Top 10 Reasons To Love Your Pet

Blond happy girl with her chihuahua doggy portraitThe Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital love spending valuable time with pets and their people – be it our new clients or long-standing ones – because we get to see the strong impact that the human-animal bond has on the overall health of you both.

While we are focused on your pet’s wellness, we can’t help but notice the mutually beneficial relationship special to pet owners and their pets. What makes the bond so meaningful? Let’s count the ways! Continue…

Toxic Trimmings: Holiday Plants Pet Owners Should Avoid

iStock_000031252582_LargeIt’s common to look on a holiday dining room table or mantle and spot a seasonal plant. Whether we go out and purchase an assortment of those red and green bouquets and arrangements, or receive them as gifts, many pet parents seem to be unaware of the dangers that lurk in those seemingly innocuous plants.

Unfortunately, pet poisoning through the ingestion of plants is common, and more so around the holidays, when plants that aren’t our everyday selection make their way into the home. It’s also good to remember that many of these plants are equally toxic to humans, making little ones more at risk for serious complications. Continue…

Unique Gifts for Pampered Pets

iStock_000030983198_LargeWhen we roll out that endless list of gift ideas, we often have the most fun shopping for our wee ones: little kids and adorable pets. But, how many times are we up against the typical routine of treats and tired toys for the pet who has everything?

For thoughtful pet guardians, finding something to perk up your pets’ activity level or interest can take some consideration. This is even more true for those who try to limit the number of edible gifts for pooches, kitties, and other pets who struggle with a bit of the pre- and post-holiday bulge.

There are, and thankfully so, a number of unique and engaging gifts you can give your pet this holiday season. From your friends at Wheaton Animal Hospital, here are a few intriguing presents that will make any pet bark, meow, or chirp with happiness. Continue…

What Your Groomer Wants You To Know About Pet Grooming

iStock_000017881622_MediumPeople generally enjoy a trip to the barber or salon because it feels good to be pampered and get all spiffied up. Our mood changes, our self-esteem is magically boosted, and for some it can even seem as if our overall wellbeing is enhanced by the time we spend in the salon chair.

Much of the same can be said for our pets, too. There is no denying the springy step our pups develop as they leave one of our grooming appointments all clean, clipped, and looking great.

Wheaton Animal Hospital is your pet’s grooming and style destination – but our grooming team handles more than breed specific haircuts. We are well-equipped to handle the full spectrum of pet grooming including (but certainly not limited to) nail trims, early detection of developing medical conditions, and special attention to skin or coat problems.

In addition to regular visits with our skilled and enthusiastic grooming team, we stress the importance of routine grooming at home. You can take the opportunity to bond with your pet while brushing, combing, clipping, and inspecting. The physical attention, coupled with some snuggles or a treat, will add deeper layers to your friendship and your pet’s overall health will flourish as a result. Continue…

Creating a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving – Travel and Other Safety Tips

iStock_000014964149_MediumAs Thanksgiving approaches, it seems like everything kicks into high gear. From the hustle and bustle of travel plans to selecting the best recipes for a cornucopia of salads and sides, we’re never at a loss for things to do on our endless holiday checklist.

For those of us with pets as a part of our families, the holiday season can present even more challenges as we must make boarding or in-home care arrangements or – if traveling with our pets – pet-friendly travel plans. And, those with less well-mannered pups, often find themselves dreading the large gatherings that put a tail-spin on our canine friends!

But, Thanksgiving need not be a time of pet stress or additional worry for pet owners. There are several pre-holiday steps you can take to keep your pet safe and happy during this heartwarming – and chaotic – time of year. Continue…

Pet Emergencies: How to Know and What to Do

iStock_000021271015_MediumIt is a terrible feeling to be caught wondering whether you need to bring your pet in for immediate or emergency care, or if the problem can wait until normal business hours. When in doubt, always call us so we can advise you on the best course of action for your pet. Come in or call during regular business hours, or phone our emergency on-call Veterinarian after business hours.

It never hurts to be educated, though, especially when it comes to pet emergencies and what symptoms are the most serious.

What is a Pet Emergency?

Some things always need attention immediately. This does not mean the situation is life-threatening, but rather that it may be serious and should be evaluated by a veterinarian without delay so that any necessary actions can be taken. The following always should be seen as soon as possible and should not wait: Continue…

Keeping Your Pet Well-Groomed and Your Home Fur-Free

iStock_000008669294_MediumWe adore our cats and dogs, but when it comes to excess fur left on the curtains, linens, and carpets… bleh! Depending on the season and the length or undercoat of your pet’s hair, some real shedding challenges arise as those fur tumbleweeds glide across the house and under tables (you can almost hear the Spaghetti Western soundtrack).

So, when the fur is literally flying and you don’t have a cowboy with a broom to call, what do you do? Well, first, you look to see if it has been a while since you took your pet to be professionally groomed. Pet grooming is the best bet to prevent shedding and matting from becoming a problem. However, weekly brushing between those grooming sessions is recommended, too.

Thankfully, there are some shedding-reducing techniques for keeping your home from becoming the furry Wild West. Continue…

Emergency Pet Care at Wheaton Animal Hospital

iStock_000020257269_MediumAs a pet owner, the last thing you want is a sick or injured pet. Pet emergencies can be scary, so it’s only natural that you want to ensure that your pet receives the best emergency care as quickly as possible.

At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we offer exceptional emergency pet care services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year. Our services are designed to fit your pet’s needs, no matter the emergency.

Pet emergencies can come in a variety of forms. Common pet emergencies include: Continue…

The Importance of Maintaining Your Pet’s Vaccinations and Boosters

veterinary surgeon is giving the vaccine to the dog German ShephThere’s something about the idea of shots that has many of us wincing at the idea, especially when it comes to our best fur friends. No one really enjoys the thought of our pet experiencing the slightest bit of nervousness or twinge of pain. But, when we choose to forego this momentary discomfort (for us and them), we potentially put our pet at risk for numerous diseases or illnesses, some of which are fatal.

And, let’s face it; there seems to be a lot of media attention and misinformation being proposed around the dangers of vaccines. In reality, though, vaccinating your pet and maintaining his or her booster schedule is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of many common, highly contagious diseases, while encouraging a lifetime of health for your pet. Continue…

Pet Grooming at Wheaton Animal Hospital

IMG_1524Keeping your pet clean and well-groomed is an important part of your pet’s overall health and wellness. If not done regularly, your pet could suffer from matted fur, hotspots, ear and eye infections, ingrown toenails and even infection. Don’t worry, though, Wheaton Animal Hospital is available to help you with your pet grooming needs, be it at home or at our Bubbly Spa Grooming facility.

Pet Grooming at Home

A good at-home grooming routine includes brushing your pet’s coat and teeth, occasional bathing (too much and your pet’s skin will dry out), cleaning ears and eyes, and trimming his or her nails.   Continue…