Deck the Halls: Decorations and Holiday Pet Safety

holiday decoration pet safetyAdorning our homes with lights, bells, baubles, and greenery is a beloved holiday tradition for families all over the world. But if there’s a pet living in your home, there’s more to consider than just where to hang the mistletoe.

Holiday pet safety is an important part of our seasonal planning, and certain decorations can put pets at risk for illness, injury, or worse.

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Scaredy-Cat: What To Do About Cat Anxiety

cat anxietyAre you living with a fearful feline? A trembling tomcat? A cowardly kitten? Cat anxiety is no laughing matter, especially when it interferes with a happy home and a harmonious relationship with your pet. Helping our readers learn about cat anxiety is important to us, and we are confident that our tips can help you to create a happy kitty and harmonious home.

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Prevailing Cat Myths and the Proof Against Them

cat mythsAround the world and throughout centuries, we’ve managed to create explanations for things that defied logic. As collective understanding developed, ideas that mystified our ancestors were later invalidated by science, technology, research, and, perhaps, common sense.

Cat myths, like urban legends, are captivating. However, when given the opportunity to grapple with feline truth, these myths are obvious relics of the past.

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Can Older Dogs Learn New Tricks?

older dogsThere’s a significant amount of emphasis on training and socializing young puppies. Without the right kind of attention early in life, dogs can develop behavioral and/or social challenges. However, that doesn’t mean they should stop learning new things. In fact, just like people, learning and keeping the mind and body active can keep older dogs healthier for longer periods of time.

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Bravery Afar, Heroes at Home: Honoring Canine Veterans

canine veteransThey stand guard, discover bombs, rappel from helicopters, and watch for intruders. They parachute into battle, search for victims, and save countless lives. These remarkable soldiers also have four legs, sharp teeth, and a superhuman sense of smell and hearing. In case you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about military working dogs (MWDs).

In honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to take this opportunity to shine a light on the invaluable services of canine veterans throughout our country’s history.

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Holidays With Pets: What New Pet Owners Need To Know

There’s something special about sharing the holidays with pets, and for new pet owners this special first season spent with a new four-legged family member offers the chance to build new traditions and memories together.

Before you settle in for a snuggle in front of the fire with your sweet pet, take a moment to go over our tips for a safe and fun holiday season!

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The Human Animal Bond: The Many Ways Pets Influence Our Health

human animal bondPet owners almost unanimously view pets as members of the family. With the rich emotional support we receive from them, it’s no surprise we integrate them into most facets of our busy lives. The beneficial relationship between owners and their pets may seem like a novelty, but the human animal bond has existed for ages. Yes, we go to great lengths to ensure their health, happiness, and comfort (even at the expense of our own sometimes), but it’s incorrect to assume we get nothing in return.

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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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