Dog Days Ahead: Why Your Pet Needs Sun Protection

If your dog loves to have fun in the sun, you are not alone. Most dogs enjoy this time of year where they can be outdoors, swimming, hiking, walking, and hanging poolside with their owners. But, like us, dogs are susceptible to sunburn and other skin conditions, if they don’t have sun protection. Your dog may not be slathering on SPF 50 any time soon, but we should do our best to provide protection for their skin.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here with some tips on keeping your pet cool and sunburn-free this summer and why sunscreen is important for them.

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When Cats Call: Separation Anxiety in Cats

The idea that all cats are aloof and independent is merely that – just an idea. As cat owners know, the feline personality is as varied as the markings on their fur coats, and many cats are extremely attached to their owners, sometimes a little too attached.

Most people are familiar with the idea of separation anxiety in dogs, but research suggests that cats can also feel significant levels of stress and anxiety when left alone for long periods.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center care deeply for all of our feline patients, and we want you to know that you aren’t alone! With patience, persistence, and a lot of love, separation anxiety in cats can be overcome.

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How to Socialize Your Puppy in the Age of Social Distancing

Beginning with March’s COVID-19 restrictions, most of us have spent a lot of our time at home with our families. While this time can be spent bonding with our loved ones (and furry loved ones, too), it can be hard when you want to socialize a puppy.

Proper training and socialization of puppies requires interaction with strangers, dogs and other animals, and all other wonderful things the world has to offer. So, how can you do it in the age of social distancing?

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center understand how difficult it can be to socialize your pet during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to provide some tips and recommendations to encourage better skills for your sweet puppy.

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Help! My Senior Dog Stinks! Why?

By the time our best friends reach their golden years they are pretty much the perfect pets. They know the routines of the household, behave like the model citizens we always knew they were, and seem equally content to nap or go for an ambling walk. In short, they are wonderful companions.

But sometimes, a senior dog can develop a signature odor that is as off putting as it is suspicious. Don’t let that stink drive a wedge between you and your dog. The Pet Experts are here to help.

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What the Fur!? Are Hairballs Normal?

It’s never a pleasant morning when you wake up to hear your cat hacking up a furball in the  next room. These disgusting wads of hair are the bane of most cat owners who have experienced them. 

A common question among pet owners is, are hairballs normal? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have an answer to that inquiry and can also provide some tips on hairball prevention.

The Hairball

As they are named, hairballs are a collection of undigested fur. Hairballs are known as trichobezoars and vary in size and shape. Among the hairballs are usually stomach acids and fluids. Not too pretty, right?

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Treat Your Pet Right With Companion Laser Therapy

To care deeply for animals is a privilege. When they are healthy and happy, we are, too. Similarly, it can be very difficult to watch a pet feel pain. 

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a magic wand to help them through illness or injury? In a way, we do! The technology behind companion laser therapy might sound a little Back to the Future, but this modality has stood the test of time, benefitting pets in multiple ways.

Pay It Forward

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are committed to providing the highest quality care to our animal patients. To that end, we embrace cutting edge technologies and treatments standing at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

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Can Helping Baby Wildlife Can Do More Harm Than Good?

Baby animals of all species are absolutely wonderful, and spring is the time to observe this gift from nature. From fluffy bunnies to dappled fawns, people find baby wildlife absolutely irresistible. 

Part of the fascination with baby wildlife includes a glimpse into the world of animal parenting and family life. Animal mothers and fathers have to leave the dens or nests to find food, and through no fault of their own, utterly helpless baby wildlife can sometimes be orphaned or abandoned. It’s natural for animal lovers want to help baby wildlife, but getting too involved can be equally dangerous.

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Basic Bird Care for Beginners

Thinking of welcoming a feathered friend into your home but not sure where to start? Look no further! When it comes to basic bird care, we avian admirers at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help. 

Knowing if Birds are Your Bag

Before you commit to caring for any pet for its lifetime, it is important to know what you are getting into. Birds are beautiful and can be fabulous companions, but they are living creatures that require considerable effort to thrive.

If you are considering a bird as your pet of choice, keep in mind that:

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Frito Feet: Why Does My Dog’s Feet Smell Like Corn Chips? 

Let’s be honest, do any dog’s feet really smell like potpourri and sunshine?

We would say no.

But, if your pet’s feet smell like a favorite snack food, you may wonder if you’re imagining things. The answer again, however, is no. Pet paws can and do smell like Fritos and there are a few reasons behind the smell.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to relay some information on why your dog’s feet smell like corn chips. And thankfully, it’s not as bad as you might think.

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Too Much of a Good Thing: When You Have too Many Pets 

For serious pet lovers, the idea of having just one pet is unbelievable. In fact, many pet owners have at least two pets as a part of their family household!

We completely understand, being pet aficionados ourselves. But there are times when having more than a few pets can put the pets (and the family) at risk for health and behavioral conditions.

In what cases is having more than a couple of furry ones too many pets? That’s what the team at Springbrook Animal Care Center is here to explore.

6 Signs That You Have too Many Pets

Sometimes it is difficult to discern when a person has more pets than they can handle. After all, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, there are people who actively foster pets and can end up with several at one time, but the goal is a noble one. Then there are people who probably shouldn’t have any pets at all. 

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