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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The Real Deal: Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Pet insurance can defray the cost of veterinary care

When it comes to pet insurance, we know there are mixed opinions on the subject. It’s always better to have something and not need it than the other way around, but does it make sense to invest in emergency services your pet might never need? Likewise, subscribing to an age-appropriate preventive care plan covers wellness services but not urgent care or hospitalization. It’s high-time The Pet Experts break down the details so pet owners can make the right choice for their best friends.

One Thing is Certain

As a pet owner, the cost of providing excellent nutrition, bedding, toys, gear, and, of course, medical care can be expensive. To offset some of these costs, we offer preventive care plans for cats and dogs. These plans eliminate the need for payment after unlimited yearly examinations. After an initial membership fee, you’re billed monthly for various vaccinations, diagnostics, and exams in order to support your pet’s long-term health and wellness.

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Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week: Our Invaluable Team

A veterinary technician is a veterinary nurse.When you bring your pet in to The Pet Experts, you know your beloved family member is going to be in good hands. Whether for a preventive care exam, a dental cleaning, or if your pet is sick, our team of client service representatives, veterinary technicians and doctors are here to provide the very best customer service and advanced veterinary medical care.

Each member of our team is valued and appreciated, and our veterinary technicians are no exception. National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week is October 14- 20th, 2018. This week is designated each year to give veterinarians, managers and pet owners a chance to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of our talented technicians. Continue…

For People Who Need Them, Service Dogs Never Tire or Rest

Service dogs do good work.Imagine that long before you actually needed help, there was someone waiting to lend a hand. Or, in the case of service dogs, a paw. Anticipating the needs of the owners/handlers, these highly-trained animals are not only amazing at their jobs, they’re downright necessary for people with disabilities or significant health issues. You’ve probably seen one of these life-saving dogs in public before, but it may surprise you to learn that there are many different types, all with their own skills, legal protections, and privileges.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects handlers and their service dogs from discrimination. In fact, they are allowed entry into all buildings, facilities, and businesses (even those with “no pets” policies) without restriction. If they are stopped, asked to leave or to furnish documentation, the handler can file civil charges against them. Continue…

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…

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…

Every “Body” is Doing it… Should You Try Pet Yoga?

Pet yoga is good for pet health and your bond with your petThere aren’t many exercises you and your pet can do together. Sure, you can walk, run, swim, or hike with your dog, but could other physical activities – like fetch or laser chaser – also be mutually beneficial? You might get a kick out of it, and it could help you blow off some steam, but aside from the fun factor, your pet is probably the only one getting exercise.

Pet yoga, on the other hand, benefits both owners and animals – and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know first hand how relaxing it is!  

Unroll That Mat

The essence of yoga is rhythmic breathing paired with various stretches and poses. Designed for the alignment of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, yoga originated in India and is now practiced all over the world. Continue…

What You Need to Know About Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is great pet exercise and promotes pet healthIf you’re a runner, and you have a dog, combining the two may seem like a no-brainer. You and your dog both get the benefits of a good workout, and the time spent together can strengthen your relationship. Because running with your dog carries certain risks, and not all dogs are good candidates for that type of exercise, it’s important to make sure you cover your bases as far as safety precautions, and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help!

But First, Come See Us

Just like humans, pets should have a wellness exam prior to beginning any new exercise program. Your veterinarian will make sure your pet is healthy enough for strenuous exercise and up-to-date on their vaccines and parasite protection. Continue…