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

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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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Protecting Pets From Smoke During Wildfires

A dog running with a stick

Here in California, the recent wildfires have been ravaging our lives in ways that we couldn’t imagine just a short time ago. Besides affecting our day to day activities, they are also affecting our health. 

We know that you have thought about how wildfires are affecting you and your family, but the staff at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to be sure that you are thinking about how your furry friends are impacted as well. 

Protecting your pets from smoke during the wildfires is important, and it is something that you can be proactive about when little else is in your control.

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Should Your Dog Stick Their Head Out the Car Window? Probably Not.

A dog with its head in the wind

It is one of those magical canine moments. The rush is full of olfactory stimulation. It is deeply satisfying and immensely enjoyable. What are we talking about? A ride in the car, of course! 

Most dogs regard an open car door as the best invitation of all time. They willingly hop right in (as opposed to many feline friends), switch from one side of the back seat to the other, and even hop right up on the dashboard for a better view. But should your dog stick their head out the car window?

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Sky Raisins: Why Pets Eat Flies (and Is It Safe?)

A dog sniffing the camera lens

Household flies are a nuisance for many of us, especially in the summertime. But when it comes to our pets, these sky raisins are particularly interesting.

You have probably seen your cat or dog swat or chomp at flies, and, of course, gobble them up like they are a tasty snack. Since cats and dogs are instinctual hunters, this tiny prey may seem like an easy bit of nutrition for them, even though it is gross to us.

The question we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital often get from pet owners is why pets eat flies and is it safe for them to do so. You are in luck. We are here to explain this airborne fixation for your best friend.

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How to Keep Your Cat Safe From Snakes

A cat hissing

Whether they’re strictly indoor-only cats or allowed to roam, felines are stellar hunters. Equipped with primal instincts, even spoiled, domesticated felines can hunt like their big cat cousins. Rodents, birds, and various insects are no match for your cat’s predatory skills, but what about snakes? 

Just because they can hunt snakes, it doesn’t mean that cats should. Obviously, venomous snakes have no place in your home but what is it going to take to keep your cat safe from snakes in the yard?

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