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A Look at Periodontal Disease in Pets

A Look at Periodontal Disease in Pets

Periodontal disease is a common, if often overlooked, risk for pets. If your pet develops periodontal disease and you don’t see your veterinarian for care in time, he or she could suffer some significant consequences, from tooth loss to systemic health problems. Here are the facts that every pet owner needs to know about periodontal disease.

How likely is it that my pet has periodontal disease?

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the majority of dogs and cats have evidence of periodontal disease by age three (3). In recent years, at the urging of their veterinarians, pet owners have become more aware of the risk of periodontal disease and how they can prevent it, but it remains an extremely common problem. If you haven’t talked to your veterinarian about periodontal disease, do so at your next animal hospital visit. He or she may recommend professional dental cleanings and home oral hygiene treatments to protect your pet’s gums.

What symptoms are common?

Periodontal disease may not cause any symptoms that we humans can easily perceive until it is well advanced. If you notice that your pet has chronically bad breath, see the veterinarian for a checkup. Contrary to popular belief, bad breath is not normal in animals and is often caused by periodontal disease. In later stages, you may notice your pet’s gums appear red and inflamed or that he or she appears hesitant to chew his or her food. If your pet’s teeth look discolored or decayed, that can also be an indication that periodontal disease is present.

Why is treating periodontal disease important?

Periodontal disease can affect your pet in the same way it affects you. Your pet may lose his or teeth as well as the gum tissue and bone that support them. The tooth and gum infection can enter the bloodstream and cause or worsen heart, liver, and kidney problems. Periodontal disease can also cause pain and interfere with your pet’s ability to eat normally and be happy.

We take dental care seriously at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and can help you treat and prevent periodontal disease in your pet. To schedule a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney call (972) 529-5033, or for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.


How to Care for Your Dog's Skin

How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin

Dogs are prone to skin problems, especially itchy, dry skin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help ensure your dog’s skin stays as healthy as possible. If you think your dog is having a skin problem, make an appointment with us or your regular veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about caring for your dog’s skin.

Recognizing Signs of Skin Problems

The most common symptom sign of skin problems in dog is pruritus, or itching. Pruritus is the second most common reason that people take their dogs to the veterinarian. You may notice that your dog is itching more than normal and is also chewing, biting, and licking incessantly, which can cause irritation and wounds that are secondary to the cause of the pruritus. In some cases, you may also notice changes to your dog’s coat and flaky skin that looks like dandruff. When you see these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days, see your veterinarian at the animal hospital. It is important for your vet to determine the cause of your dog’s skin problem so that the correct treatment can be applied. Otherwise, we could accidentally exacerbate the problem. For instance, if your dog has oily skin and you treat him or her for dry skin instead, you could make the oily skin worse.

Treating and Preventing Skin Problems

If your dog has a skin problem that has been diagnosed by the veterinarian, then follow his or her prescribed treatment, which may include oral and topical medications. You can also reduce or prevent skin problems by making sure your dog is getting plenty of fresh drinking water and considering adding oils and supplements to your dog’s diet. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any new supplement. Dogs with dry skin can benefit from eating mostly wet food. If your dog has allergies that are causing skin problems, making dietary changes and giving baths with just plain water.

Don’t let chronic skin problems cause discomfort for your dog. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for help. To reach our pet hospital, please call (972) 239-1309. For our north Dallas location, please dial (972) 239-1309.


Home Pet-Proofing 101

One of the biggest challenges of becoming a pet parent is pet-proofing your home. Things you may not have even considered as a danger could end in a trip to the emergency vet. For instance, you may think that giving your dog a bone is a safe idea, but cooked bones can easily splinter and cause dangerous internal blockages or injuries that require treatment at the emergency vet clinic. Dropping a pill, leaving a battery on the table, or letting your dog near a bag of fertilizer may seem innocent enough, but can all lead to pet health emergencies. Find out what items you need to stow to pet-proof your home in this infographic from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our vet clinic and emergency animal hospital can provide the preventative and acute care your pet needs to live a long, healthy life. Please share this information, and when you need a vet in Dallas or McKinney, contact us for an appointment.

Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

When you bring your kitten to his or her first appointment with the veterinarian, besides plans for spay and neuter services and vaccinations, your vet may want to discuss deworming. Because cats are prone to picking up parasites, it can help helpful to administer deworming treatments before symptoms appear to stop the parasites from doing damage to your kitten’s health. Here are the facts kitten parents need to know about deworming.

Deworming protects your kitten’s health.

Ideally, all cats who are breeders should receive regular deworming to prevent passing parasites on to their kittens. If your kitten came from a breeder, you may be able to verify whether his or her mother was sufficiently dewormed. If your kitten came from an animal shelter, you will not able to verify his or her mother’s health. Being exposed to so many other kittens and cats in the shelter system, including strays, can dramatically increase your kitten’s risk of contracting intestinal worms and other parasites. However, even if your cat came from a breeder, deworming the mother doesn’t completely prevent an intestinal worm infestation. Because worms can cause significant health problems, and because some intestinal worms are also infectious to people, your veterinarian will likely recommend deworming in almost every instance, regardless of your cat’s background or symptoms.

Multiple deworming treatments are needed.

Your veterinarian may recommend multiple deworming treatments for your kitten, to treat for different kinds of worms and to ensure that all of the worms your kitten does have are eliminated. As your kitten grows older, your veterinarian will make deworming recommendations based in a number of factors, including whether your cat spends any time outside.

You should report signs of worms to your veterinarian.

Even if your kitten has received deworming treatments, it is still important to be vigilant about reporting any symptoms to your vet. Call the pet hospital if your kitten has diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or a distended belly. Fast treatment could safe your kitten’s life.

The vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provide preventative care at every stage of your cat’s development to help him or her stay healthy for life. Find out more about the services at our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

Choosing a Family-Friendly Dog Breed

Choosing a Family-Friendly Dog Breed

When your family decides to bring home a puppy, it is important to consider the breed carefully. Not all dogs are suited to life in a bustling household with kids, so both your family and your new puppy will all be happier if you pick the right breed for your particular living situation. If you need help, talk to the pros at your local animal hospital. They can give you insight into the personality of the different breeds and the amount of veterinarian care different breeds need, so you can make an informed decision. As you consider your options, keep these points in mind.

Consider Sporting Breeds and Working Breeds

Dogs that fall into these categories tend to be good family pets, because they have been bred to work beside humans. They are usually highly trainable and eager to please, so they are good additions to families, especially ones that include young children. Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers fall into this category. Herding breeds, which include collies and German shepherds, are also very trainable, which makes them good family pets.

Make Sure the Size Measures Up

It may seem counterintuitive, but most experts recommend that families with small children get larger dogs. Small children very frequently step on dogs’ paws or grab them in ways that can be painful. Among small dogs, these kinds of incidents are more likely to cause injury, which can make the dog lash out against the child or bite. Larger dogs are better able to tolerate this kind of interaction. Because it doesn’t hurt them as much, they are more patient. If you think your children could be tugging ears or grabbing tails, a large breed could be the best pick.

Match Your Activity Levels

Dogs that have been bred to work have a lot of energy that needs to be released through exercise and play, and if it isn’t they may become unhappy and destructive. If your kids are small and will be home to play with your pup, this can be a good fit. If your family is away from the house all day, choose a more mellow breed, like a pug, who is happy to sit and nap while you’re away.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to offer all the advice you need on choosing and caring for a puppy, including dog neutering, vaccinations, and pet grooming. To schedule a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney, please call (972) 529-5033, or, for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.

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