Small Spaces: Apartment Living With Pets

Rocklin_iStock_000018958376_LargeIf you don’t own a farm or have a sprawling backyard, you might wonder how to make apartment living with pets a success. While it’s not impossible to find suitable options for health, wellness, and safety, negotiating the needs of a pet can be tricky.

Luckily, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has some tips for apartment living with pets that will have you rolling out the welcome mat for your four-legged friend.

The “Fun”-damentals

First and foremost, make sure to get the approval of your landlord or building site manager before bringing a pet home. Breaking the rules of your contract or lease could result in eviction or the surrender of your pet. Continue…

Cuddles or Puddles? Caring for Your Dog in the Rain


Rocklin_iStock_000042561146_LargeRocklin may not have the slushiest spring weather, but our precipitation levels are typically highest in February and March. Your dog might be a self-respecting pluviophile who can’t resist a rainy day, or perhaps he or she winces at the sight of a wet yard. Either way, our team is here to give you tips about caring for your dog in the rain. Get your galoshes ready!

Gear Up

Life cannot simply slow down or stop on account of a little rain. Plus, if you’re trying to help your pet maintain a healthy weight, you must stick with your daily exercise routine. Continue…

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Eat Local: Pet-Friendly Restaurants In Placer County And Beyond

Restaraunt_iStock_000060704466_LargeIt’s no secret that we love our pets here in Northern California! Couple that with our amazing weather and it makes sense that pet-friendly restaurants, breweries, and wineries (of course) abounds in our area. Our guide to local pet friendly establishments is sure to get you looking forward to a spring and summer of patio dining.

Rocklin proper is the proud home of two pet friendly establishments so far: Boneshaker Community Brewery allows dogs on their outdoor patios and Dragas Brewing allows leashed dogs to accompany their owners inside. Continue…

Valentine’s Day: Show Some Pet Safety Love

Rocklin_iStock_000011197177_MediumAh, the season of love… Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s likely most pet owners will be seeking out creative, social ways to celebrate their whiskered friends. After all, four-legged sweethearts make our lives that much better, and in many ways, they are endeared to us through their loyalty, unconditional love, and unbridled enthusiasm.

So, let’s take some time to explore some ways to share this special holiday with our animal companions.

Safe Valentine’s Day Activities for Your Pet

Does your heart belong to your cat or dog? If so, you’re not alone! Whether you are a DIY craft lover, a dedicated volunteer, or an outdoor enthusiast, here are some ways pet owners can celebrate their furriest cupids.

  • Design and sew a Valentine-themed sweater, jacket, or plush toy (for your pet and the pets of loved ones)
  • Bake up a delicious batch of heart-shaped dog or cat cookies (check out Pinterest for homemade pet treats)
  • Pamper your furry friend with a wonderful day at the spa (i.e. grooming salon) and step out in style with a new haircut, trimmed nails, and a fresh scent
  • Adopt your dog’s favorite park for the day and host a dog friendly clean-up (poop scooping included) and day of rowdy play
  • Senior pets or those with anxiety can benefit from a massage – that’s right, therapeutic massage for pets can be relaxing and have a myriad of health benefits
  • Hold a contest for the cutest ‘pets in love’ or ‘my pet valentine’ photo on Instagram or Facebook – the winning prize could be some of the homemade treats you made with other pet- and baking-loving friends
  • Come up with a project, such as care kits for shelter pets, and invite friends, family, and neighbors to assist in putting these packages together (along with fur companions) – then donate to a favorite animal shelter


Dr. Google and the Perils of Online Pet Health Advice


Rocklin_iStock_000064284737_LargeConsidering much of our day is spent connected to some device, it’s no surprise we turn to Google when a mysterious illness or symptom strikes. The same can be said for information about online pet health resources.

However, there are many concerns with this method, including the level of accuracy and validity of information. Isolated symptoms can allude to any number of health problems, and online sources are often written by lay people with no training or background in veterinary medicine. Attempting to “vet” what you find can be difficult (if not impossible), and bad information can seriously endanger a beloved pet. Continue…