs, Special Friends: How Pets Help Kids With Disabilities

 Pets Help Kids With Disabilities In So Many Ways!

The lives of countless people have been positively impacted by animals over millennia. Now the paths of pets and people are so inexorably woven together, it’s impossible to imagine living apart. Pet owners provide the basic necessities, but are given so much more in return. From protection to unconditional love, the animals we care for add much to our daily lives.

For children living with various mental and physical challenges, being near or caring for animals at home can have even more meaning. Pets help kids with disabilities in numerous and far-reaching ways, and the Pet Experts are proud advocates of this influential relationship.

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Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

As we prepare to close out another fantastic year here at Wheaton Animal Hospital, we want to take a moment to thank you for choosing us as your partners in veterinary care! The Pet Experts are honored to provide you and your furry family member with the very best, and we treasure the relationships we’ve built with our patients and their families.

Pet owner education is important to us, and our regular pet care blogs aim to provide useful, relevant (and sometimes fun!) information to our readers. After reflecting on which topics were most meaningful to you this past year, we’ve put together a list of our most popular blogs of 2018. Enjoy!

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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…