Your Pet’s Dental Consultation: What to Expect

Your Pet’s Consultation: What to Expect

Maybe you’ve noticed your dog or cat has some killer breath lately, seen brown tartar on their teeth, or have been enlightened on the great importance of your pet’s dental health and you want to know where to start. Next, you find out we offer complimentary dental consultations and you schedule one to get your pet on the path to a beautiful smile! You may wonder, what will happen during this visit? First, you should plan to spend about 15-30 minutes from checking in at the reception desk to completing the consult in the exam room. After check in, a technician will greet you in the room, examine your pet’s teeth and gums to assess the level of dental disease already present (if any), and ask you some questions to get an idea of your lifestyle and needs. She may ask about your pet’s dental homecare regimen, what you feed them, and if you’ve noticed any behaviors that might indicate oral discomfort.

If your pet just has mild tartar, your technician will recommend a dental scaling and polishing to remove the hardened build up that won’t come off with brushing. Unfortunately, pets won’t tolerate a scaling and cleaning while awake, so general anesthesia will be needed! Your technician can give you an estimate for the whole procedure after she assesses your pet’s teeth, and she can walk you through the process so you can feel at ease knowing your furry family member will be given the best care to ensure they are safe and comfortable. If your technician notices any teeth that are suspicious and may be dead or abscessed, it can be confirmed with radiographs during the cleaning. Also, some teeth that appear normal during the consult can be revealed by pocket probing and radiographs to be dead or infected at the root! Any bad teeth that need to be extracted can be done painlessly by aid of a local nerve block while your pet is under general anesthesia for their cleaning. Your technician can include in your cleaning estimate an approximate range of the additional time and cost expected for extractions.

Your Pet’s Dental Procedure: What to Expect

Even if there are teeth that need to be extracted, never fear! Your pet can emerge from a dental cleaning and extractions with a clean bill of oral health and a fresh start. Dogs and cats can still live normal happy lives and even eat hard food with missing teeth—in fact, they will be far more comfortable eating without those painful dead or abscessed teeth in the way! Good oral health can drastically improve quality of life and extend your pet’s lifespan, so don’t hesitate to call us for your complimentary dental consult today!

Pet Dental Superstar | Mr. Rogers

Mr. Roger’s Story

mr-rogers-fairgrounds-animal-hospital     Mr. Roger’s mom had his teeth scaled and polished under anesthesia in 2013 because they had tartar build up, which can cause gum disease, infection, and abscesses along with devitalized or dead and rotten teeth that need to be extracted. After his dental, Mr. Roger’s mom tried to brush his teeth as we advised, but she had no one around the house to help out and he just wouldn’t let her do it alone!

Instead of giving up, Mr. Roger’s mom worked with us and we decided to have him in weekly to brush his teeth and apply a sealant to keep it fresh all week long. With this maintenance plan, Mr. Rogers has not needed another scale and polish or any extractions ever since, and it’s been 3 years! Continue…

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Puppy and Kitten Preventative Care Packages

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is always exciting, but it’s important to remember that there are certain steps that you can take as pet parents to start them off on the right paw! Our puppy and kitten preventative care packages will cover all of the bases. If you have a puppy or kitten, schedule an appointment with us during their first few months of life to receive vaccinations, testing, parasite prevention, and a nose-to-tail physical. As your pet grows into adulthood, they require the same type of veterinary care, but on a maintenance level. Senior pets should see us biannually to receive thorough check-ups including testing since they develop medical conditions quicker in some instances. Our preventative care packages can include discounts on certain services that will aid in maintaining good health. These services can include vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, and early testing or screening to catch any existing conditions before they threaten the life of your

Vaccinations for Puppies and Kittens

If you need puppy vaccines or vaccines for kittens or puppy or kitten dewormer, contact us as soon as possible. Our Veterinarians provide vaccinations to protect your fur baby from life-threatening diseases and dewormer to keep them safe from harmful parasites. Also, our veterinarians and staff will start a medical history for your pet. This is created to help screen for or catch certain conditions. Early detection keeps your pet happy and healthy.

Microchipping Can Save Your Friend’s Life

Microchipping is the process of inserting a small tracking device just below the surface of the skin on your pet. The process is quick, sanitary, and painless. Microchipping can ensure your pet finds its way back to you should they become lost. Microchips provide animal control and vets with your contact information for an easy, panic-free return to your home. If you purchase 2 puppy or kitten preventative care packages for your pet, we will include a free microchip for your pet ($55 value).

Contact Us

If you are looking for a great veterinarian in the Reno area, visit Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. We are a full-service veterinary hospital. Our staff of highly skilled and honest professional veterinarians, veterinary assistants, licensed veterinary technicians, and experienced receptionists are passionate about providing the best care possible to your pet. Visit our facility at 2435 Sutro Street, Reno, NV 89512 to see our hospital and meet our veterinarians and staff. You can also call us at (775) 329-4106 to ask questions or to set an appointment.

If you would like more information, please visit us online where you can meet our team or find a full list of our services and hours of operation. You can also find out what our other clients have to say about us and follow us on social media. Come in or call us today!

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Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Dr. Katie Cox explains why you should spay or neuter your pet.

When you bring your puppy and kitten to the veterinarian’s office for a check-up, one of the recommendations may be to spay or neuter your new pet. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats has many medical and behavioral benefits that can enhance the quality of life and lifespan of your beloved pet.

The most commonly known reason to spay and neuter dogs and cats is to decrease the number of un-adopted pets in the United States. While spaying your female dog or cat does indeed eliminate the chances of an unwanted pregnancy, it can also stop a female from going into heat two to three times a year. Another strong argument for spaying females is the prevention of a pyometra, or an infected uterus.  A pyometra occurs only in intact (non-spayed) females because of the hormones from the ovaries. This can lead to a life-threatening infection that requires emergency surgery to fix.  Spaying females can also decrease chances of cancerous mammary tumors. Continue…

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An Inside Look at Your Pet’s Spay or Neuter

By Tamara Kees

spay neuter fairgorunds animal hospital    To help you feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about the spay and neuter procedure, let’s do a walk through of the day of surgery! Your pet will be fasted the night prior to surgery to reduce incidence of stomach upset from the anesthetics used during the procedure. When you come to check in, you’ll discuss the surgery, sign authorization forms, and ask any questions you like with your pet’s technician before leaving your pet safely in their arms. After check-in, your pet will be examined by the doctor to ensure he or she is in good health to proceed. Ideally, a small blood panel and ECG will be run with your approval, to ensure the health of the heart and organs before surgery. Our goal is to reduce risk of complications as much as possible to keep your pet safe, so this information helps us make the best decisions about what anesthetics to use on each patient and what pain medications will be safe to prescribe for a smooth and comfortable recovery at home. Continue…

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Spay Neuter After Care

What to Expect:

Spay Procedure Fairgrounds Animal HospitalKnowing what to expect for your pet’s spay neuter procedure will make the process much less stressful. Here is what you can expect for your pets spay or neuter. Please call our office or stop by if you have questions about spaying or neutering your pet or would like to schedule an appointment.

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Summer Pet Safety Tips

is your pet safe this summer - fairgorunds animal hospitalThere are many things to think about this summer in terms of keeping your pet safe. Here are some summer pet safety tips that we here at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital hope will keep your pets happy, healthy and having fun:

Do You Take Your Pet Camping or Hiking?

Great! Please make sure they are covered when it comes to ticks and heartworms. There are most likely mosquitoes where you are pitching your tent, and mosquitoes are the carrier for heartworm that can be life threatening for dogs and cats. Ticks have been seen in our area, and are certainly in the mountains and forests. If a tick is on your dog for more than 24 hours, it can transmit disease.  Continue…

Urgent Care and Walk-In Exams

If you notice your animal has a wound, please call Fairgrounds Animal Hospital at 775-329-4106 and bring your animal in for an Urgent Care exam.

In addition to scheduled appointments, the Doctors at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital also see Urgent care/walk-in exams on a daily basis. Dog and cat fight wounds and bites are unfortunately a frequent occurrence we see year-round. Often times, the fight may be between animals from the same family but can also be from another dog at the dog park or walking along the street. It is important to keep your animals updated on his or her rabies vaccine in case they are bit by another animal or they bite another dog, cat or human, as this can lead to state-regulated quarantine or, in the unfortunate case of an un-vaccinated pet, euthanasia. Continue…

Pet Obesity is a Year Round Concern for Pets

October may be over, but concern for pet obesity isn’t over! Many pets are overweight or obese, which can cause some significant problems if not addressed.

How do I know if my pet is obese?

Typically, your veterinarian will look for three main physical characteristics to determine your pet’s body condition score (BCS). BCS is graded on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being severely underweight, 4-5 being ideal, and 8-9 being obese. The first thing to consider is fat deposits along the chest. When you feel along your pet’s chest, your fingers should bump along the ribs underneath the skin and a thin layer of fat. If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, they likely are overweight. The next two characteristics go together, and they form your pet’s waist. Looking at your pet from above, the chest should be the widest point, and the body should narrow in front of the hips/hind legs. Similarly, from the side, your pet’s chest should be the deepest point, and the abdomen should tuck up in front of the hips. Continue…

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Dog Flu – Canine Influenza

 

Canine Influenza (Dog Flu) is an influenza occurring in dogs and canine animals. Canine influenza is caused by varieties on influenzavirus A, such as equine influenza virus H3N8, which in 2004 was discovered to cause disease in dogs. Because of lack of previous exposure to the virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it. Because of this, the disease spreads rapidly through individual dogs.

There is currently an outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Reno/ Sparks area. Because Canine Influenza is extremely contagious, it is recommended that owners avoid taking their dogs to public places for now. It is also recommended to vaccinate your dogs against Canine Influenza. Many boarding and grooming facilities are now requiring that dogs are vaccinated against Canine Influenza.

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