Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
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Your To-Do List for Your New Dog's First Month

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What could be more exciting than welcoming a new puppy or adult dog into your home? Of course, once the initial excitement wears off, it’s time to focus on the responsibility of helping your new pup adjust to his or her new home. A trip to the veterinarian for a checkup should be one of the first items on your to-do list. Once your dog gets a clean bill of health, tackle these steps to make life less stressful for your family and your new pet.

Create a Schedule
Like new babies, puppies and new dogs benefit from having a schedule. Decide when you’ll feed your pup, when you’ll play with him or her, when you’ll go for walks, and when bedtime is, and try to stick to that schedule each day. Your puppy will soon adjust to the routine, which will make him or her feel more comfortable and confident. Sticking to a schedule will also help with potty training, as your dog will become accustomed to when he or she should—and shouldn’t—go to the bathroom.

Start Training
The earlier you start training your dog, the easier it will be to get the results you want. Every interaction with your puppy is an opportunity to practice commands, such as sit, stay, and come. Reward your pup for good behavior by showering him or her with attention and by providing treats. When your veterinarian says it is OK, consider enrolling your puppy in training classes and take him or her to the dog park, so that he or she can become socialized.

Get to Know His or Her Personality
Puppies and new dogs may be shy when they enter a new home, so be patient while your new pup reveals his or her personality. When your puppy starts showing his likes and dislikes, pay attention. For instance, your puppy may not respond to food rewards but may love walks, so you can tailor your training approaches to incorporate that preference.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to support you as you welcome a new puppy to the family, with puppy checkups, spay and neuter services, and dog dental cleanings. Contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

What Happens If My Cat Ingests a Foreign Object?

Cats love to explore, but unfortunately, sometimes that exploration can lead to dangerous situations, such as ingesting a foreign object. Although foreign objects sometimes pass through cats’ intestinal tracts unfettered, in other cases, cats require emergency veterinary care to prevent or solve an obstruction. If you think that your cat has ingested a foreign object, here is a look at what you can expect.

Onset of Symptoms
In some cases, you may be aware that your cat has eaten a foreign object, so you seek care at a veterinary clinic before symptoms start. In other cases, the cat’s symptoms could be your first clue. Your cat may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. He or she may be reluctant to eat or drink normally and may become aggressive when you try to handle him or her because of abdominal sensitivity. Although other conditions can cause these symptoms, it is important to see the veterinarian when they occur for an accurate diagnosis.

Your veterinarian will perform a full exam to determine what is causing your cat’s symptoms. Abdominal tenderness may suggest that your cat has an obstruction, so your veterinarian may order X-rays, typically using contrast material, to pinpoint the location of the obstruction. Blood work may also be necessary to rule out other conditions.

Your veterinarian will determine if your cat needs surgery to find and remove the foreign object or if it can pass through his or her intestinal tract safely. If your vet decides that your cat can pass the object, he or she may recommend that your cat remain at the veterinary clinic for observation until the item is out of your cat’s system. Monitoring is important, since an obstruction can stop blood flow to one or more of your cat’s organs.

Don’t delay seeking emergency veterinary treatment in Dallas or McKinney if you think your cat has ingested a foreign object. Help is available from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for all of your pet’s medical needs. Contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

What Should I Do if My Dog Has Heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a medical crisis in dogs and requires emergency veterinarian care. If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, see the veterinarian right away to avoid life-threatening complications.

Watch this video to learn what steps to take in the case of heatstroke. You can tell if your pup has heatstroke by taking his or her temperature using a rectal thermometer. If it is over 105 degrees F, he or she needs emergency vet care. If it is lower than 105, you can attempt to treat your dog at home using cool baths, until his or her temp comes down to 103 degrees F.

Even if your dog doesn’t have full on heatstroke and you successfully provide home treatment, he or she should still be checked out by your veterinarian or one of the veterinarians here at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group to ensure that there are no complications. Make an appointment at our Dallas animal Hospital by calling (972) 239-1309. To make an appointment at our McKinney office, call (972)-529-5033.

Subtle Signs of a Sick Cat

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Cats are notorious for hiding the symptoms of a sickness for as long as they can, so it’s important to tune into the subtle signs that your pet could be ill. If you suspect your cat is could be sick, take him or her to the veterinarian for an exam. Often, catching illnesses in their early stages makes them easier to treat and increases the chance of a full recovery. If you notice these signs in your cat, consider making an appointment at the animal hospital.

Weight Changes
Different conditions can affect your cat’s weight in different ways. In some cases, he or she may lose weight, while in other cases, weight gain may occur. Although appetite changes can also occur with an illness, weight changes aren’t always linked to changes in eating habits. A cat with hyperthyroidism, for instance, may experience weight loss while eating the same amount of food as normal or even when eating more. Your veterinarian should evaluate any noticeable weight changes.

Behavior Changes
When cats are not feeling well, they often change their behaviors. For example, if your cat is typically an independent kitty, he or she may begin to cling to you more and more. Alternatively, an overly affectionate cat may now demand his or her alone time. You may also notice that your cat changes his or her sleeping habits and may either give up on grooming or may groom obsessively.

Looking back on things, when one of our cats became seriously ill a few years ago, one of the earliest signs was simply that he began sleeping near the warm computer vents all the time.

Increased Vocalization
If your cat is in pain, he or she may begin to meow and whine more often than normal. Howling during the night is a particularly common behavior in cats who are ill. This behavior can also be a sign of stress that results from a change in your cat’s environment.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association and provides preventative healthcare exams for your pets, as well as urgent care when your pet is sick. If you’re concerned that your cat could be ill, make an appointment at our pet hospital in McKinney today by calling (972) 529-5033. You can also contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

Build a Better First-Aid Kit for Small Pets

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First-aid kits aren’t just for the two-legged members of your family. Pets need their own kits, so you have everything on hand that you will need if your pet becomes injured. For serious injuries or illnesses, your pet should visit the emergency veterinarian right away, but the tools in your first-aid kit will help you take care of minor issues at home or provide some initial care so that you can safely get your pet to the animal hospital.

For your small animals, like dogs and cats, your pet-friendly first-aid kit should include cloth and paper towels, 2-3 slip leashes, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and bandaging materials. You should also have lubricant, such as petroleum jelly, nail clippers, tweezers, and medications, including eye wash solution, probiotic gels, antibiotic ointments, and wound disinfectants. Keep your veterinarian’s number and the number for the poison control center in the kit as well.

When your pet has a medical emergency, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is available to help with emergency vet care in both Dallas and McKinney. Find out how to get urgent vet care for your pet by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

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