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    Tips for Boarding Your Pet

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Boarding your pet with your veterinarian is a great way to ensure that he or she is well cared for when you leave home. When you choose to board your pet, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Ask ahead of time about any health or immunization requirements your pet must meet—most kennels require that pets be kept up to date on vaccinations. If your pet is on a special diet or is especially choosy about his food, talk to your boarding facility about his meals. Many kennels - including both of the Chastain operations - will allow you to leave food for your pet, especially if he is on a special diet for medical reasons. Additionally, bring any medications your pet may be taking, along with written documentation about how and when they should be administered.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers pet boarding services at our Meadow Brook location in McKinney and our Preston Road location in north Dallas. The McKinney location offers the added benefit of a 5 acre walking and exercise area. Your pet will enjoy all the attention and professional care he needs to have a safe and happy stay with us while you are away. If you’d like more information about boarding or veterinary care in the north Dallas area, contact us online or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309.

    Travel Tips for Your Furry Friend

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Many families choose to bring their pets along for the ride when they embark on summertime adventures. We do too! While traveling can be fun for you and your pets, keeping them safe on the road is important for comfort as well as good health.

    Keep Pets Confined

    Cats can be a bit unpredictable and therefore should always travel in a carrier to keep them safe and confined. Make sure your pet’s carrier has ample room for him to move. If you are planning to bring your pet with you in the cabin of a plane, check ahead of time with the airline to ensure your travel carrier meets their beneath-the-seat standards.

    Although you may be tempted to allow your dog to roam free in the car, this can present a safety hazard to you and your pet. Dr Chastain’s father’s dog was once serious injured in an automobile accident. When the brakes were slammed on, the dog was thrown from the back seat into the front dashboard, resulting in several broke ribs and a number of bruises. That’s why we say keep your dog in a carrier or crate while on the road. That way the pet cannot be ejected or thrown around inside the car in event of an accident, nor can the pet distract the driver. Place all carriers and crates in the back seat of your car, as airbag deployment in the front seat can harm your pet. If possible, buckle the crate or carrier in place so it cannot shift when you make turns or come to a stop.

    Use Identification

    Although careful supervision can prevent your pet from running away or becoming lost, you can’t watch your pet every single second of the day and accidents can happen. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with up-to-date identification and contact information at all times. It is also a great idea to have your pet microchipped—this easy, painless procedure will ensure that your pet always has his identification with him, even if he manages to slip his collar. The more ways you provide for someone who has found your pet to get in touch with you, the higher the chances are that you will be notified when he is found.

    Whether you choose to travel with your pet or board him with us, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you and your pet enjoy your summer vacation. Contact us by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our experienced veterinary specialists or visit our website for additional information about our veterinary group

    July Grooming Tip!

    Last updated 24 days ago

    When drying your dog after a bath be sure to not put a dryer directly in front of the face.  Dry from behind and towel dry the face as much as possible.  Dogs have very sensitive respiratory systems, especially those with a small nose/flat face. 

    Typically, most dogs object to air directly on their face.  Also, never hot air just very low temperatures or air only for drying.


    Spotlight on Fireworks and Other Scary Sounds for Pets

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Because they have much better hearing than their human owners, pets are often more sensitive to sound than their human companions are. Many sounds, such as fireworks, lawnmowers, and vacuum cleaners, can cause fearful reactions in pets that do not understand the source of these sounds. Understanding how loud or unusual sounds affect your pet and knowing how to keep her safe and comfortable will ensure that she is healthy and well all year long.

    Common Scary Sounds

    Many everyday sounds that humans are able to understand and ignore may scare household pets. Vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, dishwashers, loud music, thunder, and fireworks are some of the most common sounds that invoke signs of fear in animals. It’s important to note that not all animals experience the same level of fear when exposed to loud sounds and oftentimes there is no obvious reason for that fear. Even if your pet is normally social and ready to explore, certain types of sounds may cause a fearful reaction that you may not expect.

    Treatment for Scary Sounds

    In time, many pets will acclimate to loud or unusual sounds and the noises won’t bother them as much. But some pets will never get used to it, and others may start out calm and tolerant only to become increasingly anxious and frightened with each subsequent exposure. 

    Because pets may act unpredictably, or even destructively, when frightened, it’s important to ensure they cannot run out of your home or hurt themselves out of fear. One of the simplest ways to keep your pet safe and comfortable is to keep him confined in a secure room of your home when loud sounds are present. Many of our clients have reported success using ThunderShirts on dogs with noise phobias. We ourselves have used a ThunderShirt on our own terrier with success and that’s why we offer them for sale in each clinic. Another option for the noise phobic pet is sound therapy CDs such as Canine Lullabies.  We ourselves have used these CD with modest success with individual dogs and also in kennel situations. Talk to us or your regular vet if you are interested in trying sound therapy to desensitize your pet to sounds.

    Your pet’s wellness is important—that’s why Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers comprehensive care for pets in the north Dallas area. Our veterinary services include allergy testing and treatment, cold laser therapy, emergency care, wellness checkups, pet identification, and surgical care. You can schedule your visit to either our Meadow Brook McKinney location or our Preston Road north Dallas locations by contacting us online or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309.

    Pet health Insurance and Pet Health Plans for Adult Pets

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Most American adults have at least one kind of insurance, whether it’s health insurance, auto insurance, or home insurance. Insurance helps people cover steep repair or treatment costs in exchange for a regular premium. If you have a pet, you should give serious consideration to protecting him or her with a good pet insurance policy. One of our favorite pet health insurance providers is Pet’s Best.  Because exclusions and limitations in pet health insurance operate much like they do (or used to) in human health insurance, it is best to initiate coverage for your pet while he or she is still young. Once a problem develops and becomes a part of a pet’s medical record, future insurance coverage can be tricky.

    Choosing a Pet Health Insurance Plan

    In a lot of ways, pet health insurance is a lot like human health insurance. You’ll need to compare and contrast various plans’ co-pays, deductibles, and other factors. Keep in mind that some pet insurance companies do not cover preexisting conditions or breed-specific disorders. If you have a golden retriever, for example, your insurance company may not cover expenses associated with hip dysplasia.

    Protecting Your Pet

    Many people are hesitant to seek care for their pets because they’re frightened of high veterinarian bills. Your vet bills will be a lot less daunting if you purchase pet insurance, and you’ll be much more likely to take your pet to the vet for routine checkups or major procedures. With the right health plan, you’ll be better equipped to protect your pet’s wellbeing so you can spend as much time with him as possible.  

    Reducing Vet Bills

    Many pet owners wouldn’t bat an eye when handed a multi-thousand-dollar vet bill. Still, such a hefty fee is bound to put a dent in one’s finances. Thanks to recent advances in veterinary medicine, there are a number of new and sophisticated treatment methods available for pets. Though these diagnostic and treatment methods are often expensive, pet insurance can help reduce the cost considerably.

    Handling Routine Visits

    Remember that pet health insurance is aimed primarily at helping people cope with the surprise costs of animal accidents, illnesses or injuries. Many plans exclude routine office visits, wellness tests, vaccinations and the like. In other cases limited coverage for those items may be available, but at additional cost.

    An excellent option for handling routine visits is the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group Pet Health & Wellness Plans.  We have now developed range of life-stage appropriate Pet Health & Wellness Plans for puppies and kittens, as well as adult dogs and cats of any age. These plans give pet owners access to discounted wellness-care veterinary services, like vaccinations, office calls, and so on…all with one low pre-defined monthly payment. Imagine never having to pay for an office call again, and being able to pay for your pet’s annual shots over the course of a full year! These pet health and wellness plans are not insurance or anything like that…they’re a way to finance wellness care for your pet, but they can be combined with pet health insurance for full spectrum coverage.

    For help exploring your pet insurance options, speak with a veterinarian from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033. Our skilled veterinary professionals will do everything possible to ensure that your pet lives a long, happy life. 

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