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What to Expect from a Pet's Dental Checkup

Although pet dental services are easy to overlook, they are actually an essential part of your pet’s overall wellness care. When it comes to dogs, for instance, some experts estimate that 85% of pooches have periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. Just as in humans, dental disease can lead to a laundry list of health problems for pets that can easily be prevented with regular dental care. Talk to your veterinarian about the right dental care schedule for your pet. Here is what you can expect during a checkup.

Visual Exam

Your veterinarian will start out by performing a visual exam of your pet’s teeth and gums. He or she will be looking for signs of infection and decay, as well as other abnormalities that could indicate an oral health problem. During this exam, your veterinarian can determine if your animal needs further pet dental services, such as a cleaning. Even if you give your pet dental treats at home and only feed him or her hard food, all animals will require dental cleanings periodically to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Dental Cleaning

To remove plaque and tartar, your veterinarian will need to anaesthetize your pet. Even the best behaved pets simply will not sit still for a thorough teeth cleaning the way people do. The anesthesia is for your pet’s comfort and so that your vet can thoroughly remove plaque and tartar that is below the gum line – which is where the major problems lie for dogs and cats. So-called ‘no-anesthesia’ teeth cleanings offered by some simply cannot adequately address plaque and tartar below the gum line. Failing to adequately clean all of the surfaces of all of teeth, both above and below the gums, leaves your pet susceptible to pain and tooth loss caused by gum disease as well as heart disease and other infections caused by inflammation in the mouth.

Dental Maintenance Advice

Your vet will offer advice and suggestions for keeping your pet’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible. He or she may recommend that you begin to brush your pet’s teeth at home and, if so, can demonstrate ways to get your pet used to the process.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide pet dental services in the greater Dallas area as part of our wellness care services to help your pet stay as healthy as possible and avoid diseases caused by oral infections. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.


The Importance of Socializing Your Dog

Dog obedience classes, puppy parks, and dog boarding all have benefits beyond their primary purposes. In addition to whatever service they provide, they are all also opportunities to socialize your dog. Socializing your dog is an essential part of keeping him or her healthy and happy, not to mention preventing behavioral problems at home and in public.

Socializing your dog teaches him or her appropriate ways of interacting with other animals and with people. It can reduce the anxiety some dogs seem to feel when meeting other pups and humans and lessens the chances that your dog will become aggressive towards others or destructive in your home. Pet grooming, boarding, and veterinary care are all easier with dogs who have been appropriately socialized.

If you need advice on how to best socialize your dog, make an appointment with a veterinarian in Dallas at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our pet hospital offers comprehensive vet services, including emergency care and behavioral recommendations. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.


What Is Parvo?

Parvo, also known as canine parvovirus, is an extremely contagious and common virus in dogs. Although there is no cure for parvo, it requires treatment by your veterinarian to manage the symptoms and prevent dangerous complications such as severe dehydration and secondary infections.

There are two types of canine parvo, one which impacts the intestines and another which impacts the heart muscles. The intestinal form of parvo causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and severe weight loss. The cardiac form of the disease can cause breathing problems that come on quickly. Thanks to vaccinations, parvo is most common in dogs between six weeks and six months, who have not yet been fully vaccinated. Dogs with parvo will have a weakened immune system and will be contagious to other dogs for up to two months. Your veterinarian can help you manage the recovery period.

Find out how to protect your pet from dangerous illnesses like parvo by making an appointment with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our veterinarian in Dallas will advise you on a vaccination schedule and offer preventative care, including spay and neuter services, pet dental services, and more. To schedule an appointment with one of our friendly veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.


Taking Your Cat to the Veterinarian

Statistics tell us that cats only visit the veterinary clinic about half as often as dogs, despite needing the same kind of preventative care. One of the reasons cat owners point to in order to explain this is how much their cats seem to dread visiting the vet. Fortunately, a trip to the animal hospital doesn’t have to be a bad experience for your cat. There are many things you can do to make vet trips more comfortable.

Watch this video for advice on making pet hospital trips easier on your cat. Remember to stay calm yourself and to reward all of your cat’s calm behavior to reinforce the idea that visiting the vet is a positive event.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our caring vets understand the unique needs of cats and can make your visit a good experience for you and your pet. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.


Prepping Your Pet for the Rain

If your pet hates the wet weather, he or she is not alone. Many pets balk at rain, because of the noises, dampness, and strange sensations they feel when they go outside. This video offers tips to help you get your pet more comfortable with rainy weather. Remember to always check with your veterinarian before adding anything new to your pet’s diet.

Certain herbal supplements that are given orally can help your pet stay calm, as long as your veterinarian verifies that are safe for your particular animal. Essential oil sprays may also help. If you have an animal that goes outside in the rain, consider a rain jacket and booties to protect him or her from the damp.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our veterinarian in Dallas offers comprehensive pet care, from pet dental services to help with behavioral issues. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.


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