In veterinary medicine, there’s always a team of people behind the scenes working closely to care for pets. Bonded by our deep love of animals, we often work long hours but are fulfilled knowing we’re doing our part to keep pets healthy and happy.
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We all love our pets, and they provide us with hours of loving companionship and adventure. However, sometimes their curiosity and fun loving hearts can get them into trouble. At the worst of times, unexpected illness or injury can occur.
That’s where pet insurance comes in. Let’s face it – peace of mind can be priceless. Advances in veterinary medicine have given us access to cutting edge care for our pets, but this care comes at a cost. With average annual pet care costs reaching $1800, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed a little light on some of the benefits of pet insurance. Continue…
If you’re planning a great escape with your best fur friend, you’re in luck! Summer in our area brings ample opportunities to hike and camp. However, when it comes to your pet, you can never be too careful. Camping or hiking with your dog means taking extra precautions to protect their health and safety. Let’s take a moment to review some of the finer points of enjoying the great outdoors with your canine companion. Continue…
Is your favorite pastime boating on a beautiful lake or swimming in your own backyard? Water is a summertime must, and when you have a dog, there’s no limit to the fun you can have together! However, water activities can also be dangerous to both animals and people. To protect your furry loved one, here are a few water safety tips for pets.
Pool tragedies aren’t unheard of, but accidental drownings are especially tragic when they happen to our youngest family members. Our pets are no exception. Here are some effective water safety tips for pets: Continue…
The temperatures are kicking into high gear, and in our neck of the woods, that means seeking shade, a cool dip in the pool, or an ice cold treat. What does it mean for our pets, though?
Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is revisiting summer heat safety for pets, and we have a few tips for best practices indoors, as well as when outside. Plus, a few bonus recipes for yummy summer pet treats that won’t add inches to your pet’s waistline. This is going to be fun!
First Thing’s First
First, a bit of awareness: pets don’t sweat the way we do to dissipate excess heat. It’s important not to let them get overheated in the first place. Dogs and cats have fur coats to boot, so taking precautions on warm days is definitely in order. When it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pets. Continue…
Pet periodontal disease is the most common diagnosis for adult pets, but it’s not something you simply have to accept. In fact, prevention is fairly simple; you just need consistency, patience, and dedication. As a devoted pet owner, we know you’ve already got each of these in spades, so let’s nip pet periodontal disease in the bud!
Pet periodontal disease isn’t something that happens overnight. Indeed, it takes a bit of time for naturally occurring oral bacteria to mix with food particles left behind in the mouth. When combined, they form plaque, a substance that hardens into tartar (calculus). Tartar will eventually begin destroying the gum tissue and bone structures around the teeth.
In the resulting pockets that form, bacteria will spread beneath the gums causing gingivitis (gum inflammation). With the support system of the teeth compromised, decay and tooth loss soon follow. Continue…
Summer is the time for relaxing in your yard, hosting BBQs, and marveling over fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when pets tend to go missing after they escape from their homes or yards. It only takes a split second for your pet to scoot out a gate left open by the gardener, or to dig under (or jump!) a fence when scared by fireworks.
For these reasons and more, we’re going to explore the world of pet microchips, and give you some tips to make them even more effective if your pet already has one.
Surveys show that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and The Humane Society of the United States estimates that only 2-5% of lost cats and 30% of missing dogs are ever reunited with their owners. But these numbers increase if the pet has a microchip. Continue…
California living is hard to beat, but one thing that many of us could live without is the worry of rattlesnakes. If you have lived here very long, you have probably learned a little bit about rattlesnake safety and how to peacefully cohabitate with the reptiles in the landscape.
Every year, though, our staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital treats pets who have been envenomated by rattlesnakes. Understanding your pet’s risks is helpful to determine how to better protect them from having this happen and to determine whether rattlesnake vaccination is appropriate for your pet.
A Calculated Risk
Snakes are cold-blooded critters, which means that they are most active in the warmer, dry months. Here in Northern California, we are in snake season. Beginning in April and extending into October, we consider this part of the year to be high risk for snake exposure. Continue…
This time of year brings ample opportunities for vacations, events, and festivals. Unfortunately, for their own happiness and safety, our pet companions can’t always come along with us . But there’s no reason to fret (although we wish we could take our pets everywhere we go!).
Boarding your pet with a vet puts a whole new spin on your pet’s staycation because there are so many advantages to lodging them with a reputable clinic. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to highlight the reasons a vacay for your best friend can be an incredible experience and give you peace of mind.
The Benefits of Boarding Your Pet With a Vet
Besides the fact that most people who work at animal hospitals love animals, you get the added assurance of knowing your pet is in great hands while you travel. While the lower cost of kenneling may be tempting, you also receive a lower quality of service and, in some cases, this can endanger your pet. Continue…
Pet food has come a long way from the table scraps people used to feed their pets. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the idea came along that, yes, pets also need the right nutrition. From organic options to grain-free foods, specialty diets now flood the market. In fact, the pet food aisle can be downright confusing and overwhelming for some people.
Pets with medical conditions are no exception, with many products available that aim to alleviate conditions or at least slow their progression. Indeed, specialty diets are invaluable components of treatment programs and can support a pet’s overall well-being. Continue…