Operation Kindness Donation Drive Starts Tomorrow!

We will be collecting items for Operation Kindness at both of our hospitals starting tomorrow and ending on Saturday, 12/15. 

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, OPK has a wish list on their website with more items. 

Go to:  http://www.operationkindness.org/donate/wishlist.php  

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Top Tips for Traveling with Your Dog During the Holidays

Traveling with your pets over the holidays can sometimes be a challenge and boarding is usually the best solution for keeping your pet safe during the holidays. However, if you have family that wants to spend the holidays with your pets, you will have to figure out travel arrangements. Here are some tips to help make the trip more enjoyable for you and your pet :

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Schedule a Veterinary Check-Up:  If you are planning a prolonged trip, ensure that all your dog’s vaccinations are current. Also, if relevant, verify that you have accurate copies of your pet’s required health certifications. Your veterinarian will also be able to tell you if your dog is in a healthy enough condition for travel.

Pack Properly:  In the chaos of packing, it is easy to overlook what your dog may enjoy or require. Check that you have included your pet’s medication and food, its favorite blanket, bed, leash, and toy. Familiar objects will provide your dog with some comfort during the trip.

Get Exercise:  Take your dog for a long walk before you leave on a trip, as the exercise helps them to get rid of excess energy that may otherwise be released during travel. Your pet will also react to your mood. If you are composed throughout your traveling, your pet will likely be calm, too.

Crate with Care:  Whether traveling by plane, train, or car,  securing your dog in a suitable crate  provides more safety for your pet. If you have not used a crate before, introduce it to your dog in familiar and unfamiliar places so your pet becomes comfortable with being created in different locations prior to your travels.

Stay Hydrated:  Do not provide your dog with a big meal before your trip, or allow them to drink a great deal of water. Bring along enough water to simply keep them hydrated. If you’re driving, ice chips are also good way to keep your dog occupied.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers a wide range of wellness options to help prepare your dog for travel as well as boarding, the ultimate way to simplify your holiday travels. Call Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 for more information.

New Kitten Health Plans

Thinking of getting a kitten? While a new pet is a big responsibility, we now offer puppy and kitten health plans to help you save money on their veterinary care. Our plans are divided up into male and female plans as well as essential and complete offerings.

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All of our Kitten Health Plans (Essential and Complete) include:

  • Rabies, Feline Distemper combination, and Feline Leukemia vaccinations
  • A test for feline leukemia and feline aids
  • 24/7 pet retrieval service (when available)
  • Up to 2 dewormings for hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, & tapeworms
  • Unlimited Nail Trims
  • One fecal parasite examination
  • Free blood/urine sample collection
  • One free Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
  • Unlimited free office calls/physical exams. Never pay for an office call again while on the plan! Some restrictions do apply.
  • 5% discount off all other Sick Pet Services during the life of the plan

In addition to these services, the Complete Kitten Plans includes:

  • AVID pet identification microchip
  • Surgical Spay (includes IV fluids, pain control, laser scalpel, and pre-ops) for female kittens
  • Surgical Neuter (includes IV fluids, pain control, laser scalpel, and pre-ops) for male kittens

If you would like more information about our Puppy or Kitten Health Plans, then please give us a call at (972) 239-1309 (Preston Road in north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow Brook in McKinney) today!

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season

The holidays are a fun time to enjoy quality time with your family, friends, and pets. Like every holiday, you will be busy preparing meals, catching up with long-distance relatives, and trying to keep everyone full and happy. While it can be fun to include your pets in the celebration, holidays can also pose risks to your pet’s health and happiness. Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet doesn’t get into any trouble over the holidays and to help you avoid an unwanted trip to your veterinarian.

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What Foods to Avoid Giving Your Pet

Although your pet will certainly be interested in the delicious smells coming from the kitchen, you have to be careful what your pets eat. Like any other time of the year, it’s best to let your pet enjoy their typical meal while you enjoy your special human feast. Small bites of well-cooked meat, gravy, and certain vegetables are fine, but don’t overindulge your pet. A little goes a long way in the mind of the typical dog or cat. Keep your pets away from savory and herb-filled dishes, as pets often can’t digest the essential oils in many spices. Also avoid giving your pet anything containing undercooked or raw eggs or meat. If you notice any  strange behavior or signs of illness, call your vet right away.

How to Dispose of Trash Safely

It’s no secret that dogs love bones and trimmings, and your cat may also be interested in leftover meat smells. However, bones are one of the most dangerous things to feed your animal, as they can splinter and cause internal bleeding. Bag up your bones and take them outside right away to ensure your pet doesn’t get into the trash. If your dog or cat eats any meat containing bones, call a us at 972-239-1309 (Dallas) or 972-529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco) to get advice on what steps you should take to ensure their safety.

By watching your pet’s diet while you enjoy your holiday meal, you can ensure a healthy, safe, and stress-free holiday with your loved ones. If you run into any problems or concerns over the weekend, make sure to call us right away. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group we offer advanced pet wellness, pet grooming, pet boarding, and emergency services in our comfortable, clean, and friendly offices. Call  Preston Road Animal Hospital  of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or  Meadow Brook Animal Hospital  of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 to find out more.

Want to Know More About Your Pet’s Health? Then Check out These Links!

We have officially entered the holiday season, a time for family and friends. Any pet owner will tell you that their pet is part of their family. As a result, keeping your furry friend healthy should be a priority and understanding pet wellness is vital to any pet owner.

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  • Turkey and chocolate are both abundant during the holidays. Read this Humane Society article about what to do if your  dog eats turkey bones  or chocolate during the holiday season.
  • With spices and oils in constant use during the holidays, it’s important to make sure you know which ones pose a threat to your pets. Find out more about essential oils and which spices are  toxic to cats  by reading this article.
  • Keeping your pets well groomed should be viewed as part of their overall wellness care. WebMD explains why  grooming your pets  is vital to their health and happiness in this article.
  • Taking your pet to the groomer has benefits for your family beyond your pet’s well-being. Animal Planet explains the top reasons to  take your dog to the groomer  in this informative article.

Let the friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced staff at  Preston Road Animal Hospital  help you care for your pet in the best way possible. Schedule an appointment at our Dallas vet clinic by calling (972) 239-1309. If you are located further north, give Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

Celebrate your mixed breed!

Today is National Mutt Day!  Created in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Designer, Colleen Paige to raise awareness of all the healthy mixed breeds currently in shelters. 

Famous Mutts :

Old Yeller was a 170 lb. Labrador Retriever/Mastiff cross, adopted from the Van Nuys CA Animal Shelter.

The original Benji was a Spaniel mix adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Daisy from the Blondie movie series. Photo above, Daisy, who surprisingly was a male dog – was also in The Red Stallion featuring National Mutt Day founder Colleen Paige’s father, actor Robert Paige.

If you can’t adopt, please consider donating to your local shelter. 

 

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Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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December Grooming Tip from Sara @ Meadow Brook Animal Hospital!

All dogs and cats with all hair types can benefit from regular bathing and brushing. It reduces shedding, removes dead skin cells, and improves circulation.

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Meadow Brook is ready for your Operation Kindness Donations!

We’ve already had donations start coming in so we went ahead and put out our donation box early!  

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New Puppy Health Plans

When getting a new puppy, making sure that they get the proper veterinary care should be one of your primary concerns. We have made this easier on you with our new Puppy Health Plans. In addition to plans tailored for male and female puppies, we also offer Essential and Complete Plans to fit your budget.

 

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All of our Puppy Health Plans (Essential and Complete) include:

  • Rabies, Distemper Combination, and Bordatella vaccinations
  • 24/7 pet retrieval service (when available)
  • Up to 2 dewormings for hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, & tapeworms
  • Unlimited Nail Trims
  • One fecal parasite examination
  • Free blood/urine sample collection
  • One free Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
  • Unlimited free office calls/physical exams. Never pay for an office call again while on the plan! Some restrictions do apply.
  • 5% discount off all other Sick Pet Services during the life of the plan

In addition to these services, the Complete Puppy Plans includes:

  • Leptospirosis vaccination
  • AVID pet identification microchip
  • Surgical Spay (includes IV fluids, pain control, laser scalpel, and pre-ops) for female puppies
  • Surgical Neuter (includes IV fluids, pain control, laser scalpel, and pre-ops) for male puppies

If you would like more information about our Puppy or Kitten Health Plans, then please give us a call at (972) 239-1309 (Preston Road in north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow Brook in McKinney) today!

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