Treats Gone Bad: Why do Dogs Eat Cat Poop?  

There are few things grosser than finding out that dogs eat cat poop. Although we can’t believe they do it and don’t understand the allure, dogs sure seem to enjoy it, no matter how much we protest.

It turns out this disgusting habit is a result of natural dog behavior. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we explore the reasons behind this tendency and what owners can do about it.


Using Essential Oils on Pets: Is It Safe?

Essential Oils on PetsBy now, most of us have heard about, or use, essential oils. These highly concentrated liquids from plants (also known as volatile organic compounds) have long been used in aromatherapy and alternative medicine. Recently, they have become popular for use in cleaning products, herbal remedies, personal care products, food and drink flavorings, and more.

Humans can reap myriad benefits from essential oils, but that isn’t necessarily the case for pets. The use of essential oils on pets should be done with extreme caution, or not at all, as animals are much more sensitive to the compounds present in the oils. Some products, such as liquid potpourri and many varieties of essential oils, including oil of peppermint, cinnamon, citrus, tea tree, wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are toxic to pets.


More Than Just a Pain: What to Do About a Broken Tooth in a Pet

Fractured teeth are a common veterinary dental crisis, especially in dogs. So what is an animal lover to do if their pet’s  tooth breaks? Don’t worry, your partners at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital will help you be prepared should you encounter a broken tooth in a pet.

When Good Teeth Break

Pets may experience a broken tooth secondary to some type of trauma to the tooth itself. This is not limited to things like being hit by a car, but more frequently occurs when the animal bites down on a very hard object. Dogs who chew on things like deer antlers or marrow bones are very likely to fracture a tooth.

Any tooth can break, but most commonly affected are the canine teeth and the big premolar tooth. A broken tooth may have obvious exposure of the internal pulp cavity, visible as a red spot on the tooth, however sometimes fractures are less obvious.

A broken tooth in a pet is a painful occurrence no matter how apparent the fracture is. The pulp of the tooth contains sensitive nerves, and there is no question that this condition hurts. Continue…

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Pandemic: A Sketch of Canine Influenza

Recent reports of canine influenza involve two separate viruses: H3N8 and H3N2. Previously limited to Asian countries, H3N2 swept through the Chicago area in 2015. It has since spread to thousands of dogs across the nation (and a group of domestic cats in the Midwest).

Because these viruses are relatively new, there hasn’t been enough time to build up resistant antibodies. Unfortunately, this means all dogs are at risk of contracting this dangerous illness.

An Overview

Canine influenza virus (CIV) originated in horses and spread to a group of racing greyhounds in Florida in 2004. Referred to as H3N8, this strain has infected animals in 40 different states. Continue…

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Decoding the Pet Dental Exam

pet dental examHave you noticed your pet’s breath lately? Is it less than fresh, so to speak? If so, it is time for a pet dental exam. Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease, a common but preventable condition in pets.

It is estimated that over 80% of pets over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease, whether it’s gingivitis or periodontitis.

Regular dental exams are your first step in evaluating and preventing this disease. But, what exactly is a dental exam, and what does it show?


Cheers to Good Health: Senior Pet Wellness in the New Year

senior pet wellnessYour senior pet has been with you through good times and bad. They’ve seen you at your best, worst, and everywhere in between. And, they still love and adore you!

The deep connection and satisfying companionship of a senior pet is incomparable, and wanting to give them the absolute best in their golden years is commendable. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take a discerning look at senior pet wellness and implement ways to encourage a great quality of life for your furry friend.


How to Love a Dog and Be Loved in Return

love a dogThere are some people out there who are natural animal lovers. They seem to intuit the needs and emotions of animals and also have the ability to respond accordingly. Understanding animal body language comes easily, and they can put a pet at ease quickly.

Other folks can only dream of high-level human-animal companionship and may have to learn about animal behaviors the hard way. No biggie! With a bit of determination, patience, and a positive can-do attitude, you can learn how to love a dog – and, what’s more, be loved in return.


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Why Pet Yoga is a Fast-Growing Trend

pet yogaThere have been sizable changes in the world of pet ownership over the years. Now you can choose between competing companies for pet insurance, shop around for fancy hotels where you can stay with your pet on vacation, and peruse seemingly endless rows of pet food, treats, and toys. There’s probably never been a better time to be a pet than right now. It might also be time to embrace the trend of pet yoga, as countless studios and practitioners worldwide have began making the opportunity more available.


A Healthy New Year: Tackling Pet Obesity in 2018

It probably comes as no surprise that the most popular New Year’s resolution is to get healthy or lose weight. Many of us could stand to eat a little better and move more, and the same could probably be said for our animal companions.

The rise in pet obesity rates over the past several years have corresponded to an uptick in health concerns, namely heart disease, high blood pressure, joint/mobility issues, cancer, and reduced life expectancy. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to helping you every step of the way as you strive to keep your pet at a healthy weight.


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It’s a Wrap! Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs of 2017

feline behaviorScrolling through our pet care blog, we can’t help but pat ourselves on the back for the sheer variety of topics at hand. Of course, the typical pet care subjects will always be relevant, such as parasite prevention, the importance of dental care, and how to maintain a healthy weight. However, depending on the time of year, we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital have dug a bit deeper to cover heat stroke, winter safety guidelines, and poison prevention.

The good news is that we’re nowhere near running out of things to write about with our valued pet care community in mind. To that end, we’re sure that 2018 will be another great year to reflect on in 12 months time.

For now, though, let’s take a quick look back at the Top 10 pet care blogs that were viewed the most by pet lovers in 2017.


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