Pet Birthday Party Ideas to Get the Ball Rolling

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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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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…

A House Full of Love: The Rewards of Fostering a Pet

Fostering a pet is part of pet adoptionIf you’ve ever adopted a pet (and we highly recommend it!), you probably know how exciting and wonderful it can be to bring a deserving animal into your home. Now, imagine being able to offer the same chance to several more pets in need over the course of your life. No, we’re not suggesting that you adopt more animals. Instead, we recommend fostering a pet.

The experience of fostering a pet brings many gifts. Let The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center tell you all about it!

What Does Fostering Entail?

Fostering a pet may seem straightforward, but it actually involves many different things to consider. Fostering a pet encompasses all of the following and more: Continue…

A Furry Bundle Of Love: What You Need To Know Before Adopting A Pet

DCAH_iStock_000066569031_LargeIt’s easy to fall in love with a precious pet, but properly caring for an animal involves so much more than your affection. While you certainly must acquire the necessities for optimal health, wellness, and safety, a solid pet guardian knows that it doesn’t stop there, either.

Adopting a pet is probably one of the most fun and rewarding experiences, and to help in your success, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center offer the following ideas… Continue…

Adopting a Pet Over the Holidays

dogs people connection adoptionThe holidays may seem like the perfect time to bring a new pet into the home. And, adopting a pet can give you an extra ‘feel good’ boost knowing you are helping save the lives of shelter animals. However, the holiday season can also bring some challenges when choosing a new pet family member that go beyond giving a pet as a gift. Continue…

The Perfect Pet Owner Pop Quiz

Springbrook_iStock_000049232500_LargeOK, so we understand there is no such thing as perfect, but we certainly try! Our pets mean so much to us and we strive to keep them as healthy and contented as possible. We do this in many ways, from keeping important wellness appointments to providing attention and time. However, there are some things that pets need that often fly under the radar.

Check out these top ten “Perfect Pet Owner” traits to see how you measure up. Continue…

Home Sweet Home: The Miracles of Microchipping Your Pet

 

Springbrook_iStock_000035520952_LargeAs your pet jumps the fence or slips through the front door when you are bringing home the groceries, a feeling of dread washes over you. A lost pet brings out a certain kind of panic in pet owners that quickly evolves into worry-filled fear, sadness, and even mourning.

However, with the advent of all things wonderfully technological, microchipping your pet adds powerful solace to your hopeful lost-pet search. If thousands of cases worldwide are any comfort, microchipping may be your best bet for facilitating a sweet reunion. Continue…

Is Your Home Going to the Dogs? Keeping the Peace with Multiple Pets

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Although you may have started out thinking yours would be an only-pet household, you may have felt the urge to adopt more pets. And, why not? They are wonderful, entertaining, and provide so much joy and love in our lives. But, there are challenges several of us face when adapting to multiple pets and creating a peaceful home for all. Continue…

Dog Ownership: A Lifetime of Love, a Lifetime of Loving Responsibility

iStock_000019599571_MediumAs pet guardians, one of the hardest things to witness is the irresponsibility of some pet owners who allow their dogs to run loose, stay chained in the yard, or remain un-spayed or un-neutered. Yet, we may be neglecting more subtle but important pet health responsibilities as well.

It’s often easier than it should be to put our pooch’s annual wellness exams on the backburner, especially with the start of the school and holiday seasons on our minds (and wallets). Likewise, few entertain the thought that their dogs will need additional attention over the years, such as in the areas of training and socialization and seasonal parasite protection.

Assuming you’ve given a wonderful pup a forever home and have considered the roughly 8-18+ year commitment (depending on breed), what are some of the most important aspects of dog ownership that should be addressed? And, what are some of the expenses a mindful canine guardian can expect to plan for during the course of a dog’s life? Continue…