The Great Escape: The Importance of Pet Microchips

Pet Microchips help a lost pet become a found petSummer is the time for relaxing in your yard, hosting BBQs, and marveling over fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year when pets tend to go missing after they escape from their homes or yards. It only takes a split second for your pet to scoot out a gate left open by the gardener, or to dig under (or jump!) a fence when scared by fireworks.

For these reasons and more, we’re going to explore the world of pet microchips, and give you some tips to make them even more effective if your pet already has one.

Lost Pets

Surveys show that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and The Humane Society of the United States estimates that only 2-5% of lost cats and 30% of missing dogs are ever reunited with their owners. But these numbers increase if the pet has a microchip. Continue…

Holidays With Pets: What New Pet Owners Need To Know

There’s something special about sharing the holidays with pets, and for new pet owners this special first season spent with a new four-legged family member offers the chance to build new traditions and memories together.

Before you settle in for a snuggle in front of the fire with your sweet pet, take a moment to go over our tips for a safe and fun holiday season!

Continue…

MISUNDERSTOOD DOG BREEDS: A BAD RAP

iStock_000043486410_Large.jpgIf you have ever tried to rent an apartment with a pet, you know that it can be a little bit of a pain. Pet deposits, care stipulations, and even breed restrictions can leave pet owners feeling overwhelmed and even a little bit hurt. After all, why is someone with a Rottweiler sent packing even if the dog is an obedience champion?

There are quite a few misunderstood dog breeds out there. Take a minute to learn who they are, how they are discriminated against, and what you can do to set the record straight. Continue…

Celebrate the Joy of Adopting a Pet

Girl Kissing Dog SilhouetteYour friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital are excited to announce the kickoff of our Community Animal Shelter Fundraiser to help raise the much needed funds it takes to provide housing, food, and veterinary medical care to the thousands of animals who rely upon the caring Rocklin community.

In the United States, more than 7.6 million companion animals are housed in shelters every year. Of these homeless and feral animals, roughly 40% never find their forever home and are euthanized. Many more are lost to accidents, disease, and other risks associated with the life of a stray animal.

Looking at the numbers can be overwhelming. You may wonder how you can make a difference… but, the encouraging news is that you CAN and DO make a positive impact on the lives of animals when you adopt, foster, or help homeless animals through a charitable donation or gift of volunteer service hours. Continue…

Pet Adoption: Think Shelters First

HappiestDogApril 30 was National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Of course, at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we believe that every day should be Adopt a Shelter Pet Day for those looking to give a pet their forever family.

Pet adoption should not be taken lightly. Being a pet parent is a lot of responsibility, and should only be entered into by those who are able to make a lifelong commitment to the pet they adopt. But once the decision has been made, we feel that finding your new family member at a local shelter or rescue agency is the way to go.

Give Me Shelter

Every year, some 8 million pets enter animal shelters across the United States. What’s worse, is that many of these pets never make it out. The reality can be impossibly hard to think about; but it’s true. And sadly, most pets that end up in shelters for reasons that are beyond their control, such as: Continue…