Posts in Category: Pet Rescue & Adoption
How exciting it is to bring home your brand new little one. You must be anticipating all of the little meows or barks, the pitter-patter of paws across the living room floor, and the sweet moments of getting to know your new pet companion. Your friends at Wheaton agree…This time is one of the very best.
But there is a lot to think about when it comes to a newly adopted pet. Your home, especially if it has been fur-free, is probably not entirely pet-proof. What is pet-proofing the home, you may ask? We are here to help you out!
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!Continue…
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!Continue…
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.
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…
It 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.
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…
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…
Each 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).
Before 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…
– 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…
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…
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Meet Our Adoptable Animals!
We are currently fostering some great pets available for adoption! Visit our Featured Foster page HERE to view all animals available for adoption and make an appointment to meet them at our clinic by calling us at 630.665.1500!