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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How to Build a Catio (And Why Your Cat Will Love It!)

catioCatio? No, this isn’t a typo. Similar to a patio, a “catio” is an outdoor space meant for entertaining and relaxation – but for your cat! Catios are all the rage and have many awesome benefits for our indoor feline companions. But what exactly is it and why is it good for your purr friend?

Catio Basics

Like many pet owners, we understand the dilemma of wanting to allow your cat some outdoor time even though it isn’t always the safest option. Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives than their free-roaming counterparts, but not without some consequences in the area of behavioral enrichment.

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Catnip Madness! Why Cats are Crazy About Catnip

catnipAlthough we may not find our cats next to a lava lamp listening to Deep Purple, jokes about cats and catnip usually hint at the kind of psychedelic effect this plant has on them. From purring to “making biscuits,” our cats are full of all sorts of peculiar behaviors, so it’s no surprise to add one more baffling quirk to the list.

However, there’s much confusion about what catnip is and how it affects our feline friends. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help unravel the mystery of catnip madness.

What is Catnip?

Nepeta cataria, or catnip, is a member of the mint family. This leafy, green plant contains a substance called nepetalactone, which is the oily compound your cat goes wild for. Catnip and its mint family members have been used medicinally for centuries by Native Americans and early European settlers.

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Who Knew Cat Whiskers Were so Critical to Feline Success?

cat whiskersA big part of a cat’s aesthetic is the fine, yet strong, vibrissae that jut out from either side of the nose. Fully equipped with sensory organs, or proprioceptors, cat whiskers are the ultimate in design and function. Responsible for helping a cat navigate the dark or negotiate small spaces, cat whiskers also communicate emotions.

A Primer

Whiskers are present on nearly every mammal, but they aren’t all equal. Cat whiskers act as antennae, pulling in environmental signals and sending them to the brain. They might add a lot to your cat’s profile, but they are downright integral to a cat’s ability to move around and hunt effectively. In short, they are among the many superpowers your cat came equipped with.

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Walk the Talk: Indoor Cat Care Worth All the Chatter

indoor cat careIndoor cats have a reputation for being low-maintenance pets, but they actually do require a great deal of time, attention, and consideration. Sure, they may not stick a wet nose in your face at 5 a.m. to be let outside, but that doesn’t mean cats don’t have certain unique needs. Indoor cat care can be subtle at times, but for the health and wellbeing of your feline homebody, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center believe it’s an important investment.

The Basics

The foundation of good health is strengthened with veterinary support. While an indoor cat may not have the same type of exposure to disease or parasites, it’s vitally important to receive routine medical care at least once a year. Through regular visits, we can determine baseline values that help chart a course of care for the future.

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