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Feline Dental Care 101

Your cat can’t reach for a toothbrush after eating, so he or she relies on you for dental care. Your veterinarian can help with cat teeth cleaning services, but there are also some things you can do at home to keep your cat’s mouth healthy. Keep these tips in mind to reduce the risk of dental disease in your cat.

Start Early

Most cats will allow you to clean their teeth either with a toothbrush or your finger with some practice, but the earlier you start this habit, the easier it will be for your cat to adjust. Start off slowly, and reward your cat for every successful brushing, even if it is only partially successful. Try using a small feline toothbrush, or start with using your finger to rub the teeth and gums and working your way up to the toothbrush. Keep in mind that human toothpaste can be toxic to animals, so ask your veterinarian to recommend a product designed for cats.

Get Regular Checkups

Visit the veterinary hospital regularly for routine dental checkups for your cat. During a dental exam, the vet will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. He or she can also perform feline teeth cleaning services on follow up visits. Regular exams let your vet catch any dental problems in early stages, when they are easier to treat. Your vet can also make dental health recommendations during these visits, such as advice for cleaning your cat’s teeth at home and choosing foods that support good oral health.

React Quickly to Symptoms

Cats are adept at hiding pain, but if your pet has an oral health problem, there are some signs you can recognize at home. Consider calling the veterinarian for an appointment if your cat changes his or her eating habits, begins drooling excessively, or suddenly has bad breath. You may also notice visible signs of a dental problem, such as irritated gums or severely stained teeth.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer dental care for a variety of animals, including preventative services and oral surgery. Make an appointment for dental services at our veterinary clinic in McKinney by dialing (972) 529-5033 or by dialing our veterinary clinic in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.


How to Tell if Your Dog Needs a Dental Checkup

You’re not the only one who needs regular visits to the dentist. Dog dental cleanings are an essential part of your pup’s overall well-being. Your veterinarian will recommend a schedule for dental checkups that is right for you and your pet, but how you can you tell that your dog needs some dental care between appointments? Keep an eye out for these signs that your dog could benefit from dental care.

Your dog’s breath is downright offensive.

Contrary to popular belief, having bad breath is not a normal trait for dogs. If you smell more than your dog’s favorite treats on his or her breath, make an appointment at the veterinary clinic for a checkup. Bad breath that comes on suddenly can indicate that your dog has an infected tooth or gum disease, and the longer it goes untreated, the worse it can become. In fact, your dog could end up needing to have teeth pulled if an infection is allowed to grow untreated, so make sure your vet checks out any unusual breath your dog develops.

Your hungry pooch is suddenly avoiding the food dish.

When dogs are having problems with their teeth, their eating habits may sometimes change. Your dog that once couldn’t wait for dinner may now leave the food in the bowl untouched, or you may find that he or she takes longer to eat than normal. Tooth pain can cause these symptoms, as can broken teeth and tooth loss. Take your dog to the veterinarian for an exam to see what could be causing the change in his or her eating habits.

It’s been too long since your dog’s last checkup.

In most cases, dog dental cleanings should happen about once a year. If it’s been too long since his or her last checkup, make an appointment. You don’t have to wait for symptoms of a problem to schedule a checkup, and your attentiveness to your dog’s dental health can help him or her avoid serious complications.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides extensive dog and cat teeth cleaning services, plus oral cancer screenings and periodontal surgery. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.


How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Pulling on the Leash

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Pulling on the Leash

Walks are fun times for dogs and owners alike, but if your pooch is the kind that is constantly tugging on the leash, it can be more like doing battle. If your dog’s behavior on walks is troublesome and he or she isn’t responding to any of your training efforts, consult with your veterinarian for advice.

Watch this video for some tips on teaching your dog to stop pulling on the leash when he or she walks. Start by choosing the right leash for the kind of pulling your dog does. Your veterinarian can help you make a smart choice for your pet. The video reviews multiple approaches you can take to teaching your dog better walk behavior.

From training issues to dog neutering and cat teeth cleaning, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has all of your pet’s medical needs covered. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.


Dealing with an Animal Medical Emergency

A medical emergency is scary, but the truth is most pet families are bound to face at least one such crisis. When trouble strikes, seeing an emergency vet as soon as possible could be critical for your pet’s well-being.

The best way to deal with an animal medical emergency is to know what you will do, who you will call, and where you will go, before an urgent need arises. Find out your veterinarian’s emergency care protocols and locate the nearest emergency vet to your home. Know how to contact your veterinarian in an Emergency – in our case the phone number for the Emergency Messaging System is (214) 439-7233. If an emergency does happen, act quickly but calmly. If you are anxious, your pet will be, too. At the emergency animal clinic, the staff will triage your pet’s case and ensure he or she gets the right care at the right time.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers emergency vet care in Dallas and the McKinney / Frisco areas during regular business hours and we share emergency care affiliations with several emergency-only animal clinics in the area. To speak to us about this or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.


Introducing Your New Cat to Your Dog

Dogs and cats are stereotyped as being the worst of enemies, but in reality, they can be the best of friends. If you already have a dog and are bringing home a cat, a careful introduction can lead to the blossoming of a close bond. In addition to taking your new cat to the animal hospital for a check-up and making arrangements for vaccinations and spay and neuter services as needed, have a plan for helping your cat and dog get to know each other. This advice will help.

Give Your Cat a Safe Space

It will be too overwhelming to your new cat to meet the whole family at once, so create a quiet room that your cat can stay in as he or she adjusts to the smells and sounds in the house. Equip the room with the litter box, food, and water, plus toys and a blanket or bedding to keep your cat cozy. You can go in and out to spend time with the cat, but keep your dog out until your new cat feels more at home.

Introduce the Smells

When your cat has started feeling more comfortable, start feeding your pets on either side of the closed door. Keep your cat’s food near the door on the inside of the room while you place your dog’s food outside. This will let them get used to each other’s scents while doing something they enjoy, like eating. When they are calm during meals, make the scent association stronger by swapping blankets or towels between the animals.

Use Crates and Leashes

When it is time for your kitty to come out of the room, let your pets check each other out while you use restraints. Put the cat in the crate and keep your dog on his or her leash, then, have them spend time in the same area as you make introductions. Next, transition to the cat being loose while the dog is on the leash. Once they are used to each other in this way and your dog doesn’t lunge at the cat, they can both be free to explore together.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our pet hospitals in Dallas and McKinney offer comprehensive vet care services, including dog and cat dental cleanings and emergency services. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.


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