November is National Cancer Awareness Month

As we know, our furry family members can get cancer just like us humans can.  

There are specific breeds that are more genetically prone to developing mast cell tumors as well.  Breeds such as:  Boxers, Boston Terriers. Basset Hound, Bernese Mountain Dog, Chow-Chows, Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Pug, Shetland Sheepdog and Golden Retrievers are at a higher risk.

Some common warning signs include:

1) Abnormal swelling that persists or continues to grow

2) Sores that do not heal

3) Weight loss

4) Loss of appetite

5) Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

6) Offensive odor

7) Difficulty eating or swallowing

8) Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

9) Persistent lameness or stiffness

10) Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

 

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  If cancer is detected early the chances of survival increase significantly.

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Tips for Teaching Your Puppy How to Sit

Having a new puppy can be very exciting. That little bundle of energy and love will be with you for a long time, so it is a good idea to teach your dog some manners while they are still young. Check out this video starring Moses for some tips on how to teach your puppy to sit.

“Sit” is one of the most basic commands in dog training. Dogs thrive on positive reinforcement, so grab some treats before you start your training session. Allow your dog to sniff the treat and raise it above their nose until they are in a sitting position. Once they sit, praise them and reward them with a treat. Remember to never use your hands to guide your puppy into a sitting position—let them discover how to do it on their own.

Proper training and regular trips to the Veterinarian will go a long way in maintaining your pet’s health. Contact  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group of Dallas  at (972) 239-1309 to schedule an appointment for your new puppy or your adult dog today.

The Perks of a Pet Infographic from Masters in Health Care

The Perks of a Pet Infographic from MastersInHealthCare.com

November 4-10th is National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week! 7 days & 7 ways to say thank you!

Show some love to your local animal shelters and rescue groups this week

This is an especially difficult time for shelters along the east coast due to Hurricane Sandy.

Check out the Humane Society’s website for 7 ways to say thank you.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/resources/tips/national_animal_shelter_appreciation.html

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Explore These Resources to Find out More About Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Your pet is an important member of your family and provides a lifetime of companionship and happiness, which is one reason you want to keep him or her feeling great. To find out more about how to keep your pet as healthy as possible, explore the links below.

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  • Antioxidants can improve the health of animals as well as humans. Read this post from PetMD.com to learn more about  pet nutrition.
  • Our pets take care of us as much as we take care of them. Find out the  benefits of having a pet  in this overview from the Center for Disease Control.
  • If your dog experiences a medical emergency, you should take it to the Veterinarian right away. Here are ten situations in which your dog may require immediate  veterinary care.
  • Many people wonder whether their pets should take vitamins or supplements. Read this article to get the facts about  pet vitamins and supplements.
  • Does your pet become agitated when a storm approaches? Check out this informative article from  HealthyPet.com  to learn more about whether pets have a “sixth sense.”

By following these simple tips and making sure your pet gets regular checkups, you can help them live a healthy life. For even more tips and assistance, please call   Meadow Brook Animal Hospital (McKinney) at (972) 529-5033  or  Preston Road Animal Hospital (north Dallas) at (972) 239-1309.

Vitamins and Supplements: Are They Safe for Your Dog?

Your dog is your best friend, so it is important to keep them healthy by feeding them a quality pet food and making regular visits to your veterinarian. Some dog owners have started giving vitamins and supplements to their dogs, believing that these pills will improve the quality of the animal’s life. But are vitamins and supplements safe for your dog? Read on to find out more.

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Does my dog need vitamins or supplements?

For people as well as dogs, vitamins and supplements serve to round out any gaps in nutrition. For example, a person who doesn’t eat many fruits and vegetables may take a multi-vitamin in hopes of getting the equivalent nutritional benefits. As many commercially processed dog foods contain the proper levels of vitamins and minerals, your dog may not actually need to take vitamins or supplements. However, if your dog eats a homemade diet, it may need supplements so that it gets the proper nutrition. Consult with your veterinarian to see if vitamins could  improve your pet’s wellness.

Are all vitamins and supplements good for my dog?

Though vitamins are necessary for proper nutrition, some supplements could do your dog more harm than good. If your dog is already eating a balanced diet, excess amounts of certain vitamins could be hazardous to its health. Too much vitamin A can harm blood vessels and cause dehydration, while excess calcium can lead to skeletal issues. Be sure to speak with your vet for an expert opinion on your dog’s supplementation needs.

Can I decide on my own whether my dog needs vitamins?

When it comes to the health of your beloved pet, it’s a good rule of thumb to speak with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s routine. Your dog could be presenting symptoms of a larger problem not related to nutrition, so a supplement is not always the right choice. Talk to your vet if you observe any changes in your dog’s health or behavior.

If you have any questions about your animal’s health and wellness, contact  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  at (972) 239-1309. Our trained and compassionate staff provides the Dallas area with quality veterinary care, so call us to schedule an appointment for your four-legged friend today.

Monthly Grooming Tip from Sherry @ Preston Road Animal Hospital!

We have found corn starch to work great in loosening tangles and mats during brush outs.

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Before & After Grooming Photos-Courtesy of Sherry @ Preston Road Animal Hospital!

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Learn More About Working with Your Vet for Optimum Pet Health

Keeping your pets healthy and happy is a significant part of any loving pet owner’s life. There is much an animal owner can do to ensure the well-being of their pet, but a qualified and experienced Veterinarian is also an essential part of pet wellness. Take a look at these links to learn more about how your vet can help care for your dog or cat.

  • If you think your cat may be sick but are unsure of what to look for, PetCo.com describes some simple signs that may indicate your cat is ill.
  • To learn more about laser therapy for your canine companion, read this article from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.
  • If your veterinarian recommends medication for your dog or cat, here are several things the United States Food and Drug Administration recommends you keep in mind.
  • Cheaper isn’t always better when it comes to medicines for your pet. Here is a great video from FDA about online pet pharmacies: 

For more information on how your vet can help care for you animal, contact  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  at   (972) 239-1309 (North Dallas)  or  (972) 529-5033 (McKinney).  The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can provide you and your animal with reliable veterinary care, information, and treatment.

2nd Annual Operation Kindness Donation Drive 12/7-12/15!

Last year we held our first donation drive and WOW was it a success!  So much so that we are doing it again!  Our goal this year is to collect 500 items! 

Operation Kindness is doing some awesome work for the thousands of homeless pets they help each year and we would like to show our gratitude this holiday season.  

Operation Kindness relies on donations and fundraisers from the public to cover their costs and we will be taking donations at both of our hospitals beginning 12/7! 

Here are the items they are in need of:

  • Bleach
  • Paper Towels
  • Dog and Cat toys
  • Rawhides
  • Distilled Water
  • Blankets
  • Natural Balance dog and cat food

 

In addition to the above items, Operation Kindness has a wish list on their website with more items they are in need of.  Go to:  http://www.operationkindness.org/donate/wishlist.php  

 

 

 

      

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