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Veterinary Spotlight on Cytopoint

Itchy pups are commonplace in the animal hospital, and sometimes, finding the right treatment can be frustrating. Because itching has so many different possible causes, your veterinarian is often left using trial and error to find the right itch treatments for your pet. Further, some pet owners aren’t happy with the prospect of giving their dogs medication to deal with itching. Fortunately, a new alternative is available: CYTOPOINT. CYTOPOINT is safe, effective, and fast-working, so your dog feels more comfortable immediately and you get a break from listening to the constant itching and biting.


CYTOPOINT is an injectable immunotherapy treatment that mimics the natural immune response in dogs to disrupt the cycle of inflammation and itching that is associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. Unlike drug treatment, CYTOPOINT is highly targeted so that its impact on broader immune functions is limited, and it is eliminated from the body through normal product degradation pathways. That means that liver and kidneys are not involved in metabolizing CYTOPOINT, as they are with drug treatments for itchiness.

How quickly does CYTOPOINT work?

CYTOPOINT begins working within 24 hours of receiving a single injection at the animal hospital in 80% of dogs. The relief lasts for four to eight weeks. During this period of itch relief, damaged skin has time to heal, which can help to make itching less intense in the future. After the CYTOPOINT injection wears off, dogs can get a repeated dose. CYTOPOINT testing has shown it to be safe and effective for long-term use.

Are there any side effects?

The side effects associated with CYTOPOINT are minimal. Some animals experienced slight increases in attacks of diarrhea, vomiting, and alopecia, but these incidences resolved without vet treatment. Less than 2% of dogs in trials of CYTOPOINT had any adverse effects.

To find out if CYTOPOINT could be right for your dog, make an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in McKinney today. A veterinarian can make a diagnosis and determine the best plan for treating your pet’s excessive itching. To schedule an appointment at our pet hospital today, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

Questions to Ask Your Vet About Your Dog's Behavioral Issues

Every puppy is born with his or her own unique quirks, and a combination of instinct, environment, and training adds to that to produce patterns of behavior as he or she grows into an adult dog. Although nearly every dog has a few behaviors that the rest of their family could do without, how can you tell when your dog is just being mischievous and when you should be concerned about his or her behavior? If you’re worried about problem behaviors in your pup, ask your veterinarian these questions during your next appointment.

When should I be concerned about my dog’s behavior?

In most cases, behavioral problems are a concern in dogs when they put your pet or your family in danger. Behaviors such as obsessive biting and chewing of paws can cause injury and infections in your dog, while aggressive behavior means that your dog could injure you or even a stranger. These behaviors should all be reviewed with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Fearful and anxious behaviors should also be discussed with your veterinarian, as they can either indicate an underlying medical issue or simply be causing your dog to suffer.

What kinds of treatments are available?

Pet behavioral problems are best handled on a case-by-case basis. For some dogs, attending a training class may be all that is needed. Other dogs can benefit from working with a veterinary behaviorist. In some cases, dogs may need to take medications to ease anxiety and obsessive behaviors. Your veterinarian may recommend combining multiple treatment approaches to get the best results.

Can I prevent behavioral problems in my dog?

Early and consistent training can help to prevent behavioral issues in some cases. However, it is not always possible to prevent behavioral problems. Some dogs are predisposed to certain behaviors and conditions. Having a dog that needs behavioral help does not mean that you’ve been negligent as a pet parent.

Don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns you have about your pets’ behavior with your veterinarian at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We’re here to help your pet maintain the best possible health with preventative care, including pet dental services and treatment for acute and chronic conditions. Make an appointment today 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.

The Importance of Fur De-Matting

When your pet’s fur becomes long, it also becomes prone to tangles and matting. Matts can appear on the outer coat, where they are easy to see, or in the undercoat, where you may not notice them. Regular pet grooming is an important part of preventing matting in your pet.

De-matting your animal as part of a regular pet grooming schedule will keep your pet comfortable and help to prevent health problems. Matted fur can be extremely painful, and the skin underneath matts can form sores and other irritations. Sometimes, debris becomes tangled in matts and further irritates your pet skin. During grooming, de-matting can be done gently to reduce discomfort for your pet. Brushing your pet regularly between pet grooming appointments will reduce the risk of matts.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are pleased to offer pet grooming in McKinney and Dallas by professional groomers who can remove matts while protecting your pet’s delicate skin. To make an appointment for grooming or to learn about other services we provide at our pet hospitals, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

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.

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