Welcoming 2020 with Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Blogs of All Time!

Can you believe that the new year is upon us! Another year has flown by, but it has been a wonderful one, and we hope the same for you and yours. Since we started our pet blog in 2014, we have a chance to give pet owners and clients information, education, and enjoyment through a variety of pet health topics. We hope you have been empowered by this content and feel like you have gotten good information about better caring for your beloved pet.

Our blog is a part of our commitment to provide exceptional resources to our pet families. We are thrilled to know so many are reading our blog and we hope you enjoy this countdown to our top all time favorites!

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Best of the Blogs: Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2019

As we take a look back at our blogs of 2019, we are reminded of all of the educational and entertaining pet information that’s important to our readers.

At Rocklin Ranch, we advocate for and support the empowered, well informed pet owners who provide the best possible care for their fur friends. The past year may have had its highs and lows, as all years do, but it is our hope that you were able to provide the essential things that make for excellent pet health and well-being.

When it comes to our blog, we are honored that our pet families love the posts. It is our pleasure to provide you with the topics that matter most to you! That said, here are our top 10 blogs of 2019. 

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Sharing the Love of the Season: Holiday Pet Food Drives and Fundraisers

When we think of the season, gratitude is a word that comes to mind. We are grateful for all of the things we have and the love we have in our lives. Our lives, as well as our pets’ lives, are full. We have shelter, food, warmth, and all of the things to make a happy, contented life. But for shelter and rescue pets, this may not be their story.

Animal charities rely on area pet owners to help cover the basics of pet care and to raise money for much needed pet services. They rely on volunteers with a big heart like you to give neglected pets a chance at a new life. The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to spotlight the need for holiday pet food drives and other charitable ways to help homeless pets.

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Pet Gifts? Look No Further Than Our 2019 Guide

Even a cursory Google search for ‘pet gifts’ will produce over 800 million possible results. No wonder finding the right gift for your pet can feel nearly impossible! 

Luckily, you have two things working for you. Number one, is that most pets are pretty happy with just about anything. Number two, is that your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital have culled through piles of research to suggest just the right pet gifts this year. And, they’re all just a click away…

Gifts for Dogs 

No matter the age or breed, you have an adorably smart pup. They may have everything everything they need, but there are likely things out there they’d go crazy for. We recommend giving any of these a try this holiday season:

Be sure to rotate pet toys out of circulation when signs of wear and tear arise

Gifts for Cats

The best pet gifts for the sweet cats in your life answer to their environmental needs and predatory instincts. They also sleep a lot, so having a comfy, supportive bed can make all the difference. Any of the following options make great pet gifts this winter:

What They Really Need

If your cat or dog already has enough toys or gear, we encourage you to consider the more abstract gifts they could benefit from. 

Your pet’s health is one of life’s greatest gifts, and you probably take their safety and wellness very seriously. A microchip may not seem like a present, but it really is one of the best pet gifts. Likewise, having a dental cleaning and exam paid for in advance is a terrific incentive. Lastly, consider pet insurance as a way to provide for your pet when they need it the most.


From our veterinarians and staff members, have a safe and happy holiday season with your best friend!

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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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10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Our Pets

The Thanksgiving season is a time to pause and give thanks for all of the blessings and joy. Our family members and loved ones are up on that list, and of course, our wonderful pet companions. 

Pets bring so many positives to our lives, it’s hard to only list a few. But since Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without giving thanks where thanks is due, the team at Rockin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to show some love to our furry ones.

10 Wonderful Reasons to Give Thanks for Pets

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What Are Pet Dental Chews, and Are They Worth All the Hype?

Taking care of your pet’s teeth is one of the most important tasks, but it’s not always the easiest. Whether it’s pet resistance or financial barriers, there might always be certain obstacles in the way. 

Luckily, there are other ways to help prevent periodontal disease, such as certain readily available products that aim to promote dental health. Pet dental chews, for instance, may be all the rage, but are they truly effective?

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People Go Crazy For It, But What About Pumpkin Spice For Pets?

You can go ahead and try, but each fall it gets increasingly harder to escape “pumpkin spice”. It’s everywhere! People definitely go crazy for pumpkin spice lattes, but you can find the flavoring in baked goods, air fresheners, and even personal care products. 

While unsweetened, cooked pumpkin is generally considered a safe food for pets, the high fiber content can cause some disruption in the GI tract. Is there a way to safely share the wonder that is pumpkin spice with our best buds? Absolutely, and your friends at Rocklin Ranch have some ideas that feature pumpkin spice for pets. 

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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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