BOOM! Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Pet Care Blogs Of 2018

Another year has come to a close, and for many of us this is a time to reflect on the past twelve months, and to ponder what can be done to make the coming year even better. As exciting as it can be to forge ahead with new resolutions in 2019, taking a moment to be grateful for the good times and lessons learned in 2018 is just as important.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital it is our continuing goal to provide the very best care for our patients. Offering education resources, such as our pet care blogs, is a critical part of this effort. After all, pet wellness begins in the home!

Based on reader response, we’ve compiled our most popular pet care blogs of 2018 for your reading pleasure.

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Cheers to Good Health: Senior Pet Wellness in the New Year

senior pet wellnessYour senior pet has been with you through good times and bad. They’ve seen you at your best, worst, and everywhere in between. And, they still love and adore you!

The deep connection and satisfying companionship of a senior pet is incomparable, and wanting to give them the absolute best in their golden years is commendable. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take a discerning look at senior pet wellness and implement ways to encourage a great quality of life for your furry friend.

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National Pet Diabetes Month – Know the Signs, Reduce the Risk

iStock_000019303872_LargeWhen people hear the word diabetes they often associate it with epidemic of type II diabetes among people, but lifestyle and diet related conditions are on the rise among pets as well. And, while there are numerous factors that correlate with the disease in cats and dogs, pet diabetes is most often linked to age and obesity.

In observance of National Pet Diabetes Month, we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to cover some of the steps to preventing diabetes as well as how you can help your diabetic pet live the healthiest life possible. Continue…

A Preventable Problem: Exploring Heartworm Disease

Rocklin_iStock_000013832378_Large (2)Although it may seem like the topic of parasites and heartworm disease comes up frequently in veterinary medicine, there is good reason. So many preventable diseases and compromises to pet health occur each year because preventive measures were not taken. Adding to this, there are still several misconceptions about how parasites spread illnesses and the exposure or risk factors involved. Continue…

The Importance Of Regular Pet Wellness Exams

Rocklin_iStock_000001869969_LargeApart from seeing your pet’s sweet face, and hearing about his or her devotion, abilities, or antics once or twice a year, we truly value the time spent assessing your pet’s health. We see your pet’s regular wellness exam as an opportunity to finely tune the conversation between you and your pet’s veterinarian, in order to support health, happiness, and longevity. Continue…

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Seasonal Pet Allergies: Helping Your Pet

RocklinRanch_000039219812_LargeWe when consider seasonal allergies, most of us know the signs: watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing and wheezing. But, when it comes to our pets, the most common signs of seasonal allergies are not always respiratory, but dermatological. Seasonal pet allergies often manifest as scratching, chewing on skin and paws, inflammation, and hot spots.

When pet allergies are not diagnosed and treated, pets may suffer needlessly. In addition, more severe reactions to seasonal allergies can lead to hair loss, skin infections, open sores, and may even compromise health as your pet’s immune system continues to be hyper-stimulated. Continue…

Pest Prevention – Stay Ahead of Fleas and Heartworm

Rocklin_iStock_000020401813_LargeIf your visions of spring and summer are filled with happy pet smiles, purrs, headbutts, barks, and tail wags, then you probably already got a head start on your pest prevention. Nothing can destroy joyful seasonal daydreams faster than a flea infestation or a diagnosis of heartworm disease. The two pests (fleas and mosquitoes, respectively) responsible for your pet’s suffering are just about ready to wake up, multiply, and ruin your summer vacation.

Let’s work on pest prevention techniques so you can get back to your warm weather reveries… Continue…

Obese Pets: Risks and Remedies

Rocklin_iStock_000031410354_LargeMaybe the first time you noticed was when you attempted to take your dog on that 2 mile hike and she huffed and puffed the entire way. Or, maybe you were watching TV when you noticed that your robust kitty could no longer jump up on the couch next to you. Whenever the exact moment is that we become aware of our pets’ weight, it’s important to understand why fat pets aren’t funny, and what risks they face… Continue…

Powder Hounds: Keeping Pets Active Throughout Winter’s Chill

RRThe Rocklin area boasts a fairly reasonable winter climate that allows for keeping up with a year-round schedule of outdoor activities. But, even in light of our geographical luck, we can all get into a seasonal funk that perpetuates a serious lack of excitement regarding the simple act of going outside.

Regrettably, pets can suffer a similar seasonal happiness deficit. So what do you do when a pet doesn’t want to have anything to do with the backyard, let alone a hike or the dog park? If you and your pet are trying to cope with colder temperatures, shorter days, and less sunshine, we have some suggestions for keeping pets active throughout the coming months. And, by the time that first crocus pops up, you and your pet will be ready to go! Continue…

Pet Dental Care: Why It’s Essential

Brushing dogs teethIs improving your pet’s dental health on your list of new year’s resolutions? If not, it should be! Where once we relied exclusively on bones or hard kibble to keep our pet’s chompers healthy, we now know that daily dental care, pet dental examinations, and teeth cleaning are essential components to your pet’s overall health.

Attending to your pet’s dental and oral hygiene goes a long way in combating numerous diseases that not only affect the gums and teeth but also the organs and systems of the body. Continue…