Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

You may view the veterinary hospital lobby as a place to relax and catch up on emails or reading, but your pet probably has a vastly different experience. The waiting room can be a stressful or even scary place for pets, and situations can escalate quickly in such a fast-paced, overwhelming environment.

At Springbrook Animal Care Center, we want all our patients to feel safe and experience as little stress as possible when they come to visit. With this in mind, The Pet Experts want to share some tips for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety.

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Pet Dental Care: A Cornerstone of Good Health

Pet dental care can help protect your pet's wellness

When it comes to pets, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of dental hygiene – until you encounter a problem. Most pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3, and without proper intervention, this can lead to pain, tooth loss, and major health complications later on.

Fortunately, all it takes to combat these sobering statistics is a little awareness and commitment. Let The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center help you change your pet’s life for the better with proper pet dental care!

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A Match Like None Other: Pets Helping Children with Disabilities

Pets Helping Children with Disabilities Is a Beautiful Thing

Most animal lovers have experienced a moment when time with their furry friend has positively impacted their mood or overall well-being. In fact scientists are learning more and more all the time about the importance of the human-animal bond and how it affects our physical and mental health.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know more than most how much pets can help those in need, especially when it comes to children. That is why they put so much effort into supporting community projects involving pets, and most of all pets helping children with disabilities.

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The Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018 from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center

Pet insurance can defray the cost of veterinary care

Another year has come to a close, and the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center couldn’t be happier with the accomplishments and growth we’ve seen in 2018. As we prepare for another busy year of providing exceptional care to Chicagoland pets, our thoughts naturally turn to one of our most popular educational resources: our pet care blogs!

We’re thrilled that so many of you are reading our blogs, and we want to highlight some of our most popular posts from the past year. Without further ado, we present The Pet Expert’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018!

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Recommendations for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet can take extra pet travel planning

While traveling can be full of twists and turns, it can definitely be fun and worth the long miles. Whether you’re in the sky or on the road, bringing your pet along warrants many special considerations. Indeed, preparations can be quite extensive. But what about traveling with a sick pet or one with certain health risks? The pet experts 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, unique considerations and heightened vigilance are of the utmost importance. 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.

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Brrrring on the Cold! Keeping Pets Warm in Winter

Keeping pets warm in winter is an essential part of pet safety and responsible pet ownership

Many people are aware of how dangerous overheating in pets can be, but what about the cold? In fact, pets can be at risk for medical problems in cold weather, and are just as likely to get hypothermia (low body temperature) or frostbite as their owners.

It’s a common misconception that a pet’s fur protects them from the cold. In reality, fur is not adequate protection from the elements, especially in extreme weather or if your pet is not acclimated to colder temperatures.

Like humans, pets will tolerate cold to different degrees, depending on their age, breed, coat density, nutritional stores, overall general health, and physical conditioning.  Northern breeds of dog can tolerate cold weather better than a short haired chihuahua, for example. But keep in mind that all dogs (and cats!) need shelter from winter wind, cold, and wet.

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Pet Birthday Party Ideas to Get the Ball Rolling

Pet birthday party ideas are fun

Have you ever been to a pet birthday party? For animal lovers, this is probably one of the most fun things you can do. Much like a child’s birthday, these memorable events not only celebrate a pet’s life, but the meaningful contributions to their owners’ lives as well. If this sounds like something you’d like to do for your pet, the Pet Experts have some tips to get the party started!

Don’t Know the Date?

If you’re uncertain of your pet’s actual date of birth, don’t worry! Celebrate the date they were adopted, when you brought them home, or another meaningful date.

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The Real Deal: Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Pet insurance can defray the cost of veterinary care

When it comes to pet insurance, we know there are mixed opinions on the subject. It’s always better to have something and not need it than the other way around, but does it make sense to invest in emergency services your pet might never need? Likewise, subscribing to an age-appropriate preventive care plan covers wellness services but not urgent care or hospitalization. It’s high-time The Pet Experts break down the details so pet owners can make the right choice for their best friends.

One Thing is Certain

As a pet owner, the cost of providing excellent nutrition, bedding, toys, gear, and, of course, medical care can be expensive. To offset some of these costs, we offer preventive care plans for cats and dogs. These plans eliminate the need for payment after unlimited yearly examinations. After an initial membership fee, you’re billed monthly for various vaccinations, diagnostics, and exams in order to support your pet’s long-term health and wellness.

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Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week: Our Invaluable Team

A veterinary technician is a veterinary nurse.When you bring your pet in to The Pet Experts, you know your beloved family member is going to be in good hands. Whether for a preventive care exam, a dental cleaning, or if your pet is sick, our team of client service representatives, veterinary technicians and doctors are here to provide the very best customer service and advanced veterinary medical care.

Each member of our team is valued and appreciated, and our veterinary technicians are no exception. National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week is October 14- 20th, 2018. This week is designated each year to give veterinarians, managers and pet owners a chance to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of our talented technicians. Continue…

For People Who Need Them, Service Dogs Never Tire or Rest

Service dogs do good work.Imagine that long before you actually needed help, there was someone waiting to lend a hand. Or, in the case of service dogs, a paw. Anticipating the needs of the owners/handlers, these highly-trained animals are not only amazing at their jobs, they’re downright necessary for people with disabilities or significant health issues. You’ve probably seen one of these life-saving dogs in public before, but it may surprise you to learn that there are many different types, all with their own skills, legal protections, and privileges.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects handlers and their service dogs from discrimination. In fact, they are allowed entry into all buildings, facilities, and businesses (even those with “no pets” policies) without restriction. If they are stopped, asked to leave or to furnish documentation, the handler can file civil charges against them. Continue…