The Benefits of Walking Your Dog (With Tips!)

Happy dog on a walk.

Getting outside in the fresh air for a brisk walk is an excellent way to boost your health—and your dog’s, too. At East Sacramento Veterinary Center, we encourage all our pet parents to take their dogs out for a daily walk. Once you read about the benefits of walking your dog, you’ll see why!

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Possible Explanations for Limping in Dogs

Dog limping.

Limping in dogs can be linked to various types of acute injuries, but any disruption to a dog’s normal walk, whether gradual or intermittent, can be deeply concerning (especially if it’s painful or negatively impacting daily activities). 

Limping in dogs should be assessed promptly. We can help you determine the cause of this symptom, reduce pain, and promote mobility, flexibility, and overall health.

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Everything You Need to Know About Heartworm

A sad dog leaning against the couch.

April is Heartworm Awareness Month. If you have a cat or dog, you probably know that heartworm is a parasite your pet can get and that preventive medication is almost always needed. But what exactly is heartworm, and what happens if your pet gets it? 

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Prepare For and Support Your Puppy’s First Year

New puppy.

The weeks leading up to and shortly following the adoption of a puppy are nothing less than promising. With so much to look forward to (long walks at the park, fun afternoons at the beach, camping, road trips, and life-affirming snuggle time), you can almost forget all the hard work that goes into your puppy’s first year. It is an incredible journey, and we’re here to support you and your new puppy every (baby) step of the way. 

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Why Your Vet Might Recommend a Pet Ultrasound

Dog getting ultrasound

Veterinary medicine gets more and more advanced with each passing year. In many ways, the diagnostics and treatment options that we are able to offer are very similar to those in human medicine. When it comes to diagnosis of a problem with your pet, pet ultrasound is a more advanced option that can be helpful. East Sacramento Veterinary Center is proud to bring this testing modality to you and your dog or cat. 

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Elevate Pet Health in the New Year

Dog out jogging

Pet owners often go to extremes to make their pets feel safe, comfortable, healthy, and happy, but we don’t always achieve a slam dunk. Take, for example, a sizable pile of expensive cat toys next to the coveted, yet almost discarded, cardboard box. Our efforts don’t necessarily always line up with what our pets really want and/or need. The good news is that we’ll always keep trying to hit that bull’s eye, and the new year is the perfect time to zero-in on pet health plans. 

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Facts About the Bordetella Vaccine for Dogs

A border collie visiting a veterinarian.

When it comes to vaccinations for dogs, East Sacramento Veterinary Center knows it isn’t one size fits all. Not all pups need protection against all diseases. Our expert team will definitely recommend the ones we think will most benefit your individual pet, but having some basic understanding on your own is a great thing. The Bordetella vaccine, which protects against kennel cough, is one that many pet owners ask about. Read on to learn about the Bordetella vaccine and whether it is right for your pet. 

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Signs, Stages, and Preventing Parvo in Dogs

Dog not eating his food.

Parvovirus, or “parvo,” is a very serious and often deadly viral disease seen in dogs. At East Sacramento Veterinary Center, we feel strongly about helping pet owners understand this devastating disease. We hope that through education we can help dog lovers everywhere learn how to prevent parvo. Here are the facts you need to know about parvo in puppies.

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Dog Anxiety: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Anxious dog hiding from storm.

We don’t always know what is going on inside of our pet’s brains, but we do know that they can experience a range of emotions and even suffer from some mental illnesses, similar to people. 

East Sacramento Veterinary Center has experience treating many pets for problems like anxiety. We know that pet owners being able to recognize dog anxiety is an important part of us being able to help with dog anxiety and other behavioral issues. 

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