How to Care for Newborn Kittens

Newborn kittens are cute and very cuddly. But, as this video demonstrates, they also demand constant care that you and your veterinarian should discuss ahead of time.

Most Veterinarians advise pet owners to let the mother cat take care of her newborn kittens. The longer a kitten can stay with its Mom the better adjusted the kitten will be, psychologically speaking.

However, if the kittens are orphaned, you will be responsible for their health and wellbeing. Kittens need nutrition every 2 to 4 hours. Therefore, you will need to purchase a pet nursing bottle and plenty of milk replacement. Be sure to keep them in a warm, quiet area of your home. Also, don’t over handle them, as they require a lot of sleep for brain development and nutritional digestion.

Has your cat just given birth? If so,  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  can provide expert kitten care advice. Our staff of dedicated veterinarians can attend to all your animal needs, including pet grooming and boarding. For more information, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 972-239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-529-5033.

The Importance of Wellness Visits for Your Pet

Preventative care isn’t only important for humans. Making sure that your Veterinarian conducts regular pet wellness exams on your furry friend is essential for its continued health and vitality.

Regular wellness exams from your Dallas area veterinarian will keep your pet healthy

What is a pet wellness exam?

pet wellness  exam is a physical exam that your Vet performs to identify potential health problems before they become life-endangering conditions. No matter how attentive you may be to your pet’s diet, exercise regimen, and overall quality of life, most ordinary pet owners at home cannot always detect when something subtle is going wrong. Many times the only way that an incipient health problem can be detected is with a physical exam conducted by a trained Vet.

What will my Vet be checking for during a pet wellness exam?

Your Veterinarian will first check your pet’s vital signs by measuring its temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and body weight. We like to do this on nearly every visit so we can get a feel for what’s normal for your pet. Sometimes we check blood pressure too. Next, we will examine your furry friend’s ears, eyes, mouth, and skin for any visible abnormalities. If we detect any signs of illness, we may need to discuss further work up via a blood or urine test. We will also make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and discuss heartworm preventive with you.

What can I do to increase the benefits of a pet wellness exam?

Each pet owner plays a vital role in maximizing the benefits their pets derive from a wellness physical exam. Because you are with your pet each and every day, an observant pet owner can alert the Vet changes that could indicate a potential problem. Be sure to mention if your pet has been coughing, vomiting, or experiencing bouts of diarrhea. Other indicators of potential health problems might include eating and drinking more or less than normal, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, or changes in general activity level. You should also discuss any pet behavioral changes with your vet. Has your pet become irritable or listless of late? Does he or she have trouble getting up in the morning? Any stiffness or reluctance to move about? Keeping track of all these activities and behaviors can help your vet detect potential health problems.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  can attend to all of your pet’s wellness needs. We provide a wide range of services for clients in the greater Dallas region. To schedule an appointment please call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at 972-239-1309.

Before & After Grooming Photos- Courtesy of our groomer Sherry at Preston Road Animal Hospital!

Take a look at Sherry’s beautiful hand-scissored cuts.  These pooches look magnificent don’t they?

 

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Has your dog’s scratching been driving you both crazy?

As us humans can attest, allergies are not fun!  For our pets they are just as unpleasant.  

Do you know what’s causing your pet’s allergies?  Is it an inhalant allergy (most common)  such as mites, mold, or mildew?  Or is it a food allergy?  While antihistamines and fatty acid formulations can help, sometimes you just need to dig further to determine exactly what is causing the allergic reaction.  Maybe it’s something that can easily be removed from your pet’s environment or diet? 

This month we are offering our Intra-Dermal allergy testing for $299 .  This is a savings of over $100 .  

Allergens are at their lowest levels and pets are least itchy during the fall and winter months so don’t wait! 

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Did you know?

Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good.

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For More Information on Pet Health, Explore These Resources

Keeping your pet happy requires constant physical and emotional care. Scheduling regular pet wellness appointments with your Veterinarian is also vital to keeping your pets healthy. To learn more about how to keep your companion in shape for years to come, please read the following articles.

Pet wellness resources from around the web

  • Pet wellness  exams are a key component in detecting early signs of illness in your animal. HealthyPet.com explains what to expect during these vet visits.
  • Regarding Allergies: During the months of September and October, any dog of any size can get a 52-antigen intra-dermal allergy test for just $299 — a savings of about one-hundred-dollars or more! Please note – some restrictions do apply. There are several important preliminary steps or treatments all pets must go through first to get meaningful results from allergy testing. It’s important to discuss this with your veterinarian
  • A pet’s dental health can often affect their overall quality of life and wellbeing. PetDental.com lists important cat and dog dental facts and why you should schedule regular vet visits to examine your pet’s teeth.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides a comprehensive array of pet wellness services for pet owners in the greater Dallas, Texas area. Our team of skilled and compassionate veterinarians can attend to all your pet’s needs, including allergy treatments. To learn more about our veterinary offices, please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

Monthly Grooming Tip from Sara @ Meadow Brook!

Many pets get a crusty build up in the inside corners of their eyes.

To remove it, first hold a wet cloth on it and saturate it well. Then gently pick it out with a fine tooth plastic comb, such as a flea comb.

Take care not to continuously touch the skin as this can cause bleeding.

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It’s “Dogs in Politics Day”! Harry S. Truman once said, “”If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

Have  you been to the Presidential Pet Museum?  Ever heard of it?  If you’re ever in Glen Allen, Virginia stop by and check it out!

It was founded in 1999 by a former dog groomer of the White House and is meant to preserve information and artifacts as they relate to these very special presidential pets.  Learn more about this museum below.

http://www.presidentialpetmuseum.com/index.htm

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Before & After Grooming-Courtesy of our groomer Sara @ Meadow Brook Animal Hospital!

This little Schnauzer was a bit timid at first but after he saw how handsome he looked afterwards he stood tall & proud!

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Before & After Grooming-Courtesy of Sara @ Meadow Brook Animal Hospital!

This beautiful cocker was hand-scissored and looks gorgeous!  She’s ready for the red carpet!

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