Protecting Pets From Smoke During Wildfires

Here in California, the recent wildfires have been ravaging our lives in ways that we couldn’t imagine just a short time ago. Besides affecting our day to day activities, they are also affecting our health. 

We know that you have thought about how wildfires are affecting you and your family, but the staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to be sure that you are thinking about how your furry friends are impacted as well. 

Protecting your pets from smoke during the wildfires is important, and it is something that you can be proactive about when little else is in your control.

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Should Your Dog Stick Their Head Out the Car Window? Probably Not.

It is one of those magical canine moments. The rush is full of olfactory stimulation. It is deeply satisfying and immensely enjoyable. What are we talking about? A ride in the car, of course! 

Most dogs regard an open car door as the best invitation of all time. They willingly hop right in (as opposed to many feline friends), switch from one side of the back seat to the other, and even hop right up on the dashboard for a better view. But should your dog stick their head out the car window?

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Sky Raisins: Why Pets Eat Flies (and Is It Safe?)

Household flies are a nuisance for many of us, especially in the summertime. But when it comes to our pets, these sky raisins are particularly interesting.

You have probably seen your cat or dog swat or chomp at flies, and, of course, gobble them up like they are a tasty snack. Since cats and dogs are instinctual hunters, this tiny prey may seem like an easy bit of nutrition for them, even though it is gross to us.

The question we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital often get from pet owners is why pets eat flies and is it safe for them to do so. You are in luck. We are here to explain this airborne fixation for your best friend.

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How to Keep Your Cat Safe From Snakes

Whether they’re strictly indoor-only cats or allowed to roam, felines are stellar hunters. Equipped with primal instincts, even spoiled, domesticated felines can hunt like their big cat cousins. Rodents, birds, and various insects are no match for your cat’s predatory skills, but what about snakes? 

Just because they can hunt snakes, it doesn’t mean that cats should. Obviously, venomous snakes have no place in your home but what is it going to take to keep your cat safe from snakes in the yard?

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The Perfect Puppy Pupil: Techniques for House Training Your Dog

Rocklin CA dog house training

If you are like most dog owners, it takes patience, time, and repetition when you begin to train a puppy or even an adult dog. The challenges of cleaning up accidents, the constant struggle to redirect your pet from spraying the couch, and the ongoing time and skills to teach basic commands are the things that you deal with. Without a doubt, house training your dog is not for the faint of heart!

But once you and your pet have established the basics of housetraining, the positive effects can last a lifetime. This is why your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to give you the tools and techniques for house training your dog. Let’s begin!

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The Last Goodbye: Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Raising a pet companion is one of the most fulfilling things pet lovers can do. We watch them as they learn and grow, and develop a strong, unshakable bond similar to our human relationships. In many ways, the unconditional love offered by a four-legged friend transcends other interpersonal relationships.

So, when the inevitable end arrives, it can be extremely devastating. If you have experienced the loss of a pet, we are sympathetic and understanding. This is why the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to provide you with some gentle suggestions for coping with this loss.

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The Parched Pet: How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated

Rocklin CA dehydrated dog

Heat and humidity make it hard for most of us to stay cool and hydrated, especially when we are outdoors and exercising. It’s no surprise that many of us don’t get enough water each day to adequately stay refreshed and hydrated. 

Proper hydration is also a need for our four-legged friends. Drinking enough water keeps them cool and allows the body’s internal systems to function well. Unfortunately, our pets, too, often don’t get enough water to keep them cool and healthy. 

You may wonder if your pet is drinking enough water each day. Your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to give you some tips on how to keep your pet hydrated this summer, and all year long!

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The Bond That Never Breaks: Adopting a Pet Whose Owner Has Died

Rocklin, CA adopted dog

We can imagine the pain that comes when we lose our cherished pet. Some of us have experience with this, and know that the process of grieving the loss can be long and rocky. But when a pet’s owner passes away, the pet also experiences feelings of loss, depression, and fear. When they are taken into a new home, whether through adoption or by the immediate family, there will be a big period of adjustment for them, as well as the new loving family.

If you are caring for a pet whose owner has died, you may wonder what you can do to ease their sadness and confusion. This is why the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here with some gentle steps and recommendations to help them adjust. 

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Love Birds: Should You Adopt a Pet with Your Significant Other

Adopted dog in Rocklin, CA

Love is in the air and the idea of adopting a new fur friend to love makes sense when you and your partner adore pets. It’s the perfect way to add more fun to the mix, as well as shared responsibility. But there are some caveats to consider when you adopt a pet with your significant other.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to help you determine the right time to make this commitment. Here are some tips on knowing how and when to make this wonderful yet carefully thought out decision.

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Need a Little Pick-Me-Up? We’ve Got Some Fun Cat Facts to Make You Smile

Rocklin, CA silly cat

When Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the famous “father” of the World Wide Web, was asked for an example of widespread use of the internet he never imagined, he said “Kittens”. 

There’s no doubt that people love domestic felines, but online cat videos are absolutely captivating perhaps because they remind of us of the human condition. In fact, research shows that people feel better about life after watching funny cat videos, and are more likely to post a picture or video of a cat than a selfie. 

These and many other fun cat facts listed below are convincing evidence that cats are simply amazing.

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