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

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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Welcoming 2020 with Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Blogs of All Time!

Can you believe that the new year is upon us! Another year has flown by, but it has been a wonderful one, and we hope the same for you and yours. Since we started our pet blog in 2014, we have a chance to give pet owners and clients information, education, and enjoyment through a variety of pet health topics. We hope you have been empowered by this content and feel like you have gotten good information about better caring for your beloved pet.

Our blog is a part of our commitment to provide exceptional resources to our pet families. We are thrilled to know so many are reading our blog and we hope you enjoy this countdown to our top all time favorites!

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The Straight Story on Whisker Fatigue

It’s not always the easiest thing to grasp what your cat is doing – or why. Sure, they can have some odd or questionable proclivities, but if you’re hip to feline behavior and good at reading their body language, you’ll have a better time understanding what drives them. 

The concept of whisker fatigue is on the periphery for most cat owners, yet it’s something that can cause intense distress for their furry friends.

Amazing Anatomy

Cat whiskers are absolutely incredible. Aside from sending messages to the brain about a cat’s surroundings, these powerful vibrissae detect air currents, allow cats to hunt accurately, help them jump and climb with precision, and inform them when it’s time to blink or retreat from a space. They also inform others of a cat’s mood. 

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Pearly Whites: How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

There’s plenty of pet care advice out there, but when it comes to your pet’s health and longevity, we think dental health is a top priority. That’s because it’s one of the best ways that you, as a pet owner, can give your pet a great quality of life. 

By the time pets are 4 years of age, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease. And while totally preventable, dental disease in pets is also painful for them and can bring about a whole host of complications, from tooth fractures to gum disease and tooth loss. 

The best plan you can make is to begin a daily regimen of brushing your pet’s teeth. You heard us right.  Learning how to brush your pet’s teeth, and doing it on a regular basis, is one of the best ways to prevent tartar and plaque buildup on their teeth and stop gum disease in its tracks. 

Are you rolling your eyes or giggling a bit? Read on to learn how easy it is to brush your pet’s teeth, from Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital

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10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Our Pets

The Thanksgiving season is a time to pause and give thanks for all of the blessings and joy. Our family members and loved ones are up on that list, and of course, our wonderful pet companions. 

Pets bring so many positives to our lives, it’s hard to only list a few. But since Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without giving thanks where thanks is due, the team at Rockin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to show some love to our furry ones.

10 Wonderful Reasons to Give Thanks for Pets

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What Are Pet Dental Chews, and Are They Worth All the Hype?

Taking care of your pet’s teeth is one of the most important tasks, but it’s not always the easiest. Whether it’s pet resistance or financial barriers, there might always be certain obstacles in the way. 

Luckily, there are other ways to help prevent periodontal disease, such as certain readily available products that aim to promote dental health. Pet dental chews, for instance, may be all the rage, but are they truly effective?

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Do You Have A Lethargic Dog? Here’s What You Can Do About it

A tan dog snoozes on a teal sofa.

If you’ve been a pet owner for any length of time, you’ve likely noticed how often your pet sleeps. Healthy, adult dogs tend to sleep an average of 12-14 hours per day, and possibly even more if they are very active or have reached their senior years.

Although your dog may be commonly found asleep, but having a lethargic dog is no fun, and may be a sign of a deeper health issue. 

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All About Rabies: Mythbuster Edition

The rabies virus affects the central nervous system that specifically affects mammals. Although rabies is a preventable disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates it kills 59,000 people each year worldwide. The most common cause of transmission? Dogs.

In honor of World Rabies Day, September 28, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure our readers understand the risk of rabies and how simple it can be to prevent this deadly disease.

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Can a Deaf Pet Have a Good Life? Absolutely!

Special needs pets have, well, special places in our hearts. After all, they tend to have even more love to give and are equally (if not more) deserving of our admiration. 

Indeed, despite significant physical challenges, an animal with a certain disability can stun us with their exceptional adaptations. A deaf pet, for example, can absolutely lead a happy, healthy and long life. With a little extra support from a caretaker, they can cope with their limitations, stay out of danger, and have fun, to boot!

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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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