What’s In an Ear: The Importance of Regular Ear Care for Pets

Looking into your pet’s ear is probably not up there on the list of your favorite things to-do, but did you know that cleaning them regularly is important for their health? 

Pet ears can trap a lot of things, from bacteria to parasites, which can go unnoticed if not attended to. The ears are home to one of the keenest senses your pet – has and their overall health is a must for continued good hearing.

The Pet Expects at Springbrook Animal Care Center take a closer look at what’s under those adorable floppy ears to help you learn to incorporate ear care into your pet’s routine.

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Kitty Kryptonite: Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Sometimes our feline friends seem like they could very well be superheroes. The fact that there are even rumors that they have nine lives supports how resilient they truly are. 

Unfortunately cats are not quite as immortal as many of us wish they were. Like Superman, even our feline heroes have their kryptonite. Springbrook Animal Care Center takes care of many amazing cats, and many times these incredible little beings  are affected by feline chronic kidney disease, especially as they age.

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Preventing Bloat in Dogs

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If you are a dog lover, you have probably heard the term “bloat” used at some time or another. Bloat in dogs is scary and life-threatening medical condition and sticks in most of our heads without much prompting. 

Although we’ve all heard of it, many of us may not know what bloat actually is or what to do about it. Thankfully, that is what the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here for. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about identifying and preventing bloat in dogs. 

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Why Rabies Vaccination In Pets Is Still So Important

Companion animals today are so fortunate to live longer, healthier lives than they have in the past. In part, this is due to effective vaccines that protect them (and us) from infectious and deadly disease. Over the past several decades, the widespread use of vaccinations in the United States against diseases like rabies have saved millions of lives and driven rabies into relative obscurity. 

But make no mistake; the risk of rabies is still present. In fact, it is responsible for the deaths of over 55,000 people annually worldwide. And, rabies still presents a significant threat to dogs and cats who go unvaccinated. For these reasons, pet owners and veterinarians cannot become complacent about the importance of keeping their pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations. 

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Ready to Adopt? Time for Pet Proofing!

There are lots of ways to welcome a new pet into your home. Fun toys, cute bedding, age-appropriate food, matching bowls, and much more round out a fairly long list of supplies necessary for a successful transition. However, all your shopping could be for naught without the right approach to a new pet’s safety and security.

Our guide to pet proofing your home may not only prevent an unsafe situation for a newly adopted pet, but protect your property as well.

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A Spoonful of Sugar: How to Help Your Pet Take Medication

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Mary Poppins may have had the ticket to taking a dose of something we don’t like, but when it comes to pets, sugar doesn’t actually work. If your pet has been prescribed medication for an illness or to treat a medical condition, you may be wondering how in the heck you’re supposed to get them to take it. 

Although helping your pet take medication may never be truly easy, it’s possible to make it less stressful for both you and your pet. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some great ideas for you!

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Help! A Skunk Sprayed My Pet!

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If you’ve ever seen your dog stare down a squirrel or watched your cat lie in wait for a sparrow to fly by, you know that pets can be fiercely focused when it comes to wildlife. Paired with natural curiosity and a somewhat misplaced sense of domination, this single mindedness can land them in hot water when it comes to the family Mephitidae, or skunks. 

The Pet Experts have seen it all, and when an animal comes to us following an “incident” with a skunk, we know exactly what to do.

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What to Do When Your Exotic or Pocket Pet Is Sick

A small animal is a big responsibility. They depend on their owners to provide the right environment, appropriate diet, grooming, and enrichment, not to mention disease and parasite prevention. 

Caring for an exotic or pocket pet can be incredibly rewarding when all of these components are aligned, but things can go really wrong – really fast. Knowing what to do when an emergency illness appears can make all the difference when your exotic or pocket is sick.

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July is Pet Hydration Month: Is Your Pet Drinking Enough?

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We all know how important water is to our daily functioning, and the same is true for our pets. Pet’s bodies are made up of an even higher percentage of water than human bodies, and even mild dehydration can have a serious effect on their overall health and functioning.

July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month, the perfect time to look for ways to improve your pet’s water consumption!

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How Important Is Summer Paw Safety?

As we round the corner toward the dog days of summer, it’s essential to approach scorching temperatures with a hearty dose of scrutiny. 

The heat risks pets face simply don’t let up, but there are many things owners can do to prevent season-related illness and injury. For starters, knowing when it’s too hot for your pet to walk outside (let alone run around!) is critical to avoiding an emergency. While pets need protection from heatstroke, summer paw safety is of equal importance.

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