Our Favorite DIY Pet Gift Ideas

On the table is a knitting and a cupWhether you’re a bit of a Grinch around the holidays or you’re eagerly stringing up lights in November, one thing is for sure – when it comes to gift ideas, the earlier, the better.

This includes gifts for our pets. For the artsy pet lover, DIY gifts are both heartfelt and fun to make. To help you get a jumpstart on the season, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have compiled some of our favorite homemade pet gift ideas.

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Pet Tooth Brushing: It Can Be Done!

Yorkshire Terrier Yelling about her BathtimeThe field of veterinary dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and we now know that your pet’s oral health is a vital component of his or her overall well-being. We generally recommend that pets see us once or twice per year for a dental exam and professional cleaning, but good home dental care is just as important in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy.

Brushing your pet’s teeth probably does not top your list of desirable activities, but it may be the single most effective way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, and the health problems that go along with it.

With patience and practice, pet tooth brushing can become second nature for both you and your pet. Continue…

What in the World? Dealing with Gastrointestinal Obstructions in Pets

Dachshund puppy plays with shoe outside in grassPicture this. You’ve just arrived home, but before you can even put your bags down and kick off your shoes, you notice something isn’t right. Your pet’s face shows an indescribable expression (worry, paired with shame, guilt, or pain?) and then you see it…The pile on the floor resembles new cross-trainers, but the tattered, drastically shortened shoe lace nearby takes the situation from exasperating to potentially life-threatening.

Never fun, and often dangerous, gastrointestinal obstructions in pets happen when objects are consumed that cannot be properly digested. However, you can protect your pet (and avoid a pet emergency) with these tips from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital. Continue…