On The Prowl: The Risks of Leaving Your Cat Out All Night

It goes without saying that cats are safer indoors, but every neighborhood has cats that live both indoors and outside.

Outdoor cats certainly enjoy more freedoms than their indoor counterparts, but that freedom comes at a cost, especially for those being let out overnight.

What Are Outdoor Cats Doing All Night?

Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during the dawn and dusk hours. Cats will naturally want to spend the evening outdoors, leaving their owners wondering what it is they’re doing out there all night.

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Whoopsy Daisy! Pet-Friendly Flowers To Plant in Baskets and Pots

Gardening is on most people’s minds right now. While always a wonderful hobby with plenty of life-sustaining impact, planting seeds and starts is now a way toward food safety and stability. Luckily, our plant hardiness zone (9b) allows for a long growing season, full of sunshine and warmth. 

But beyond food, we all need pops of color to brighten the front porch, landscaping beds, and the backyard. With our guide to pet-friendly flowers, your house will not only make your neighborhood a happy place to be but will keep your pets healthy and safe.

So.Much.Sniffing.

Pets just cannot help themselves when it comes to their own yard and garden (and let’s face it, your neighbor’s properties, as well). They simply revel in the scents and sensations that abound in spring and summer.

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Finding The Perfect Pet Friendly Hotel

Traveling with a dog or cat can certainly be challenging, but for many pet owners, leaving home without Fido or Fluffy in tow is unthinkable.

Fortunately, the hotel industry has sat up and taken notice of the rise in travelers with pets, and many now advertise themselves as “pet friendly”.

But what does this term mean, exactly, and how can you find a pet friendly hotel that’s right for your and your furry loved ones expectations?

Pet Friendly Hotel….

As nice as it sounds, not all pet friendly hotels are created equal. Consider the following as you search for a hotel to meet your needs:

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Fun With April Fools Day Pet Pranks 

April Fools Day can be a lot of fun, and thanks to the Internet there’s no end of ideas for pranks to play on family and friends. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital we believe that April 1st isn’t just for people – check out the fun April Fools Day pet pranks we’ve come up with for you to try!

April Fools Day Pet Pranks for Your Pet

Your pet may not understand the sentiment behind April Fools Day, but they do know when their people pay them extra attention. Try some of these fun April Fools Day pet pranks to include your furry family member in the fun.

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A Microscopic Menace: Giardia in Dogs 

Your pet can’t possibly have parasites – after all you haven’t seen anything in their stool. Right? 

Well, if you think that you can see all pet parasites with your naked eye, you would be mistaken. There are actually quite a few intestinal parasites that you can’t see without the aid of a microscope. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital one of the more common parasites that we diagnose is Giardia in dogs, and it is definitely one that you won’t be seeing without fecal testing

The Gist of Giardia

Unlike the traditional worm that you might think of when the phrase “intestinal parasite” is used, Giardia is a single-celled parasite that calls the intestinal tract its home.

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Taming the Toy Terrorist: Why Your Dog’s Obsessed with Toy Stuffing 

Have you ever spent time carefully and lovingly selecting the perfect adorable toy for your dog, only to come home shortly after to a massacre? Most dogs love toys, but many of them are “toy terrorists”, decimating their beloved belongings for seemingly no reason. 

So just why are some dogs obsessed with toy stuffing? Is it dangerous? What can be done? 

The Temptation That is Toy Stuffing 

It is usually no accident when a dog destroys a toy. In fact most dogs are very methodical about ripping out every last bit of stuffing, locations that blasted squeaker, and shredding the darn thing to pieces. 

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Is It True? Top Five Pet Toxins You May Not Know About 

When a pet comes in after eating something poisonous, many owners are surprised. Not just by the fact that their pets ate something they shouldn’t have, but also because it’s something the owner never knew would cause harm.

Toxic foods and substances, along with plants, are not as uncommon in the home and yard as you might think. Since your cat is endlessly curious and your dog works a side job as a vacuum cleaner, it is no surprise that pet poisonings occur by the thousands each year. 

Your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to help owners understand some of the signs of toxicity, as well as these unusual things that can be poisonous to your cat or dog. 

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Feral Cats May Be Ubiquitous, but Do They Need Our Help? 

Alley ways, country lanes, suburban streets, and urban boulevards all have something in common: they are thoroughfares for feral cats. 

The differences between feral cats and the ones we live with are striking. They are extremely skittish and fearful of humans, but instead of earning their reputations as public nuisances, they are at risk of serious illness or injury. As you might expect, there are lots of ways we can help feral cats, and the results can be deeply satisfying.

Strange Paw Prints

If you’ve seen a cat around your neighborhood, but don’t know who they belong to, they may be completely on their own. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily alone. In fact, most feral cats live in colonies. 

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The Dangers of Vaping Around Pets 

There has been a lot of attention given to the dangers of vaping for those who thought it to be a safe alternative to cigarettes. As we now know, vaping and its byproducts have the power to harm through the inhalation of chemicals. While the spotlight has been on the impact on humans, there should also be more focus on its risks to pets.

If you have wondered about the risk of exposure, we are here to answer some questions about vaping around 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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