A Closer Look at Dog Breath (So You Don’t Have to Hold Yours!)

A dog panting in the cold airAccording to an analysis conducted by a pet insurance company in 2013, the average yearly cost to prevent dental disease is about $170. Of course, The Pet Experts recognize this is a sizable price tag, but when you consider it can cost over $500 to treat dental disease annually, the long-term savings and benefits are obvious.

Of all the symptoms that precede a dental disease diagnosis, dog breath is the most common. Unfortunately, by the time you start to smell it, significant damage has already been done. However, good hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings can save you money and benefit your dog far into the future.

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Arthritis in Pets: Recognizing the Signs and Managing the Symptoms

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting older or senior pets, although it can be diagnosed in pets at any age. Creating pain and limiting mobility, unmanaged arthritis can diminish a fur friend’s quality of life. Thankfully, modern veterinary medicine can not only accurately diagnose this joint disease, it can also provide many treatment options for improved wellbeing.

Keep reading to learn more about arthritis in pets and what you can do to support your four-legged friend.

Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is a catchall name for conditions affecting the health of the joints. From ligament ruptures to hip or elbow dysplasia to congenital disorders, there are a number of different causes of arthritis. Continue…

Raising a Well-Behaved Dog Begins with Puppy Training

Puppy on absorbent litterThere’s no doubt about it – puppies can get away with an awful lot. From their Buddha bellies to their tiny yips, they can melt just about any heart. But after awhile, those small growls at the food bowl or extra puddles on the carpet can begin to seem less cute.

However, before you have second thoughts about bringing a new puppy home, there’s good news! By starting a young pup off with socialization and good puppy training, you can raise a confident, happy canine.
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Method or Madness? Why do Cats Sleep so Darn Much?

tabby cat relaxationIn our crazy, bustling, harried society, it’s all we can do to simply keep on keepin’ on. We rush to appointments, grit our teeth in traffic, and get home far later than intended. In this kinetic state, we could all take a few pointers from our very dear friends – felines.

If you’ve ever had the luxury of watching a cat snooze intermittently throughout the day, you know well the power of utter peacefulness. It’s no secret that cats sleep in truly strange places (and for exasperatingly long hours), but how well do you know the mysteries behind your feline’s resting habits?
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Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Top Ten Blogs of 2016

DCAH_iStock_000066569031_LargeWhether it’s the end of the year or any time of year, The Pet Experts love what we do. A part of this, is our blog. Whether the topic is light-hearted and fun or health-related and informative, our aim is to provide information that enhances the day-to-day care and lifelong wellness of our pet patients.

This year, in the midst of trimming the tree or enjoying that second (or third) helping of mashed potatoes, we offer our top ten blogs of 2016 to you! We hope that they inspire you, challenge you, or just bring a smile.

Enjoy!

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Pawsitively Great Pet Owner Resolutions for 2017

Dog Jack Russell Terrier. Puppy. Christmas,In the midst of vowing to be a healthier, happier person, the New Year is also a great time to give a nod to our precious pets. As pet owners wind down 2016, let’s consider different ways to make the most of the time we spend with the four-legged friends who light up our lives.

To help you hone in on the best pet owner resolutions, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have created a list of some of the coolest possibilities.

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Our 2016 Pet Gift Guide for the Best in Holiday Fun

christmas whippetOur own version of Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town sounds more like this: “Making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice, pet parents are hitting the shops!”

To be sure, it’s that time of year when holiday hunting begins, making just the right purchase for your furry loved ones a bit of a challenge. What you want or need might be out of stock or perhaps you have doubts about what your pet will truly like. That’s where The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center come in. We’ve done all the sniffing around and vetting for you. We hope our pet gift guide is the ultimate offering in holiday convenience. Enjoy!

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No Fido to Be Found: Unusual Pet Names Are In

side view of Alaskan Malamute dogFor the most part, it’s rare to find a pet named Spot or Patches these days. While there are the sentimental old favorites, the current trend focuses on the unusual, mythical, or pop culture pet names.

So what goes into naming a pet? Should popular trends have an influence on your decision? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center explores the psychology behind pet names and some of the most peculiar trends this year.

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It’s All in the Name: Top Dog Names and Why We Choose Them

GreyhoundFrom Old Yeller and Lassie to Rin Tin Tin or Lady, dog names carry powerful associations with them. As “man’s best friend,” our dogs represent not only loyalty, but also childhood innocence, unconditional love, and simple companionship. It’s no wonder many pet owners take selecting a name so seriously! Let’s take a closer look at what goes into choosing a name for our best four-legged friends.

Why We Choose Certain Names

From nostalgic to sensible, dog names run the gamut in creativity, cuteness, and tradition. However, one of the biggest indicators of naming trends is culture. We’re affected by the world around us, including aspects of culture that occur during certain decades. For example, “Peace,” “Love,” and “Flower” were all popular dog names during the late 60’s. Continue…