What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pets and People Food

Pets and people food can be a threat to pet nutrition

There’s no question that a high-quality, nutritionally balanced, life-stage appropriate pet food is the ideal diet for any pet. Although our companions don’t need quite the same range of foods and nutrients that we do, adding some variety to their diet can be fun and easy (and healthy!).

While pets and people food are generally a recipe for disaster, there are some foods that are just fine for animals to eat. The trick is knowing which ones are safe and which ones to avoid. Let the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital offer some guidance!

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Socialize Your Puppy: The When’s, Why’s, and How’s

If you socialize your puppy, dog training and dog behavior will be better, later in life.

Socializing your puppy is perhaps the best way to ensure you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog for life. We all want our dogs to enjoy life’s adventures with us, and socialization teaches them to accept new things, people, and environments in stride. This in turn allows a dog to be adaptable and therefore less likely to experience aggression and other behavioral problems (one of the top reasons that dogs and surrendered to shelters). Don’t let that happen by learning when, why, and how to socialize your puppy.

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Cats and Milk: A Case of Lactose Intolerance

Cats and milk don't lend themselves to a healthy cat.

Would you feed a stray dog a full saucer of cow’s milk? Probably not. But a stray cat begging at the back door of a farm house will invariably be fed from a cow’s udder. This disparity between these two popular domestic mammals may cause some head-scratching, but despite the fact that cats cannot effectively digest cow’s milk, they continue to be offered bowls of it. Cats and milk have gone together for ages, but the product of their alliance is anything but pretty.

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Worth the Wait: Behind the Scenes About Wait Time at the Vet

Wait time at the vet may be used to meet new and exciting people.We know that your time is valuable. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we also know that your pets are your world.

When you visit our hospital, we do our best to get you in as close to your scheduled appointment time as possible. Sometimes, though, life happens and we can run a bit behind. We wanted to take some time to share with you why these delays sometimes happen in an animal hospital, and what you can do to help.

Wait Time at the Vet Explained

Many times when we are running 5-10 minutes behind schedule, we are met with Grumpy Cats. We can assure you, if we are a bit backlogged, it isn’t because we are enjoying an extra long lunch break, rather we are behind because we are helping someone else’s pet.

We are always doing our best to get to you as quickly as possible, but there are some legitimate and unpredictable circumstances that can lead to a delay. Continue…

Good Manners, Good Fun: Dog Park Etiquette 101

Dog park etiquette can make playing with your dog funRocklin, California is certainly a great place to live if you’re a dog. Our summers are beautiful, our winters are mild, and the opportunities for outdoor fun are endless. In fact, dog parks are often on the agenda for pets and owners alike, but are you and your dog observing proper dog park etiquette?

Ready to Go?

To owners, the dog park can seem like a magical place. Pets can burn off excess energy and make friends, all while remaining leash-free. However, before heading out to one of the many dog parks in Rocklin or Roseville, it’s important to make sure your dog is prepared to hang out in such a setting. Continue…

How to Enrich Your Cat’s Environment

Cats are naturally curious – we all know that! And it is true that indoor cats are safer and live longer lives than their outdoor counterparts. After all, they don’t have to contend with predators, cars, or other cat-induced injuries. However, how do we make sure that our feline friend doesn’t pine away at the door, wishing for freedom?

Enter: environmental enrichment for cats. This buzzword has become the term most associated with how to help your cat find stimulation and entertainment indoors. And, there are a plethora of ideas! We’ve decided to share some of our favorites.

Basic Instincts

Cats have certain innate and natural instincts that they need to pursue if they are going to be truly healthy and happy. These include hunting, surveying territory from a perch, scratching, and climbing. When in the wild (or outdoors), cats have many opportunities to exercise these behaviors. Indoors, it’s our job to mimic the conditions that cats need so they can practice these natural instincts in the safety of their home. Continue…

A Shout-Out to All (Legitimate) Service Animals!

Don't fake having a service animal.Service animals are absolutely, 100%, hands-down amazing. With a calm, cool reserve, they perform tasks for their handlers that range from the mundane (picking up the newspaper) to critical (seeking help during a seizure). Highly-trained, perfectly agreeable, intelligent, and extremely focused, service animals help thousands of people every day around the world.

However, despite the estimated 50,000 Americans who rely on service animals, there’s a startling lack of knowledge regarding their significance. Their ease of access to buildings and areas has resulted in the misrepresentation of other domestic pets as service animals. Unfortunately, fake service animals threaten the viability of legitimate ones and place handlers at risk. Continue…

A Strange New World: All About Airline Regulations for Pets

New airline regulations for pets can make traveling with pets safer.Flying isn’t what it used to be. What was once a luxurious and enjoyable experience has turned into the human equivalent of a cattle drive. Even if you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford first or business class, the skies certainly don’t seem as friendly as they did in the days of yore.

Some of the biggest changes are around airline regulations for pets. In an effort to avoid tragic situations (like the ones that have recently tarnished the reputations of certain major airlines), companies have stepped up to create safer environments for their animal passengers.

Airline Regulations for Pets

Airline regulations for pets vary widely between companies, so be sure to make thorough research part of your trip planning routine. Some of the new rules and regulations you may encounter include: Continue…

Reap the Rewards: The Benefits at Rocklin Ranch

Working at Rocklin Ranch can be the cat's meow!In veterinary medicine, there’s always a team of people behind the scenes working closely to care for pets. Bonded by our deep love of animals, we often work long hours but are fulfilled knowing we’re doing our part to keep pets healthy and happy.

There are also other rewards when it comes to working here. Let us share some of the benefits at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital that our team members enjoy. Continue…

Pet Insurance: Helping You Focus on Care, Not Cost

Woman sitting in chair, talking on phone, with dog behind herWe all love our pets, and they provide us with hours of loving companionship and adventure. However, sometimes their curiosity and fun loving hearts can get them into trouble. At the worst of times, unexpected illness or injury can occur.

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Let’s face it – peace of mind can be priceless. Advances in veterinary medicine have given us access to cutting edge care for our pets, but this care comes at a cost. With average annual pet care costs reaching $1800, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed a little light on some of the benefits of pet insurance. Continue…