Growing Pains: Introducing Your Pet to a New Baby

pet and new babyIf your pet is anything like the ones we know, he or she is content to be the center of your universe. In fact, as far as your four-legged friend is concerned, your life revolves around their whims, fancies, and needs, right?

That all might be about to change if your family is expecting another little one – but your pet won’t find four little paws, a tail, or a wet nose. A newborn baby can cause a pet a great deal of worry, frustration, and emotional pain. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have experience in this area and offer some ideas for acclimating your pet to a new baby.

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Is Drinking From the Toilet Your Least Favorite Dog Behavior?

dog behaviorDog owners have the special privilege of witnessing various canine antics, some of which are downright off-putting. We’re talking about butt-sniffing, poop-eating, furniture-humping dog hijinks that evoke a lot of human head shaking. But we love dogs anyway, right? When the discussion of dog behavior comes up, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are commonly asked whether it’s normal – and safe – for a pup to drink from the toilet.

Yes, it’s Normal

Dogs love to take a long, slurpy drink from the toilet bowl for two main reasons. First, the water is colder than normal doggie water bowl temperature. Secondly, because the water is constantly being refreshed, it probably tastes good. While this dog behavior is extremely common across all breeds, ages, and sizes, it’s not considered the safest practice.

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