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.

Tooth Abscess Among Dogs

As we all know, dogs need regular dental care too. Inadequate dental care can lead to gum infections in dogs. This video reviews tooth brushing and some of the symptoms associated with gum disease and tooth root abscess in dogs.

Many people assume that bad mouth odor is normal for dogs, but it is not; if their teeth are healthy, a dog’s breath should not be overly unpleasant. Check for problems by examining your dog’s gums. Just lift the lip and have a look, of observe the teeth and gums at the time of tooth brushing. If the gums bleed or look red and puffy, or recessed, it could be because of an undiagnosed infection.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers pet dental services for our Dallas and McKinney patients. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our friendly representatives about our veterinary dental care for your dog.

Kidney Failure vs. Dehydration in Cats

Cat HydrationA pet’s attitude, appetite and behavior can provide a lot of clues to us humans about their health. This might seem less important than it really is at first glance, but remember that dogs and cats cannot speak to us in a shared language. Even more vexatious, cats are well known for hiding signs of disease or pain until the situation is well advanced. So, as responsible pet owners, becomes especially important for us to pay attention to even minor behavioral oddities in our pets.

Dehydration is one of those minor things that can creep up on a pet and only serves to make everything else much worse. While there are many causes of dehydration in pets, one of the most important among felines is kidney disease or kidney failure. When you know how your cat might respond to dehydration or kidney failure, you can better attend to her needs in a timely fashion.

Recognizing and Addressing Dehydration
Veterinarians warn that dehydration in cats evolves in basically the same way it happens in humans: output exceeds input. In other words, if a cat does not take in enough fluids, or loses too much without replacement, then she can become dehydrated. Dehydration most commonly occurs through vomiting, diarrhea or excessive urination, but there are other causes as well. Like humans, cats can exhibit signs of extreme fatigue when they are dehydrated. They may also display sunken eyes and dry or tacky gums in response to the physical stress that dehydration is causing. Should you notice these signs, place your pet in a cool room and give her a bowl of fresh, cold water. If she is sick enough she may well refuses to drink, in which case you need to contact your regular veterinarian, or us, or an animal emergency clinic straight away. Significant dehydration rarely gets better on its own and makes everything else worse in the meantime.

Identifying and Managing Kidney Failure
Kidneys are tasked with the job of removing normal metabolic waste products from the body and moving them to the bladder for elimination. When cat kidneys begin to decline into failure, though, they may no longer be able to separate the necessary water and dissolved salts from those normal metabolic substances that are toxic in high amounts. As a result, toxins build up in the cat’s blood stream. The body detects this and then attempts to compensate by increasing the fluid (urine) output. As a result, kidney failure can lead to excessive removal of water from your cat’s body, making her go to the bathroom on a more frequent basis. Because her body does not have enough fluids, she may soon become lethargic, inappetant, and show red and tacky gums.

Kidney failure, when present, requires immediate veterinary attention in order to reverse the dehydration and restore kidney function. However, this condition is complex and often calls for more than just additional fluid input. Seek help from a licensed veterinarian who can provide appropriate treatment strategies.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group understands that a medical crisis can happen at any hour. That is why we offer emergency vet services at both Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco and at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas. Call us today at (469) 759-7620 to learn more about our emergency vet clinic options.

Pain Management at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group

Pet in PainConditions such as arthritis and cancer can cause considerable pain in humans. These problems can also afflict animals, and when they do, they can produce discomfort that severely reduces quality of life. Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal hospital, both part of the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, each offer pain management services for north Dallas area dogs and cats suffering from pain-producing conditions.

While our patients may not be able to verbalize their discomfort, our highly skilled licensed veterinarians can carefully assess each animal to ensure that he or she is getting proper and adequate pain relief suited to the pets own particular needs. Our animal hospitals offers pain management options for pets contending with chronic conditions, such as arthritis and acute problems that may only require pain medication temporarily, such as broken bones and slipped disks.

Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital offer services that can help your furry friend enjoy a healthy and comfortable future. In addition to our pain management options, we also provide dog and cat teeth cleaning, pet grooming, and spay and neutering services. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our friendly representatives for more information.

A Look at Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Making sure that your dog eats only what you put in his bowl serves a dual purpose. One, it can help prevent pet obesity. Two, as most animal hospital professionals can attest, it helps to safeguard him against ingesting toxic foods. One particularly dangerous item for dogs is chocolate. Your regular veterinarian, or one of ours in the north Dallas or McKinney / Frisco areas of Texas can explain in detail how chocolate affects the biological systems of dogs. However, it is up to you to do what you can to make sure that your furry friend never has access to this harmful sweet.

Risk Factors
Dogs are at a high risk for chocolate poisoning for several reasons. Many people enjoy this treat, making it a common household item. A large percentage of dog owners also tend to share their meals and snacks with their pets without understanding how certain foods can adversely impact animals. In some cases, just the scent of chocolate can pique the interest of a dog and cause him to sample an unwatched plate of chocolate chip cookies or other chocolate dessert.

Side Effects
If you think your dog may have consumed even the smallest amount of chocolate, contact your regular veterinarian, or us, or an animal emergency clinic straight away. The staff may ask you about how much your dog might have eaten and what type of chocolate was involved. A small dog who ingests a large amount of chocolate can experience severe complications, including seizures, loose stool, and unusually frenzied behavior. Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of ingredients that are harmful to dogs and can provoke even more extreme side effects.

Response Measures
As soon as you realize that your dog may have ingested a chocolate product, act quickly to prevent it from causing potentially permanent damage to his health. Your veterinarian may suggest that you give your dog hydrogen peroxide, which will cause him to vomit the contents of his stomach. Giving your dog hydrogen peroxide can help in ridding his body of the chocolate, but don’t do this until you talk to a veterinarian first. If he refuses to take the hydrogen peroxide, or if he is exhibiting progressively serious complications, you may need to go to your nearest animal emergency clinic.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here when you need us the most. Our emergency vet services can make sure that your pet has continual access to the exceptional veterinarian care he deserves. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our friendly representatives about your pet care concerns.

Preparing Your Home for a Kitten

Are you adding a kitten to your family? An AAHA accredited animal hospital in the north Dallas or McKinney / Frisco areas, such as Preston Road Animal Hospital, can help you get ready for your new arrival. In the meantime, have a look at this great video which reviews some of the essentials you’ll need for a new kitten.

Food and elimination supplies are especially important, as your kitten will be eating and using a litter box even on her first day in your home. Remember that, developmentally, kittens are not ‘cats’ yet, and as such they will benefit from kitten-specific foods, appropriate for their developmental needs. Kittens should also have bowls small enough to accommodate their reduced size. This will help with the mess situation. A litter box should be easy to enter and exit. Make sure new kittens have a cat collar with all necessary contact information in case she strays from home.

Would you like more kitten care tips? Call Preston Road Animal Hospital at (469) 759-7620. We have two animal clinic locations that offer comprehensive veterinary services, including cat teeth cleaning and spay and neuter options.

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