What about fish? Pond and aquarium fish may need veterinary care, too!

By: Dr. Gary Hoover, DVM
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Dr. Gary Hoover is a Veterinarian at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. He has a B.S. in Fisheries & Aquatic Science and DVM from Purdue University.

Did you know? Fishkeeping is the second most common hobby in the United States.

Fish are a very popular pet!! Fishkeeping is the second most common hobby in the United States, behind gardening. Millions of American homes have aquariums large and small, from tiny “goldfish” bowls to massive coral reef tanks. Ponds are very common, too, with large backyard landscapes including a water feature and beautiful koi.  All of these animals can become part of the family just like our dogs and cats, and, just like our dogs and cats, sometimes they can get sick. Veterinary care is often overlooked, but just ask the catfish producers in the Mississippi Delta or the salmon farmers in the Pacific northwest – veterinarians are important friends to have to keep your fish healthy! Pond and aquarium fish will require different care and treatments than food, but both can and should be seen by veterinarians when they get sick.

Veterinary Care for fish necessary, but often overlooked!!

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Summer Travel with Pets

Summer is here! Are you planning some summer travel with your pet?

Summer is here, and people (and their pets) are traveling more than ever! But before you take off to the beach, the park, or the lake or make those or plan summer travel with your pet make sure you think about where you’re going and what risks there may be for the health of your furry friend. Continue…

Welcome Dr. Gary Hoover

We are excited to announce a new addition to our Fairgrounds Animal Hospital team. Please join us is welcoming Dr. Gary Hoover as our newest veterinarian.

Dr. Hoover recently moved to Reno, NV with his wife, young son, 3 dogs, 1 cat and many fish from South Bend, IN. Dr. Hoover attended Purdue University receiving his B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science and DVM. Dr. Hoover has spent time doing research at Purdue University as well as working at a small animal practice. Dr. Hoover sees dogs, cats, exotic pets and fish!! In his free time he enjoys fishing, golfing and cooking. Dr. Hoover is looking forward to exploring the Reno community.

Dr. Hoover will be joining Dr. Johnson, Dr. Andrus and Dr. Cox as Fairgrounds Animal Hospital’s newest veterinarian on June 4, 2018. We are so grateful to be adding Dr. Hoover to our team. We can’t wait for everyone to meet him!!

Dr. Hoover would love to meet your pets!! Call (775) 329-4106 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoover today.

How to Spot and Handle a Pet Emergency

Unfortunately, accidents and pet emergencies do happen. When a medical pet emergency befalls our furry friends, pet parents may find it difficult to make rational decisions, especially if something occurs during the middle of the night. That’s why it’s crucial to have a pet emergency plan in place—before you need it.

Have a pet emergency protocol in place:

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital will happily accommodate pet emergency appointments for our sick patients during regular hospital hours. Our regular hospital hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn more about what to do in a pet emergency here.

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Phone: 775-329-4106
2435 Sutro Street, Reno, NV 89512


If your pet experiences a medical emergency during hours that Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is closed, please call:

Animal Emergency Center

Phone: 775-851-3600
6425 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511


If your pet has ingested or come in contact with a potentially poisonous substance, please call:

ASPCA Poison Control

1-(888) 426-4435


If you have found injured wildlife:

Nevada Humane Society

Phone: 775-856-2000 ext 200
6425 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511

(775) 856-2000 ext. 200

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Dog Flu – Canine Influenza

 

Canine Influenza (Dog Flu) is an influenza occurring in dogs and canine animals. Canine influenza is caused by varieties on influenzavirus A, such as equine influenza virus H3N8, which in 2004 was discovered to cause disease in dogs. Because of lack of previous exposure to the virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it. Because of this, the disease spreads rapidly through individual dogs.

There is currently an outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Reno/ Sparks area. Because Canine Influenza is extremely contagious, it is recommended that owners avoid taking their dogs to public places for now. It is also recommended to vaccinate your dogs against Canine Influenza. Many boarding and grooming facilities are now requiring that dogs are vaccinated against Canine Influenza.

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Pain Management for Feline Stomatitis

Simon receives laser therapy at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital to provide pain management for feline stomatitis.

What Is Feline Stomatitis?

Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums. In most cases, the condition causes ulcers to form in the mouth; these ulcers can involve the lips, tongue, gums, and back of the throat. Cats of any age or breed can be affected.

  • Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums.
  • Dental disease, certain viruses, and some other inflammatory conditions can cause feline stomatitis.
  • The long-term outcome can vary. Many cats require long-term treatment to control the condition.

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Pet Ear Care

Pet ear care at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Pet Ear Care: Genoa was seen at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital to have her ears cleaned.

Veterinarians are often asked about pet ear care. Your pets ears have their own self-cleaning mechanism and are actually quite self-sufficient. Pet ear care becomes important when this self-cleaning mechanism fails you will need to intervene.

How do dogs’ ears stay clean?

Your pets’ generally stay clean naturally. The waxy, oily material that lines your pets’ ears combine with skin cells to form ear wax. This ear wax is what helps your pets’ ears naturally stay clean. Ear wax keeps their ear drum soft and moist. It also traps foreign material that gets in your pets’ ears, such as dust and dirt. The skin cells on your pets’ ears move the wax up and out which keeps your pets’ ears clean. This is why ear wax does not build up in healthy ears. Continue…

Ultrasounds at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

A pet ultrasound at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital.

Ultrasounds are used at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital to diagnose or rule out many issues and conditions.

Are you curious about pet ultrasounds?

There are many reasons that your pet’s veterinarian might request to do an ultrasound for your pet. Veterinary medicine has come leaps and bounds in the past 20 years—and the ultrasound is a prime example of one of the most useful advances. Thanks to ultrasound, we can look inside the body where we used to have to go in surgically to explore. Ultrasound works by bouncing sound waves off of the tissues and creating an image. The lighter the color, the more dense the tissue. Ultrasounds are difficult to interpret and require a trained specialist’s eye. Ultrasound is useful for diagnosing or ruling out many issues and conditions, including liver and kidney issues, pregnancy, bladder or kidney stones, and tumors. Ultrasound also reveals the density, size, shape, and position of organs in the abdomen to look for abnormalities that could lead to a diagnosis without the need for exploratory surgery.

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When you need Urgent Care, call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers Urgent Care and Emergency services for your pets in the Reno/Sparks area. Call our office at (775) 329-4106 for more information.

It’s 5 pm on a Friday evening and you have just come home from a long day at work. When you walk in the door, you notice that your intact (not spayed), female dog is lethargic, painful and vomiting. You rush her to your veterinarian’s office for an urgent care visit and they diagnose her with a pyometra. They explain that a pyometra is an infected uterus and the best chance she has for survival is a $1000-2000 emergency surgery to remove the infected uterus or it can become life threatening.

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital offers Urgent Care and Emergency Services for your pets in the Reno/Sparks area.

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Starting Good Dental Habits Early Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning

By Tamara Kees

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the first step for dental care for your pet.

Good pet dental care is as important for our pets as it is for us, and starting early makes it a healthy habit your dog or cat is far more likely to tolerate!

Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning is Important! Good Pet Dental Care Will Help Keep Your Pet Healthy!!!

For puppies and kittens, starting out with quick sessions can be a good way to gently introduce the idea of brushing. Using tuna juice or pet toothpaste on a little piece of gauze with your finger at first, and then working up to a toothbrush as your pet gets used to the concept is a good, gradual way to go. Rewarding with a lot of praise and treats also positively reinforces the experience! Brushing only really needs to be done for about 30 seconds each side, in 5-10 second chunks. The sides of the teeth facing the cheek are what you primarily should focus on, since the tongue constantly rubs that inner surface of the teeth. Brushing every day is optimal, but even brushing 3 times a week will make a huge difference in oral health. With practice, consistency, and patience, many pets come to tolerate brushing very well—and some really enjoy it! Continue…