Recognize the Mysterious and Deadly Signs of Dog Bloat

BevHills_iStock_000022324741_LargeDog bloat is the second leading cause of death among canine companions, so it’s vital to know what this condition is and how it can be prevented. While it’s not a risk that can be vaccinated against, the signs of dog bloat can be intercepted by vigilant owners. If treated immediately, you and your dog will enjoy many more years and snuggles together.

What is GDV?

Dog bloat is known as gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), which refers to the buildup of unreleased gas in the stomach. This happens as a result of the stomach twisting 360 degrees, cutting off the esophagus and the duodenum. If gas, fluid, and food are unable to move out of the stomach – and your pet does not receive emergency care – the blood supply can get cut off, resulting in death. Continue…

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Here’s Looking at You: Understanding Pet Eye Care

Veterinary clinicSometimes, it may come as a complete surprise to learn about a developing health problem or condition in your pet. However, when it comes to your pet’s eyes, any symptoms or changes are likely to be pretty obvious. Like all elements of pet wellness, preventive eye care is the best approach. We know you want your companion to fully experience all the sights the world has to offer. With our tips for pet eye care, your four-legged friend will feel – and see – your love! Continue…

Feline Behavior: Understanding How Cats Socialize

Rocklin_iStock_000071839991_LargeHead bumps. Slow blinks. A twitchy tail. Meowing. These are just a few of the ways your cat communicates with you. However, when it comes to other pets or people, Fluffy has other ideas. Cats are often (incorrectly) labeled as aloof or antisocial. While we’ve all seen a cat or two that fits that description, many felines are actually very friendly, affectionate, and curious.

Feline behavior can be mysterious, but getting into your cat’s head isn’t impossible. Learning more about how he or she socializes provides important insight, resulting in better health and wellness. And who can argue with that? Continue…

The Big Day: How To Incorporate Your Pet In Your Wedding

Rocklin_iStock_000035674026_LargeEveryone knows that the best part of a wedding ceremony is at the end, when the new couple is joyfully announced to the expectant crowd. More and more, the declaration of “man and wife” falls on more than just human ears, though; as ,many couples are choosing to incorporate their pets into their wedding ceremonies.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we couldn’t imagine a wedding without a pet or two involved! But, before you consider adding a furry friend or two to your processional, take a look at our ideas for how to include a pet in your wedding. Continue…

Shopping Spree! Sweet Mother’s Day Gifts for Pet Lovers

Quick,more belly rubs!Knowing what a person likes (or obsesses over) makes shopping for them so much easier, don’t you think? That’s why we adore moms that love animals: instant (and gratifying) shopping spree!

There are so many potential Mother’s day gifts for pet lovers, that before you know it, the total of items in your cart is more than your monthly grocery budget. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital understands this all too well, and to make your life easier, we’ve got some simple ideas that every mom/pet lover will like. Continue…