What is Parvo and What Can I do to Protect My Dog?


     Canine Parvovirus is an often fatal illness that is transmitted from dog to dog by contaminated feces. Because it has no fatty outer envelope to make it vulnerable like other viruses, parvo is particularly tough and can live in the soil for up to 2 years. That means the ground that looks perfectly safe and poo-free at the dog park or on your regular walk could be harboring parvovirus. When a dog with little to no immunity to parvo gets infected, it begins to work on the lining of the intestines and stomach, causing severe damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and eventually causing death from internal destruction and severe dehydration. This process is fast, and most untreated dogs die within a week or two from first symptoms. If parvo is caught soon enough, some patients may pull through with hospitalization and intensive supportive care. Continue…

What to Know About Heartworm

What is heartworm disease?

  Heartworm disease is caused by a specific type of worm that invades your dog and takes up residency between the heart and the lungs. It can block vessels going to the lungs and invade the heart, over time, causing heart disease.

  If your dog has heartworm, it may be found before your dog shows clinical signs by taking a heartworm test. If your dog starts to show signs, you might see: weight loss, coughing, labored breathing, lethargy, and more. Continue…

What is Heartworm and Should I give my Pet Heartworm Preventative?

If you’ve never heard of the heartworm before, you’re not alone. Many pet parents are unaware of this health risk to their dogs, and sometimes cats too! The heartworm is a parasite that enters your pet’s bloodstream via a mosquito bite. Once it reaches the heart, a heartworm can lodge inside and grow up to 12 inches long! The infection is often too far advanced to reverse when symptoms like coughing and exercise intolerance show up—in many cases it is fatal. Nevada used to have far less cases of heartworm infection than it does today, because of our arid climate—but many factors have contributed to the increasing frequency of heartworm infection here and in all 50 states. People travel with their pets and bring back infection, new pets move into the area, and La Niña has been bringing us wetter weather, which mosquitoes thrive in. Continue…

Does My Cat or Dog Have Worms?

Dr. Jessica Groeneweg Fairgrounds Animal Hospital Does My Dog or Cat have worms? By: Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

It’s disturbing to think that your dog or cat may have worms inside of them. Intestinal worms are the most common type that we see in our dogs and cats. However, other dog or cat worms are out there as well.

If you are adding a new puppy or kitten to the household, then you should have them dewormed when they are at your veterinarian for their puppy and kitten vaccinations. Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal worms we see. They can be transferred from mom to baby through the placenta. In older animals, these worms can be ingested from a contaminated environment, or by ingesting another animal that has the roundworm larvae. Continue…


Heartworms, Hookworms, and Roundworms, Oh My!

By: Tamara Kees
Veterinary Assistant
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

April is Heartworm and Parasite Prevention Month at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

heartworm prevention - Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

I would like to give you an overview of heartworm disease and how to prevent it easily and safely with a once-a-month chewable tablet. Heartworm disease is an often fatal illness that affects over 1 million and an unknown number of cats every year in the U.S. Heartworms are a parasite that can be transmitted into a dog or cat’s bloodstream via mosquito bites. A mosquito that has bitten an infected dog, cat, or wild animal will transmit heartworm larvae when it bites an uninfected animal. Once infected, a dog or cat will not show symptoms, sometimes for years, while the heartworm larvae grow into full blown worms and lodge themselves in the heart. Treating a full blown heartworm infection can cost thousands of dollars, be very complicated, and is often unsuccessful. Often, by the time symptoms show, it is too late to successfully treat. Symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing and lethargy.


Protect Your Family From Intestinal Parasites

20150430_151940For most people, pets are an important part of their family. We know it is important to you to protect your pets and family, especially your children and elderly family members from needless exposure to internal parasites such as worms and external parasites such as fleas and ticks. Some pets can harbor zoonotic parasites that can potentially be transmitted from your pets to your family.


Pets, Parasites and People

1016278_380704365399709_1952193893_nOur dogs and cats are not just pets, they are part of our family. Just like any other member of your family, it is important to keep our pets healthy and free of parasites.

It is common for a dog or cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point during their lifetime. Parasites can affect you pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritations to life threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can even infect and transmit diseases to you and your family.

Our veterinarians can help prevent, accurately diagnose and safely treat parasites and other health problems that not only affect your dog or cat, but also the safety of you and your family.