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.

PennHIP X-ray Services

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Dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of years in order to produce the many unique breeds that we have in Dallas today. During that time, selective breeding by humans has also accidently introduced into dogs a number of breed-specific genetic disorders. Canine Hip Dysplasia is one such genetic disorder. Hip Dysplasia is an inherited condition that is caused by a malformed hip joint. If left unaddressed, hip dysplasia can cause pain and difficulty walking. Fortunately, veterinarians have developed a sophisticated means of evaluating a dog’s hip joint.

PennHIP—a multifaceted screening statistical method—has roots that go back to 1983, when Dr. Gail Smith of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine first developed his method for diagnosing canine hip dysplasia. PennHIP underwent multi-center clinical trials in 1993, and has since become very popular among select American veterinarians. Part of the reason why PennHIP is so popular is because it can identify a dog’s risk of hip dysplasia when the dog is as young as 16 weeks old!

To our knowledge the PennHIP program is the only objective screening program for canine hip dysplasia that is commercially available in the US with a database of its size and depth. Almost all of the other hip dysplasia screening methods rely on subjective expert interpretation and are thus open to all of the well-known cognitive biases and errors of human intuition.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is proud to be listed as an authorized PennHip evaluation center. Contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033 to schedule your dog’s appointment today

Fall Season Safety Tips for Your Pets

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Now that fall is upon us, here are few ways that you can keep vigilant about your pet’s health and safety. Certain toxins are more prevalent during the autumn months, and ingestion by your pet may necessitate a visit to your family vet or an emergency vet. To avoid exposing your pet to these toxins, consult with your veterinarian, and read these safety tips.

Here is what we are talking about: Mushrooms begin to sprout in the fall, and while some are harmless, others are highly toxic to pets. Keep your pet away from areas where wild mushrooms grow. If he does ingest a wild mushroom, visit an emergency vet immediately. Also, many families increase their use of antifreeze, pesticides, and rodenticides in the fall, and these poisons obviously can be fatal to pets. Store these products out of reach of your pets, and carefully follow all instructions when using them.

You should always keep the phone number for a Dallas area veterinarian on hand, in case of a pet emergency. At both Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital, our veterinarians use advanced technology for rapid diagnosing and treating pet emergencies. For more information about our veterinary hospital, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

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).

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Hours of Operation:

  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday
  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday
  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday
  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wednesday
  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Thursday
  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday
  • 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday