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

Cardiac disease in dogs has been linked to dog food nutrition

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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A Look at Funny Pets: Do They Actually Have a Sense of Humor?

Funny pets may really have a sense of humor

You could spend an entire day watching all the funny animal videos online and still not see them all. Whether it’s cats, dogs, llamas, or lizards, the undeniable fact is: animals are funny! The question is, though, do they know they’re funny? In other words, do funny pets realize – and have full authority over – their own versions of a sense of humor?

Try Not to Laugh

There is scientific evidence (not to mention centuries of anecdotal research) that animals experience various emotions. Like us, animals emote happiness, sadness, grief, playfulness, excitement, satisfaction, and more.

You’ve probably seen what looks like a giant grin or content smile spread across your pet’s face. Paired with purrs, barks, chirps, or other vocalizations, along with sparkling eyes, it’s only natural to connect their physical expressions with emotions.

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Socialize Your Puppy: The When’s, Why’s, and How’s

If you socialize your puppy, dog training and dog behavior will be better, later in life.

Socializing your puppy is perhaps the best way to ensure you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog for life. We all want our dogs to enjoy life’s adventures with us, and socialization teaches them to accept new things, people, and environments in stride. This in turn allows a dog to be adaptable and therefore less likely to experience aggression and other behavioral problems (one of the top reasons that dogs and surrendered to shelters). Don’t let that happen by learning when, why, and how to socialize your puppy.

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Good Manners, Good Fun: Dog Park Etiquette 101

Dog park etiquette can make playing with your dog funRocklin, California is certainly a great place to live if you’re a dog. Our summers are beautiful, our winters are mild, and the opportunities for outdoor fun are endless. In fact, dog parks are often on the agenda for pets and owners alike, but are you and your dog observing proper dog park etiquette?

Ready to Go?

To owners, the dog park can seem like a magical place. Pets can burn off excess energy and make friends, all while remaining leash-free. However, before heading out to one of the many dog parks in Rocklin or Roseville, it’s important to make sure your dog is prepared to hang out in such a setting. Continue…

Pet Insurance: Helping You Focus on Care, Not Cost

Woman sitting in chair, talking on phone, with dog behind herWe all love our pets, and they provide us with hours of loving companionship and adventure. However, sometimes their curiosity and fun loving hearts can get them into trouble. At the worst of times, unexpected illness or injury can occur.

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Let’s face it – peace of mind can be priceless. Advances in veterinary medicine have given us access to cutting edge care for our pets, but this care comes at a cost. With average annual pet care costs reaching $1800, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed a little light on some of the benefits of pet insurance. Continue…

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…

Water Safety Tips for Pets and People

Water safety tips for pets can make swimming with pets fun!Is your favorite pastime boating on a beautiful lake or swimming in your own backyard? Water is a summertime must, and when you have a dog, there’s no limit to the fun you can have together! However, water activities can also be dangerous to both animals and people. To protect your furry loved one, here are a few water safety tips for pets.

Pool Safety

Pool tragedies aren’t unheard of, but accidental drownings are especially tragic when they happen to our youngest family members. Our pets are no exception. Here are some effective water safety tips for pets: Continue…

The Great Escape: The Importance of Pet Microchips

Pet Microchips help a lost pet become a found petSummer is the time for relaxing in your yard, hosting BBQs, and marveling over fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when pets tend to go missing after they escape from their homes or yards. It only takes a split second for your pet to scoot out a gate left open by the gardener, or to dig under (or jump!) a fence when scared by fireworks.

For these reasons and more, we’re going to explore the world of pet microchips, and give you some tips to make them even more effective if your pet already has one.

Lost Pets

Surveys show that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and The Humane Society of the United States estimates that only 2-5% of lost cats and 30% of missing dogs are ever reunited with their owners. But these numbers increase if the pet has a microchip. Continue…

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…

Treats Gone Bad: Why do Dogs Eat Cat Poop?  

There are few things grosser than finding out that dogs eat cat poop. Although we can’t believe they do it and don’t understand the allure, dogs sure seem to enjoy it, no matter how much we protest.

It turns out this disgusting habit is a result of natural dog behavior. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we explore the reasons behind this tendency and what owners can do about it.

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