Frito Feet: Why Does My Dog’s Feet Smell Like Corn Chips? 

Let’s be honest, do any dog’s feet really smell like potpourri and sunshine?

We would say no.

But, if your pet’s feet smell like a favorite snack food, you may wonder if you’re imagining things. The answer again, however, is no. Pet paws can and do smell like Fritos and there are a few reasons behind the smell.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to relay some information on why your dog’s feet smell like corn chips. And thankfully, it’s not as bad as you might think.

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What Is a Reverse Sneeze and What Causes It? 

You’re sitting on the couch with your dog and all of a sudden they emit a noise that sounds like choking. This snort and gag may have scared you. What could it be? Are they okay? This phenomenon is known as a reverse sneeze and it is something certain dogs deal with. As weird as it sounds, it’s actually nothing to worry about.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to explain.

What Is a Reverse Sneeze?

A reverse sneeze, whose medical term is called paroxysmal respiration, is a sneeze that occurs at the back of the throat. During a normal sneeze, air is expelled through the nose and mouth as a result of an irritant. During a reverse sneeze, your dog actually breathes air in to remove whatever is irritating it.

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Do You Know Your Pet? The Ins and Outs of Pet DNA Testing

If you have a mixed breed pet, lovingly referred to as a mutt, you may have wondered or even been asked what kind of pet you have. It’s a common thing to speculate about. If your curiosity has gotten the better of you, we’ve got good news: pet DNA testing is easy, inexpensive, and widely available.

Pet DNA testing, or genetic testing, is gaining in popularity. But it’s not just a fun way to learn about your pet’s family tree. It can also give us clues to your pet’s temperament, behaviors, and possible breed specific diseases that could pose future trouble.

Keep reading as The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center explore this amazing topic. 

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Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Pet Blogs of 2019

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As we bid ado to another year, we want to thank you for choosing The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center for your pet’s veterinary needs. We are especially grateful to you for giving us a chance to care for your beloved pet, and it has been our honor to be your partner in excellent veterinary care.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog this past year and have learned something new about pet health through the variety of content. Our hope is to empower pet families to provide great at home care to their pets and to better understand the importance of wellness care for health and longevity.

That being said, here are the top 10 blogs as voted by our readers!

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What’s In an Ear: The Importance of Regular Ear Care for Pets

Looking into your pet’s ear is probably not up there on the list of your favorite things to-do, but did you know that cleaning them regularly is important for their health? 

Pet ears can trap a lot of things, from bacteria to parasites, which can go unnoticed if not attended to. The ears are home to one of the keenest senses your pet – has and their overall health is a must for continued good hearing.

The Pet Expects at Springbrook Animal Care Center take a closer look at what’s under those adorable floppy ears to help you learn to incorporate ear care into your pet’s routine.

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Kitty Kryptonite: Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Sometimes our feline friends seem like they could very well be superheroes. The fact that there are even rumors that they have nine lives supports how resilient they truly are. 

Unfortunately cats are not quite as immortal as many of us wish they were. Like Superman, even our feline heroes have their kryptonite. Springbrook Animal Care Center takes care of many amazing cats, and many times these incredible little beings  are affected by feline chronic kidney disease, especially as they age.

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Preventing Bloat in Dogs

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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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Why Rabies Vaccination In Pets Is Still So Important

Companion animals today are so fortunate to live longer, healthier lives than they have in the past. In part, this is due to effective vaccines that protect them (and us) from infectious and deadly disease. Over the past several decades, the widespread use of vaccinations in the United States against diseases like rabies have saved millions of lives and driven rabies into relative obscurity. 

But make no mistake; the risk of rabies is still present. In fact, it is responsible for the deaths of over 55,000 people annually worldwide. And, rabies still presents a significant threat to dogs and cats who go unvaccinated. For these reasons, pet owners and veterinarians cannot become complacent about the importance of keeping their pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations. 

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A Spoonful of Sugar: How to Help Your Pet Take Medication

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Mary Poppins may have had the ticket to taking a dose of something we don’t like, but when it comes to pets, sugar doesn’t actually work. If your pet has been prescribed medication for an illness or to treat a medical condition, you may be wondering how in the heck you’re supposed to get them to take it. 

Although helping your pet take medication may never be truly easy, it’s possible to make it less stressful for both you and your pet. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some great ideas for you!

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What to Do When Your Exotic or Pocket Pet Is Sick

A small animal is a big responsibility. They depend on their owners to provide the right environment, appropriate diet, grooming, and enrichment, not to mention disease and parasite prevention. 

Caring for an exotic or pocket pet can be incredibly rewarding when all of these components are aligned, but things can go really wrong – really fast. Knowing what to do when an emergency illness appears can make all the difference when your exotic or pocket is sick.

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