Reno Vet Clinic Services
We are a full-service Reno Vet Clinic with care options for all your pets’ needs.
Trust Klaich Animal Hospital to take care of your pets, whether they’re young or needing end-of-life care. We have the services you need and an experienced team of staff to help with cat care, dog care, bird care, and small pet care. Staying up to date on the latest Reno vet technology, we offer digital radiographs and ultrasounds, as well as routine wellness exams for our patients.
If you are taking a trip and can’t bring your little friends, leave them with our Reno pet boarding team. We understand traveling is stressful, but pet boarding in Reno with Klaich Animal Hospital will reduce both you and your pet’s stress and anxiety.
We understand some pets have special health needs, medications, and dietary restrictions. Our pet boarding facility provides a safe, clean and comfortable environment with a professional, friendly staff that goes to great lengths to provide a wonderful home for your pet until you return.
We are happy to give you a tour of our facility, answer any questions you have and help relieve concerns you might have about being away from your pet. Stop by or call us today to learn more about our Reno vet boarding policies.
Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image and allows us to see internal images of the body and doesn’t use radiation like x-rays. It is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
When used with pets, ultrasound is done by using a small probe held gently against your pet’s skin. The probe sends out ultrasound waves that bounce off structures in your pet’s body, such as vital organs, and then return to a sensor. This generates images that are used for different analyses, like assessing the fetal health of a pregnant female or helping to diagnose and stage some forms of cancer.
As we strive to provide our Reno vet patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer ultrasound as one of our diagnostic capabilities.
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet and friend is extremely difficult. If your terminally ill pets are having severe medical difficulties or suffering unnecessarily in their old age, euthanasia might be the most humane option. We understand that making this decision is never easy.
We offer hospice services at our Reno vet clinic that work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during their last days and have a compassionate staff that can help you get through the painful experience in a healthy manner. We can also help with special requests and answer any questions about caring for your pet’s remains.
When is the Right Time?
Deciding when your pet may need hospice care or euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone. Our hospice and humane euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. If your pet is sick, elderly, or terminally ill and is seriously suffering, call us to learn how we can help.
If you plan to travel with your pet, make sure you’ve gotten a health certificate from your veterinarian. Flying within the US and abroad with your pets has different requirements than regular flying, so it’s never too early to start getting the facts before you make a trip.
Many airlines require pets to visit their veterinarian within 10 days of departure, but we recommend calling your airline to see what their policies are and if any additional documentation will be needed from your Reno vet.
Please don’t hesitate to call our office and speak with our knowledgeable staff. We are happy to answer any questions you have about taking pets on a flight. The USDA also has a lot of great information about traveling with pets.
Just like in humans, there may come a time when your pet may need orthopedic surgery. Our Reno vet team can treat ruptured cruciate ligaments, which are fairly common injuries among dogs and cats, as well as a variety of procedures to take care of conditions like luxating patellas, ruptured discs, and fractures.
Every orthopedic case is different, and each one requires a unique plan. Let our veterinarians assess your pet’s needs and see if orthopedic surgery is the right choice.
Klaich provides a wide range of soft tissue surgical services that include routine procedures like spaying and neutering, as well as complex surgeries. Our Reno vet staff is highly skilled in performing all aspects of surgery and makes every effort to ensure your pet receives the very best care. In soft tissue surgery, as in any other type of surgery, we focus on patient safety, pain management, and always employ the most current surgical practices.
Our staff monitors your pet before, during, and after surgery taking exceptional care to ensure a safe and complete recovery. We address any questions or concerns you have about surgery, including anesthesia, pain management, and postoperative care. When your pet is ready to go home, we take special care in reviewing your postoperative and medication instructions with you. Of course, if you find yourself with questions after your pet returns home, please don’t hesitate to call us.
Those who share their lives with pet birds know these charming animals make great companions. In addition, many pet birds can live for over 50 years, providing decades of joy for those who choose these wonderful pets.
Like other kinds of pets, birds have unique needs. Many bird owners may need help understanding how to provide their birds with proper nutrition, training, hygiene, and grooming and how to facilitate social interactions with other pets and family members. Birds can develop many of the same medical conditions that dogs and cats develop as well as a variety of illnesses unique to birds. However, birds are well known for being able to hide signs of illness, which adds to the challenge of diagnosing their medical problems.
Bird Wellness Visits
Regular wellness visits are an important way to help ensure the overall health and longevity of pet birds. Wellness visits offer you an opportunity to ask your Reno vet any questions about your bird and give us a chance to examine your bird for signs of health issues. We may also recommend wellness screening tests to help us assess your bird’s health.
Pet birds bring a special type of joy to a home, and we consider it our duty to provide quality medical care to them. The services that Dr. Cocanour provides are designed to address the full range your bird’s needs. Our Reno vet team is dedicated to helping birds live longer, healthier lives. Call today to schedule an appointment for your pet bird!
Dental disease is one of the most common problems affecting dogs and cats today. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by age three. Severe dental disease does not only affect a pet’s mouth but can affect their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, inflamed gums, loose teeth, facial swelling, drooling, and trouble eating.
During regular Reno vet exams, your pet’s mouth and teeth will be thoroughly examined. This exam will determine if your pet needs a cleaning, or if steps can be taken at home to maintain good oral health.
Dental cleanings require general anesthesia in order to adequately clean the teeth and to make the procedure as pain-free as possible for your pet. Once your pet is asleep, the teeth will be cleaned by one of our experienced Reno vet staff members with equipment that is similar to that used by your dentist. Dental radiographs may be taken to evaluate any abnormalities that cannot be seen above the gum line. This will determine if any teeth are infected or require extraction.
Routine Dental Care
Routine dental care, both in our hospital and at home, can help prevent more serious problems for your pet in the future. After a cleaning is a great time to start an oral regimen at home. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about at home care for your pet or other necessary Reno vet appointments.
When considering options for purchasing medication pet owners have many choices, including online pharmacies and mail-order catalogs. But where can you truly get the best value for your money? Who can offer you the most reliable and personalized service? Who has the most complete medical information on your pets, and the ability to anticipate drug interactions or other problems that can result from inappropriately administering medication? Before you purchase your next prescription or medication refill, ask us about our Reno vet fully stocked pharmacy.
Routine and One-Time Medications
You and your pet will benefit from our well-stocked pharmacy. We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications, including flea, tick, and heartworm preventive products. You can rely on us whether your pet requires medication for a chronic medical condition or needs short-term medication while recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under optimal conditions. Our trained Reno vet staff will fill your prescriptions with care. You can count on us to provide you with accurate information about your pet’s medications, and to alert you to any potential drug side effects or interactions. We are also here if you experience any problems with your medication after you return home. Help is only a phone call away!
If you want to be sure to get the most value for your dollars, as well as convenience and the best customer service, call us for your next prescription or medication refill. We are pleased to provide our Reno vet clients with a fully stocked pharmacy, and we stand behind every product that we dispense.
The practice of high-quality veterinary medicine focuses on the entire patient – from medical issues that affect physical functioning, to emotional and psychological issues that affect well-being. Experiencing pain can affect the body’s physical functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s well-being and state of mind. That’s why pain management is among our primary considerations when we are treating a pet for any medical condition.
Our Approach to Animal Pain Management
Our approach to pain management at Klaich Reno vet involves anticipating potentially painful procedures and taking steps to manage pain from the outset as well as continuing to manage pain throughout your pet’s treatment and recovery process. Did you know that various types of pain can look different in animals? For example, a dog with chronic arthritis may exhibit very subtle signs of pain that can go unnoticed unless you know what to look for. Fortunately, our staff of compassionate, caring professionals is skilled in recognizing signs of pain in animals and developing an individualized plan for managing pain in our patients.
From routine procedures (such as spays or dental cleanings) to more advanced treatments (such as bone surgeries or cancer treatments) to chronically painful conditions (such as arthritis or back pain), we are dedicated to providing safe and effective pain management to every patient at our Reno vet clinic. We will also help you recognize signs of pain in your pet so that we can modify his or her pain management plan when necessary.
Recognizing Pain in Patients
Recognizing and alleviating pain in our patients is at the very heart of quality, compassionate patient care. We don’t take pain management for granted and will employ all our Reno vet skills to help ensure your pet’s comfort, well-being, and full recovery.
Each year thousands of pets go missing, and many don’t make it back home. Many pets (especially indoor pets) don’t wear collars or tags. Even if your pet wears a collar and identification tag, collars can break off and tags can become damaged and unreadable, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. Your pet needs a form of identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your pet will return safely.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Reno vet hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
Young puppies and kittens can receive microchips, but even if your pet is already an adult, you should consider microchipping. Even indoor pets can get outside accidentally and get lost, so if you’re relying on other forms of identification, you could be placing your pet at risk. Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if the unthinkable happens.
Ask us about microchipping your pet today at our Reno vet clinic!
Do you have a new puppy or kitten? Congratulations on this addition to your family! One of the first things you should do when you bring your new pet home is to introduce him or her to us – your Reno vet care team. Puppy and kitten visits offer a unique opportunity to get you and your new pet off on the right foot!
Your puppy or kitten visit will include a full “nose-to-tail” physical examination. We will look for any signs of illness and make sure that your new pet is in good health.
Puppy Care Tips & Kitten Care Tips
Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had puppies or kittens before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new. We welcome your questions and look forward to addressing any concerns you may have. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for him or her, so we strive to offer you all the support you need.
Puppy & Kitten Wellness Visits
Puppy and kitten wellness visits also present an opportunity to discuss your new pet’s recommended vaccine schedule and the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. Our Reno vet doctors and other staff members are well-educated about vaccines and parasite control, and our goal is to give you the best advice for your puppy or kitten. We will review your pet’s vaccine and deworming schedule and discuss the best way to continue, so don’t forget to bring any records that you have received.
We will work hard to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your puppy’s or kitten’s health care. Puppy and kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let’s take these important first steps together.
Please call today to schedule an appointment for our Reno vet team to meet your new pet!
Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients at our Reno vet clinic.
A radiograph (sometimes called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernable from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.
Non-Invasive Veterinary X-Rays
Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our Reno vet radiology service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise.
Living Longer Lives
Pets today can live longer, healthier lives —in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that are unvaccinated. Although vaccine programs have been highly successful and vaccines are considered routine today, we (as caregivers) and you (as pet parents) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping pets up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Selecting the Right Vaccines
Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk for exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have at our Reno vet hospital.
Developing a Vaccination Schedule
We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines, and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. Let us develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, the risk of exposure to infectious disease, and other factors.
Vaccines help pets live longer, healthier lives. Protecting your pet is our primary goal, so developing an appropriate vaccine schedule for your pet is important to us. Call us today to set up a Reno vet appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs.
There was a time when parasites like fleas, ticks, and roundworms were considered mostly a nuisance. Now, however, we know that parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are transmissible to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Diagnostic Tests and Treatment
Fortunately, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our Reno vet expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family.
Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. Let our knowledgeable Reno vet staff provide you with a comprehensive parasite control program. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.
Parasites are not just a nuisance. They can carry serious diseases that affect your pet’s overall health and longevity. Let us help you protect your pet. Call today to find out how!
Caring for Aging Pets
Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered “seniors” at around 7 years of age? Just as our health care needs change as we age, your pet’s health care needs also change. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet’s daily routine can change as your pet ages. But how can you tell the difference between “normal” aging and a medical problem? As in humans, some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious.
Consistent Wellness Visits
Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet’s life, so don’t forget to keep your senior pet’s scheduled Reno vet wellness appointments. The best way to help protect your pet as he or she ages is to understand the aging process in pets. We understand that process and can help you help your pet. Even if your senior pet is already being treated for a medical condition, treatment recommendations can change as a condition progresses. Sometimes medication dosages need to be adjusted, or medication may need to be changed. Routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic testing are important for senior pets because these tests allow us to evaluate how your pet’s health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.
Your senior pet’s wellness examination is also your chance to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care.
Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the “golden years.”
Thorough Physical Examinations
Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. Whether your pet is a youngster, a “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.
A wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. We’ll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
Ask Questions and Address Concerns
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care.
Finally, wellness examinations help us to establish a relationship with you and your pet. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s Reno vet care.