• Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During a Veterinary Visit

    At  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we love your pets as much as you do. Though we are always happy to see your pets, we understand that a trip to the vet isn’t most pets’ idea of a good time. Getting in the car and traveling to an unfamiliar place filled unfamiliar smells can cause a lot of anxiety for some animals. If your pet is wary of veterinary care, here are some ways to make vet visits a little less stressful:

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    Get Active before the Appointment

    Before your appointment, help your pet work off a little nervous energy. Take your dog for a long walk or spend some time playing with your cat. The more energy your pet expends before the appointment, the less nervous energy it will have when you actually get to the vet clinic.

    Walk Around the Clinic

    The scent of new animals can be extremely overwhelming for your pet. For dogs in particular, it’s important to arrive at your appointment a little early so you can walk around the outside of the building a few times. Let your dog sniff around, and let him add his own scent into the mix. Slowly introducing these new smells before you enter the actual clinic environment will ease some of your dog’s stress.

    Reward Calmness

    If your pet is being calm at the vet, reward his behavior with praise and small treats. This positive reinforcement will encourage your animal to maintain his low-key behavior. You can use this method to help foster a positive association with the veterinary clinic between visits as well. Take your pet to the vet occasionally when he doesn’t have an appointment and give him a few treats. Your pet will come to associate the vet with good things and begin to be excited about seeing the vet, instead of scared.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our compassionate team of animal lovers will work hard to put your pet at ease. Trust us with all of your vet care needs, including pet grooming and pet boarding. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to schedule your appointment today!

  • Operation Kindness Donation Drive Update

    Thank you to those who braved the weather to drop off items at both of our clinics!

    We still have a ways to go though!   The last day of our donation drive is this Saturday, 12/14.    Remember, our goal is to collect 500+ items!  

    Please consider bringing one or more of the following items…  

    * Paper Towels

    * Dog & Cat Toys

    * Large Blankets

    * Bleach

    * Natural Balance Dog & Cat Food

    * Kongs

    * Distilled Water 

    Operation Kindness also has a Wish List posted here on their website. http://www.operationkindness.org/donate/wishlist.php

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  • Holiday Pet Contest

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    Christmas time is finally here! To help promote the holiday cheer the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is hosting a contest for our fans to submit their best Christmas themed pet photos. To enter you must like our page and submit a holiday themed photo of your pet. Once we start receiving photos we will have them posted in an album on Facebook so our followers can vote for the best photo! The contest will last until January 5, 2014, and the  winner will receive a Target gift card for $50.  Let the Christmas pets begin!

  • Holiday Pet Contest

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    ATTENTION ALL HOLIDAY PET CONTESTANTS: The photos for the Holiday Pet Contest are available to start voting! You can still submit photos until January 5, 2014 so don’t worry there is still time to submit your best holiday pet photo! Click here to vote and to share with your family and friends. Thank you!

  • Household Products to Keep Away from Your Pets

    Is your home a safe zone for your pet? It’s possible that dangers for your furry friend could be lurking in some unexpected places around your house. If your pet has come into contact with anything potentially toxic, it’s crucial that you seek veterinary care  right away. When it comes to your pets’ care, however, prevention is still the best policy. Here are some products you may have around your house that could be dangerous for your pets:

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    • Medications

    Most human medications are extremely dangerous for pets. Things like painkillers, cancer drugs, anti-depressants, cold medicines, diet pills, and even vitamins can all be bad news for your animals. Make sure to store all of your medicines well out of the reach of your pets, and be particularly cautious about discarding unfinished medicines. It’s easy for your pets to pull these out of trash. You should also be vigilant about dropped pills. Although some human medicines, like Benadryl, are sometimes OK for pets, never administer any medication without consulting your vet first.

    • Plants

    Plants that look beautiful to you could be deadly to your pet. Azaleas, lilies, mistletoe, and philodendron are common offenders, but there are over 700 plants that could cause health problems for your pets. Check with your vet for a complete list of dangerous plants. If you have any toxic plants in your home, be sure they are well out of your pets’ reaches.

    • Foods

    Most pets love people food, but it’s often not good for animals’ sensitive systems. Chocolate is poisonous to many households pets. Other foods that could trigger dangerous reactions in your animals include onions, grapes, macadamia nuts, and coffee grounds and beans. Remember that your pets can get access to foods you wouldn’t normally feed them by getting into the trash, so be mindful of how you discard food items.

    Don’t delay if you think your pet has come into contact with something dangerous. Call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for help right away. In addition to preventative care, we offer a 24-hour emergency hotline. Find out more about our Dallas vet clinics by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309. 

  • 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!

  • Operation Kindness

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    We at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are hosting a donation drive for Operation Kindness.   Saturday, 12/14 is the official drop off day and the end of the donation drive at both clinic locations.  We close at 2pm on that day.  Items OPK is needing  include:

    • Bleach
    • Kongs
    • Large Blankets
    • Distilled Water
    • Dog and Cat Toys
    • Natural Balance Dog & Cat Food

    We greatly appreciate every donation and wish everyone the happiest holidays this season!

  • How to Prevent GDV in Dogs

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    GDV—or canine bloat—is a potentially dangerous, but treatable, condition. It occurs when both ends of a dog’s stomach become twisted and closed off. Eventually, stomach gasses build up and the abdomen begins to swell. GDV can cause lethargy, vomiting, and bloating. Although not all causes of GDV are understood, there are steps you can take to minimize your dog’s risk.

    Part of preventing GDV in dogs is recognizing if your pet is vulnerable. Although GDV can happen to any dog, it is much more common in large dogs and dogs with deep chest cavities. Your vet can tell you if GDV is a problem for your dog’s breed. If your dog has a high risk, consider having the stomach tacked to the abdominal wall at the same time your pet is spayed or undergoing another surgery. This should prevent GDV from happening. You can also lessen the risk of GDV by preventing your dog from running right after eating a large meal.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with GDV prevention and treatment. This is just one of the many veterinary services our Dallas vet clinics provide. Schedule an appointment for your pet today by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • 12 Ways to Make your Vet Visit Stress Free!

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    Pet Health Information

    Clint Chastain, DVM

    Sue Chastain, DVM

    Veterinary visits can be fun for some. Some dogs just love to get out about, no matter what the reason. But for other dogs, probably most cats, and even some humans, veterinary visits can be a bit stressful. If you or your critters are in this latter category, don’t worry; you’re not alone.

    The good news is that a lot of the stress of a veterinary visit can be reduced with just a little pre-planning. Here are 12 tips, compiled from our Vets, nurses and receptions that should go a long way toward helping create a stress-free vet visit.

    Avoid Peak Times – We will always do our best to get you and your pet an appointment at a time of your convenience. Still, certain times are better than others from a speed of service point of view. Our clinics are typically at their busiest first thing in the morning (e.g. 7 – 8 AM) and a pick up time (e.g. 4:30 – close). Saturdays can also be very hectic and very unpredictable. If you can schedule your pet’s appointment at a time other than these peak times, you’ll likely be in and out much faster.

    Bring only One Pet at a Time – our average client has 2.3 pets. Naturally, it is very tempting to bring them all in at once for their check-ups – one trip and you’re done for the year. Common sense says that’s the most efficient way to do it. Of course you are certainly welcome to do so. We even offer a multi-pet discount. Do be aware though, that it can be difficult to have a conversation with the vet and keep up with multiple “kids” on the ends of the leashes.

    Bring a List – if you bring multiple pets or if your pet has multiple problems or concerns to be addressed, then write them all down ahead of time. That way, nothing gets overlooked. This can be doubly important if the person bringing the pet in is not the primary pet care-giver.

    Bring Your Reminder Letter – if you received a reminder letter or post card, please bring it with you.

    Allow Time for Paperwork – In today’s world, there will nearly always be some paperwork to be signed-off on when a dog or cat is brought in for surgery, dentistry, boarding or grooming. Please allow about 10-15 minutes for this. Grooming Appointments often also require a brief meeting and discussion with the groomer who will be grooming your pet.

    Allow time for a Patient Release Discussion – when you pick your pet up after for surgery, dentistry, boarding or grooming, the Vet or a clinic representative, will likely want to talk to you about how things went. This is typically only a 5-10 minute discussion and it is important. Please do be patient with us on those rare occasions when a late afternoon emergency puts us behind a bit. We know you would expect our full attention if your pet was having the emergency.

    Expect the Unexpected from Your Pet – remember your pet is not in his or her normal surroundings when in the clinic. Funny smells, odd sounds, strange people, medical procedures – any or all of these could cause even the best behaved pet to react unpredictably. It’s natural, of course. Be sympathetic and supportive of your pet but also be in control of your pet.

    Please keep Cats in Travel Carriers and Dogs on Leashes – we love all of our patients, but the truth is they don’t all play well together.

    Avoid Retractable Leads in the Clinic – retractable leads or leashes are fantastic when you are out for a long walk with your buddy, but they can become problematic if the catch loosens or if you need to bring your dog under control quickly in a crowded area for some reason.

    Call Ahead for Prescription Refills – if you’d like to pick up a pet medication refill, calling ahead could save you a 10-20 minute wait.

    Ask for Estimates for Everything – avoid surprises at check-out.  All reputable clinics will gladly provide pre-treatment estimates.

    Bring any Previous Veterinary Records – if you are coming in as a new client or if you are seeking a second opinion, you can save a lot of time, by bringing with you any previous veterinary records that your pet may have.

  • December Grooming Tip!

    Never attempt to cut out mats. These need to be removed by a professional with clippers.  You can split open ears, the neck, and other areas and cause expensive trips to the vet!

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