Holiday Distractions Can Lead to Foreign Body Dangers for Pets

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.

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Brrrring on the Cold! Keeping Pets Warm in Winter

Keeping pets warm in winter is an essential part of pet safety and responsible pet ownership

Many people are aware of how dangerous overheating in pets can be, but what about the cold? In fact, pets can be at risk for medical problems in cold weather, and are just as likely to get hypothermia (low body temperature) or frostbite as their owners.

It’s a common misconception that a pet’s fur protects them from the cold. In reality, fur is not adequate protection from the elements, especially in extreme weather or if your pet is not acclimated to colder temperatures.

Like humans, pets will tolerate cold to different degrees, depending on their age, breed, coat density, nutritional stores, overall general health, and physical conditioning.  Northern breeds of dog can tolerate cold weather better than a short haired chihuahua, for example. But keep in mind that all dogs (and cats!) need shelter from winter wind, cold, and wet.

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Emergency Preparedness for Pets: Peace of Mind When Disaster Strikes

Emergency preparedness for pets will help pets stay safe and your family stay togetherWhether natural or manmade, a disaster is something that nobody wants to think about. While residents of the Chicagoland area have experienced few disasters in recent years, tornados, fire, and damage from ice and severe snow are always looming threats. Being prepared for an emergency is critical to protecting your loved ones, and that includes emergency preparedness for pets.

Gather Your Supplies

Storing a pet-friendly supply kit in an easily accessible location is vital to emergency preparedness for pets. Your pet’s kit should include: Continue…

The Pet Experts FAQs: What You Might Not Know About Pet Microchips

Pet microchips help lost pets become found pets.Your cat may be a neighborhood explorer. They go over fences, cross streets, and see what life has in store on the other side of the tracks. Until one day, they just don’t return home. If they’re not microchipped, you might elect to staple flyers on telephone pole, place ads online, and encourage others to share posts on social media to help reunite you with your best buddy.

Similarly, some dogs bolt out of their front doors, dig beneath gates, or pull on their leashes until they’re free. Sometimes, they come back when called. But all too often, they become separated from their owners.

The good news is that pet microchips aid in the swift homecoming of lost, missing, and even stolen pets. In spite of their widespread popularity, some owners wait or decide not to microchip. With the following FAQs, the Pet Experts hope to dispel any misconceptions. Continue…

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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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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The Pinnacle of Summer: Celebrating Independence Day and Pet Safety

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest events of the year. With picnics, parades, and family gatherings to choose from, where does that leave a four-legged friend? Sure, you might have a well-behaved, highly sociable pet who enjoys any combination of crowds, loud music, and fireworks. Or, perhaps your pet stresses easily by the disruption to routine, heat, and strangers.

Either way, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some tips to prepare you for Independence Day and pet safety.

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Wildlife in the ‘Hood: Keeping Your Pets Safe from Coyotes

As our communities grow, we continue to encroach further and further into the natural habitats of many species of wildlife. Coyotes are quickly joining the ranks of squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and other wild animals that have adapted to the ever-expanding human population, making prevention strategies to keep pets safe from coyotes more important now than ever.

Coyote Concerns

Coyotes prey on small mammals and occupy an important place in their natural ecosystems by helping to keep rodent populations down. Coyotes are also opportunistic, and as human homes and businesses encroach on coyote habitat, they will turn to whatever food source is easily available, including garbage and even small pets!

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Recognizing and Responding to Heatstroke in Pets

Silly Dog Tilts Head in Front of BarnHigh temperatures and humidity can take its toll this time of year. This is particularly true for our fur-bearing friends, who aren’t able to sweat enough to efficiently regulate body temperature.

Unfortunately, many pets succumb to heatstroke and heat related illnesses each year. Even well-cared for cats and dogs are at risk when their owners are unprepared for a pet emergency. That’s why safety awareness and learning about heatstroke in pets is so important. Continue…