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Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

When you bring your kitten to his or her first appointment with the veterinarian, besides plans for spay and neuter services and vaccinations, your vet may want to discuss deworming. Because cats are prone to picking up parasites, it can help helpful to administer deworming treatments before symptoms appear to stop the parasites from doing damage to your kitten’s health. Here are the facts kitten parents need to know about deworming.

Deworming protects your kitten’s health.

Ideally, all cats who are breeders should receive regular deworming to prevent passing parasites on to their kittens. If your kitten came from a breeder, you may be able to verify whether his or her mother was sufficiently dewormed. If your kitten came from an animal shelter, you will not able to verify his or her mother’s health. Being exposed to so many other kittens and cats in the shelter system, including strays, can dramatically increase your kitten’s risk of contracting intestinal worms and other parasites. However, even if your cat came from a breeder, deworming the mother doesn’t completely prevent an intestinal worm infestation. Because worms can cause significant health problems, and because some intestinal worms are also infectious to people, your veterinarian will likely recommend deworming in almost every instance, regardless of your cat’s background or symptoms.

Multiple deworming treatments are needed.

Your veterinarian may recommend multiple deworming treatments for your kitten, to treat for different kinds of worms and to ensure that all of the worms your kitten does have are eliminated. As your kitten grows older, your veterinarian will make deworming recommendations based in a number of factors, including whether your cat spends any time outside.

You should report signs of worms to your veterinarian.

Even if your kitten has received deworming treatments, it is still important to be vigilant about reporting any symptoms to your vet. Call the pet hospital if your kitten has diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or a distended belly. Fast treatment could safe your kitten’s life.

The vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provide preventative care at every stage of your cat’s development to help him or her stay healthy for life. Find out more about the services at our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney 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.

Choosing a Family-Friendly Dog Breed

Choosing a Family-Friendly Dog Breed

When your family decides to bring home a puppy, it is important to consider the breed carefully. Not all dogs are suited to life in a bustling household with kids, so both your family and your new puppy will all be happier if you pick the right breed for your particular living situation. If you need help, talk to the pros at your local animal hospital. They can give you insight into the personality of the different breeds and the amount of veterinarian care different breeds need, so you can make an informed decision. As you consider your options, keep these points in mind.

Consider Sporting Breeds and Working Breeds

Dogs that fall into these categories tend to be good family pets, because they have been bred to work beside humans. They are usually highly trainable and eager to please, so they are good additions to families, especially ones that include young children. Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers fall into this category. Herding breeds, which include collies and German shepherds, are also very trainable, which makes them good family pets.

Make Sure the Size Measures Up

It may seem counterintuitive, but most experts recommend that families with small children get larger dogs. Small children very frequently step on dogs’ paws or grab them in ways that can be painful. Among small dogs, these kinds of incidents are more likely to cause injury, which can make the dog lash out against the child or bite. Larger dogs are better able to tolerate this kind of interaction. Because it doesn’t hurt them as much, they are more patient. If you think your children could be tugging ears or grabbing tails, a large breed could be the best pick.

Match Your Activity Levels

Dogs that have been bred to work have a lot of energy that needs to be released through exercise and play, and if it isn’t they may become unhappy and destructive. If your kids are small and will be home to play with your pup, this can be a good fit. If your family is away from the house all day, choose a more mellow breed, like a pug, who is happy to sit and nap while you’re away.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to offer all the advice you need on choosing and caring for a puppy, including dog neutering, vaccinations, and pet grooming. To schedule a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney, please call (972) 529-5033, or, for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.

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.

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