The Pet Hair Battle: Getting It Under Control for Good

pet haitrIf you share your space with a dog or cat, you share your space with their fur. Pet hair seems to have a mind of its own, working its way onto our clothing, furniture, carpets, and every nook and cranny imaginable, regardless of our unceasing attempts to banish it from our homes.

Here at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we deal with pet hair just as much as anyone, and over the years we have come up with a variety of effective ways to keep it under control.

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Make Your Own Pet Pill Pockets

pet pill pocketsWhile it’s certainly convenient to simply purchase commercially made pet pill pockets, it’s not always economical for pet owners – or tasty for pets. Solving the problem of masking medication has never been easier than making your own pet pill pockets customized with your pet’s health (and taste buds) in mind.

The Grand Design

Pet pill pockets are, by design, very simple, but store-bought versions can add up fast for pet owners that need to give daily, or multiple medications, throughout the day ($8-13 for 30 pockets). Similarly, pets that depend on medications for life can be keen on spitting out the required dose when it comes via a tasteless pill pocket.

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Keep Your Feline Friend Happy With a Catio

catioIf you’re a cat fancier who loves to keep up with trends in the world of pets, you might have heard about the “catio.”  Like a patio, catios provide access to the outdoors for our meow pals, but in a way that’s safe.

Keep reading to learn more about why a catio is so cool and how you can provide your loveable friend with hours of entertainment and fresh air.

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The Meaning and Value of an AAHA-Accredited Veterinary Hospital

AAHAWhen pet owners shop around for a good vet, they typically seek a positive, affordable experience. However, not all veterinary practices are created equal. There are higher standards of practice in place that make an AAHA-accredited hospital a better choice, but what exactly does that mean to a pet owner?

The Gold Standard

Human hospitals have strict policies and procedures intended to regulate the quality of care. Veterinary hospitals and clinics, however, are not mandated to follow the highest standards of veterinary care as outlined by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA); it is entirely voluntary.

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Time for a Kitty Intervention? Examining the Effects of Catnip

effects of catnipIf you’re one of the hundreds of millions of people devoted to funny cat videos, you’ve definitely seen some hilarious, catnip-induced antics. While funny, these clips beg the question: is catnip safe for cats?

Many cat owners speculate about the long-lasting effects of catnip on their feline friends while others wonder why their cat doesn’t show any interest in the green goody. Who knew there was so much to learn about catnip?!

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All About Pet Sweat (In Case You Were Wondering)

pets sweatI sweat, you sweat, dogs sweat, er…cats sweat? Well, sort of. The problem is that pets don’t sweat exactly like us (and therefore never have to worry about B.O. or nervous, sweaty handshakes). This is one of the reasons you need to pay extra close attention to your pet during the heat of the summer. They simply lack an efficient cooling system.

But, they do sweat. So, the next time you’re out for a jog or moving something heavy, wipe your brow and consider some of the following facts about pet sweat!

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Caring for a Special Needs Pet

special needs petThere’s no doubt about it: everyone loves a cuddly little kitten or puppy. They’re young, impressionable, and have their whole lives ahead of them…who could resist adopting one of them? Unfortunately, that’s why so many senior pets and those with special health needs languish in shelters, often never finding a family to care for special needs pets.

One of the most loving decisions a person can make is to adopt an animal with special needs. Special needs pets range in what specific accommodations are needed, but typically include those with behavior challenges or a traumatic past, chronic health conditions, physical disabilities, or they’re simply old.

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Touchy, Feely: All About Cat Whiskers

cat whiskersDelicate, complex, mysterious… cat whiskers embody what being a feline is all about. As cat lovers, the staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to know more about these adorable adornments and the ways in which they are integral to cat behavior. Read on to learn what we found out about cat whiskers.

The Evolution of Cat Whiskers

Cat whiskers have been around ever since cats have, which by some accounts is around 9,500 years. These sensitive, specialized organs, more properly known as vibrissae, have evolved to sprout from the feline muzzle, lower limbs, and even above the eyes. Vibrissae are a very thick, long hairs that have a large amount of nerve endings. This makes them extremely sensitive to the surrounding world.

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Making Daily Exercise More Fun for Your Pet (and for You!)

Who doesn’t get into a bit of a rut when it comes to exercise (or simply forgo it altogether in favor of that comfy couch!)? Keeping things interesting in the fitness department can take some motivation and imagination, and like you, your pet may also grow bored with the same old routine.

Since exercise is an essential part of overall health for every animal, finding ways to make exercise more fun for your pet is a great way to support his or her wellbeing. To help up your game when it comes to appropriate exercise and activities, the team at Rocklin Ranch have some great boredom busting solutions.

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Find Freedom From Pet Anxiety and Stress This Independence Day

pet anxietyIt’s rare to find an animal who’s seemingly unaware of or unbothered by their surroundings. To be sure, cats and dogs are typically hyper-alert when it comes to their environment – especially if there are loud noises or disruption in routine. Add to this a dizzying array of tasty food, fireworks, soaring temps, and playful children, and you’ve got a recipe for pet escape. Whether it’s just down the street or beneath the bed, pet anxiety and stress are very real threats to an animal’s safety and wellbeing.

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