From the Vet: What to Look for When Buying Pet Food

Dog wit empty bowl.

Every pet needs plenty of TLC, quality veterinary care, and a healthy diet. But finding a food that checks all the boxes—nutritious, delicious, and within budget—can be overwhelming. There are more options now than ever before, with new brands, specialty diets, and textures, and even refrigerated foods for both cats and dogs.  

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Season’s Eatings: Offer Healthy Pet Snacks to Your Buddy During the Holidays

Dog sniffing snacks.

The holiday season is not known as a time of year where many of us lose weight. Between the buttery, sugary desserts and rich, savory meat dishes, we’re lucky if we keep weight gain to a solid five to ten pounds. Pets are no exception to this trend, but with some healthy pet snacks waiting in the wings, you can keep them satisfied and safe all season long.

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Popular Toys for Pets You Won’t Want to Miss

Rocklin CA Dog with Pet Toy

Pet toys are important components of health and happiness for pets. The right selection of toys provides mental stimulation, much-needed exercise, and fun – but finding that perfect toy for your little sweetie isn’t always easy. After all, toys can get boring quickly, ripped apart easily, or even be dangerous for your pet. 

We have come up with a list of popular pet toys sure to please even the pickiest furry friend. Our selections are safe, non-toxic, fun, and won’t collect dust in the corner of your living room!

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Fish Oil for Your Fur Friend: The Benefits of Omega-3 for Pets 

A cat licking its nose

Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to encourage heart health among other things in humans. Omega-3 supplements come in many forms and are one of the top selling dietary products on the market. But did you know that they are advantageous for pets as well? 

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you why.

What Are Fish Oil Supplements?

Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to develop the cell structure and promote energy. These oils cannot be obtained from your pet’s regular diet. These essential fatty acids are the building blocks of maintaining a healthy heart and brain. Fish oils are found either in pill or liquid form and contain one or more of the following: salmon, pollack, trout, and tuna. 

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When It Comes to Wildlife, Keep an Eye on Pet Safety

A fox in the woods

It can be thrilling to catch a glimpse of a wild animal, but unless you are at a safe distance their actions can be highly unpredictable and incredibly dangerous.

Raccoons, skunks, foxes, porcupines, and opossums are certainly not rarities, but neither are local sightings of rattlesnakes, bears, coyotes, cougars, and various birds of prey.

The bottom line is that when pet safety remains a top priority, we can all move closer toward peaceful (or at least uneventful) co-existence.

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A Purrfect Recipe for Cat Nutrition

An orange cat eating a meal

If you have spent any time around cats, you will agree when we say that they are certainly not the same as small dogs. This is no different when it comes to what they eat. Feeding your pet properly is essential for good health and a long life.

Thankfully your pet experts at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital know all about cat nutrition and are available to help you find the purrfect diet for your pet.

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Winter Pet Activities to Keep Up Until Spring

A Weimaraner standing in a field

The holidays are long-gone, but that doesn’t mean seasonal liberation is on the horizon. Instead, we must endure short, overcast, chilly days until the trees and flowers begin to bloom in 2-3 months.

Like kids, pets can start to feel a bit antsy this time of year. Luckily, there are some worthwhile winter pet activities to keep their paws moving and minds working.

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A Broken Heart: Exploring the Link Between Grain-Free Diets and Cardiac Disease in Dogs

Dog with cardiac disease eating

As pet owners and animal lovers, we want the best for our furry family members. That means feeding them a high-quality, nutritious diet. With major advances in our understanding of pet nutrition and a broader availability of commercial pet food, this task has has never been easier. Human diet trends, such as paleo, organic, vegetarian, and grain-free, have also infiltrated the pet world, leading to more and more choices, along with more and more confusion.

Unfortunately, some devastating side effects have resulted from these incredible improvements in pet nutrition, specifically the recent incidents of cardiac disease in dogs.

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National Pet Diabetes Month is Coming Up!

Pet diabetes can be an outcome of pet obesity

Nationwide, it is estimated that 1 in 300 adult dogs and 1 in 230 adult cats have diabetes. These may seem like staggering statistics, but as the numbers of affected pets rise, more people are becoming aware and educated about the prevalence of the disease. With National Pet Diabetes Month, we hope to help pet owners learn about the ways to prevent and treat this common health condition.

Diabetic Details

Glucose, the body’s main source of energy for cells, is controlled by the hormone insulin. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 involves a lack of insulin production. Type 2 pet diabetes is the inability to correctly respond to insulin.

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pets and People Food

Pets and people food can be a threat to pet nutrition

There’s no question that a high-quality, nutritionally balanced, life-stage appropriate pet food is the ideal diet for any pet. Although our companions don’t need quite the same range of foods and nutrients that we do, adding some variety to their diet can be fun and easy (and healthy!).

While pets and people food are generally a recipe for disaster, there are some foods that are just fine for animals to eat. The trick is knowing which ones are safe and which ones to avoid. Let the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital offer some guidance!

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