Meow on the Move: What to Know About Traveling with a Cat

Springbrook_iStock_000083088945_Large (1)Ask a cat owner what his or her least favorite activity with kitty is and you can guarantee traveling with a cat is at the top of the list. But, there are times when bringing your purr-pal along for the journey is needed.

For the safety and comfort of your feline friend, there are some details to attend to before you hit the open road. Continue…

How the Canine Flu Outbreak Affects You and Your Pet

Puppy ExamHere in the Chicagoland region, the spring season has brought yet another canine flu outbreak of the H3N2 strain. Because the virus is so contagious, unvaccinated dogs and dogs who have not been previously infected have an estimated 80% chance of becoming ill when exposed to Canine Influenza Virus (CIV).

Understandably, many owners are asking how they can protect their pets from acquiring this rapidly spreading virus. Continue…

Going Away? Tips for Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility

Portrait of a catBoarding your pet can rank pretty high on the stress-o-meter. However, if you find someplace with a compassionate staff and comfy digs, most of your fear and anxiety will fade. But how do you go about choosing a pet boarding facility?

In Good Hands

Of course, no one knows your pet like you do, but that doesn’t mean everyone is under-qualified to care for him or her. A professional boarding facility prides itself on safety and wants to relieve pet owners’ worries about whether or not their companions are in good hands. Continue…

Practical Springtime Pet Safety Tips

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015When it comes to the seasons, you can’t beat springtime. After a long winter, colorful blossoms and sunny days are than more welcome. Unfortunately, parasites and other seasonal risks can put a damper on all the fun. However, you and your fur friend can still enjoy this wonderful time of year by following our springtime pet safety tips.

Road Trips and Outdoor Activities

One of the first things you might want to do as the weather turns warm is travel. This may include a day trip to a beautiful outdoor park or a vacation to a new destination (spring break, anyone?). Continue…

A Furry Bundle Of Love: What You Need To Know Before Adopting A Pet

DCAH_iStock_000066569031_LargeIt’s easy to fall in love with a precious pet, but properly caring for an animal involves so much more than your affection. While you certainly must acquire the necessities for optimal health, wellness, and safety, a solid pet guardian knows that it doesn’t stop there, either.

Adopting a pet is probably one of the most fun and rewarding experiences, and to help in your success, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center offer the following ideas… Continue…

Navigating the Best Pet Apps of 2016

Apps_iStock_000076754759_LargeThe term “application software” doesn’t inspire a lot of action, but when you have the right apps on your mobile device, they can truly make life easier. While there’s no shortage of lifestyle apps, they can be a phenomenal investment of time and money (each app averages $1.99!).

That’s where the pet experts of Springbrook Animal Care Center come in. We’ve researched the best pet apps, so all you have to do is click, swipe, and get going!

Making Tracks

Leaving the country? Lucky you! The following pet apps can help you and your pet get around – or out of – town. Continue…

Is My Cat Too Fat? Combating Feline Obesity

Springbrook_iStock_000022062805_MediumIn this country our pets are getting fatter and fatter with no end in sight. While many of us giggle and gush over fluffy, well-padded kitties; being obese is not good for anyone – animals included.

Cats who are overweight are at increased risk for serious medical problems including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and even cancer. No wonder that overweight felines live shorter lives than other cats. Continue…

Pet Wellness: Preventive Care to Last the Whole Year

Springbrrok_iStock_000018745380_LargeHave you ever wondered why we recommend regular pet wellness exams? While we love catching up with you and your pet, routine visits can be much more meaningful. The goal is to assess your pet’s wellness and current health, but we also keep an eye on the future, hoping to establish good habits for a longer, happier life. Continue…

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot: New Year’s Resolutions For Pets In 2016

iStock_000050381606_LargeFor many of us, the start of a new year brings with it thoughts of change, most specifically things we would like to change about ourselves. This year, the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center invite you to take a closer look at how you may be able to improve the health and happiness of your furry family members with our list of New Year’s resolution ideas for your pets. Continue…

Adopting a Pet Over the Holidays

dogs people connection adoptionThe holidays may seem like the perfect time to bring a new pet into the home. And, adopting a pet can give you an extra ‘feel good’ boost knowing you are helping save the lives of shelter animals. However, the holiday season can also bring some challenges when choosing a new pet family member that go beyond giving a pet as a gift. Continue…