Fun With April Fools Day Pet Pranks 

April Fools Day can be a lot of fun, and thanks to the Internet there’s no end of ideas for pranks to play on family and friends. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital we believe that April 1st isn’t just for people – check out the fun April Fools Day pet pranks we’ve come up with for you to try!

April Fools Day Pet Pranks for Your Pet

Your pet may not understand the sentiment behind April Fools Day, but they do know when their people pay them extra attention. Try some of these fun April Fools Day pet pranks to include your furry family member in the fun.

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You are What You Eat: Avoiding Dog Diarrhea at Home 

Some dogs are known for their stomachs of steel – it seems as though they can devour just about anything and never pay the consequences. Other dogs experience digestive upset at just the idea of anything but their normal diet.

Most of our canine patients at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital fall somewhere in between. Regardless of where your pet falls on the spectrum, we know that dog diarrhea is no fun for any of the parties involved, and if we can avoid it altogether we will.

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A Microscopic Menace: Giardia in Dogs 

Your pet can’t possibly have parasites – after all you haven’t seen anything in their stool. Right? 

Well, if you think that you can see all pet parasites with your naked eye, you would be mistaken. There are actually quite a few intestinal parasites that you can’t see without the aid of a microscope. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital one of the more common parasites that we diagnose is Giardia in dogs, and it is definitely one that you won’t be seeing without fecal testing

The Gist of Giardia

Unlike the traditional worm that you might think of when the phrase “intestinal parasite” is used, Giardia is a single-celled parasite that calls the intestinal tract its home.

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Taming the Toy Terrorist: Why Your Dog’s Obsessed with Toy Stuffing 

Have you ever spent time carefully and lovingly selecting the perfect adorable toy for your dog, only to come home shortly after to a massacre? Most dogs love toys, but many of them are “toy terrorists”, decimating their beloved belongings for seemingly no reason. 

So just why are some dogs obsessed with toy stuffing? Is it dangerous? What can be done? 

The Temptation That is Toy Stuffing 

It is usually no accident when a dog destroys a toy. In fact most dogs are very methodical about ripping out every last bit of stuffing, locations that blasted squeaker, and shredding the darn thing to pieces. 

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Is It True? Top Five Pet Toxins You May Not Know About 

When a pet comes in after eating something poisonous, many owners are surprised. Not just by the fact that their pets ate something they shouldn’t have, but also because it’s something the owner never knew would cause harm.

Toxic foods and substances, along with plants, are not as uncommon in the home and yard as you might think. Since your cat is endlessly curious and your dog works a side job as a vacuum cleaner, it is no surprise that pet poisonings occur by the thousands each year. 

Your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to help owners understand some of the signs of toxicity, as well as these unusual things that can be poisonous to your cat or dog. 

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Digging Doggie: How to Stop Your Dog from Digging 

Dogs and digging kind of go hand-in-hand. After all, their wild predecessors required good digging skills to pull up roots and other things they can eat. This necessary skill is not always appreciated when it comes to your dug up flower bed, however! Since your dog has the natural instinct to dig, it may begin in puppyhood and continue throughout their adult life, if not redirected. 

If you have a digging doggie, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is sympathetic. We are here with some pointers on how to stop your dog from digging and improve their great behavior.

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Making Bed Rest for Your Pet a Success 

You want me to keep my what quiet for how long? It is the stuff that nightmares are made of for some pet owners, but it is essential for success when it comes to things like orthopedic surgeries. 

When a pet has had a major injury or surgery, rest is critical. As a person, we understand this and will typically do our best to allow ourselves time to heal. Pets are not always so good at this, and the drive to cover up pain and appear normal mixed in with boredom and pent up energy can really cause healing to backpedal. 

So what can you do when bed rest for your pet is on the list of doctor’s orders? It might not be easy, but Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has a few tips to make it a successful endeavor. 

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Potty Pants: Does Your Pet Need Dog Diapers? 

When your pet is prone to accidents, it can be a challenge for both you and your little one. Cleaning up pee and feces on the daily is not something most of us would be happy about, which is why diapers seem like the right choice. There are some great reasons why dog diapers can be useful for pet parents who are experiencing the challenges of poor potty skills. 

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital takes a look at dog diapers and their uses, and why they may, or may not, be good for your fur friend.

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Feral Cats May Be Ubiquitous, but Do They Need Our Help? 

Alley ways, country lanes, suburban streets, and urban boulevards all have something in common: they are thoroughfares for feral cats. 

The differences between feral cats and the ones we live with are striking. They are extremely skittish and fearful of humans, but instead of earning their reputations as public nuisances, they are at risk of serious illness or injury. As you might expect, there are lots of ways we can help feral cats, and the results can be deeply satisfying.

Strange Paw Prints

If you’ve seen a cat around your neighborhood, but don’t know who they belong to, they may be completely on their own. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily alone. In fact, most feral cats live in colonies. 

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The Dangers of Vaping Around Pets 

There has been a lot of attention given to the dangers of vaping for those who thought it to be a safe alternative to cigarettes. As we now know, vaping and its byproducts have the power to harm through the inhalation of chemicals. While the spotlight has been on the impact on humans, there should also be more focus on its risks to pets.

If you have wondered about the risk of exposure, we are here to answer some questions about vaping around pets.

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