Gobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Thanksgiving pet safety.

Many of us consider our pets to be part of our family, making their inclusion in family holidays a natural course of action; and Thanksgiving is no exception. As with many of our favorite festive occasions, though, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to Thanksgiving and pets.

Although it might be tempting to share treats from the Thanksgiving table, it is important to take a moment to learn about which foods can make your four-legged friend sick, and which are safe to share. We want you to spend the day giving thanks for the life and love you share, rather than for finding emergency veterinary care on a major holiday.


Goblins and Broomsticks: Halloween Pet Safety Do’s and Don’t’s

Halloween pet safety.

Fall is a wonderful time to re-visit the lessons we all learned at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but instead of fictional wizards and witches, you may have to prepare for live ones ringing your doorbell and shrieking down the block.

While Halloween provides countless opportunities for fun, frivolity, and a good scare or two, your pet may have other ideas. While it is possible that he or she may seek out the crowds and noise, it’s more likely that he or she finds hiding beneath your flannel sheets more appealing.

Whatever your pet’s preference, we offer these solid Halloween pet safety tips sure to keep everyone safe this year.


Improve Your Life, Adopt a Dog

Dog adoption.

It is impossible to know the extent of a dog’s influence on a human’s life until you share every possible experience with a member of the canine family. Watching a dog sleep? One of life’s greatest gifts. Working with a pup toward a new skill like swimming or agility training? Priceless. Whatever’s on the agenda, dogs are active, interested participants. And it’s their simple presence that makes owning a dog delightfully life-affirming.


Answers to 5 of the Most Googled Dog Questions

A woman and her dog at the computer.

Some of your dog’s odd behaviors are simply your dog being a dog! But if your dog’s behavior changes suddenly, or he displays behavior that clearly conveys he’s not well, please schedule a visit with one of the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center


The Truth About FIV in Cats

Cat wellness care.

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that attacks and weakens the immune system. Characterized by a relatively long incubation period, FIV in cats is both common and dangerous. 

To support a cat’s vitality and longevity, prevention is key. There is no known cure for FIV in cats, but there are effective strategies for managing symptoms of the disease.


Alopecia: What to Do About Hair Loss in Dogs

Dog hair loss.

Seasonal shedding is common in spring and fall as dogs prepare their coats for the hot summer and cold winter. This is part of a normal process and, unless you see other worrisome symptoms, shedding will eventually subside. 

Alopecia in dogs refers to partial or complete loss of hair on certain parts of the body. Unlike routine shedding, alopecia is not part of a seasonal pattern. This type of hair loss in dogs can be connected to various medical conditions, although sometimes occurs for no known reason. Treatment can be highly effective if a dog is seen right away. 


Leapin’ Lizards: How to Achieve Top Marks in Bearded Dragon Health

Bearded dragon in terrarium.

The ancestors of today’s pet bearded dragons hailed from inland Australia where they enjoyed the arid climate. During the day they could be found climbing trees, rocks, or posts; at night they hid in underground burrows. Equipped to withstand both high and low temperatures, bearded dragons use their tongues to explore their environment. 


What’s the Bladder With You? Common Urinary Problems in Pets

Cat with urinary issues.

Some pet owners will never know the pain, confusion, and disruption associated with urinary issues in pets. Others, unfortunately, have enough experience that they can recognize the specific symptoms right away. 

Any cat or dog breed can be affected by problems with the urinary tract (which includes the bladder, ureters, urethra, and kidneys), but pets that are predisposed for diabetes, Cushing’s disease, and hypothyroidism may be at higher risk. Both new and knowledgeable pet owners can become unnerved by urinary problems in pets, and getting help right away is crucial to relieving their pain.