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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Pearly Whites: The Importance of Feline Dental Care

Many cat owners probably aren’t aware that oral health disease is the most common health issue their cats face. But the fact is that by the time cats reach the age of 3, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease. And without proper feline dental care, the condition of their teeth will steadily worsen, causing swollen gums, pain, and tooth loss. Even a shortened lifespan can result from a lack of feline dental care.

So what’s a passionate cat owner to do? Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is passionate about cat health, too. So we pulled together some expert advice to help cat owners understand and prevent this common cat health threat.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Cat’s Claws


When you think of cats, their sharp, retractable claws (and the damage they can inflict) probably come to mind. However, beyond their ability to rip your favorite chair to shreds, your cat’s claws are versatile tools that serve your pet in a variety of ways every day.

Learning more about this part of your cat’s anatomy can lead to a greater understanding of your pet, and it may even help save your belongings, as well!

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The Basics: Year Round Pet Paw Care to Keep Little Feet Happy

Pet paw care is part of good pet grooming

It’s not unusual to completely forget about something until there’s a problem with it. Like the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, we are all accustomed to prioritizing needs in order of what’s pressing or necessary in the moment. Pet paw care can sometimes fit in this category, but ignoring your pet’s feet can really land them in trouble.

Not Obvious

Even the most dedicated and thorough pet owners are guilty of allowing their pet’s paw care to slide to the backburner. However, certain issues with the paws can cause discomfort, pain, and suffering if left alone for too long.

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The Principles of Puppy and Kitten Wellness Exams

Puppy and kitten wellness exams are a good start for lifelong pet wellness.

First, let us start off by saying congratulations! You’ve done your research, gathered the right supplies, and pet-proofed your home and yard. You’re finally ready to welcome the newest four-legged addition to your family!

Without a doubt, getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time that marks the beginning of many fulfilling years ahead. Of course, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to support you every step of the way. With our puppy and kitten wellness packages, you can make sure your best friend gets started off on the right paw for a lifetime of health and happiness.

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Taking a Bite Out of Pet Dental X-Rays

Pet dental X-rays are vital to the pet dental exam.

We’ve all been to the dentist and held those bite wing plates in our mouth while they obtained x-rays. While a little uncomfortable for a moment, we put up with it because we know how important it is for our dentist to see what is going on under our gum line.

Many people don’t realize, however, that our pets dental care needs are no different than ours, and that includes the need to see what’s happening below the surface. Pet dental x-rays are an important part of a thorough oral examination, which is why Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital promotes them as part of a proactive pet care plan.

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BOOM! Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs Of 2018

Another year has come to a close, and for many of us this is a time to reflect on the past twelve months, and to ponder what can be done to make the coming year even better. As exciting as it can be to forge ahead with new resolutions in 2019, taking a moment to be grateful for the good times and lessons learned in 2018 is just as important.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital it is our continuing goal to provide the very best care for our patients. Offering education resources, such as our pet care blogs, is a critical part of this effort. After all, pet wellness begins in the home!

Based on reader response, we’ve compiled our most popular pet care blogs of 2018 for your reading pleasure.

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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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Making the Grade: Stages of Pet Dental Disease

If you are a regular reader, you probably already know how much we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital  care about dental care for pets. So many animals are affected by dental disease, and addressing it can make a hugely positive impact on the well-being and happiness of our patients.

Many of our clients want to know exactly what we are looking at when we assess a pet’s oral health. Join us in learning a little more about the stages of pet dental disease so that you can do your part to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

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An Informed Owner’s Guide to Cancer in Pets

Cancer in pets can require veterinary oncology care

Taking care of a pet can be a wonderfully fulfilling endeavor. The unconditional love, those snuggles just when you need them, and the ever-present companionship are unbeatable. Chances are that your beloved pet has been there for you through the good and the bad, and even though it can be difficult to think about, we must be there for them through their ups and downs as well.

Like it or not, at some time or another your pet is going to need you. We all age, and with this process comes the inevitable development of problems. As our pet population lives longer and longer, we are diagnosing cancer at an increasing rate. As many as half of all senior pets are diagnosed with cancer of some type.

While we hope you never need to be in a position to lean on us, please know that Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here for you when it comes to understanding and battling cancer in pets.

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