The Great Escape: The Importance of Pet Microchips

Pet Microchips help a lost pet become a found pet

Summer 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 because microchipping works.


Finding The Perfect Pet Friendly Hotel

A dog at the front desk

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:


On the Road Again: Your Pet Travel Safety Checklist

A dog sitting between their companion's legs

Spring and summer are travel seasons, and for many families, leaving a beloved fur friend behind is out of the question. Of course, bringing a pet along for the ride has its challenges, and being prepared is important when it comes to their safety and comfort.

Whether you’re headed to the mountains or the ocean, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has you covered. Check out our pet travel safety checklist to get started!


Imagining the Unimaginable: Wildfire Evacuation with Pets

A golden retriever scratching it's ear

No one in our community needs to be reminded of the dangers of wildfire. The unimaginable devastation of the past few years motivates us to protect what we hold most dear, and of course that includes our pets and other animals. Just the amount of smoke in the air in Northern California last year posed a serious risk to pet and human health, not to mention the terror of being in a wildfire’s path.

Having a plan in place before the next wildfire season is critical for everyone’s safety. Here are some helpful tips for preparing for a wildfire evacuation with pets, and for avoiding smoke inhalation.


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

A cat sitting in a file cabinet

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.


A Strange New World: All About Airline Regulations for Pets

New airline regulations for pets can make traveling with pets safer.Flying isn’t what it used to be. What was once a luxurious and enjoyable experience has turned into the human equivalent of a cattle drive. Even if you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford first or business class, the skies certainly don’t seem as friendly as they did in the days of yore.

Some of the biggest changes are around airline regulations for pets. In an effort to avoid tragic situations (like the ones that have recently tarnished the reputations of certain major airlines), companies have stepped up to create safer environments for their animal passengers.

Airline Regulations for Pets

Airline regulations for pets vary widely between companies, so be sure to make thorough research part of your trip planning routine. Some of the new rules and regulations you may encounter include: Continue…

Boarding Your Pet With a Vet: The Great Pet Staycation

Boarding your pet with a veterinarian is a good option for a pet staycation.This time of year brings ample opportunities for vacations, events, and festivals. Unfortunately, for their own happiness and safety, our pet companions can’t always come along with us . But there’s no reason to fret (although we wish we could take our pets everywhere we go!).

Boarding your pet with a vet puts a whole new spin on your pet’s staycation because there are so many advantages to lodging them with a reputable clinic. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to highlight the reasons a vacay for your best friend can be an incredible experience and give you peace of mind.

The Benefits of Boarding Your Pet With a Vet

Besides the fact that most people who work at animal hospitals love animals, you get the added assurance of knowing your pet is in great hands while you travel. While the lower cost of kenneling may be tempting, you also receive a lower quality of service and, in some cases, this can endanger your pet. Continue…

How to Make Pet Boarding Easier, Safer, and Enjoyable

A cat laying on a table playing with a toyMost first-timer’s consider pet boarding with some level of trepidation. This is understandable; it’s often a difficult decision to make when you and your pet usually go everywhere together.

However, there are steps you can take to feel empowered when selecting a pet boarding facility. You may even find that your pet is not only comfortable with the experience, but also enjoys it!

7 Tips to Make Pet Boarding a Breeze

Although it may be tempting to procrastinate, the earlier you start looking at pet boarding options, the better equipped you will be to make a good decision. The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital recommend these 7 essential tips to find the right kennel for your four-legged companion. Continue…

Preparing For A Rewarding Pet Boarding Experience

A golden retriever sniffing the cameraWe know that, in a perfect world, your pet would accompany you everywhere – to work, the doctor’s office, salon, grocery store, and especially on vacation. But traveling with pets can be challenging, requiring a different set of safety precautions that perhaps you’d rather not deal with this time around.

Where does that leave your pet as you begin to make your travel arrangements? With us, of course! Rocklin Ranch is proud to offer pet boarding, and hope the following information helps you.

Rest Assured

It’s hard to accept that wherever you are going – to that corporate retreat your boss scheduled for you, or the spa package you so desperately need – your pet may not be welcome. Continue…

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink: What to Pack for Your Pet’s Vacation

Pet dog on vacationYou’re going on vacation, and whether your pet will be joining you on a trip away from home or staying at a pet resort, it is just as important to pack all of the essentials for your pet’s vacation as it is for yours.

Follow this checklist to make sure your pet will have everything he or she needs for vacation:

  • Collar and Tags: More than likely, your pet already wears his or her collar on a daily basis, but make sure that it’s on when you leave the house. Make sure that the collar is complete and readable with current ID tags that will help others identify your pet in case he or she gets lost during your vacation. We recommend that you also get your pet microchipped too as tags can fall off or be removed.