• Use Chastain’s Online Pharmacy to Simplify Your Life!

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    If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself constantly running short on time and the last thing you need is one more errand to run. That’s why Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has an online pharmacy. By allowing you to order your pet’s medication online, we aim to make your life just a little bit easier. If your pet’s medication is nearing its next refill, stop by our online pharmacy today!

  • Find Out Why Maintaining Your Pet’s Teeth Is Essential by Visiting These Sites

    Just as you want to ensure your pet’s heart, lungs, skin, and stomach are healthy, you should also keep up with your pet’s oral health. Not only can poor dental health in your pet cause them pain, it can also cause health issues with all of the other body parts you are actively trying to keep healthy. Check out these resources for more information on giving your pets the best care possible.

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    At  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we understand the complications of poor dental care and work to keep you and your pet feeling great. Helping our patients understand and work toward great veterinary dental care is an important part of our practice. Learn more by visiting these resource pages and giving us a call at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

     

  • An Overview of Chastain Pet Health Plans

    Just like people, pets require periodic preventative health care. Regular veterinary check-ups allow for vaccinations to be started or updated and can help your vet screen your puppy or kitten, or dog or cat, for common health problems. The problem has always been the inconvenience of paying for multiple visits over time. That’s one of the main reasons we decided to bundle some of our well-care services into Pet Health Plans.  These Life-cycle Pet Health Plans, available from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, offer comprehensive preventative care for dogs and cats of all ages. Several offerings are available in order to provide coverage for dogs and cats of any age or gender. Here is a brief description of the puppy and kitten plans:

    Puppy and Kitten

    Essential Puppy Health Plans

    The Essential Puppy Health Plan includes unlimited physical exams and office calls (a few restrictions apply), along with complementary blood and urine collection, and unlimited nail trimming. You can also rest easy knowing that your puppy’s essential vaccinations are covered under this plan, including rabies and distemper. Your vet will provide a complementary fecal parasite examination, along with up to two  dewormings. This Health Plan also includes a five percent discount on all sick pet services.

    Complete Puppy Health Plans

    If you wish to give your puppy more comprehensive care, talk to your vet about the Complete Puppy Health Plan. This health plan includes all the services of the Essential Health Plan – plus – pet identification via microchip in case your puppy ever runs away. It also covers spaying or neutering, along with the leptospirosis vaccination.

    Essential Kitten Health Plans

    The Essential Kitten Health Plan covers most of the same veterinary services that the Puppy Health Plan does, but it is cat-specific, and includes tests for feline leukemia and feline AIDS, and feline specific vaccinations. Just like the puppy plans, the Essential Kitten Plan includes unlimited free exams/office calls, with just a couple of exceptions. You’ll also receive the five percent discount off of all sick pet services as long as the plan is valid.

    Complete Kitten Health Plans

    Your vet may recommend the Complete Kitten Health Plan if your kitten is not yet spayed or neutered. With this plan, you and your kitten will receive everything in the Essential Plan – plus –  an identification microchip so he/she may be more easily found in case he becomes lost, and a spay or neuter surgery.

    Talk to a Chastain Veterinarian today vaccinations and wellness plans. The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers several pet health plans for both puppies and kittens and dogs and cats. Best of all, you’ll never have to pay for an Office Call or Exam again (in most cases) so long as your pet is enrolled in one of our plans.  Contact us today  at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 or at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney by calling (972) 529-5033 for more information.

  • What’s Included in a Typical Pet Dental Exam?

    Just as people need regular professional dental care, pets also require dental care from their veterinarian each year. Along with these exams, you should practice daily dental care for your pet at home to ensure you keep your furry friend healthy, happy, and comfortable throughout life. Keeping up with your pet’s dental care can prevent major health complications such as periodontal disease, heart problems, infections, and other illnesses. For pet owners dedicated to their pet’s wellness, great dental hygiene at home and at your vet’s office is key to quality veterinary care.

     

    Pet Dental Care

    Examination

    A study by the American Veterinary Dental College showed than eight in 10 pets had some form of periodontal disease by age three. Veterinarians everywhere see pets that are suffering from these problems each day, making regular examinations very important. Examinations are performed under general anesthesia and also include inspections of the mouth, heart, and lungs.

    X-Rays

    Just as people need x-rays to see cavities and other oral health problems within the teeth and below the gum line, pets benefits greatly from x-ray exams. Your veterinarian will recommend x-rays every year to two years to observe problems in and around the teeth. Since 80% of your pet’s dental anatomy is actually beneath the gums, keeping up with regular x-rays is a vital part of oral health care.

    Cleaning

    Even with daily oral care at home,  your pet’s teeth need professional cleaning  one or more times per year to eliminate the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Your veterinarian will thoroughly clean and polish your pet’s teeth to promote great oral health and remove all harmful tartar from the teeth above and below the gum line. During this time, your vet may also provide you with products and recommendations for responsible at-home dental care.

    If you’re concerned your pet hasn’t had proper dental care, schedule a pet dental exam with your Dallas vet right away. At  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we value your pet’s health and provide a wide range of dental services to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. Learn more about our veterinary practice or schedule an appointment today by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

  • Watch out for Ticks this Spring & Summer

    Spring and summer will be here before we know it – and so will the fleas and ticks. External parasites, as we all know, can bring some nasty diseases to our pets.  That’s why our annual preventive blood testing at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group screens for tick-borne diseases including Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis. Screening every year is important because there have been at least 48 confirmed cases a year of Lyme Disease or Erlichiosis in dogs in Dallas and Collin counties in recent years.  In truth, there is probably much more than that because so many dogs suffer in silence, without diagnosis or treatment.  Signs of tick-borne disease can include fever, lameness, skin rashes, lack of energy, and decreased appetite or water intake. Wandering raccoons, possums, coyotes, deer and other wildlife, along with a warm winter, means we’ll likely see more ticks this year. If you are not certain your dog has been tested recently, please contact us today to make arrangements for testing and flea/tick prevention. Watch the video below to see the life cycle of a tick and to get tips on how to react if you find one on your pet.

    Here at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are equipped to handle all kinds of tick issues, including removal and treatment of diseases. However, the best plan is prevention, which is why we recommend complete flea and tick control, for each and every pet, all year long.  Contact us  at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 or at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney by calling (972) 529-5033 for more information.

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