Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
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How Diet Affects Your Cat

Your cat is a precious member of your family, and as a companion, relies on you to provide him or her with a nutritious diet. Your cat’s diet can greatly affect his behavior and health, and it’s important to understand his dietary needs. Your veterinarian can help you find the best diet for your cat based on his age, weight, medical history, and lifestyle. If you don’t have a regular veterinarian, give us a call! Meantime, you can watch this video to learn more about how diet affects your cat and the dangers of feeding your cat a limited diet.

Schedule an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group to discuss your cat’s diet with our friendly, knowledgeable animal experts. We have been a top tier animal clinic in Dallas for the past 20 years, and are eager to help our clients keep their pets happy and healthy. Call us today at (469) 759-7620 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) to find out more.

Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

Foods not to feed your DogYou may be tempted to feed your dog scraps from the table while you eat, or maybe you make your own dog food at home. No matter what, it’s important to remember that there are certain foods that veterinarians have determined are unhealthy or even toxic for dogs to consume. Here are a few things that you should never give your dog.

Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins make tasty treats for people, but these same gifts from nature can lead to kidney failure in dogs. Some dogs may eat grapes and raisins without any problems in one instance, and then become seriously ill the next time they consume them. Problems seem to be somewhat unpredictable. Symptoms of toxicosis and kidney problems include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea; as the problem worsens, the dog may become increasingly lethargic, refuse food and water, become dehydrated, and urinate more frequently and then stop urinating completely. If you notice these symptoms in your dog, bring him to an emergency veterinarian immediately.

Raw Bread Dough and Hops
Raw bread dough and hops are both very harmful to dogs. Raw bread dough contains live yeast, which can multiply in your dog’s stomach, causing the dough to expand. This will cause the stomach to expand as well, resulting in problems with other organs. The yeast can also produce alcohol, leading to alcohol poisoning. Symptoms include a distended abdomen, bloating, disorientation, vomiting or an attempt to vomit, and seizures. Hops can cause your dog’s body temperature to rise to dangerous levels, leading to multiple organ failure. Symptoms of hops poisoning include restless behavior, excessive panting, and seizures.

Artificial Sweeteners
One of the newest artificial sweeteners is a chemical called xylitol, which is very toxic to dogs. Xylitol is ever more commonplace now and can be found in sugar-free chewing gums, baked goods, certain toothpastes, and children’s vitamins. Ingestion of xylitol can cause your dog’s blood sugar level to drop rapidly, resulting in disorientation, seizures, and liver failure.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer emergency veterinarian services in Dallas and McKinney. We have been providing comprehensive care to the pets in our community for over 20 years. Call us today at (469) 759-7620 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) for more information or to make an appointment.

Help Your Pets Beat the Heat This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

You know how important it is to take steps to keep yourself safe from the summer heat, but did you know that the same goes for your pets? As a pet parent, there are several things you can do to make sure the summer is safe for your animals. Start with sun protection. Cats and dogs are extremely vulnerable to skin cancer and should wear sunscreen on areas where fur is thin; your veterinarian can recommend a good brand. If your pet is outside during the summer, be sure to provide a shaded area outside of direct sunlight. If you have a non-traditional pet, ask your veterinarian if it safe for it to go outside. Find out more about pet summer safety in this infographic from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal hospital near Dallas is here to respond to all of your veterinary needs, from cat neutering to dog boarding and exotic animal care. Help us spread the word about pet safety by sharing this information.

Help Your Pets Beat the Heat This Summer

Tips for Housetraining Your Dog

One of the biggest jobs new pet parents have on their hands is housetraining their dog. As your veterinarian here in Dallas, McKinney, Frisco or elsewhere can tell you, housetraining is a process, not an event, and it doesn’t happen overnight. However, with some patience and consistency, your dog will get the hang of the rules very quickly.

Start by having a routine. It’s reassuring for your puppy to know when it’s time to eat, play, and use the bathroom. Take your dog outside regularly to use the bathroom, and always take him or her to the same spot. Use a specific word that you want to act as a signal to your dog that it’s time to use the bathroom, such as “potty,” or “let’s get busy” as he or she goes. Reward your dog with lots of attention and praise as soon as he or she eliminates. If you work outside of the home, consider hiring a dog sitter to let your pet out at regular intervals during the day.

If you need help housetraining your dog, talk to your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. To make an appointment, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) – 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (469) 759-7620. You can also make an appointment online at here, or by means of our free mobile App available through Google Play or iTunes.

Is Your Cat Suffering from Allergies?

You might not think of allergies when you think of common cat health problems, but in reality, cats are susceptible to the same kinds of allergies that people and dogs can develop. Cats with allergies can be extremely uncomfortable and begin to act out because of the irritation. If you think your cat could have allergies, it’s important to consult your veterinarian as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Chastain Vet Med Grp has offices in Dallas and McKinney / Frisco and we would happy to help. Here is a look at what cat parents need to know about allergies.

The symptoms cats experience when they have allergies can be very similar to what humans go through. Your cat may sneeze, cough, and wheeze, or develop itchy or runny eyes. Ear infections are common, as is snoring and sniffling brought on by congestion. More commonly in cats the skin is the target organ of allergies. If the skin becomes irritated, your cat may chew his or her paws or develop swollen paws that seem sensitive. In some cases, vomiting and diarrhea can be linked to allergies. Some cats will develop numerous small scabs around the head and neck as a result of allergies. If your cat has these kinds of symptoms, set up an appointment with your veterinarian.

Common Allergens
Like people, cats can be allergic to pollen, plants, grass, mold, and mildew. Allergies to household cleaning products and foods are also possible. Some cats are allergic to certain types of cat litters, while other may have an allergic reaction to flea-control products, fleas themselves, or prescribed medications. Perfumes and colognes can also trigger allergy symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Your veterinarian will do a physical exam and possibly blood work to determine if your cat is suffering from allergies. In some cases, it may be necessary to identify the cause by trial and error, such as by changing your cat’s diet and seeing if symptoms subside. If your cat is having a skin allergy, he or she may need to see a specialist. Eliminating the allergen, when possible, is the best treatment. Antihistamines, steroids, and allergy injections may also be needed.

Is your cat showing the symptoms of an allergy? If so, schedule a visit to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our team of veterinarians can diagnose and treat your pet’s allergy issues. To learn more about our pet hospital, please call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) – 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (469) 759-7620.

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