• Tips for Managing Your Pet’s Allergies

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    Allergies are not a strictly human problem: Pets can have them, too.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult for pet owners to realize that their dogs and cats have a problem, because while humans usually sneeze or have breathing problems in response to allergens, dogs and cats get skin issues.  They itch and have problems attendant with itching—including bloody scratches.  This article will address several of the ways that you can manage your pet’s allergies:

    Get a Diagnosis

    It is important to get a diagnosis for an allergy, because otherwise, your vet won’t know exactly how to treat it. At veterinary practices that are part of Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer a variety of different ways to determine whether or not your pet has an allergy, including both blood and skin tests.

    Get a Shot and Take a Pill

    Steroid shots and pills are not uncommon in the treatment of human asthma, and they may be used on your pets as well. More typical, however, will be the use of antihistamines, which will help block the immune system’s “overreaction” to the allergen.

    Get Rid of Fleas

    There’s no such thing as a dog or a cat that enjoys having fleas, but for an animal with a flea allergy, a flea infestation is downright torturous. Animals with other allergies can also benefit from not having fleas around because fleas are so often a vector for infection; a number of conditions, including heartworm and Lyme disease, are transmitted via flea or tick.Managing allergies is much easier when your animal is healthy, so talk to your vet about proper flea and tick control.

    Take a Bath

    Part of comprehensive pet care for allergies may involve giving your pet specially-medicated baths on a regular basis. Whether or not you undertake this project will depend upon the type of allergy your pet has, but medicated baths are often helpful in reducing itching and other symptoms.

    If your pet has allergies, then you should take it to one of the veterinary practices associated with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. At Chastain Veterinary Medical group, we’re dedicated to every aspect of pet care, including allergies, and we offer pet boarding and pet grooming. We have locations in both the north Dallas and McKinney, Texas areas. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

  • Monthly Grooming Tip From Preston Road’s Sherry Siaz!

    Long-haired and fluffy dogs should be brushed regularly in-between their grooms at home to prevent mats from forming.  Pay close attention to these areas:  tummy & rear, under elbows, behind ears.

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  • Want To Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics? Here Are A Few Related Links

    Keeping your pets safe this season will be much easier with the help of these resources. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

    • This article from the FDA discusses the dangers of xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many holiday treats, for pets.
    • Animal Planet discusses why it’s a bad idea to let pets live outdoors—a decision that is even more dangerous during the holiday season, when owners may be gone for days at a stretch.
    • Washington State University offers this link about holiday items can harm your pets.
    • This article has a list of houseplants that can be dangerous to canines. 
    • Take a look at this page for more tips on keeping your pets safe this holiday season.

  • How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth – K9 Dental

    We Vets recommend that you brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis, but brushing a pet’s teeth isn’t a skill that most people already have in their repertoire. Fortunately, this video provides a good demonstration of the process. As the speaker makes clear, it’s important to buy a brush that’s appropriately-sized and shaped for your dog—small breeds need smaller brushes, for instance. It’s also vital that you use pet-approved toothpaste, because the foaming agents and certain other ingredients in human toothpaste make it inappropriate for canine or feline use.

    Even if you brush your dog or cat’s teeth on a daily basis, however, your pet will still need routine professional dental cleanings – just like people do. Once they get to the point where they need a Veterinary Teeth Cleaning, most dogs and cats will need to have this repeated about every 12-18 months or so.

    Any of the Doctors at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you with a routine dental cleaning. With locations in both north Dallas and the McKinney / Frisco area, we are ready to serve you. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

  • Happy New Year!

    We hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year!

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  • Oh My Aching Back! How to Identify & Manage Arthritis in Your Pet

    Has your beloved furry friend slowed down or appear to be in pain when trying to get up, walk, or even sit?  These could be signs of Arthritis.  Inflammation in the joints causes pain, swelling, and usually results in stiffness and immobility. 

    If you suspect your pet might have Arthritis please don’t hesitate to call us or discuss this at your next appointment.  We are here to help your pet live a long, healthy, AND comfortable life.  Through supplements, medication, and modifications to their environment we can provide a better quality of life for your pet. 

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  • The Risks of Poor Dental Hygiene in Cats and Dogs

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    As pet owners, people are generally aware that they need to feed their pets a proper diet, help them get adequate exercise, and keep an eye out for obvious signs of injury or illness. The one area of preventative health care that many pet owners are not very aware of, however, is proper dental hygiene. Yet, since the majority of both cats and dogs will have some degree of periodontal disease by the age of three or four, it is essential that pet owners become more proactive with their pet’s dental hygiene. To learn more about the consequences of poor dental hygiene in dogs and cats, keep reading:

    What Is Periodontal Disease?

    Periodontal disease is a term used to refer to an advanced stage of gum disease. Gum disease starts as a slight irritation of the gums due to bacteria buildup—a buildup caused by inadequate dental hygiene. The least serious form of gum disease is gingivitis, which both humans and companion animals can develop. As mentioned previously, domesticated dogs and cats are both likely to have some degree of periodontal disease before their fifth birthdays.

    What Are the Side Effects of Periodontal Disease?

    To begin with, any type of gum disease hurts.  Humans usually know when they’ve developed gingivitis because their gums begin bleeding with very little provocation; animals are no different. You may notice that your dog or cat seems to be having difficulty chewing or is even fonder of wet food than he or she usually is. This could very well be because the dog or cat’s gums hurt enough to make eating painful.

    Periodontal disease has more serious consequences than just pain, however. If left untreated for long enough, it can lead to the loss of teeth and even the loss of bone in the jaw. Both of these conditions are very painful for your pet and require a great deal of veterinary treatment, but there’s an even worse alternative. Scientists have recently discovered that untreated periodontal disease increases the risk of seemingly-unrelated conditions, like heart disease, in both animals and humans. The huge bacteria buildup in the mouth that causes periodontal disease can “migrate” to other organs and bodily systems, causing serious illness or even death.

    To help insure that your pet has optimum oral health, contact Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We also offer pet boarding and professional pet grooming. For your convenience, we have locations in both the north Dallas and McKinney, Texas areas. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

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