DCAH_iStock_000066569031_LargeWhether it’s the end of the year or any time of year, The Pet Experts love what we do. A part of this, is our blog. Whether the topic is light-hearted and fun or health-related and informative, our aim is to provide information that enhances the day-to-day care and lifelong wellness of our pet patients.

This year, in the midst of trimming the tree or enjoying that second (or third) helping of mashed potatoes, we offer our top ten blogs of 2016 to you! We hope that they inspire you, challenge you, or just bring a smile.

Enjoy!

Our Top Ten Blogs of 2016

  1. Practical Springtime Pet Safety Tips When it comes to the seasons, you can’t beat springtime. After a long winter, colorful blossoms and sunny days are than more welcome. Unfortunately, parasites and other seasonal risks can put a damper on all the fun. However, you and your fur friend can still enjoy this wonderful time of year by following our springtime pet safety tips. Read More…
  2. Recognizing and Responding to Heatstroke in Pets High 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. Read More…
  3. Is My Cat Too Fat? Combating Feline Obesity In this country our pets are getting fatter and fatter with no end in sight. While many of us giggle and gush over fluffy, well-padded kitties; being obese is not good for anyone – animals included. Read More…Veteranarian Visits with a Tabby Cat
  4. A Perfect Stroll: Techniques for Walking Your Dog like a Pro With autumn just around the corner, you may be considering taking up jogging with your best friend or hitting those park trails with the family pooch. But, then you realize your pet may not yet have the leash walking skills needed to handle the challenge. Read More…
  5. Pee You! Odor, Rabies and Other Problems Skunks May Cause Your Pet Very little in nature is more noxious than the smell of a skunk. But skunks bring other problems to your pets, too. Read More…
  6. The Love Affair Between Cats and Boxes If you own a cat and place an empty cardboard box in your home, it is almost certain that within a few hours, kitty will be inside. It is pretty much a scientific fact. It’s a phenomenon that almost all cat owners can attest to, but the question remains: Why do cats love boxes so much? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the answer for you as to why cats and boxes are so inseparable. Read More…
  7. Navigating the Best Pet Apps of 2016 The term “application software” doesn’t inspire a lot of action, but when you have the right apps on your mobile device, they can truly make life easier. While there’s no shortage of lifestyle apps, they can be a phenomenal investment of time and money (each app averages $1.99!). Read More…
  8. It’s All in the Name: Top Dog Names and Why We Choose Them From Old Yeller and Lassie to Rin Tin Tin or Lady, dog names carry powerful associations with them. As “man’s best friend,” our dogs represent not only loyalty, but also childhood innocence, unconditional love, and simple companionship. It’s no wonder many pet owners take selecting a name so seriously! Let’s take a closer look at what goes into choosing a name for our best four-legged friends. Read More…
  9. No Fido to Be Found: Unusual Pet Names Are In For the most part, it’s rare to find a pet named Spot or Patches these days. While there are the sentimental old favorites, the current trend focuses on the unusual, mythical, or pop culture pet names. Read More…
  10. What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird Spring is in the air, which means that birds will begin building their nests and raising their families. It’s also the time of year when many veterinarians, pet stores, and wildlife rescue services receive a large number of calls about an orphaned baby bird found by good Samaritans who want to help. Read More…

Springbrook_iStock_000083088945_Large (1)In 2017, we hope you will make it the best year yet for you and your fur friend. If there is a topic you’ve been curious about or a question about your pet’s health, we would love to assist you. We also welcome reader feedback and topic requests – just find us on Facebook or call!

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!