The Litter Box Lament: Troubleshooting Your Cat’s Litter Box Behavior

CatThe number one reason that cats are given up at animal shelters, and ultimately euthanized, is bad litter box behavior. But did you know that cats instinctively want to cover their waste and keep their environment clean?

This means that your cat’s bad habits are fixable with a little patience and some investigative work. Before you say so-long to your feline, try troubleshooting your kitty’s behavior instead.

Visit Your Veterinarian

The first thing you should do when your cat begins exhibiting bad elimination behaviors is visit your veterinarian. Often your cat’s change in his or her waste management habits are linked to medical reasons that can be cured. Continue…

Cat Hairballs and What You Should Know About Them

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You can hear the cat retching and you race to grab the paper towels. You know what’s coming, the dreaded hairball extrusion. There it is, on your freshly washed comforter, a log of compacted hair wet with bile and kitty’s digestive juices. Disgusting? Yes. A health problem? Maybe. What you don’t know about hairballs could be dangerous for your cat.

Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

Your cat will inevitably develop hairballs because their grooming practices cause them to swallow strands of fur. Usually, the hairs will pass through their digestive system and be eliminated in the litter box. But sometimes, the hairs don’t make it out of the cat’s stomach. When that happens, the hair strands collect in clumps and need to be ejected in some other way. Hack. Hack. Hack.

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Shock Collars: Training Must or Training Bust?

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When it comes to training man’s best friend, many reach for shock collars to help send home a message. While shock collars can have some utility, they are really not the best choice for a first line training tool. Likewise, they also require a good deal of knowledge to utilize well.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital we want pet parents to understand how and when to properly use shock collars and to recognize that there are many valid alternatives. Choosing appropriate training tools for your dog can really help them to put their best paw forward. 

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You are What You Eat: Avoiding Dog Diarrhea at Home 

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Some dogs are known for their stomachs of steel – it seems as though they can devour just about anything and never pay the consequences. Other dogs experience digestive upset at just the idea of anything but their normal diet.

Most of our canine patients at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital fall somewhere in between. Regardless of where your pet falls on the spectrum, we know that dog diarrhea is no fun for any of the parties involved, and if we can avoid it altogether we will.

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Hitting the Jackpot Through Loving Senior Cat Care

A fluffy cat in grass

If you’ve had your cat since they were a kitten, you might look back at those early years with nostalgia. Yet, there’s really nothing like living in syncopation with an older cat. They might be set in their ways, sure, but they are also carefully attuned with the rhythms and patterns of the household. 

However familiar they may be, senior cat care isn’t anything to take for granted. Your aging or senior cat’s ongoing good health stems from your continual assessment and staying in front of any age-related issues.

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Imagining the Unimaginable: Wildfire Evacuation with Pets

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No one in our community needs to be reminded of the dangers of wildfire. The unimaginable devastation of the past few years motivates us to protect what we hold most dear, and of course that includes our pets and other animals. Just the amount of smoke in the air in Northern California last year posed a serious risk to pet and human health, not to mention the terror of being in a wildfire’s path.

Having a plan in place before the next wildfire season is critical for everyone’s safety. Here are some helpful tips for preparing for a wildfire evacuation with pets, and for avoiding smoke inhalation.

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Putting Your Best Paw Forward: Kitten Care Basics

A gray kitty hiding in a corner

Bringing home a new furry baby can be one of the most exciting things to happen to your family, and of course you want to make sure that you get off to a purr-fect start. The staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is your resource for the best kitten care practices!

Prepping for a Good Start

Being prepared for something is often half the battle when it comes to success.

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Cute and Cuddly: Puppy Care Basics

A puppy in a field

So you’ve decided to adopt a puppy – congratulations! Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting time, and one that’s sure to have many ups and downs for both you and your family. Remember, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is always here for you. With our puppy care tips, you can be sure to start things off on the right paw!

Puppy Care 101

Besides making sure you have all the necessary supplies (food, collar, leash, etc.), one of the most important elements of new puppy care is their first wellness appointment. In addition to nutrition, training/socialization, and other puppy care basics, your veterinarian will also discuss vaccinations and parasite prevention. Most puppies will need 3-4 sets of vaccinations during the first year of life and yearly boosters thereafter.

This is also the time to discuss spaying or neutering, which will prevent an unwanted litter, protect your pet from certain health problems, and help curb undesirable behaviors. Many pet owners also choose to have their puppies microchipped during one of their initial visits.

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At the Ready: Disaster Preparation for Pets

Disaster preparation for pets can help with pet safety in an emergency

Fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters aren’t uncommon in California, and many of us have a plan in place for ourselves and our families. However, if you’re a pet owner, caring for your furry companion takes the emergency planning up a notch.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to make disaster preparation for pets a breeze!

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Preparations for a New Pet: What’s the Secret to Backyard Pet Safety?

Backyard pet safety should be considered before adopting a pet.

As long as it’s fully fenced, any old backyard is safe for pets, right? Well, a fence is definitely high on the list, but it’s not the only thing necessary to create and foster backyard pet safety. Indeed, there’s a hefty amount of required “pet proofing” in and around the entire backyard. Without this important step, you could be exposing your newly adopted pet to serious illness, injury, or accidental escape and separation.

Safe Haven

There are millions of pets that do not rely on backyards in which to conduct their “business”, but it sure does come in handy to have a dedicated place they can claim. While other pets employ litter boxes or depend on their owners’ willingness to walk them whenever they have to go, pets with their own attached yards enjoy a certain kind of convenience and even independence.

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