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How to Make Sure Your Pet Has a Positive Boarding Experience

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are pleased to offer pet boarding as one of our services, and it is available for almost every kind of animal we treat. Not only is boarding your pet with us convenient, but you can also travel with the peace of mind that your animal is being looked after with the kind of care you’ve come to expect at our veterinary clinic and that emergency vet services are onsite if needed.

We know that pet parents can get anxious about boarding their pets, but you can help to ensure that your animal has a great experience with these tips.

Pack Your Pet’s Food

For your pet, having his or her own food to eat will lessen the stress he or she feels at being in an unfamiliar place. Likewise, any sudden change to your pet’s diet can lead to gastrointestinal upset that will plague him or her while you are away. Be sure to discuss your pet’s eating habits with the boarding staff, especially if your pet is on a special prescription diet. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we have all of your pet’s medical records, so our team can access information about your pet’s diet as needed.

Please note that sending food along with a boarding pet is especially important in the case on non-traditional pets, such as ferrets, rabbits, reptiles and birds.

Talk to Your Veterinarian

If you are boarding your pet for the first time, consider talking to your veterinarian about any specific needs your pet may have. For instance, if you have a dog that is known to be skittish or a cat with food allergies, your vet may offer advice to help you plan for your pet’s stay, such as packing a favorite toy or bringing your own treats.

Consider a Dry Run

You can get your pet used to boarding by doing day sessions or overnight boarding visits before a longer stay. This can give your pet a chance to get used to the people at the boarding facility and to get acclimated to the environment.

When you board your pet at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, you can count on us to maintain dietary and medical protocols while ensure your animal gets the love and attention it needs. To find out more or to make an appointment for pet boarding in McKinney, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area of Texas.

Common Reasons for Vomiting in Dogs

There are a number of reasons dogs may vomit, and many of them are completely benign. However, it’s always important to pay attention to your dog’s symptoms when he or she vomits, as it could indicate a need for emergency vet care. Here is a closer look at some of the reasons dogs vomit and what you should do if it happens to your dog.

Dietary Causes

Often, vomiting is simply an indication that your dog has eaten the wrong thing. For instance, your dog may vomit if you change his or her food or because of an intolerance to something he or she ate. Your dog may also have gotten into the trash and eaten something that didn’t agree with his or her stomach. Typically, these vomiting episodes are over quickly, and your dog will return to normal almost immediately. However, if you think your dog got into the trash, monitor his or her symptoms closely in case of exposure to something toxic, like chocolate or food containing xylitol. If you suspect your dog could have consumed something toxic, contact your veterinarian or an animal emergency clinic right away.


Bloat is one of the most serious conditions that can happen to dogs. It occurs when the stomach fills with gas, enlarges and presses on other organs. The stomach may also twist, cutting off its own blood supply. Dogs with bloat may vomit, or they may try to vomit without actually throwing up. If your dog vomits or retches and has shallow breathing and appears restless, seek emergency vet care right away. Time is of the essence in handling bloat.


Just like people, dogs can pick up various bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. When this happens, your dog may vomit, depending on the kind of infection he or she has. Although some infections are transient and simply need to run their course, see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis if your dog is vomiting.

Don’t let potentially serious symptoms go untreated in your dog. Help is available at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We provide emergency vet care with two locations in the north Dallas area, whenever your pet needs urgent attention. For emergency care or more information about our pet hospitals, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area of Texas.

What Diet Should You Feed Your Aging Dog?

Just like humans, dogs have different nutritional needs at every stage of life. When your dog enters his or her senior years, it is time to have a conversation with your veterinarian about your pup’s current food and what changes you should consider. These tips will also help you pick the right diet for your aging dog.

Consider Cutting Calories

Older dogs tend to be less active, which means they are also prone to weight gain. Same as with people. You can reduce the risk of obesity in your older pet by cutting his or her calories, under the guidance of your veterinarian. Some dog foods are specifically designed for seniors to provide an adequate amount of protein and carbohydrates with fewer calories, though some families prefer to just cut back on servings of their dogs’ current foods. Talk to your vet about the right way to cut calories without leaving your dog feeling hungry.

Add Fruits and Veggies

Constipation can be a problem in older dogs, so adding fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet can help. Keep in mind that not all fruits and veggies are appropriate for dogs, so talk to the staff at your veterinary clinic to get healthy recommendations. You can add fruits and veggies to your pet’s normal meals or offer them as treats between feedings.

Adjust for Health Needs

If your veterinarian has diagnosed your dog with a health problem, such as diabetes or heart disease, you may need to make changes to his or her diet as part of the overall treatment plan. For dogs with joint problems, nutritional supplements can also help to reduce inflammation. If your older dog has dental health problems, switching to wet food from dry kibble can make chewing easier.

Diet can play a central role in preserving your dog’s health well into his or her senior years, and Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help. We provide dog dental care, extensive preventive care, and emergency vet services to ensure that your pet always has access to the medical treatments he or she needs. To make an appointment at our veterinary hospitals in the north Dallas areas, please call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

What a Bloated Abdomen Could Mean for Your Dog

Dogs love their food, and when they overindulge, their stomachs may show the signs. However, abdominal distension in a dog can also be an indicator of an extremely serious medical condition called bloat. If your dog has a bloated abdomen, you may need to seek emergency veterinary treatment in case your pet needs urgent care. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of abdominal bloating in dogs.

Bloating from Overeating

If your dog has a bloated abdomen but he or she appears otherwise healthy and happy, then the bloating is likely to be caused by overindulging. One simple way to recognize this kind of bloating is to know that your dog has recently eaten more than usual. For instance, if your dog managed to grab some table scraps and is now full and content, the bloating may not be a cause for concern but rather a side effect of eating too much. Overeating can lead to the more serious form of bloat, however, so it is important to be vigilant about your dog’s symptoms.


Bloat, also more technically called gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), is one of the most serious emergencies dogs can face. Without treatment, GDV can be fatal within hours of the onset of symptoms. It occurs when a bloated stomach twists on itself, inside the dog’s abdomen, which traps air and gas in the stomach and prevents blood from reaching the stomach. This condition is painful, so in addition to a distended abdomen, your dog will appear restless and anxious and he or she may pace, drool, and try to vomit unsuccessfully. You may also notice pale gums, shortness of breath, and a rapid heart rate as the condition progresses. It is important to seek immediate veterinarian care if you even suspect that your dog has GDV.

Other Bloating Causes

Other conditions can cause bloating as well, including peritonitis, an infection that occurs when the stomach or intestines rupture, and Cushing’s syndrome, in which the body overproduces the hormone cortisol. Both conditions are serious and require immediate treatment at an animal hospital.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers emergency vet care & advice in the Dallas areas when your dog needs it the most. Find out how to get life-saving care around the clock 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 Teaching Your Puppy to Stop Nipping

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting, but it is also hard work, as you teach your puppy the right way to behave in your home. One common problem new puppy families face is nipping. It’s natural for puppies to nip, since that is how they explore the world, but that behavior quickly becomes problematic if your pup doesn’t learn to stop before he or she becomes a bigger dog. Make sure veterinarian is part of your puppy’s life from the start, as your vet can offer advice about what behaviors are common, or normal, and can make referrals for behavioral training services if necessary. You can work on breaking your puppy’s nipping habit at home with this advice.

Copy Natural Dog Behavior

When puppies play with each other and with other older dogs, they learn bite inhibition through the reactions of the other dogs they are nipping at. If one dog mouths another too forcefully during play, the other dog will yelp, forcing the first dog to change his or her behavior, otherwise the game is over. You can mirror that behavior at home. When your puppy nips too hard, go limp and let out a loud yelping sound. Don’t play with your puppy for 10 to 15 seconds, and then resume the game. If he or she bites too hard again, repeat the process. This teaches your dog that gentle play is fine but he or she will lose your attention for aggressive nipping.

Redirect Attention

You may wish to teach your puppy that his or her teeth never belong on human skin, even during play. In this case, redirect your pup’s attention any time he or she tries to nip at you. Avoid your dog’s mouth and provide a chew toy anytime he or she wants to bite you. The toy gives your dog something to chew instead of your hand. If your pup nips at your ankles, keep a toy in your pocket to redirect biting when you walk.

Talk to your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group anytime you have questions about your new puppy’s health. We also offer dog spay and neuter services, dental care, and more. Schedule an appointment for your puppy today by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by dialing (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

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