How to Improve Your Pet’s Health in the New Year

Family walking dog

You take super good care of your pets, anticipate their every need, and yet, you have a nagging sensation that you could be doing something better. Perhaps it’s because they give so much to you and your family, it seems like you’ll always come up short in repayment. Don’t worry. There are always little things that pet owners can do that have a big impact on their pet’s well-being. If you want to improve your pet’s health in the new year, we’ve got you covered. 

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Is Vaping Near Pets Dangerous?

Girl holding vape pens.

Like other chemical-containing products found around the house, vaping devices should be kept out of reach of pets. E-cigarettes contain chemical concoctions that may include nicotine, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, glycerin, and THC (the active compound found in marijuana)—and the inhalation or ingestion of these substances can be extremely harmful to animals. 

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What Are Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats?

Cleaning dog ears.

If constant head twitching and ear scratching has the fur flying in your house, ear mites could be to blame. These teeny weeny creepy crawlies feast on ear wax (ew!) and are highly contagious between dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets. Your pet can pick up this pest outdoors, at the kennel or groomer, or from another pet in the house. Read on for the nitty gritty on ear mites, plus treatment tips from our team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital. 

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Top 10 Traits of a Responsible Pet Owner

Cute cat and dog pet owner.

To some, it simply comes naturally to proactively meet the needs of a pet. For others, the process is more of an “on the fly” kind of approach. Either way, there’s a willingness and an awareness that communicates what a truly responsible pet owner looks like to the world. How else can you identify a responsible pet owner? We’ve got 10 traits that are easy to spot.

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Make Your Own Pet Pill Pockets

Pet pill pockets.

While it’s certainly convenient to simply purchase commercially made pet pill pockets, it’s not always economical for pet owners–or tasty for pets. Solving the problem of masking medication has never been easier than making your own pet pill pockets customized with your pet’s health (and taste buds) in mind.

The Grand Design

Pet pill pockets are, by design, very simple, but store-bought versions can add up fast for pet owners that need to give daily, or multiple medications, throughout the day (think $8-13 for 30 pockets). Similarly, pets that depend on medications for life can be keen on spitting out the required dose when it comes via a tasteless pill pocket.

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Is Dog Dental Care a Must Do?

Dog getting a dental checkup

As humans, dental hygiene is pretty important. Daily brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and periodic dentist visits are on most of our to-do lists. When it comes to our canine companions, though, dental care seems to fall down the list of importance. Contrary to popular belief, bad doggy breath is not the norm! Dog dental care is essential, and Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to be sure your pup has primo care. 

Why Dog Dental Care?

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Help! My Puppy Eats Too Fast for Their Own Good

Puppy eating

Most, if not all, pets enjoy their food and relish meal times. This doesn’t mean that they savor every bite, however. Instead, a common reaction to a bowl of food is to simply inhale it without appearing to chew even a morsel of it. This is true for pets of all ages, but if your puppy eats too fast, he could actually face serious health consequences. 

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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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Cat Wellness Care for Hoomans

Rocklin CA happy cat.

We all know that doggos are the best, 12/10 paw-some. The dogtors at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital sez that cattos are pretty cool, too, though, and we are inclined to believe them. Did you know that even though dem purr-buckets say dem is okay, sometimes they need hoomans help, too? Lucky for you, we are gonna do you an educate and tell you all there is to know about cat wellness care

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Well, Well, Well..ness Visits—Dog Wellness Visits Straight from the Pupper’s Mouth

Dog wellness.

Doggo here, comin’ to talk to you about my frens at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital and how they work with my hoomans to keep me feelin’ goods so I can sniff, play, and cuddle every day. Although I might gives you a face when you say we goin’ to the vet, I know you are just tryin’ to keep me healthy so I can have a longer life with you, my favorite hooman.

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