A Quick Guide to At-Home Cat Health

A cat on a lap.

Your cat’s routine wellness visits are designed to help them enjoy all the benefits associated with good health. By staying in front of developing problems, like weight gain or periodontal disease, your cat can live a longer, happier life. A lot can happen between your cat’s exams, which is why cat owners need to know the signals of developing illness. When you know exactly what qualifies as problematic, you can get your cat the help they need. 


Choosing Between the Best Pets for Kids

A young boy pets a cat on the couch.

A walk through a children’s bookstore will confirm that animals feature in the majority of stories. Kids love animals. Why? Experts think that the bonds between kids and animals are integral to emotional development. They help kids explore their feelings, gain confidence, and make sense of the ever-changing world around them. As a result, many families lean towards pet adoption, but it’s not always easy choosing between the best pets for kids. That’s where we come in.


Identifying and Treating Hot Spots on Dogs

A dog stands in a kiddie pool with an orange bone in her mouth.

What do allergies, fleas, ear infections, anxiety, and long coats have in common? They are predominantly responsible for causing, or exacerbating, hot spots on dogs. Characterized by inflamed lesions on the skin, hot spots can be incredibly painful to endure. What’s worse, dogs can’t stop themselves from licking, biting and scratching at their sores, which makes them even harder to cope with, and less likely to heal. 


Pee You! Odor, Rabies and Other Problems Skunks May Cause Your Pet

A skunk.

Very little in nature is more noxious than the smell of a skunk. But skunks bring other problems to your pets, too. Your friends at Springbrook Animal Care Center want to help you avoid these issues to keep your pets healthy (and smelling great).


Pet Grooming: Not Just for Frou-Frou Dogs

A well groomed, happy and healthy dog.

In the quest to save dollars, pet parents may opt to groom their pets themselves rather than take Fido in to be professionally groomed. Many owners also mistakingly think that only small, fluffy dogs belong at the groomer.

Actually, this erroneous belief can negatively impact your dog’s overall health. The truth is; all dogs need to be groomed, and not just for aesthetic reasons. Pet grooming keeps the hair free of mats and tangles; detects fleas and other parasites that attack the skin; promotes skin, nail, and coat health; and offers a chance for your pet’s overall skin and coat condition to be assessed.

And, there’s more to grooming than trimming lengthy fur or bathing your pet! Grooming includes many services that the average pet parent isn’t fond of doing (Did someone mention cleaning anal glands? Eew.).


A Case of the Zoomies

A well behaved puppy listening to its owner.

Most of us who have spent time with animals know what the zoomies are, even if you didn’t know what they were called at the time we experienced them. You know, that sudden burst of energy that your dog or cat gets from seemingly nowhere that results in a frantic dash around and lots of laughs? But why do the zoomies happen? Is your pet trying to tell you something? Read on for Springbrook Animal Care Center’s take on this comedic and energetic phenomenon.


What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Leash Training

Leash training.

Obedience training is great for helping your dog figure out his place in your home, but it also brings many other benefits to improve his life. Learning to follow commands like “stay,” “come,” and “leave it” can prevent dogs from chasing prey, running into traffic, or encountering wildlife. But one of the greatest assets of obedience training is leash training. When dogs know your expectations, you can both enjoy walks or runs together even more.


The Benefits of Buying Medication Through Your Vet

Dog taking medication.

Point. Click. Pay. Done. The convenience of online shopping has made it possible to have virtually anything delivered to your doorstep. But when it comes to your pet’s medication, it pays to shop at the doctor’s office. 

At Springbrook Animal Care Center, we genuinely care about your pet’s safety and well-being. Our tailored preventive care plans are designed to keep your pets healthy, but when a prescription is necessary, we advocate for purchasing pet medications only from veterinarians. 


Recommendations for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet can take extra pet travel planning.

Travel helps us expand our horizons and learn about new people and places. Whether you’re in the sky or on the road, bringing your pet affords them the same opportunities, but it also warrants many special considerations. Preparations can be quite extensive, especially when traveling with a sick pet or one with certain health risks. The pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center 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, it is important to take unique considerations and heightened vigilance. 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.


My Dog Ate Chocolate: Safe Holiday Treats for Pets and Those to Avoid

Holiday pet treats.

For a lot of families, food is a big focus around the holidays. Whether it’s preparing delicious meals for the family, appetizers for a holiday party, or baked goods, food is a huge part of our holiday celebrations in America. Unfortunately, many of the ingredients that are in popular holiday treats can be toxic to your pets, and, if ingested, can cause serious harm