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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Heated Pet Bed Safety Tips

Heated pet bed safety can protect your pet

When the weather outside is frightful, most everyone is tempted to snuggle up in the warmth of our homes. Pets are no different, and there may be no sight so sweet as a beloved pet curled up in a toasty place while the wind howls all around.

Indoor and outdoor pets alike can enjoy a little extra warmth, but if you choose to provide a warm spot for them to hunker down it is very important to ensure that there are no hazards. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital knows that a cozy cuddle spot is just the thing this winter, especially when you keep these heated pet bed safety tips in mind.

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Taking a Bite Out of Pet Dental X-Rays

Pet dental X-rays are vital to the pet dental exam.

We’ve all been to the dentist and held those bite wing plates in our mouth while they obtained x-rays. While a little uncomfortable for a moment, we put up with it because we know how important it is for our dentist to see what is going on under our gum line.

Many people don’t realize, however, that our pets dental care needs are no different than ours, and that includes the need to see what’s happening below the surface. Pet dental x-rays are an important part of a thorough oral examination, which is why Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital promotes them as part of a proactive pet care plan.

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Canine Coworkers: Modern Jobs for Working Dogs

The "Working Dogs" breed need to stay busy to not engage in bad pet behaviors

Most of us don’t think of our dogs as “workers,” but in reality dogs have toiled alongside humans for thousands of years. Indeed, our society would be quite different were it not for the tireless devotion of our canine companions.

In today’s world, dogs are relied upon regularly to perform important and even life-saving tasks for humans on a daily basis. Keep reading to learn more about some of these exciting, modern jobs for working dogs.

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BOOM! Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs Of 2018

Another year has come to a close, and for many of us this is a time to reflect on the past twelve months, and to ponder what can be done to make the coming year even better. As exciting as it can be to forge ahead with new resolutions in 2019, taking a moment to be grateful for the good times and lessons learned in 2018 is just as important.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital it is our continuing goal to provide the very best care for our patients. Offering education resources, such as our pet care blogs, is a critical part of this effort. After all, pet wellness begins in the home!

Based on reader response, we’ve compiled our most popular pet care blogs of 2018 for your reading pleasure.

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Preparations for a New Pet: What’s the Secret to Backyard Pet Safety?

Backyard pet safety should be considered before adopting a pet.

As long as it’s fully fenced, any old backyard is safe for pets, right? Well, a fence is definitely high on the list, but it’s not the only thing necessary to create and foster backyard pet safety. Indeed, there’s a hefty amount of required “pet proofing” in and around the entire backyard. Without this important step, you could be exposing your newly adopted pet to serious illness, injury, or accidental escape and separation.

Safe Haven

There are millions of pets that do not rely on backyards in which to conduct their “business”, but it sure does come in handy to have a dedicated place they can claim. While other pets employ litter boxes or depend on their owners’ willingness to walk them whenever they have to go, pets with their own attached yards enjoy a certain kind of convenience and even independence.

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‘Tis the Season to Remember Holiday Pet Safety

Holiday pet safety can help prevent a holiday pet emergency

Few things can ruin a holiday meal or celebration faster than a pet emergency, and easy access to the many foods, decorations, and other potentially dangerous seasonal items can put your pet at risk this time of year. That’s why the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has put together some helpful tips for holiday pet safety.

Too Many Temptations

Big meals and gatherings centered on food are a given during the holidays. This also means food-related pet emergencies are common this time of year. While it can be easy to slack off when it comes to supervising your pet around people food, it’s important to make sure all food is kept out of reach and stored securely. Also double check that garbage bins are covered to prevent any post-meal snacking.

Resist the temptation to feed your pet table scraps, and ask your guests to do the same. Even small amounts of fatty or greasy food can lead to a dangerous and painful condition called pancreatitis.

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A Broken Heart: Exploring the Link Between Grain-Free Diets and Cardiac Disease in Dogs

Cardiac disease in dogs has been linked to dog food nutrition

As pet owners and animal lovers, we want the best for our furry family members. That means feeding them a high-quality, nutritious diet. With major advances in our understanding of pet nutrition and a broader availability of commercial pet food, this task has has never been easier. Human diet trends, such as paleo, organic, vegetarian, and grain-free, have also infiltrated the pet world, leading to more and more choices, along with more and more confusion.

Unfortunately, some devastating side effects have resulted from these incredible improvements in pet nutrition, specifically the recent incidents of cardiac disease in dogs.

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Making the Grade: Stages of Pet Dental Disease

If you are a regular reader, you probably already know how much we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital  care about dental care for pets. So many animals are affected by dental disease, and addressing it can make a hugely positive impact on the well-being and happiness of our patients.

Many of our clients want to know exactly what we are looking at when we assess a pet’s oral health. Join us in learning a little more about the stages of pet dental disease so that you can do your part to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

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Outside, but Protected: The Secret to Feline Enrichment 

Catios are rad

Despite the fact that it’s the best choice for long-term health, many cat owners feel guilty keeping their cat indoors. Certainly, indoor-only cats are much less likely to be exposed to injury or illness, but does their health come at the expense of their happiness? Without daily feline enrichment, quality of life can be diminished. However, with a catio or other cat enclosure, your indoor-only pet can have the best of both worlds.

A Prescription for Happiness

Designing and building your cat a place that’s just for them is a great alternative to hanging around the house. Sure, some people train their cat to walk on a leash, but if that’s not for you, a catio is the fastest route to feline enrichment. Consider how intoxicating the fresh air will be to your fluffy friend! They can frolic, roll around, and observe nature without being exposed to predators or territorial animals.

Reinforcing the enclosure will ensure your cat remains safe and secure, all while getting their daily dose of vitamin D. Watching the birds and bugs, smelling the flowers, and exploring their new environment will stimulate their senses, eliminate boredom, and can reduce behavioral problems (if any). In other words, catios are great for both physical and mental health. Win-win!

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