Summer Heat Safety for Pets: Best Practices Inside and Outdoors

Summer heat safety for pets will help to prevent heatstroke in pets.The temperatures are kicking into high gear, and in our neck of the woods, that means seeking shade, a cool dip in the pool, or an ice cold treat. What does it mean for our pets, though?

Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is revisiting summer heat safety for pets, and we have a few tips for best practices indoors, as well as when outside. Plus, a few bonus recipes for yummy summer pet treats that won’t add inches to your pet’s waistline. This is going to be fun!

First Thing’s First

First, a bit of awareness: pets don’t sweat the way we do to dissipate excess heat. It’s important not to let them get overheated in the first place. Dogs and cats have fur coats to boot, so taking precautions on warm days is definitely in order. When it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pets.   Continue…

Winter Pet Grooming 101

winter pet groomingThanks to our relatively mild winters in Rocklin, there’s often little excuse for staying indoors in front of the fire all season long. Because most pets are thrilled to be outdoors regardless of the temperature, winter pet grooming considerations should take center stage in order to keep our little guys and gals healthy, happy (and pretty!) all season long.

Why Winter Pet Grooming?

Cold rains, chilly winds, and the occasional snow and ice that classify winter in Rocklin can wreak havoc on our pet’s skin, fur, and paw pads. Winter pet grooming means making sure that these important areas of our pet’s bodies are protected and cared for.

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All About Pet Sweat (In Case You Were Wondering)

pets sweatI sweat, you sweat, dogs sweat, er…cats sweat? Well, sort of. The problem is that pets don’t sweat exactly like us (and therefore never have to worry about B.O. or nervous, sweaty handshakes). This is one of the reasons you need to pay extra close attention to your pet during the heat of the summer. They simply lack an efficient cooling system.

But, they do sweat. So, the next time you’re out for a jog or moving something heavy, wipe your brow and consider some of the following facts about pet sweat!

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Preventing Dehydration in Pets

dehydrationWater is something many of us take for granted and yet it is the very stuff of life, comprising up to 80 percent of the body. There’s no doubt we need water to live and the same is true for our furry friends. To keep your pet protected against dehydration year-round, read up about the signs of dehydration in pets and what you can do to encourage better hydration in your dog or cat.

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Seasonal Pet Allergies: Helping Your Pet

RocklinRanch_000039219812_LargeWe when consider seasonal allergies, most of us know the signs: watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing and wheezing. But, when it comes to our pets, the most common signs of seasonal allergies are not always respiratory, but dermatological. Seasonal pet allergies often manifest as scratching, chewing on skin and paws, inflammation, and hot spots.

When pet allergies are not diagnosed and treated, pets may suffer needlessly. In addition, more severe reactions to seasonal allergies can lead to hair loss, skin infections, open sores, and may even compromise health as your pet’s immune system continues to be hyper-stimulated. Continue…

Can You Spot Seasonal Allergies in Your Pet?

miniature pinscher scratchingSpring is finally in the air! The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and spring flowers are starting to bloom. Unfortunately, this means that seasonal allergies are also in full bloom – for humans and pets alike. But do you know how to spot seasonal allergies in your pet?

Many pet owners don’t recognize the symptoms of their pet’s allergies when they flare up. Your dog or cat’s spring allergies are more likely to manifest as itchy skin than the sniffles and sneezes we commonly associate with seasonal allergies.

Types of Pet Allergies

There are three types of allergies we see dogs and cats develop: environmental allergies, food allergies, and flea allergies. While food allergies are a problem all year, we see a dramatic increase in environmental and flea allergies when the weather warms up.

Seasonal allergies and flea allergies cause skin irritation. The first clue that these allergies are developing in our pets include: