Essential Tips for Camping and Hiking with Your Dog

If you’re planning a great escape with your best fur friend, you’re in luck! Summer in our area brings ample opportunities to hike and camp. However, when it comes to your pet, you can never be too careful. Camping or hiking with your dog means taking extra precautions to protect their health and safety. Let’s take a moment to review some of the finer points of enjoying the great outdoors with your canine companion. Continue…

Water Safety Tips for Pets and People

Water safety tips for pets can make swimming with pets fun!Is your favorite pastime boating on a beautiful lake or swimming in your own backyard? Water is a summertime must, and when you have a dog, there’s no limit to the fun you can have together! However, water activities can also be dangerous to both animals and people. To protect your furry loved one, here are a few water safety tips for pets.

Pool Safety

Pool tragedies aren’t unheard of, but accidental drownings are especially tragic when they happen to our youngest family members. Our pets are no exception. Here are some effective water safety tips for pets: Continue…

Summer Heat Safety for Pets: Best Practices Inside and Outdoors

Summer heat safety for pets will help to prevent heatstroke in pets.The temperatures are kicking into high gear, and in our neck of the woods, that means seeking shade, a cool dip in the pool, or an ice cold treat. What does it mean for our pets, though?

Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is revisiting summer heat safety for pets, and we have a few tips for best practices indoors, as well as when outside. Plus, a few bonus recipes for yummy summer pet treats that won’t add inches to your pet’s waistline. This is going to be fun!

First Thing’s First

First, a bit of awareness: pets don’t sweat the way we do to dissipate excess heat. It’s important not to let them get overheated in the first place. Dogs and cats have fur coats to boot, so taking precautions on warm days is definitely in order. When it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pets.   Continue…

Good News! Pet Periodontal Disease is Entirely Preventable

Pet periodontal disease can affect pet health and should be treated with a pet dental exam.Pet periodontal disease is the most common diagnosis for adult pets, but it’s not something you simply have to accept. In fact, prevention is fairly simple; you just need consistency, patience, and dedication. As a devoted pet owner, we know you’ve already got each of these in spades, so let’s nip pet periodontal disease in the bud!

The Scope

Pet periodontal disease isn’t something that happens overnight. Indeed, it takes a bit of time for naturally occurring oral bacteria to mix with food particles left behind in the mouth. When combined, they form plaque, a substance that hardens into tartar (calculus). Tartar will eventually begin destroying the gum tissue and bone structures around the teeth.

In the resulting pockets that form, bacteria will spread beneath the gums causing gingivitis (gum inflammation). With the support system of the teeth compromised, decay and tooth loss soon follow. Continue…