Is My Cat Too Fat? Combating Feline Obesity

Springbrook_iStock_000022062805_MediumIn this country our pets are getting fatter and fatter with no end in sight. While many of us giggle and gush over fluffy, well-padded kitties; being obese is not good for anyone – animals included.

Cats who are overweight are at increased risk for serious medical problems including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and even cancer. No wonder that overweight felines live shorter lives than other cats. Continue…

A Quick Guide to At-Home Cat Health

A cat on a lap.

Your cat’s routine wellness visits are designed to help them enjoy all the benefits associated with good health. By staying in front of developing problems, like weight gain or periodontal disease, your cat can live a longer, happier life. A lot can happen between your cat’s exams, which is why cat owners need to know the signals of developing illness. When you know exactly what qualifies as problematic, you can get your cat the help they need. 

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Springbrook Veterinary Care: Anal Glands 101

Springbrook dog with anal glands.

You care for your pet in every way possible. From a quality diet to preventive care with vaccinations and parasite preventions, everything you do matters when it comes to keeping them healthy and thriving.

Springbrook Animal Care Center knows that good pet grooming is important as well. Things like preventing matting and keeping long nails tamed can make a huge difference. That is why we include these types of things in our Springbrook veterinary care offerings along with education and care of your pet’s anal glands, a little body part that can make a big stink.

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Your Questions and Answers About TPLO Surgery 

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In the veterinary world we are all-too-familiar with cruciate ligament disease in pets. It is a very common diagnosis that we deal with on an almost daily basis. 

We know, however, that CCL disease and the resulting TPLO surgery are not things that our pet parents necessarily know about. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are all about helping to educate our clients and hope that you will find value in learning about this common condition. 

What is Cruciate Disease?

When we diagnose cruciate ligament rupture in a pet, many questions arise almost immediately.

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Pet Weight Facts and Myths

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Encouraging the maintenance of a healthy weight for your furry friend is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. Pet obesity is associated with health problems and a decreased lifespan.

With so many pets in the United States weighing in over an ideal level, this is an oft neglected and misunderstood area of animal care. The pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you better understand the management of healthy pet weight.

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Catnip Madness! Why Cats are Crazy About Catnip

catnipAlthough we may not find our cats next to a lava lamp listening to Deep Purple, jokes about cats and catnip usually hint at the kind of psychedelic effect this plant has on them. From purring to “making biscuits,” our cats are full of all sorts of peculiar behaviors, so it’s no surprise to add one more baffling quirk to the list.

However, there’s much confusion about what catnip is and how it affects our feline friends. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help unravel the mystery of catnip madness.

What is Catnip?

Nepeta cataria, or catnip, is a member of the mint family. This leafy, green plant contains a substance called nepetalactone, which is the oily compound your cat goes wild for. Catnip and its mint family members have been used medicinally for centuries by Native Americans and early European settlers.

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Arthritis in Pets: Recognizing the Signs and Managing the Symptoms

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting older or senior pets, although it can be diagnosed in pets at any age. Creating pain and limiting mobility, unmanaged arthritis can diminish a fur friend’s quality of life. Thankfully, modern veterinary medicine can not only accurately diagnose this joint disease, it can also provide many treatment options for improved wellbeing.

Keep reading to learn more about arthritis in pets and what you can do to support your four-legged friend.

Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is a catchall name for conditions affecting the health of the joints. From ligament ruptures to hip or elbow dysplasia to congenital disorders, there are a number of different causes of arthritis. Continue…

Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Top Ten Blogs of 2016

DCAH_iStock_000066569031_LargeWhether it’s the end of the year or any time of year, The Pet Experts love what we do. A part of this, is our blog. Whether the topic is light-hearted and fun or health-related and informative, our aim is to provide information that enhances the day-to-day care and lifelong wellness of our pet patients.

This year, in the midst of trimming the tree or enjoying that second (or third) helping of mashed potatoes, we offer our top ten blogs of 2016 to you! We hope that they inspire you, challenge you, or just bring a smile.

Enjoy!

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Pawsitively Great Pet Owner Resolutions for 2017

Dog Jack Russell Terrier. Puppy. Christmas,In the midst of vowing to be a healthier, happier person, the New Year is also a great time to give a nod to our precious pets. As pet owners wind down 2016, let’s consider different ways to make the most of the time we spend with the four-legged friends who light up our lives.

To help you hone in on the best pet owner resolutions, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have created a list of some of the coolest possibilities.

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Pet Wellness: Preventive Care to Last the Whole Year

Springbrrok_iStock_000018745380_LargeHave you ever wondered why we recommend regular pet wellness exams? While we love catching up with you and your pet, routine visits can be much more meaningful. The goal is to assess your pet’s wellness and current health, but we also keep an eye on the future, hoping to establish good habits for a longer, happier life. Continue…