Winter Wonderland Safety: Protecting Your Pets During the Holidays

Christmas Dog.

The very things that make the holidays special can be the same ones responsible for endangering our pets. Between all the risks for pancreatitis, missing or lost pets, poisonings, entanglement, or GI obstruction, the magic of the season can become utterly nightmarish. Veterinary emergencies spike during the holiday season, but with a healthy dose of caution, preparation, and vigilance, your pet can enjoy all the warmth that the holidays have in store. 


A Home Filled with Love: The Joys of Adopting a Pet

Woman adopting dog.

Pet owners know, or can easily guess, how their pet feels just by looking at them. Their body language helps to understand a pet’s preferences, apprehensions, and other emotions (like love and even gratitude). 

Owners of rescue pets tend to emphatically agree with this. Perhaps more than other pets, those adopted from shelters or rescues seem to acknowledge a type of debt. The innate recognition that their new owners saved them from an unknown fate translates into years of unconditional love, constant companionship, and endless joy. The meaning of pet adoption is far-reaching and long-lasting for both pets and people alike, and we’re always happy to promote the experience.


The Round-the-Clock Battle: How to Shield Your Pets from Fleas and Ticks

Dog wearing anti tick collar.

Between vaccinations, excellent nutrition, daily exercise, and dental care, pet owners have their work cut out for them when it comes to preventing disease. In addition to these basics, year-round flea and tick prevention is of great importance. Not only is a proactive approach to parasites a game-changer for the household and your lifestyle, but has enormous impact on a pet’s long term health and wellness. 


A Guide to Managing Health Issues in Aging Pets

Happy Dog on birthday.

The aging process is different for every individual pet, and depends on their breed, size, and lifestyle. Puppies and kittens become adults around the age of one, and then enter their senior years between 7-8 years old. Since many pets live well beyond their 10th birthday, the senior years are the longest life stage. Senior pet care is fairly straightforward, but there are some important considerations to support their comfort, mobility, and longevity. 


Fact or Fiction? Exposing The Truth Behind Popular Pet Myths

A white and brown dog balancing a tennis ball on their nose.

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the truth behind life’s urban legends and “general knowledge”, such as the 5-second rule or that eating carrots will improve eyesight, only to come to the conclusion that the answers to life’s quandaries can be downright fishy? Even with the vast amount information available to us with the click of a button, the real truth can be difficult to pin down.


The Benefits of Pet Insurance: Protecting Your Pet and Your Wallet

cat wearing bandage.

Our pets are important members of our families, and advancements in veterinary medicine have meant more years of unconditional love and cuddles from our furry friends. But these advancements come at a cost, and this is where pet health insurance can help.

Pet insurance coverage can curtail the costs of veterinary expenses, particularly for pets needing treatment for serious illnesses or injuries. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we’re pleased to offer our pet families flexible payment options, including Direct Pay through Trupanion pet insurance. 

With total lifetime costs of pet care (based on 15-year lifespans) ranging from $15,000-$45,000 for cats and $20,000-$55,000 for dogs, we thought we’d help shed some light on pet insurance benefits.


Overcoming Common Training Challenges: Expert Tips from Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital

cute puppy training.

There’s really no limit to what your pet can learn, but a lot depends on how new information is presented to them. For them to fully embrace a new skill, and be able to repeat it, pets benefit from a structured approach. They need to feel secure and confident within the framework provided by their trustworthy owners. Overcoming common training challenges is much easier with our tips from Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital. 


Common Household Items That Can be Dangerous or Toxic to Pets

Puppy sleeping safely at home.

When you become a pet parent, all you want to do is keep your precious fur baby safe from harm. But pets are curious creatures with incredibly strong noses (dogs) and an unmatched ability to leap onto your countertops (cats). How can we keep our furry explorers from the dangerous household items that can hurt them? 

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to help. By understanding common household hazards for pets, you can pet-proof your home and make an emergency plan for if things go south. 


How to Prepare Your Pet for Surgery and What to Expect During the Recovery Process

cute dog after surgery.

Every surgical procedure is unique, but there are some general practices regarding a pet’s needs before and after the surgery. Your veterinary team offers some insights to help prepare your pet for surgery. 


Reasons Why Regular Vet Visits Are Essential for Your Pet’s Health

Cat at veterinarian.

Humans have an average global lifespan of 70 to 75 years, but our pets pack their life into a much shorter time. It might be no big deal for you to miss a yearly doctor’s appointment. But for your pet, missing a yearly visit to the vet is like us forgoing a checkup for five years. Yikes!