Little Known Health Benefits of Relaxing with Your Pet

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!

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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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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 Big Question in Pet Nutrition: Can My Pet be Vegetarian/Vegan?

pet nutritionIt’s been well documented that a plant-based diet is healthier for humans. Many veterinarians and veterinary professionals are vegan or vegetarian for health, environmental, or animal cruelty reasons. Could this also be a good approach to pet nutrition? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are exploring vegetarian and vegan diets to learn if our pets can benefit as much as we do.

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Feline Fact or Fiction? Cat Myths, Legends, and Lore for the Ages

People love stories and have since the beginning of time, but what happens to pet health in a Whisper Down the Lane scenario? Do we replace fact for fiction in an effort to entertain? Or do we actually end up believing false information to be true? A look at popular cat myths might help The Pet Experts answer this important question.

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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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Stormy, Smokey, Shadow, and the Fight to Protect Black Cats

black catsThe connection between black cats and something ominous or monstrous is nothing new. In fact, the somewhat magical power of black cats has featured strongly in cultures around the globe for centuries. Thought to be evil spirits, Druid circles in Europe that go back over 2,000 years were known to sacrifice black cats on the last night of October.

Not coincidentally, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital hope to raise awareness of these special animals. No longer linked to dangerous witchcraft or pagan revelry, black cats are still widely viewed as “bad luck.” But not if we can help!

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Introducing… The Catio! The Ultimate Chill Spot for Your Feline Friend

catioAs devoted feline fanciers, we may go to great lengths to keep our furry friends happy, active, and purring. We provide excellent nutrition, complete wellness care, and offer plenty of daily affection to these incredible pet companions. In fact, many cat lovers have made the choice to keep their cats indoors – knowing that it is safer and ultimately healthier for them.

But as you might imagine, the life of an indoor cat can become lacking. Just take a look at Fluffy’s obsession with gazing out the window at all of those (tasty) birds. Given their ancestry,  it’s not surprising that cats want to be outdoors. So how can you offer some time in nature while keeping your cat (and the bird population) protected?

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Hairballs: Common Feline Foe or an Owner’s Worst Nemesis?

hariballsHairballs are usually fine – that is, until they become a serious problem. To be sure, a monthly hairball “incident” is considered normal. However, if your furry, fluffy feline happens to retch a little too regularly, it’s time for a closer look. But don’t worry! Of all the subjects The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital specialize in, feline hairballs are at the top of our list.

Rough Tongue

Your cat’s tongue is scratchy like sandpaper because of tiny spikes called papillae. These are instrumental in grooming thick, loose, or dirty fur, but like a human hairbrush, hair piles up on the papillae and is swallowed.

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It’s Meow Time: A Strategy for Indoor Cat Care

indoor cat careAfter hundreds of years as strictly agents in pest control, cats are now among our closest animal companions. Historically, many cats were never allowed to come inside a residence (much less rule one like the ones we know!). These days, however, owners are encouraged to keep their cats inside. Exposure to injury or illness just isn’t worth it when you consider the many positive facets of indoor cat care.

Safety and Wellness

Cats have a reputation for being a low-maintenance pet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need (or benefit from) veterinary support. While indoor-only cats may not be at risk of falling from a tree, getting into a fight, or suffering a run-in with a car, they still need protection from the following:

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