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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Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

You may view the veterinary hospital lobby as a place to relax and catch up on emails or reading, but your pet probably has a vastly different experience. The waiting room can be a stressful or even scary place for pets, and situations can escalate quickly in such a fast-paced, overwhelming environment.

At Springbrook Animal Care Center, we want all our patients to feel safe and experience as little stress as possible when they come to visit. With this in mind, The Pet Experts want to share some tips for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety.

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A Match Like None Other: Pets Helping Children with Disabilities

Pets Helping Children with Disabilities Is a Beautiful Thing

Most animal lovers have experienced a moment when time with their furry friend has positively impacted their mood or overall well-being. In fact scientists are learning more and more all the time about the importance of the human-animal bond and how it affects our physical and mental health.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know more than most how much pets can help those in need, especially when it comes to children. That is why they put so much effort into supporting community projects involving pets, and most of all pets helping children with disabilities.

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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…