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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