Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Preventing Bloat in Dogs

An unenthused bulldog lays on thee legs of his owner

If you are a dog lover, you have probably heard the term “bloat” used at some time or another. Bloat in dogs is scary and life-threatening medical condition and sticks in most of our heads without much prompting. 

Although we’ve all heard of it, many of us may not know what bloat actually is or what to do about it. Thankfully, that is what the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here for. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about identifying and preventing bloat in dogs. 

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Be Prepared With Pet CPR Know-How

The animals we share our lives with are family members, soul mates, and best friends.

They give so much to us, and we turn to them for comfort, entertainment, and companionship. In exchange, we do our best to ensure they have everything they need (and most things they want!). However, because it’s so terrifying to think of your pet in a life-threatening situation, most owners fall a little short in the pet emergency department.

That’s why The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center want to take a moment to review the basics of pet CPR.

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Emergency Preparedness for Pets: Peace of Mind When Disaster Strikes

Emergency preparedness for pets will help pets stay safe and your family stay togetherWhether natural or manmade, a disaster is something that nobody wants to think about. While residents of the Chicagoland area have experienced few disasters in recent years, tornados, fire, and damage from ice and severe snow are always looming threats. Being prepared for an emergency is critical to protecting your loved ones, and that includes emergency preparedness for pets.

Gather Your Supplies

Storing a pet-friendly supply kit in an easily accessible location is vital to emergency preparedness for pets. Your pet’s kit should include: 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…

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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Protecting Your Pet: Top Ways To Prevent a Pet Poisoning

XtraCat2_iStock_000040717462_LargeMost pet owners have had the frightening experience of a pet poisoning. While certain symptoms resolve on their own, many can cause irreversible damage – or worse. In an effort to raise pet poison awareness nationwide, the entire month of March is dedicated to the cause. And, due to it’s prevalence, National Pet Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, is focused on sharing the top ways to prevent a pet poisoning. Continue…