Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
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.

How Your Dog Reads Your Emotions

Have you ever wondered if your dog knows how you’re feeling? Research indicates that dogs really are able to tell if the humans around them are happy or sad, which is one of reasons that keeping a positive attitude when you take your dog to the veterinarian helps him or her feel calmer. Watch this video to learn more about your dog’s ability to read your emotions.

Dogs and humans process emotions using very similar brain processes, making reading each other much easier. Though dogs respond to emotional cues from other dogs more quickly than cues from humans, they are adept at determining how humans are feeling, especially their owners.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our comprehensive pet care means we’re your one-stop-shop for dog and cat neutering, preventative veterinarian care, emergency animal hospital services, and much more. Schedule a visit with one of our veterinarians by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

Helping Pets and New Babies Get Along

Having a baby in the house is a big adjustment for pets, who not only have to get used to sharing the attention but also to being poked and prodded by curious little hands. Fortunately, your pet and your baby can become the best of friends with just a little help from you. If you’re worried about how your pet and baby will get along, your veterinarian can give offer some advice. These tips will also help.

Start Early

The earlier you start preparing your pet for your baby’s arrival, the better the outcome is likely to be. You don’t have to wait to bring the baby home but instead can start early in the pregnancy. Take this pre-baby time to make sure your pet understands basic verbal commands that could come in handy when your baby is home. Working on things like not jumping up on people can also be helpful, particularly for dogs, so your pet doesn’t jump on your baby or jump on you when you’re carrying your newborn.

Create a Safe Space

The noise and activity that come with a new baby can be stressful for pets, especially older pets, who may sometimes need to retreat to a quiet space for a time. A laundry room or a crate can work well for this need. Before the baby comes, set the space up with things that your pet needs and enjoys, from a water dish to favorite toys, and encourage your pet to start spending time there. When the baby is home and things get to be too much for your pet, he or she can retreat there.

Practice Prodding

Babies and toddlers have a tendency to poke pets, pull fur, touch paw pads, and otherwise interact with pets in ways the pet make not initially like. Desensitize your pet by practicing this kind of handling in advance, and rewarding him or her with a treat or with praise when touching is tolerated.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you get your pet ready for a smooth transition as your family grows, plus offer essential pet care, including dog and cat neutering and spaying, pet dental services, and more. Make an appointment with one of our veterinarians in Dallas, today, by calling (972) 239-1309 or for our McKinney location, call (972) 529-5033.

The Health Risks of Obesity in Cats

People aren’t the only ones whose health suffers when the body weight creeps up. Obesity is a serious health concern in cats that can trigger a long list of health problems, some which could be life-threatening. If you are worried that your cat is overweight, make an appointment to discuss this at your animal hospital. Your veterinarian can determine a healthy weight for your cat and recommend a diet plan, if need be. Here are some of the risks of leaving obesity untreated in your cat.

Type 2 Diabetes

As in humans, obesity can change the way your cat’s body uses insulin. He or she may become insulin resistant, which means that his or cells can’t use glucose for energy efficiently, leading to an increase in blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes can damage your cat’s heart, kidneys, and eyes and can be life-threatening without proper treatment. Losing weight can make your cat’s type 2 diabetes easier to manage and may allow him or her to stop taking medication for the condition.


Being overweight puts pressure on your cat’s joints, causing them to wear down. This joint wear-and-tear is called osteoarthritis and can significantly impact your cat’s mobility and quality of life. Although osteoarthritis can occur in healthy-weight cats as they age, being overweight causes joint deterioration to happen much earlier in life.

Urinary Tract Infections

Feline interstitial cystitis is a common type of urinary tract infection in cats that causes discomfort and inappropriate urination. Although this disease can happen to any cat, obesity increases the risks. Veterinarians believe that there is a link between stress and feline interstitial cystitis, and the physical stress caused by obesity can trigger an infection.

Don’t let obesity take a toll on your cat’s life. Talk to your regular veterinarian or one of the veterinarians at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group about making your cat’s diet healthier to help him or her lose the excess weight. Our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney also provides cat neutering, cat teeth cleaning, and everything else you need to keep your feline companion happy and healthy. Schedule an appointment today 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.

Tips for Getting Your Anxious Pup Comfortable with Grooming

Pet grooming of some sort is a must for helping keep animals healthy, but many puppies don’t quite see it the same way. It’s extremely common for puppies and adult dogs alike to get anxious at the mere hint of pet grooming, but there are things you can do to calm your animal’s nerves and turn grooming into a positive experience. The sooner you start working on these tips with your puppy, the better, but even older dogs can be taught to relax during grooming with a little effort.

Handle Your Puppy

The more comfortable your puppy becomes with being handled, the easier time he or she will have while being groomed. Pet your dog often while talking softly to ensure he or she is relaxed. If your dog is just starting to get used to this kind of interaction, start simply with head scratching and eventually move on to rubbing his or her belly, legs, tail, and paws. Stay calm and continue praising your puppy while you’re petting. Handling your puppy this way often, especially the paws, which many dogs would rather not be touched, will help your dog get comfortable with the kind of handling the groomer needs to do.

Try Home Brushing

You can further get your dog ready for grooming by making brushing part of your home care routine. As with handling your dog, you may need to be patient and slowly introduce brushing to your pet. Once he or she is comfortable with the brush, do longer sessions, and don’t allow your dog to get up until you’re ready, so he or she gets used to not controlling the brushing.

Talk to Your Vet

Your veterinarian can be an extremely valuable source of information that can help get your puppy ready for grooming. He or she may be able to recommend training techniques and classes, as well as good groomers. If your vet has a pet groomer in his or her animal clinic, like the Chastain’s do, that could be a good choice for your pet.

At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer onsite pet grooming in both north Dallas and McKinney for your convenience. Make an appointment at our pet hospital today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

The Medical Benefits of Pet Boarding

One issue that always plagues pet families is what to do with their four-legged friends when they leave town. Although many people consider things like dog walkers and having a friend stop by each day, veterinary supervised pet boarding offers many advantages to these options. In addition to the increased interaction your pet will receive in boarding compared to being stuck at home alone, boarding can be especially beneficial for pets who have special medical needs and are under veterinarian care.

When you choose cat or dog boarding for your pet, you can feel confident that your pet is getting the supervision and medical attention he or she needs. The boarding service can administer your pet’s medication and be alert to symptoms so that your pet can get fast emergency vet care if needed. Choosing a boarding service that is in a pet hospital is an even better option, since your pet will have constant access to medical help.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is pleased to offer cat and dog boarding in Dallas in our animal clinics, so you can travel with the confidence of knowing your pet is being cared for. For more information, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

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