Toxic Flowers Can Turn Your Pet’s Day Upside Down

People that care about animals typically have a fondness for all life. These nurturing sensibilities naturally extend to caring for and enjoying plant life. In the past, The Pet Experts blogged about yard and garden safety and dangerous holiday plants to avoid. However, it’s essential this time of year to share information about other toxic flowers that pets can easily come across in their day to day routines.

Super Cautious

It’s happened to every pet owner at least once. The impromptu lapse of judgement that inadvertently places a pet at risk. It could be that Easter lily given to you by someone special, or a Mother’s Day bouquet that included toxic flowers you never even heard of. Whatever the case may be, the rule of thumb is to make sure that whatever you bring home cannot threaten your pet’s health and wellness.

There are few pet owners that expect their pets to simply ignore a sweet-smelling bouquet or arrangement brought into the house. The fact is, pets are curious and (more often than not) interested in sampling unfamiliar flowers.

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Kitty Communication: What is Your Cat’s Tail Trying to Tell You?

It’s easy to tell when dogs are happy – they wag their tails. A cat’s tail is just as expressive as a dog’s, but for many, deciphering “cat tail language” isn’t always easy.

Although understanding cat body language may not come as naturally as it does with dogs (we can thank 14,000 years of coevolution for this insight), it’s important that all cat owners be aware of what their kitty is trying to tell them. The Pet Experts invite you to join us as we dive into the incredible world of your cat’s tail!

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Animals Get a Second Chance With Pet CPR

No pet owner ever hopes for a chance to use their lifesaving skills, but in the case of a nightmarish pet emergency, knowing if a pet needs CPR – and being able to administer it – can make all the difference. This relatively simple course of action can buy time before you can get to our hospital, and improves their chances of recovery and survival. Ready to learn?

Check the Signs

Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an animal with a heartbeat can be extremely detrimental and even fatal. Pet CPR should only be used when there’s no breathing and no pulse.

The femoral artery in the hind leg (toward the abdomen) is an ideal place to check for a pulse. Also, place an ear directly on the heart, or feel the paw for any signs of a heartbeat.

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Cut the Fat: Dispelling the Top 5 Pet Weight Myths

We’ve long known that obesity is one of the biggest threats to our health. Unfortunately, this problem is no longer limited to humans – pets are also suffering the effects of being overweight or obese. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese.

The Pet Experts care deeply about all pets, and we believe that owner education is the key to correcting and preventing pet obesity. Let’s start by tackling the top 5 pet weight myths!

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Pet Pictures with Wheaton Animal Hospital: Tips for a Great Experience

Here at Wheaton Animal Hospital, community involvement is extremely important to us, especially when it comes to helping homeless pets in Chicagoland. Throughout the year, we work closely with rescue groups and local businesses to plan fundraising events that not only raise awareness, but are also a lot of fun. Our Easter adoption event is right around the corner, and in addition to the raffles, refreshments, and adorable pets up for adoption, we’ll be offering families and their pets a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny!

The Pet Experts want this popular event to be enjoyable for everyone, so we’ve put together a few tips for taking great pet pictures and making the most of your time with us!

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette 101

At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we do our best to make our waiting area as peaceful and hospitable as possible. Even with all of our efforts, the fact is that coming to see the veterinarian is an extremely stressful event for many pets, and sitting in a lobby packed with strange people and animals can compound feelings of fear and anxiety.

Practicing good veterinary hospital lobby etiquette will go a long way toward keeping the atmosphere relaxed and is essential for the safety and well being of everyone present.


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Little Known Health Benefits of Relaxing with Your Pet

It’s no secret that having a pet can make you healthier. Some of the benefits are obvious – walking and running with your pet increases your fitness and ensures you get outside for fresh air every day. However, for most of us, the downtime at the end of the day is where we connect with our pets. But is all this relaxing together with our furry companions just good for our physical health?

The good news is that any time spent in the company of a four-legged companion has the potential to improve the state of our overall health and wellness. Let The Pet Experts highlight the many benefits of relaxing with your pet!

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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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