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.

Report: New Technique Gives Cats Protection Genes Against AIDS

Did you know that cats have their own AIDS virus, not too different from human HIV? They do. The good news is that now Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a gene-based immunization strategy that promises to help kittys fight feline ADS and also offers valuable cluse that may soon help human doctors fight AIDS in people. Morer here:


What Works For Your Pet's Allergies?

How Have You Helped Your Pet's Allergies?  Special Baths, Food, etc.?  Would Love to Hear!

Romer the Cat Does Ulrasound

Hey guys, Romer the cat here.

Not much going on in the McKinney office yesterday. So I ran around surgery at full speed for a while. Tore up some paper towels. Had to hiss at a big, hairy, brown dog that sniffed me.

Later, the humans wanted me to play with a ridiculous cloth mouse on the end of a string, but I had a better idea. I decided to walk around on the keyboard of the ultrasound machine. It’s warm and the lighted buttons tickle my toes. It’s also a great place to nap. Turns out that with very little effort I can even make the machine print out screen captures of the ultrasound appearance of open room air. Check out my photos - did ‘em all by myself! The humans didn’t seem to think this was nearly as hilarious as I did, but what do they know anyway? Bipeds!


Does your dog have allergies? Here are ten things to look for:

Does your dog have allergies? Here are ten things to look for:

  • Itching, scratching, rubbing, and licking involving the face, ears, feet, toes, ankles, armpits, and groin.
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).
  • Red ears, lips or around the eyes.
  • Itchiness may be seasonal, especially in younger pets.
  • Symptoms nearly always slowly worsen with time, as the pet gets older.
  • The itchiness may be so intense it progresses to self-mutilation.
  • Symptoms temporary response to antihistamines and cortisone products, although these often gradually loose effectiveness over time as the disease process naturally worsens.
  • Skin lesions vary from nothing at all – the pet is simply too itchy - to broken hairs or bronze-colored salivary discoloration of the fur. As the condition worsens, we can see red, irritated skin, with or without bumps, crusts, and hair loss or balding. In time, affected pets may also develop thickened, dark skin and/or excessively oily or dry seborrhea.
  • Recurring secondary bacterial and yeast skin infections are very common.
  • Chronic relapsing ear infections are also very common.


All that’s bound to make a pet miserable, don’t you think?

The good news is that the fall and winter months are the ideal time of year to try to bring a pet’s allergies under control through allergy testing and allergy shots (hyposensitization). This is because allergens are at their lowest levels and pets are least itchy at this time of year.





Monthly Grooming Tip From Preston Road's Sherry Siaz!

Never cut out mats that have formed behind a dog's ears.  It is imperative that these are clipped out with clippers using #10 blade ONLY.  Anything else can seriously cut the dog's ear.

If you need help with this or anything else grooming related just give me a call!  

Sherry - Our Preston Road Animal Hospital Groomer

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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