• June Grooming Tip from Sara @ Meadow Brook Animal Hospital!

    If you find mats, especially behind the ears or under the arms where the skin is loose and more sensitive, remove mats with electric clippers. Never cut them out with scissors!   It is very easy to cut the skin that way.

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  • 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!

  • Should Your Dog Be Tested for Heartworms?

    Heartworm disease is a serious, life threatening condition that affects dogs of all ages. Heartworms are parasites that cause damage to a dog’s lungs, heart, and other internal organs. Heartworm disease is most commonly spread by mosquito bites, and can be prevented with regularly administered medication. Here’s how to know if your dog should be tested for heartworms :

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    How Heartworm Testing Works

    Your veterinarian can  test your dog for heartworms  during a regularly scheduled visit. Typically, the heartworm test involves a blood sample to detect the presence of heartworms in the dog’s system. The heartworm test is usually only able to detect heartworm infestations that have progressed for more than five months.

    When to Test Your Dog for Heartworms

    Your dog’s first heartworm test should occur at six or seven months of age. This heartworm test is administered before the dog begins heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm medications will prevent heartworm infestations from occurring, but cannot kill heartworms once they have entered the dog’s blood stream. That is why it is important to ensure that your dog is heartworm free before beginning heartworm medication. After your dog starts heartworm medication, vets recommend that you test for heartworms once a year.

    Signs of Heartworms

    A dog that has been infected with heartworms will show few initial symptoms. As the heartworm infestation progresses, you may notice that your dog has a frequent cough, tires easily, and has trouble breathing. If you notice a shift in your dog’s energy level or breathing, you should have your vet perform a heartworm test right away.

    To ensure that your dog is heartworm free, it is essential to administer heartworm medication and have your dog tested for heartworms annually. At  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group of Dallas, our expert veterinary staff will provide you with the preventative tools you need to make sure that your dog stays healthy and free of heartworms. To schedule an appointment for your dog, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

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