We hope you are enjoying the cooler weather outside with your furry friends and have a great fall season!
If you have a breed that sheds, you can brush the coat against the hair growth to release the hair, then go back over the coat in the direction of the hair growth. This helps to release all the hair and undercoat.
Bloat occurs in dogs when your pet’s stomach fills with fluid, air, or food. Unfortunately, this condition can quickly become dangerous if the enlarged stomach begins to put pressure on vital organs. Bloat can make it difficult for your pet to breathe and cause rapid clinical decline in just hours. Severe bloat, or gastric dilatation-volvulus, is a dangerous condition that requires emergency vet treatment. Common signs include weakness, distended abdomen, unsuccessful attempts to vomit, shortness of breath, cold body temperature, excessive salivation, and collapse.
If your pet has a medical emergency, contact the veterinary experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group immediately for efficient and effective pet care. We also offer general veterinary services, including microchipping, vaccinations, and grooming and boarding. 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.
Each month we board scores of dogs and cats at our two facilities. We thank you for allowing us to care for your pets. We hope it is as much fun for your pets as it is for us!
We have pulled together some information below to help address some of the more common questions that arise when a pet returns home from boarding. We hope that you will find this information useful. If you have any questions after reading this, please do contact us.
Boarding with us is not for everyone
We welcome most all dogs and cats, but there are a few pets for whom boarding probably isn’t the best option. This would include dangerous or aggressive dogs and those that are difficult for ordinary people to handle. Also, very nervous pets, those with serious heart disease, and those with colitis, epilepsy or immune system problems would probably be better served by being kept at home and looked after by a competent home pet sitter.
We do our best to make each guest’s stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. But, of course, boarding is not the same as being at home. Consider, for example, that your pet’s diet may have varied from what he or she is accustomed to at home. The water probably tastes different. The temperature and humidity may have been different. Some pets become excited and bark constantly. Others tend to pace incessantly in their enclosures, eager to sniff and visit with the other dogs and people. Some pets spend their time intensely watching the goings-on around them and, therefore, get less sleep than they are accustomed to. Still others refuse to eat regularly.
With the above in mind, you can see why pets occasionally return home from boarding with a sore throat, a hoarse voice, tonsillitis, a little weight loss, mild fatigue, or even showing some stress related diarrhea. Most of these issues resolve on their own in a day or two, once the pet is back home. If your pet seems to be under the weather after boarding with us and doesn’t snap back to normal straight away or so, please contact us promptly. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 for advice and more information.
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As summer wanes, do not discontinue your flea and heartworm preventatives. While there are certain areas of the country that we only need to treat for certain months out of the year this is not true for Texas. All insect control should be continued year round!
Ear maintenance is an important part of grooming your dog. It can also save you money. According to VPI Pet Insurance, ear infections routinely top the list for reasons policyholders took their dogs to the veterinarian. So, when you brush and groom your dog, always remember to check inside their ears. Your pet’s ears are particularly prone to accumulating debris, bacteria, and even parasites inside the crevices. During your pet’s next wellness exam, you can also ask the veterinarian to show you how to clean your dog’s ears and check for potential problems. Here are some tips for getting started:
Prevent Ear Infections
When water is trapped inside your dog’s ears, irritation and ear infections can result. After bathing your pet or taking them for a swim, you can help prevent ear infections by pouring a little ear drying solution into the ear canals. Ask your vet for brand recommendations and directions for use. You can also make your own ear drying solution at home; your veterinarian can explain this to you as well.
Clean the Ears Gently
Make it a habit to clean your dog’s ears regularly as part of your normal grooming routine. Dampen a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil, or an ear cleaning product recommended by your vet. Use a very light touch when wiping the ears with the cotton ball. It’s a good idea to have your vet demonstrate this technique before you attempt it. Remember, never stick anything into the ear further than you can see with your eye or feel with your pinky finger.
Check the Ears Regularly
Check your dog’s ears on a regular basis for potential problems. Some dogs are prone to developing hair tangles inside the ears; talk to your vet about having a groomer tweeze ear hair. Additionally, schedule a veterinary appointment if you notice unusual symptoms, such as swelling, crusting, or redness. Ear problems may also cause a foul odor and discharge. If your dog has ear mites, they will appear similar to waxy coffee grounds.
Schedule your dog’s next wellness exam with the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 or schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, Meadow Brook Animal Hospital, by calling (972) 529-5033. In addition to wellness exams, we offer pet boarding and grooming.
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