Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
Welcome to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group! For 20 years now we've been providing advanced veterinary care mixed with old-fashioned compassion for pets in the North Dallas area of Texas.

Socializing Your Kitten

Socializing Your KittenYour new kitten should begin socializing during the first few weeks of his or her life in order to learn how to interact properly with humans and other animals. Once your kitten has gotten the age-appropriate vaccinations from your veterinarian, you can allow him or her to socialize with other animals. You should begin the socialization process by picking your kitten up and holding, petting, and playing with him or her as often as possible.

Introduce interactive toys to your kitten at three weeks of age to encourage play and exploration. You can also provide objects such as scratching poles, cardboard boxes, and paper bags that will stimulate the kitten to investigate his or her environment.

If you’re looking for a reputable, experienced veterinarian in north Dallas, come to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We have been providing compassionate, comprehensive care to the pets of Dallas and McKinney for the past 20 years. For more information, visit our website, or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Cat?

Spay or Neuter Your Cat in DallasSpaying or neutering your cat at your local veterinary clinic or veterinarian’s office is an important step in maintaining his or her overall health and happiness. Veterinarians recommend that cats be spayed or neutered because the procedures have a number of health, behavioral, and societal benefits.

Health Benefits
Spaying your female cat will significantly reduce her risks of developing breast cancer. A cat that is spayed cannot develop ovarian cancer or uterine cancer. A male cat that is neutered cannot develop testicular cancer. Unneutered male cats also have an instinct to roam and socialize with other cats, which can make your cat become aggressive and temperamental, even if he is an indoor cat. This may encourage him to escape the house, increasing his risk of getting into dangerous fights with other animals, or contracting illnesses, diseases, or parasites.

Behavioral Benefits
Cats that are not spayed or neutered have an intense desire to wander the neighborhood in search of other cats. Female cats that are in heat will become temperamental, and cry incessantly. This will attract stray or outdoor male cats to your home, and these cats will urniate around your home in an attempt to get your female cat’s attention. Male cats that aren’t neutered can act aggressive, and may spray urine around the home to mark their territory.

Societal Benefits
In addition to getting the health benefits and behavioral benefits afforded by spaying or neutering your cat, you will also make sure that your cat isn’t capable of either impregnating another cat or becoming pregnant itself. This helps to decrease the number of unwanted kittens, homeless cats, and cats that end up being euthanized in animal shelters.

If you are in the general north Dallas area and have a cat that needs to be spayed or neutered, schedule an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our skilled and experienced doctors have performed thousands of such surgeries in our clinics. For more information or to make an appointment for your pet, visit our website or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

Addressing Bad Behaviors in Dogs

If your dog has obnoxious or unpleasant habits and you want to change that, talk to your veterinarian; he or she can recommend a behaviorist or dog training class. Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, you can train him or her to be well-behaved and listen to your commands.

Watch this video for a few simple tips on how to address common objectionable behaviors in dogs. A professional dog trainer offers expert advice, and stresses the importance of never hitting or kicking your dog when he or she misbehaves.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide behavioral counseling for pets in an effort to modify unwanted behavior and help you train your pet. We also offer veterinary services at our north Dallas and McKinney / Frisco area Animal Clinics, such as vaccinations, emergency vet care, and spay/neuter surgical services. For more information, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

Taking Good Care of Your Kitten

If you’ve recently adopted a new kitten, there are a few important things that you should do as soon as possible to make sure your kitten is healthy and happy. First step: Take him or her to a veterinary clinic or animal hospital as soon as possible for a health checkup, vaccinations and to be spayed or neutered. Find more tips for caring for your kitten below.

Taking Good Care of Your Kitten in DallasLitter Box Training Your Kitten
Before you bring your new kitten home for the first time, buy a litter box that is big enough for your kitten to walk around in, and place it in a quiet, easy-to-access part of the house. When you bring your new kitten home, immediately place it in the litter box. This should be the first experience your kitten has. Most kittens instinctively understand how to use a litter box at around four weeks old.

Socializing Your Kitten
Once your kitten reaches a certain age and has received all age-appropriate vaccinations, he or she can begin to learn how to socialize with other people and animals. If you are introducing your kitten to an animal that is larger or more dangerous than the kitten, do so in a very controlled environment that allows your kitten plenty of escape routes should he or she become scared. You should also be prepared to quickly and safely break up any fights that may occur.

Getting Veterinary Care
You should carefully heed your veterinarian’s advice about which vaccinations should be administered, and when. You should also get your kitten spayed or neutered by the age of six months or so. Even if you think that your kitten wouldn’t ever encounter another cat that wasn’t spayed or neutered, spaying or neutering it is much better for cats’ overall health.

If you are looking for a veterinary clinic in the north Dallas area for your new kitten, contact Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We’ve been providing comprehensive animal care to the community for more than 20 years, and offer services such as pet grooming, pet boarding, teeth cleaning, a spay and neuter clinic, and emergency vet services. Visit our website, or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) for more information.

How to Give Pills to a Cat

Giving Your Cat Pills

If your veterinarian has advised you to administer medication or a nutritional supplement to your cat via a pill, you may be wondering how you’ll ever convince your cat to swallow it. Medicating cats, in particular, can be a challenge. Every cat is different, but there are a few methods you can try that may make the process much easier for both of you.

First, try hiding the pill in food that your cat can’t resist, such as a piece of meat or a scoop of tuna fish. Your cat may eat the food without noticing the pill hidden inside. If that method doesn’t work, ask your veterinarian if it is safe for you to crush the pill into a powder. If it is, you can add the powder to wet food or to a tasty liquid, such as fish oil. Watch your cat closely to make sure that he or she consumes the entire dosage. Another option is to ask your veterinarian to have the medication compounded into a liquid form. It is sometimes easier to get cats to consume a chicken of fish flavored liquid. If you are still having trouble, consult your veterinarian for even more tips.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our friendly veterinary staff is happy to answer your questions about pet health and medications. We provide comprehensive pet health services at our north Dallas and McKinney/Frisco animal hospitals and more information or to make an appointment, call us at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

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