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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When a Tummy Ache Turns Into a Pet Emergency

pet emergencyThere’s a lot that flows right through all of us, as we’re generally perceived as ideal hosts by various bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Unfortunately, this is also true for our pets. They may not notice or experience adverse reactions from various bugs, but The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center can attest to the seemingly harmless tummy ache that quickly turns into a full-fledged pet emergency.

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Shutter Speeds, Apertures, and the Best Pictures of Your Pet

pictures of your petThe majority of us are visual learners, processing pictures 60,000 times faster than text. Picture sharing apps and websites are the result of our photo-centric culture, and pet owners are leading the virtual pack. Looking at adorable “pet pics” can become an obsession, especially if you have a willing subject (or 2 or 3) at home. To be sure, taking pictures of your pet is an important way to mark time and encapsulate memories. But if it’s done well, pet photography is an art form that earns admiration from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center.

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Halloween and Beyond: The Plight of Black Cats

black catsAll animals deserve our respect, but among the ones who need a deeper level of understanding and protection, black cats top the list. Not only subject to low adoption rates throughout the year, they’re cruelly targeted during the weeks surrounding Halloween. Along with the community we serve, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center strive to elevate the status of black cats and make sure they’re seen for what they truly are: sweet, gentle companions.

No Other

Imagine if people associated Halloween with, say, a Great Bernard or a Jack Russell. Indeed, if another animal was attached to the spookiest day of the year, we’d be looking at a much different holiday. However, black cats are (and have been for quite some time) the most popular symbol of this holiday. But why?

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Growing Pains: Introducing Your Pet to a New Baby

pet and new babyIf your pet is anything like the ones we know, he or she is content to be the center of your universe. In fact, as far as your four-legged friend is concerned, your life revolves around their whims, fancies, and needs, right?

That all might be about to change if your family is expecting another little one – but your pet won’t find four little paws, a tail, or a wet nose. A newborn baby can cause a pet a great deal of worry, frustration, and emotional pain. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have experience in this area and offer some ideas for acclimating your pet to a new baby.

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Is Drinking From the Toilet Your Least Favorite Dog Behavior?

dog behaviorDog owners have the special privilege of witnessing various canine antics, some of which are downright off-putting. We’re talking about butt-sniffing, poop-eating, furniture-humping dog hijinks that evoke a lot of human head shaking. But we love dogs anyway, right? When the discussion of dog behavior comes up, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are commonly asked whether it’s normal – and safe – for a pup to drink from the toilet.

Yes, it’s Normal

Dogs love to take a long, slurpy drink from the toilet bowl for two main reasons. First, the water is colder than normal doggie water bowl temperature. Secondly, because the water is constantly being refreshed, it probably tastes good. While this dog behavior is extremely common across all breeds, ages, and sizes, it’s not considered the safest practice.

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Don’t Despair When Pet Hair Gets You Down

The pendulum may swing between spending an entire weekend ridding the floors and furniture of pet hair – or letting it go until you really can’t stand it any longer. Indeed, pet hair can really get you down and take over your entire house. There are non-shedding pets out there, but unless you have a Sphynx cat or an American Hairless Terrier, you might be looking for some prime methods for pet hair management. Look no further than The Pet Experts who have “combed” through and put together the following tips and tricks.

Reasons for Pet Hair Loss

Most shedding is a 100% natural process that removes old, dry, damaged, or dead hairs. Pets depend on hair to regulate body temperature and protect the skin. Without shedding, their coat cannot effectively grow new hair.

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