At long last, 2020 is drawing to a close. And what a year it’s been! Thankfully, we’ve had our pets by our side to see us through the pandemic and politics of the year. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have been at your – and your pets’ – side, too; and not just in the exam room, but our blog, too.

As is tradition, we are excited to review the year that was in blogs… Learning what topics have supported you the most this past year not only serves to help us help you, but your pet as well.

So, without any further ado, we present Wheaton Animal’s most-read blogs of 2020! Enjoy!!

The Pet Experts’ Top Pet Blogs of 2020

#5 SPECIAL NEEDS, SPECIAL FRIENDS: HOW PETS HELP KIDS WITH DISABILITIES
The lives of countless people have been positively impacted by animals over millennia. Now the paths of pets and people are so inexorably woven together, it’s impossible to imagine living apart. Pet owners provide the basic necessities, but are given so much more in return. From protection to unconditional love, the animals we care for add much to our daily lives.

#4 NOT KNOWING THE SIGNS OF A REVERSE SNEEZE COULD COST YOU
Many dogs will live their entire lives without experiencing a “reverse sneeze”, while other pups will make the signature honking, wheezy snorting sounds from time to time. If you’ve never heard your dog do this, you may wonder if you’ve got a real emergency on your hands (it’s that jarring). But before you know it, your dog stops the alarming sounds and goes about their business.

#3 KITTY COMMUNICATION: WHAT IS YOUR CAT’S TAIL TRYING TO TELL YOU?
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.

#2 WHY DO MY PET’S PAWS SMELL LIKE FRITOS?
Have you noticed a distinctive odor emanating from your pet’s cute little paws? Perhaps something reminiscent of corn chips or popcorn? No, you aren’t going crazy – your pet’s paws really do smell like they’re edible! If you’ve ever wondered why your pet’s paws smell like Fritos, you’re not alone.

#1 PHEW! MY OLDER DOG STINKS… WHY?
If your older dog has a certain, shall we say, distinct odor, then you are not alone. A common complaint we hear from pet owners is that their senior dog smells funky. No matter how many times they are shampooed, they remain stinky. 

Ready for 2021!

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are by you and your pets’ side in the coming year, whatever the need may be. We wish you and your fur-friends a wonderful year ahead!