The Compelling Canine: Fun Dog Facts

You may think that you know (wo)man’s best friend, but even as veterinary professionals, the team at  Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital manages to learn new things about our canine companions from time to time.

Want to know more? Here are a few of our favorite fun dog facts!

Historical Hounds

Dogs have been part of people’s lives for a very long time; in fact the first domesticated wolves are believed to have been people’s partners around 15,000 years ago. There is evidence, though, that dogs and people  may go back even further after the finding of a 35,000 year old Siberian wolf bone that shares some DNA with modern dogs. 

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Shake and Bark: Why Does My Small Dog Tremble?

If your little dog shakes all of the time, even if it isn’t cold outside, you may wonder why. Small dogs who tremble are not uncommon and pet owners ask us about the reasons for this behavior. Trembling in dogs is caused by several factors, some of which can be physical or behavioral, or both. The Chihuahua is well known for this strange trembling, but why does that happen?

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to explain is phenomenon in small dogs and what you can do to address it in your four-legged friend.

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Your Puppy Pupil: Training a New Puppy

What could possibly be sweeter than a little puppy? If you are the proud pet parent of a new puppy, you are probably filled with excitement and wonder, as well as a little trepidation. Many pet owners jump at the chance to adopt a puppy, but then wonder how this tiny tot could be so destructive, and when will they ever learn to potty outside and not on the rug? 

Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital know the struggle. This is why we are here to give you a few pointers on training a new puppy so you can raise them to be an even more amazing dog.

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Deciphering Adult Dog and Puppy Interactions

When an adult dog and a puppy are introduced, the results can be devastatingly cute. 

Much like human children, puppies are often unencumbered by normal social cues and norms. This endearing quality can cause problems, however, especially among dogs who have less patience for such nonsense.

When allowing adult dog and puppy interactions to occur, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants you to know what is normal, what’s not, and when to intervene.

The Normal Order of Things

Puppies are playful, and they can be a whole lot of fun to watch. Normal puppy body language may include play gestures such as:

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Frito Bandito: What Does My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips

If you have ever had the unfortunate whiff of your pet’s feet, it may have reminded you of something. That’s right, Frito’s! Many pet owners come to us asking why their dogs’ paws smell like corn chips. Is it just a thing with them? Is it an infection? Fungus? 

This common quandary is one that is easily explained. Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital can answer your question as well as offer some solutions to the funky feet problem.

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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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Taming the Toy Terrorist: Why Your Dog’s Obsessed with Toy Stuffing 

Have you ever spent time carefully and lovingly selecting the perfect adorable toy for your dog, only to come home shortly after to a massacre? Most dogs love toys, but many of them are “toy terrorists”, decimating their beloved belongings for seemingly no reason. 

So just why are some dogs obsessed with toy stuffing? Is it dangerous? What can be done? 

The Temptation That is Toy Stuffing 

It is usually no accident when a dog destroys a toy. In fact most dogs are very methodical about ripping out every last bit of stuffing, locations that blasted squeaker, and shredding the darn thing to pieces. 

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Digging Doggie: How to Stop Your Dog from Digging 

Dogs and digging kind of go hand-in-hand. After all, their wild predecessors required good digging skills to pull up roots and other things they can eat. This necessary skill is not always appreciated when it comes to your dug up flower bed, however! Since your dog has the natural instinct to dig, it may begin in puppyhood and continue throughout their adult life, if not redirected. 

If you have a digging doggie, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is sympathetic. We are here with some pointers on how to stop your dog from digging and improve their great behavior.

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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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