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Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

What is an emergency?

Not every health problem your pet encounters will require emergency medical care. With some illnesses and injuries, symptoms may develop slowly or seem minor on the surface, thereby making it difficult to determine the need for immediate medical care.

If you feel your pet may need emergency medical care, here is a list or common emergencies seen in our hospital:

  • Bleeding
  • Trauma
  • Acute swelling anywhere on the body
  • Wounds or lacerations
  • Any bite wound (dog, cat, snake, insect, or wild animal)
  • Hit by car
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Consumption of toxins
  • Ingestion of foreign objects
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Pain
  • Eye problems
  • Disorientation
  • Heat stroke
  • Drowning
  • Coughing or respiratory distress

During regular hospital hours, Fairgrounds is equipped to provide your pet with emergency care including:

  • Emergency stabilization
  • X-rays and lab testing
  • IV therapy, pain control, infection treatments
  • Wound and fracture care
  • Treatment for poison and seizures
  • Referrals to specialists

If your pet has an ongoing medical problem that could result in an emergency and is a new patient to Fairgrounds, please make sure that your pet’s medical records are easily accessible so that our doctors and staff can review them and offer your pet the best care possible.

What to do in an emergency?

Call your veterinarian immediately. We see emergencies during regular hospital hours Mon- Fri 7:30am-5:00pm. Outside of our regular office hours , please contact Animal Emergency Center at (775) 851-3600. In an emergency we urge you to call ahead of time to give the doctors and staff time to prepare for your pet’s individual situation.

Try to remain calm, drive carefully, and follow any instructions that were given to you.

Please understand that we see all patients on a priority basis. It is possible that patients that arrive after you may be seen first. Our staff will keep you updated on our emergency status and will help answer all of your questions.

Call or Come Directly In During Office Hours

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

2435 Sutro Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 329-4106

Office Hours

Mon- Fri: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

After-Hours Emergency Referral/Contact

Animal Emergency Center

If your pet has an emergency after hours, please contact Animal Emergency Center Reno.

6425 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 851-3600

What information about my pet should I bring to the hospital?

Any medical records you may have along with a list of medications your pet is taking. If your pet is on a special medication or diet, please bring those items with you in case your pet needs to be hospitalized.

Do I need an appointment?

No appointment is needed, but we do see scheduled appointments as well as emergencies. We triage patients meaning the most life threatening cases will be seen first when more than one pet arrives at the same time. Sometimes this means that an examination in progress may be interrupted or a less critical patient may have to wait. Please be assured that we will work as quickly as possible to provide all pets with the care that they need.

What happens after I arrive with my pet?

Upon arrival at our hospital, your pet will be assessed, a history will be obtained, and the doctor will perform a thorough exam before making recommendations for treatment. A treatment plan will be discussed with you at this time, and we will do our best to work within the budget you have established for your pet’s needs.

Can I visit if my pet needs to be hospitalized?

We encourage owners to visit their pets. Visits from family members relieve stress for both owners and patients. Some limits on visitation may need to be set in order to provide the best care for your pet. Feel free to discuss with the attending doctor the best time for the visit. We have staff on premises all during the night, and we encourage you to call at any hour to receive an update on your pet.

What happens if my pet passes away?

In the unfortunate event that your pet cannot survive the illness or trauma it has suffered, we offer painless euthanasia and cremation services. You may also choose to privately care for your pet after it is deceased.

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