Happy Fourth of July | Office Closures

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

Office Closures for the Holiday

Our staff would like to remind you that our office will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2020, to observe the Fourth of July holiday. Our office will re-open on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 7:30 a.m. Our office will also resume our regular hours on Saturday, July 6, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Continue…

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Create Your Pet’s Playlist While You Wait

With our new procedures in place for Covid 19 we know it can be tough to have to wait for your pet. While you wait, consider creating a Spotify playlist for your pet to jam out to on the way home. Spotify allows you to curate a playlist for your pet. You can use your existing Spotify account or if you do not have an account you can create a free one in minutes. The music streaming service also released some not-so-surprising results of a study they conducted on how pet owners use music with their companion animals.

Spotify included 5,000 users from around the world in their survey. They discovered that 71% of participants play music for their pets. Other interesting facts included:

  • 8 in 10 pet owners believe their pets like music
  • 69% of pet owners sing to their pet
  • 57% of owners dance with their pet
  • 55% of owners think their

Let’s find out what Fairgrounds pet owners think:

According to the study, classical and soft rock are the top two genres that pets prefer. Bob Marley, Elvis, Freddy Mercury, Bowie and Ozzy are the top five artist-inspired pet names.

Head to spotify.com/pets and enter a few details about your pet. You can choose between a dog, cat, hamster, iguana or bird. Sadly, there are no rabbits or other animals at this time.

Once you enter your pet’s details Spotify will figure out what your pet’s playlist should be based on their personality and your listening history and presto your pet has a playlist to jam out to for the car ride home.

Share Your Results With Us!!

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Once you have set up your pet’s playlist, head over to our Facebook page and share your pet’s playlist and see what other Fairgrounds pets like to rock out to.

Below is a playlist that we set-up for Rosie, one of our team members dogs.

IT WORKS!! We have confirmed that Rosie is in fact an Elvis Costello and Patti Smith fan.

Here is a preview of Rosie’s playlist. Enjoy.

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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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Curbside Pick-up Available

Curbside pickup is available at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital for your pets food and prescriptions. Call in your order to our hospital at (775) 329-4106 and we’ll Bring It Right to Your Car. Store hours: Monday-Friday (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.).

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What is Canine Parvovirus?

What is Parvovirus?

  • The highly contagious virus that can infect puppies (most commonly under the age of 5 months), dogs and wild canines (coyotes, foxes, wolves, etc.)
  • Several variants of CPV-2 (CPV-2a, 2b, 2c); although symptoms are relatively similar
  • Intestinal parvovirus (most common) and Cardiac parvovirus

How is Parvovirus spread?

  • HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS 
  • Spread through dog to dog contact, environment, infected stool, and people
  • The virus can lay dormant in kennels, water bowls, on leashes, clothing/hands of people who come in contact with infected dogs and several other surfaces. 
  • Can survive in the environment for extended periods of time and is resistant to heat, cold, and dry environments
  • Dogs can transfer the disease through their hair, or feet
  • Virus travels in the bloodstream
    • First attacks tonsils and lymph nodes in the mouth
    • Then travels via lymphocytes to the bloodstream
    • Once in the bloodstream, virus attacks rapidly dividing cells (cells that line the intestinal tract, bone marrow, and heart)
    • Breaks down the lining of gut-unable to absorb nutrients and eventually leads to severe diarrhea and vomiting 
    • Breaks down the immune system; Can lead to sepsis

What dogs are most at risk?

  • All dogs are at risk (Da2pp vx helps prevent, but does not make them immune) 
  • Puppies under 5 months old are the most at risk; dogs that have not received an adequate amount of Da2pp vx are also highly at risk
  • Some breeds thought to be more at risk
    • Pitbull terriers
    • German shepherds
    • Rottweilers (sorry Sharon)
    • Doberman pinschers (sorry CMA)
    • Labs
  • Breeds at less risk (compared to breeds listed above)
    • Toy poodles and cocker spaniels

Symptoms of Parvovirus

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea-often bloody 
  • inappetence
  • Hypothermia/hyperthermia 
  • Bloated/painful abdomen
  • Red gums
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Symptoms typically appear within 4-14 days after incubation period; virus is shed in feces 4-5 days post-exposure and can continue to be shed 2-3 weeks after recovery 
  • Most deaths occur within 2-3 days if not treated properly (many can die even after receiving proper treatment)

How is Parvovirus diagnosed and treated?

  • Suspected based on dogs history 
    • Vaccine status
    • Age
    • Environment
  • SNAP Parvo test/fecal tests
    • Detects shedding virus particles in the feces
    • Peak shedding occurs 4-7 days post-infection; the chance that test could come back negative and retesting several days later can result in a positive test
  • CBC tests 
    • Virus attacks WBC, results in a low WBC count on CBC
  • Treated with IV fluids, IV injections, antibiotics, etc.
    • IV fluids, maropitant, antibiotic injections
    • Famotidine 
      • Used to reduce stomach acid
    • None of these treatments cure or kill the disease; supportive measures to help stabilize the animal until the immune system can recover
    • Antibiotics are commonly used throughout treatment; will not kill the virus but can help prevent the victim from being infected by other bacterial infections while the immune system is compromised
  • The high success rate of recovery for patients that are treated at the hospital, however not guaranteed (roughly 80-90%) 
  • Vaccinate dogs every 3-4 weeks starting at 6/8 weeks of age. Continue until 20 weeks old, then yearly boosters for rest of life
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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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