National Spoil Your Dog Day

 

August 10th is National Spoil Your Dog Day, a day for dog owners to spoil their for legged friends. In honor of this holiday Fairgrounds Animal Hospital has put together a list of ways you can make this holiday special for your pooch.  Continue…

Why Spay or Neuter?

Most pet owners spay or neuter their pets, but some choose to wait because they want to breed or they aren’t sure they want to have any surgery done on their pet. The idea of surgery can be very intimidating-but I can reassure you that spays and neuters are very common surgeries with low rates of complications, and technological advances in veterinary medicine make anesthetic protocol and monitoring comparable to the safety of human medicine. Our experienced veterinarians here at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital have performed many of these surgeries routinely and are extremely skilled.  Continue…

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Don’t get Ticked this Summer!

Ticks are not only creepy and unpleasant to find on your pet or yourself; they are notorious for causing Lyme disease in pets and humans. Did you know they can also cause anemia, paralysis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Bartonella, and Erlichiosis? Ticks like to hide out in woodsy areas or tall grasses and brush and attach themselves in wrinkles and less hairy spots on any passing dog, cat, or human that gets close enough. They can stay attached and feed on blood for hours or days, and if not properly removed, their heads can stay lodged in the skin! Continue…

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The Fleas are Jumping this Year!!

With the wetter weather of La Nina this year comes the bugs—and fleas are one concern for your dog or outdoor/indoor cat. Fleas can cause your pet skin rashes and infections, allergic reactions, anemia, can cause them to hurt themselves by scratching and biting, and can even give them tapeworms! Rarely, these tapeworms can be passed to humans—especially young children—and fleabites can cause rashes and skin infection in humans too. Once fleas ride in on your pet, you must also disinfect your whole home and all of your bedding, which can get pretty costly. Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent all of this trouble from striking your family and pets! Continue…

The Playful and Inquisitive Ferret

Ferrets are very playful and fun – they are great exotic pets for adults and older kids.

Ferrets are Playful and Inquisitive Pets

Ferrets are unique animals from the weasel family. Ferrets are both playful and inquisitive pets. They have a long body with a flexible spine. Ferrets are very playful and fun – they make great exotic pets for adults and older kids! They should be kept in a big cage with a closed bottom and several layers to run and play. Ferrets love to hide and burrow in blankets, so provide a few un-frayed little ones to snuggle up in. Ferrets are also curious and want to explore everything! When they are out and about in the house, ferrets tend to find their way into anything and can get themselves stuck into areas where it is hard to get them out. Supervise them anytime they are out running around!  Continue…

Are Vaccines Really That Important?

     The answer to this question seems like a no-brainer—YES! However, many pet owners are unsure why it is so important to keep your dog or cat up to date on their vaccinations. There are many reasons to be responsible about vaccinating your pet, including preventative care to avoid costly emergencies, public health and safety in your community, and best quality of life for your pet. Vaccines are an easy, safe, and effective way to prevent many diseases in cats and dogs. This list includes: Continue…

What is Parvo and What Can I do to Protect My Dog?

 

     Canine Parvovirus is an often fatal illness that is transmitted from dog to dog by contaminated feces. Because it has no fatty outer envelope to make it vulnerable like other viruses, parvo is particularly tough and can live in the soil for up to 2 years. That means the ground that looks perfectly safe and poo-free at the dog park or on your regular walk could be harboring parvovirus. When a dog with little to no immunity to parvo gets infected, it begins to work on the lining of the intestines and stomach, causing severe damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and eventually causing death from internal destruction and severe dehydration. This process is fast, and most untreated dogs die within a week or two from first symptoms. If parvo is caught soon enough, some patients may pull through with hospitalization and intensive supportive care. Continue…

What to Know About Heartworm

What is heartworm disease?

  Heartworm disease is caused by a specific type of worm that invades your dog and takes up residency between the heart and the lungs. It can block vessels going to the lungs and invade the heart, over time, causing heart disease.

  If your dog has heartworm, it may be found before your dog shows clinical signs by taking a heartworm test. If your dog starts to show signs, you might see: weight loss, coughing, labored breathing, lethargy, and more. Continue…

What is Heartworm and Should I give my Pet Heartworm Preventative?

If you’ve never heard of the heartworm before, you’re not alone. Many pet parents are unaware of this health risk to their dogs, and sometimes cats too! The heartworm is a parasite that enters your pet’s bloodstream via a mosquito bite. Once it reaches the heart, a heartworm can lodge inside and grow up to 12 inches long! The infection is often too far advanced to reverse when symptoms like coughing and exercise intolerance show up—in many cases it is fatal. Nevada used to have far less cases of heartworm infection than it does today, because of our arid climate—but many factors have contributed to the increasing frequency of heartworm infection here and in all 50 states. People travel with their pets and bring back infection, new pets move into the area, and La Niña has been bringing us wetter weather, which mosquitoes thrive in. Continue…

Getting Your Cats in see to see the Vet

If you are like most people who own cats, getting them in to the veterinarian tends to be stressful for both you and the kitty. Most cats maybe get checked out by their veterinarian every other year or less, and that is if the owner can catch them, get them in a carrier without getting bitten or scratched, and drive to the clinic without them howling and hissing in the car. However, most cats should have an annual exam. What if they are sick and need to come in sooner? For most people, going through this process is uncomfortable and we dread it. Never fear! There are ways to help facilitate and reduce the stress of this process.

  1. Try leaving the pet carrier out in the room where your cat spends most of her time. Try making it a comfortable place for your cat by putting a blanket or bed inside. Try feeding your cat next to, on, or in the carrier so that they get used to being around it. You can even try playing with your cat in and around the carrier.
  2. Play with your cat prior to bringing her into your veterinarian. Burning off some energy first helps reduce the stress of the car ride for both of you. It has been shown that petting and playing with your pet significantly reduces stress!
  3. A pheromone spray spritzed on a towel in the carrier the morning of the appointment can help calm your kitty down as well. You can even place a towel that smells like home or carries the scent of the pheromone spray over the carrier. Leaving this towel over the carrier when in the clinic can help minimize stress while in the waiting room.
  4. Examine your cat from head to tail every so often at home. This will get your cat used to being handled and touched, and will help your veterinarian when examining your cat. This will also keep you in tune with your cat and help you notice something before it becomes concerning.
  5. Make sure your carrier is big enough that your cat can stand up and move around. Having a carrier where the top comes off is really helpful for the cats that won’t willingly come out. This allows the veterinarian or technician to safely remove your cat in the exam room without having to pull on her.
  6. Most cats hate car rides, and most cats associate the car ride with going to the doctor, as this is the only time they travel. Try taking them on small, 5 minute car rides to get used to being in the car. You can even take your cat to the veterinary hospital when there is no appointment to get them used to the place without being examined.
  7. For the really anxious cats, there are medications and supplements (such as Zylkene, Composure, and others) to give the morning of your appointment to help them feel calm and less stressed. If your cat is one that will need these, call your veterinarian and discuss this prior to bringing your cat in.

Take the time to try some or all of these options. They can really help you get your cat to her appointment with the least amount of stress to both of you. We want your cat to be her happiest and healthiest!

 

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