Aquatic Spirochetes: What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Leptospirosis

leptospirosisIf we had to choose, would we decide to share all illnesses with our pets? Of course not! Luckily, most health problems are not contagious between the species, but in the case of a zoonotic disease, humans can get very sick from their pets. Leptospirosis is definitely one illness that you don’t want to mess with.

While it’s considered more common for human transmission to result from activities in and around water, a pet who picks up Leptospira bacteria in warm water or soil could place human caregivers at risk.

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Bugged Out: Parasites, Pets, and Parks

Dog parks and other pet friendly outdoor locations are popular, especially during the spring and summer months. Who doesn’t love to roam through the blooms, enjoying the fresh air with a four-legged pal? However, while these gathering places can be great for exercise and socialization, they’re also popular among pests.

Parasites, pets, and parks seem to be a common but crummy combo, encouraging the spread of harmful diseases. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your pet from falling host to these bothersome bugs.

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A String Around Your Finger: Don’t Forget About Indoor Cat Care

Many cat owners are amazing at keeping routine wellness appointments for their indoor felines. However, anecdotal evidence shows that a large number of indoor cats do not receive regular veterinary care. If this sounds familiar, we understand that it’s often easier to remain at home than to force a cat to travel. Plus, cats – especially those who are safe from accidental injury or exposure to disease – give the impression they don’t really need a check-up. However, indoor cat care is vital to health and longevity.

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Ear Licking and Beyond: What Does This Dog Behavior Mean?  

Dogs will be dogs, but when a behavior veers from cute to mildly obsessive to downright annoying, it’s time for a change. Licking ears is one of these canine quirks that sends owners into tailspins of doubt, wonder, frustration, and (hopefully) resolution and relief. If you’re put off by this common dog behavior or have no more patience for it, you’re in the right place.

Not Overly Fussy

Perhaps you saw our earlier blog regarding why dogs lick. Indeed, this dog behavior is normal and natural. Now, your dog may be inclined to lick all ears – or feel a draw to sample a particular animal or person in the household. While licking ears is a fairly standard dog behavior, there are two possible reasons it occurs.

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Just in Time for Spring: Choosing Non-Toxic, Pet Safe Plants

If the warmer weather has you itching to get out into the yard for some lawn and garden prep, you’re not alone. This is the season when many of us choose to beautify our yards with an array of plants, shrubbery, and other vegetation.

For pet owners, however, there are more decisions to be made beyond simply where to plant that new shrub or which flowers to grow. Choosing pet safe plants takes planning and knowledge of plant toxicity.

The Big List of Plant No-No’s

Even for those with a green thumb, figuring out which plants are best for a fur friend can be tough. After all, some of the most popular plants and shrubs are poisonous to pets.

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Spring Clean Safely with Our Pet-Friendly Cleaning Tips

There’s no doubt that pets, as wonderful as they are, contribute significantly to the amount of dirt, debris, and, of course, fur that accumulates in our homes. Keeping a house clean when you are a pet owner is a daily challenge, and to make matters worse, many commercial cleaning products can be hazardous to our pets, not to mention the human members of the household.

The health of our patients and their families is our top priority at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, and we want to help our clients make the best choices for their beloved pets. We’ve put together a list of our favorite pet-friendly cleaning tips that are sure to put a sparkle in your home, stay within your budget, and keep the two- and four-legged members of your family safe.

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Preventing Heartworm Disease in Cats

When it comes to heartworms, most pet owners think of the risk to their dog companions. While it’s true this disease is more prevalent in dogs, heartworm disease in cats does occur, and diagnoses are on the rise. In fact, cats with this illness are also in greater danger of experiencing life threatening reactions to these parasites.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to keep all our feline friends safe by keeping pet owners informed of how to prevent this terrible disease.

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Yankee Doodle…Doggie? A History of Presidential Pets

Whether you voted for whoever’s in office or not, one thing that unites us as pet lovers is our fascination with presidential pets. From the wild to the whimsical, the animals of the White House have been eclectic, and throughout history, we’ve felt a connection to the Oval Office by way of our shared love of furry friends.

Presidential Pets: A Distinguished Menagerie

While we wait to see if President Trump will finally adopt a four-legged friend, the reality is that our former Commander in Chiefs, liked their animals.

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Are We There Yet? Enjoying Spring Break With Your Pet and Kids

Staying home over spring break can be the perfect recipe for familial happiness, but if everyone is bouncing off the walls for a solid week, you might need an alternative. No, we’re not talking about shipping the kids off to Grandma’s or boarding your pet. Instead, we offer realistic solutions to spending spring break with your pet and the kids. On your mark, get set, pack your bags!

Road Trip!

If your family is going nuts at home, hit the open road! We’re lucky to live in a state that offers so much variety. You could hit the beach, scale the Sierra Nevada’s, gawk at the Sequoias, or enjoy some peace in the desert.

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Break Some Records: Fun Spring Activities for Your Pet

Even though we have high temperatures approaching nearly 70 degrees, this wet, chilly season can really get us down! The one thing that never fails to keep our collective chins up this time of the year is thinking about spring. Blue skies are on the way (or at least we keep repeating this to ourselves), and we offer the best spring activities for your pet to keep the optimism flowing.

The Obvious Choice

Not that you need extra encouragement to hit the sidewalks, but spring is an excellent time to boost your walking routine with your dog. Flowers are in bloom, the daylight lasts longer, and the air is fresher than ever before.

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