Preventing Digging in Dogs

Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides veterinary care and other services for pets of various types. Additionally, Elmhurst Animal Care Center advises pet owners on pets’ common unwanted behaviors and possible strategies for dealing with those behaviors.

Among dogs, one particularly common behavior is digging. This behavior, while normal, can be frustrating to pet owners, since it can be destructive. Certain types of dogs are more likely than others to dig holes outside. For example, terriers are particularly likely to dig, as are dachshunds. For owners of these types of dogs and other dogs that dig frequently, there are a number of possible approaches designed to discourage this behavior.

In particular, dog owners should give dogs another outlet for their energy. This includes ensuring the dog has plenty of physical exercise. In addition, the dog needs to have mental stimulation, as some dogs start digging because they are bored. Finally, plenty of quality time with people is important as well. Some dogs might start digging due to feelings of anxiety, and regular interaction with people can control this anxiety. Simply spending time with the dog and teaching the dog tricks can go a long way in keeping digging from becoming a regular habit.

Three Benefits to Having a Pet Spayed or Neutered

Elmhurst Animal Care Center is a partner in pet care. Puppies and kittens are cute, but they come with a lifetime of needs that a pet owner must meet. These needs range from vaccinations and veterinary care to grooming and feeding. One of the biggest expenses that a pet owner faces is spaying or neutering surgery. While this is a major expense, it is one that provides a number of benefits for both the pet and the pet owner.

An unspayed cat or dog is more likely to develop mammary cancer and uterine infections. Mammary cancer is fatal for five out of ten dogs, and nine out of ten cats. Uterine infections can also be fatal.

Male cats urinate all over the interior and exterior of a home or yard. Neutering the cat helps eliminate this bothersome habit.

When a female cat goes in heat, she becomes very noisy, urinates outside the litter box, and presents herself to anyone who walks by. Spaying the cat ends the heat cycle.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center uses CO2 laser in all surgeries. Benefits include less bleeding, less pain, and quicker recoveries.

The Importance of Dental Care for a Cat or Dog

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, pet owners discover the benefits to preventative dental care in animals. Like humans, dogs and cats are subject to plaque and tartar build up. The difference is that pets do not get cavities; instead an infection builds and can travel into the blood.

Every year, a pet should undergo a dental examination to check the condition of the teeth and gums. Cleanings are another important step. Pets receive general anesthesia prior to the cleaning that includes scaling the teeth, polishing them, and then the administration of a fluoride treatment.

Home care is important, too. Pet owners should brush their pet’s teeth regularly. Chew toys designed to remove plaque help, and so does a healthy diet.

Preventative dental care is the first step in keeping a pet’s teeth healthy. Elmhurst Animal Care Center also recommends watching for the signs of periodontal disease. Pet owners should notify their veterinarian if they notice their pet has loose teeth, bloody or swollen gums, or difficulty eating.

Summertime Health Risks for Cats

At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, pets receive personalized care and attention from qualified, experienced staff. Additionally, pet owners can receive expert advice on a wide variety of topics, such as how to keep pets healthy and happy year-round, including during the summer.

Summer, with its hot temperatures, can present many challenges to pets and their owners. While many people understand the hazard that summertime heat poses to dogs, others may not realize that summer heat can be dangerous for cats too.

The hot-weather risks to cats include heat stroke, particularly for outdoor cats. Therefore, pet owners might want to bring their cats inside in very hot weather. However, it is possible for cats to get heat stroke indoors, if the temperature inside the house is too high or not well regulated. Pet owners should make sure the house is kept at a comfortable temperature and that cats have plenty of water to drink.

Pet owners should also be mindful of other summertime hazards, such as fleas and heart-worm-carrying mosquitoes. In addition, since animals tend to be active outdoors in good weather, cats might be more likely to come in contact with other neighborhood cats. Therefore, it is important to make sure that they have received all their shots and have been neutered or spayed.