Bringing Home Fur-Baby! Preparing Your House for Your Newly Adopted Pet

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!

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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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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? The Big Question

Pet insurance can help cover your veterinary bills

If your pet was hospitalized with a critical injury tomorrow, could you afford the bill?

Many of us consider our pets to be family, and of course – they are! With advancements in veterinary medicine over the past decade, we now have access to advanced medical care for our pets – including cancer treatment, advanced surgical procedures, and critical care that rivals human level medicine.

As wonderful as it is to be able to provide this life saving care for our fur friends, it certainly does not come cheap. Canine Journal estimates that the annual cost of pet care is topping $1800 per pet. So it’s no wonder that some families struggle financially with providing the kind of veterinary care they want for their pet.

Enter: pet insurance. Designed to bridge the gap between medical care and cost, pet insurance can offset the financial burden of unexpected injury or illness to our pets. But is the monthly cost worth it? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital delve into this question, so you can weigh the costs and benefits for yourself.

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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…

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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Smarty Cat: A Closer Look at Feline Intelligence

feline intelligenceThey’ve been around us for millennia, and yet, we aren’t that much closer to understanding cats. To be sure, there’s far more research about the existence – and scope – of canine IQ. Most cat owners know how smart and clever their cats truly are, and luckily, the field of feline intelligence is rapidly expanding. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have the scoop!

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Happy Tails! The Ins and Outs of Boarding Your Pet

 

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With summer just around the corner, many of our clients have been contacting us with questions about our boarding services. We understand that leaving your pet for an extended period of time can be stressful for you both. We also realize you want to know that your furry friend is in good hands and receiving the love and care he or she deserves while you’re away.

So, if you’re planning on hitting the open road this summer, but won’t be taking your pet along for the ride, here are some helpful hints for preparing your pet for his or her stay at Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Dog Suites and Kitty

Condos.

Reservations

Just as your favorite vacation destination reaches capacity during peak travel times, so do our boarding facilities. To ensure that your pet will be able to stay with us while you are away, we encourage you to book your pet’s stay at Wheaton’s Dog Suites and Kitty Condos as soon as your own travel dates have been secured.

Sniff us out

Once your reservations are made, we encourage you to bring your pet in to “sniff us out” before the big stay. If possible, book an overnighter for your cat or dog so he or she can get an idea of what to expect during his or her stay. Or, bring your dog in for a day or two of Doggie Daycare at our facility. This is an excellent opportunity for your pooch to get to know our staff and relax and enjoy the fun we offer.

Even if a short stay is not possible, we encourage you to bring in your pet for a quick visit, at the very least. Getting to know the staff and smells of our kennel facility will go a long way in alleviating any anxiety when the big stay arrives.

For the records

For your pet’s safety, as well as the safety of all our borders, we require all pets staying at our Dog Suites and Kitty Condos to be current on their vaccinations. For dogs, this includes rabies, distemper/parvo/corona, and bordetella vaccinations as well as a fecal test. For cats, rabies, feline distemper, and bordetella vaccinations and a fecal test are required.

If your pet is not current on these vaccinations, or if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status, simply check with our friendly staff when making your reservation. We will be happy to schedule an appointment, if needed.

The big stay

As you pack for your big adventure, don’t forget to pack for your pet’s big adventure as well. We all like the creature comforts of home while we are away, and your pet is no different. Feel free to bring your pet’s favorite toy or blanket, or any little thing that might make him or her feel at home. Something with your scent on it is always a good choice. The smells of home are comforting for your pet and let him or her know that he or she has not been abandoned.

It’s also important to communicate any of your pet’s special needs to our staff, including allergies, anxieties, health concerns, grooming considerations, etc. It is our goal to make your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible, so whatever they may need is of great importance to us.

Finally, as you say your see-you-soons to your fuzzy friend, try to remember to stay calm and positive about the coming experience. If you are stressed and emotional, your pet will pick up on that and may become worried as well. But, if you’re excited, your pet will be too.

Should you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to take your reservation and answer any questions you might have.

Bon Voyage!

 

PUPPY TRAINING: IS IT IMPORTANT?

 

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With spring well on its way, everyone—human and animal alike—is looking to get outdoors and play. After being cooped up all winter, the sunshine and warm weather are irresistible. It’s only natural that you want to take your puppy out for a run or a game of fetch at the local dog park.

Without proper obedience training though, your day in the sun can quickly turn into a power struggle between you and your pooch.

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Microchips: Why your pet shouldn't be without one

Microchip your PetWe all know someone who has lost a pet.  It’s hard to imagine the sadness you might feel if your favorite friend were somehow separated from you.  Many people think that their pet never would stray from home, however every year animals and owners are parted during natural disasters, accidents, and even theft.  The best you can do is to give your pet every chance of finding their way home.  This means making sure they are fitted with a collar with current identification and are sporting a registered microchip.

Microchips are implanted under the pet’s skin (usually between the shoulders) and contain a passive radiofrequency that emits a unique identifying number.  These chips are about the size of a grain of rice and should last your pet’s lifetime.  They do not give off GPS signals, but rather need to be read with a special scanning device possessed by most veterinarians and shelters.  The unique number can then be traced into a database where your contact information can be found, provided you have kept your information current.

Microchips are not perfect, as they require the finder of the animal to have the pet scanned and the owner to register and keep the database up-to-date.  By utilizing this technology, however, you give your pet one more avenue to make it home if you should ever become separated.

If you’d like to discuss a microchip for your pet, please contact us.

Microchips: Why your pet shouldn’t be without one

Microchip your PetWe all know someone who has lost a pet.  It’s hard to imagine the sadness you might feel if your favorite friend were somehow separated from you.  Many people think that their pet never would stray from home, however every year animals and owners are parted during natural disasters, accidents, and even theft.  The best you can do is to give your pet every chance of finding their way home.  This means making sure they are fitted with a collar with current identification and are sporting a registered microchip.

Microchips are implanted under the pet’s skin (usually between the shoulders) and contain a passive radiofrequency that emits a unique identifying number.  These chips are about the size of a grain of rice and should last your pet’s lifetime.  They do not give off GPS signals, but rather need to be read with a special scanning device possessed by most veterinarians and shelters.  The unique number can then be traced into a database where your contact information can be found, provided you have kept your information current.

Microchips are not perfect, as they require the finder of the animal to have the pet scanned and the owner to register and keep the database up-to-date.  By utilizing this technology, however, you give your pet one more avenue to make it home if you should ever become separated.

If you’d like to discuss a microchip for your pet, please contact us.