Pet Dental Care: A Cornerstone of Good Health

Pet dental care can help protect your pet's wellness

When it comes to pets, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of dental hygiene – until you encounter a problem. Most pets have some form of dental disease by the age of 3, and without proper intervention, this can lead to pain, tooth loss, and major health complications later on.

Fortunately, all it takes to combat these sobering statistics is a little awareness and commitment. Let The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center help you change your pet’s life for the better with proper pet dental care!

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Every “Body” is Doing it… Should You Try Pet Yoga?

Pet yoga is good for pet health and your bond with your petThere aren’t many exercises you and your pet can do together. Sure, you can walk, run, swim, or hike with your dog, but could other physical activities – like fetch or laser chaser – also be mutually beneficial? You might get a kick out of it, and it could help you blow off some steam, but aside from the fun factor, your pet is probably the only one getting exercise.

Pet yoga, on the other hand, benefits both owners and animals – and The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know first hand how relaxing it is!  

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The essence of yoga is rhythmic breathing paired with various stretches and poses. Designed for the alignment of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, yoga originated in India and is now practiced all over the world. 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…

The Pet Emergency Conundrum: Making the Most of Preventive Pet Care

SONY DSCIt’s no secret that emergency pet care can cost a pet owner dearly – both emotionally and financially. You may be faced with heartbreaking decisions, or end up worrying about how you are ever going to afford life-supporting costs.

While there are certain emergencies that you didn’t see coming (say, a car accident or an accidental pet poisoning), many of the health concerns that we see in urgent care can be revealed or prevented at a regular wellness check. To this end, we are committed to preventive pet care and hope the following information convinces you of the many benefits of regular wellness checks for Fluffy or Fido. Continue…

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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Breast Cancer and Your Pet

pink breast cancer awareness ribbonAre you aware that dogs and cats can get breast cancer just like people?

While many are surprised to learn that mammary cancer affects our pets, it’s actually a very common problem. In fact, breast cancer is more commonly found in pets than in people. Statistically, one in four intact (not spayed) female dogs will develop a mammary tumor, and it is the third most common cancer for cats.

Approximately 50% of mammary tumors in dogs and about 90% of mammary tumors in cats fall into the malignant category. Malignant tumors are what we think of as the “bad” kind of tumor. Malignant tumors are invasive and may spread to other organs, and are usually very aggressive.

No pet owner wants their beloved pet to experience this disease. Learn what you need to know about breast cancer and your pet so that you can help your pet stay healthy. Continue…

Why Dental Care Matters To Pets

dentalProtecting your pet’s dental health is just as important as protecting his or her internal health. In fact, they are ultimately one in the same.

While providing your pet with regular dental care can certainly reduce bad breath (which can be an early warning sign of dental disease) and brighten your pet’s smile, these benefits pale in comparison to the long-lasting advantages good oral hygiene can have on your pet’s overall systemic health and longevity.

Without regular dental care, you pet is at a greater risk for a number of issues that can and will affect your pet’s overall wellbeing.

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How to Help Pets Lose Weight

Fat British Shorthair, 2.5 years old, sitting and looking with suspicion in front of white backgroundIs your pet carrying around a few extra pounds?

If so, he or she is not alone. With over 50% of the pets in the United States considered to be overweight or obese, it is becoming clear that the obesity epidemic that has been affecting humans is spreading to our pets as well. And simply put, this is not good.

Pets who are overweight are at increased risk for many diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and diabetes, and often live shorter lives than their ideal-weight counterparts.

If you suspect that your pet is overweight, you should take the time to talk with your veterinarian about what a healthy goal weight for your pet is, and how to achieve that number.

Here are a few tips on how to help pets lose weight… Continue…