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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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…

A Healthy Framework: Running With Your Dog

Running with dogs is good pet exercise for you and your dogSometimes, a dog owner is already a runner and trains their dog to run with them. Other times, a person becomes a runner in order to provide the type of exercise their canine companion needs. Whatever the case may be, running with your dog can be done the right way or the wrong way (i.e., ineffectively or dangerously). To help you discern between the two, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some helpful tips to keep you and your pup jogging along for years to come.

Baby Steps

Before hitting the pavement, it’s worth having your dog checked out. Some breeds simply aren’t cut out for strenuous exercise, while others show enthusiasm for the sport, only to get injured or ill. It’s important to get a clean bill of health prior to running any great distances or on difficult routes.

Also, most younger dogs need to grow up a bit before adding strenuous endurance training to their repertoire. Continue…

Lyme Disease in Dogs: What to Watch for This Year

Lyme disease in dogs is cause by ticks and is on the riseWhen the weather turns nice, we’re all itching to get outside with our dogs. Whether that means hiking, camping, or backyard barbeques, keeping our best friend safe from pests tops the list of dangers to watch out for during outdoor season. One such pest, the tick, can be particularly irritating.

Ticks can cause a host of illnesses, including Lyme disease. Lyme disease is one of the most insidious and complex diseases that veterinarians deal with on a regular basis. Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital give you the details of Lyme disease in dogs, so you’ll know what to watch for this summer and beyond.

Lyme Disease in Dogs 101

Lyme disease is a common, stubborn, and problematic tick-borne disease for dogs and humans alike. Transmitted by the deer tick (sometimes referred to as the black-legged tick) and the western black-legged tick, Lyme disease in dogs is an infection that often leads to lameness. Continue…

The Big Question in Pet Nutrition: Can My Pet be Vegetarian/Vegan?

pet nutritionIt’s been well documented that a plant-based diet is healthier for humans. Many veterinarians and veterinary professionals are vegan or vegetarian for health, environmental, or animal cruelty reasons. Could this also be a good approach to pet nutrition? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are exploring vegetarian and vegan diets to learn if our pets can benefit as much as we do.

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The Art of Keeping Your Dog Out of the Litter Box

It’s no secret that dogs can be a bit gross. From licking things they probably shouldn’t to drinking out of the toilet, many of their habits are pretty questionable. However, perhaps nothing is as stomach-turning as their penchant for poop.

If you’re lucky enough to own a dog and a cat, you’ve probably witnessed your dog dining on delicacies from the litter box. This isn’t a great habit for many reasons, but it’s also a tough one to break. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to educate you on the art of keeping your dog out of the litter box.

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Bad Weather Blues? Have Some Fun With These Indoor Activities for Dogs

indoor activities for dogsThe rainy days of autumn precede the cold, frosty mornings of Old Man Winter. Knowing that inclement weather is just around the corner, it can be difficult to find ways to entertain your pet inside. Those skipped walks to the park or strolls around the neighborhood can take its toll on your dog, who needs exercise and stimulation each day.

When weather is at its worst, what can you do to keep your pet from bouncing off the walls? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some great tips for indoor activities for dogs and for chasing away those rainy day blues.

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10 Undeniably Great Reasons to Adopt a Dog

adopt a petEver catch yourself gazing enviously at your neighbor, happily walking his Min-Pin? Ever long to go camping with a happy-go-lucky lab or just snuggling up on the couch with a furry best friend? You’re not alone!

There are over 78 million dogs in the United States, and man’s best friend can surely bring a lot of joy and devotion to someone’s life. If you’re on the fence about whether to adopt a dog, we encourage you to consider the following list of reasons this may be the right decision for you.

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Too Hot to Trot? Water Safety Tips for Dogs

Water Safety Tips for Dogs are real.

Swimming is an international sport, but not all animals enjoy it as a summer pastime. Indeed, your pet may exhibit a general excitement for splashing around, but how do you know when – or if – it’s appropriate to graduate to larger bodies of water?

Because of the inherent dangers associated with pools, lakes, and river ways, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have compiled the best in water safety tips for dogs. Together, we can keep your pup safe, happy, and healthy.

A Word to the Wise

Before we begin, it’s important to understand that not all dogs enjoy or adapt to swimming right away. A gradual introduction may be best based on your dog’s personality and breed. Instead of forcing him or her into the water, allow your pet to initiate the first steps. Then encourage your dog to safely enter and exit the water the same way each time so he or she knows what to expect. Continue…

A Seasonal Query: Can Your Dog Catch A Canine Cold Virus?

Very much sick dog under a blanket, isolated on white

It’s that time of year again: watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing – but we’re not talking about the human population. Can your dog catch a cold? Yes, indeed, but it’s not the same virus that spreads among all of us. While his or her symptoms may mirror your own (and what a happy coincidence if you are ever under the weather together), cold viruses do not overlap between species. So, what does a canine cold virus look like? How can you make your dog feel better? Don’t fret: we’ve got your bases covered! Continue…