Fresh Home, Healthy Pet: Spring Cleaning Pet Safety Tips

A cat sniffing some cleaning supplies

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and your home is starting to have a layer of winter dust that might be making you itch to reach for the cleaning products. Spring is in the air and so is the need to clean your home to welcome the new season. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ingredients in common cleaning products that are dangerous for animals. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to help you learn about spring cleaning pet safety so you can have a spotless home without harming your furry friends.

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A Garden to Envy: How To Avoid Planting Toxic Plants For Pets

Tropical 'Philodendron Hederaceum Micans' houseplant in gray flower pot on table
Tropical ‘Philodendron Hederaceum Micans’ houseplant with heart shaped leaves with velvet texture in gray flower pot on coffee table

People who love to care for pets often love to care for plants. Although these caregiver instincts are pure, not all plants and pets can coexist peacefully and safely. Unfortunately, there are certain plants that are poisonous to our four-legged friends. There are indoor and outdoor toxic plants for pets, which means it is important to do some research before adding some flora and fauna to your home decor.

Knowing what plants you have in your home and yard is a crucial step to avoid an accidental pet poisoning. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to help you eliminate the risk to your pet while still satisfying your green thumb. Keep reading to check out our tips on avoiding these dangerous plants.

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My Pet Eats Grass… Are They Okay?

Pet dog eatting grass.

Most pet owners get used to their pets eating weird stuff. Between sticks, socks, rotten food, and waste, we can hardly be surprised by their odd cuisine choices. Of course, we want to be sure that nothing they ingest can cause dangerous intestinal obstruction, or increase choking or poisoning risks. What happens when your pet starts chomping on grass?

But when a pet eats grass as a hobby or habit, does a pet owner need to be concerned?

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To Knead Or Not To Knead; Why Does My Cat Knead?

A cat's paws kneading

Anyone who has ever met a cat knows they have personalities of their own with unique behaviors that sometimes only make sense to other felines. While many people associate a satisfied purr with feelings of kitty content, there is another easy way to spot if your favorite feline is living her best life. When your cat starts to knead the furniture, his favorite blanket, or even your body, you can be sure he is in top spirits.

Cats are incredible and quirky creatures, and kneading, or making biscuits, is one of their most endearing traits. Even if you could spend hours watching your cat knead, you might still be wondering what is behind this unusual behavior. Thankfully, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to shed some light on why cats knead.

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Shock Collars: Training Must or Training Bust?

An active puppy rolling on the ground

When it comes to training man’s best friend, many reach for shock collars to help send home a message. While shock collars can have some utility, they are really not the best choice for a first line training tool. Likewise, they also require a good deal of knowledge to utilize well.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital we want pet parents to understand how and when to properly use shock collars and to recognize that there are many valid alternatives. Choosing appropriate training tools for your dog can really help them to put their best paw forward. 

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Why the Wait? The COVID Edition

Rocklin CA Covid dog

If you have been to visit us or have needed our assistance at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital during the pandemic, you have probably noticed things are a bit different. Clients aren’t coming in the building, it is taking so much longer to get an appointment, and we probably aren’t getting back to you as quickly as we were previously.

If you are wondering why this is all happening, we can assure you that it isn’t because we care less or even just isolated to our veterinary hospital. Across the country, the veterinary industry is experiencing some dramatic challenges and changes. We hope that a little peek inside the veterinary clinic during COVID will help you to understand.

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Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2020

Dog riding in a small green car

Phew! 2020 has certainly been a wild ride, hasn’t it! As we finally wrap up this year, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to our clients for seeing the year, and all its challenges, through with us.

As many of you may know by now, the passing of yet another year brings with it our annual tradition of recapping our most-read blogs of the year! It’s always a joy to peek behind the curtain and discover which blogs have resonated with pet owners throughout our community.

Ladies and gentlemen, cats and dogs, we now present you with…

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Popular Toys for Pets You Won’t Want to Miss

Rocklin CA Dog with Pet Toy

Pet toys are important components of health and happiness for pets. The right selection of toys provides mental stimulation, much-needed exercise, and fun – but finding that perfect toy for your little sweetie isn’t always easy. After all, toys can get boring quickly, ripped apart easily, or even be dangerous for your pet. 

We have come up with a list of popular pet toys sure to please even the pickiest furry friend. Our selections are safe, non-toxic, fun, and won’t collect dust in the corner of your living room!

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The Scoop on Healthy Pet Treat

Rocklin CA Healthy Pet Treats

It’s the rare pet who doesn’t appreciate a treat (or two or three). Treats can be used for training, as a hiding place for medications, or simply to show our pets how much we care. Unfortunately, many pet treats contain fillers, sugar, and other  So how can we be sure the treats we give our precious pets are healthy?

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No Bark! No Jump! Breaking Bad Habits in Dogs

Badly Behaved Rocklin CA Dog

It was cute at first; the playful bark at your cat, the little leaps to say hello when you walked in the door, the delicate digging at the food dish come dinner time… But then, your pup grew up and those once-adorable behaviors aren’t so cute anymore. 

Many dog owners have let a “bad” behavior or two slip through while socializing and training their dogs and teaching them the manners they need to be proper canine citizens. The good news is, you’re not alone in this. But, as you’ve probably noticed, what was once innocuous is now a nuisance and you’re not sure how to break these unwanted behaviors. Training your dog to do something was one thing, but how do you train your dog to not do something? 

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