Tapeworms and Your Pet 

Tapeworms, even the name sounds gross. But, tapeworms are a common type of internal parasite that affects dogs and cats. Some species of tapeworm are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans.

Learn more about these intestinal foes and how you can protect your pet from them.

What Is a Tapeworm?

A tapeworm is a long, flat worm that lives in the intestinal tract of animals. It is typically transmitted via fleas when a cat or dog ingests the flea, or the feces of an infected animal. They attach themselves to the wall of the intestine with a hooked type of mouth.

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Fish Oil for Your Fur Friend: The Benefits of Omega-3 for Pets 

Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to encourage heart health among other things in humans. Omega-3 supplements come in many forms and are one of the top selling dietary products on the market. But did you know that they are advantageous for pets as well? 

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you why.

What Are Fish Oil Supplements?

Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to develop the cell structure and promote energy. These oils cannot be obtained from your pet’s regular diet. These essential fatty acids are the building blocks of maintaining a healthy heart and brain. Fish oils are found either in pill or liquid form and contain one or more of the following: salmon, pollack, trout, and tuna. 

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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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The Straight Story on Whisker Fatigue

It’s not always the easiest thing to grasp what your cat is doing – or why. Sure, they can have some odd or questionable proclivities, but if you’re hip to feline behavior and good at reading their body language, you’ll have a better time understanding what drives them. 

The concept of whisker fatigue is on the periphery for most cat owners, yet it’s something that can cause intense distress for their furry friends.

Amazing Anatomy

Cat whiskers are absolutely incredible. Aside from sending messages to the brain about a cat’s surroundings, these powerful vibrissae detect air currents, allow cats to hunt accurately, help them jump and climb with precision, and inform them when it’s time to blink or retreat from a space. They also inform others of a cat’s mood. 

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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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Pearly Whites: How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

There’s plenty of pet care advice out there, but when it comes to your pet’s health and longevity, we think dental health is a top priority. That’s because it’s one of the best ways that you, as a pet owner, can give your pet a great quality of life. 

By the time pets are 4 years of age, over 85% of them have some form of dental disease. And while totally preventable, dental disease in pets is also painful for them and can bring about a whole host of complications, from tooth fractures to gum disease and tooth loss. 

The best plan you can make is to begin a daily regimen of brushing your pet’s teeth. You heard us right.  Learning how to brush your pet’s teeth, and doing it on a regular basis, is one of the best ways to prevent tartar and plaque buildup on their teeth and stop gum disease in its tracks. 

Are you rolling your eyes or giggling a bit? Read on to learn how easy it is to brush your pet’s teeth, from Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital

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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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