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.


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…

Idle Hands: Why Mental Stimulation is Important for your Pet

Bored BeagleWe’ve all heard the saying:  Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.  This not only applies to humans, but to our pets as well.  It is estimated that most dogs need at least 6 hours of mental activity a day.  Boredom can result in all sorts of behavioral problems, including destructive and obsessive behaviors.

Exercise is a great outlet, however many pets benefit from mental stimulation as well.  Mental exercise is not hard to accomplish- try hiding treats around the house, playing hide-and-go-seek, teaching a new trick, or making a play date with another pet.  For dogs, try doggie daycare to keep them occupied while you’re away. You may just see a change in your pet’s behavior for the better.  And you will have a happy dog or kitty to boot!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss some suggestions for your pet, contact us!