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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What to do About a Hyper Dog

He never seems to calm down! 

He never stops moving!?! 

She’s always jumping up on everyone and everything!! 

She wears me out…

 As much as you love them, living with a hyper dog can be exhausting, frustrating, and downright upsetting at times.

Many dogs are high-energy, but when the problem starts to interfere with you and your dog’s quality of life, it’s time to seek help. That’s where your Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital family comes in!

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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 Renting to Pet Owners Makes Sense

A woman sits at a table with with her dog on her lap.

According to the American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey, roughly 50% of Americans own at least one pet – that’s 88.3 million dogs and 95.6 million cats in case you were wondering. Businesses have picked up on the fact that opening their doors to pets will increase their revenue, which is why more and more hotels, restaurants, and other establishments allow pets on their premises than ever before. 

Although communities across the country are becoming more and more accepting of pets as bonafide family members, many landlords are still resistant to the idea of renting to pet owners. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to include a pet clause into your rental agreement, let the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital shed some light on why this may be a great idea.

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Beating Heatstroke in Pets

Bulldog on grass

Summer may be winding down, but in our neck of the woods the heat is far from over. High temperatures will continue for weeks, if not months, and keeping our pets (and ourselves) protected from heat-related dangers should remain a top priority.

Because pets don’t regulate their internal temperature as efficiently as humans (think panting compared to sweating), heatstroke is a serious concern during the summer months. Your Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital team wants you to be able to spot the signs of heatstroke in pets, know how to help your pet, and, most importantly, prevent the condition in the first place.

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Keep Your Dog Safe at the Beach

Dog with tennis ball in mouth playing in ocean

Who doesn’t love a trip to the coast? It’s a wonderful way for us to escape the summer heat or winter blahs and is, of course, best shared with our furry four-legged family members. But, are there specific things to know to keep your dog safe at the beach? 

Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is your partner in pet health and safety, so join us as we explore this question. 

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The Pros and Cons of Retractable Leashes

When it comes to pet care products, dog owners know there’s no end to the available products on the market, and leashes are no different. Dog owners can choose retractable leashes or traditional leather or nylon leashes that come in a wide variety of lengths, colors, and patterns.

Retractable leashes have been growing in popularity in recent years, but they can put pets and people at serious risk of injury, trauma, or worse. The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed some light on this controversial issue so our readers can make an informed decision when it comes to walking their four-legged best friends.

Retractable Leashes 101

Retractable leashes are essentially thin cords that retract into a large, plastic handle. The cord is attached to a spring-loaded mechanism inside the handle, and a button on the outside allows the walker to control how far the leash can extend at any given time.

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Keep Calm and Listen On: How Music Can Help Pets

Music plays an important role in human society, and for many of us, a life without music is difficult to imagine. Music can invoke a wide range of emotions, and certain songs and melodies will forever be attached to important events in our lives.

It turns out that pets may also enjoy certain types of music! If used correctly, music can help pets who suffer from separation anxiety and other issues.

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Cute and Cuddly: Puppy Care Basics

So you’ve decided to adopt a puppy – congratulations! Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting time, and one that’s sure to have many ups and downs for both you and your family. Remember, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is always here for you. With our puppy care tips, you can be sure to start things off on the right paw!

Puppy Care 101

Besides making sure you have all the necessary supplies (food, collar, leash, etc.), one of the most important elements of new puppy care is their first wellness appointment. In addition to nutrition, training/socialization, and other puppy care basics, your veterinarian will also discuss vaccinations and parasite prevention. Most puppies will need 3-4 sets of vaccinations during the first year of life and yearly boosters thereafter.

This is also the time to discuss spaying or neutering, which will prevent an unwanted litter, protect your pet from certain health problems, and help curb undesirable behaviors. Many pet owners also choose to have their puppies microchipped during one of their initial visits.

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Not So Sweet: Xylitol Poisoning in Pets

When you think of pet toxins, items like antifreeze and chocolate probably come to mind. Those things are definitely high on the list of “no-no’s” when it comes to your pet, but one of the most dangerous pet toxins can be found in your pantry, fridge, or medicine cabinet without you even realizing it.

Xylitol, a popular sugar substitute, is found in everything from cough drops to peanut butter to toothpaste, and it doesn’t take much to severely affect or even kill a pet. Keep reading to find out more about xylitol poisoning and what you can do to prevent it.

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