Finding Fido: Why Microchipping Your Pet Protects Them from Becoming Lost

A very filthy puppy

There is possibly nothing more frightening than realizing your dog or cat got out of the house. You have looked everywhere, enlisted the help of your neighbors, and posted fliers about your missing pet. Still, no word.

This scenario occurs among millions of pets each year, and the likelihood of being found is not the best. That is, unless your pet is better protected through microchipping.

The team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center is here to let you know that microchipping works and the best way to ensure a happy return, should your pet become lost.

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What is Reverse Sneezing?

Dog sneezing.

Most dog owners have witnessed an occasional bout of reverse sneezing, officially known as paroxysmal respiration. It’s a fairly common phenomenon in dogs, particularly for miniature and brachycephalic breeds. The unmistakable dog honking sound that accompanies a reverse sneeze is far from an ordinary “achoo,” and often catches pet parents off guard. We understand that it can be alarming to hear your dog honking, but most of the time, reverse sneezing is just a normal part of parenting pooches.

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Aging Gracefully: Senior Pet Care and Health

An aging dog with a happy smile.

If you have pets, chances are good that you’ll be taking care of them well into their golden years. Thankfully, pets are living longer and healthier lives these days, in part due to better pet nutrition and advances in veterinary care. But if you’ve noticed a little grey around your pet’s muzzle lately, you may be wondering how to keep your senior pet healthy. 

It’s important to remember that aging pets need a few adjustments to their environment to keep them feeling their best. Still, age is not a disease, and senior pets can and do live active, happy, and pain-free lives well into their late teens and twenties. Your veterinarian can help make this happen. 

Read on to find out how! 

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The Best Pets for Kids

A young girl hugs her dog.

Children and cuddly critters go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is why many kids plead with their parents for a pet to call their own. Having to provide plenty of TLC to a beloved pet teaches responsibility, compassion, and empathy, plus, if you choose pet adoption from a local shelter, your child learns the value of helping a pet in need. 

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Leptospirosis: A Real and Present Threat

A dog rolling in the mud and drinking from a puddle.

Although most dog owners have heard of leptospirosis, and many others make sure their pet is vaccinated against it, the disease remains somewhat of a mystery to many pet owners. This contagious disease that affects both pets and people is on the rise in the United States and Canada, and depending on your pet’s lifestyle, he or she may be at risk. 

Understanding leptospirosis, how it’s transmitted, and what you can do to protect your pet, may be an essential part of your dog’s continuing good health and longevity.

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Help! My Old Dog Smells Bad

A smelly old dog is taking a bath to help eliminate the odor.

Even if you don’t live with a dog, or never have, you could probably still identify with their distinct stink. Sure, puppies have that sort of sweet-smelling funk to them, but it often wears off as they grow up. Dogs might not always smell, but they can give off a fetid odor as they paw through old age.

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Pet Dental Care: Why it Matters, and What You Can Do

Pet dental care.

Providing for our pet’s needs is seemingly simple; nutritious food, warm shelter, basic veterinary care, plenty of exercise, and lots of love is a recipe for a happy and healthy pet. Most pet owners are more than happy to take good care of their furry friends, but one aspect is often overlooked: pet dental care.

Although you wouldn’t go days, weeks, months, or years without brushing your teeth or visiting the dentist, (hopefully!) it’s easy to overlook a pet’s oral health. The truth is that pets need dental care as much as humans do, and ignoring it can lead to disastrous health consequences.

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Happy Camper: Pet Travel Tips for Fun & Safety

Traveling with pets.

The world has really opened up to well-behaved pets. These days we can take them almost anywhere we need to go, and many businesses go the extra mile to accommodate our four-legged friends. This doesn’t mean we’re given carte-blanche, but it does mean it’s easier than ever before to go on vacation with your pet. Of course, it’s up to you to decide if your pet is up for the break-in routine and all that traveling demands. But if they’re healthy and prepared, this could be the trip of a lifetime.

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