Not So Sweet: Xylitol Poisoning in Pets

When you think of pet toxins, items like antifreeze and chocolate probably come to mind. Those things are definitely high on the list of “no-no’s” when it comes to your pet, but one of the most dangerous pet toxins can be found in your pantry, fridge, or medicine cabinet without you even realizing it.

Xylitol, a popular sugar substitute, is found in everything from cough drops to peanut butter to toothpaste, and it doesn’t take much to severely affect or even kill a pet. Keep reading to find out more about xylitol poisoning and what you can do to prevent it.

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Outdoor Pet Toxins To Watch Out For

Spring is in the air, and thoughts are turning towards all things green – the lawn, the garden, the shrubs and flowers, and all the fulfilling work that goes along with keeping those living things beautiful. Unfortunately, encouraging new growth while keeping unwanted plants and insects at bay often involves the use of chemicals that can put pets at risk.

The entire month of March is dedicated to poison awareness, and the Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital team wants to make sure pet owners are aware of the most common outdoor pet toxins, and know how to protect their pets.

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Rodenticide Poisoning in Pets

No one wants mice, rats, gophers, or other critters invading their home or yard. Rodenticides are chemicals used to kill these small animals, but unfortunately, anything that can kill a rodent can also kill a dog or cat.

Rodenticide poisoning in pets is a serious problem, and the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure pet owners know how to protect their furry companions.

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Ask a Vet: Do Pets Watch TV?

TV shows and commercials aren’t geared toward pets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t watch TV. Many pets glance at the screen, react to the sights and sounds of animals on TV, and may even become as captivated by the latest Netflix series as we are. But when pets watch TV, do they understand what they see or are they merely attracted by all the bright lights and moving pictures?

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A Note from Dr. Tara Gee, DVM

Dear Clients & Friends,

It has been a great pleasure and honor to provide veterinary care for your pets over the past 39 years.

The partnerships we have forged, your trust, loyalty, and dedication have allowed me to help and share the lives of your 4 footed family members. It has been a grand journey both personally and professionally.

When I retire at the end of March 2019, I know I leave you in the compassionate, skilled and knowledgable hands with the veterinarians at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital.

Thank you all very much for your confidence and trust, and allowing me into your lives and the lives of your pets.

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Tara Gee, DVM

The Care and Keeping of Your Cat’s Claws


When you think of cats, their sharp, retractable claws (and the damage they can inflict) probably come to mind. However, beyond their ability to rip your favorite chair to shreds, your cat’s claws are versatile tools that serve your pet in a variety of ways every day.

Learning more about this part of your cat’s anatomy can lead to a greater understanding of your pet, and it may even help save your belongings, as well!

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At the Ready: Disaster Preparation for Pets

Disaster preparation for pets can help with pet safety in an emergency

Fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters aren’t uncommon in California, and many of us have a plan in place for ourselves and our families. However, if you’re a pet owner, caring for your furry companion takes the emergency planning up a notch.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to make disaster preparation for pets a breeze!

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The Basics: Year Round Pet Paw Care to Keep Little Feet Happy

Pet paw care is part of good pet grooming

It’s not unusual to completely forget about something until there’s a problem with it. Like the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, we are all accustomed to prioritizing needs in order of what’s pressing or necessary in the moment. Pet paw care can sometimes fit in this category, but ignoring your pet’s feet can really land them in trouble.

Not Obvious

Even the most dedicated and thorough pet owners are guilty of allowing their pet’s paw care to slide to the backburner. However, certain issues with the paws can cause discomfort, pain, and suffering if left alone for too long.

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The Principles of Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams

Puppy and kitten wellness exams are a good start for lifelong pet wellness.

First, let us start off by saying congratulations! You’ve done your research, gathered the right supplies, and pet-proofed your home and yard. You’re finally ready to welcome the newest four-legged addition to your family!

Without a doubt, getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time that marks the beginning of many fulfilling years ahead. Of course, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to support you every step of the way. With our puppy and kitten wellness packages, you can make sure your best friend gets started off on the right paw for a lifetime of health and happiness.

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Winter Pet Activities to Keep Up Until Spring

The holidays are long-gone, but that doesn’t mean seasonal liberation is on the horizon. Instead, we must endure short, overcast, chilly days until the trees and flowers begin to bloom in 2-3 months.

Like kids, pets can start to feel a bit antsy this time of year. Luckily, there are some worthwhile winter pet activities to keep their paws moving and minds working.

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