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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Tapeworms and Your Pet 

Tapeworms, even the name sounds gross. But, tapeworms are a common type of internal parasite that affects dogs and cats. Some species of tapeworm are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans.

Learn more about these intestinal foes and how you can protect your pet from them.

What Is a Tapeworm?

A tapeworm is a long, flat worm that lives in the intestinal tract of animals. It is typically transmitted via fleas when a cat or dog ingests the flea, or the feces of an infected animal. They attach themselves to the wall of the intestine with a hooked type of mouth.

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Fish Oil for Your Fur Friend: The Benefits of Omega-3 for Pets 

Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to encourage heart health among other things in humans. Omega-3 supplements come in many forms and are one of the top selling dietary products on the market. But did you know that they are advantageous for pets as well? 

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you why.

What Are Fish Oil Supplements?

Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to develop the cell structure and promote energy. These oils cannot be obtained from your pet’s regular diet. These essential fatty acids are the building blocks of maintaining a healthy heart and brain. Fish oils are found either in pill or liquid form and contain one or more of the following: salmon, pollack, trout, and tuna. 

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Welcoming 2020 with Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Blogs of All Time!

Can you believe that the new year is upon us! Another year has flown by, but it has been a wonderful one, and we hope the same for you and yours. Since we started our pet blog in 2014, we have a chance to give pet owners and clients information, education, and enjoyment through a variety of pet health topics. We hope you have been empowered by this content and feel like you have gotten good information about better caring for your beloved pet.

Our blog is a part of our commitment to provide exceptional resources to our pet families. We are thrilled to know so many are reading our blog and we hope you enjoy this countdown to our top all time favorites!

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Best of the Blogs: Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2019

As we take a look back at our blogs of 2019, we are reminded of all of the educational and entertaining pet information that’s important to our readers.

At Rocklin Ranch, we advocate for and support the empowered, well informed pet owners who provide the best possible care for their fur friends. The past year may have had its highs and lows, as all years do, but it is our hope that you were able to provide the essential things that make for excellent pet health and well-being.

When it comes to our blog, we are honored that our pet families love the posts. It is our pleasure to provide you with the topics that matter most to you! That said, here are our top 10 blogs of 2019. 

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Sharing the Love of the Season: Holiday Pet Food Drives and Fundraisers

When we think of the season, gratitude is a word that comes to mind. We are grateful for all of the things we have and the love we have in our lives. Our lives, as well as our pets’ lives, are full. We have shelter, food, warmth, and all of the things to make a happy, contented life. But for shelter and rescue pets, this may not be their story.

Animal charities rely on area pet owners to help cover the basics of pet care and to raise money for much needed pet services. They rely on volunteers with a big heart like you to give neglected pets a chance at a new life. The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to spotlight the need for holiday pet food drives and other charitable ways to help homeless pets.

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The Straight Story on Whisker Fatigue

It’s not always the easiest thing to grasp what your cat is doing – or why. Sure, they can have some odd or questionable proclivities, but if you’re hip to feline behavior and good at reading their body language, you’ll have a better time understanding what drives them. 

The concept of whisker fatigue is on the periphery for most cat owners, yet it’s something that can cause intense distress for their furry friends.

Amazing Anatomy

Cat whiskers are absolutely incredible. Aside from sending messages to the brain about a cat’s surroundings, these powerful vibrissae detect air currents, allow cats to hunt accurately, help them jump and climb with precision, and inform them when it’s time to blink or retreat from a space. They also inform others of a cat’s mood. 

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