True Confessions: My Pet Eats Bugs (and It’s Probably Okay)

Pet wellness.

Many pets have a tendency to track flying objects with the intent to chomp on and swallow them. It may seem odd, and it’s definitely a little gross, but it is a fairly normal behavior in the animal world. Dogs and cats seem to enjoy snatching up flying insects. If you’ve been cautiously observing this behavior, and wondering why your pet eats bugs, we’ve got the scoop.

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Snick Snek Paddywack: Danger Noodle Safety Tips

A rattlesnake.

Snakes, also known as danger noodles, sneks, or nope ropes are slithering around East Sacramento like they own the place. While some are harmless (those can be called slippery tube dudes), danger noodles get their name because they are full of venom (hurt juice) and they are not afraid to use it. Whether you refer to them as nope ropes or slippery tube dudes, here are some safety tips so the only kind of snakebite you experience are the kinds that mix lager and cider:

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Spring Cleaning and Pet Safety

Woman spring cleaning for pet safety

Spring has sprung and there’s no feeling quite like throwing open the windows and letting some clean air into the house. Something about the exit of winter makes everything feel new, and often inspires people to clean out the house to welcome the new season and the warmer weather. As you start to plan out what you want to clean and organize, be sure you are thinking about spring cleaning and pet safety. 

Your friends at East Sacramento Veterinary Center  are here to offer some pet safety tips so you can refresh your home without putting your pets at risk. 

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Ob-noxious Greenery: Toxic Plants for Pets

Cat sniffs a toxic plant.

Plants bring a natural beauty to your interior and exterior home decor. Although they are fun to look at and often easy to care for, they can pose a serious danger to your dogs and cats. The team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center wants you to know which plants are poisonous, so you can enjoy some greenery at home without unknowingly housing toxic plants for pets:

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know

Sacramento Pet Safety: Dogs in Car

California is no stranger to natural disasters, and the recent out of control wildfires we have faced serve as a stark reminder that everyone should have a disaster preparedness plan. Pet owners have an additional concern when it comes to emergency planning, and the team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center is here to help!

Our four-legged friends are valued family members, which is why disaster preparedness for pets is a critical component in your emergency planning.

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Protecting Your Pet from Forest Fire Smoke

Sacramento dog and woman practicing pet safety

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been quite the year – one most of us won’t be sorry to say goodbye to! The fires that have been devastating the West Coast are the latest of many tragedies that has rocked our country, and the effects of the smoke and fire damage will be long-lasting.

When it comes to health concerns from wildfire smoke, this isn’t just about humans. Our pets and other animals are gravely impacted by the smoke and can suffer illnesses and respiratory problems relating to these wildfires. This is why the team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center wants to help you protect your pet from forest fire smoke through some proactive measures. 

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Feline Preferences: Should You Build a Catio?

Just when you thought your cat couldn’t get any cuter, they roll over to show you their belly or scamper across the house just to greet you. 

Without a doubt, there are few things better than a happy cat. Cat owners are especially savvy at providing toys, treats, and activities to make their cat happy, but we don’t always hit the bull’s eye. And when it comes to voicing their likes and dislikes, many felines are, most certainly, effective communicators. 

If you have ever wondered if you should build a catio to make your feline extra content, we have a few tips to get started.

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Yikes! How to Keep Your Pet Safe From Snakes at Home

Most people accept wild snakes as the interesting reptiles they are, and respect their place on the food chain. Few could argue with the fact that snakes help maintain the natural balance. 

Despite being generally appreciated, snakes are not widely welcomed into people’s homes. In fact, many of us can only value them as long as they stay in their own habitats. They may not be looking for trouble, but they can be extremely dangerous to curious, protective, and territorial pets. Keep your pet safe from snakes with our tried and true tips.

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Do You Know How to Keep Your Pet Safe From Snakes?

Sacramento dog with snake for pet safety

Snake encounters are just a part of life in California, and yet, few of us are truly primed to handle them. 

While people may go out of our way to avoid snakes,, a pet’s predatory instincts may be triggered if they detect unexpected movement or sound in their immediate environment. Unbeknownst to the pets in hot pursuit of an unknown intruder, snakes have amazing defense mechanisms, including painful, venomous bites. 

Every year, approximately 150,000 venomous snake bites occur every year in cats and dogs. Some cases are fatal, but not all bites contain venom (known as “dry bites”). This is hardly consoling for a pet owner that simply wants to keep their pet safe from snakes.

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Making a Splash: Diving Into Dog Swimming Safety

Can this dog swim?

Whether you are chilling with your dog poolside or heading to the beach with your four-legged friend, water safety is a must for everyone. Many dog owners make the mistake of assuming their dogs are adept swimmers naturally, but this is not always the case. Accidents around bodies of water are common, and this is prime season for these incidents to occur.

Swimming with your fur pal can be safe and enjoyable with a little planning. The team at East Sacramento Veterinary Center is here with some dog swimming safety tips for you to dive into.

Get to Know Your Dog’s Ability in the Water

Even if your pet is a Labrador Retriever, you should never dunk your dog in a pool or body of water before knowing they are comfortable. Acclimate your pet to water first by starting in a shallow body of water, getting in with them to make them feel safe. Splash around together and throw something they want to retrieve, like a floatable toy, and observe how they swim.

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