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.
By Tamara Kees
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…
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…
By Tamara Kees
Good pet dental care is as important for our pets as it is for us, and starting early makes it a healthy habit your dog or cat is far more likely to tolerate!
Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning is Important! Good Pet Dental Care Will Help Keep Your Pet Healthy!!!
For puppies and kittens, starting out with quick sessions can be a good way to gently introduce the idea of brushing. Using tuna juice or pet toothpaste on a little piece of gauze with your finger at first, and then working up to a toothbrush as your pet gets used to the concept is a good, gradual way to go. Rewarding with a lot of praise and treats also positively reinforces the experience! Brushing only really needs to be done for about 30 seconds each side, in 5-10 second chunks. The sides of the teeth facing the cheek are what you primarily should focus on, since the tongue constantly rubs that inner surface of the teeth. Brushing every day is optimal, but even brushing 3 times a week will make a huge difference in oral health. With practice, consistency, and patience, many pets come to tolerate brushing very well—and some really enjoy it! Continue…
August 10th is National Spoil Your Dog Day, a day for dog owners to spoil their for legged friends. In honor of this holiday Fairgrounds Animal Hospital has put together a list of ways you can make this holiday special for your pooch. Continue…
Jenny is a Receptionist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She is most likely one of the first faces that you and your pet will see when arriving at our hospital and one of the last faces you will see when leaving.
How did you first learn about Fairgrounds Animal Hospital?
When I moved to Reno, I was actively looking for a job I had experience in. I Googled animal hospitals, and Fairgrounds was one of the first places that caught my interest. I checked out the website and liked what I saw, so I ended up calling to see if they were hiring.
What is your role at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital?
I’m a receptionist! Among other titles I could carry. I’m pretty much one of the first and last person at Fairgrounds you see or talk to. Continue…
For March, we are putting a spotlight on the most important aspect of our pet’s healthcare – preventative healthcare! Preventative care includes weight management for pets, maintaining a healthy weight and meeting all nutritional needs, which is the focus of my blog today. Did you know that more than 50% of the dogs and cats in America are overweight or obese? This is a relatively new trend, and one we can reverse with awareness and a creative plan of action!
Pet weight management is important!! Sometimes, we don’t realize that something is occurring that can cause obesity, such as: pets sharing human food, lacking in exercise, or suffering from undiagnosed disorders that can cause weight gain. For cats and dogs, that includes hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, and rarely, a pancreatic tumor called an insulinoma. Sometimes obesity itself can cause disease, like diabetes, liver issues, muscle and joint issues, and digestive issues. Regular examinations and blood screening can detect early underlying diseases that can cause weight gain or be caused by obesity, but it is up to us to make sure our pets are not gaining weigh from overeating or under-exercising.