• Understanding Why Dogs and Cats Attract Fleas

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    Fleas cause bothersome itchiness, discomfort, and allergies in dogs, cats, and other animals. Our pets attract fleas because their fur and skin provide the perfect environment for fleas to live and breed. Fleas feed on a host’s blood, and can drink up to 15 times their body weight in a single day. A flea population will generally favor a dog or cat’s abdomen, head, and the base of the tail. These areas provide the fleas with the warmth and food they need to survive. Fleas use powerful legs to jump from host to host. As soon as fleas find a suitable meal source, they bury themselves in the animal’s fur. Dog and cat owners can prevent and treat fleas using medication, flea combs, and special shampoos.

    If your dog or cat is experiencing a flea problem, the veterinary experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help. We offer a full range of veterinary services including parasite prevention, vaccinations, and emergency medical care. To schedule an appointment call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.    

  • How to Keep Fleas Away from Your Cat

    Fleas are one of the most common health problems for cats. To eliminate or prevent a flea infestation, you can apply a topical flea prevention medication to the top of your cat’s neck, and check for fleas using a flea comb. For a closer look at how to keep fleas away from your cat, watch this video from Animal Allies.

    For more information about flea prevention and general health care for your cat, contact Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our friendly team will provide your cat with  top quality veterinary services. To schedule an appointment call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309. 

  • Why Preventative Maintenance Is Best for Your Pet

    Regular visits to the veterinary office are an important part of the overall health and wellbeing of your pet. By scheduling preventative maintenance visits for your pet, you will help to ensure that he or she stays healthy, strong, and free of diseases. To help every pet owner understand the importance of regularly scheduled vet visits, we’ve put together a few reasons why preventative maintenance is so important:

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    Staying Up to Date on Vaccinations

    Vaccinations are important for your pet’s health and can prevent the spread of harmful diseases. Your vet will know your pet’s vaccination schedule, and can administer the proper vaccinations during your regularly scheduled appointment. By keeping your vaccinations up to date, you will keep your pet healthy and prevent harmful illnesses from spreading to other pets.

    Preventing Parasites

    Parasites are another issue that can be addressed with  preventative care. Flea, tick, and worm infestations can create serious and sometimes deadly health problems in both dogs and cats. Fleas and ticks can even find their way onto your own skin, causing uncomfortable itching or exposure to disease. With preventative care, your vet can provide you with effective parasite prevention methods and test for harmful ailments such as heartworm, Erlichia and Lyme disease.

    Catching Health Problems Early

    During your preventative care appointment, your vet will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet to catch health issues before they become serious. Catching health issues and diseases early can save you money on your overall vet bills, and will ensure that you are able to do everything possible to promote the health of your animal.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group of North Dallas, we can provide top quality  preventative care for your animal companion. Our expert veterinary staff will provide vaccinations, parasite prevention, and a full range of preventative treatments to keep your pet healthy and happy. To schedule your next exam, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Your Pet and Heatstroke

    How to Prevent Heatstroke

    *Avoid long walks and strenuous exercise outdoors on hot and sunny days.  Provide water and shade, take breaks.

    *Give your dog a light summer haircut to prevent overheating.

    * NEVER leave your pet in the car for ANY amount of time!

    *Keep pets with predisposing conditions such as obesity, older age, and heart  disease cool and in the shade.


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