Keep Calm and Listen On: How Music Can Help Pets

Music plays an important role in human society, and for many of us, a life without music is difficult to imagine. Music can invoke a wide range of emotions, and certain songs and melodies will forever be attached to important events in our lives.

It turns out that pets may also enjoy certain types of music! If used correctly, music can help pets who suffer from separation anxiety and other issues.

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette 101


If you’ve spent any time with us at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, you know your pet’s safety and comfort is extremely important to us. Each pet patient begins their experience in our lobby, and the time spent in this area can make or break the rest of their appointment. Unnecessary stress or excitement can result in a less cooperative pet, but a positive lobby experience can lead to a much more productive exam.

Practicing good veterinary hospital lobby etiquette not only keeps people and pets safe, it also serves as the first step to creating a positive experience for you, your pet, and everyone else who enters our building.

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Cute and Cuddly: Puppy Care Basics

So you’ve decided to adopt a puppy – congratulations! Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting time, and one that’s sure to have many ups and downs for both you and your family. Remember, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is always here for you. With our puppy care tips, you can be sure to start things off on the right paw!

Puppy Care 101

Besides making sure you have all the necessary supplies (food, collar, leash, etc.), one of the most important elements of new puppy care is their first wellness appointment. In addition to nutrition, training/socialization, and other puppy care basics, your veterinarian will also discuss vaccinations and parasite prevention. Most puppies will need 3-4 sets of vaccinations during the first year of life and yearly boosters thereafter.

This is also the time to discuss spaying or neutering, which will prevent an unwanted litter, protect your pet from certain health problems, and help curb undesirable behaviors. Many pet owners also choose to have their puppies microchipped during one of their initial visits.

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Pearly Whites: The Importance of Feline Dental Care

Many cat owners probably aren’t aware that oral health disease is the most common health issue their cats face. But the fact is that by the time cats reach the age of 3, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease. And without proper feline dental care, the condition of their teeth will steadily worsen, causing swollen gums, pain, and tooth loss. Even a shortened lifespan can result from a lack of feline dental care.

So what’s a passionate cat owner to do? Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is passionate about cat health, too. So we pulled together some expert advice to help cat owners understand and prevent this common cat health threat.

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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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