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How to Care for an Elderly Cat

Just like humans, life expectancies for cats have grown dramatically over the last few decades. Cats can now live well into their late teens. Dr Sue and Dr Clint had a cat that lived to be 22. Of course, just like humans, elderly cats need a little extra care.  

This video discusses a few great ways to care for an elderly cat. Since older cats aren’t as spry as they used to be, it might be helpful to build steps or ramps to help them up onto their favorite chairs. It’s also important to schedule check-up appointments at the vet every six months to discuss changes to your cat’s behavior and diet. Additionally, brush or comb your older cat often as self-grooming habits will likely lessen with age.

If you’re looking for a great vet for your elderly cat, then contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas, Texas or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas. In addition to quality pet care, we provide pet grooming, boarding, and more.

 


What to do if your pet is hit by a car

Hit by Car (HBC, in vet lingo) is an all too common cause of trauma in veterinary medicine. Hopefully, none of you reading this will ever have to go through this with your own pets. But if someday you do, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check for external injuries such as bleeding.  Apply direct pressure to control bleeding.
  • Internal bleeding is very common after being hit by a car. Treatment usually requires extensive veterinary care.
  • MOST IMPORTANT: Immediately bring your pet in to our hospital to be examined for internal injuries and treated for shock.
  • Use extreme caution when attempting to move an injured animal. Injured animals are always in pain and often bite.
  • Muzzle the pet or cover it with a blanket before picking it up.

 

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Determining the Ideal Weight for a Dog

One of the most important factors is keeping a dog happy and healthy is keeping him or her at an ideal body weight. Even better yet is to keep the dog on the thin side of ideal.

This video walks you through several tips for evaluating your dog’s weight. You can get a good idea of your pet is underweight or overweight by simply feeling for his or her ribs. If you feel each individual rib, then your dog is underweight. In contrast, if you can’t feel any of his or her ribs, then your dog is overweight.

For more tips on keeping your dogs and other pets healthy and happy, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, at (866) 455-9070. We are the place where the Health and Happiness of Pets and their People are What Counts!


Qualcomm unveils wireless GPS tracking Service for dogs and cats

Early reports say that Qualcomm's "Tagg" pet-tracking system with GPS and wireless communication capabilities will allow pet owners to immediately track lost dogs or cats. The system is said to include a purpose-built tracking device that looks something like a watch and clips on to regular pet collars.

Imagine the countless families that might now be able to avoid the heartache of losing a pet that unexpectedly darts out an open door or jumps a fence.

This looks like a great idea to us!

More here: http://www.pettracker.com and here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/239369/qualcomm_shows_public_face_with_pettracking_service.html


What to Look for in a Veterinary Hospital

Your pet is a loving, loyal companion who quickly becomes part of the family. And, just like the rest of your family, your pet needs occasional medical attention in order to stay healthy and happy. Your pet deserves the best care so choosing the right veterinary hospital is an important decision that requires thought and research. Here are a few things to look for in a great veterinary hospital:

  • Top-notch wellness care

A great veterinary hospital focuses on providing pets with thorough examinations at every visit so as to prevent minor concerns from becoming serious ailments. An excellent veterinary office is also well organized, keeps track of your pet’s immunizations, and alerts you when a pet needs an essential vaccine.

  • Nurturing veterinarians

Before you make a final selection of your new veterinarian, make a trial appointment with a few candidates.  Let your pet and each of the candidates become acquainted. Most general practice veterinarians enjoy these sorts of “meet & greet” visits and most will do them for free. Watch how well the Vet and your pet get along. Discuss your pet health care goals and the health care philosophy of the practice. Since your pet is an important part of your family, he or she deserves nothing but the most caring veterinarian. A truly caring veterinarian recognizes the subtle differences between pets, such as allergies and on-going conditions, and has the experience necessary to devise an effective treatment plan given these variables.

  • Multiple services

Usually you have to visit three different places for pet wellness, grooming, and boarding. However, some pet hospitals provide all three services in the same building. Both quality care and convenience are important factors to consider when choosing the right veterinarian so be sure to ask about additional services provided by your veterinary hospital.

If you’re looking for the perfect veterinary hospital in the north Dallas area, then contact Preston Road Animal Hospital or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital. We employ only the most devoted veterinarians. In addition to pet wellness, we also provide pet grooming and boarding, allowing you to give your pet the care he or she deserves all in one place.

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