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…

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…