Do You Still Have Questions About Your Pet’s Dental Or Joint Health? Read Through These Links To Learn More.

In our latest blog postings, we’ve looked at arthritis and gum disease in pets. You can find additional information about these topics by exploring the resources below. To learn more about preventative health care for pets or to schedule a veterinary exam, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group today

  • For additional information about arthritis in pets, take a look at this guide from the Arthritis Foundation.
  • To learn more about Dasuquin, read this information on the manufacturer’s website.
  • To learn more about the human benefits of adding an Omega Fatty Acid to an OTC glucosamine product for treatment of arthritis, check this source.
  • This article from ABC News discusses the use of laser therapy for pets’ arthritis treatment.
  • This article describes how Vets at the University of Florida are using Low Level Laser Treatment to speed return to normalcy in dogs after back surgery
  • This video from WPBF in Florida features pet owners describing the effects of Low Level cold Laser Treatments on their pets
  • Take a look at this article from PetMD to learn more about gum disease in pets.
  • You can learn about Pet Dental Health Month with this information from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

To schedule an appointment, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (877) 296-5995 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 439-1344 .

We Are Proud to Announce the Addition of Dr. Devony Arrington to our Veterinary Team!

 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Devony Arrington to our practice!  Dr. Devony will be dividing her time between our two hospitals.

Dr. Devony Arrington is a 2010 graduate of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.    Following graduation, she completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at a specialty    practice near Austin and then joined the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in early 2012. 

Dr. Arrington has worked in small animal medicine and surgery throughout her   education and career, filling many roles ranging from receptionist to veterinary nurse and now finally doctor.

Dr. Arrington has had a love for both people and animals going as far back as she can remember.  She enjoys serving people by helping their pets live longer, healthier and happier lives.  Dr. Arrington’s specific areas of interest include medical imaging, canine and feline internal medicine, and dentistry.  She’s also fond of non-traditional pets such as reptiles and birds.

Dr. Arrington is a native of Little Elm, Texas and she says she is happy to be back in the area.  She lives in the McKinney area with her husband, Andy. They enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with their dog Daisy and cat Grace.

 

We invite you and your pets to stop by and meet Dr. Devony in person.

We’re certain you will like her.

 

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Signs of Feline Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that can affect dogs and cats as well as humans. Cats in particular seem to have a hard time with this. With feline diabetes, there are some specific symptoms that can indicate to owners that their cat is diabetic.

In this video, you can learn the causes and symptoms of feline diabetes. You will also learn the reasons why cats eat and drink more when they become diabetic. As is emphasized in the video, you should consult your veterinarian right away if you suspect that your cat is diabetic.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide comprehensive support to diabetic pets. To learn more about feline diabetes, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (877) 296-5995 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 439-1344 today.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m cute and I’m cuddly most of the time,
I give “Big Hugs” to friends of mine,                                                    
And my “Big Heart” beats with a special chime                                            Best Friends Are Forever…                                                                    Will you be My Valentine ?

 

 

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Exotic Pet Health Tip from Dr. Stephanie!

Feeding tips for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, and Chinchillas.


There are many commercially available diets for these critters, including treats and snacks, so what and how much to feed can be confusing. These animals have modified gastrointestinal tracts that require a high amount of fiber to function properly. As such, the bulk of their diet should be grass hay. This is easy to find at pet stores, and my recommendation is to offer Timothy Hay rather than alfalfa, and fed on a “free choice” basis – meaning they can’t have too much.

The other component of the diet is pelleted feed produced specifically for each species, and these tend to be alfalfa-based, which is higher in protein. These pellets should therefore be fed in limited quantities, usually about 1 Tablespoon per day for a GP/Chinchilla and 1/8 to 1/2 cup per day depending on the size of the rabbit. Fresh veggies and fruit should be offered only in very small quantities, as a treat, since the higher water and sugar contents can disrupt their GI tract. We encourage you to contact us to set up a wellness exam and discuss the more specific nutrition requirements for your pet, as these can vary by species, size, age, reproductive status, and activity level.

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Keep a close eye on your pets during Coyote Mating Season

 

It’s Coyote Time again in Texas. Coyotes breed between mid-January and late March. During this time, they are more active, range farther and are more apt to be seen by people.  Already this year there have been a handful of coyote sightings in Plano. Several have recently been seen near Meadow Brook Animal Hospital.

So, it behooves us all to keep a close eye on our pets. Roaming coyotes are always hungry and might see a small dog or cat as a tempting snack. According to Colorado Division of Wildlife’s website, when coyotes are courting and breeding, they are more likely to be visible and they may have a tendency to become more aggressive.

Be especially careful about letting your pets out at night. Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up to date, and remember that coyotes can scale most fences under six feet tall.

For help with any interactions between your pet and coyote, please contact Preston Road Animal Hospital at 972-239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at 972-529-5033.

 

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Arthritis and Your Pet: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment Options

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Old age Arthritis – also called osteoarthritis – is a painful condition that can cause pets to be less mobile and less active, which can then lead to other health complications. There are several methods available for preventing and treating arthritis in pets.

Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis occurs when a joint is inflamed. Inflammation is generally triggred by friction in the joint due to a lack of sufficient cartilage and lubrication. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks the cartilage that cushions joints. Pets with rheumatoid arthritis can also experience fluid buildup in the joint. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that is more common in older pets. With osteoarthritis, joint inflammation is caused by the natural degeneration of cartilage over time.

Preventing Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, which makes prevention difficult. Early treatment is often the best course of action for preventing symptoms. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a more preventable condition. Weight Loss is often very important. Weight management can help decrease the pressure on your pet’s joints over time. As your pet ages, be sure to switch to a food specifically designed for seniors, as these foods are formulated for less active pets and contain important supplements that help keep pets’ joints healthy. Regular exercise can also help support the health of your pet’s joints.

Treatment Options

If you notice that your pet is having trouble walking or seems to be suffering from stiff joints, then there are several treatment options available. The medication Dasuquin is one treatment option which contains three ingredients that help reverse and relieve the symptoms of arthritis: unsaponifiables from avocados and soybeans, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate. In humans, nutraceuticals like Dasuquin have been shown to work even better when given with Omega 3 Fatty Acids. There is a good chance tha a similar synergy occurs in dogs and cats. Laser therapy is another effective treatment option for arthritis in pets. Laser therapy uses a cold laser to decrease nerve sensitivity and pain, while increasing the circulation in a joint to promote healing. This no-drug treatment option is available at Preston Road Animal Hospital.

Arthritis can be a debilitating disease if left untreated. To learn more about preventing or treating arthritis, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group today. To schedule an appointment, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (877) 296-5995 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 439-1344 .

Cold Laser Therapy Treatment for Pets with Osteoarthritis

As our pets age, the tissues lining the bones and joints may deteriorate and degenerate causing pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis (OA), is common in larger breed dogs but small breeds can be susceptible too depending on their stature. Dogs that are carrying excessive weight or are obese are also at greater risk.  The older the pet, the more likely he/she will have OA as well.  Pets with OA can have symptoms that fluctuate with weather, just like people.

Even cats can be affected.  Much more so than people realize.     

Signs to look for:

  • Lethargy
  • Reluctance to move
  • Limping
  • Aggressive or defensive reactions to touch 
  • Unusual barking
  • Uncharacteristic hiding

How to Make Your Pet Feel Better

  • Be sure your pet has a soft, comfortable place to sleep
  • Provide gentle and regular exercise-fresh air, sunlight, green grass, blue sky do wonders for people and pets
  • Weight Loss (any weight loss, even in pets of ideal weight will help)
  • Avoid slick surfaces-pets with OA are stiff and creaky and prone to slip on tile, hardwood floors, etc.   

Relieve Pain and Inflammation – How?

NSAIDS and supplements such as Glucosomine/Condrointin and Omega Fatty Acids

* Cold Laser Treatment (available only at our Preston Road location) can be added to any of the above treatment plans or used as a stand alone treatment.  

Click the link below to learn more about the benefits of laser therapy treatment:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/laser-therapy-staves-off-pets-arthritis/story?id=12974694#.Tyw1eMUeO2I

 

Arthritis most often occurs in the  knee, elbow, wrist, hip, & spine.

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FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PET DENTAL MONTH!

It’s February 1st and today kicks off a month of dental madness!  We will be having our annual Dental Care Basket Giveaway!  Schedule and complete your pet’s dental cleaning during February and enter to win!  Lots of great items in this basket-worth over $100!  

Struggling with at-home brushing?  Take a look at the AVMA’s step-by-step video on how to brush effectively at home.

Keep checking our page for dental related topics all this month!     

Monthly Grooming Tip From Meadow Brook’s Sara Brulet!

Play with your dogs paws as often as possible!  Puppies especially will benefit because it will get them used to nail trims and grooming from a young age. 

 

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