Pet Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween - Fairgrounds Animal HospitalMost people when they think of Halloween don’t readily think of pet Halloween safety. Halloween can be one of the funnest holidays of the year for you and your pets, it can also be one of the most dangerous for your pets. When getting ready to celebrate Halloween with your pets. Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

1.Black Cats Beware

It is important to keep all pets, especially black cats, indoor on Halloween. Cat or dogs wandering the streets on Halloween are at risk for getting lost, hit by a car, abducted, injured or taunted by trick or treaters. Continue…

Superstar Pet Abby

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Abby is Fairgrounds Animal Hospitals superstar pet this week!!! Abby has lost 10 pounds and is doing a great job on her weight loss routine. We couldn’t be more proud of her for all of her hard work!! A combination of medication, special diet and exercise are helping Abby reach her goal weight. Abby is an older girl but her recent weight loss has her acting like a puppy. Great job Abby, keep up the good work!!!

Pet Teeth Cleaning

Have you ever wondered what a dental procedure or pet teeth cleaning is like for your dog or cat? Most humans have their teeth cleaned twice a year by a dentist, and it is important that our pets have their teeth cleaned by a dentist regularly, too. Pet teeth cleanings and dental procedures are a little different from human cleanings, though. To give you an idea of what a dental cleaning is like for your pet, here’s a step-by-step breakdown.

After their teeth cleaning or dental procedure your pet will leave with beautiful, clean teeth, but they will not stay that way. You have to help maintain your pet’s oral health by brushing his/her teeth and following staff recommendations.

November is Dental Month at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. We offer 10% off all dental services during the month of November. Our schedule books up fast so call our office at (775) 329-4106 to schedule your appointment today.

Senior Pet Wellness & Bloodwork

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Did you know that, depending on the size, your dog or cat ages about 5-7 times more rapidly than you do? Getting a senior pet wellness exam every year for a large dog is equivalent to an exam every 7 years! Because our pets age differently than we do, it is important to make sure our senior pets who seem healthy on the outside are truly healthy on the inside. The same metabolic changes that occur in us start to happen in our pets as they become geriatric – usually around 7 years old! These changes can bring on disease and organ degeneration. Unfortunately, because of their genetic history as animals vulnerable to predators, our pets tend to hide symptoms of pain and discomfort, so visible symptoms may not occur in your pet until disease is quite advanced, and the pet’s lifespan can be dramatically shortened by that time. Early disease and arthritic changes are also easier and much less expensive to treat or halt than advanced diseases in the long run. Continue…

Senior Pets FAQ’s

11052526_655202564579378_525402911843020363_nDiets and veterinary care have improved considerably over the past years; because of this our pets are living longer than ever. This is great because we get to spend more time with our beloved pets; the only downside is that senior dogs and cats face more health problems than their younger counterparts. These health problems create special needs for senior pets.

When is a pet considered a senior pet?

Most cats and dogs are considered to be senior pets at 7 years old, but this can vary from pet to pet.

What kinds of problems can affect senior pets?

Senior pets can develop various health problems, as they get older. These health problems include, but are not limited to; cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, diabetes, joint or bone disease, senility and/or weakness. Continue…

Pet Halloween Costume Safety Tips

Halloween Cat - Fairgrounds Animal HospitalHalloween costumes are not just for humans anymore. People love to celebrate Halloween by dressing up their pets as scary ghosts, super heroes, pretty much anything!! It is not difficult to find a pet Halloween costume, there are many to choose from. Some pets love to dress up, some not so much. With this in mind, it is very important to consider your pet’s needs and safety when you decide whether or not you dress them up in a costume for Halloween.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep Stress in Mind

Watch for any signs of fear or anxiety when putting a Halloween on you pet. If a costume is too stressful for your pet, a nice bandanna or bow tie is a good alternative. Continue…

Senior Pet Superstar

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Your Reno Animal Hospital has found our senior pet superstar pet for senior month: Sadie Leukhardt! She is a beautiful 13 year old flat coat retriever. Sadie’s a special dog; she and her mom Debbie go to the old folks’ home and Sadie cuddles with the residents. Debbie recently brought Sadie in for her yearly wellness exam and blood chemistries to keep her in tip top shape! Sadie is a senior serving seniors in our community, bringing love and joy to many. For that, we salute you Sadie and Debbie!

Caring for Your Senior Dog

Pet parents struggle with the realization that their dog is getting older. It is important to recognize the signs of aging to ensure your dog’s quality of life does not change. Here are 5 things that you can do.

1.  Feed Your Dog a Nutritious Diet

Good nutrition is important at any age and becomes even more so during your dogs senior years. Talk to your vet about the type of diet that your dog should be eating. We can make recommendations for special and/or prescription diet foods that will help your senior dog thrive.

2.  Help Your Dog Get Enough Exercise

Your dog may slow down in their old age, but that does not mean that he should be spending his days curled up on the couch. Exercise is critical to keeping your dog healthy. You may not be able to go on long hikes with your dog now that he is older, but shorter less strenuous walks will keep him feeling good.

3.  Keep Your Dog at a Healthy Weight

Extra pounds on an older dog means more stress on their body, including joints and internal organs. If you feel that your pet needs to lose a few pounds, talk to us about a weight loss and exercise plan.

5.  Schedule Regular Check-Ups

ALOT can happen between vet visits. It is recommended that senior dogs see the vet every six months. Many diseases if caught early enough, can be treated. Your vet will look for issues like kidney problems, diabetes and/or severe arthritis. These visits are also a great time to talk to your vet about a good diet and exercise routine for your senior pet.

6.  Don’t Forget the Importance of Dental Health

Regular dental care is important throughout your dogs life but especially for senior dogs. Poor dental health can lead to various other health problems for your dog. Make sure to request that your vet preform a dental exam at their next exam. A great way to contribute to your senior dogs health is to keep his teeth and gums in good shape with regular at-home brushing and yearly dental cleanings.

As your senior dog ages and heads into senior years they will need even more care and attention. It is important to monitor their health and keep them healthy and happy for their senior years. If you have questions about your senior dogs  health or would like to schedule a senior exam, please give us a call today.