An Owner’s Guide to Navigating a Dog Bite

A dog bites someone's pant leg.

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.

Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Top 5 Pet Blogs of 2020!

While 2020 has been a bit, shall we say… unpredictable, we can reliably count on two things: the final page of the calendar will turn to 2021, and the boundless love of our fuzzy little weirdos.

Indeed, our pets have been steadfast in their support this past year just as The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have been steadfast in our commitment to your pets’ health and well-being through all the ups and downs.

As you know, part of our ongoing commitment to you and your pets’ health and happiness is our blog. And, as we do every year, we are excited to celebrate the date change with our annual top blogs list! Hopefully you enjoy a look back at our most-read blogs of 2020

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A Quick Guide to Safe Pet Treats and Toys

White dog with a chew toy in mouth

Every pet owner knows the allure of pet treats and toys. Important assets for training, stimulation and exercise, there are so many different options available that it can be confusing to know what’s right for your pet. Sure, they might like pretty much anything you offer them, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best for their health and safety. 

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have your pet’s best interest in mind as we navigate safe pet treats and toys.

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You Know They Can Do It, but Should Dogs Eat Nuts?

Springbrook dog sitting at a table with a green shake.

Botanically speaking, nuts can be classified as seeds, legumes, or actual tree nuts, but your dog doesn’t care about any of that. Instead, they’re likely to wag their tail, lick their chops, and look pleadingly into your eyes the minute you mention the possibility of a nutty snack. To them, nuts are simultaneously crunchy and creamy and just downright delicious. But they’re also jam-packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. They love chomping on them, but should dogs eat nuts?

Go Nuts Over… Nuts!

Possibly the most popular nuts for dogs are peanuts. Technically legumes (beans or peas), peanuts can be given to dogs raw or roasted, but definitely unsalted. Dogs rarely suffer from peanut allergies like people do, but it’s not unheard of. As a result, slowly introduce your dog to peanuts and only in the absence of adverse reactions offer a weekly nutty treat.

Cashews can also be given occasionally, but going overboard may cause stomach pain and gastrointestinal distress. Always be sure to buy roasted, unsalted cashews as raw ones can contain a toxin dangerous to canines.

Hazelnuts may not be your first choice, but they are a delicious alternative. Be sure that they are cut into bite-sized pieces.

Buttery Goodness

Butters made from the above listed nuts are excellent when you need to conceal medicine or fill a Kong before an inevitable, temporary separation. However, because many commercial nut butters can also contain Xylitol, please read food labels very carefully. This artificial sweetener has health benefits for humans, but is deadly for dogs. 

Because nuts are high in fat they should only be given once in a while. Pancreatitis can be triggered by rich, fatty foods especially if a dog has had a previous bout of this serious health condition. 

Almonds Equal Joy?

Almonds are high in beneficial fatty acids and fiber, but they aren’t always easily digested by pups. If they like almonds, but you’re worried about causing them GI problems, you can soak raw or roasted (unsalted) almonds in water overnight to soften them. Cut them into little bites, or opt for almond butter as a delivery vehicle for medicine or supplements.  

When Dogs Eat Nuts For Fun

If your dogs eat nuts, why stop there? Unfortunately, the following options can be quite risky for pups:

  • Pecans and pistachios have a really high fat content and may cause tummy troubles. Also, it’s not unusual for pecans to have their shells still attached, leading to dental issues or GI obstruction.
  • Walnuts are not a healthy choice, especially if they are on the ground beneath a walnut tree. These nuts are often moldy, but the husks may also contain a neurotoxin caused by a fungus. It may be worthwhile to train your dog to leave all fallen nuts alone, as black walnuts can have terrible health consequences. 
  • Macadamia nuts are considered highly poisonous to dogs, and should never be given to dogs. 

Springbrook Veterinarians Say…

Yes, dogs can eat nuts. However, because of the risks of some nuts to canine health, it may be best to provide them with crunchy treats designed specifically for them. 

Lastly, if you know or suspect that your dog ate something they shouldn’t have, or consumed too much of something high in fat, please let us know. veterinarians at Springbrook Animal Care Center are always here for you!

Is There a Trick to Keeping Your Pocket Pet Happy?

Springbrook father and boy play with hamster pocket pet.

We humans tend to think that small creatures have simple lives, and as a result, appear happy-go-lucky and curious. The truth is, they experience a wide range of emotions, and have enormous capacity to feel their way through both positive and negative experiences. It may seem tough to intuit how a pocket or exotic pets feels, but through close observation of their behavior and physiology we can surmise their emotional state. Keeping your pocket pet happy may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be fairly nuanced and subtle.

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Bush Vs Tree? The Answer May Help With Your Cat’s Environment

Most cat owners are highly attuned to their cat’s preferences. They provide the right food and toys, set out the snuggliest blankets for them to curl up in, and always save cardboard boxes. 

Based on the widespread popularity of cat trees and high vertical climbing structures, it’s easy to think that all cats enjoy surfaces high off the floor, too, but this simply isn’t true. Your cat’s environment should reflect their preferences: Are they a tree or bush dweller?

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Are You Fur-miliar With the Truly Amazing History of Cats?

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Before cats took their rightful place as the dominators of the internet, their paths alongside humans had some hiss-terical highs and some terribly low points. Undoubtedly, the history of cats is a long yarn full of adventure, connection, near misses, and dreadful outcomes. If it’s been a while since you’ve appreciated this awesome species, we’ve got some jaw-dropping cat facts that demand respect.

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