Holiday Distractions Can Lead to Foreign Body Dangers for Pets

Remember when you first brought home your best friend? In order to prevent accidents, you probably went a little crazy pet proofing the house and yard. Over time, of course, pets learn to leave certain things alone, or they gradually become disinterested in items that could potentially hurt them. 

No matter what your pet’s age this holiday season, the approach to their safety is much the same. Without constant vigilance, your pet could start chewing on and ingesting things that pose significant foreign body dangers.

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Leash Training

There are many reasons to commit to obedience training for your dog. But the benefits go far beyond basic manners. In fact, sticking to the rules of dog training can help them find – and maintain –their rightful place in the household. 

Learning to follow commands like “stay,” “come,” and “leave it” can also prevent dogs from chasing prey, running into traffic, or encountering wildlife. But one of the greatest assets is leash training. When dogs know your expectations, you can both enjoy walks or runs together even more.

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Ready to Adopt? Time for Pet Proofing!

There are lots of ways to welcome a new pet into your home. Fun toys, cute bedding, age-appropriate food, matching bowls, and much more round out a fairly long list of supplies necessary for a successful transition. However, all your shopping could be for naught without the right approach to a new pet’s safety and security.

Our guide to pet proofing your home may not only prevent an unsafe situation for a newly adopted pet, but protect your property as well.

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How Important Is Summer Paw Safety?

As we round the corner toward the dog days of summer, it’s essential to approach scorching temperatures with a hearty dose of scrutiny. 

The heat risks pets face simply don’t let up, but there are many things owners can do to prevent season-related illness and injury. For starters, knowing when it’s too hot for your pet to walk outside (let alone run around!) is critical to avoiding an emergency. While pets need protection from heatstroke, summer paw safety is of equal importance.

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Brrrring on the Cold! Keeping Pets Warm in Winter

Keeping pets warm in winter is an essential part of pet safety and responsible pet ownership

Many people are aware of how dangerous overheating in pets can be, but what about the cold? In fact, pets can be at risk for medical problems in cold weather, and are just as likely to get hypothermia (low body temperature) or frostbite as their owners.

It’s a common misconception that a pet’s fur protects them from the cold. In reality, fur is not adequate protection from the elements, especially in extreme weather or if your pet is not acclimated to colder temperatures.

Like humans, pets will tolerate cold to different degrees, depending on their age, breed, coat density, nutritional stores, overall general health, and physical conditioning.  Northern breeds of dog can tolerate cold weather better than a short haired chihuahua, for example. But keep in mind that all dogs (and cats!) need shelter from winter wind, cold, and wet.

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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…

Back-to-School Blues: Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets can be hard when school starts. Many pets have spent the summer basking in the glow of endless attention and admiration from  younger members of the family. Now that minds and bodies are beginning to prepare for the start of a new school year, your pet may wind up with a lot more time on their paws.

Separation anxiety in pets is common when routines change and family members are suddenly gone more often. Having a pet who’s out-of-sorts is no fun, but with a little patience and consistency (and help from your friends at Springbrook Animal Care Center), you can have your pet’s tail wagging again in no time. 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…

Stranger Than Fiction: Are Cat Myths Rooted in Truth?

cat mythsCats have lived with (or at least alongside) us for ages. Despite this proximity, true understanding of their habits and abilities didn’t begin until the modern era. To compensate for this lack of knowledge, people created and spread various cat myths over the years. They’re easily recognized nowadays, but without scientific research and veterinary medicine, were cat myths somehow rooted in truth?

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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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