What You Can Do to Protect Your Pet from Rabies Disease

Group of Fruit BatsThere is a dearth of jokes about rabies, yet, the disease is no laughing matter. In fact, it’s scary, painful, and once contracted, impossible to treat.

While most pet owners know that rabies is something to avoid, the possibility that it could actually happen to their pets seems remote (thanks, in part, to steady eradication efforts). Because your pet’s life matters, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center want to share not only the ways to protect your pet from rabies disease, but also why it’s so critical to do so. Continue…

Amusing Tidbits: The Best in Fun Pet Facts

Jumping catIf you are like the millions of other pet owners that cannot bear to be separated from their pets, then you probably love all things pet-related, including animal trivia. Great for dinner party entertainment, fun pet facts can also be informative. There’s just so much to love about animals, a truism not lost on The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center. Pets are cute, devoted, companionable, and full of fascinating traits.

Let’s see if we can surprise you… Continue…

Bright Eyes: What to Expect When Caring for a New Kitten

Veteranarian Visits with a Tabby CatUnquestionably, a young kitten takes the cake in the cute department. Fluffy, rambunctious, and pint-sized, a bright-eyed feline was simply born with the potential to melt hearts. While the fun never seems to end, there is more to caring for a new kitten than simply adoring one.

The pet experts are just as excited as you are to bring a new kitten home. To that end, we want to share our tips for a lifetime of health, happiness, and wellness. Continue…

Recognizing and Responding to Heatstroke in Pets

Silly Dog Tilts Head in Front of BarnHigh temperatures and humidity can take its toll this time of year. This is particularly true for our fur-bearing friends, who aren’t able to sweat enough to efficiently regulate body temperature.

Unfortunately, many pets succumb to heatstroke and heat related illnesses each year. Even well-cared for cats and dogs are at risk when their owners are unprepared for a pet emergency. That’s why safety awareness and learning about heatstroke in pets is so important. Continue…

Pills, Capsules, And Tablets, Oh My! Tips For Giving Medication To Pets

Giving an English Bulldog a PillThe occasional prescription is a necessary part of life, both for people and pets. Giving medication to pets can be a challenge, however, and until every pill comes in beef or tuna flavor, this isn’t likely to change.

Your team at Springbrook Animal Care Center wants to help you make sure your pet gets the medication he or she needs to return to optimal health. We are pleased to share with you our tried and true tricks for giving medication to pets. Continue…

The Love Affair Between Cats and Boxes

Cats and boxes. What could be better?

If you own a cat and place an empty cardboard box in your home, it is almost certain that within a few hours, kitty will be inside. It is pretty much a scientific fact. It’s a phenomenon that almost all cat owners can attest to, but the question remains: Why do cats love boxes so much? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the answer for you as to why cats and boxes are so inseparable.

Cats and Boxes:  The Perfect Match

When you take a look at feline behavior, especially in the wild, it isn’t a stretch to see why cats and boxes are a natural match. Cats tend to be solitary animals that have a reputation for being secretive. They are also predators. When you look at these characteristics, it is easy to see why a box might make an excellent place for a cat to spend his or her time. Continue…

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: When a Pet Tries to Escape

I'm out of hereWhether you have a bouncing Banjo able to leap over tall walls or a digging Daisy who can funnel under fences, pet escape artists are worrisome to any owner. When your pet tries to escape on an ongoing basis, it can present a number of risks and challenges.  

Why do They do It?

When it comes to runaway dogs and cats, one of the primary questions to ask is “Why?” Many are confused by this behavior. After all, don’t our pets adore us? Continue…

Mind the Current: Tips for Pet Swimming Safety

Happy wet havanese dog in an inflatable poolWhile there are certain breeds that absolutely-must-have-access-to-water-play-or-else, there are also pets who are shy, skittish, or downright afraid of water. The enthusiasm shared by water-loving dogs is often at odds with knowing what’s at stake on shorelines, boats, or by the pool. That’s why The Pet Experts are here to help you brush up on pet swimming safety. Continue…

Lyme Disease in Cats:  Fact or Fiction?

Hanford_iStock_000059404992_Large (1)We know that Lyme disease is a concern in people. We also know that dogs can become infected. If you have a cat that ventures outdoors, you may be asking yourself:  Is Lyme disease in cats a real concern?

Read on to learn about what The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have to say about your cat and tick-borne diseases. Continue…

Eye Contact: A Glance at Pet Eye Care

Closeup of tabby cat faceYour pet’s eyes are beautiful, soulful, and complex. You probably get a healthy dose of the feels when he or she gazes at you – and so does your pet. An international research team actually studied the impact of sustained human-pet gazes and discovered there was a substantial release of oxytocin (the feel-good brain hormone typically associated with parents and children).

While sight is definitely linked to communication and bonding, it also adds overall vitality to your pet’s life. Indeed, healthy pet eye care and vision is essential. Continue…