How to Choose the Puppy That Is Right for Your Family

When you choose a dog, you are choosing more than a pet, you are choosing a family member for life. Because of this, choosing a dog whose temperament meshes well with your lifestyle is critical. Do you want a dog that is going to want to run, jump, and play? Do you want a dog that is going to get along well with children and other dogs? As you will see in this video, these are the types of questions you should consider when picking puppy.

As Dr. Marcia Martin explains, picking a breed that is appropriate for your lifestyle is of the upmost importance. Certain breeds are braver and more independent than others. If your dog will be home alone a lot, you will want a dog that can entertain itself. If you are athletic you will want a dog whose breed is better at running.

Another thing to consider is each individual puppy’s temperament. While the puppy hiding in the corner may be adorable, he may or may not be the best choice if you have kids or a loud household. Handle the puppies to see how they react. This will give you an idea of how assertive or how timid they are and if they are more likely to be social and cuddly or standoffish and independent.

And here’s another idea: just sit quietly for a spell with a potential new puppy in a room. How does the puppy react to you? Fear? Timidity? Or curiosity, interest, and wanting to play? After you have played with the puppy for a bit, push it away, ignore it for a bit, and see how the pup reacts. Look for a puppy that comes back to you again and again, signaling that it is choosing YOU for its new playmate, and future family member.

If you are a new pet owner and need help training your puppy, or if you need more tips on picking the perfect puppy for your family, call the   Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  at  (972) 239-1309 (Dallas)  or  (972) 529-5033 (McKinney)  today.

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

The ASPCA has designated October as National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month in hopes of finding families for the thousands of homeless dogs in shelters across the country.

Consider adopting an older pet if possible.  Puppies are typically the first to get adopted but the senior pets are the ones who are passed over and first to be euthanized.  An older pet can be a perfect addition to your family.

 

Remember-first exams are free for new pets at either of our hospitals!      

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How to Tell If Something is Wrong with Your Cat

Determining when a cat may be sick is not easy. In some cases this is a challenge even for an experienced Vet. Physical changes in sick cats can range from hard to spot to virtually unnoticeable. Cats are masters of hiding signs of illness until disease processes are well advanced.   Maintaining general pet wellness in your cat requires paying close attention to their behavior and watching closely and often for potential signs that they may be sick. When in doubt, it is best to consult a Vet.

Care for your sick kitten

Here are a few signs to look out for that may indicate that your cat is ill.

  1. Diarrhea or Vomiting:  Vomiting and diarrhea are not necessarily  signs of illness  if limited to a single instance. However, diarrhea or vomiting that continues is cause for concern. In general, vomiting is more serious than diarrhea. Generally we say that vomiting 3 or more times in an hour, or 8 or more times in 24 hours, constitutes a true medical emergency because it will inevitably lead to dehydration. If you cat demonstrates vomiting or diarrhea once or twice, try withholding food for 24 hours. If the problem persists, contact us or your regular Vet for a checkup. If at any time you see blood in your cat’s waste or vomit, seek veterinary attention immediately.
  1. Excessive, Scratching, Licking, or Chewing:  Though licking and occasional scratching can be part of a cat’s normal grooming routine, scratching, licking, or chewing in an especially intense manner or for long periods of time may be an indication of fleas, ticks or other parasites. Check your cat’s coat and skin routinely for any signs of irritation or problems. Cats can be sneaky, so watch also for missing patches of fur, whether or not associated with any observed licking scratching or chewing. If you cat is experiencing hair loss or scabbing, contact us or your regular Vet for a checkup as soon as possible.
  1. Pain or Difficulty Moving:  Cats can sleep up to 16 hours a day when they are perfectly healthy. What a life, right? If your cat is sleeping more than usual or displays difficulty or reluctance in moving about, it may be an indication of a serious problem. If your cat is stumbling or disoriented when they are walking, please  contact us  or your regular Vet as soon as possible. 

If your cat is need of reliable veterinary service in the Dallas area, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group at  (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas)  or  972-529-5033 (McKinney) . Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides a number of  veterinary services in Dallas  and McKinney including laser therapy, ultrasounds, pet grooming, and pet boarding.

Grooming Photos-Courtesy of Sherry @ Preston Road!

Check out these beautiful pups after they’ve been groomed by Sherry @ Preston Road Animal Hospital. 

Sherry tells us these three pups were all hand-scissored, which requires steady hands and precise work.  Way to go Sherry! 

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Halloween Pet Health Hazards You Need to Know

While for many Halloween is a joyous occasion filled with tricks and treats galore, this holiday can pose a legitimately scary risk to your pets if you are not prepared. Keep reading for information from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis Control for what you should watch for in your pet to make sure they stay safe.

Halloween Pet Safety

  • Watch for nervousness or agitation as a result of people in the neighborhood and ringing doorbells. These types of activities may cause your pet to try to escape.
  • If you are walking your dog, make sure they have a reflective leash and collar for added visibility.
  • Keep your dogs confined to the house or backyard, if possible, to prevent stressful situations and the risk for biting that may come with them.
  • Watch your dog around your treats.  Chocolate can be toxic to pets, especially those of the canine persuasion. Watch for excitability, restlessness, increased heart rate, muscles tremors, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you believe that your pet may have consumed chocolate, call your Veterinarian immediately.
  • Watch your dog for weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures, anemia, increased thirst and urination, and bloody feces that may result from xylitol intake, which is found in sugar free gums and candies. Call your Veterinarian immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms.
  • While glow in the dark jewelry may seem like a fun toy to a cat, it can cause serious complications. If your cat ingests any glow jewelry chemicals, give them small quantities of milk, canned food, or tuna juice to dilute the chemical in their mouth.
  • Keep your pets, especially black cats, inside and safe as much as possible, as they can unfortunately become victim to malicious acts.
  • Keep the temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for your pet.

If you keep an eye on your pets and keep the people treats out of their reach, you will most likely have a pet scare free Halloween. But…if you do notice any of the signs or symptoms mentioned, please contact Preston  Road Animal Hospital (north Dallas) at (972) 239-1309  or  Meadow Brook Animal Hospital (McKinney) at (972) 529-5033  or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (800) 548-2423.

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

Traditional cocker spaniel cut.  Doesn’t she look adorable?  She seems to think so 🙂

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Why Your Pet Might Need an Ultrasound

Having an ultrasound performed on your pet is not as out of the ordinary as you might think. While some medical conditions in your pet can be recognized through routine observation and visits to the vet, others require internal monitoring and more in-depth testing to be properly diagnosed. While blood work and internal biopsies are routine and safe in the hands of a veterinary professional, they can be invasive and even painful for your pets. Veterinary ultrasound is a safe, effective, and virtually painless way to diagnose difficult-to-recognize diseases or conditions in your animal. Here are a few examples of the uses of ultrasound and why your pet might need one.

Canine Ultrasound

Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasounds provide the vet with a clear look at an animal’s internal organs, including the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, uterus, or kidneys. Between our two facilities, we do about half a dozen of these procedures each week. An abdominal ultrasound comes with the added benefit of allowing your pets Vet to monitor your pet’s organ function in real time. An ultrasound is ideal for identifying inflammation in various abdominal components and making sure abdominal systems are working properly. Abdominal ultrasounds are helpful in identifying conditions such as kidney stones, abdominal bleeding, or tumors.

Cardiac Ultrasound

Cardiac ultrasounds for animals provide the same benefits as they do for human beings. Cardiac ultrasounds can be used to determine a heart’s shape, size, construction, blood flow, and overall function at a relatively low cost and with no pain to the animal. Cardiac ultrasounds are helpful in both diagnosing and monitoring the treatment progress associated with  heart disease in pets  and can be an instrumental part of maintaining animal wellness despite the presence of a severe heart condition. Ultrasound technology can also be used in identifying other, more elusive conditions related to an animal’s reproductive system or even vision.

If you are interested in getting an ultrasound for your dog or cat, or are in need of any other veterinary service in the Dallas area, call  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  at  (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas)  or  (972) 529-5033 (McKinney) . In addition to ultrasounds and laser therapy, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides routine veterinary services, pet boarding, and grooming as well. 

Monthly Grooming Tip from Sara @ Meadow Brook Animal Hospital!

If your pet gets wet make sure to clean their ears afterwards with a vet-approved ear drying/cleaner.  One of our favorites is Epi-otic.

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