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.

Dealing with an Animal Medical Emergency

A medical emergency is scary, but the truth is most pet families are bound to face at least one such crisis. When trouble strikes, seeing an emergency vet as soon as possible could be critical for your pet’s well-being.

The best way to deal with an animal medical emergency is to know what you will do, who you will call, and where you will go, before an urgent need arises. Find out your veterinarian’s emergency care protocols and locate the nearest emergency vet to your home. Know how to contact your veterinarian in an Emergency – in our case the phone number for the Emergency Messaging System is (214) 439-7233. If an emergency does happen, act quickly but calmly. If you are anxious, your pet will be, too. At the emergency animal clinic, the staff will triage your pet’s case and ensure he or she gets the right care at the right time.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers emergency vet care in Dallas and the McKinney / Frisco areas during regular business hours and we share emergency care affiliations with several emergency-only animal clinics in the area. To speak to us about this or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

Introducing Your New Cat to Your Dog

Dogs and cats are stereotyped as being the worst of enemies, but in reality, they can be the best of friends. If you already have a dog and are bringing home a cat, a careful introduction can lead to the blossoming of a close bond. In addition to taking your new cat to the animal hospital for a check-up and making arrangements for vaccinations and spay and neuter services as needed, have a plan for helping your cat and dog get to know each other. This advice will help.

Give Your Cat a Safe Space

It will be too overwhelming to your new cat to meet the whole family at once, so create a quiet room that your cat can stay in as he or she adjusts to the smells and sounds in the house. Equip the room with the litter box, food, and water, plus toys and a blanket or bedding to keep your cat cozy. You can go in and out to spend time with the cat, but keep your dog out until your new cat feels more at home.

Introduce the Smells

When your cat has started feeling more comfortable, start feeding your pets on either side of the closed door. Keep your cat’s food near the door on the inside of the room while you place your dog’s food outside. This will let them get used to each other’s scents while doing something they enjoy, like eating. When they are calm during meals, make the scent association stronger by swapping blankets or towels between the animals.

Use Crates and Leashes

When it is time for your kitty to come out of the room, let your pets check each other out while you use restraints. Put the cat in the crate and keep your dog on his or her leash, then, have them spend time in the same area as you make introductions. Next, transition to the cat being loose while the dog is on the leash. Once they are used to each other in this way and your dog doesn’t lunge at the cat, they can both be free to explore together.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our pet hospitals in Dallas and McKinney offer comprehensive vet care services, including dog and cat dental cleanings and emergency services. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

Why Chocolate Is Toxic for Dogs

It may seem impossible that something as seemingly innocuous as chocolate could be dangerous for dogs, but chocolate really can be toxic for your pet. If you think your dog has eaten chocolate, call your emergency vet right away to find out what steps to take next.

Watch this video to find out why chocolate is dangerous for dogs. It all comes down to a chemical in chocolate called theobromine. Exposure to theobromine can cause a dangerous reaction in your dog that can be deadly. No amount of chocolate is safe, so you should avoid giving it to your dog entirely.

When you need emergency vet care in the Dallas or McKinney areas, choose Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our veterinarians offer quick treatment for chocolate poisoning and other acute animal emergencies. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

What to Expect When Your Pet Needs Surgery

Pet parents never want to think about their beloved animal undergoing surgery, but sometimes it is necessary to treat an illness or injury. At every turn, your veterinarian and the staff at the pet hospital will be available to explain the process for you and address your concerns. If your pet is scheduled for surgery, here is a look at what you can expect.

Pre-Operative Prep

Before your pet undergoes his or her procedure, your veterinarian will take every possible precaution before surgery to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and recovery. This will typically include a physical exam, blood work, and ECG screenings. These tests help your veterinarian make the right decisions about the type of anesthesia to use and which medications may be necessary before and after surgery. If the surgery is a planned procedure and not one that is the result of an emergency, be sure to follow all pre-op instructions and to bring your pet in for appointments and screenings as necessary to avoid delays in the surgery. For emergencies, these pre-op tests will be performed immediately before surgery.

Surgical Procedure

During surgery, your pet will receive the type of anesthetics that the veterinarian has determined are appropriate for him or her. The procedure itself will, of course, vary depending on the problem that is being treated. Your veterinarian will explain what the procedure will entail and how long you can expect your pet to be in surgery.

Post-Operative Recovery

After surgery, your pet will recover in a specialized area of the pet hospital while being closely monitored by veterinary nurses as he or she recovers from the anesthesia. He or she will also receive pain medication as needed. When it’s time for your pet to go home, you’ll receive medication and home care instructions. You may also make a time for a return visit for a checkup.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group understands how overwhelming pet surgery can be, and we strive to give every pet family the best possible experience. When your pet needs surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians in Dallas or McKinney. Call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

A Look at the Risk of Thyroid Disease in Cats

Thyroid conditions are common among cats, and they are something your veterinarian will monitor your cat for throughout his or her life. Although thyroid disease is most common in older cats, it can happen at any age. There is no cure, but thyroid disease can be managed by your veterinarian. Here is what you need to know.

What kind of thyroid disease is most common in cats?

Most cats with thyroid disease have hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. With this condition, the thyroid is stimulated to overproduce thyroid hormone thanks to the development of tumors. The exact cause is not known, though veterinarians suspect that a combination of environmental, immunological, and nutritional factors could be at play. There is no breed or gender of cats that is more susceptible to hyperthyroidism than others.

What are the symptoms?

Because hyperthyroidism can impact different organs in different cats, the symptoms can vary. Classic hyperthyroid symptoms include weight loss despite an increase in appetite, increased urination, and hyperactivity. In some cases, however, cats can become lethargic and have a reduced appetite. These symptoms can sometimes indicate severe hyperthyroidism, and your veterinarian should evaluate them as soon as possible. If your vet suspects hyperthyroidism, he or she will perform a physical exam of the thyroid to see if it is enlarged and do blood work to measure thyroid functioning. In some cases, diagnostic imaging may also be needed.

What treatments are available?

Because hyperthyroidism can lead to heart failure, getting treatment is important. Medication can help to suppress thyroid functioning, but it needs to be administered for life. In some cases, surgical removal of one gland of the thyroid is recommended, but the other gland may then become hyperactive. Radioactive iodine treatment is another excellent treatment option, but it does require an extended stay in the pet hospital before your cat can safely come home.

Hyperthyroidism is manageable with help from your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, where we offer complete pet diagnostic and treatment services on-site. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

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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
  • 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