Why You Should Consider Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

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Each year across the United States, millions of unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters because they cannot find loving homes. However, you can help to eliminate this problem with a trip to your local veterinary practice.

Reduce the Number of Homeless Pets
Spaying or neutering your pet is a generally safe and 100% effective way to reduce the number of unplanned litters that find their way to area animal shelters. No matter how vigilant a pet owner may be, it takes just one unsupervised interaction with another animal to get your cat or dog pregnant.

Prevent Unwanted Behaviors
Pets, especially males, tend to experience an increase in aggression following sexual maturity. When males begin to mature, hormones flow from the sex organs throughout the body causing developmental changes and increase their testosterone levels. By neutering your pet prior to this process, you can prevent the corresponding tendency toward aggression, roaming, distraction, and inability to follow instructions. Spaying females prevents them from undergoing estrus, which some say causes moodiness, and from entering heat, a period of sexual activity is often accompanied by erratic behavior, unruliness and vaginal discharge.

Protect Your Pet’s Health
Vets across the country recommend that pet owners spay or neuter their dogs, cats and rabbits. Not only can this prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also it will eliminate the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer in female pets and testicular cancer in males. Many veterinary practices, such as ourselves, offer spaying and neutering services at greatly reduced costs to help make it a little easier for families to forward with this procedure.

Here at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group we provide spaying and neutering for cats and dogs, as well as many other types of veterinary health and wellness assistance. We’ve just simplified our canine and feline spay and neuter services.  Now, all of those services automatically include pre-op blood testing, intravenous fluids, pain-control medications, as well as use of the surgical laser…and all for one incredibly low price.  Whether you’re in the Dallas or McKinney area we can assist with your pet’s sterilization and veterinary care. To learn more about our facilities, 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 .

Join us in welcoming Dr. Kristen Brown to Meadow Brook’s Veterinary team!

Dr. Kristen is a 2012 graduate of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is excited to start her veterinary career with us and can’t wait to meet our wonderful clients and their pets.  

Welcome Dr. Kristen!  We are glad to have you on board!   

Kristen Brown

Monthly Grooming Tip from Sherry @ Preston Road Animal Hospital

Before you bathe your pet put cotton balls in their ears.  Also, keep hands over ears when rinsing during the bath to prevent water from getting in.  If your dog swims in the pool, always dry the inside of the ears afterwards.  Excess water in the ears is one of the primary causes of ear infections.
 

Sherry -PRAH Groomer

“Fabulous 5” Update!

The kittens are doing very well and are now 5 weeks old!  Check out these adorable new pics!  

If you or someone you know would be interested in adopting one (or more!) of these precious kittens, please contact Preston Road Animal Hospital @ 972-239-1309.  

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Simplify your north Dallas Appointments!

While road construction has finally ended on Custer Road, near Meadow Brook Animal Hospital, the same cannot be said for LBJ / 635, near Preston Road Animal Hospital. Getting onto the east bound access road can sometimes be quite tricky. The congestion seems to vary hour by hour.

Happily there is partial work-around:  just schedule your north Dallas appointments on Sundays . Construction issues and traffic are typically far less intense on Sundays.  Plus, we are fully staffed and opened for business from 10 am to 2 pm , every Sunday . If enough people find this a useful option, we may extended Sunday hours even further.

So, the next time your pet is due for a recheck or wellness procedure, save yourself some grief. Just give us a call, or schedule your appointment online, and we’ll pencil you in for a Sunday slot !

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Take a Look at the Resources below To Learn More about Caring For Your Pet This Summer

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Summer is fun and relaxing for humans and animals alike. However, pet owners must take special measures for their animals’ safety and well-being during the warm summer months. And this summer promises to be every bit as scorching as last summer was. The following websites offer some additional perspective regarding how to best maintain your pet’s health and happiness this summer:

  • With the summer months come ample opportunities for your pets to ingest harmful plants, fertilizers, and insecticides. The ASPCA lists some plants that are dangerous to pets.
     
  • The warm weather also brings a multitude of potentially harmful insect interactions that may compromise your pet’s health. PetMD details the symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs and how to prevent this life-altering condition.
     
  • From time to time, pet owners may need to house their animals in the temporary care of a kennel. WebMD lists the considerations of which owners should be mindful when selecting a pet daycare facility.
     
  • Purina provides invaluable information regarding how pet owners should care for older animals.
     
  • Until every animal is in the care of a loving home, the overpopulation of unwanted pets will continue to be a problem. The Humane Society explains why spaying or neutering your dog, cat, or rabbit is important.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group believes that every animal has the right to a long and healthy life. We offer extended evening hours, early morning drop off and an extensive range of services to ensure the well-being of each of our patients. With two locations in the Dallas and McKinney areas we’re here to help with all your pet’s needs. Receive a $15 discount off pet boarding in the month of June! 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 .

Summer Vacation Travel Tips: How to Prepare Your Pet for Boarding

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Saying goodbye to your pet when you go on vacation can be just as difficult as sending off your son or daughter to summer camp. However, you can make your pet’s boarding experience safe and stress-free by implementing the following measures.

  • Check out facilities early. Don’t wait until the last minute to research your kennel and daycare options. The good ones fill up fast and often have long waiting lists. Pet boarding facilities also vary greatly in what they offer. Some provide basic care for your pet, while others come with a host of amenities such as massages and web cameras that owners can use to observe their animals from afar. Not all families want or need all these amenities, however. Before committing to any pet boarding reservation, schedule an appointment to see in person how each business operates.
     
  • Clearly communicate your pet’s needs to the facility. To make your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible, make sure that your boarding facility is aware of any special considerations your pet may have. Discuss your pet’s social habits and determine whether daycare with other animals or private enclosure boarding is the better option. Though you should visit your local vet to ensure that your pet’s medical paperwork and shots are up-to-date, you may also want to make your boarding facility aware of any special dietary or exercise requirements that your animal has.
     
  • Make sure your pet can bring personal items into the facility. Despite your best efforts, your pet may still exhibit signs of anxiety upon entering a new environment such as a kennel or daycare facility. This is common and normal.  Most pets quickly adjust to new environments. To alleviate any stress your animal may experience, confirm that you can bring personal items from home, like toys, blankets or even a bed, to the boarding house. The familiar textures and scents will have a calming effect on your pet. One word of caution : pets sometimes chew up and destroy personal items brought to boarding with them. So, don’t take any personal pet items to boarding that you cannot afford to lose.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides Dallas-area pet owners with safe and cost-effective pet boarding facilities which are supervised by our staff of skilled veterinarians. If you want both a sheltered and stimulating boarding environment for your pet, look no further. Receive a $15 discount off pet boarding in the month of June! Call us today at Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 for more details.

During June: “Like” us on Facebook and we’ll donate $2.00 to Operation Kindness!

We were so pleased with the success of last month’s “Like” our page that we decided to continue it through June.  This time, for each “Like” we get we’ll donate $2.00 to Operation Kindness!!!

 

So, spread the word to family and friends!  Thanks in advance for supporting us and helping us help Operation Kindness.

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Good Luck Dr. Stephanie! We’ll miss you!

We just wanted to wish Dr. Stephanie and her family nothing but the best as they head back home to the northeast.  We wish you great success and happiness in your future endeavors.    
 
 
 

June is “Adopt-a-Cat” Month! Save a life! Adopt a cat!

The American Humane Society put together this helpful checklist for those thinking of adopting:
 
CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT
 
*If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
*Find a cat whose personality compliments yours.
*Schedule a visit with us within the first few days following the adoption.
*Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
*Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
*Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
*Cat-proof your home.
*Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
*Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
*If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active
 participant in the adoption process.
 
Don’t forget our “Fabulous 5” kittens at Preston Road Animal Hospital that will need good homes soon!   
 

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