A Solution to Pain: Cold Laser Therapy for Pets

For a pet who suffers from chronic pain, or who has recently undergone a surgery, helping them recover quickly is something most  pet owners want. The other thing pet owners want is a treatment that can expedite recovery without invasive therapies or ongoing pharmaceuticals. What if we told you there is a great solution that is both noninvasive and effective?

Companion laser therapy for pets has been around for the past few decades, and it has gained in popularity and ability. Laser therapy has proven to be advantageous in helping a number of conditions affecting pets. To learn more, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to explain.

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Buying a Bird: 7 Things You Need to Know About Avian Care 

Have you been thinking about getting a bird? Pet birds make great and unusual pet companions. But like anything, birds have their pros and cons, and there are some considerations for basic husbandry that no pet owner can ignore.

To help you assess whether buying a bird is right for your family, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here with some of the important things you’ll want to consider.

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Why Do My Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos? 

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Have you noticed a distinctive odor emanating from your pet’s cute little paws? Perhaps something reminiscent of corn chips or popcorn? No, you aren’t going crazy – your pet’s paws really do smell like they’re edible!

If you’ve ever wondered why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos, you’re not alone. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are asked this question routinely, so we thought we’d shed a little light on the topic!

Why Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Fritos

Just like us, our pet’s bodies are covered with a healthy and (usually) balanced array of bacteria and yeasts. These microscopic organisms are responsible for the various odors the body produces – the bacteria Pseudomonas and Proteus are most likely behind why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos.

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Not Knowing the Signs of a Reverse Sneeze Could Cost You 

Many dogs will live their entire lives without experiencing a “reverse sneeze”, while other pups will make the signature honking, wheezy snorting sounds from time to time. If you’ve never heard your dog do this, you may wonder if you’ve got a real emergency on your hands (it’s that jarring). But before you know it, your dog stops the alarming sounds and goes about their business. 

Knowing what’s going on during a reverse sneeze (also known as paroxysmal respiration) can save you a lot of worrying and expense!

Up the Nose

A normal sneeze is triggered by an irritant in the nasal passages. By forcing air out through the nose, dogs clear up any triggers. However, during a reverse sneeze, air is pulled in through the nose quite rapidly. A strange dog behavior for sure, they will stand still, extend the neck, and make snorting or honking noises.

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Everything You Need to Know About Pet DNA Testing 

If you love a delightful mutt, chances are you have wondered about their breed. How many breeds make up the cute furballs you own is something most pet owners are curious about. 

Human DNA testing has been around for some time, and now we are finding much more sophisticated pet DNA tests available on the market. If your curiosity has been piqued about your pet’s origins, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to give you the scoop about pet DNA testing.

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Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2019

No one can care as much about your pets as you do, but The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are sure to come a close second. After all, our very day to day existence is taking care of other people’s animals.

One of the many ways that we show our care and dedication to you and your pets is through our blog content. These carefully crafted posts help us to educate, enrich, and elevate the human-animal bond. In case you aren’t already an avid reader, we thought that we would share with you our most read pet care blogs of 2019.

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Can You Hear Me? The Importance of Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

Did you know that your pet’s ability to hear is three times that of our own? This may come as no surprise, given how those adorable ears perk up every time there is the slightest noise; but those amazing ears are also fragile. They are susceptible to a number of problems, including parasites and infection. 

Learn more about cleaning your pet’s ears and why you should practice weekly ear inspections for good health and well-being.

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Combating Kidney Problems in Cats

The body itself is pretty amazing. When you take the time to understand all of the inner workings and processes that go into keeping us alive, it is downright incredible what our bodies do each day. Every organ plays its own unique and important role in this task.

The kidneys are one of the main workhorses in the body, and they take quite a beating. It is no wonder that they are often an organ that can have problems, sometimes just due to wear and tear. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital see kidney problems in cats regularly and hope that by educating our proactive pet owners about them that we can help better help our patients who are affected.

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Bloat in Dogs: A Real Emergency

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Pet emergencies happen, and it is nice to know that The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are there for you. Some urgent pet problems are more serious than others, and it is important to understand those that cannot wait.

Some of these, like a pet who has been hit by a car, are pretty obvious. Others are a little less in your face. In particular, suspected bloat in dogs is one of those do-not-pass-go situations that requires a vet visit yesterday and is one that every pet owner should know about. 

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Tough Pill to Swallow? Not With Specially-Designed Pill Pockets for Pets!

In the process of developing an effective treatment plan, pet owners are key players. Whether they’re managing a pet’s weight with healthy meal portions, or providing substantial opportunities for exercise and environmental enrichment, it is their critical involvement that gets results. 

Administering pet medications at home can also be a part of the healthcare puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Pill pockets for pets may just save the day! 

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