Ring in the New Year with Resolutions for Your Pet

iStock_000037649576_LargeYour pet can’t check out the Jenny Craig specials or sign up for the gym, but you can be sure there are many ways you can help your pet start the year off right. Whether fighting the battle of the bulge or overcoming the urge to crawl under the blankets and snooze the long winter away, your pet probably comes up against some of the same challenges facing many of us.

If you are thinking of your own resolutions, now that we have launched into 2015, why not include a few health and wellness adjustments that will benefit your pet, too?

Here are some ideas….

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No Holly, More Jolly! Avoiding Toxic Holiday Plants

iStock_000015099493_MediumOh, how pretty those holiday blooms can be! And, how inviting that cleverly placed mistletoe…. But, did you know that poinsettias aren’t the only holiday plant no-no? And that they are actually less toxic than some of the other, better-known offenders?

It’s true! And, while we as protective pet parents are often vigilant about other holiday dangers, like tinsel and curly string, pet poisoning is an unfortunate reality when it comes to plants with more dangerous toxicity.

Before you stow away every pretty bloom or branch, know that keeping your pet safe is as simple as doing your homework on toxic vs. non-toxic plants and making sure to keep the fearsome foliage out of your home or yard (or any other place your pet or other pets are present). Continue…

Ho! Ho! Ho! Helpful Gift Ideas For Your Pets

Santa clausIn the days leading up to the holidays, we are all bombarded with a sense of too much to do and not enough time to do it all. We know you wouldn’t want to leave anyone off your shopping list so, to help out, we’ve put together some helpful gift ideas for your pets. We hope that you will be inspired to give your pet some sweet surprises that can only result in lots of smooches and snuggles.

Special Pets Deserve Something Special

While the best gift of all is your love, your pet will still get excited about any of these top-notch presents:

  • Outdoor Stuff – If your pet wears the same item day in and day out, it may be time to upgrade. Your pet’s collar, leash, or harness may need a snazzier replacement. A new tag will be a great addition, too. Many pets tolerate (and even enjoy) certain types of clothing, especially if they remain dry and warm on winter walks. There are so many cute and functional hoodies, jackets, and sweaters perfect for your pet. Don’t forget the matching booties!

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It’s Vet Tech Appreciation Week!

CourtneyIt takes a special person to become a veterinary technician, and we believe the most talented and passionate professionals are here, each and every day, at Springbrook Animal Care Center.

The kindness you and your pets receive from our vet techs stems from one simple truth: they love animals. The field and daily work of veterinary technology can be demanding, but the rewards are pure. In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 – 18, we want to give a shout out to our amazing team of vet techs who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the welfare of animals. Continue…

Animal Companions Help Seniors Thrive

iStock_000030333450_MediumFor many of us, nothing is as soothing as petting a cat curled up on our lap, or throwing a toy for an eager dog just waiting to play. Many of us believe in our hearts that animals have the capacity to heal and bring emotional relief. This is now being proven to be true through research and studies conducted at hospitals and assisted living facilities across the country.

Over the past few decades, we have come to rely on service and therapeutic pets for those with limited mobility, vision, or hearing loss; as well as for those who face mental illness. Studies have shown that heart attack patients with a pet in their lives recover faster and live longer than those who remained pet-less. And, in addition, petting a cat or dog has been linked to lowering blood pressure, reducing heart attack risk, improving mood, and decreasing loneliness.

Whether as assistive or therapeutic pets, or simply as a beloved companion, there are wonderful benefits for our seniors when it comes to animal companionship.  Continue…

Dog Ownership: A Lifetime of Love, a Lifetime of Loving Responsibility

iStock_000019599571_MediumAs pet guardians, one of the hardest things to witness is the irresponsibility of some pet owners who allow their dogs to run loose, stay chained in the yard, or remain un-spayed or un-neutered. Yet, we may be neglecting more subtle but important pet health responsibilities as well.

It’s often easier than it should be to put our pooch’s annual wellness exams on the backburner, especially with the start of the school and holiday seasons on our minds (and wallets). Likewise, few entertain the thought that their dogs will need additional attention over the years, such as in the areas of training and socialization and seasonal parasite protection.

Assuming you’ve given a wonderful pup a forever home and have considered the roughly 8-18+ year commitment (depending on breed), what are some of the most important aspects of dog ownership that should be addressed? And, what are some of the expenses a mindful canine guardian can expect to plan for during the course of a dog’s life? Continue…

A Perfect Stroll: Techniques for Walking Your Dog like a Pro

iStock_000016257088_MediumWith autumn just around the corner, you may be considering taking up jogging with your best friend or hitting those park trails with the family pooch. But, then you realize your pet may not yet have the leash walking skills needed to handle the challenge.

Likewise, you may have adopted a dog recently and are unsure of the best approach to leash training. Or, your new little puppy bundle of joy is old enough to start those fun walks in the park or around the neighborhood.

Whatever brings you to the next phase of dog walking, there are some effective techniques you can use when it comes to walking your dog like a pro. Continue…

Barks and Bubbles: Pet Grooming at Springbrook Animal Care Center

poodle (2)A well-groomed pet is a happy pet. And a healthier pet. As a pet owner, keeping your pet groomed should be a regular part of your pet care routine.

Pet grooming is about more than just keeping your pet looking and smelling good. A well-groomed pet is less likely to suffer from dermatological health issues. It is also easier for your pet to regulate his or her body temperature  if the coat is kept clean and free of mats and dreadlocks.

Pet Grooming At Home

While many pets love one-on-one time with you during grooming, others may not enjoy at-home grooming sessions. With either type of pet, it’s important to make pet grooming as enjoyable as possible for your four-legged friend. Continue…

Getting Paid in Tail-Wags: Volunteering at Your Local Animal Shelter

woman working in animal shelterThere are very few experiences in life that are quite as fulfilling as those done from the heart. Volunteering encourages personal happiness and well-being, provides valuable services that might not otherwise get done, and increases the impact of meaningful mission-based organizations.

In the United States, 2,000 to 3,000 puppies and kittens are born every hour. That averages out to more than 30 million animals a year. Sadly, only one in ten of these animals will find a forever home.

Animal rescues and shelters are overwhelmed by the sheer number of animals requiring shelter and veterinary care. This is why they depend on volunteers to assist in a wide range of roles, including educating the public about the importance of spaying/neutering their pets and the benefits of adopting vs. buying a pet. Continue…

An Ounce of Prevention: Preventative Care Plans for Pets

iStock_000030858202_LargePreventative care plans for pets have become an important part of taking a more holistic approach to the health and well-being of our companion animals. Many of us have heard from our own medical care team that preventative care is key to the prevention and early detection of certain diseases, as well as overall wellness. Just like us, the same is true of our pets.

Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Preventative Care Plans for pets offer affordable options for many pet owners. Each plan covers all scheduled office visits, vaccinations, and routine screenings – along with perks like discounted services and products. Preventative care also encompasses those sometimes-overlooked health issues, such as behavioral wellness, dental health, senior pet care, and nutrition, too.

As many pet owners look for ways to budget and plan for our pet’s health needs, preventative care plans have become an increasingly popular and economical solution. And, unlike insurance, your care plan payment goes directly toward the services you receive. Continue…