Outside, but Protected: The Secret to Feline Enrichment 

Catios are rad

Despite the fact that it’s the best choice for long-term health, many cat owners feel guilty keeping their cat indoors. Certainly, indoor-only cats are much less likely to be exposed to injury or illness, but does their health come at the expense of their happiness? Without daily feline enrichment, quality of life can be diminished. However, with a catio or other cat enclosure, your indoor-only pet can have the best of both worlds.

A Prescription for Happiness

Designing and building your cat a place that’s just for them is a great alternative to hanging around the house. Sure, some people train their cat to walk on a leash, but if that’s not for you, a catio is the fastest route to feline enrichment. Consider how intoxicating the fresh air will be to your fluffy friend! They can frolic, roll around, and observe nature without being exposed to predators or territorial animals.

Reinforcing the enclosure will ensure your cat remains safe and secure, all while getting their daily dose of vitamin D. Watching the birds and bugs, smelling the flowers, and exploring their new environment will stimulate their senses, eliminate boredom, and can reduce behavioral problems (if any). In other words, catios are great for both physical and mental health. Win-win!

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Good Manners, Good Fun: Dog Park Etiquette 101

Dog park etiquette can make playing with your dog funRocklin, California is certainly a great place to live if you’re a dog. Our summers are beautiful, our winters are mild, and the opportunities for outdoor fun are endless. In fact, dog parks are often on the agenda for pets and owners alike, but are you and your dog observing proper dog park etiquette?

Ready to Go?

To owners, the dog park can seem like a magical place. Pets can burn off excess energy and make friends, all while remaining leash-free. However, before heading out to one of the many dog parks in Rocklin or Roseville, it’s important to make sure your dog is prepared to hang out in such a setting. Continue…

Essential Tips for Camping and Hiking with Your Dog

If you’re planning a great escape with your best fur friend, you’re in luck! Summer in our area brings ample opportunities to hike and camp. However, when it comes to your pet, you can never be too careful. Camping or hiking with your dog means taking extra precautions to protect their health and safety. Let’s take a moment to review some of the finer points of enjoying the great outdoors with your canine companion. Continue…

Water Safety Tips for Pets and People

Water safety tips for pets can make swimming with pets fun!Is your favorite pastime boating on a beautiful lake or swimming in your own backyard? Water is a summertime must, and when you have a dog, there’s no limit to the fun you can have together! However, water activities can also be dangerous to both animals and people. To protect your furry loved one, here are a few water safety tips for pets.

Pool Safety

Pool tragedies aren’t unheard of, but accidental drownings are especially tragic when they happen to our youngest family members. Our pets are no exception. Here are some effective water safety tips for pets: Continue…

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…

The Great Escape: The Importance of Pet Microchips

Pet Microchips help a lost pet become a found petSummer 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. Continue…

Understanding Your Pet’s Risk and the Rattlesnake Vaccination

Can the rattlesnake vaccination for dogs help save your dog from a snake bite?California living is hard to beat, but one thing that many of us could live without is the worry of rattlesnakes. If you have lived here very long, you have probably learned a little bit about rattlesnake safety and how to peacefully cohabitate with the reptiles in the landscape.

Every year, though, our staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital treats pets who have been envenomated by rattlesnakes. Understanding your pet’s risks is helpful to determine how to better protect them from having this happen and to determine whether rattlesnake vaccination is appropriate for your pet.

A Calculated Risk

Snakes are cold-blooded critters, which means that they are most active in the warmer, dry months. Here in Northern California, we are in snake season. Beginning in April and extending into October, we consider this part of the year to be high risk for snake exposure. Continue…

Know the Risks: Your Pet, Wildlife, and Leptospirosis

leptospirosisAs many pet owners in California may know, leptospirosis has become a problem over the past few years, with outbreaks occurring more frequently in the Western states. With spring in the air, we tend to see an uptick in cases of leptospirosis, giardia, and other illnesses that become problematic with increased temperatures and more rain. It’s also important to note that in areas where rodents are common, which is true of most places, we must be extra vigilant about leptospirosis.

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Fitness for Fido: How Much Exercise Does a Pet Really Need?

how much exercise does a pet really needAs the winter months come to a close, we look ahead to the coming spring. Uh-oh. It’s that dreaded time when the shorts and swimsuits come out, and many of us will be back out the gym, aspiring for that bikini body and working on our fitness goals.

Along with your own exercise plans, you may also begin to wonder about your couch potato cat or pup. Should they be getting more exercise? What’s enough? What’s too much?

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital can help answer the question: how much exercise does a pet really need?

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Fleas and Ticks Don’t Take a Break: Why Year-Round Parasite Prevention is Essential

When considering the smallest of foes (namely those itchy parasites like fleas) there’s good reason why they’re so mighty. They can proliferate and cause an infestation in the home that affects both us and our pets. For anyone who’s ever dealt with an infestation, avoiding a repeat episode is a must.

Although small, many parasites can cause a serious impact on the health of our furry friends. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites aren’t just a seasonal affair; they continue to thrive throughout the winter months. To learn more about why your-round parasite prevention is vital to your pet’s health, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to explain.

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