Socialize Your Puppy: The When’s, Why’s, and How’s

If you socialize your puppy, dog training and dog behavior will be better, later in life.

Socializing your puppy is perhaps the best way to ensure you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog for life. We all want our dogs to enjoy life’s adventures with us, and socialization teaches them to accept new things, people, and environments in stride. This in turn allows a dog to be adaptable and therefore less likely to experience aggression and other behavioral problems (one of the top reasons that dogs and surrendered to shelters). Don’t let that happen by learning when, why, and how to socialize your puppy.

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How to Enrich Your Cat’s Environment

Cats are naturally curious – we all know that! And it is true that indoor cats are safer and live longer lives than their outdoor counterparts. After all, they don’t have to contend with predators, cars, or other cat-induced injuries. However, how do we make sure that our feline friend doesn’t pine away at the door, wishing for freedom?

Enter: environmental enrichment for cats. This buzzword has become the term most associated with how to help your cat find stimulation and entertainment indoors. And, there are a plethora of ideas! We’ve decided to share some of our favorites.

Basic Instincts

Cats have certain innate and natural instincts that they need to pursue if they are going to be truly healthy and happy. These include hunting, surveying territory from a perch, scratching, and climbing. When in the wild (or outdoors), cats have many opportunities to exercise these behaviors. Indoors, it’s our job to mimic the conditions that cats need so they can practice these natural instincts in the safety of their home. Continue…

Pet Insurance: Helping You Focus on Care, Not Cost

Woman sitting in chair, talking on phone, with dog behind herWe all love our pets, and they provide us with hours of loving companionship and adventure. However, sometimes their curiosity and fun loving hearts can get them into trouble. At the worst of times, unexpected illness or injury can occur.

That’s where pet insurance comes in. Let’s face it – peace of mind can be priceless. Advances in veterinary medicine have given us access to cutting edge care for our pets, but this care comes at a cost. With average annual pet care costs reaching $1800, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to shed a little light on some of the benefits of pet insurance. Continue…

Do I Need to Change Pet Food According to Age?

You should select a pet food according to age for proper pet nutrition and pet healthA walk through the food aisle at your local pet supply store is likely to have your head swimming. There are diets for puppies, large breed seniors, small breed puppies, and more. There is cat food, senior cat food, food for cats with sensitive stomachs, and food for cats who live indoors. There are even pet foods geared towards certain breeds.

Likely, you have found a diet that works well for your pet and have stuck with it. But do you need to change your pet food according to age? The answer isn’t always clear cut. Lucky for you (and your animals) our expert veterinarians at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital are happy to help you select the right food for your pet.

Importance of Pet Nutrition

This well-known phrase – you are what you eat is actually quite accurate. A balanced diet is the foundation of good health in our pets.

A solid nutritional foundation is important in order to support: Continue…

The Litter Box Lament: Troubleshooting Your Cat’s Litter Box Behavior

CatThe number one reason that cats are given up at animal shelters, and ultimately euthanized, is bad litter box behavior. But did you know that cats instinctively want to cover their waste and keep their environment clean?

This means that your cat’s bad habits are fixable with a little patience and some investigative work. Before you say so-long to your feline, try troubleshooting your kitty’s behavior instead.

Visit Your Veterinarian

The first thing you should do when your cat begins exhibiting bad elimination behaviors is visit your veterinarian. Often your cat’s change in his or her waste management habits are linked to medical reasons that can be cured. Continue…