What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Pets and People Food

Pets and people food can be a threat to pet nutrition

There’s no question that a high-quality, nutritionally balanced, life-stage appropriate pet food is the ideal diet for any pet. Although our companions don’t need quite the same range of foods and nutrients that we do, adding some variety to their diet can be fun and easy (and healthy!).

While pets and people food are generally a recipe for disaster, there are some foods that are just fine for animals to eat. The trick is knowing which ones are safe and which ones to avoid. Let the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital offer some guidance!

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Dazed and in Danger: What You Need to Know About Pot and Pets

pot and petsCalifornia has long led the way in the fight to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use, and other states are following suit. Proponents of the drug are understandably pleased by its growing acceptance in American culture, but the impact it’s had on our pets is far from positive.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, the health and safety of your furry friends is our top priority. Pot and pets don’t mix, and it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the dangers of marijuana toxicity in dogs and cats.

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Using Essential Oils on Pets: Is It Safe?

Essential Oils on PetsBy now, most of us have heard about, or use, essential oils. These highly concentrated liquids from plants (also known as volatile organic compounds) have long been used in aromatherapy and alternative medicine. Recently, they have become popular for use in cleaning products, herbal remedies, personal care products, food and drink flavorings, and more.

Humans can reap myriad benefits from essential oils, but that isn’t necessarily the case for pets. The use of essential oils on pets should be done with extreme caution, or not at all, as animals are much more sensitive to the compounds present in the oils. Some products, such as liquid potpourri and many varieties of essential oils, including oil of peppermint, cinnamon, citrus, tea tree, wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are toxic to pets.

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Human Medications: Common Culprits of Pet Poisonings

Certain pharmaceuticals have the potential to bring us great relief. From headaches and allergies to congestion and depression, human medications ease symptoms and eliminate pain. But when half of all pet poisonings are related to them, it’s time for drastic measures to protect your pet.

Script or Not

Prescription medications aren’t necessarily more toxic to pets than over-the-counter ones. The basic rule to prevent pet poisonings is to keep pets and all medications separated. Some animals will tip over a bottle and try out the flavor of whatever spilled out. Others might sniff out the trash and find discarded medication. Please take extra measures to ensure that your curious or bored pet doesn’t ingest human medications.

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Pet Weight Loss: Making 2017 the Best Year ever for Your Pet

Natural dog foodMany of us start a new year with a list of resolutions aimed at improving our health. We ponder lofty goals, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and finally reading War and Peace. But, how about considering a new approach to your pet’s health and wellness alongside your own aspirations?

With the obesity epidemic on the rise among both pets and people, it’s more important now than ever to take a discerning look at your pet’s weight. Making a commitment to pet weight loss this year may not only add years to your pet’s life, but can also make those years more enjoyable for him or her.

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Valentine’s Day: Show Some Pet Safety Love

Rocklin_iStock_000011197177_MediumAh, the season of love… Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s likely most pet owners will be seeking out creative, social ways to celebrate their whiskered friends. After all, four-legged sweethearts make our lives that much better, and in many ways, they are endeared to us through their loyalty, unconditional love, and unbridled enthusiasm.

So, let’s take some time to explore some ways to share this special holiday with our animal companions.

Safe Valentine’s Day Activities for Your Pet

Does your heart belong to your cat or dog? If so, you’re not alone! Whether you are a DIY craft lover, a dedicated volunteer, or an outdoor enthusiast, here are some ways pet owners can celebrate their furriest cupids.

  • Design and sew a Valentine-themed sweater, jacket, or plush toy (for your pet and the pets of loved ones)
  • Bake up a delicious batch of heart-shaped dog or cat cookies (check out Pinterest for homemade pet treats)
  • Pamper your furry friend with a wonderful day at the spa (i.e. grooming salon) and step out in style with a new haircut, trimmed nails, and a fresh scent
  • Adopt your dog’s favorite park for the day and host a dog friendly clean-up (poop scooping included) and day of rowdy play
  • Senior pets or those with anxiety can benefit from a massage – that’s right, therapeutic massage for pets can be relaxing and have a myriad of health benefits
  • Hold a contest for the cutest ‘pets in love’ or ‘my pet valentine’ photo on Instagram or Facebook – the winning prize could be some of the homemade treats you made with other pet- and baking-loving friends
  • Come up with a project, such as care kits for shelter pets, and invite friends, family, and neighbors to assist in putting these packages together (along with fur companions) – then donate to a favorite animal shelter

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Summer Safety: Steer Clear of Summer Pet Toxins

Rocklin_iStock_000020168970_LargeSummer is a great time to be out and about, and who better to share the season with than your pets? With all the fun activities of the summer months, though, come some unique hazards. Ingestion of various toxins happen a lot during this time of year, so it’s best to learn what common summer pet toxins are out there so that you can steer your pet clear. Continue…

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My Pet Ate What?

Beware of Potential Pet Foreign Bodies

Female Veterinary Surgeon Examining X Ray In SurgeryPets are known for ingesting all sorts of crazy things. Many times these objects pass through the gastrointestinal system without causing a problem. Other times, however, they can wreak havoc on the body.

Why Pet Foreign Bodies Are a Problem

A foreign body is simply an object that is not supposed to be in your pet. Anything that your pet ingests and fails to pass through can be potentially harmful. The seriousness of a foreign object being lodged in the gastrointestinal tract depends on: Continue…

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Practical Ways to Avoid Pet Poisoning This Fall

Cat And BackpackAccidental poisonings can occur throughout the year, but it’s not uncommon to see an increase in pet poisonings during the the fall. One reason is that our family pets may suddenly have easy access to specific toxic items in our kids’ backpacks once they are back in school.

It seems that backpacks, which are often inadvertently left strewn about the floor, pack a variety of things that can pose serious risks for our furry friends. We want to make sure pet parents know what to look for so your pet will stay safe as back-to-school season gives way to the rest of the school year. Continue…