It’s that Time of Year: New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

January is here, and with it a brand new year. As we move into February, there is the urge to finally get around to those New Year’s resolutions you’ve been putting off. But, isn’t it true that it’s always easier to meet your goals when you have a friend working on them alongside you?

This year, how about making New Year’s resolutions for pets? Since overweight and obese pets are so common, we thought some resolutions focused on maintaining a good weight might resonate. You may find their resolutions are not so different from your own and might be easier to keep than you think.

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some tips for maintaining a healthy weight for your pet.

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Dehydration in Pets: Is Your Furry Friend Getting Enough Water?

If you’ve ever over-exerted yourself on a hot day, you probably know how lousy dehydration can make you feel. It’s also quite easy to become dehydrated when many of us drink more soda and less water each day than we should. That’s why it’s not a stretch to assume that dehydration in pets can pose several problems and make them quite ill, as well.

In fact, our small furry friends are prone to dehydration because they often do not consume enough water, and they’re prone to overheating due to their inefficient means of body temperature regulation. Since the long, hot, and humid days of summer are soon to come, let’s take a look at dehydration in pets and what you can do to make sure your pet is getting enough water.

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Do Pets Sweat? How Cats and Dogs Stay Cool

pets sweatMost people have never considered whether or not pets sweat. After all, with all that fur, it’s a bit hard to discern the same signs as when people sweat, and pets don’t get body odor. In reality, however, cats and dogs do sweat – just not in the same manner as humans.

Keep reading to learn more about how pets sweat and how their bodies are designed to stay cool during hot weather.

Do Pets Sweat?

Our bodies come complete with numerous sweat glands along the skin’s surface, which allow us to perspire and release heat from the body. While our furry companions don’t possess the same number of sweat glands, they do have some, which are primarily located in the paw pads. Since their bodies are covered in thick fur, they have different ways to regulate body temperature.

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Seasonal Allergies in Pets: Helping Your Furry Friend Cope

Springtime, as wonderful as it is after a long winter, isn’t all fun and games for seasonal allergy sufferers. Runny noses, watery eyes, scratchy throats, and endless sneezing go hand in hand with the changing seasons for many of us.

Pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies, but their symptoms often go overlooked. Learning how to spot seasonal allergies in pets, and understand what you can do to help, can make a world of difference for a suffering pet.

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Snowed In! How to Keep Your Pet Active During Winter

The first moment that an animal experiences snow is unlike any other. Many pets take to the flurries and drifts with unbridled (and contagious) enthusiasm. Others, however, harbor deep skepticism – or abject horror – when venturing outside their warm, cozy home.

Consider yourself lucky if your pet can’t get enough of the freezing, blustery weather. However, should your pet require ringing endorsements for winter’s finer qualities, The Pet Experts can provide a few. To this end, check out our tips to keep your pet active during winter. Even if you get snowed in, you won’t get cabin fever!

Wise Words

Before we dive into some ideas to keep your pet active during winter, The Pet Experts would like to remind owners of the myriad dangers of winter weather: Continue…

Cabin Fever? Not With These Winter Activities for Your New Pet!

dachshundWe’re not going to see any warm weather for weeks (or months!), but that doesn’t mean your newly adopted pet can’t enjoy the get-up-and-go they deserve. To be sure, one of the more successful ways to acclimate a new pet is to provide outlets for all that extra energy. Unfortunately, the short, frigid winter days make this challenging. It’s not impossible, though, and The Pet Experts have a few winter activities for your new pet to last until the first crocus pops up.

The Obvious

If it’s above freezing, bundle up and head out to any number of local community and/or dog parks. While only older puppies who have received complete vaccinations should embark on public outings, all pets can benefit from fresh air and scenery (provided they’re also sufficiently socialized).

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Battling Pet Allergies At Home

Cat scratchingSpring has finally sprung! But with it has come a slew of pollens, grasses, and weeds; and pets and owners alike are suffering from allergy issues, full tilt.

Unlike people, who have mostly respiratory problems related to allergies, dogs and cats often have skin problems known in the veterinary world as allergic dermatitis. While some pet allergies can be managed at home, others have severe enough issues that they need medical attention. If your pet’s allergy issues are relatively mild, there are several things that you can do at home to help them make it through allergy season.

Say No to Fleas

Did you know that the number one pet allergy is flea allergies?

All pets should be on a quality flea preventative every month. Waiting until you see fleas is not a good idea, as one flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day. By the Continue…

Pet Safety: Hidden Dangers in Your Yard

Cat and DogNow that spring is here, you may be starting your garden, planting flowers, or seeding your yard for the months ahead. But, when you have pets that use your yard too, you need to be sure you are using these products correctly to avoid making your furry family members sick.

Here’s what to know about pet safety in your own back (or front) yard…

Fertilizers

For the most part, fertilizers are not going to be a health issue for your pets. The problem you will have is keeping your pets from running through your home after rolling around in the freshly-mulched garden. Dogs especially love to roll in fresh fertilizer, making it a challenge to keep both your pet and your home clean and stink free. Continue…