Can a Deaf Pet Have a Good Life? Absolutely!

Special needs pets have, well, special places in our hearts. After all, they tend to have even more love to give and are equally (if not more) deserving of our admiration. 

Indeed, despite significant physical challenges, an animal with a certain disability can stun us with their exceptional adaptations. A deaf pet, for example, can absolutely lead a happy, healthy and long life. With a little extra support from a caretaker, they can cope with their limitations, stay out of danger, and have fun, to boot!

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Hitting the Jackpot Through Loving Senior Cat Care

A close-up of an aging Maine Coon cat laying the the grass

If you’ve had your cat since they were a kitten, you might look back at those early years with nostalgia. Yet, there’s really nothing like living in syncopation with an older cat. They might be set in their ways, sure, but they are also carefully attuned with the rhythms and patterns of the household. 

However familiar they may be, senior cat care isn’t anything to take for granted. Your aging or senior cat’s ongoing good health stems from your continual assessment and staying in front of any age-related issues.

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Heated Pet Bed Safety Tips

Heated pet bed safety can protect your pet

When the weather outside is frightful, most everyone is tempted to snuggle up in the warmth of our homes. Pets are no different, and there may be no sight so sweet as a beloved pet curled up in a toasty place while the wind howls all around.

Indoor and outdoor pets alike can enjoy a little extra warmth, but if you choose to provide a warm spot for them to hunker down it is very important to ensure that there are no hazards. Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital knows that a cozy cuddle spot is just the thing this winter, especially when you keep these heated pet bed safety tips in mind.

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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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Such Great Heights: What You Can Do to Support Senior Cat Health

Paws cleaningIf you’ve lived with your senior cat since their infancy, you likely know them really well. You know their preferences and capabilities – and you know when something isn’t right. Watching for any signs of change (even the most subtle) can make a huge difference to overall senior cat health. Early detection and intervention are your biggest allies in helping your pet achieve a long, healthy, and happy life. Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital are here to help!

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Arthritic Dogs: Encourage Better Mobility and Overall Health

Rocklin_iStock_000088600891_LargeArthritis is a common problem among senior dogs. Witnessing a beloved pet struggle with pain and discomfort can be heartbreaking, but advances in veterinary medicine have vastly improved the lives of many arthritic dogs. Keep reading to find out how you can help support a pet living with this condition.

10 Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog

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Cool Weather Care For Senior Pets

Rocklin_iStock_000037382322_Large.jpgEvery pet parent who is fortunate enough to be caring for a senior pet knows that older cats and dogs need a little bit of extra TLC. Now that fall is upon us (with winter close behind) it’s important to keep in mind the cool weather needs of our elderly pets.

Senior pets are especially vulnerable to heat and cold. You may notice underlying health concerns surfacing with your pet as temperatures drop. Take a few moments to bone up on ways you can keep your aging fur-baby warm, comfortable, and happy this season. Continue…

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Young at Heart: Caring for Senior Pets

iStock_000043604038_LargeThere is no age limit when it comes to how much love and joy a pet can bring into our lives. This is especially true when it comes to our four-legged geriatric friends. Opening your home and heart to a senior dog or cat, or caring for an aging pet who has been with you since puppy or kitten years, is deeply rewarding. Older pets are charismatic, generally mellower, oftentimes settled in to the routines and rules of the household, and affectionately grateful for the time you spend together.

However, caring for a senior pet does require some adjustments and considerations that weren’t necessary during his or her younger years. Understanding the changing health needs of senior pets is vital for successfully navigating your pet’s golden years.

The good news is, with a little forethought, you can expect to watch your best fur friend age gracefully and with the enthusiasm and unabashed joy of those younger years. Continue…