Pet Weight Facts and Myths

Encouraging the maintenance of a healthy weight for your furry friend is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. Pet obesity is associated with health problems and a decreased lifespan.

With so many pets in the United States weighing in over an ideal level, this is an oft neglected and misunderstood area of animal care. The pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you better understand the management of healthy pet weight.

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Should You Be Preparing for Upcoming Pet Events? Yes, Please!

Dogs are fantastic company, but they’re not always concerned with putting their best paw forward. This shouldn’t exclude them from participating, but it does mean they’d benefit from a little planning and preparation. The pet experts of Springbrook Animal Care Center hope our tips and tricks help them become the best guest ever.

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The Health Benefits Of Relaxing With Pets

Stress can take a serious toll on our mental and physical health, and studies show that we are more stressed out than ever. Thankfully, relaxation has proven benefits, such as lowering our blood pressure, boosting our immune system, combating depression, protection against cancer, and so much more. Even though most of us know we should make more time for relaxation, it can seem hard to fit it into busy schedules.

That’s where pets come in! Living with a pet means we have a built-in reason to play more, exercise more, and have more fun overall. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center want to tell you more about the health benefits of relaxing with pets, and how to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time together.

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Strange Dog Behaviors Decoded

There are many delightful perks to dog ownership – that cute face, those sweet ears, the endless snuggles and unconditional love…we could go on and on. Of course, all those weird activities your dog engages in (from butt sniffing to stealing your socks) are just par for the course when it comes to having a canine companion, right?

However, some of you may be wondering what drives these strange dog behaviors and whether you should be worried about any of them. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to answer some of your most burning questions!

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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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Pet Dental Care: A Cornerstone of Good Health

Pet dental care can help protect your pet's wellness

When it comes to pets, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of dental hygiene – until you encounter a problem. Most pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3, and without proper intervention, this can lead to pain, tooth loss, and major health complications later on.

Fortunately, all it takes to combat these sobering statistics is a little awareness and commitment. Let The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center help you change your pet’s life for the better with proper pet dental care!

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A Match Like None Other: Pets Helping Children with Disabilities

Pets Helping Children with Disabilities Is a Beautiful Thing

Most animal lovers have experienced a moment when time with their furry friend has positively impacted their mood or overall well-being. In fact scientists are learning more and more all the time about the importance of the human-animal bond and how it affects our physical and mental health.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know more than most how much pets can help those in need, especially when it comes to children. That is why they put so much effort into supporting community projects involving pets, and most of all pets helping children with disabilities.

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The Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018 from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center

Pet insurance can defray the cost of veterinary care

Another year has come to a close, and the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center couldn’t be happier with the accomplishments and growth we’ve seen in 2018. As we prepare for another busy year of providing exceptional care to Chicagoland pets, our thoughts naturally turn to one of our most popular educational resources: our pet care blogs!

We’re thrilled that so many of you are reading our blogs, and we want to highlight some of our most popular posts from the past year. Without further ado, we present The Pet Expert’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018!

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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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Brrrring on the Cold! Keeping Pets Warm in Winter

Keeping pets warm in winter is an essential part of pet safety and responsible pet ownership

Many people are aware of how dangerous overheating in pets can be, but what about the cold? In fact, pets can be at risk for medical problems in cold weather, and are just as likely to get hypothermia (low body temperature) or frostbite as their owners.

It’s a common misconception that a pet’s fur protects them from the cold. In reality, fur is not adequate protection from the elements, especially in extreme weather or if your pet is not acclimated to colder temperatures.

Like humans, pets will tolerate cold to different degrees, depending on their age, breed, coat density, nutritional stores, overall general health, and physical conditioning.  Northern breeds of dog can tolerate cold weather better than a short haired chihuahua, for example. But keep in mind that all dogs (and cats!) need shelter from winter wind, cold, and wet.

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