Beyond Sit: Our Favorite Fun and Useful Dog Tricks

dog tricksAny veterinarian, groomer, or dog trainer would probably agree that teaching a dog essential commands is key to helping them live a harmonious life in human society. The staples, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”, make a dog easier to manage, which enhances the bond they share with their human family members. It also gives them enjoyable and life-affirming experiences, such as walks, outings, and social events.

Although many dog owners stop once their dog has mastered the basics of obedience training, there is much to be gained from taking it to the next level. The following dog tricks combine fun and usefulness with an increase in overall safety for your pet.

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A Risky Business: Heartworm Disease in Cats

heartworm disease in catsSpringtime is near, and in our neck of the woods, the steamy days and nights of summer aren’t far behind. This means swarms of mosquitoes will be arriving, too. Although mosquitos may be annoying to you, they may pose a deadly threat to your cat.

Heartworm disease has long been known to affect dogs, and owners should bring their dog in annually to have a heartworm test. However, did you know that we’re finding more and more cases of heartworm disease in cats?

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Stranger Than Fiction: Are Cat Myths Rooted in Truth?

cat mythsCats have lived with (or at least alongside) us for ages. Despite this proximity, true understanding of their habits and abilities didn’t begin until the modern era. To compensate for this lack of knowledge, people created and spread various cat myths over the years. They’re easily recognized nowadays, but without scientific research and veterinary medicine, were cat myths somehow rooted in truth?

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What You Need to Know About Essential Oils and Pets

It seems like essential oils are everywhere these days. These little bottles of concentrated extracts are touted to be the cure-alls for everything from anxiety to cancer.

While essential oils can certainly have a place for people, many have started to use them on or around pets. If you try to delve into the safety of these practices, you might be surprised to find how quickly you can become overwhelmed by information. Lucky for you, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you sort out essential oils and pets.

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Yoga with Pets? Count Us In!

If you haven’t heard the terms “downward dog” or “namaste”, you may be spending too much time in that cave of yours. Yoga has taken America by storm, as evidenced by the proliferation of yoga studios and teachers, the racks of yoga clothing and gear, and the number of yoga and meditation groups in public places.

Dogs, cats, and other companion animals seem to be getting in on the yogic action, too. Yoga with pets is growing in popularity, and proponents argue that it’s a wonderful way to bond with animals and allow them to experience the physical and psychological benefits of this ancient practice. Is yoga with pets right for you?

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Beneath the Gum Line: Periodontal Disease vs. Routine Pet Dental Care

As with most things in life, if you allow something to gain a foothold, it will eventually take over. Whether we’re talking about weeds, dust bunnies, or pet dental care, the truth is, maintenance is necessary to keep things bright, shiny, and clean. Said another way, if bacteria is left alone inside a pet’s mouth, it will eventually lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss, and even systemic illness. However, The Pet Experts do have good news – this is entirely preventable!

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Contact Comfort: Why do Cats Knead?

cats kneadHot tea with honey, bubble baths, dark chocolate…we all have different ways to comfort ourselves after a long day. Cats also have their own coping mechanism: kneading. It’s common and perfectly normal, but why exactly do cats knead? Along with a batch of freshly baked biscuits, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the answer coming right up!

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From the Pages of Our Pet Care Blog: Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

indoor catTo find our pet care blog, you have to move your mouse over the Resources tab (or just click this link!). That’s no accident. The Pet Experts view our blog as a valuable asset to any person who owns and loves animals. Beyond the relevant subjects like grooming, environmental enrichment, and disease prevention, you can find all sorts of lifestyle pieces aimed at our trendsetting clientele. What’s more, we can track what’s most interesting to our readers and which topics might be better off in the archives.

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What Have You Learned From Your Pet? Just Important Life Lessons!

life lessonsStatistically, most pet owners prefer the company of their four-legged best friends to their two-legged ones, but did you know that animal companionship has actually been proven to make us feel less socially isolated?

This paradox is simply part of an endlessly rewarding program, one with far-reaching benefits that go beyond the daily tasks of “ownership.” Indeed, if you were to tally up everything you’ve learned from your pet, you might be surprised at the enormous impact they’ve made on your life.

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What Fido Wishes You Knew: Top 10 Dog Myths Busted!

dog mythsDog myths have been around for many, many years, almost as long as our human-dog relationship has. With the internet, dog myths abound. We thought it’s time to do some myth busting! The team at Springbrook Animal Care Center gives you the top 10 dog myths we hear time and time again, and myth-bust them one by one.

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