Summer Travel with Pets

Summer is here! Are you planning some summer travel with your pet?

Summer is here, and people (and their pets) are traveling more than ever! But before you take off to the beach, the park, or the lake or make those or plan summer travel with your pet make sure you think about where you’re going and what risks there may be for the health of your furry friend. Continue…

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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Are Vaccines Really That Important?

     The answer to this question seems like a no-brainer—YES! However, many pet owners are unsure why it is so important to keep your dog or cat up to date on their vaccinations. There are many reasons to be responsible about vaccinating your pet, including preventative care to avoid costly emergencies, public health and safety in your community, and best quality of life for your pet. Vaccines are an easy, safe, and effective way to prevent many diseases in cats and dogs. This list includes: Continue…

Canine Parvovirus: Portrait of a Killer

By: Tamara Kees
Veterinary Assistant
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

chihuahua-sick1-534x437Fairgrounds Animal Hospital feels it is important to educate pet parents about Canine Parvovirus, and we’d like to offer pet owner’s the best defense against preventable disease—knowledge! Today we’ll focus on Canine Parvovirus, or Parvo. Parvo is transmitted from dog to dog by infected fecal matter. Unfortunately Parvo is a hardier virus that can live on surfaces and in the ground for years—there doesn’t need to be any fresh feces or visible matter at all to transmit. A diagnosis of Parvo is very serious. Prognosis, even if detected early, is guarded to very poor. Immediate hospitalization, IV fluids, and medications are needed. Still, many patients with Parvo do not survive due to the damage it causes to the intestinal tract and severe dehydration caused by constant vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo is very expensive to treat: the several days of hospitalization and treatment cost $1500 to $3000. After diagnosis and/or treatment, exhaustive sanitizing must also be done in the home to reduce the chance of spreading the virus for years to come.
    Fortunately, vaccines are a safe, effective, and inexpensive way to prevent Parvo. A brief vaccine exam and DA2PP vaccine—which includes Parvo and several other common deadly canine diseases—only takes about 30 minutes and costs about $50 per year. Signs of Parvo include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and loss of appetite. Puppies are especially susceptible to Parvo because they have not had enough time to develop the necessary antibodies with their first few vaccinations. Please keep your puppy away from other unvaccinated dogs until about 2 weeks after their last Parvo booster—usually about 20 weeks of age. If you notice any symptoms of Parvo in your puppy or adult dog, bring them for an exam as soon as possible—it may be a false alarm and just a tummy issue, but it is always better to be safe than sorry! Early detection and treatment is the least expensive Parvo intervention and carries the best prognosis. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Schertz_iStock_000015133785_LargeVaccinations have become commonplace for dogs today, as they can effectively prevent potentially serious canine diseases like distemper, rabies, and hepatitis. Not only can regular vaccinations protect your pet’s health, they can also keep the human members of your family healthy as well — some canine illnesses can be transferred to humans.

While annual pet vaccinations have been the general rule for some time, recent studies have shown that  vaccinations may be effective for longer periods of time than originally thought. As vaccinations have become safer and better customized to each individual dog, it is becoming more common for veterinarians to recommend less frequent vaccinations that are tailored to your dog’s specific needs.

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