What’s that SSSSound? Snake Safety for Pets 101

The sight of a snake slithering across their path evokes a variety of responses in people. While some of us appreciate their beauty and power, many of us react with fear or even panic.

Of the roughly 35 species of snakes in California, six of them are highly venomous, making snake safety for pets an important topic to our readers. Whether you find these reptiles fascinating or revolting, it’s important to recognize the very real threat they pose to our four-legged companions.

The Low Down

Rattlesnakes are widespread in California and make their homes in every type of habitat, including river banks, parks, golf courses, and more. Once their venom is injected, it acts immediately, compromising blood vessels near the bite and causing intense pain and swelling. The venom also affects the blood’s clotting properties, which may lead to the loss of large amounts of blood.

A rattlesnake bite can kill a pet if left untreated – it should be considered a life-threatening emergency.


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…

What You Need to Know About the Rattlesnake Vaccination for Dogs

Rocklin_iStock_000005355248_LargeIf you live in here in California, you probably know a little bit about rattlesnakes. The bite of one of these venomous snakes can pack a big punch. In fact, rattlesnake venom can be fatal for people and pets alike.

Even if you practice good rattlesnake safety, pets can still happen upon these dangerous animals, and bites do happen. That is why the rattlesnake vaccination for dogs is so important in this neck of the woods.

About the Rattlesnake Vaccination for Dogs

Many vaccinations are recommended for pets, but not all pets need every vaccine.  Some vaccinations, such rabies, are considered core and advisable for almost all animals. Others are risk-based vaccines that are only administered in certain situations. The rattlesnake vaccine falls into the second category. Pets who may be considered for the vaccine include dogs: Continue…

Rattlesnake Safety for Pets

RR_iStock_000015823910_LargeMost Californians are aware of the danger that rattlesnakes can pose, both to us and our pets. Rattlesnakes inject venom through their fangs into their prey (usually because they feel threatened), with deadly results. When their prey happens to be a curious pet, however; the consequences can be devastating.

Are you taking the rattlesnake safety precautions necessary for your pets? Continue…

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BOOM! Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs Of 2018

Another year has come to a close, and for many of us this is a time to reflect on the past twelve months, and to ponder what can be done to make the coming year even better. As exciting as it can be to forge ahead with new resolutions in 2019, taking a moment to be grateful for the good times and lessons learned in 2018 is just as important.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital it is our continuing goal to provide the very best care for our patients. Offering education resources, such as our pet care blogs, is a critical part of this effort. After all, pet wellness begins in the home!

Based on reader response, we’ve compiled our most popular pet care blogs of 2018 for your reading pleasure.


Countdown To Spooksville: The Best In Pet Halloween Costumes And Safety

pet halloween costumesIs dressing up your dog, cat, guinea pig, parakeet, snake, or bearded dragon lizard in a Halloween costume a cherished holiday tradition for your family? After all, what could be cuter than a dachshund in a hot dog costume, a kitty in fairy wings, or a snake wearing a cute little hat?

If finding the perfect costume for your furry bundle of joy is part of your Halloween plan, look no further. Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital have come up with a list of our favorite pet Halloween costumes, along with some safety tips, of course!


Yankee Doodle…Doggie? A History of Presidential Pets

Whether you voted for whoever’s in office or not, one thing that unites us as pet lovers is our fascination with presidential pets. From the wild to the whimsical, the animals of the White House have been eclectic, and throughout history, we’ve felt a connection to the Oval Office by way of our shared love of furry friends.

Presidential Pets: A Distinguished Menagerie

While we wait to see if President Trump will finally adopt a four-legged friend, the reality is that our former Commander in Chiefs, liked their animals.


Happy and Full: A New View Of Our Top 10 Pet Care Blogs

puppy kissIt is with a full and happy heart that we look back on the previous 12 months. Sure, it’s been a year of surprises, but we continue to provide the best possible veterinary care to our growing community of clients and patients. And you know what? It’s been a great honor!

As your local veterinary experts, we are fortunate to walk alongside you and your pet toward the goal of lifelong health and wellness. To that end, our weekly pet care blogs aim to support your role as responsible pet owner and even shed light on subjects that don’t get a lot of time in the spotlight. From the more technical topics to the entertaining ones, we strive to publish what we think you want to learn about.


Achoo No More? Finding Pets For Allergy Sufferers

Kiss Dog and childHave you recently been diagnosed as being allergic to dogs or cats? Or perhaps you’ve always been an allergy sufferer and are struggling to find a furbaby that doesn’t trigger your symptoms?

When it comes to finding pets for allergy sufferers, it helps to understand your allergies as well as knowing how to control your symptoms. With some effort and patience, it is possible for a pet allergy sufferer to live comfortably with a four-legged friend.

Pets For Allergy Sufferers

Certain pet breeds are advertised as “hypoallergenic”, but the truth is that such a thing simply does not exist. The culprit in most pet allergy cases is not pet hair, as was previously thought, but rather dander (small bits of skin shed by dogs, cats, rodents, and birds), saliva, and urine. Continue…

Camping with Pets: Preparing for a Great Outdoor Adventure

Camping with pets takes some planning.

One favorite summer activity for many families is camping. From the high Sierras to scenic lakes, we have a wide range of scenic places to pitch a tent and kick back for a little outdoor recreation.

For pet loving families, bringing along the family four-legged is a no-brainer. After all, what’s not to love about a happy Fido enjoying all of the sights, sounds and the smells of nature?

But, camping with pets has a few risks, so planning ahead for the safety and enjoyment of your pet pal is a must.

Before You Pack That Pet Hammock

While it may seem like the biggest concern is how to keep your curious canine occupied when at camp, there are many things to consider before heading out. Continue…