Your Dog’s Dewclaws: Decoration or Indispensable?

Many pups come with the advertisement that their “tails and dewclaws” have been “done”, meaning that the breeder has had their dewclaws removed and tails surgically docked. To many perspective pet owners, this sounds like an important thing. After all, why would you not want your breeder to provide an extra to you?

Upon further thought, though, you may start to wonder why you wouldn’t want your new pet to have all of its body parts. At Springbrook Animal Care Center we think it’s important for pet owners to understand what dewclaws are and why pets have them. Keep reading to learn more.

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Queen Kitty: 7 Ways to Pamper Your Cat

Let’s face it, cats seem to be fairly easy going when it comes to their demands. Unlike a dog, who likes to be up in our face when they want something, cats play it cool

Because of this, some pet owners tend to overlook important aspects of cat care, like added attention and pampering for their special purry friends. Cats, though, love to be pampered as much as any self-respecting dog. 

Have you pampered your cat lately?

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know how important it is to take time to spoil our cat companions and are here to offer up a few awesome ways to pamper your cat.

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How to Help Your Pet Cope With Today’s Challenges

There’s a great deal of uncertainty right now, and our pets feel it. Over the past few months they’ve spent more time with us than ever before – a time that may have been filled with nail-biting, pacing, worrying, and without the schedule and routine they were used to.

Pets react to heightened emotions in a variety of ways, many of which can cause significant problems for them (and you). How can you help your pet cope with all the strange transitions happening around them?

The Balance

One of the greatest strategies for pet owners during this time is to simply keep up with your pet’s routine as much as possible. Be sure they get outside at specific times throughout the day, keep meal times regular, and play/exercise with them as much as you can (it’ll make you feel better, too!). Inconsistencies to the daily routine can be really upsetting and won’t help your pet cope at all.

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Pet-Friendly Bug Spray for Your Home and Garden

Many of us want to reduce the number of chemicals we use each day. Whether they be household cleaners or insect control, the goal is to minimize these noxious ingredients from impacting the family and the environment. 

Your fur family is also at risk of certain products we use to control those household invaders, insects. Since we must exist among common pests, it’s only natural that there would be a means to control them that is safe to humans and pets alike.

Here are some pet friendly bug spray suggestions from your Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center.

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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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