The Great Escape: The Importance of Pet Microchips

Pet Microchips help a lost pet become a found petSummer is the time for relaxing in your yard, hosting BBQs, and marveling over fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when pets tend to go missing after they escape from their homes or yards. It only takes a split second for your pet to scoot out a gate left open by the gardener, or to dig under (or jump!) a fence when scared by fireworks.

For these reasons and more, we’re going to explore the world of pet microchips, and give you some tips to make them even more effective if your pet already has one.

Lost Pets

Surveys show that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and The Humane Society of the United States estimates that only 2-5% of lost cats and 30% of missing dogs are ever reunited with their owners. But these numbers increase if the pet has a microchip. Continue…

Understanding Your Pet’s Risk and the Rattlesnake Vaccination

Can the rattlesnake vaccination for dogs help save your dog from a snake bite?California living is hard to beat, but one thing that many of us could live without is the worry of rattlesnakes. If you have lived here very long, you have probably learned a little bit about rattlesnake safety and how to peacefully cohabitate with the reptiles in the landscape.

Every year, though, our staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital treats pets who have been envenomated by rattlesnakes. Understanding your pet’s risks is helpful to determine how to better protect them from having this happen and to determine whether rattlesnake vaccination is appropriate for your pet.

A Calculated Risk

Snakes are cold-blooded critters, which means that they are most active in the warmer, dry months. Here in Northern California, we are in snake season. Beginning in April and extending into October, we consider this part of the year to be high risk for snake exposure. Continue…

Boarding Your Pet With a Vet: The Great Pet Staycation

Boarding your pet with a veterinarian is a good option for a pet staycation.This time of year brings ample opportunities for vacations, events, and festivals. Unfortunately, for their own happiness and safety, our pet companions can’t always come along with us . But there’s no reason to fret (although we wish we could take our pets everywhere we go!).

Boarding your pet with a vet puts a whole new spin on your pet’s staycation because there are so many advantages to lodging them with a reputable clinic. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to highlight the reasons a vacay for your best friend can be an incredible experience and give you peace of mind.

The Benefits of Boarding Your Pet With a Vet

Besides the fact that most people who work at animal hospitals love animals, you get the added assurance of knowing your pet is in great hands while you travel. While the lower cost of kenneling may be tempting, you also receive a lower quality of service and, in some cases, this can endanger your pet. Continue…

Therapeutic Diets for Pets: Why Nutrition Can Benefit Pets With Medical Conditions

Therapeutic Diets for pets can help with an array of pet health conditionsPet food has come a long way from the table scraps people used to feed their pets. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the idea came along that, yes, pets also need the right nutrition. From organic options to grain-free foods, specialty diets now flood the market. In fact, the pet food aisle can be downright confusing and overwhelming for some people.

Pets with medical conditions are no exception, with many products available that aim to alleviate conditions or at least slow their progression. Indeed, specialty diets are invaluable components of treatment programs and can support a pet’s overall well-being.   Continue…