Pet Birthday Party Ideas to Get the Ball Rolling

Pet birthday party ideas are fun

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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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 Risky Business: Heartworm Disease in Cats

heartworm disease in catsSpringtime is near, and in our neck of the woods, the steamy days and nights of summer aren’t far behind. This means swarms of mosquitoes will be arriving, too. Although mosquitos may be annoying to you, they may pose a deadly threat to your cat.

Heartworm disease has long been known to affect dogs, and owners should bring their dog in annually to have a heartworm test. However, did you know that we’re finding more and more cases of heartworm disease in cats?

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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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Contact Comfort: Why do Cats Knead?

cats kneadHot tea with honey, bubble baths, dark chocolate…we all have different ways to comfort ourselves after a long day. Cats also have their own coping mechanism: kneading. It’s common and perfectly normal, but why exactly do cats knead? Along with a batch of freshly baked biscuits, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the answer coming right up!

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What Have You Learned From Your Pet? Just Important Life Lessons!

life lessonsStatistically, most pet owners prefer the company of their four-legged best friends to their two-legged ones, but did you know that animal companionship has actually been proven to make us feel less socially isolated?

This paradox is simply part of an endlessly rewarding program, one with far-reaching benefits that go beyond the daily tasks of “ownership.” Indeed, if you were to tally up everything you’ve learned from your pet, you might be surprised at the enormous impact they’ve made on your life.

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Shutter Speeds, Apertures, and the Best Pictures of Your Pet

pictures of your petThe majority of us are visual learners, processing pictures 60,000 times faster than text. Picture sharing apps and websites are the result of our photo-centric culture, and pet owners are leading the virtual pack. Looking at adorable “pet pics” can become an obsession, especially if you have a willing subject (or 2 or 3) at home. To be sure, taking pictures of your pet is an important way to mark time and encapsulate memories. But if it’s done well, pet photography is an art form that earns admiration from The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center.

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Halloween and Beyond: The Plight of Black Cats

black catsAll animals deserve our respect, but among the ones who need a deeper level of understanding and protection, black cats top the list. Not only subject to low adoption rates throughout the year, they’re cruelly targeted during the weeks surrounding Halloween. Along with the community we serve, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center strive to elevate the status of black cats and make sure they’re seen for what they truly are: sweet, gentle companions.

No Other

Imagine if people associated Halloween with, say, a Great Bernard or a Jack Russell. Indeed, if another animal was attached to the spookiest day of the year, we’d be looking at a much different holiday. However, black cats are (and have been for quite some time) the most popular symbol of this holiday. But why?

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How to Build a Catio (And Why Your Cat Will Love It!)

catioCatio? No, this isn’t a typo. Similar to a patio, a “catio” is an outdoor space meant for entertaining and relaxation – but for your cat! Catios are all the rage and have many awesome benefits for our indoor feline companions. But what exactly is it and why is it good for your purr friend?

Catio Basics

Like many pet owners, we understand the dilemma of wanting to allow your cat some outdoor time even though it isn’t always the safest option. Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives than their free-roaming counterparts, but not without some consequences in the area of behavioral enrichment.

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