By: Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
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.
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…
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…
We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our pets, but we have to be careful with our pets in the hot weather. Here are some summer safety tips to keep you pet safe this summer:
Provide fresh drinking water at all times, indoors and outdoors.
Safe outdoor temperatures for pets vary by breed and size.
Dogs with “stubby” noses or what’s known as brachealcephalic, can’t cool down as fast or as good as one with a longer snout.
Do not walk/ exercise your pet mid day. Heat from the sun not only beats down on you and your dog but also concrete or asphalt. If your hand cannot remain a few seconds on the pavement without you removing it, then your pet’s feet should not be on it! Burns can occur and severely damage the bottom paw pads, this can be very painful and result in your pet’s inability to walk, or stand. Be aware that they cannot verbalize that they/ or their feet are too hot.
The doctors and staff at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital would like to wish you, your family and your pets a safe and happy holiday season.
Office Closures for the Holidays
Our staff would like remind you that our office will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 to celebrate the holiday. Our office will re-open on Wednesday, December 26, 201 at 7:30 a.m.
Our office will also be closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 201 at 7:30 a.m.
If your pet experiences an emergency during our holiday closures, please contact Animal Emergency Center located at 6425 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511 at (775) 851-3600.
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.
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…
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.
2435 Sutro Street, Reno, NV 89512
If your pet experiences a medical emergency during hours that Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is closed, please call:
6425 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511
If your pet has ingested or come in contact with a potentially poisonous substance, please call:
If you have found injured wildlife:
Phone: 775-856-2000 ext 200
6425 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511
(775) 856-2000 ext. 200
Veterinarians are often asked about pet ear care. Your pets ears have their own self-cleaning mechanism and are actually quite self-sufficient. Pet ear care becomes important when this self-cleaning mechanism fails you will need to intervene.
How do dogs’ ears stay clean?
Your pets’ generally stay clean naturally. The waxy, oily material that lines your pets’ ears combine with skin cells to form ear wax. This ear wax is what helps your pets’ ears naturally stay clean. Ear wax keeps their ear drum soft and moist. It also traps foreign material that gets in your pets’ ears, such as dust and dirt. The skin cells on your pets’ ears move the wax up and out which keeps your pets’ ears clean. This is why ear wax does not build up in healthy ears. Continue…
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.