Chastain Veterinary Medical Group
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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.

Yet again: Dog from Ft Bliss, TX vanishes, turns up 2 months & 1,000 miles away in CA.

Once again the missing dog was positively identified and traced back to his owner thanks to a microchip. Read more here: http://bit.ly/qStnwf


Canine Influenza confirmed in San Antonio, Austin & Dallas. Vaccine Available:

Most of the cases seem to be in San Antonio at present. A vaccine is avaialble for dogs whoose lifestyle puts them at high risk of coming in contact with the Dog Flu. More here: http://bit.ly/r34FFr


Trapped Puppy rescued from 2 ft wide crack in drought parched soil

NBC DFW has a story about a Garland boy who is mighty happy to get it his puppy back after it fell into a 2 foot wide surface crack created by the hot dry summer:  http://bit.ly/pZPFYH


High Blood Pressure is a real problem for Dogs and Cats too

High blood pressure in dogs and cats is proving to be much more common than we Vets once thought it was. While the overall incidence remains low, high blood pressure is fairly common in certain sub-groups of animals. The advent, in recent years, of simple, inexpensive blood pressure monitors that are accurate for dogs and cats has greatly expanded our appreciation of incidence of high blood pressure.

Unlike humans, dogs and cats seldom develop high blood pressure without a good reason.

So, when we find high blood pressure, the next things to do is look for some underlying cause. The most common underlying causes of canine or feline hypertension are:

Kidney Disease or Kidney Failure - Systemic hypertension and associated complications develop in about 20% of affected cats and dogs and can occur at any stage in the disease process.

Diabetes Mellitus – in one study, 46% of dogs with naturally occurring Diabetes also had high blood pressure.  Cats are likely similar.

Hyperthyroidism (cats) – high blood pressure occurs in about 20% of cats with over-active thyroid glands.

Cushing’s disease (dogs) – in one study, about 46.7% of dogs with Cushing’s disease also had secondary high blood pressure.

Pheochromocytoma - an uncommon tumor of the adrenal gland; mostly in dogs

Various Miscellaneous Conditions – e.g. Erlichiosis, Cardiomyopathy, and certain cancers like Lymphosarcoma

The good news is that high blood pressure in dogs and cats is nearly always treatable. Furthermore, since it is usually linked to some other disease process, then the finding of hypertension can be a valuable clue for a Vet, indicating that something more serious may be developing, under the hood.

So the next time, you take your dog or cat to the Vet, don’t be surprised if we ask him or her to extend their paw for a blood pressure test! 

 

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Willow, the Cat, goes Missing in Colorado; Turns up 5 yrs Later in NYC alive & well

After a journey of some 1,800 miles, Willow as found and positively identified because of her implanted microchip. More here: http://bit.ly/nlhWkd

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  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday
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  • 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday
  • 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday