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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What about fish? Pond and aquarium fish may need veterinary care, too!

By: Dr. Gary Hoover, DVM
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Dr. Gary Hoover is a Veterinarian at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. He has a B.S. in Fisheries & Aquatic Science and DVM from Purdue University.

Did you know? Fishkeeping is the second most common hobby in the United States.

Fish are a very popular pet!! Fishkeeping is the second most common hobby in the United States, behind gardening. Millions of American homes have aquariums large and small, from tiny “goldfish” bowls to massive coral reef tanks. Ponds are very common, too, with large backyard landscapes including a water feature and beautiful koi.  All of these animals can become part of the family just like our dogs and cats, and, just like our dogs and cats, sometimes they can get sick. Veterinary care is often overlooked, but just ask the catfish producers in the Mississippi Delta or the salmon farmers in the Pacific northwest – veterinarians are important friends to have to keep your fish healthy! Pond and aquarium fish will require different care and treatments than food, but both can and should be seen by veterinarians when they get sick.

Veterinary Care for fish necessary, but often overlooked!!

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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…

Welcome Dr. Gary Hoover

We are excited to announce a new addition to our Fairgrounds Animal Hospital team. Please join us is welcoming Dr. Gary Hoover as our newest veterinarian.

Dr. Hoover recently moved to Reno, NV with his wife, young son, 3 dogs, 1 cat and many fish from South Bend, IN. Dr. Hoover attended Purdue University receiving his B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science and DVM. Dr. Hoover has spent time doing research at Purdue University as well as working at a small animal practice. Dr. Hoover sees dogs, cats, exotic pets and fish!! In his free time he enjoys fishing, golfing and cooking. Dr. Hoover is looking forward to exploring the Reno community.

Dr. Hoover will be joining Dr. Johnson, Dr. Andrus and Dr. Cox as Fairgrounds Animal Hospital’s newest veterinarian on June 4, 2018. We are so grateful to be adding Dr. Hoover to our team. We can’t wait for everyone to meet him!!

Dr. Hoover would love to meet your pets!! Call (775) 329-4106 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoover today.

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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Pain Management for Feline Stomatitis

Simon receives laser therapy at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital to provide pain management for feline stomatitis.

What Is Feline Stomatitis?

Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums. In most cases, the condition causes ulcers to form in the mouth; these ulcers can involve the lips, tongue, gums, and back of the throat. Cats of any age or breed can be affected.

  • Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat’s mouth and gums.
  • Dental disease, certain viruses, and some other inflammatory conditions can cause feline stomatitis.
  • The long-term outcome can vary. Many cats require long-term treatment to control the condition.

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