What You Need to Know About Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is great pet exercise and promotes pet healthIf you’re a runner, and you have a dog, combining the two may seem like a no-brainer. You and your dog both get the benefits of a good workout, and the time spent together can strengthen your relationship. Because running with your dog carries certain risks, and not all dogs are good candidates for that type of exercise, it’s important to make sure you cover your bases as far as safety precautions, and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help!

But First, Come See Us

Just like humans, pets should have a wellness exam prior to beginning any new exercise program. Your veterinarian will make sure your pet is healthy enough for strenuous exercise and up-to-date on their vaccines and parasite protection. Continue…

Sit, Stay, Come: When and Why to Start Puppy Training

Puppy training is a vital part of responsible pet ownershipSo, you have a new member of your household. Congratulations! There are few things as heartwarming and joyful as adding a new puppy to your life. As you may know, puppies not only bring fun, smiles, and cuddles, but also add a whole new level of work and many questions, too.

Fear not! The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some great information to get you and your puppy started off on the right foot.

First Things First

To start, be aware that your puppy has been learning since birth! Good breeders start handling puppies and socializing them right away. And, your puppy will be learning just as soon as you bring them home. Early socialization and positive reinforcement help to make sure your puppy becomes a wonderful companion.   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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Animal Laughter: Do Pets Have a Sense of Humor?

pets have a sense of humorChances are, if you have pets, you have witnessed a time when you can see their sense of humor come out. When your dog brings you their toy over and over, or when your cat sits on your computer as you furiously work on a deadline and you can see their sardonic side shine through. But do animals really have a sense of humor? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center went looking for answers, and we’re bringing you what we found, here.

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Beyond Sit: Our Favorite Fun and Useful Dog Tricks

dog tricksAny veterinarian, groomer, or dog trainer would probably agree that teaching a dog essential commands is key to helping them live a harmonious life in human society. The staples, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”, make a dog easier to manage, which enhances the bond they share with their human family members. It also gives them enjoyable and life-affirming experiences, such as walks, outings, and social events.

Although many dog owners stop once their dog has mastered the basics of obedience training, there is much to be gained from taking it to the next level. The following dog tricks combine fun and usefulness with an increase in overall safety for your pet.

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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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Stranger Than Fiction: Are Cat Myths Rooted in Truth?

cat mythsCats have lived with (or at least alongside) us for ages. Despite this proximity, true understanding of their habits and abilities didn’t begin until the modern era. To compensate for this lack of knowledge, people created and spread various cat myths over the years. They’re easily recognized nowadays, but without scientific research and veterinary medicine, were cat myths somehow rooted in truth?

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What You Need to Know About Essential Oils and Pets

It seems like essential oils are everywhere these days. These little bottles of concentrated extracts are touted to be the cure-alls for everything from anxiety to cancer.

While essential oils can certainly have a place for people, many have started to use them on or around pets. If you try to delve into the safety of these practices, you might be surprised to find how quickly you can become overwhelmed by information. Lucky for you, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you sort out essential oils and pets.

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Yoga with Pets? Count Us In!

If you haven’t heard the terms “downward dog” or “namaste”, you may be spending too much time in that cave of yours. Yoga has taken America by storm, as evidenced by the proliferation of yoga studios and teachers, the racks of yoga clothing and gear, and the number of yoga and meditation groups in public places.

Dogs, cats, and other companion animals seem to be getting in on the yogic action, too. Yoga with pets is growing in popularity, and proponents argue that it’s a wonderful way to bond with animals and allow them to experience the physical and psychological benefits of this ancient practice. Is yoga with pets right for you?

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Beneath the Gum Line: Periodontal Disease vs. Routine Pet Dental Care

As with most things in life, if you allow something to gain a foothold, it will eventually take over. Whether we’re talking about weeds, dust bunnies, or pet dental care, the truth is, maintenance is necessary to keep things bright, shiny, and clean. Said another way, if bacteria is left alone inside a pet’s mouth, it will eventually lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss, and even systemic illness. However, The Pet Experts do have good news – this is entirely preventable!

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