Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
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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.

Could a Ferret Be a Good Pet for You?

Are you looking for a fun pet that is a little outside of the norm? If so, then a ferret could be perfect for you. Ferrets are playful and energetic and require minimal care. If you choose to adopt a ferret, make sure there is an animal hospital near you that can provide care for your new furry friend. Not all veterinarians will treat ferrets.

Watch this video to get some insight into life with a ferret. Ferrets love to play and can be great additions to families with kids, but they shouldn’t be left alone with babies or very young children, as they may nip. Ferrets can catch some human illnesses, such as the flu, and they should be spayed or neutered as you would any other pet.

Chastain Animal Medical Group is pleased to offer exotic animal care in Dallas and in the McKinney/Frisco areas of Texas alongside our services for dogs, cats, and birds. Whether you need pet grooming, dog neutering, or exotic animal checkups, our vets are ready to help. Make an appointment by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.


What It Really Means When Cats Wag Their Tails

What It Really Means When Cats Wag Their Tails

Most pet owners think of dogs when they think of wagging tails, but did you know that cats also use their tails to communicate how they are feeling? Your veterinarian can explain some of the subtle messages your cat is conveying with his or her tail. This video will also help clear things up.

When your cat’s tail is relaxed, so is your cat. A gentle wag usually means your cat is interested in something, such as a toy, the food you’re opening, or some movement in the room. Be wary when your cat’s tail is swishing back and forth quickly and forcefully. This movement means agitation and could indicate that something is upsetting your cat.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, your veterinarian in Dallas or McKinney will help you with all aspects of being a pet parent, from cat neutering and spaying to pet dental services. You can make an appointment at one of our animal hospital 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.


Examining Common Myths About Dog and Nutrition

It isn’t just humans who are surrounded with conflicting information about nutrition. There is a lot of information available to dog owners about feeding their pups that can be confusing and misleading. The best way to find out what is really best for your dog is to make an appointment at your animal clinic to talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s specific health needs. Are popular myths about dog nutrition leading you to put your pooch’s health on the line? Here is what you need to know.

Myth: Dogs have to eat dry food to prevent dental disease.

Dry food does indeed help to clean debris off your dog’s teeth as he or she crunches, but the overall impact, while real, is probably not large. In reality, some dogs will simply only eat wet food, and that’s OK. It’s more important for your dog to get a dose of balanced nutrition from a healthy wet food than to starve himself or herself by refusing the crunchy food you keep putting out. If you’re concerned about your dog’s teeth, see your veterinarian regularly for pet dental services and try other preventative edibles, such as dental chews and crunchy carrots for snacks.

Myth: Only whole meat is quality protein for dogs.

Some dog foods contain whole meat and others contain meat meal. They can both be healthy for your pet. The source of the protein is the most important factor. Meat meal can be a more concentrated and affordable source of protein for dogs and is perfectly safe and healthy. Remember that pet food manufacturers sell and promote ingredients, whereas a dog’s metabolism needs nutrients. Your veterinarian can offer guidance when you’re looking for a pet food that has a healthy source of protein for your dog.

Myth: Putting garlic on dog food gets rid of worms.

At best, putting garlic on your dog’s food will have no impact at all. At worst, it can make your dog ill, as garlic can be extremely toxic to pups. To prevent the need for emergency vet care, leave the garlic off your dog’s food entirely.

Do you have any questions about what you should feed your furry friend? Visit Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and speak with a veterinarian in Dallas or McKinney about your pet’s specific nutritional needs. Call (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney) to make an appointment today.


Common Health Issues in Senior Cats

As your cat gets older, his or her health may change over time, and you may need to make more frequent visits to the veterinarian. Fortunately, many senior cat health problems are manageable and won’t prevent your cat from living a long life, as long as he or she gets the proper care. Here are some of the most common health problems diagnosed in senior cats and how your veterinarian can address them.

Arthritis

Arthritis is extremely common in older cats. After the age of 12, approximately 90% of cats begin to show signs of arthritis. While arthritis is no doubt uncomfortable for the cat, it can sometimes be difficult for us humans to pick up on. Pay attention for subtle, telltale symptoms, such as new difficulty going up and down the stairs, a reluctance to jump on and off furniture, and stiffness upon standing. If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment at your animal hospital to explore treatment options. If your cat is overweight, losing some excess weight can also reduce the stress on joints.

Dental Disease

Dental disease—especially gum disease—is another common problem in older cats. You can reduce the risk of dental disease with regular pet dental services at the vet and with brushing your cat’s teeth at home. Adding Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution to the pets drinking water has also problem useful in our hands. Dental disease not only causes pain and makes it difficult for your cat to eat, but it can also lead to systemic infections, including heart disease and respiratory problems. If your cat hasn’t had a dental checkup recently, or if you have noticed a change in your cat’s eating habits, make a vet appointment.

Vision Loss

As cats age, they become more prone to vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. In addition to obvious indicators like your cat bumping into things, look for cloudy eyes. Depending on the cause of your cat’s vision loss, your veterinarian may recommend medications or surgery or environmental adjustments. In some cases, cats can adapt to vision loss without the need for extensive treatment.

From their first year through their senior years, the vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are committed to helping cats live happy and healthy lives. You can make an appointment at our animal hospital in Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 or for our animal hospital in McKinney, call (972) 529-5033.


What Shots Does Your Puppy Need?

Vaccinations are among the most powerful and effective types of preventative care you can provide for your puppy. During your first puppy wellness checkup at your animal hospital, your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine schedule that is right for your pooch.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we have created a unique vaccination schedule that is based on the latest research in veterinary medicine. We used a three-year vaccination cycle, which minimizes the number of shots your puppy needs to get throughout his or her life while still providing maximum protection against diseases. Initially, your dog will receive vaccinations against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and more. After your puppy completes his or her initial round of shots, he or she will move to our adult dog schedule.

You can learn more about the vaccination schedule at our pet hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney by calling Chastain Veterinary Medical Group today. Dial (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.


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