Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
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Tips for Getting Your Anxious Pup Comfortable with Grooming

Pet grooming of some sort is a must for helping keep animals healthy, but many puppies don’t quite see it the same way. It’s extremely common for puppies and adult dogs alike to get anxious at the mere hint of pet grooming, but there are things you can do to calm your animal’s nerves and turn grooming into a positive experience. The sooner you start working on these tips with your puppy, the better, but even older dogs can be taught to relax during grooming with a little effort.

Handle Your Puppy

The more comfortable your puppy becomes with being handled, the easier time he or she will have while being groomed. Pet your dog often while talking softly to ensure he or she is relaxed. If your dog is just starting to get used to this kind of interaction, start simply with head scratching and eventually move on to rubbing his or her belly, legs, tail, and paws. Stay calm and continue praising your puppy while you’re petting. Handling your puppy this way often, especially the paws, which many dogs would rather not be touched, will help your dog get comfortable with the kind of handling the groomer needs to do.

Try Home Brushing

You can further get your dog ready for grooming by making brushing part of your home care routine. As with handling your dog, you may need to be patient and slowly introduce brushing to your pet. Once he or she is comfortable with the brush, do longer sessions, and don’t allow your dog to get up until you’re ready, so he or she gets used to not controlling the brushing.

Talk to Your Vet

Your veterinarian can be an extremely valuable source of information that can help get your puppy ready for grooming. He or she may be able to recommend training techniques and classes, as well as good groomers. If your vet has a pet groomer in his or her animal clinic, like the Chastain’s do, that could be a good choice for your pet.

At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer onsite pet grooming in both north Dallas and McKinney for your convenience. Make an appointment at our pet hospital today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

The Medical Benefits of Pet Boarding

One issue that always plagues pet families is what to do with their four-legged friends when they leave town. Although many people consider things like dog walkers and having a friend stop by each day, veterinary supervised pet boarding offers many advantages to these options. In addition to the increased interaction your pet will receive in boarding compared to being stuck at home alone, boarding can be especially beneficial for pets who have special medical needs and are under veterinarian care.

When you choose cat or dog boarding for your pet, you can feel confident that your pet is getting the supervision and medical attention he or she needs. The boarding service can administer your pet’s medication and be alert to symptoms so that your pet can get fast emergency vet care if needed. Choosing a boarding service that is in a pet hospital is an even better option, since your pet will have constant access to medical help.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is pleased to offer cat and dog boarding in Dallas in our animal clinics, so you can travel with the confidence of knowing your pet is being cared for. For more information, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

Do Cats Like Milk?

One persistent myth about cats is that they love milk and that it makes a good treat for them. In reality, milk is likely to irritate your cat’s tummy, especially in the case of adult and older cars, and many cats don’t really even like it. If you want to give your cat milk, ask your veterinarian for his or her advice. This video explains more.

Cats start out drinking their mothers’ milk, of course, but when they stop nursing, many become lactose-intolerant as they grow into adulthood. Although some cats can digest milk without an issue, this treat is an invitation to digestive disturbances and maybe even land the pet in the animal hospital in some cases.

Let the veterinarian staff at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group help you navigate the ins and outs of pet care with the comprehensive services at our animal clinics. Make an appointment at our animal hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital.

Is It OK to Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?

Puppy kisses divide the dog loving community. Is it OK to get kisses from your pup, or should you stick with a pat on the head? Your veterinarian can give you some insight into what is lurking in your dog’s mouth. This video explains more.

Dog’s mouths, contrary to popular belief, are not cleaner than humans. Their mouths are filled with bacteria, and those bacteria can be passed to humans and cause gum disease and other infections. These kinds of transmissions are relatively rare, but your veterinarian can give you an idea if letting your dog give you a lick is safe.

At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our pet hospital teams love animals as much as you, and our animal clinics are dedicated to keeping your furry friend happy and healthy. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in north Dallas today by calling (972) 239-1309 or schedule a vet visit in the McKinney / Frisco area by calling (972) 529-5033.

Dogs and Arthritis: What You Need to Know

Humans aren’t the only ones prone to achy joints as they get older. Arthritis is also a significant issue for dogs, especially older dogs. Consider all of the running and jumping your dog does in a single day, and it is easy to see how his or her joints can become damaged from just ordinary wear and tear. Fortunately, there are many things you and your veterinarian can do to help your pet overcome the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Here are the facts every dog family needs to know.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Most cases of arthritis in dogs are due to either developmental issues or wear-and-tear injuries. Developmental issues, such as hip dysplasia, occur when any kind of problem with the development of a joint occurs. Wear-and-tear injuries lead to osteoarthritis and are caused by years of just being an active dog. Cruciate ligament problems are closely related in that they can come about from routine use of the back legs.

What are the signs?

If your dog has arthritis, you’re likely to see him or her having increased difficulty doing things that were once normal. For instance, your dog may suddenly – or gradually over time - struggle to jump up on the couch or use the stairs. A once playful dog may become reluctant to play or may tire out more easily. Without treatment, these symptoms can lead to chronic low grade pain with periodic worsenings or flare ups. It is important to see your veterinarian if your dog has arthritis symptoms, as early intervention can slow the progression.

What treatments are available?

There are a number of ways your animal hospital can treat arthritis in your dog. Cold Laser therapy is one of the most advanced and newest ways to control pain without side effects, tons of medications or invasive treatments. Medications and dietary changes may also be helpful for many dogs. Overweight dogs can benefit from weight loss to reduce the pressure on the joints. In some cases, surgical and physical therapy are necessary.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer cutting-edge therapies for a range of conditions at our pet hospital, including cold laser therapy and surgery for arthritis. If your dog has arthritis symptoms, make an appointment at our veterinary clinic in Dallas or McKinney today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

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