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

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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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

A white and black dog catches a treat mid-air against a pale pink background

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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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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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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Pet Dental Care: A Cornerstone of Good Health

Pet dental care can help protect your pet's wellness

When it comes to pets, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of dental hygiene – until you encounter a problem. Most pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3, and without proper intervention, this can lead to pain, tooth loss, and major health complications later on.

Fortunately, all it takes to combat these sobering statistics is a little awareness and commitment. Let The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center help you change your pet’s life for the better with proper pet dental care!

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The Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018 from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center

Pet insurance can defray the cost of veterinary care

Another year has come to a close, and the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center couldn’t be happier with the accomplishments and growth we’ve seen in 2018. As we prepare for another busy year of providing exceptional care to Chicagoland pets, our thoughts naturally turn to one of our most popular educational resources: our pet care blogs!

We’re thrilled that so many of you are reading our blogs, and we want to highlight some of our most popular posts from the past year. Without further ado, we present The Pet Expert’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018!

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Recommendations for Traveling with a Sick Pet

Traveling with a sick pet can take extra pet travel planning

While traveling can be full of twists and turns, it can definitely be fun and worth the long miles. Whether you’re in the sky or on the road, bringing your pet along warrants many special considerations. Indeed, preparations can be quite extensive. But what about traveling with a sick pet or one with certain health risks? The pet experts are here with some helpful tips to make sure your pet remains safe and that all the essentials are covered.

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The Humane Society has some great travel safety tips for pets in good general health. While the recommendations are similar for pets who are ill, unique considerations and heightened vigilance are of the utmost importance. For example, air travel can be risky for all pets, but flying with a sick pet can be downright dangerous – especially if they’re in the cargo area.

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