• Monthly Grooming Tip from Sherry @ Preston Road Animal Hospital!

    Never bathe a dog with tangles or mats.  Water tightens the hair and the mats/tangles will not be able to be brushed out.  Therefore,  the only solution will be to shave the coat.

     

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  • Happy New Year!

    May 2013 be…  A year of Health & Happiness

                                A year of Wealth & Wisdom

                                A year of Peace & Prosperity

                                and also a year of Love and Laughter

    We look forward to seeing you again in the coming year.

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  • Cold Weather Dangers and Your Pet

    Leaving your pet outside unattended for long periods is never desirable, but you should be especially careful in the winter when there are a whole host of seasonal dangers to your pets. Watch out for these winter specific dangers to keep your pet safe and happy :

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    Freezing Cold Temperatures

    Pets that fair well outside in Texas during most of the year may have trouble with the cold weather that occurs for just a few months. If you have a pet that lives outdoors, make sure they have a safe, dry, elevated, and, most importantly, warm shelter from harsh cold weather. Outdoor shelters should not allow cold wind to enter because pets are just as susceptible to wind chill as are we. For indoor pets, make sure that you keep the house at a comfortable temperature, even if while you are gone. Just because you are at the office doesn’t mean your pet won’t get cold if the heat is turned way down.

    Harsh Wind Chill

    Keep outdoor time to a minimum  for your pets when the wind is blowing during the winter months. A simple 10 mph breeze will lower the perceived temperature by 6-10 degrees, or more. A body sweater is a good idea for short haired pets, just like how you yourself might need a coat when going out. Keep their hair as long as possible and take them into a warm environment as soon as possible to keep your pet healthy.

    Snow and Ice

    If you pet is outside in snowy or icy conditions, make sure you wipe them down with a wet towel when they come back inside. Beyond the benefit of keeping your pet dry so they won’t be as cold, this also allows you to remove any mud, salt, antifreeze, or other irritants that could be in your pet’s fur. Antifreeze is life threatening to pets and is most often found on the ground during winter months, making it especially important to wipe your pet down.

    Car Engines

    Cats and other small animals often find warmth in the engine bays of cars during the winter. A few quick raps on the hood of your car before you start it will ensure that no animal, pet or otherwise, are hurt from moving engine parts.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our vets put your pet’s wellness at the top of their list. We offer a wide range of veterinary services in addition to  pet grooming and pet boarding. Call us today at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 for additional information. 

  • Distemper Outbreak in Plano

    Please be aware that there has been a reported distemper outbreak seen in raccoons across North Texas.  Plano has reported 49 cases just in the last three weeks. 

    Vaccination against distemper will protect your pet from this life threatening disease.  Keep your pets away from wildlife and avoid leaving any food outdoors.  If your pet is not current on their distemper vaccination please call us to schedule an appointment.  McKinney-972-529-5033 or Dallas- 972-239-1309. 

    http://www.wfaa.com/home/Pet-owners-warned-after-distemper-outbreak-in-raccoons-189124751.html

     

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  • Common Household Products That Are Dangerous to Your Pet

    Each year thousands of dogs and cats get sick due to the accidental ingestion of common household products. It is important to understand how different substances can impact your pet so that you can take the appropriate precautions to keep your pet healthy and out of harm’s way.

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    Human Medicines:

    Common over-the-counter pills, dietary supplements, and other human medications can have a devastating effect on your pet. Never give your pet a medicine meant for people unless you’ve been instructed by a veterinarian. Ensure that household medication is not left in the open and is not accessible to your pet, as it can have disastrous consequences to a curious pet.

    Human Food:

    It is very tempting to feed your pet food from the table, but it is vital to  know which foods can be harmful  for your furry companion.

    Chocolate  contains methylxanthines, which, in high doses, can cause vomiting and seizures.

    Onions and garlic  destroy red blood cells in cats and dogs, leading to anemia.

    Macadamia nuts  can be toxic to dogs.

    Grapes and raisins  cause kidney failure in cats and dogs.

    Avocados  contain a fungicidal toxin called persin, which is fatal to dogs in high doses.

    Alcohol  causes serious damage to dogs and cats, possibly resulting in coma and death.

    Indoor Chemicals:  Some household items present more apparent danger to your pet. Cleaning supplies and rodenticides are commonly used in households but can be deadly if ingested. Ensure that all chemicals are carefully applied and stored where your pets can’t reach them..

    Outdoor Chemicals:  Fertilizers, insecticides, and garage chemicals like antifreeze are highly toxic. Keep all substances secure and inaccessible to your pets.

    If your pet has ingested any of these household products or foods and you live in the Dallas area, contact  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  immediately. Call us with any questions you may have regarding your pet care at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

  • Why It’s Important to Keep Your Pet Well-Groomed

    Grooming isn’t just a way to keep pets looking their best; it’s also a vital part of their health and well-being. Pet grooming can occasionally be done at home, although visits to your vet for grooming services ensure safe grooming practices are always followed. With consistent, quality pet grooming, you can keep your home clean and ensure your pets are looking and feeling their best.

    Keep Your Pets Well Groomed

    Pet Health

    Matted or dirty fur can be bad for your pet in many ways. In addition to the risk of fur balls, poor grooming can result in ingrown nails, intestinal blockage, and dangerous parasites. Taking your pet into your vet for grooming allows your groomers to carefully examine your pet for any obvious signs of infection.

    Owner Health

    Several health issues your pet experiences can actually affect your health and that of your family. Without proper pet grooming, you risk parasitic infections and several other health problems that can be transferred to humans. Ensuring your pet is properly groomed also means dealing with less stray pet hair and dander, which can often aggravate other illnesses or allergies you or your family experience.

    Comfort

    While your pet may still run and play, poorly groomed pets are often uncomfortable. Pets aren’t as good at expressing discomfort as people, but they still may notice matted hair, poorly trimmed nails, waxy ears, and other problems. Long-term discomfort in pets can lead to depression, decreased energy, and other problems.

    Cleanliness

    You work hard to keep your home clean, and  pet grooming can make a huge difference. Regularly groomed dogs and cats will track less dirt around your home, shed less on your furniture and clothes, and keep your furniture smelling fresh.

    If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to remember to practice regular, good pet grooming for your furry friend. The expert pet groomers at  Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas  are here to help care for your pet by offering professional grooming services. Learn more about our pet grooming and other vet services by calling (972) 239-1309. If Dallas is a bit of a hike for you, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 for the same great service.

  • Tips for Controlling the Weight of Heavy Cat

    A common problem among cats is being overweight. Many pet owners are not sure what to do about their overweight cats, but there are steps you can take to help your cat lose weight. Watch this video to learn more.

    Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they need a diet that is high in protein. It is important to read and understand the labels on cat food to make sure that your cat is getting the proper nutrition. Portion control is essential to helping your cat’s weight problem. If your cat is on the sedentary side, it does not need as much food as a very active cat does.

    The veterinarians at  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  can give you even more ways to get your overweight cat’s weight back on track. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to find out more about our comprehensive veterinary services.

  • How to Care for Your Pet After Surgery

    Recovering from surgery can be a painful experience for both humans and animals. If your dog or cat needs to undergo surgery for whatever reason, it is important to know how to take good care of him after the procedure. Your veterinarian will provide you with any necessary medications, but it’s good to know what else you can to do to make sure your pet recovers quickly, comfortably and safely. Read on to learn more about how to take care of your dog or cat after surgery.

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    Give Your Pet a Safe Spot

    Surgery can be a traumatic experience for a dog or cat, and he/she will need time and space to recover. When you bring your pet home from the veterinarian, make sure you have a place set aside that is specifically set up for the pet to relax and rest. For dogs this might mean a plush doggy bed. For cats, sometimes something that can be used as a “hide box” will be especially appreciated. Giving your pet his own closet or bathroom where he won’t be bothered is sometimes a great solution for his post-surgery recovery. Be sure to provide your pet with plenty of water and food, depending on the vet’s orders. In almost every case activity and exercise will need to be limited and supervised for a few days. If you have other pets in the house, make sure your recovering pet has a place to be alone. Also, make sure other pets in the house don’t get too interested in helping their pal get well – it is no great success if a housemate chews out the operated pet’s stitches in the course of giving love and comfort.

    Observe Your Cat Carefully

    When your pet comes home after surgery, your veterinarian will have given you specific orders regarding food and water intake, activity level, and incision care. Like humans, dogs and especially cats may not have much of an appetite following surgery, so they may need special food or encouragement in order to keep their strength up. You also need to keep an eye on the surgery site. If your pet is scratching or biting at the incision areas, you can put an Elizabethan collar on him. It probably won’t be his favorite accessory, but it will prevent him from irritating the surgery site.

    Follow the Doctor’s Orders on Pain Relief

    Pain is just as real for our pets as it is for us. Every pet operated at the Chastain Vet Med Group receives pain relief medications during and immediately after surgery, and nearly all will have pain relief meds to go home with as well. Always administer any medicines dispensed exactly as your veterinarian prescribes, even if you think your pet doesn’t need it anymore. And please, no home remedies, no aspirin, and no Tylenol.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  offers comprehensive veterinary care for your furry, feathery, or reptilian friends. Contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to schedule an appointment and you can rest assured that your pet will be in good hands.  

  • How to Choose a Cat

    There are currently millions of cats available for adoption in the United States. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and with very different personalities. As a result, if you’re thinking about adopting a cat, it is very likely there is a perfect match for you.

    Of course, there is a lot to think about before you decide to come home with a new pet. It is important to reflect upon what lifestyle you have and how a new pet best fits into your home life. Adopting a cat is a very big decision, and this video will help give you some ideas on how you can make the right one.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  provides a comprehensive range of vet services for your pets. 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.

  • Arthritis in Your Pets and What You Can Do

    Old age arthritis, or osteoarthritis, acts similarly in pets as it does in humans, causing them to be less active, leading to other health issues. While preventing arthritis in your pets is always the preferred option, there are also treatment options available. Find out about your prevention and treatment options here:

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    Arthritis Causes

    Joint inflammation is the primary cause of arthritis and is brought on by friction in the joint caused by a lack of cartilage and lubrication. In rheumatoid arthritis, your pet’s body actually attacks its own cartilage, breaking down the cushions that joints typically have. Natural wear and tear on cartilage is another way that arthritis forms, usually in the form of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is more common in aging pets whose bodies can’t rebuild cartilage as quickly as it wears away.

    Prevent Arthritis

    Because rheumatoid arthritis is actually an autoimmune disorder, it can be difficult to prevent. Still, staying on top of your pet’s health allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment to prevent symptoms. On the other side, osteoarthritis is quite preventable. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight helps relieve pressure on their joints. Food specifically designed for aging pets is also important as your pets reach their senior years, as they make weight management easier and contain key supplements that help protect your pet’s joints. Making sure your pet also gets regular exercise is crucial to keeping their weight in check and their joints healthy.

    Treatment Options

    If you did not diagnose your pet’s arthritis very early on,  you may begin to notice symptoms  such as trouble walking. Get treatment for your pet as soon as you notice symptoms, if you aren’t able to do so earlier. Dasuquin is one nutraceutical that helps reverse arthritis while relieving its symptoms. In humans, and likely in animals as well, nutraceuticals like Dasuquin can become even more effective when used in conjunction with omega 3 fatty acids.  If your pet is experiencing pain, laser therapy is another good option. Cold lasers are used to decrease the sensitivity of nerves and thereby decrease pain while also increasing the circulation to promote healing.

    Don’t let your pet live with debilitating arthritis. Stay proactive and prevent arthritis or get treatment if it has already developed. The team at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with medication and cold laser therapy to relieve your pet’s pain. Give  Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas  a call at (972) 239-1309 or set an appointment at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

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