Intestinal Parasites in Pets: Protecting Our Furry Loved Ones

When we think of parasites and pets, fleas, ticks, and heartworm usually come to mind. Indeed, these organisms are the cause of much misery for both animals and people, and it makes sense to keep our pets protected year-round with the use of prescription parasite preventive medications.

Intestinal parasites in pets are also an important cause of disease. Besides making pets sick, many of these organisms can be passed to people. Keeping your family and pets safe requires routine testing and preventive measures, and the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital can show you how.

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Bugged Out: Parasites, Pets, and Parks

Dog parks and other pet friendly outdoor locations are popular, especially during the spring and summer months. Who doesn’t love to roam through the blooms, enjoying the fresh air with a four-legged pal? However, while these gathering places can be great for exercise and socialization, they’re also popular among pests.

Parasites, pets, and parks seem to be a common but crummy combo, encouraging the spread of harmful diseases. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your pet from falling host to these bothersome bugs.

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Tapeworms and Your Pet 

Tapeworms, even the name sounds gross. But, tapeworms are a common type of internal parasite that affects dogs and cats. Some species of tapeworm are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans.

Learn more about these intestinal foes and how you can protect your pet from them.

What Is a Tapeworm?

A tapeworm is a long, flat worm that lives in the intestinal tract of animals. It is typically transmitted via fleas when a cat or dog ingests the flea, or the feces of an infected animal. They attach themselves to the wall of the intestine with a hooked type of mouth.

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Ask-A-Vet: Why do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

If you haven’t seen a dog chasing its tail in real life, you’ve likely seen an image or video of this uniquely canine behavior. Indeed, dogs provide us with countless hours of entertainment, and the tail-chasing is high on the list. But have you ever wondered why they do it?

As funny as they look while they’re doing it, the reasons why dogs chase their tails aren’t always amusing. Learning about the behavior, along with careful observation of your pup, can alert you to a potential problem…

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Unappetizing? Yes. But Dog Poop Can Actually Make People Sick

Most etiquette experts agree that certain topics should never, ever be discussed at social gatherings. Religion and politics top the list, but a very close third would have to be bodily functions. When it comes to dog poop, however, the more people that do talk about it, the better.

While our motives are definitely connected to aesthetics and cleanliness, the fecal matter of our best friends can cause serious illness. 

Close the Gap

A dog goes to the bathroom in their own backyard (if they have one), when they’re out on a walk with their owner, or when they’re let off-leash in designated areas. Sometimes, they even do it inside the house! No matter where it happens, dog owners generally do their best to pick it up and dispose of it properly. 

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Why Cat Wellness Care Can’t Wait

Regular wellness care is important for all pets, but it tends to take a back seat when it comes to cats. Unfortunately, many cats don’t receive the medical care they need until their problems become more severe.

Making a commitment to preventive cat wellness gives your pet the best chance at overall health and longevity.

Kitten Care

The first few days and weeks with a new pet is thrilling, and it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement. However, keep in mind that one of the most important things you can provide for your new kitten is their first visit to the veterinarian.

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On the Road Again: Your Pet Travel Safety Checklist

Spring and summer are travel seasons, and for many families, leaving a beloved fur friend behind is out of the question. Of course, bringing a pet along for the ride has its challenges, and being prepared is important when it comes to their safety and comfort.

Whether you’re headed to the mountains or the ocean, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has you covered. Check out our pet travel safety checklist to get started!

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The Principles of Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams

Puppy and kitten wellness exams are a good start for lifelong pet wellness.

First, let us start off by saying congratulations! You’ve done your research, gathered the right supplies, and pet-proofed your home and yard. You’re finally ready to welcome the newest four-legged addition to your family!

Without a doubt, getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time that marks the beginning of many fulfilling years ahead. Of course, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to support you every step of the way. With our puppy and kitten wellness packages, you can make sure your best friend gets started off on the right paw for a lifetime of health and happiness.

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Outside, but Protected: The Secret to Feline Enrichment 

Catios are rad

Despite the fact that it’s the best choice for long-term health, many cat owners feel guilty keeping their cat indoors. Certainly, indoor-only cats are much less likely to be exposed to injury or illness, but does their health come at the expense of their happiness? Without daily feline enrichment, quality of life can be diminished. However, with a catio or other cat enclosure, your indoor-only pet can have the best of both worlds.

A Prescription for Happiness

Designing and building your cat a place that’s just for them is a great alternative to hanging around the house. Sure, some people train their cat to walk on a leash, but if that’s not for you, a catio is the fastest route to feline enrichment. Consider how intoxicating the fresh air will be to your fluffy friend! They can frolic, roll around, and observe nature without being exposed to predators or territorial animals.

Reinforcing the enclosure will ensure your cat remains safe and secure, all while getting their daily dose of vitamin D. Watching the birds and bugs, smelling the flowers, and exploring their new environment will stimulate their senses, eliminate boredom, and can reduce behavioral problems (if any). In other words, catios are great for both physical and mental health. Win-win!

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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…