Covid 19 Precautions

 We want to reach out to all our pet parents with an update. Fairgrounds Animal Hospital will be staying open to attend to your pet’s needs. We request that you be patient with our staff as we are working diligently to keep our you and them, as safe as possible when bringing your pet to us. Here are some temporary adjustments that you need to be aware of when arriving.

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Preventative Care Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

Annual preventative care wellness exams with your veterinarian is the best way to keep your pet healthy and happy. The vet will check the physical condition of your dog in the first visit to diagnose any problems. Routine lab tests are able to detect early stages of disease. Our hospital is able to conduct various types of tests with the latest technology. Early check-ups will help to diagnose any problems at an early stage which will help your dog live a longer and happier life. 

 

Vaccinations

Vaccination is the best way to protect your dog from many diseases such as cough, rabies, and distemper. Dogs can be immunized against canine flu and Lyme disease. Consult your veterinarian about the vaccines that are best for your pet for their age, health status and exposure. 

 

Grooming Routine 

Ear cleaning, trimming or nails, and coat brushing are all beneficial for your dog. Visit your veterinarian on a regular basis and consult your veterinarian on how to clean your dog’s ears safely. Discharge from ears can be an indication of an infection. Trimming of nails will keep them away from infection and also help your pet to walk normally. If you brush their hair daily, it will prevent mats and help to detect skin problems early. 

 

Protection from Parasites

Fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites can result in major health consequences for your dog. However, these can easily be prevented by the regular use of veterinary approved products. Heartworms are usually transmitted through mosquito bites. Fleas and ticks are not responsible for transmitting disease but can lead to itchy skin which can make your pet very uncomfortable. As change occurs in weather, it is quite difficult to guarantee when mosquitoes or fleas are not biting. 

 

Good Nutrition and Regular Exercise for Your Pet 

Balanced nutrition is the best key to keeping your pet healthy. Try to maintain a high-quality diet that addresses your pet’s specific health needs, breed, activity level and age. Regular exercise is another vital factor that keeps your dog healthy and active. Discuss a diet and exercise plan for your dog with your veterinarian. 

 

Dental Care 

Taking care of your dog’s teeth is also necessary. Brush your dog’s teeth twice a week with an edible toothpaste recommended by your veterinarian. An annual dental check-up is also recommended as part of your pets wellness exam. 

 

 

Taking good care of your dog is vital to maintain the overall health of your dog. Fairgrounds Animal Hospital delivers unique services ranging from vaccines to surgery. We love caring for your pets. Our veterinarians and staff are skilled and efficient in delivering exceptional health services for your pet. We deliver one on one personalized care for your pets to make them feel at home. Call us today at (775) 329-4106 to schedule a preventative care exam for your pet. 

 

Preventative Care for Pets of All Ages

The journey for your pet’s longevity & healthy lifestyle begins by being a few steps ahead of the game. The benefit of Preventative Care for Pets includes preventative panels that are the technology for early detection for a better prognosis & overall effectiveness of treatment.

We all love and care for our pets as if they were our own children. We pamper them, take them out for walks/play dates, buy them toys, clothes, treats, and other supplies to keep them happy and comfortable. They are important things to do as well as taking them into the Veterinary Clinic for their annual check-ups. Keeping up with their appearance is equally important as their internal health so they can continue to live a happy and beautiful life surrounded by loved ones.

The month of March is all about Preventative Care for pets no matter how old your pet might be. A preventative panel with early detection of diseases like Heartworm, viruses, internal parasites, functions of the liver and kidney, and much more. We want to help your pet live a longer, healthier life, so you can continue to create wonderful memories with them. Start your next visit with us with a Preventative Panel so that you’re ahead of the game.

The package includes a Veterinary Examination from head to tail as well as blood, urine, and fecal test. This provides the Veterinarian with information for a proper diagnosis and treatment of your pet. Vaccines will be recommended and administered if necessary for your pet.

Studies have shown that 1 in 7 adult pets, 1 in 5 senior pets, and 2 in 5 geriatric pets can have abnormal values on their Preventative Panel results even if they seem healthy.

Our Preventative Care Packages Include the Following: 

  • A head to tail physical exam by Veterinarian
  • A Fecal test for intestinal parasites
  • A Blood testing panel testing RBC’s, WBC’s, Kidney and Liver function
  • Infectious disease detection (FeLV, FIV, Heartworm, tick-born or parasitic diseases)
  • A Urinalysis checking for urinary crystals, bacterial infections, and kidney function

Original price discounted at 62% as a bundle than if done individually  

Call us today at (775) 329-4106 to schedule a Preventative Care Exam for your pet.

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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Obesity in Cats and Dogs

As of October 2019 it’s estimated that half of all domestic dogs and cats are clinically overweight. That’s 49 million dogs, and more than 50 million cats! Obesity is one of the most common nutritional diseases in dogs and cats. The best treatment is prevention, but it’s also never too late to fix it.

According to most studies, obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy, diminished quality of life, chronic inflammation, orthopedic disease, kidney dysfunction, cancers, urinary issues, and more! Excess weight in pets can decrease a pet’s life span by up to 2.5 years!

How do you know if your pet is overweight or obese? If you’re unsure of your pet’s ideal weight try this simple exercise:

  • Place your hands on your pets ribcage with your thumbs on it’s back
  • If you feel the ribs easily, your pet is considered to be normal weight
  • If you can feel fat between the skin and ribs or the ribs are hard to feel, your pet is overweight
  • If you can’t feel the ribs, your pet is definitely obese

You can also use a body score chart like this:

If your pet is overweight, there are painless methods to help your pet lose those unhealthy pounds.

A visit with your veterinarian can determine if the weight is due to an underlying medical condition, what your pet’s ideal weight is, and a healthy weight loss plan for them. Your veterinarian can prescribe a diet formulation such as Hill’s Metabolic Diet that will help make dieting easy for you and your pet. Combining that with routine walks, and playtime can definitely help your pet lose those extra pounds. Call us today to discuss a weight loss plan for your pet.

2019 Pet Photo Contest Winners

We received a lot of submissions and we were excited to see all of your festive holiday pet photos! Thank you to everyone that submitted photos of their pets (We laughed, smiled and enjoyed each one!)  and to everyone that voted! All of these photos were so adorable there is no way we could have picked a winner on our own! You can also still see all our 2019 Holiday Photo Contest Submissions here. All winners can contact our hospital at (775) 329-4106 or stop in to redeem their prizes.

Congratulations to Our Winners!

 

 

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Holiday Food Safety Tips for Pets

The holidays are a wonderful time for family and friends to get together and celebrate, and most celebrations include a wide variety of delicious, mouth-watering food and drink. While pets are often included in the celebrations (I know mine are), be careful how you celebrate with them, and keep in mind that cats and dogs have much more sensitive bodies than humans and the simple foods we eat during the holidays can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening side effects. Below is a list of foods to avoid giving Fido and Whiskers this holiday season to keep them healthy and out of the animal hospital. Here are some holiday food safety tips for your pets: 

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Senior Dental Care: Never Too Old For Good Dental Health

By: Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
VETERINARY MEDICINE

The prevalence of periodontal disease increases as age increases and body weight decreases (large dogs vs. small dogs). Similar to other chronic processes, particularly ones with tissue loss (gingival and bone), this disease is likely to worsen without intervention until the final phase of periodontal disease – tooth loss. The coinfluence relationship of dental disease with diabetes and renal disease underscores the importance of addressing issues in senior animals before they cause more problems.

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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 to remind you that our office will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019, to observe Thanksgiving. Our office will re-open on Friday November 29, 2019 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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Pet Dental Health: Why does it cost so much to clean my pet’s teeth?

The veterinary team at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is proud of our gold standard or care for our patients along with our use of fear free techniques.
With this in mind:
• We advise that all pets are seen by their veterinarian for a preventative exam which includes a thorough assessment of major body systems, including the heart, lungs, eyes, ears and mouth annually or every 6 months if they are 6 years or older, or a senior pet. This assists our veterinary team with creating the best anesthetic plan for each patient and provides a complete picture of each patient’s health.
• We keep our treatment rooms stocked with clearly labeled vital supplies readily available in case of an emergency.
• Our hospital is kept sanitary with frequent hand-washing and the use of antibacterial agents to disinfect all patient areas.
• Our veterinary team is trained in fear free techniques which includes proper restraint and humane handling techniques to ensure that every patient is treated with compassion and feels comfortable and safe while receiving the medical care they need.
• Our veterinary team provides client education and a full estimate with a low and high end for every procedure performed in our hospital. We strongly believe that going over any questions that you may have and educating you about your pet’s health and procedure will ease any anxiety that you may have about your pet’s general health and the care that they will receive in our hospital, as well as assist you with making the most informed decision possible in terms of your pets care.
• Our veterinary team will always offer preventative options for several reasons, first and most importantly to benefit the overall health of your pet and second to prevent unnecessary follow up visits if possible. Which can be costly to you and stressful for your pet. For example, if your pet requires extractions, it is recommended that is done during their teeth cleaning as opposed to making several visits. Continue…