Springbrook Veterinary Advice: Your Pet and Water

A Springbrook pet needing help with their water.

When it comes to caring for all of your pet’s needs, there’s a lot to juggle. They depend on you for complete, balanced nutrition, daily exercise, mental stimulation, monthly parasite prevention, training, and so much more. Pets need water, too. But the exact equation of water in/water out isn’t always straightforward. How do you know if your pet is drinking enough water every day? To prevent dehydration, our Springbrook veterinary advice involves closely monitoring their habits:

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Springbrook Veterinary Care: Anal Glands 101

Springbrook dog with anal glands.

You care for your pet in every way possible. From a quality diet to preventive care with vaccinations and parasite preventions, everything you do matters when it comes to keeping them healthy and thriving.

Springbrook Animal Care Center knows that good pet grooming is important as well. Things like preventing matting and keeping long nails tamed can make a huge difference. That is why we include these types of things in our Springbrook veterinary care offerings along with education and care of your pet’s anal glands, a little body part that can make a big stink.

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Why You Should Spay Or Neuter Your Pet

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It’s hard not to love kittens and puppies, which makes some people reluctant to spay or neuter their pets. There is ample evidence that pet overpopulation results in some dire circumstances, however. When animals aren’t spayed or neutered, there are more stray animals, increased contagious diseases that spread through the community, crowded shelters, and an increased number of pets being euthanized. 

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Looking For Something Exotic? A List Of The Best Rodent Pets For Your Home

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Rodent pets make great additions to a variety of home environments, and they take up much less space than dogs or cats. Whether you’ve had your fair share of rodent pets in the past or you are looking to bring your first one home, here is a list of some of the best rodent pets for a variety of households: 

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Pyometra: A Purulent and Potentially Problematic Diagnosis

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There are many reasons why most veterinarians advocate for spaying or neutering pets who are not going to be intentionally bred. While some of these are fairly obvious (accidental little bundles of joy anyone?), others are less widely recognized by those not in the veterinary profession.

One common complication that our staff at Springbrook Animal Care Center see as a result of not spaying female dogs and cats is pyometra. This problem affecting the reproductive tract can be quite serious, and is a good reason to consider spaying your pets sooner rather than later. 

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Betta Fish Care for Beginners

Betta fish swimming in fish tank.

It happens to many animal lovers at one time or another. You enter the pet store to get something else entirely and you walk out with a small cup or baggie of water containing a beautiful, colorful fish. 

Without a doubt, pet stores don’t make it easy to walk by the displays of Betta fish flashing their fins. They’re attractive and interesting, why wouldn’t you want to bring one home? Despite their easy-looking appearance, betta fish care involves much more than a small talk and some fish flakes. However, when approached the right way caring for one of these fish is very rewarding.

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An Owner’s Guide to Navigating a Dog Bite

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Do you know what you would do if your dog were to bite someone? This may be every dog owner’s worst nightmare and while it may not be something that you want to think about, things happen. 

Your friends at Springbrook Animal Care Center know that being prepared, no matter the circumstance or emergency, can make a big difference in the outcome. How you navigate a dog bite can set your pet up for success or failure, and we are here to put that knowledge in your hands.

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Easy Breathing: Dealing with Asthma in Pets

A dog in a collar pants outside.

Asthma is a common health condition in both humans and pets characterized by inflammation in the lungs and/or uncontrolled mucus or fluid production that may block the airways. Like with humans, asthma in pets is essentially an allergic response to something in the environment. Both cats and dogs can develop asthma, although cats and smaller dogs are more prone to the disease.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center want to help you make sure your pet is feeling their best at all times, and that includes managing and hopefully preventing asthma in pets.

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Why Does My Dog Lick Me So Much?

Trying to get your dog not to lick you is much like trying to get them not to wag their tail. Licking is what they do. 

Your dog’s desire to lick is ingrained in their DNA and they, like toddlers, explore the world with their mouth. But there are some instances in which licking can be excessive or a result of a bigger problem (aside from the wet dog smooch on your face). 

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are to answer your question, “Why does my dog lick me so much?” We hope to give you some insight into this slobbery behavior and when it can become more than just an occasional show of affection.

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Almost From the Beginning, These Famous Felines Have Added Much to Our Lives

White cat with rainbow lasers coming from eyes

The history of cat ownership is long and colorful. If you dive into the enduring relationship between people and felines, it can quickly seem like humans never even existed before cats quietly padded their ways into our rustic pastoral communities. In other words, the impact and influence of cats on early human development was far-reaching and complete to the point of no return. 

Since we cannot live without cats, we raise them up to celebrity status. The famous felines we know and love so well are listed below, and we hope you recognize a few of your favorites.

The Ancient Ones

Almost 10,000 years ago, cats were domesticated in the Near East, a region that included Western Asia, modern-day Turkey, and Northern African countries like Egypt. Due to the long-standing deification of cats in Egypt, goddesses like Bastet, Mafdet, and Sekhmet helped introduce scores of early people to this splendid species.

The veneration of cats began to pick up speed all over the world, especially after the Islamic prophet Muhammed endorsed them as wonderful companions (his favorite cat was named Muezza). 

Folklore & Beyond

Today’s famous felines owe some of their debt to Maneki-Neko, the famous Japanese cat sculpture that beckons everyone with a friendly, upright paw. Now, this figure is battery or electric powered and waves at visitors to shops, arcades and restaurants.

Likewise, the fictional character Puss in Boots gained enormous traction throughout Europe in the 1500’s for being a bit of scoundrel. His anthropomorphism made cat ownership even more fun.

Other famous felines depicted in art, literature, animation, and film over the years include:

  • The Cheshire Cat
  • Garfield
  • Hobbes (from Calvin and Hobbes)
  • Heathcliffe
  • Tom Cat (Tom and Jerry)
  • Sylvester from Looney Tunes
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Felix the Cat
  • Crookshanks from Harry Potter
  • Pusheen
  • Scratchy from The Simpsons
  • Spt from Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Morris the Cat
  • Pete the Cat
  • Jonesy from Alien
  • Snowbell from Stuart Little
  • Hello Kitty

There are dozens more famous felines to choose from and we love them all!

Next Wave of Famous Felines

It has been proven that cats rule the internet, so it’s only fitting to list several that have made a stir on social media. If you aren’t already following these sweeties you’re missing out:

  • Grumpy Cat (RIP 2.5 million followers)
  • Nala (4.3 million followers)
  • Cole and Marmalade (662k followers)
  • Venus the Two Faced Cat (2 million followers)
  • Maru (317k followers)

The good news is that every day there are more attractive kitties that are ready for their close-ups. Keep an eye for the next big feline trendsetter.

Best Furry Friends Forever

Generally speaking, cats have big personalities. Their bright, expressive eyes and fearless acrobatics helped draw human attention really early on. Not only did early cats prove to be highly skilled hunters but they were funny, interesting, super handsome, entertaining and affectionate to boot. We continue to learn so much from our cats, and we have some of these famous felines to thank for paving the way.

Our cat-friendly practice enjoys focusing on this special species. If you ever need The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center please let us know.