Kitty Come Home: Microchipping Your Cat

Cat, IsolatedWhen we think about collars, ID tags, and microchips for our pets, it’s all too common to think only of our dogs. But the sad truth is, cats can get lost or stolen too; and without any form of identification, it’s extremely likely that your kitty won’t ever make it home.

It is estimated that a staggering 3-4 million cats are lost or stolen every year. Without identification, the odds of your kitty making it home are extremely slim. In fact, both PetFinder and HomeAgain estimate that, without a microchip, only 2% of lost cats will reconnect with their owners.

Don’t let your sweet cat become a heartbreaking statistic. Take the time to make sure your cat has some form of identification, be it inside or out. Continue…

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How to Create a Pet Friendly Yard

iStock_000023479503_SmallAs the weather keeps getting warmer, you and your pet will likely be spending more time outdoors in the months to come. So why not create a yard that you both will want to spend time in? Creating a pet friendly yard doesn’t have to be hard. Nor do you need a large yard in order to create an oasis for your pet. With a little common sense, a dash of ingenuity, and a flash of creative inspiration, you’ll have your pet playing in the sunshine in no time.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas, from simple basics to backyard-pet-dreams-gone-wild. We hope our ideas will inspire yours. So start thinking like your pet, and let’s get started! Continue…

Everything But the Kitchen Sink: What to Pack for Your Pet’s Vacation

iStock_000019573868_LargeYou’re going on vacation, and whether your pet will be joining you on a trip away from home or staying at a pet resort, it is just as important to pack all of the essentials for your pet’s vacation as it is for yours.

Follow this checklist to make sure your pet will have everything he or she needs for vacation:

  • Collar and Tags: More than likely, your pet already wears his or her collar on a daily basis, but make sure that it’s on when you leave the house. Make sure that the collar is complete and readable with current ID tags that will help others identify your pet in case he or she gets lost during your vacation. We recommend that you also get your pet microchipped too as tags can fall off or be removed.
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    The Importance of Dental Care for Pets

    iStock_000009963933_SmallAccording to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs will have gum disease by the time they are three years of age. Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t understand how important dental care is for our pets.

    Just like people, pets develop plaque on their teeth, both on the tooth and below the gum line. Over time, this buildup can lead to tooth decay and dental disease. In extreme cases, it can develop into periodontal disease, which can lead to infections that may affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

    How to Recognize Dental Problems

    When you have taken your pet in for his or her yearly check-up, you have probably noticed that your veterinarian looked into your pet’s mouth as part of the exam.  Your veterinarian is looking for signs of dental disease, including: Continue…

    Pet Adoption: Think Shelters First

    HappiestDogApril 30 was National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Of course, at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we believe that every day should be Adopt a Shelter Pet Day for those looking to give a pet their forever family.

    Pet adoption should not be taken lightly. Being a pet parent is a lot of responsibility, and should only be entered into by those who are able to make a lifelong commitment to the pet they adopt. But once the decision has been made, we feel that finding your new family member at a local shelter or rescue agency is the way to go.

    Give Me Shelter

    Every year, some 8 million pets enter animal shelters across the United States. What’s worse, is that many of these pets never make it out. The reality can be impossibly hard to think about; but it’s true. And sadly, most pets that end up in shelters for reasons that are beyond their control, such as: Continue…