What You Need to Know About Essential Oils and Pets

It seems like essential oils are everywhere these days. These little bottles of concentrated extracts are touted to be the cure-alls for everything from anxiety to cancer.

While essential oils can certainly have a place for people, many have started to use them on or around pets. If you try to delve into the safety of these practices, you might be surprised to find how quickly you can become overwhelmed by information. Lucky for you, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you sort out essential oils and pets.

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Beneath the Gum Line: Periodontal Disease vs. Routine Pet Dental Care

As with most things in life, if you allow something to gain a foothold, it will eventually take over. Whether we’re talking about weeds, dust bunnies, or pet dental care, the truth is, maintenance is necessary to keep things bright, shiny, and clean. Said another way, if bacteria is left alone inside a pet’s mouth, it will eventually lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss, and even systemic illness. However, The Pet Experts do have good news – this is entirely preventable!

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What Have You Learned From Your Pet? Just Important Life Lessons!

life lessonsStatistically, most pet owners prefer the company of their four-legged best friends to their two-legged ones, but did you know that animal companionship has actually been proven to make us feel less socially isolated?

This paradox is simply part of an endlessly rewarding program, one with far-reaching benefits that go beyond the daily tasks of “ownership.” Indeed, if you were to tally up everything you’ve learned from your pet, you might be surprised at the enormous impact they’ve made on your life.

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When a Tummy Ache Turns Into a Pet Emergency

pet emergencyThere’s a lot that flows right through all of us, as we’re generally perceived as ideal hosts by various bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Unfortunately, this is also true for our pets. They may not notice or experience adverse reactions from various bugs, but The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center can attest to the seemingly harmless tummy ache that quickly turns into a full-fledged pet emergency.

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Cute as a Button: Your Guide to Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet careWhat’s small enough to sit in your palm, furry, and heart-meltingly cute? Pocket pets, of course! Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, and other small animals (from mice to lizards) are often perceived as easier to care for than other pets. However, the reality is that pocket pet care requires similar levels of time, energy, and medical attention.

Small for Small Spaces

In an era that celebrates tiny houses and living with a smaller footprint, pocket pets are becoming more and more popular. Of course, many people who live in apartments are also limited when it comes to the type of pets that are allowed, and pockets pets fit the bill nicely.

Although pocket pets don’t depend on daily walks like dogs, they do depend on clean living standards, routine interaction, and veterinary care – all of which The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are happy to assist you with.

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Arthritis in Pets: Recognizing the Signs and Managing the Symptoms

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting older or senior pets, although it can be diagnosed in pets at any age. Creating pain and limiting mobility, unmanaged arthritis can diminish a fur friend’s quality of life. Thankfully, modern veterinary medicine can not only accurately diagnose this joint disease, it can also provide many treatment options for improved wellbeing.

Keep reading to learn more about arthritis in pets and what you can do to support your four-legged friend.

Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is a catchall name for conditions affecting the health of the joints. From ligament ruptures to hip or elbow dysplasia to congenital disorders, there are a number of different causes of arthritis. Continue…

Pawsitively Great Pet Owner Resolutions for 2017

Dog Jack Russell Terrier. Puppy. Christmas,In the midst of vowing to be a healthier, happier person, the New Year is also a great time to give a nod to our precious pets. As pet owners wind down 2016, let’s consider different ways to make the most of the time we spend with the four-legged friends who light up our lives.

To help you hone in on the best pet owner resolutions, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have created a list of some of the coolest possibilities.

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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…

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…