Basic Bird Care for Beginners

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Thinking of welcoming a feathered friend into your home but not sure where to start? Look no further! When it comes to basic bird care, we avian admirers at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help. 

Knowing if Birds are Your Bag

Before you commit to caring for any pet for its lifetime, it is important to know what you are getting into. Birds are beautiful and can be fabulous companions, but they are living creatures that require considerable effort to thrive.

If you are considering a bird as your pet of choice, keep in mind that:


Frito Feet: Why Does My Dog’s Feet Smell Like Corn Chips? 

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Let’s be honest, do any dog’s feet really smell like potpourri and sunshine?

We would say no.

But, if your pet’s feet smell like a favorite snack food, you may wonder if you’re imagining things. The answer again, however, is no. Pet paws can and do smell like Fritos and there are a few reasons behind the smell.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to relay some information on why your dog’s feet smell like corn chips. And thankfully, it’s not as bad as you might think.


Too Much of a Good Thing: When You Have too Many Pets 

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For serious pet lovers, the idea of having just one pet is unbelievable. In fact, many pet owners have at least two pets as a part of their family household!

We completely understand, being pet aficionados ourselves. But there are times when having more than a few pets can put the pets (and the family) at risk for health and behavioral conditions.

In what cases is having more than a couple of furry ones too many pets? That’s what the team at Springbrook Animal Care Center is here to explore.

6 Signs That You Have too Many Pets

Sometimes it is difficult to discern when a person has more pets than they can handle. After all, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, there are people who actively foster pets and can end up with several at one time, but the goal is a noble one. Then there are people who probably shouldn’t have any pets at all. 


What Is a Reverse Sneeze and What Causes It? 

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You’re sitting on the couch with your dog and all of a sudden they emit a noise that sounds like choking. This snort and gag may have scared you. What could it be? Are they okay? This phenomenon is known as a reverse sneeze and it is something certain dogs deal with. As weird as it sounds, it’s actually nothing to worry about.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to explain.

What Is a Reverse Sneeze?

A reverse sneeze, whose medical term is called paroxysmal respiration, is a sneeze that occurs at the back of the throat. During a normal sneeze, air is expelled through the nose and mouth as a result of an irritant. During a reverse sneeze, your dog actually breathes air in to remove whatever is irritating it.


Do You Know Your Pet? The Ins and Outs of Pet DNA Testing

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If you have a mixed breed pet, lovingly referred to as a mutt, you may have wondered or even been asked what kind of pet you have. It’s a common thing to speculate about. If your curiosity has gotten the better of you, we’ve got good news: pet DNA testing is easy, inexpensive, and widely available.

Pet DNA testing, or genetic testing, is gaining in popularity. But it’s not just a fun way to learn about your pet’s family tree. It can also give us clues to your pet’s temperament, behaviors, and possible breed specific diseases that could pose future trouble.

Keep reading as The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center explore this amazing topic. 


Your Questions and Answers About TPLO Surgery 

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In the veterinary world we are all-too-familiar with cruciate ligament disease in pets. It is a very common diagnosis that we deal with on an almost daily basis. 

We know, however, that CCL disease and the resulting TPLO surgery are not things that our pet parents necessarily know about. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are all about helping to educate our clients and hope that you will find value in learning about this common condition. 

What is Cruciate Disease?

When we diagnose cruciate ligament rupture in a pet, many questions arise almost immediately.


Springbrook Animal Care Center’s Top 10 Pet Blogs of 2019

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As we bid ado to another year, we want to thank you for choosing The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center for your pet’s veterinary needs. We are especially grateful to you for giving us a chance to care for your beloved pet, and it has been our honor to be your partner in excellent veterinary care.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog this past year and have learned something new about pet health through the variety of content. Our hope is to empower pet families to provide great at home care to their pets and to better understand the importance of wellness care for health and longevity.

That being said, here are the top 10 blogs as voted by our readers!


Holiday Distractions Can Lead to Foreign Body Dangers for Pets

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Remember when you first brought home your best friend? In order to prevent accidents, you probably went a little crazy pet proofing the house and yard. Over time, of course, pets learn to leave certain things alone, or they gradually become disinterested in items that could potentially hurt them. 

No matter what your pet’s age this holiday season, the approach to their safety is much the same. Without constant vigilance, your pet could start chewing on and ingesting things that pose significant foreign body dangers.


What’s In an Ear: The Importance of Regular Ear Care for Pets

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Looking into your pet’s ear is probably not up there on the list of your favorite things to-do, but did you know that cleaning them regularly is important for their health? 

Pet ears can trap a lot of things, from bacteria to parasites, which can go unnoticed if not attended to. The ears are home to one of the keenest senses your pet – has and their overall health is a must for continued good hearing.

The Pet Expects at Springbrook Animal Care Center take a closer look at what’s under those adorable floppy ears to help you learn to incorporate ear care into your pet’s routine.


Kitty Kryptonite: Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

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Sometimes our feline friends seem like they could very well be superheroes. The fact that there are even rumors that they have nine lives supports how resilient they truly are. 

Unfortunately cats are not quite as immortal as many of us wish they were. Like Superman, even our feline heroes have their kryptonite. Springbrook Animal Care Center takes care of many amazing cats, and many times these incredible little beings  are affected by feline chronic kidney disease, especially as they age.