Pet Hydration: The Key to a Safe Summer for Your Furry Friend

a tired looking dog drinks from an outdoor public water fountain

We’ve had an unseasonably cold spring here in Chicagoland, but that doesn’t mean we can’t expect blisteringly-warm temperatures as the summer progresses. However, the heat doesn’t have to be extreme to place pets at risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. Especially if you’re aware of proper pet hydration.

Keeping pets hydrated is simple, but it can easily slip our minds in all the excitement and activities of summer. July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month, and The Pet Experts want to use this opportunity to share the principles of pet hydration with our readers.

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The Best Ways to Take Care of Your Pet’s Paws This Summer

Seasoned pet owners are familiar with the dangers of heatstroke, especially when it comes to leaving their best friend in the car. Less common, however, is an awareness of the ground temperature during the hottest months. Even when air temperatures hover between 75-85 degrees, asphalt and concrete temperatures can soar to 125-140 degrees! While that doesn’t impact our shoe-laden feet, damage to animal paw pads is imminent. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent injury and protect your pet’s paws this summer.

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Toxic Flowers Can Turn Your Pet’s Day Upside Down

People that care about animals typically have a fondness for all life. These nurturing sensibilities naturally extend to caring for and enjoying plant life. In the past, The Pet Experts blogged about yard and garden safety and dangerous holiday plants to avoid. However, it’s essential this time of year to share information about other toxic flowers that pets can easily come across in their day to day routines.

Super Cautious

It’s happened to every pet owner at least once. The impromptu lapse of judgement that inadvertently places a pet at risk. It could be that Easter lily given to you by someone special, or a Mother’s Day bouquet that included toxic flowers you never even heard of. Whatever the case may be, the rule of thumb is to make sure that whatever you bring home cannot threaten your pet’s health and wellness.

There are few pet owners that expect their pets to simply ignore a sweet-smelling bouquet or arrangement brought into the house. The fact is, pets are curious and (more often than not) interested in sampling unfamiliar flowers.

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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…

Is Pet Anxiety Normal this Time of Year?

Pet anxiety can come from separation and a bored petWhen pet owners come to us with reports of urinating or defecating inside the house, pacing, destroying property, and endless vocalization, discussing separation anxiety is a natural place to start. To err on the side of caution, we first ensure there isn’t an underlying medical condition. If nothing is found, The Pet Experts work with pet owners to help assuage dangerous or challenging symptoms and re-prioritize their pet’s needs.

It’s All About Routine

Undoubtedly, pets are creatures of habit. They rely heavily on predictable events, such as meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for play and exercise. After a long, active summer in which they’ve grown accustomed to daily, consistent involvement, some pets have a tough time adjusting to a new routine. 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…

How do Essential Oils Fit Into Pet Safety?

Pet SafetyA trip to the spa typically involves a scent of some kind that decreases stress, such as almond, eucalyptus, clove, peppermint, pine, tea tree, and ylang-ylang. Often mixed with vitamin E oil and massaged into the skin, these scents trigger certain responses through our olfactory receptors, brain, and nervous system. While these products, known as essential oils, are gaining in popularity, they can also threaten pet safety and health.

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Giving Back: Ideas for Helping Shelter Pets During the Holidays

helping shelter petsWith the holiday shopping season underway, now is the time to start thinking about how to make the holidays brighter for those in need. For animal lovers, helping shelter pets is an obvious choice, but because the situation can seem dire and overwhelming, many of us are left wondering where to begin or if our help could even make a difference.

As it turns out, it doesn’t take much to make a big impact on the lives of shelter pets. Let The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital guide you in finding the perfect way to help needy pets this holiday season and all year long!

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Tummy Trouble: Always a Pet Emergency or Can You Wait it Out?

pet tummy troublesThere are exactly zero pet owners out there who shrug off unforeseen, yet repetitive, vomiting episodes (with or without diarrhea). To be sure, it’s alarming when an animal shows acute signs of sickness, but rushing to the ER every time your pet hacks something up may not always be the right approach. The Pet Experts present: when to wait and see if tummy troubles improve vs. when to accept that a real pet emergency is looming…

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It’s Never Too Late to Start: Pet Costumes to Write Home About

pet costumesThere’s a significant amount of cause and effect in the world shared by our pets, and either positive or negative behaviors are the result of certain stimuli. In the case of pet costumes, it’s never a given how an individual pet will react, but excessive panting, hiding, and growling aren’t entirely uncommon. In fact, pet costumes can repel the pet you so dearly want to dress up, but The Pet Experts have a few tips to keep your Halloween game strong and safe.

Good Show

Many pet owners might purchase or create a costume with the understanding that their four-legged buddy will detest it. In spite of your best efforts, enthusiasm, and encouragement, your pet reserves the right to hate every possible option under the sun. That’s okay. Don’t force the issue. Instead, spend a quiet night at home watching scary movies together.

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