Urgent Care and Walk-In Exams

If you notice your animal has a wound, please call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital at 775-329-4106 and bring your animal in for an Urgent Care exam.

In addition to scheduled appointments, the Doctors at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital also see Urgent care/walk-in exams on a daily basis. Dog and cat fight wounds and bites are unfortunately a frequent occurrence we see year-round. Often times, the fight may be between animals from the same family but can also be from another dog at the dog park or walking along the street. It is important to keep your animals updated on his or her rabies vaccine in case they are bit by another animal or they bite another dog, cat or human, as this can lead to state-regulated quarantine or, in the unfortunate case of an un-vaccinated pet, euthanasia. Continue…

Safe Travel with Pets

Many families travel with their pets for the holidays. Here are some holiday travel safety tips from Dr. Katie Cox, DVM.

The holidays are coming and that means many families will be traveling with their pets. This can be a stressful time for both pets and their families because of the change in day-to-day routine and new environments for the animal. Stress can manifest as many forms, such as fear and apprehension, which could make your pet hide, become nauseous, or show signs of aggression that are not normal for your pet. There are many ways to help decrease stress for our furry friends, whether it be for car or air travel.

Thundershirts can help decrease your pet’s travel anxiety.

Many over-the-counter options are available to help decrease anxiety in dogs and cats. The Thunder shirt is an effective tool that can help comfort your pet and decrease reactions to loud noises. This works by adding mild pressure to your animal’s body, like a hug, to decrease reaction to stimulus. Check your favorite pet store for Thunder shirts or look online at thundershirt.com.

There are a variety of supplements and medications on the market to help with fear and stress, so be sure to talk with your veterinarian about your method of travel. Medications used for sedation are not recommended for plane travel because they can upset the pressure in the brain and affect your animal’s balance. Continue…

Happy Holidays | Office Closures

The doctors and staff at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital would like to wish you, your family and your pets a safe and happy holiday season.

Office Closures for the Holidays

Our staff would like remind you that our office will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 to celebrate the holiday. Our office will re-open on Wednesday, December 26, 201 at 7:30 a.m.

Happy New Year's - Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Our office will also be closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 201 at 7:30 a.m.

If your pet experiences an emergency during our holiday closures, please contact Animal Emergency Center located at 6425 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511 at (775) 851-3600.

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Pet Obesity is a Year Round Concern for Pets

Dr. Gary Hoover is a veterinarian at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital.

October may be over, but concern for pet obesity isn’t over! Many pets are overweight or obese, which can cause some significant problems if not addressed.

How do I know if my pet is obese?

Typically, your veterinarian will look for three main physical characteristics to determine your pet’s body condition score (BCS). BCS is graded on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being severely underweight, 4-5 being ideal, and 8-9 being obese. The first thing to consider is fat deposits along the chest. When you feel along your pet’s chest, your fingers should bump along the ribs underneath the skin and a thin layer of fat. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, they likely are overweight. The next two characteristics go together, and they form your pet’s waist. Looking at your pet from above, the chest should be the widest point, and the body should narrow in front of the hips/hind legs. Similarly, from the side, your pet’s chest should be the deepest point, and the abdomen should tuck up in front of the hips. Continue…

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Happy Thanksgiving | Holiday Closures

Tthanksgiving-closureshe doctors and staff at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital would like to wish you, your family and your pets a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Office Closures for the Holiday

Our staff would like remind you that our office will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 to observe Thanksgiving. Our office will re-open on Friday November 23, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Our office will also resume our new Saturday hours on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Continue…

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Welcome Dr. Diana Kushlan

Dr. Kushlan | Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

WELCOME!

We are thrilled  welcome Dr. Diana Kushlan to Fairgrounds Animal Hospital and announce that our hospital has new hours including Saturdays!

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Diana Kushlan to Fairgrounds Animal Hospital.  Dr. Kushlan comes from a Navy family and spent her early years moving around with her family. She received her BS in Chemistry, followed by her PhD in the same subject from Penn State University. After working in the academic field for over seven years, she headed to the University of IL and graduated with a DVM in 1999. From there94, Dr. Kushlan became the owner of Sierra View Animal Hospital until it closed in 2013. She then spent the next 5 years working at a small animal hospital and ER in Texas before joining our team at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. Dr. Kushlan currently lives in Carson City with her 3 dogs Kaci, Melvin and Molly.

 

 

NEW HOURS!!!

With the addition of Dr. Kushlan, we are also excited to announce that we have new hours including Saturday scheduled, urgent care and walk-in appointments!

With Dr. Kushlan coming on board, we will now be able to extend hospital hours with Saturday urgent care, walk-in and scheduled appointments now available from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. starting November 2nd. Visit our website here: http://ow.ly/ODcg30mj56M or call our office at (775) 329-4106 to set up you Saturday appointment today! Continue…

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Dr. Katie Cox explains why you should spay or neuter your pet.

When you bring your puppy and kitten to the veterinarian’s office for a check-up, one of the recommendations may be to spay or neuter your new pet. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats has many medical and behavioral benefits that can enhance the quality of life and lifespan of your beloved pet.

The most commonly known reason to spay and neuter dogs and cats is to decrease the number of un-adopted pets in the United States. While spaying your female dog or cat does indeed eliminate the chances of an unwanted pregnancy, it can also stop a female from going into heat two to three times a year. Another strong argument for spaying females is the prevention of a pyometra, or an infected uterus.  A pyometra occurs only in intact (non-spayed) females because of the hormones from the ovaries. This can lead to a life-threatening infection that requires emergency surgery to fix.  Spaying females can also decrease chances of cancerous mammary tumors. Continue…

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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…

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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