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.

Trapped Puppy rescued from 2 ft wide crack in drought parched soil

NBC DFW has a story about a Garland boy who is mighty happy to get it his puppy back after it fell into a 2 foot wide surface crack created by the hot dry summer:

High Blood Pressure is a real problem for Dogs and Cats too

High blood pressure in dogs and cats is proving to be much more common than we Vets once thought it was. While the overall incidence remains low, high blood pressure is fairly common in certain sub-groups of animals. The advent, in recent years, of simple, inexpensive blood pressure monitors that are accurate for dogs and cats has greatly expanded our appreciation of incidence of high blood pressure.

Unlike humans, dogs and cats seldom develop high blood pressure without a good reason.

So, when we find high blood pressure, the next things to do is look for some underlying cause. The most common underlying causes of canine or feline hypertension are:

Kidney Disease or Kidney Failure - Systemic hypertension and associated complications develop in about 20% of affected cats and dogs and can occur at any stage in the disease process.

Diabetes Mellitus – in one study, 46% of dogs with naturally occurring Diabetes also had high blood pressure.  Cats are likely similar.

Hyperthyroidism (cats) – high blood pressure occurs in about 20% of cats with over-active thyroid glands.

Cushing’s disease (dogs) – in one study, about 46.7% of dogs with Cushing’s disease also had secondary high blood pressure.

Pheochromocytoma - an uncommon tumor of the adrenal gland; mostly in dogs

Various Miscellaneous Conditions – e.g. Erlichiosis, Cardiomyopathy, and certain cancers like Lymphosarcoma

The good news is that high blood pressure in dogs and cats is nearly always treatable. Furthermore, since it is usually linked to some other disease process, then the finding of hypertension can be a valuable clue for a Vet, indicating that something more serious may be developing, under the hood.

So the next time, you take your dog or cat to the Vet, don’t be surprised if we ask him or her to extend their paw for a blood pressure test! 



Willow, the Cat, goes Missing in Colorado; Turns up 5 yrs Later in NYC alive & well

After a journey of some 1,800 miles, Willow as found and positively identified because of her implanted microchip. More here:


Check Out These Great Resources To Learn More About The Topics Explored In Our Blogs.

If you want to learn more about microchipping your pet or choosing a good veterinarian, then read through the resources below. Your pet is a living, breathing being that needs food, shelter, affection, and medical care. Visit Chastain Veterinary Medical Group to give your pet the care he or she deserves. Visit our website for more information or find a location near you!

  • Do you want to learn more about AVID microchips? Get your questions answered at AVID’s frequently asked questions page.
  • In the US, there are about 75 million dogs and 85 million cats that people call their pets. To learn more fascinating pet statistics, visit this page from the ASPCA. 
  • Does your dog have the proper vaccinations? Check out this page for one perepective on  vaccination.
  • Do you need more criteria in your search for a vet? Take a look at this page from the Humane Society to learn more about finding the right vet for you and your pet.
  • Do you find taking your pet to the Vet to be a hassle? Here are some tips to make the whole process a little easier on all involved.
  • It’s important to take measures to maintain your pet’s health between vet visits. Head over to this website for some excellent pet care resources.

Heartworm Preventive now more important than ever

Last month we received word that the US Food and Drug Administration is forcing the shutdown of the one and only plant that manufactures Imiticide, the drug used to treat canine heartworm infection. This follows many months of severe shortages of the same drug.

Veterinarians are now left with no means to treat or cure existing heartworm infections ion dogs.

This makes it even more important for dogs in central Texas to take heartworm preventive once a month, all year long. If a pet owner skips even just one month, that’s enough for heartworm larvae to get into a dog and set up an infection. Prevention has now become the treatment. Be vigilant.



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Hours of Operation:

  • 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