• Today is National Hairball Awareness Day!

    On this special day we’d like to stress the importance of grooming your cat.  Yes, cats do a pretty good job cleaning themselves but as a result they ingest a ton of hair!

    Here are some tips to help kitty with this problem:

    * Brush your cat regularly if possible.   This will reduce the amount of fur he/she laps up.

    *Discuss grooming with us!   Some cats are not great candidates for grooming but we will help you find the best approach for your cat.  There are many cats who do great!  Here’s a general guideline for how often you should bring your kitty in…


    • Long-haired cats: every 4- 6 weeks
    • Medium-haired cats: every 6-8 weeks
    • Short-haired cats: every 8-12 weeks

    * If your cat s eems to be more of a compulsive groomer try distracting him/her with a toy or activity .  

    Happy Hairball Day!  



  • Exploring the Effect of Laser Therapy on Peripheral Nerves

    cold laser

    Whether your pet is injured or recovering from surgery, lives with chronic pain, or simply facing the natural limited mobility that old age sometimes brings, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a veterinary breakthrough that can help ease your pet’s pain. By using lasers to directly target the sources of your pain, a qualified vet can help ease the pain of your pet and help them reclaim their mobility. Read on to learn how laser therapy will harmlessly target your pet’s peripheral nerves to help reduce pain:

    Will The Lasers Cut or Hurt My Pet?

    Unlike surgical lasers, which are used to cut living tissue, the lasers used in laser therapy will penetrate deep into your pet’s tissues without any cutting or bleeding or incisions. In fact, one reason laser therapy is becoming so popular in the field of pet wellness is that it offers a surgery-free and drug-free holistic alternative to traditional veterinary medicine.

    How Does Laser Therapy Work?

    By targeting your pet’s deep skeletal tissues, LLLT lasers slow the conductive velocity of your pet’s peripheral nerves and provides energy at the cellular level to allow the body to begin to heal itself. Essentially, this works in the same way as any anti-inflammatory medication, without having to resort to drugs or chemicals. 

    Deep inside of your pet, injured cells absorb laser therapy’s non-burning photons, resulting in both the stimulation of these cells and an increase in their metabolism. This will increase cellular repair and decrease inflammation. The end result is your pet healing faster, as well as reduced pain levels.

    What Can Laser Therapy Be Used For?

    From ear infections to osteoarthritis and sore muscles to open wounds, laser therapy offers a wide variety of applications to increase your pet’s wellness. Talk with us to see if laser therapy might be the answer to your pet’s health issues.

    If you’re in the north Dallas area, be sure to come check out Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our licensed vets are all trained in laser therapy. 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 .

  • Chastain Vets Quality of Care Feedback: Thanks to All Who Participated!


    I Confess:  for us Vets, it is surprisingly easy to get so focused on the individual pet and their particular veterinary healthcare issues.  In our zeal to make a pet feel better, I worry that we risk overlooking the insights, preferences and needs of the entire family; that is too say, the Human part of the family. Thus, it was with a tiny twinge of anxiety that we began last fall to actively and formally solicit Quality of Care feedback from our clients. You may well have received one of these email questionnaires if you have had an appointment with us within the last 90 days or so.

    Well, now the results are in from the first quarter of 2012, and I am happy to report it looks like we are on the right track! About 178 people completed email questionnaires at one clinic or the other. Here are some of the highlights:

    • 96% of you rated the Quality of Veterinary Care you received as Excellent or Good.
    • 93.1% rated the Value received for the money spent as Excellent or Good.
    • 93% of you said you would be Extremely Likely or Likely to Refer a friend or neighbor

    The survey did show that we still have more work to do on getting folks in and out faster and on shortening waiting times. We will be doubling our efforts on these areas in the coming weeks.

    So for now, here’s a big thank you to all of our extended family at both Meadow Brook Animal Hospital and Preston Road Animal Hospital. We appreciate your trust and confidence in us.  If anyone at any time has any questions or concerns about their pet, please do contact Dr Sue Chastain at  972-239-1309 (north Dallas) or 972 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) or by email at schastain@chastainvets.info.

    If you’ve had a wonderful experience at one of our clinics, we would love to hear about it! Your feedback is what we need to continue to improve Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We invite you to tell us about your experience on one of our Google Places pages! 

    Meadow Brook Animal Hospital

    Preston Road Animal Hospital

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group

  • Echocardiogram Training


    Nicole from VitalRads ( https://www.vitalrads.com/cgi-bin/vitalrads.cgi ) visited with Dr Clint last week at Preston Road Animal Hospital to gain additional experience in ultrasound imaging of the canine and feline heart. She did quite well and a good time was had by all. We wish her the best of luck!

  • Cat Scratch Disease Part 2: Infection in People

    In part one of this series we discussed Scratch Disease in cats. Now let us turn our attention to humans.

    Cat Scratch Disease in People:   Most people Bartonella infections have some relationship with, or exposure to, cats. Infected people may show various symptoms, including: skin bumps (papules) or blisters (pustules) at site of injury (this is typically the first sign), fatigue, headache, lethargy / malaise, variable fever, swollen lymph nodes (or glands, as my grandpa used to say) and so on.  

    Children and adults with a normal immune system typically recover fully without treatment in about 6-12 weeks.  People with a compromised immune system, for whatever reason, often have a harder time. But they too can generally expect recovery with appropriate antibiotic treatment.  Cancer patients, AIDS patients and other people who have a suppressed immune system have an even more difficult time with Cat Scratch Disease and antibiotic treatment is generally recommended.

    UPDATE: Recent evidence has linked Bartonella Infection humans to Rheumatoid Arthritis and other related conditions. Read more here:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120423131848.htm

    If you are worried you or loved one may be infected, please see your physician.

    Avoidance or Prevention of Cat Scratch Disease in people starts with the cat. See Part 1 of this series

    For more information on Cat Scratch Disease in people, check these links out:




    If you would like more information on Cat Scratch Disease, please contact Dr Sue Chastain at (972) 239-1309, Preston Road Animal Hospital or (972) 529-5033, Meadow Brook Animal Hospital


  • Surface Winds

    For all of us kite flyers, sailing enthusiasts, allergy suffers, and those of us with pets afflicted with inhalant allergies, here is an amazing website that displays an almost hypnotic graphical representation of surface winds in the continental US: the Wind Map (http://hint.fm/wind/). Enjoy.


    Wind Map

  • Does Your Pet Have Back Pain?

    Old sad dog

    As pets reach old age – which really isn’t all that old by human standards – they face many of the same problems and wellness issues that humans do. From arthritis to old injuries, there are a variety of degenerative conditions that can cause older pets to experience chronic back pain. But unlike humans, our animal friends cannot communicate to us the exact nature of their suffering. While only a  caring and professional vet will be able to know for sure, it’s up to you as a responsible pet owner to know the signs and symptoms that indicate your pet might suffer from back pain.

    Physical Symptoms

    Look for physical symptoms on or around your pet’s spine. This can manifest in muscle spasms or hypersensitivity to touch along your pet’s back. Check also for obvious spinal misalignments, such as unusual curves or a rump that the pet keeps unusually tucked. If softly touching your pet’s back results in obvious pain or if your pet has a fever, it might be time to head for a veterinary practice.

    Locomotive Symptoms

    Another way to tell if your pet is suffering from back pain is to look for changes in the way he or she moves. This might be seen as a change in your pet’s posture or as apparent difficulties moving the neck or arching the back. Also look for problems turning or raising the head or a limited use of the legs.

    Behavioral Symptoms

    Like in people, your pet’s chronic back pain can result in behavioral changes. This might appear in the form of general weakness or laziness, balance and coordination issues, unexplained aggressive behavior, a reduced appetite, or excessive moaning and crying.

    If your pet shows any of these signs and symptoms, take them into a qualified veterinary practice. For residents of the north Dallas area, bring your pets to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our licensed veterinarians use state-of-the-art technology, such as laser therapy, to reduce your pet’s pain. 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 .

  • Companion Therapy Laser by LiteCure

    Low Level Laser therapy is one of the most state-of-the-art and cutting-edge veterinary medical breakthroughs available to your pet today. Treating a long list of animal health issues without surgery or pain medication, this new technology is revolutionizing the approach to your pet’s health and wellness.

    In this video from LiteCure, you can learn some of the uses and benefits of the Companion Therapy Laser System. This is the system used by the veterinarians at Chastain. You’ll find out how this groundbreaking and FDA-approved technology works, as well as how it can holistically heal your pet’s pain in just one quick visit to the vet.

    If you live in north Dallas or the McKinney / Frisco areas and would like to get in touch with a veterinary practice skilled in laser therapy, then call the   Chastain Veterinary Medical Group either at Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

  • Did you know that 20.2% of all Heartworm cases in the U.S. are in Texas?

    In Collin County, 1 in 71 dogs have tested positive for Heartworms.  Texas, (especially North Texas) is a hotspot  for mosquitoes that carry the heartworm parasite.  Take a closer look here:


  • Monthly Grooming Tip from Sara @ Meadow Brook Animal Hospital

    Clean under eyes twice a day with cotton balls soaked in warm water (use one per eye). This can keep tears from causing the stain that often occurs with white-furred dogs. 


    Sara Brulet