• What to Expect While Deworming Your New Puppy

    When you look into your sweet new puppy’s eyes, it can be hard to imagine that he or she could be holding a stomach full of worms, but in reality, there is a good chance that he or she is hosting at least a few of these invaders. Worms are a common problem in dogs of all ages, but puppies lack the immune system to effectively fight them off, so they can multiply quickly. Deworming is a standard process for puppies, and your veterinarian may recommend that you do a few cycles to make sure your pet is protected. Here is a look at what to expect.

    Giving Your Puppy a Deworming Treatment

    To get rid of parasites in your pup, you will need to give him or her a deworming medication. Deworming medications come in a few different varieties. Some are provided by your veterinarian in office, while others are medications that you give at home. Some deworming medicines can be sprinkled on your puppy’s food so that he or she eats it easily, without having to take a pill.

    Eliminating the Worms

    After having the deworming treatment, your puppy will eliminate the worms via his or her digestive system. For many new puppy families, this sight can be unsettling, since you may see adult worms moving around in your puppy’s feces. This is completely normal and a sign the treatment is working. Be sure to clean up the infected feces, so that your puppy doesn’t try to eat it and become re-infected.

    Dealing with Side Effects

    After taking deworming medicines, your puppy may seem a little fatigued while the medication does its job. Diarrhea is also common, but call your veterinarian if you notice any serious side effects, such as panting, pacing, and other signs of distress.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help with all parts of your new puppy’s wellness, from vaccines and spay and neuter services to help with behavioral issues. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic 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.

  • Spotting the Signs of Pancreatitis in Dogs

    Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The normal job of the pancreas is to produce a hormone called insulin, which helps the body digest sugar and regulates levels of sugar in the blood. When your dog has pancreatitis, the pancreas can’t do its job, which can cause a long list of uncomfortable symptoms for your pup. Although mild cases of pancreatitis are not usually serious, you should always call your veterinarian if you think your dog could be ill, as severe cases can lead to loss of life. These are the signs of pancreatitis that you should be on the lookout for, so you can get vet care as soon as possible.

    Dehydration

    Dogs with pancreatitis often become dehydrated. The dehydration has a few different causes, including the vomiting and diarrhea that often accompanies pancreatitis, as well as high blood sugar levels and nausea that prevents dogs from drinking. Panting, sunken-looking eyes, low energy levels, and loss of skin elasticity are all signs of dehydration in dogs.

    Diarrhea

    Vomiting occurs sometimes in dogs with pancreatitis, but diarrhea is the most common sign of intestinal distress you are likely to see. Dogs with diarrhea caused by pancreatitis may experience loose stools outside or may lose their abilities to control themselves indoors and have an accident. Frequent diarrhea increases the risk of dehydration, which can make mild cases of pancreatitis more serious.

    Breathing Difficulties

    Dogs who are suffering from pancreatitis may struggle to catch their breath. They may become intolerant to exercise and generally seem lethargic, but they may breathe as though they have been very active. This symptom should always be evaluated at your animal clinic.

    If you suspect that your dog has pancreatitis, call your veterinarian or contact us at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal hospital offers fast appointments for acute care and emergency care when your pet is in crisis. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic 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.

  • Keeping the Peace Between Your New Puppy and Your Older Dog

    When you have an older dog in your home, bringing in a young pup can turn his or her world upside-down. It doesn’t have to be an anxiety-provoking experience, though. By introducing your dogs in a healthy, deliberate way, you can make sure that they are fast friends and not competitors. Your veterinarian can be an important source of information on keeping the peace between your pups, and of course, he or she will make sure neither pet has any health issues that could affect the other. These tips will also help you make sure that you and your pups come together to form a happy family.

    Keep Your Older Dog’s Limitations in Mind

    You may remember when your older dog was a puppy and how much energy he or she had during those first few months. Now, as an older dog, it is not always easy to maintain the same level of activity. Sore joints, other health issues, and a more relaxed demeanor can all make your older dog more interested in kicking back than playing. Your new puppy, on the other hand, will be looking at your older dog as a playmate. Encourage them to engage, but also recognize how much more downtime your older dog needs than your younger dog. Give your older dog a quiet place to relax and your new dog a place to be active.

    Involve Them in Training Together

    It can be helpful to involve your older dog and new dog in training together. When you’re working on training at home, give the commands and let your new dog see your older dog comply. When you give reward treats, give them to both dogs. Your older dog may be your puppy’s best teacher.

    Act Quickly When You See Problem Behavior

    There are a few problematic behaviors you should firmly react to right away. Being possessive about toys or food must be stopped, as it can become dangerous. You should also share your attention between your dogs and not allow one to interfere with the attention the other is receiving.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we love welcoming multi-pet families into our animal clinic in Dallas. Schedule an appointment for preventive care for your pets 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.

  • How to Give Your Cat Eye Drops


    Cats are prone to eye infections from time to time, so many veterinarians prescribe eye drops. Of course, many cats don’t exactly appreciate the process of receiving the drops, so how can you give your kitty the necessary medicine without a full-on feline freak-out?

    This video offers instructions on how to give your cat eye drops. Stay calm and patient while delivering the drops, making sure to hold his or her head steady to avoid eye injuries. When you’ve given the drops, reward your cat with a treat. Your veterinarian can offer more advice.

    From cat eye infections to dog dental cleanings, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers comprehensive care in our animal clinic. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic 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.

  • Spotlight on Urinary Obstruction in Male Cats

    If you have a male cat, it is important to keep an eye out for symptoms of urinary obstruction. This is one of the most serious emergencies your cat can experience, and emergency veterinary care is necessary to prevent significant complications and even loss of life. If you notice any of these signs, call your animal hospital right away or take your cat in for emergency treatment.

    When urinary obstruction occurs, your cat will be unable to urinate completely—or in some cases, at all. This causes extreme pain, so your first indicator may be that your cat is crying out or seemingly in distress. Your cat may also suddenly start going to the bathroom outside of the litter box with only small amounts of urine or start to groom his genitals obsessively. This condition can quickly cause bladder rupture and dangerously high potassium levels, which can be life-threatening.

    If you suspect your cat could be suffering from urinary obstruction, call your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group right away. To reach our pet hospital in McKinney, please call (972) 529-5033. To reach our Dallas office, please call (972) 239-1309.

  • Get the Facts About Feline Leukemia

    Feline leukemia is surprisingly common, and many cat families are not aware of the extent of the risk. By understanding more about feline leukemia and its symptoms and treatments, you can learn when to call your veterinarian and what steps to take if you think your cat could have it. Here are the facts you need to know about feline leukemia and how it could affect your cat.

    Feline leukemia is not actually cancer.

    When researchers initially discovered feline leukemia, they thought that it shared traits with leukemia in humans and was a kind of cancer. Since then, researchers have discovered that feline leukemia is a viral infection, not a form of cancer, but the name has never been updated. Although feline leukemia is not cancer, it can increase the risk that your cat will develop cancer because it suppresses the immune system.

    The symptoms of feline cancer are not always easy to recognize.

    When a cat develops feline leukemia, his or her symptoms may develop so slowly that you might not notice them until the condition has progressed. Often, cats with feline leukemia are diagnosed in the second stage of the disease, called secondary viremia. At this stage, cats often lose weight, have inflamed gums, and experience diarrhea, seizures, and fever. During the initial stage of the disease, you may not notice any symptoms, but your cat may become ill more frequently than normal. This is because his or her immune system is suppressed. If your cat becomes ill, your veterinarian may recommend that he or she be tested for feline leukemia in addition to treating the acute infection.

    There is a vaccine for cats who have not been exposed to the virus.

    Your veterinarian can provide a feline leukemia vaccine that can prevent some infections. It will not prevent your cat from getting feline leukemia if he or she has already been exposed to the virus or if he or she is exposed to a strand that is not covered by the vaccine even after he or she has been immunized. Your vet can help you decide if the vaccine is right for your pet.

    If you’re concerned about feline leukemia, schedule an appointment for your cat at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Though there is no cure, vets can provide a number of treatments to help your cat feel better. To make an appointment at one of our veterinary hospitals, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Weight Management for Your Pet

    Most pets love to eat. From begging for treats to begging for scraps from your plate, many pets spend most of the day in search of their next snack. Because they’re so good at convincing you to give them just one more treat—and because they often love napping almost as much as they love eating—it’s easy for pets’ weight to get out of control. Unfortunately, being overweight is as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. The good news is that the veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help with your pet’s weight management.

    At every appointment at our animal clinic, your pet will be weighed and examined so that the vet can assign him or her a body condition score. If your pet is found to be overweight, our team will give you advice for nutrition, exercise, behavior modifications, and toys that will help your pet drop the pounds and avoid weight-related medical conditions.

    Help your pet live a long and healthy life with the help of the veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. You can schedule a visit at our pet hospital in Dallas or McKinney 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.

  • Feeding Your Degu Properly to Promote Good Health

    If you’re looking for an unusual pet to welcome to the family, consider a degu. These small rodents are native to the West Andean region of Chile and live together in communal groups, which is why some experts recommend that you get two or more together if you are going to have degus as pets. Most are very tame when they are domesticated at a young age, and they love to explore, which makes them fun pets for families. If you choose to have degus, then the first step is making sure that there is a veterinarian in your area that offers exotic pet care, so that care is there when you need it. You will also need to learn about their diet and make sure you have access to the right kinds of food to keep them healthy. Here is what you need to know about feeding your degu a healthy diet.

    Native Diet

    In the wild, about 60% of a degu’s diet consists of fiber. They eat the vegetation that grows in the Andes and the surrounding plains. They typically spend hours each day scavenging for food. In addition to vegetation, they will eat bark, seeds, and shrubs, depending on the season and what is available to them. In the wild, degus need a large amount of calories to prevent weight loss, so they often forage for food and store it in their burrows for times when they cannot otherwise find an adequate supply.

    Degus at Home

    Degus that are pets need far fewer calories than wild degus. Feed your pets a mixture of guinea pig food and hay, or look for a food that has been specifically crafted for degus. Avoid foods that contain molasses or sugar, as degus are very prone to diabetes. Your veterinarian can recommend the right mix of food and hay to ensure that your degus stay healthy.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, many of our veterinarians have special training in exotic animal care, and we love to welcome your degus, snakes, ferrets and other pets to our animal clinic. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic 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 Are Some of the Signs That Your Bird Is Sick?


    It’s always difficult to know when your pet needs to see a veterinarian, but birds can be particularly challenging to read. If you notice the signs in this video happening with your bird, considering calling your veterinarian to make an appointment.

    Birds puff up their feathers for warmth and comfort. If your bird is sitting with his or her feathers puffed most of the time, he or she may be ill. You should also consider calling the animal clinic if your bird doesn’t eat for a day.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers care for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic pets in Dallas and is ready to help your sick bird feel better as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic 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 to Expect from Our Pet Grooming Services

    Regular grooming is an essential part of keeping your pet as healthy as possible. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer pet grooming as one of the services we provide at our animal clinic. Our professional pet groomers will keep your pet looking and feeling his or her best, and you’ll get the peace of mind of knowing a veterinarian is always close by when your pet is getting groomed.

    Our professional pet groomers perform services for all breeds of dogs and cats. Your pet can get a bath and hair trim so he or she feels fresh and looks—and smells—great. Our nursing and kennel staff also offer basic pet grooming services at our pet hospital, including no-charge nail trims, ear cleaning, and anal sack emptying. Flea dips, fur de-matting, and wings and nails treatments for birds are also available.

    You can make an appointment for pet grooming in Dallas by getting in touch with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. You can reach our staff to schedule a visit for your pet by calling (972) 239-1309.