Pet Birthday Party Ideas to Get the Ball Rolling

Pet birthday party ideas are fun

Have you ever been to a pet birthday party? For animal lovers, this is probably one of the most fun things you can do. Much like a child’s birthday, these memorable events not only celebrate a pet’s life, but the meaningful contributions to their owners’ lives as well. If this sounds like something you’d like to do for your pet, the Pet Experts have some tips to get the party started!

Don’t Know the Date?

If you’re uncertain of your pet’s actual date of birth, don’t worry! Celebrate the date they were adopted, when you brought them home, or another meaningful date.

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For People Who Need Them, Service Dogs Never Tire or Rest

Service dogs do good work.Imagine that long before you actually needed help, there was someone waiting to lend a hand. Or, in the case of service dogs, a paw. Anticipating the needs of the owners/handlers, these highly-trained animals are not only amazing at their jobs, they’re downright necessary for people with disabilities or significant health issues. You’ve probably seen one of these life-saving dogs in public before, but it may surprise you to learn that there are many different types, all with their own skills, legal protections, and privileges.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects handlers and their service dogs from discrimination. In fact, they are allowed entry into all buildings, facilities, and businesses (even those with “no pets” policies) without restriction. If they are stopped, asked to leave or to furnish documentation, the handler can file civil charges against them. Continue…

The Pet Experts FAQs: What You Might Not Know About Pet Microchips

Pet microchips help lost pets become found pets.Your cat may be a neighborhood explorer. They go over fences, cross streets, and see what life has in store on the other side of the tracks. Until one day, they just don’t return home. If they’re not microchipped, you might elect to staple flyers on telephone pole, place ads online, and encourage others to share posts on social media to help reunite you with your best buddy.

Similarly, some dogs bolt out of their front doors, dig beneath gates, or pull on their leashes until they’re free. Sometimes, they come back when called. But all too often, they become separated from their owners.

The good news is that pet microchips aid in the swift homecoming of lost, missing, and even stolen pets. In spite of their widespread popularity, some owners wait or decide not to microchip. With the following FAQs, the Pet Experts hope to dispel any misconceptions. 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…

Sit, Stay, Come: When and Why to Start Puppy Training

Puppy training is a vital part of responsible pet ownershipSo, you have a new member of your household. Congratulations! There are few things as heartwarming and joyful as adding a new puppy to your life. As you may know, puppies not only bring fun, smiles, and cuddles, but also add a whole new level of work and many questions, too.

Fear not! The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some great information to get you and your puppy started off on the right foot.

First Things First

To start, be aware that your puppy has been learning since birth! Good breeders start handling puppies and socializing them right away. And, your puppy will be learning just as soon as you bring them home. Early socialization and positive reinforcement help to make sure your puppy becomes a wonderful companion.   Continue…

Beyond Sit: Our Favorite Fun and Useful Dog Tricks

dog tricksAny veterinarian, groomer, or dog trainer would probably agree that teaching a dog essential commands is key to helping them live a harmonious life in human society. The staples, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”, make a dog easier to manage, which enhances the bond they share with their human family members. It also gives them enjoyable and life-affirming experiences, such as walks, outings, and social events.

Although many dog owners stop once their dog has mastered the basics of obedience training, there is much to be gained from taking it to the next level. The following dog tricks combine fun and usefulness with an increase in overall safety for your pet.

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What You Need to Know About Essential Oils and Pets

It seems like essential oils are everywhere these days. These little bottles of concentrated extracts are touted to be the cure-alls for everything from anxiety to cancer.

While essential oils can certainly have a place for people, many have started to use them on or around pets. If you try to delve into the safety of these practices, you might be surprised to find how quickly you can become overwhelmed by information. Lucky for you, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you sort out essential oils and pets.

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What Fido Wishes You Knew: Top 10 Dog Myths Busted!

dog mythsDog myths have been around for many, many years, almost as long as our human-dog relationship has. With the internet, dog myths abound. We thought it’s time to do some myth busting! The team at Springbrook Animal Care Center gives you the top 10 dog myths we hear time and time again, and myth-bust them one by one.

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When a Tummy Ache Turns Into a Pet Emergency

pet emergencyThere’s a lot that flows right through all of us, as we’re generally perceived as ideal hosts by various bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Unfortunately, this is also true for our pets. They may not notice or experience adverse reactions from various bugs, but The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center can attest to the seemingly harmless tummy ache that quickly turns into a full-fledged pet emergency.

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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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