Friends Forever: Integrating Kids And Pet Care

Child is kissing a catLike Timmy and his sweet, clever, and dependable Lassie, most kids want a pet to love and care for. Not only will the desired pet be a warm companion at bedtime or an exciting play partner, but may even save the day with lightning-fast reflexes one day… Your imaginative, wishful-thinking youngster is spot-on regarding most of that, but the family pet requires much more than adventurous fun and good times.

Integrating kids and pet care is a valuable, meaningful experience; provided both parties understand their roles. Help your child understand not only the benefits of pet ownership, but what is required to responsibly care for a pet, with our following guidelines. Continue…

Protecting Your Pet: Top Ways To Prevent a Pet Poisoning

XtraCat2_iStock_000040717462_LargeMost pet owners have had the frightening experience of a pet poisoning. While certain symptoms resolve on their own, many can cause irreversible damage – or worse. In an effort to raise pet poison awareness nationwide, the entire month of March is dedicated to the cause. And, due to it’s prevalence, National Pet Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, is focused on sharing the top ways to prevent a pet poisoning. Continue…

Ten LOVE-ly Ways Pets Improve Our Lives

The red cat sitting on a shoulder at the childFollowing in the footsteps of Valentine’s Day, many pet lovers will be celebrating National Love Your Pet Day on Friday, February 20. Oh, sure, how can there be just ONE day to celebrate the joy our fur, finned, feathered, and scaled pet companions bring us?! And, you’re right!

Consider National Love Your Pet Day to be a reminder of all the ways pets improve our lives and how important it is to pay attention to their emotional and physical wellness throughout the year. 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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No Holly, More Jolly! Avoiding Toxic Holiday Plants

iStock_000015099493_MediumOh, how pretty those holiday blooms can be! And, how inviting that cleverly placed mistletoe…. But, did you know that poinsettias aren’t the only holiday plant no-no? And that they are actually less toxic than some of the other, better-known offenders?

It’s true! And, while we as protective pet parents are often vigilant about other holiday dangers, like tinsel and curly string, pet poisoning is an unfortunate reality when it comes to plants with more dangerous toxicity.

Before you stow away every pretty bloom or branch, know that keeping your pet safe is as simple as doing your homework on toxic vs. non-toxic plants and making sure to keep the fearsome foliage out of your home or yard (or any other place your pet or other pets are present). Continue…

Ho! Ho! Ho! Helpful Gift Ideas For Your Pets

Santa clausIn the days leading up to the holidays, we are all bombarded with a sense of too much to do and not enough time to do it all. We know you wouldn’t want to leave anyone off your shopping list so, to help out, we’ve put together some helpful gift ideas for your pets. We hope that you will be inspired to give your pet some sweet surprises that can only result in lots of smooches and snuggles.

Special Pets Deserve Something Special

While the best gift of all is your love, your pet will still get excited about any of these top-notch presents:

  • Outdoor Stuff – If your pet wears the same item day in and day out, it may be time to upgrade. Your pet’s collar, leash, or harness may need a snazzier replacement. A new tag will be a great addition, too. Many pets tolerate (and even enjoy) certain types of clothing, especially if they remain dry and warm on winter walks. There are so many cute and functional hoodies, jackets, and sweaters perfect for your pet. Don’t forget the matching booties!
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    Pet Grooming: Not Just for Frou-Frou Dogs

    iStock_000010618123_MediumIn the quest to save dollars, pet parents may opt to groom their pets themselves rather than take Fido in to be professionally groomed…  After all, Fido’s a lab and aren’t grooming services for fluffy dogs and pampered schnauzers?

    Actually, this erroneous belief can negatively impact your dog’s overall health. The truth is; all dogs need to be groomed, and not just for aesthetic reasons. Pet grooming keeps the hair free of mats and tangles; detects fleas and other parasites that attack the skin; promotes skin, nail, and coat health; and offers a chance for your pet’s overall skin and coat condition to be assessed.

    And, there’s more to grooming than trimming lengthy fur or bathing your pet! Grooming includes many services that the average pet parent isn’t fond of doing (Did someone mention cleaning anal glands? Eew.). Continue…

    Gobble! Gobble! – Thanksgiving Pet Safety

    iStock_000019349731_MediumMany 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 your pet’s health and safety.

    Before you set a plate for Fido or Fluffy at the Thanksgiving table, take a moment to learn about which foods can make your four-legged friend sick, and which are safe to share (among other concerns). 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. Continue…

    It’s Vet Tech Appreciation Week!

    CourtneyIt takes a special person to become a veterinary technician, and we believe the most talented and passionate professionals are here, each and every day, at Springbrook Animal Care Center.

    The kindness you and your pets receive from our vet techs stems from one simple truth: they love animals. The field and daily work of veterinary technology can be demanding, but the rewards are pure. In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 – 18, we want to give a shout out to our amazing team of vet techs who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the welfare of animals. Continue…

    Animal Companions Help Seniors Thrive

    iStock_000030333450_MediumFor many of us, nothing is as soothing as petting a cat curled up on our lap, or throwing a toy for an eager dog just waiting to play. Many of us believe in our hearts that animals have the capacity to heal and bring emotional relief. This is now being proven to be true through research and studies conducted at hospitals and assisted living facilities across the country.

    Over the past few decades, we have come to rely on service and therapeutic pets for those with limited mobility, vision, or hearing loss; as well as for those who face mental illness. Studies have shown that heart attack patients with a pet in their lives recover faster and live longer than those who remained pet-less. And, in addition, petting a cat or dog has been linked to lowering blood pressure, reducing heart attack risk, improving mood, and decreasing loneliness.

    Whether as assistive or therapeutic pets, or simply as a beloved companion, there are wonderful benefits for our seniors when it comes to animal companionship.  Continue…