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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Thanksgiving Treats Your Pets Will Be Grateful For

Pet waiting for holiday treat.

The welcoming aromas of pecan-topped sweet potatoes, roasted turkey, and homemade pumpkin pie might attract more than people to your Thanksgiving table! When your pup or cat stares upward in anticipation, it’s easy to cave to their cuteness. But should you?

This holiday season, the team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center reminds all pet families of the importance of Thanksgiving pet safety. With a little pre-planning, your pets can enjoy their own safe and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner. 

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What to Know About Cancer in Pets

Cancer in pets.

The fact that there are many unknowns can make a cancer diagnosis much more challenging. Because each case is unique, it’s not always clear how cancer will affect a pet’s lifestyle and lifespan. There is definitely room for hope, but it’s important to move quickly toward an effective medical plan after the initial diagnosis. Cancer in pets can be treated (and even cured), and many animals maintain a high quality of life throughout the ordeal.

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Doing Your Doggo Right With a Dog Wellness Care Strategy

Dog wellness.

Parenting a puppers is about the most rewarding thing that you can do as a hooman (okay, maybe I am a bit biased). With great reward comes great responsibility, though, and having a doggo is no exception! Thankfully the dogtors at East Sacramento Veterinary Center know how to help you be the best at dog wellness care.

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How to Take Heckin Good Care of Your Catto (aka Cat Wellness Care for Pet Lovers)

All them doggos will pretend like they are the cat’s meow, but at East Sacramento Veterinary Center they know how purr-fect felines can be. Cat wellness care is a big part of what they do, and us cattos have to say that we think that’s paw-some.

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Why You Should Cancel Your Pet’s Veterinary Appointment Instead of Simply Not Show Up

Woman with dog at Sacramento veterinary hospital.

Any veterinarian will tell you that their patients always come first, no matter what. Whether an animal needs routine or urgent care, they are priority number one. At East Sacramento Veterinary Center, our team strives to deliver the best possible experience for pets and their people alike. To that end, we take steps to ensure that every veterinary appointment is on time and running smoothly. It’s no fun to wait, especially if a pet is sick, injured, or totally stressed out by the process. 

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Do You Know Your Pet’s Water Needs?

Dog drinking water in Sacramento, CA.

Most pet owners know that pets visit their water bowls as necessary, but not all of us can attest to the volume of water consumed. Part of the routine may be to simply wash out and refill a pet’s water bowl at meal times, or to simply top it off when it looks low. While this ensures that a pet has water available to them, it falls short of any accuracy. A pet’s water needs can change daily, and soaring summer temperatures increase the importance of owner involvement.

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Tick Removal: What You Need to Know

Sacramento dog has ticks.

If your dog or cat spends any time outdoors, checking for ticks should be an important daily task that you practice. Ticks are dangerous and can pose a threat to humans and pets alike, causing thousands of tick-borne illnesses and infections every year. While ticks can be more active during the summer, some kinds of ticks are active year-round! 

Finding and removing ticks can be an unpleasant experience. Luckily, the team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center is here to help with these important tips you need to know about tick removal:  

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My Pet Has Fleas! How You Can Help

Sacramento dog scratching fleas.

Fleas are nasty little parasites that can bite and suck blood, which leads to itching and discomfort for your pet. They can cause diseases and can even bite humans! To keep their pets and loved ones safe and healthy, every pet owner should familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of a flea infestation. 

What can start out as excessive itching and scratching can turn into hair loss and major irritation for your dog or cat. The team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center has put together some ways to identify if fleas have made their home in your pet’s fur (or elsewhere in your household), and how to get rid of them. 

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