Do You Have a Plan for Your Pet During a Disaster?

What would you do with your pet during a disaster?Most people accept the fact that terrible things can happen, but assume it’s more probable that they won’t. Sure, there are those that operate from a point of fear, but plenty of pet owners – not unlike their pets – live in and embrace the moment. Wherever you stand on the issue, the fact remains that having a plan for your pet during a disaster is better than the alternative. The good news? The Pet Experts have a few suggestions to get you going.

Perfect Place

Illinois doesn’t rank very high on the list of states with the most potential for natural disasters, but we are very high on the list of states that are prepared to handle them. Tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, and fires are no strangers in this part of the country, increasing the importance of disaster preparedness. Continue…

Tummy Trouble: Always a Pet Emergency or Can You Wait it Out?

pet tummy troublesThere are exactly zero pet owners out there who shrug off unforeseen, yet repetitive, vomiting episodes (with or without diarrhea). To be sure, it’s alarming when an animal shows acute signs of sickness, but rushing to the ER every time your pet hacks something up may not always be the right approach. The Pet Experts present: when to wait and see if tummy troubles improve vs. when to accept that a real pet emergency is looming…

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It’s Never Too Late to Start: Pet Costumes to Write Home About

pet costumesThere’s a significant amount of cause and effect in the world shared by our pets, and either positive or negative behaviors are the result of certain stimuli. In the case of pet costumes, it’s never a given how an individual pet will react, but excessive panting, hiding, and growling aren’t entirely uncommon. In fact, pet costumes can repel the pet you so dearly want to dress up, but The Pet Experts have a few tips to keep your Halloween game strong and safe.

Good Show

Many pet owners might purchase or create a costume with the understanding that their four-legged buddy will detest it. In spite of your best efforts, enthusiasm, and encouragement, your pet reserves the right to hate every possible option under the sun. That’s okay. Don’t force the issue. Instead, spend a quiet night at home watching scary movies together.

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The Short Snout: Brachycephalic Breed Safety

breed safetyFlat-nosed breeds are unique and lovable, but the same physical features that endear them to owners are the same ones that endanger their health. Indeed, a shortened muzzle not only contributes to vision difficulties and eye ulcers, but problematic breathing and eating are equally as common – especially during the summer. When the temperatures are high, brachycephalic breed safety must be priority number one.

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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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Cleaning House and Garden With an Eye on Spring Pet Safety

After daylight savings comes and goes, we’re faced with endless seasonal possibilities – and countless chores. To be sure, the extra time in the day allows for more productivity, but where does that leave Fluffy or Fido?

Your pet may be unimpressed by your spring cleaning endeavors or perhaps he or she wants to get in the middle of things. Likewise, your pet could feel unsettled or confused by the increased activity, new smells, and less couch time together. Whatever the case may be, keeping an eye on spring pet safety ensures that everyone enjoys the season in good health. That’s where The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital comes in!

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The Very Real Threat of Coyotes to Your Pet

If you’ve seen a coyote recently, you are not alone. These highly adaptable animals are becoming more common in and around developed areas, due in large part to the sheer variety of possible shelters and abundant refuse to eat.

Coyotes have certainly earned their place on the food chain (and continue to be important contributors to the ecological community), but the threat of coyotes to your pet is sizable. In an effort to protect your pet from a dangerous attack or altercation, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital offer the following tips.

In Check

Coyotes are enormously helpful in keeping the rodent population down, but they’re easily lured away from their territories by the smell of food. Their proximity to our front doors and backyards can alternate between surprising and unsettling, but the bottom line is that safety measures should always be observed and carried out.

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Protecting Your Pet From Ice Melt Toxicity

Young dog acting shy in the parkIce melt toxicity is a very real concern, not only for those with small children but also people with pets. Ice melt (deicers) are used to melt snow and ice on roads, walkways, driveways, and other areas to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, despite its good intention, ice melt can have dire consequences for pets.

With winter looming on the horizon, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital want to help all owners avoid a potentially fatal accident this season.

What is Ice Melt Toxicity?

Unless otherwise labeled as a pet-safe alternative (and even those aren’t entirely safe), most ice melting products contain a noxious cocktail of ingredients. This includes sodium chloride (rock salt), potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and sometimes urea.

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What in the World? Dealing with Gastrointestinal Obstructions in Pets

Dachshund puppy plays with shoe outside in grassPicture this. You’ve just arrived home, but before you can even put your bags down and kick off your shoes, you notice something isn’t right. Your pet’s face shows an indescribable expression (worry, paired with shame, guilt, or pain?) and then you see it…The pile on the floor resembles new cross-trainers, but the tattered, drastically shortened shoe lace nearby takes the situation from exasperating to potentially life-threatening.

Never fun, and often dangerous, gastrointestinal obstructions in pets happen when objects are consumed that cannot be properly digested. However, you can protect your pet (and avoid a pet emergency) with these tips from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital. Continue…

Calling All Pet Owners: Pet Proofing Basics For a Safer Home

dog welcome homeWhether you are a seasoned pet parent, or found yourself surprised by a new bundle of fur and teeth over the holidays, pet proofing your home is a priority.

It takes a great deal of vigilance to own a pet and we are here to support you while analyzing your environment for ultimate safety. From adding a screen to your fireplace or simply stowing away the bleach you use on the bathroom floor, the following list aims to help you and your pet achieve safety success at home. Continue…