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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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…

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…

Have You Ever Considered Fostering a Pet?

Fostering a pet can help pets get adopted.When it comes to making a difference in the world, there are many opportunities. Fostering a pet may be the perfect one for you! Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital, review some things to consider before making a commitment to this worthy endeavor.

Close the Gap

Animal shelters commonly use the following reasons to promote the fostering of dogs, cats, and other animals: Continue…

The Path to a Lifelong Bond: Dealing With Rescue Pet Behavior Issues

rescue petEach year, animal shelters across the country take in an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals. Sadly, approximately 2-4 million of these pets are euthanized due to lack of space, funding, and other issues. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization not only saves a life, it opens up more space for other needy pets and increases awareness of the homeless pet issue in your community.

As wonderful as it is to adopt a rescue pet, bringing them into our homes isn’t always happily-ever-after. Many pets have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and may have a difficult time adjusting to life in a loving home. Although it’s natural to feel confused and dismayed by your pet’s undesirable behaviors, it’s important to keep in mind that most problems can be rectified with patience, love, and consistency (and sometimes professional help).

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Home Sweet (Forever) Home: Tips For Introducing a New Pet

Wheaton_iStock_000056193784_LargeBefore adopting a new pet, prospective owners have a great deal to consider: the financial factor, whether they have enough room or time, and, most importantly, whether or not an already-resident pet will accept the presence of a new pet. While it’s great to hope for a sweet Milo and Otis kind of relationship, you may need to work at it a bit to ensure that all animals in your care remain safe, peaceful, and comfortable during the transition. Our trusty tips aim to help if you are considering introducing a new pet to your veteran cat or dog. Continue…

Helping Hands and Hopeful Hearts: How You Can Help Homeless Pets

woman working in animal shelter“When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.”

– Antoine De Saint-Exupery

As the days become longer and the blooms begin, many of us begin to feel more motivated to get out into the community or involve ourselves in a charitable cause. For pet lovers seeking ways to help homeless pets, there are endless possibilities in how your time and talent can be of great service.

Volunteerism is the lifeblood of creating positive change for animals. When it comes to underfunded shelters, volunteers are necessary to operate and provide housing, veterinary care, food, and other needs for millions of stray and homeless pets across the United States. Grassroots rescue groups and animal welfare organizations also depend upon the kindness and generosity of individuals who work to make positive change in the lives of animals. Continue…

Pets As Gifts: The Do’s and Don’ts

 Cute kitten in Christmas basketA fuzzy puppy or kitten wrapped up under the Christmas tree may sound like a picturesque moment, but in reality, it’s not always the best idea.

There are many factors to take into account when considering pets as gifts. Here’s what to know…

DO your research. Talk to a veterinarian about what kind of pet you are looking for. He or she can help you decide what breeds may be a good fit for your family and which ones might not.

DON’T forget to take into account the costs of vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and recommended medications in order to help you to plan for your new addition. Lay out a budget for these expenses as well as others such as food, bowls, collar, leash, training, etc. The first year of a pet’s life is one of the most expensive. Continue…

Forever Family

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The decision to adopt a new pet brings an excitement unlike any other. Whether you’re looking to adopt a cat, dog, bird or pocket pet, your new bundle of joy is likely to bring big changes to your household. So how do you make the transition a smooth success? By letting the “pet experts” of Wheaton Animal Hospital guide the way.

Ask Yourself a Few Key Questions

Before heading to the shelter to adopt a new furry friend ask yourself a few key questions and really consider your answers. If you find that the answers to these questions are iffy or don’t sit right with what you know your soon-to-be pet deserves, then the time for adopting might not be right.  Continue…