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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You are What You Eat: Avoiding Dog Diarrhea at Home 

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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A Microscopic Menace: Giardia in Dogs 

Your pet can’t possibly have parasites – after all you haven’t seen anything in their stool. Right? 

Well, if you think that you can see all pet parasites with your naked eye, you would be mistaken. There are actually quite a few intestinal parasites that you can’t see without the aid of a microscope. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital one of the more common parasites that we diagnose is Giardia in dogs, and it is definitely one that you won’t be seeing without fecal testing

The Gist of Giardia

Unlike the traditional worm that you might think of when the phrase “intestinal parasite” is used, Giardia is a single-celled parasite that calls the intestinal tract its home.

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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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