Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette 101

At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we do our best to make our waiting area as peaceful and hospitable as possible. Even with all of our efforts, the fact is that coming to see the veterinarian is an extremely stressful event for many pets, and sitting in a lobby packed with strange people and animals can compound feelings of fear and anxiety.

Practicing good veterinary hospital lobby etiquette will go a long way toward keeping the atmosphere relaxed and is essential for the safety and well being of everyone present.


That Thing You Do: Strange Dog Behaviors Explained

Dogs are amazing, if not a little odd. We take many of their quirky but cute habits for granted. Every once in awhile, though, your pup does something that makes you stop and wonder.  The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are no strangers to strange dog behaviors. Keep reading to find out what we know about your constant companion.

It’s All About Communication

Many of the things that dogs do are rooted in communication. Since they can’t just talk and tell us when they need or want something, often times body language or actions are their means to an end.


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…

A Healthy Framework: Running With Your Dog

Running with dogs is good pet exercise for you and your dogSometimes, a dog owner is already a runner and trains their dog to run with them. Other times, a person becomes a runner in order to provide the type of exercise their canine companion needs. Whatever the case may be, running with your dog can be done the right way or the wrong way (i.e., ineffectively or dangerously). To help you discern between the two, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some helpful tips to keep you and your pup jogging along for years to come.

Baby Steps

Before hitting the pavement, it’s worth having your dog checked out. Some breeds simply aren’t cut out for strenuous exercise, while others show enthusiasm for the sport, only to get injured or ill. It’s important to get a clean bill of health prior to running any great distances or on difficult routes.

Also, most younger dogs need to grow up a bit before adding strenuous endurance training to their repertoire. 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).


The Art of Keeping Your Dog Out of the Litter Box

It’s no secret that dogs can be a bit gross. From licking things they probably shouldn’t to drinking out of the toilet, many of their habits are pretty questionable. However, perhaps nothing is as stomach-turning as their penchant for poop.

If you’re lucky enough to own a dog and a cat, you’ve probably witnessed your dog dining on delicacies from the litter box. This isn’t a great habit for many reasons, but it’s also a tough one to break. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to educate you on the art of keeping your dog out of the litter box.


Why Dogs Eat Grass?

dogs eat grassDogs are pretty infamous for eating anything they come into contact with. While we can definitely understand some of the more tasty options that fall from the table, it might be a stretch to say that other canine snack choices don’t invite scrutiny. At the top of that list is, of course, grass.

Wondering why dogs eat grass? The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some ideas.

Maybe This, Maybe That

It is unknown why dogs eat grass, but there are theories out there that can account for this mystery.


A Walk In the Park: Easy Tips for Superb Dog Walking Etiquette


Owner and labrador retriever dog walking in the cityTaking your best fur friend for a stroll is a popular way to get fresh air and exercise. Dog walking is also an excuse to catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip or to make some new dog-crazy friends.

But, just as you decide to show off your little pom pal or giant mastiff, everything goes south. Your dog decides to bark continuously at all animals, real and imagined. Or, uh-oh, here comes that neighbor who hates it when your dog jumps on his slacks (and your dog just loves to do it). Or, “No, Patches, no!” – your dog inevitably chases the first cat he sees. Continue…

Making The Grade: Navigating Back To School Challenges

elmhurst-iStock_000045008956_LargeIt’s that time of year; shorter days, (slightly) cooler temps, trips to the store for pens, folders, notebooks, and new backpacks…back to school season is upon us again.

The start of a new school year is an exciting and stressful time for families, including the four-legged members. From struggling with the back-to-school-blues to the discovery of potential pet perils that may be lurking in your child’s backpack, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to help. Continue…

Pro Tips for Crate Training Your Pet

Wheaton_iStock_000037576334_LargeCrate training can help you instill confidence in your pet and give him or her a safe, happy place. It can also assist with other necessary training.

However, crates are too often misunderstood and used in ways that are punitive – such as punishing a puppy when he or she has an accident or chews up a shoe. It can also become a way to keep an inconvenient puppy out of the way for hours. Used punitively, the crate takes on a negative association for the pet which leads to behavioral challenges . Continue…