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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The Pinnacle of Summer: Celebrating Independence Day and Pet Safety

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest events of the year. With picnics, parades, and family gatherings to choose from, where does that leave a four-legged friend? Sure, you might have a well-behaved, highly sociable pet who enjoys any combination of crowds, loud music, and fireworks. Or, perhaps your pet stresses easily by the disruption to routine, heat, and strangers.

Either way, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some tips to prepare you for Independence Day and pet safety.

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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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