Recommendations for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet can take extra pet travel planning

While traveling can be full of twists and turns, it can definitely be fun and worth the long miles. Whether you’re in the sky or on the road, bringing your pet along warrants many special considerations. Indeed, preparations can be quite extensive. But what about traveling with a sick pet or one with certain health risks? The pet experts are here with some helpful tips to make sure your pet remains safe and that all the essentials are covered.

How to Know?

The Humane Society has some great travel safety tips for pets in good general health. While the recommendations are similar for pets who are ill, unique considerations and heightened vigilance are of the utmost importance. For example, air travel can be risky for all pets, but flying with a sick pet can be downright dangerous – especially if they’re in the cargo area.

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Meow on the Move: What to Know About Traveling with a Cat

Springbrook_iStock_000083088945_Large (1)Ask a cat owner what his or her least favorite activity with kitty is and you can guarantee traveling with a cat is at the top of the list. But, there are times when bringing your purr-pal along for the journey is needed.

For the safety and comfort of your feline friend, there are some details to attend to before you hit the open road. Continue…

The Jet-Set Pet: Understanding International Pet Travel

See a dogWhether you are making a residential move overseas or simply taking a much-deserved vacation, bringing along your pet is an involved endeavor. But, because many pet guardians do not want to be separated from their furry BFFs, it makes sense that the trend in international pet travel is growing.

However, there are challenges to tackle before you go and others that may come up en route with your pet. To avoid delays or unexpected problems, we are addressing the major concerns to consider plus pre-travel requirements. Continue…

Traveling With or Without Your Dog During the Canine Flu Outbreak

Springbrook_iStock_000052770134_Large (1)Canine influenza, or canine flu, has had many dog owners in the Chicagoland area concerned – and understandably so. While the canine influenza strain, H3N8, has been recognized for some time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this strain, H3N2, is new to our area and therefore places almost all dogs Continue…

Over the River and Through the Woods: Holiday Travel With Your Pet

Many pet owners will be traveling during this holiday season. Whether you are bringing your pets along for the ride, or leaving them behind, be sure to consider the following when it comes to holiday travel with your pet.

OnTheGoIf your pet is staying home…

  • Be sure to leave your pet sitter with your contact information as well as instructions on what to do in case of an emergency when you cannot be reached.
  • If you are having guests at your house, provide your pet a quiet place to retreat from the commotion.
  • Make certain that all pets are wearing a collar with tags and that all microchip information is current. You never know when a door might accidently be left open by preoccupied guests.

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Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

You may view the veterinary hospital lobby as a place to relax and catch up on emails or reading, but your pet probably has a vastly different experience. The waiting room can be a stressful or even scary place for pets, and situations can escalate quickly in such a fast-paced, overwhelming environment.

At Springbrook Animal Care Center, we want all our patients to feel safe and experience as little stress as possible when they come to visit. With this in mind, The Pet Experts want to share some tips for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety.

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For People Who Need Them, Service Dogs Never Tire or Rest

Service dogs do good work.Imagine that long before you actually needed help, there was someone waiting to lend a hand. Or, in the case of service dogs, a paw. Anticipating the needs of the owners/handlers, these highly-trained animals are not only amazing at their jobs, they’re downright necessary for people with disabilities or significant health issues. You’ve probably seen one of these life-saving dogs in public before, but it may surprise you to learn that there are many different types, all with their own skills, legal protections, and privileges.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects handlers and their service dogs from discrimination. In fact, they are allowed entry into all buildings, facilities, and businesses (even those with “no pets” policies) without restriction. If they are stopped, asked to leave or to furnish documentation, the handler can file civil charges against them. Continue…

How Do You Know? Top 5 Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs

lyme diseaseMost people shudder at the idea of ticks, but that doesn’t stop us from hiking, camping, picnicking, or working in the yard. Even though these 8-legged pests are sneaky, insidious, and hungry for blood, we still enjoy the great outdoors – and so do our dogs. After all, who hasn’t seen a dog rolling around the grass with utter abandon? Frolicking and exploring are a canine’s birthright, but Lyme disease in dogs remains a serious concern. As such, The Pet Experts of Springbrook Animal Care Center offer the top 5 clinical signs of Lyme disease so you can seek help immediately.

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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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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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