Winter Pet Grooming 101

winter pet groomingThanks to our relatively mild winters in Rocklin, there’s often little excuse for staying indoors in front of the fire all season long. Because most pets are thrilled to be outdoors regardless of the temperature, winter pet grooming considerations should take center stage in order to keep our little guys and gals healthy, happy (and pretty!) all season long.

Why Winter Pet Grooming?

Cold rains, chilly winds, and the occasional snow and ice that classify winter in Rocklin can wreak havoc on our pet’s skin, fur, and paw pads. Winter pet grooming means making sure that these important areas of our pet’s bodies are protected and cared for.

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Countdown To Spooksville: The Best In Pet Halloween Costumes And Safety

pet halloween costumesIs dressing up your dog, cat, guinea pig, parakeet, snake, or bearded dragon lizard in a Halloween costume a cherished holiday tradition for your family? After all, what could be cuter than a dachshund in a hot dog costume, a kitty in fairy wings, or a snake wearing a cute little hat?

If finding the perfect costume for your furry bundle of joy is part of your Halloween plan, look no further. Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital have come up with a list of our favorite pet Halloween costumes, along with some safety tips, of course!

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How to Love a Cat and Be Loved in Return

love a catFew would argue against a feline’s natural beauty, grace, and intelligence. They’re undoubtedly one of the few creatures that seem to have “tamed” us – instead of the other way around. Nowadays, cat lovers not only accept them as close companions, but we embrace all their funny proclivities and oddball behaviors. Still, it can be hard to love a cat and understand the ways cats return the feeling.

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Recognizing and Treating Pain in Pets

pain in petsPain is an unfortunate part of life; but it serves a purpose insofar that it alerts us to illness and protects us from injury. Sadly, when pain is chronic or intense, our quality of life can diminish – worse still, this is just as true for our pets as it is for us.

Pets are particularly adept in masking signs of pain. This tendency is part of their DNA and a throwback to their ancestors’ days as wild animals, when showing pain meant exposing themselves as possible prey. Because of this, when pets do express pain, it’s not always obvious to their owners.

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Snug as a Bug: Choosing the Right Pet Bed and Furnishings

pet bedA pet bed is just a pet bed, right? …Er, not so much. In fact, like our own preferences for a bed or other furnishings around the house, your pet also needs an individualized approach to their bed and other home furnishings. This is not just a matter of ‘comfy and cozy’ alone, but also one of health and general well-being.

If you have wondered whether or not your pet’s bedding, pet food station, and other belongings are the best fit for their needs, the Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital team has some tips and recommendations for you!

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Moving? Understanding Feline Behavior Will Help Ease the Transition

feline behaviorRelocating is probably one of life’s most stressful situations. Even if you’re not moving far away, you still have to pack up your entire house, and if you’re down-sizing, you have some serious space issues to consider. Your cat has probably picked up on this change, especially if there have been garage sales or visiting buyers or renters for your current place. This can all be deeply upsetting to a cat who depends on routine. However, when you anticipate feline behavior, you can take better care of your cat’s needs.

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Safe At Home: Introducing Your Pet And New Baby

For parents, welcoming a new baby into the family is one of life’s greatest moments. Unfortunately, this wonderful milestone in our lives may be a confusing and upsetting one for our four-legged family members.

Introducing a pet and new baby can be tricky, but with the right attitude and plenty of preparation, the transition can be a smooth one. Let your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital pave the way!

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A Cold Drink From the Toilet: Uncouth Dog Behavior (Sometimes) Makes Sense

toilet waterWe not only allow, but wholeheartedly welcome dogs to share in all the trappings of modern living. Some dogs are invited to sleep with their owners on goose-down bedding; others hang out on the sofa for the latest binge-worthy TV. Indeed, dogs are veritable members of the family. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t collectively scratch our heads at certain canine codes of conduct. Dog behavior varies between individuals, but as a group, dogs seem to really enjoy slurping from the toilet bowl. But why?

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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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