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

A floofy dog rests its head on a blue water dish

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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Pet Weight Facts and Myths

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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Every “Body” is Doing it… Should You Try Pet Yoga?

Pet yoga is good for pet health and your bond with your petThere aren’t many exercises you and your pet can do together. Sure, you can walk, run, swim, or hike with your dog, but could other physical activities – like fetch or laser chaser – also be mutually beneficial? You might get a kick out of it, and it could help you blow off some steam, but aside from the fun factor, your pet is probably the only one getting exercise.

Pet yoga, on the other hand, benefits both owners and animals – and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know first hand how relaxing it is!  

Unroll That Mat

The essence of yoga is rhythmic breathing paired with various stretches and poses. Designed for the alignment of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, yoga originated in India and is now practiced all over the world. Continue…

What You Need to Know About Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is great pet exercise and promotes pet healthIf you’re a runner, and you have a dog, combining the two may seem like a no-brainer. You and your dog both get the benefits of a good workout, and the time spent together can strengthen your relationship. Because running with your dog carries certain risks, and not all dogs are good candidates for that type of exercise, it’s important to make sure you cover your bases as far as safety precautions, and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help!

But First, Come See Us

Just like humans, pets should have a wellness exam prior to beginning any new exercise program. Your veterinarian will make sure your pet is healthy enough for strenuous exercise and up-to-date on their vaccines and parasite protection. Continue…

Yoga with Pets? Count Us In!

If you haven’t heard the terms “downward dog” or “namaste”, you may be spending too much time in that cave of yours. Yoga has taken America by storm, as evidenced by the proliferation of yoga studios and teachers, the racks of yoga clothing and gear, and the number of yoga and meditation groups in public places.

Dogs, cats, and other companion animals seem to be getting in on the yogic action, too. Yoga with pets is growing in popularity, and proponents argue that it’s a wonderful way to bond with animals and allow them to experience the physical and psychological benefits of this ancient practice. Is yoga with pets right for you?

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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…

How to Help Pets Lose Weight

Fat British Shorthair, 2.5 years old, sitting and looking with suspicion in front of white backgroundIs your pet carrying around a few extra pounds?

If so, he or she is not alone. With over 50% of the pets in the United States considered to be overweight or obese, it is becoming clear that the obesity epidemic that has been affecting humans is spreading to our pets as well. And simply put, this is not good.

Pets who are overweight are at increased risk for many diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and diabetes, and often live shorter lives than their ideal-weight counterparts.

If you suspect that your pet is overweight, you should take the time to talk with your veterinarian about what a healthy goal weight for your pet is, and how to achieve that number.

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