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    Getting Your Home Ready for a New Puppy

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Adding a puppy to your family can be a joyous event. Before picking up your new bundle of fur, though, it’s important that his new home be ready for his arrival. Being thoroughly prepared for your puppy can help to make his transition a smooth and stress-free one for everyone in your family.

    Purchasing His Items

    Just as you wouldn’t bring home a new baby without having all of his necessities in place, you should not welcome a new puppy without first purchasing a few essential items. When shopping for your pet, be sure to buy a leash, collar, a harness maybe, chew toys, crate, puppy food, and food and water bowls. Having a crate can be particularly important as you train your new pet. Not only can a crate be a safe place in which your puppy can rest when you are not home, but also it can help him learn to keep his space clean as you housebreak him.

    Working Out the Rules

    A new puppy requires a considerable amount of time, energy, and dedicated focus. In some cases, his needs may prove too much for a single person. So before bringing home your puppy, take to the rest of your family about his needs. To alleviate the stress of having one person care for your new pet, split up responsibilities among your children and partner. For instance, let one person be assigned to walk him in the mornings, while another person gives him his meals and fills his water bowl.

    Note that if multiple people are training and caring for the new puppy, it is essential for everybody to be coordinated and doing the important puppy things the same way. Otherwise the puppy will become confused and successful training could be delayed.

    Creating His Schedule

    To raise your puppy to be an obedient and well-adjusted dog, you must provide structure to his day. Though puppies may seem content to play all day, it is up to you and your family to create a routine that teaches him when to expect his meals, his bathroom breaks, and other important events. Having a recurrent schedule can make it much easier for your puppy to learn how to wait until his is taken outside to relieve himself. It can also teach him how to respect your commands and wait for your cues.

    Are you about to add a furry friend to your family? Then call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033 and we’ll get your new addition fixed up right away!

    " We highly recommend taking your pets to this group of Doctors!"

    Last updated 12 days ago

    We had a wonderful first time visit at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in McKinney last week. The entire staff was very welcoming and made us feel very comfortable. Dr. Mari was so knowledgeable, kind and caring with our little Maggie. We really appreciated how sweet and gentle Dr. Mari and Eric, the vet tech, were with Maggie during her exam... More
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    Tips for Choosing a Dog Food

    Last updated 12 days ago

    The food you feed your dog can affect his weight, energy, and many other facets of health. This video explains what to look for when selecting dog food for your furry friend.

    If you purchase kibble for your dog’s nutritional needs, pay close attention to the ingredient labels. Never buy dog food that does not specify the protein source. Also, be careful of brands that use artificial preservatives. Added sweeteners can likewise be problematic for the health of certain dogs and cats. Finally, think about keeping a food journal for your pet. By making notes about his/her food preferences, you can make more informed choices each time your purchase food for him.

    Still not sure what dog food is best for your pet? Call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 to discuss your concerns with our with our pet preventive healthcare experts.


    October Grooming Tip!

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Many pets get a crusty build up in the inside corners of their eyes.

    To remove it, first hold a wet cloth on it and saturate it well. Then gently pick it out with a fine tooth plastic comb, such as a flea comb.

    Take care not to continuously touch the skin as this can cause bleeding.

    Pet Health Plans

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Excellent pet healthcare always tops the list of concerns for every pet owner. Who wouldn’t want that? The problem has always been the inconvenience of paying for it all at once. Well, here’s one answer -- the Chastain Pet Health Plans. We’re proud to offer a range of life-stage appropriate Pet Health 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 and more…all with a 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 plans are not insurance, instead they’re a simple way to finance wellness care for your pet over the course of a whole year. Of course, they can be combined with pet health insurance as well for full spectrum coverage.

    To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online, or call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

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