When Does Having Pets Become Hoarding Them? 

The  subject of how many pets a person can own is a sensitive one. It’s also highly subjective, to some extent, and in some cases there are legal issues that determine pet ownership. Unfortunately, there is no magic number as to how many pets an owner can handle, but there are red flags that signal a problem. 

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are  here to address the situation of pet hoarding and help illuminate the signs.

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Everything You Need to Know About Pet DNA Testing 

If you love a delightful mutt, chances are you have wondered about their breed. How many breeds make up the cute furballs you own is something most pet owners are curious about. 

Human DNA testing has been around for some time, and now we are finding much more sophisticated pet DNA tests available on the market. If your curiosity has been piqued about your pet’s origins, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to give you the scoop about pet DNA testing.

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Wheaton Animal Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2019

No one can care as much about your pets as you do, but The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are sure to come a close second. After all, our very day to day existence is taking care of other people’s animals.

One of the many ways that we show our care and dedication to you and your pets is through our blog content. These carefully crafted posts help us to educate, enrich, and elevate the human-animal bond. In case you aren’t already an avid reader, we thought that we would share with you our most read pet care blogs of 2019.

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My Pet Just Ate What? Holiday Foreign Body Dangers

The holidays are filled with baubles, bells, bows, and other bling. And each of these items can be just as tempting as the next when it comes to our pets. Decorations, food, gifts, the endless array of good smelling gifts, along with the feast, can prove tempting to even the most well behaved dog or cat. 

Pet emergencies during the holidays are all too common, and most pet owners understand why. Because of the busyness of the season, most people are juggling obligations and pay less attention to what Fido or Fluffy are up to. Couple that with all of the sights, smells, and wonders, and you’re suddenly thinking to yourself, “my pet just ate what!” 

Thankfully, the Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to shed light on these risks so you can better protect your pet.

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Key Concepts of Leash Training Your Dog

Walks are important for all dogs, regardless of age. In addition to building the bond between you and your pet, exercise keeps you both healthy and keeps boredom at bay. Dogs need to explore their environment for their own well being. Daily walks also aid in your pet’s digestion and help them sleep better at night. 

But many people are reluctant to walk their dogs, afraid of the pulling, barking, and general unpleasant behavior that may accompany leash walks. It’s easy to think that dogs just innately know how to walk on a leash, but in fact, this skill is something that needs to be trained. It’s an important skill to teach, and one that you’ll appreciate every time you take your dog out for her walk. 

Keep reading for tips on leash training from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.

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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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Tough Pill to Swallow? Not With Specially-Designed Pill Pockets for Pets!

In the process of developing an effective treatment plan, pet owners are key players. Whether they’re managing a pet’s weight with healthy meal portions, or providing substantial opportunities for exercise and environmental enrichment, it is their critical involvement that gets results. 

Administering pet medications at home can also be a part of the healthcare puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Pill pockets for pets may just save the day! 

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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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Kitty Communication: What is Your Cat’s Tail Trying to Tell You?

It’s easy to tell when dogs are happy – they wag their tails. A cat’s tail is just as expressive as a dog’s, but for many, deciphering “cat tail language” isn’t always easy.

Although understanding cat body language may not come as naturally as it does with dogs (we can thank 14,000 years of coevolution for this insight), it’s important that all cat owners be aware of what their kitty is trying to tell them. The Pet Experts invite you to join us as we dive into the incredible world of your cat’s tail!

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Animals Get a Second Chance With Pet CPR

No pet owner ever hopes for a chance to use their lifesaving skills, but in the case of a nightmarish pet emergency, knowing if a pet needs CPR – and being able to administer it – can make all the difference. This relatively simple course of action can buy time before you can get to our hospital, and improves their chances of recovery and survival. Ready to learn?

Check the Signs

Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an animal with a heartbeat can be extremely detrimental and even fatal. Pet CPR should only be used when there’s no breathing and no pulse.

The femoral artery in the hind leg (toward the abdomen) is an ideal place to check for a pulse. Also, place an ear directly on the heart, or feel the paw for any signs of a heartbeat.

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