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…

Your Pet’s Consultation for Cat or Dog Teeth Cleaning: What to Expect

Dog Teeth Cleaning at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Have you ever wondered about dog teeth cleaning or cat teeth cleaning for your pet?

By Tamara Kees

Maybe you’ve noticed your dog or cat has some killer breath lately, seen brown tartar on their teeth, have been enlightened on the great importance of their dental health or you have just been thinking about cat or dog teeth cleaning for your pet and you want to know where to start. Next, you find out we offer complimentary dental consultations and you schedule one to get your pet on the path to a beautiful smile! You may wonder, what will happen during this visit? First, you should plan to spend about 15-30 minutes from checking in at the reception desk to completing the consult in the exam room. After check in, a technician will greet you in the room, examine your pet’s teeth and gums to assess the level of dental disease already present (if any), and ask you some questions to get an idea of your lifestyle and needs. She may ask about your pet’s dental homecare regimen, what you feed them, and if you’ve noticed any behaviors that might indicate oral discomfort. Continue…

“But Chubby is Cute!” The Truth About Pet Obesit

Pet Obesity can cause serious problems fro your pet. Schedule an exam to get your pet started on a weight loss plan today.

By: Tamara Kees

We’ve all seen them—the obese cats and dogs that live in our community. They look pretty jolly lounging on couch arms in your aunt’s living room, their folds draped over each side, or jiggling down the street with their mouths agape and tongues lolling. However, obese pets are really suffering under all that extra weight with—they just can’t tell us how uncomfortable they really feel. Also, like me, they have no self control when it comes to tasty food. We are our pet’s only protection from obesity because we can completely control their diets. Maintaining healthy weight in our dogs and cats keeps them happier, healthier, and living longer lives! However, many of our pets suffer the chronic negative effects of excessive body fat here in the U.S. Obesity is not just a human epidemic here; it affects over 50% of our dogs and cats too!

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Pet Obesity in Cats and Dogs

Pet obesity can lead to serious problems for your pets. Call our office to get your pet started on a weight loss plan today!!

By: Tamara Kees

Just like us, pet obesity in cats and dogs is often caused by taking in more calories than one is burning in their daily activity. Pet obesity can be a serious problem for your pets.  And, just like us, obesity in dogs and cats is extremely common and leads to many health issues and diseases that can drastically reduce quality of life and shorten the lifespan. Some things that can be negatively affected by excess fat and weight on a pet are the bones and joints, the lungs and airway, the liver, the heart and blood vessels, and the thermoregulation system (the pet’s ability to cool themselves down when they’re hot). Some diseases that can result from obesity include diabetes, heart disease, low immune system function, increased risk for cancer, and lameness from osteoarthritis. Continue…

Travel Anxiety in Pets

Anxiety caused by a certain event is called situational anxiety, and some dogs and cats can have mild to severe anxiety when faced with a long trip in the car. We avoid these situations when we can, but sometimes, as with a move or an extended vacation—we need to get our animals there. Training/desensitizing by taking the pet on multiple short trips to show them nothing bad will happen works often, but sometimes we don’t anticipate that situation long enough before it arrives, or, in rare cases, the short trips prove to have little effect on the anxiety. In such cases, we can resort to having a veterinarian examine our pets for any underlying issues, and then prescribe appropriate medications that range from treating mild to severe anxiety. 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…