It’s Vet Tech Appreciation Week!

CourtneyIt takes a special person to become a veterinary technician, and we believe the most talented and passionate professionals are here, each and every day, at Springbrook Animal Care Center.

The kindness you and your pets receive from our vet techs stems from one simple truth: they love animals. The field and daily work of veterinary technology can be demanding, but the rewards are pure. In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 – 18, we want to give a shout out to our amazing team of vet techs who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the welfare of animals. Continue…

Animal Companions Help Seniors Thrive

iStock_000030333450_MediumFor many of us, nothing is as soothing as petting a cat curled up on our lap, or throwing a toy for an eager dog just waiting to play. Many of us believe in our hearts that animals have the capacity to heal and bring emotional relief. This is now being proven to be true through research and studies conducted at hospitals and assisted living facilities across the country.

Over the past few decades, we have come to rely on service and therapeutic pets for those with limited mobility, vision, or hearing loss; as well as for those who face mental illness. Studies have shown that heart attack patients with a pet in their lives recover faster and live longer than those who remained pet-less. And, in addition, petting a cat or dog has been linked to lowering blood pressure, reducing heart attack risk, improving mood, and decreasing loneliness.

Whether as assistive or therapeutic pets, or simply as a beloved companion, there are wonderful benefits for our seniors when it comes to animal companionship.  Continue…