Summertime Safety for Exotic Pets

summertime safetyAs the temperatures start to soar and the humidity rises, summer can take an additional toll on exotic and pocket-sized pets. Although hot weather certainly affects cats and dogs, these special creatures often need additional care and consideration when it comes to housing and temperature control.

Summer is also peak season for travel, and many pet owners want to bring their tiny pals along. Some pets are also much more susceptible to heatstroke due to where they originate, and parasites that can harm exotics are in abundance this time of year.

Get the scoop about caring for exotic pets during the summer season by checking out our tips and recommendations!

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The Benefits and Advantages of Owning an Indoor Cat

indoor catThe want to provide outdoor experiences for the animals in your care is perfectly natural, but it’s not always the safest choice. Possible run-in’s with predators, exposure to toxins and parasites, and accidental injury are just a few of the reasons many cat owners decide to keep Fluffy inside the house. A strictly indoor cat continues to need special attention to health and wellness, and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center hope to help you achieve those goals.

The Hard Truth

Due to the various potential risks awaiting your cat on the other side of the door, his or her longevity could be on the line. Whether it’s the alluring scent of antifreeze on your neighbor’s driveway or the coyote prowling your neighborhood after dark, your cat needs close supervision and protection. Also:

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Cute as a Button: Your Guide to Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet careWhat’s small enough to sit in your palm, furry, and heart-meltingly cute? Pocket pets, of course! Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, and other small animals (from mice to lizards) are often perceived as easier to care for than other pets. However, the reality is that pocket pet care requires similar levels of time, energy, and medical attention.

Small for Small Spaces

In an era that celebrates tiny houses and living with a smaller footprint, pocket pets are becoming more and more popular. Of course, many people who live in apartments are also limited when it comes to the type of pets that are allowed, and pockets pets fit the bill nicely.

Although pocket pets don’t depend on daily walks like dogs, they do depend on clean living standards, routine interaction, and veterinary care – all of which The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are happy to assist you with.

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Are Pets and Cleaning Products a Good Combination?

This time of year, accidental pet poisonings spike, due in part to a collective effort toward spring cleaning. The goal is to have a nice, clean, and safe home to share with your pet, but with the addition of dangerous ingredients, household cleaners can often stand in the way of that. Whether it’s the storage or the application, pets and cleaning products aren’t always a good match. Luckily, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the scoop on protecting your pet.

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Wildlife in the ‘Hood: Keeping Your Pets Safe from Coyotes

As our communities grow, we continue to encroach further and further into the natural habitats of many species of wildlife. Coyotes are quickly joining the ranks of squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and other wild animals that have adapted to the ever-expanding human population, making prevention strategies to keep pets safe from coyotes more important now than ever.

Coyote Concerns

Coyotes prey on small mammals and occupy an important place in their natural ecosystems by helping to keep rodent populations down. Coyotes are also opportunistic, and as human homes and businesses encroach on coyote habitat, they will turn to whatever food source is easily available, including garbage and even small pets!

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Scritchy-Scratch: What You Need to Know About Seasonal Allergies in Pets

Although winter is still firmly in place in Chicagoland, most of us are looking forward to spring with more than a little excitement. The arrival of warmer weather also signals the arrival of seasonal allergies for many of us, and as temps rise we find ourselves making our annual trip to the drugstore to load up on tissues and allergy meds.

Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies as well, but with different symptoms than in humans. Do you know how to spot seasonal allergies in pets? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you learn the symptoms of allergies so you can help your pet sooner rather than later.

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A Closer Look at Dog Breath (So You Don’t Have to Hold Yours!)

According to an analysis conducted by a pet insurance company in 2013, the average yearly cost to prevent dental disease is about $170. Of course, The Pet Experts recognize this is a sizable price tag, but when you consider it can cost over $500 to treat dental disease annually, the long-term savings and benefits are obvious.

Of all the symptoms that precede a dental disease diagnosis, dog breath is the most common. Unfortunately, by the time you start to smell it, significant damage has already been done. However, good hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings can save you money and benefit your dog far into the future.

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Arthritis in Pets: Recognizing the Signs and Managing the Symptoms

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting older or senior pets, although it can be diagnosed in pets at any age. Creating pain and limiting mobility, unmanaged arthritis can diminish a fur friend’s quality of life. Thankfully, modern veterinary medicine can not only accurately diagnose this joint disease, it can also provide many treatment options for improved wellbeing.

Keep reading to learn more about arthritis in pets and what you can do to support your four-legged friend.

Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is a catchall name for conditions affecting the health of the joints. From ligament ruptures to hip or elbow dysplasia to congenital disorders, there are a number of different causes of arthritis. Continue…

Raising a Well-Behaved Dog Begins with Puppy Training

Puppy on absorbent litterThere’s no doubt about it – puppies can get away with an awful lot. From their Buddha bellies to their tiny yips, they can melt just about any heart. But after awhile, those small growls at the food bowl or extra puddles on the carpet can begin to seem less cute.

However, before you have second thoughts about bringing a new puppy home, there’s good news! By starting a young pup off with socialization and good puppy training, you can raise a confident, happy canine.
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Method or Madness? Why do Cats Sleep so Darn Much?

tabby cat relaxationIn our crazy, bustling, harried society, it’s all we can do to simply keep on keepin’ on. We rush to appointments, grit our teeth in traffic, and get home far later than intended. In this kinetic state, we could all take a few pointers from our very dear friends – felines.

If you’ve ever had the luxury of watching a cat snooze intermittently throughout the day, you know well the power of utter peacefulness. It’s no secret that cats sleep in truly strange places (and for exasperatingly long hours), but how well do you know the mysteries behind your feline’s resting habits?
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