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.

Signs Your Dog Needs Behavioral Counseling

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Your veterinarian can help with more than immunizations and spaying and neutering. He or she can also be an important source of information about your dog’s behavioral health. A well-behaved dog is a happy dog, and having a dog that follows commands will make your life easier as well. If your dog exhibits bad behaviors, consider asking your veterinarian for behavioral counseling recommendations.

Aggression is the biggest red flag when it comes to dog behavior. Even a small dog can deliver a painful bite, and if your pet is aggressive with someone else, you as the pet owner could face a lot of hassle and possibly some stiff legal costs. Behavioral counseling and training can help diffuse a lot of dog aggression. Persistent barking, jumping on people, and excessive leash pulling are also signs that your pet could benefit from behavioral counseling and training.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is committed to your pet’s health in every way, including supporting good pet behavior. Both of our animal hospitals are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Ask any of our licensed veterinarians in the Dallas area for training recommendations at your next visit, or call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 to ask about behavioral services.

Get the Facts about Heartworm in Dogs

veterinarian dallasHeartworm disease is a potentially deadly risk for all dogs. Cats and ferrets are also at risk, although these species are not as commonly affected. Fortunately, preventative medication provided by your veterinarian can help to keep your animal safe. All dog owners can benefit from understanding the facts about heartworms to reduce the chances of their beloved pet becoming infected. Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm prevention in your dog, and keep this information in mind.

Heartworm Disease Is Spread by Mosquitos
Heartworm disease cannot be spread from one dog to another directly. Rather, an infected dog must be bitten by a mosquito, which then transmits the disease to another dog after taking a blood meal from the first dog. However, this does not mean that indoor dogs are immune to heartworm disease. No dog spends all of its time indoors, and mosquitos do get indoors on occasional. Only a single mosquito bite is needed for your pet to become infected. That is why most vets recommend that all dogs receive heartworm prevention medication all year long in north central Texas, regardless of lifestyle.

No Region Is Immune to Heartworm Disease
Some pet owners mistakenly believe that heartworms are only a problem in areas with epidemic levels of the disease. In reality, dogs in all 50 states have been diagnosed with heartworm disease, which impacts one million dogs annually. As families relocate around the country, the risk of heartworm disease also increases in new areas, so prevention is recommended no matter where you live.

Prevention Is More Effective Than Curing
Treatment for heartworm disease exists, but it is not without its own set of risks for your pet and it is not always 100% effective. It can also be expensive. For example, as of this writing, the standard two phase canine heartworm treatment protocol, with preliminary lab testing, might run a person just under $1,600 for a 50 pound dog by the time it’s all done. This compares to about $260 for a year’s supply of Trifexis or about $105 for a year’s supply of Heartgard for the same dog.

Modern heartworm prevention medications are usually given once per month and are available in a variety of administration formats, from pills to topicals. We, or your regular vet, can help you choose the right one for your animal.

Discuss heartworm disease prevention and any other pet care concerns you may have with a licensed veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our veterinary hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney are both AAHA accredited and both provide preventative care and emergency animal care. Find out how we can help keep your dog healthy by calling (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco area).

Why Choose an AAHA Accredited Hospital?

By April Smith, LVT of Preston Road Animal hospital

As humans we expect our medical professionals and facilities to maintain a high standard of care in all areas. Why should it be any different for our non-human family members? Keeping pets healthy is a priority, and excellence of care is crucial because pets deserve nothing less. When choosing a veterinarian in Dallas, you will want to look for an AAHA accredited hospital.

Accreditation of a human hospital is a process in which all areas of the hospital are scrutinized and evaluated to ensure that the facility is maintained to the highest standard of care. Accreditation is required for human hospitals, but is voluntary for animal hospitals. To be AAHA accredited, these veterinary hospitals are held to a higher standard than non-accredited veterinary hospitals.

AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association, is the only organization in the United States and Canada that sets any standard of care in veterinary medicine. AAHA accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medical care. The Standards of which the practices are evaluated are continuously updated and reviewed to keep veterinary hospitals on the edge of veterinary excellence. Over 900 individual standards are reviewed during regular on site evaluations to maintain accreditation. All areas of the practice are evaluated and standards address patient care, pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, and continuing education. These standards directly correlate to the quality of care that is provided to your pet.

When you take your pet to an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital in Dallas you can be confident that the practice is providing only the highest level of veterinary care to your pets and it shows in their abilities and in their compassion. For example, in surgery and anesthesia, dedicated team members are utilized to monitor a pet's condition and the practice is required to maintain certain monitoring equipment. Medical records are in-depth and detailed. Pain management is provided on all levels. In clinic and outside laboratory facilities are available. Customer service and client education is a primary focus.

Practices that are accredited also have access to pet health resources and information from the

American Animal Hospital Association. Additional support from the AAHA includes continuing education and staff training resources so that all team members in the practice have the most up-to-date

knowledge on treatments of various illnesses and diseases. Just like human medicine, veterinary medicine is always evolving. There is a broad range of advanced treatment options available to pets, and medical equipment is becoming more sophisticated. AAHA accredited hospitals strive to continually update their practices to match standards.

Preparing for an evaluation often takes weeks to months and is a collaborative effort by all team members and is an important factor in quality pet care. It takes an entire team to build an AAHA accredited practice and maintain the high standard of care. The doctors and staff are all dedicated to maintaining the high level of care and work together to make sure the pets in their care are treated like family rather than patients. Pet owners are consulted on all aspects of their pets care and treatment plans are individualized for each patient.

Pet owners can feel reassured about the care their pets receive at AAHA accredited hospitals. There is a saying among business leaders: Good management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. Accreditation assures you that your veterinarian does both.

AAHA accredited practices exist throughout the country and this ensures that your pet can be seen by an accredited facility wherever you are. Not only that, but there are even accredited specialty and emergency practices so your pet can have access to even more advanced medical care should the need arise.

Overall, to be AAHA accredited is to belong to a small, prestigious group of veterinary practices that believe that all pets should be offered the best care available.

Preston Road Animal Hospital has been AAHA accredited for over 50 years – the longest accreditation in the DFW metroplex. We are also proud to announce that Meadow Brook Animal Hospital has joined the ranks as an AAHA accredited hospital in late 2014.

All of our doctors and staff are exceptionally proud to be a part of this elite group and we are willing and ready to provide you with outstanding medical care. To schedule a veterinary exam at our AAHA accredited animal clinic, call us today at (469) 522-3712 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

Touring the Benefits of CO2 Surgical Lasers

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If your pet is in need of surgery, whether it is a routine spay or neuter or something more serious, you should find a veterinarian near you who uses CO2 surgical lasers for pet surgical services. Laser surgery utilizes safe, effective laser beams to penetrate the skin and tissues, and doesn’t require the use of scalpels.

CO2 surgical lasers cause less pain, less swelling, less bleeding, and can have a lower risk of infection and post-surgical complications as compared to other, more intrusive methods of veterinary care.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer cat and dog surgical services in Dallas and McKinney utilizing a CO2 surgical laser. Pet safety and comfort is our priority, which is why we use the most advanced veterinary technology available for our veterinary services. To learn more about our veterinary surgical services, make an appointment at one of our animal hospital today by calling (972) 239-1309 in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 in McKinney or Frisco.

Managing Arthritis in Your Pet

Much like humans, dogs and even cats are also susceptible to arthritis and joint pain. As your veterinarian can tell you, certain breeds are at a higher risk of developing arthritis than others.

Watch this video for some tips on how to best care for a pet that suffers from arthritis. Dr. Kremer, an experienced veterinarian, discusses the causes, symptoms, and veterinary treatment options for arthritis in pets.

If you’re worried that your pet may be showing signs of arthritis, bring him to see one of our veterinarians in Dallas or McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We provide diagnostic and treatment services, comprehensive veterinary care, and exotic animal care to all household pets. To schedule a veterinary exam at our animal clinic, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

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  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday
  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday
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  • 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