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…
Annual preventative care wellness exams with your veterinarian is the best way to keep your pet healthy and happy. The vet will check the physical condition of your dog in the first visit to diagnose any problems. Routine lab tests are able to detect early stages of disease. Our hospital is able to conduct various types of tests with the latest technology. Early check-ups will help to diagnose any problems at an early stage which will help your dog live a longer and happier life.
Vaccination is the best way to protect your dog from many diseases such as cough, rabies, and distemper. Dogs can be immunized against canine flu and Lyme disease. Consult your veterinarian about the vaccines that are best for your pet for their age, health status and exposure.
Ear cleaning, trimming or nails, and coat brushing are all beneficial for your dog. Visit your veterinarian on a regular basis and consult your veterinarian on how to clean your dog’s ears safely. Discharge from ears can be an indication of an infection. Trimming of nails will keep them away from infection and also help your pet to walk normally. If you brush their hair daily, it will prevent mats and help to detect skin problems early.
Fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites can result in major health consequences for your dog. However, these can easily be prevented by the regular use of veterinary approved products. Heartworms are usually transmitted through mosquito bites. Fleas and ticks are not responsible for transmitting disease but can lead to itchy skin which can make your pet very uncomfortable. As change occurs in weather, it is quite difficult to guarantee when mosquitoes or fleas are not biting.
Balanced nutrition is the best key to keeping your pet healthy. Try to maintain a high-quality diet that addresses your pet’s specific health needs, breed, activity level and age. Regular exercise is another vital factor that keeps your dog healthy and active. Discuss a diet and exercise plan for your dog with your veterinarian.
Taking care of your dog’s teeth is also necessary. Brush your dog’s teeth twice a week with an edible toothpaste recommended by your veterinarian. An annual dental check-up is also recommended as part of your pets wellness exam.
Taking good care of your dog is vital to maintain the overall health of your dog. Fairgrounds Animal Hospital delivers unique services ranging from vaccines to surgery. We love caring for your pets. Our veterinarians and staff are skilled and efficient in delivering exceptional health services for your pet. We deliver one on one personalized care for your pets to make them feel at home. Call us today at (775) 329-4106 to schedule a preventative care exam for your pet.
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).
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.
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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…
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.
By: Tamara Kees
Fairgrounds Animal Hospital
Fairgrounds 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!
Vaccinations 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.