Taming the Toy Terrorist: Why Your Dog’s Obsessed with Toy Stuffing 

Have you ever spent time carefully and lovingly selecting the perfect adorable toy for your dog, only to come home shortly after to a massacre? Most dogs love toys, but many of them are “toy terrorists”, decimating their beloved belongings for seemingly no reason. 

So just why are some dogs obsessed with toy stuffing? Is it dangerous? What can be done? 

The Temptation That is Toy Stuffing 

It is usually no accident when a dog destroys a toy. In fact most dogs are very methodical about ripping out every last bit of stuffing, locations that blasted squeaker, and shredding the darn thing to pieces. 

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Digging Doggie: How to Stop Your Dog from Digging 

Dogs and digging kind of go hand-in-hand. After all, their wild predecessors required good digging skills to pull up roots and other things they can eat. This necessary skill is not always appreciated when it comes to your dug up flower bed, however! Since your dog has the natural instinct to dig, it may begin in puppyhood and continue throughout their adult life, if not redirected. 

If you have a digging doggie, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is sympathetic. We are here with some pointers on how to stop your dog from digging and improve their great behavior.

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Making Bed Rest for Your Pet a Success 

You want me to keep my what quiet for how long? It is the stuff that nightmares are made of for some pet owners, but it is essential for success when it comes to things like orthopedic surgeries. 

When a pet has had a major injury or surgery, rest is critical. As a person, we understand this and will typically do our best to allow ourselves time to heal. Pets are not always so good at this, and the drive to cover up pain and appear normal mixed in with boredom and pent up energy can really cause healing to backpedal. 

So what can you do when bed rest for your pet is on the list of doctor’s orders? It might not be easy, but Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has a few tips to make it a successful endeavor. 

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H2O, No! Why Do Cats Hate Water?

Most cats are averse to water. It’s kind of a thing with them, and avoiding baths is something most kitties will do at all costs. Cats and their opposition to water is the thing of memes and comedies. Cats, after a bath or falling into water, don’t exactly look their happiest. But what is it about the splashy stuff do cats dislike? And, why do some odd cats enjoy water?

It seems like a good mystery to investigate. The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to take on this case of why cats hate water.

The Reasons Why Cats Hate Water

Unlike most dogs, who like to splash around in a creek or body of water, you’ll likely never see a cat out there doggie-paddling. To get to the bottom of this, let’s take a look at cat’s wild processors for some clues. 

Have you seen images of big cats, like lions and cheetahs? Chances are, you have seen them splashing around and cooling off in a body of water. Big cats who have evolved and adapted to warmer regions of the world, such as the African Lion, Leopards, and Ocelots are actually really good swimmers, and tend to enjoy it. Staying cool and expanding their hunting territories require that they be comfortable in the water, and it seems they are.

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Ask-A-Vet: Why do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

If you haven’t seen a dog chasing its tail in real life, you’ve likely seen an image or video of this uniquely canine behavior. Indeed, dogs provide us with countless hours of entertainment, and the tail-chasing is high on the list. But have you ever wondered why they do it?

As funny as they look while they’re doing it, the reasons why dogs chase their tails aren’t always amusing. Learning about the behavior, along with careful observation of your pup, can alert you to a potential problem…

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What to do About a Hyper Dog

He never seems to calm down! 

He never stops moving!?! 

She’s always jumping up on everyone and everything!! 

She wears me out…

 As much as you love them, living with a hyper dog can be exhausting, frustrating, and downright upsetting at times.

Many dogs are high-energy, but when the problem starts to interfere with you and your dog’s quality of life, it’s time to seek help. That’s where your Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital family comes in!

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Cat Language: What Kitty is Trying to Tell You

For pet owners, trying to decipher what their furry family member is communicating is a daily part of life with pets. Cats can be especially challenging, though, given their more reclusive nature.

Cat language is subtle, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t constantly trying to communicate with us. With a little bit of practice, you can pick up on what your cat is trying to tell you.

The Incredible Tail

The tail is one of the most expressive body parts on a cat, and knowing how to interpret its movements can tell you a great deal about what your cat is thinking and feeling at any given moment.

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Can a Deaf Pet Have a Good Life? Absolutely!

Special needs pets have, well, special places in our hearts. After all, they tend to have even more love to give and are equally (if not more) deserving of our admiration. 

Indeed, despite significant physical challenges, an animal with a certain disability can stun us with their exceptional adaptations. A deaf pet, for example, can absolutely lead a happy, healthy and long life. With a little extra support from a caretaker, they can cope with their limitations, stay out of danger, and have fun, to boot!

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Keeping Pets Safe From Snakes at Home

A white dog tentatively approaches a rattlesnake coiled on a tree stump in a backyard.

Californians are fairly well-versed at looking out for snakes while enjoying our state’s open spaces – especially while hiking or camping with our pets. Even though we know we share a close proximity (sometimes too close!) to various types of wildlife, it’s often a surprise to run into snakes in our own backyards. Fortunately, most snakes don’t pose a threat, but keeping pets safe from snakes remains a top priority this summer.

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Snakes are important members of California’s ecosystem. Responsible for major pest-control, snakes deserve their place in the food chain. They reduce nuisance populations of rodents, insects, lizards, and amphibians. By virtue of their very healthy appetites, snakes can even minimize the spread of disease to humans via rodents. 

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Should You Crate Train Your Cat? The Answer May Surprise You

For a species that loves cardboard boxes, it’s odd that cats generally loathe crates or travel kennels. Perhaps it’s the feeling of being trapped, an alarming, sudden loss of control, or an earlier travel experience that was unpleasant, but cats are notoriously difficult to get inside their crates. 

However, with a proper and patient approach, you can absolutely crate train your cat – and the payoff may resonate for years to come.

It’s Cat-a-Logical

High numbers of cats miss out on routine wellness care and disease prevention simply because it’s impossible to get them into the car. 

When a cat’s crate becomes a happy, relaxing place to retreat to, travel and moving are easily achieved. What’s more, if you ever have to leave your home in an emergency situation, your cat can remain safe in their crate and ready to evacuate with you.

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