Too Much of a Good Thing: When You Have too Many Pets 

For serious pet lovers, the idea of having just one pet is unbelievable. In fact, many pet owners have at least two pets as a part of their family household!

We completely understand, being pet aficionados ourselves. But there are times when having more than a few pets can put the pets (and the family) at risk for health and behavioral conditions.

In what cases is having more than a couple of furry ones too many pets? That’s what the team at Springbrook Animal Care Center is here to explore.

6 Signs That You Have too Many Pets

Sometimes it is difficult to discern when a person has more pets than they can handle. After all, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, there are people who actively foster pets and can end up with several at one time, but the goal is a noble one. Then there are people who probably shouldn’t have any pets at all. 

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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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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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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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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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Exotic Pet Care: Finding the Right Fit

Dogs and cats will probably always be the most popular pets, but exotic animals have been rising in popularity in recent years. Exotic animals are defined as those who haven’t been domesticated and are relatively uncommon as pets.

Many people assume that certain exotic pets are easier to care for than a dog or cat due to their smaller size, but this isn’t always the case. Exotic pet care can range from relatively simple to highly complicated, so it’s always best to do your research before making a decision.

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Cat Tails Have A Lot to Say (If We Listen Closely!)

Cats may not always follow their owners around dropping clear, audible hints about their preferences, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t communicating. In fact, cats tell us a great deal, but because it’s usually conveyed through subtle body language, messages can get lost.

Cat tails in particular act like barometers for feline emotions, so it’s important to observe and interpret the signals being sent. When we respond accordingly, the relationship between cats and people can become even more trusting and respectful.

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Should You Be Preparing for Upcoming Pet Events? Yes, Please!

Dogs are fantastic company, but they’re not always concerned with putting their best paw forward. This shouldn’t exclude them from participating, but it does mean they’d benefit from a little planning and preparation. The pet experts of Springbrook Animal Care Center hope our tips and tricks help them become the best guest ever.

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Strange Dog Behaviors Decoded

There are many delightful perks to dog ownership – that cute face, those sweet ears, the endless snuggles and unconditional love…we could go on and on. Of course, all those weird activities your dog engages in (from butt sniffing to stealing your socks) are just par for the course when it comes to having a canine companion, right?

However, some of you may be wondering what drives these strange dog behaviors and whether you should be worried about any of them. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to answer some of your most burning questions!

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