• Pet Care 101: Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

    Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly not only improves his breath, it prevents periodontal disease that can cause pain, tooth loss, and bacterial infection in the rest of the body. You should brush your dog’s teeth daily to achieve the greatest health benefits. Check with your pet store or ask your veterinarian for recommendations regarding the type of brush and toothpaste you should use. There are a variety of products available, including finger brushes, dental sponges, and flavored toothpastes. You may need to experiment to find a product that suits both you and your dog. When brushing your dog’s teeth, take your time and don’t be afraid to use your fingers if you are having a hard time reaching certain teeth with a brush. Over time, you and your dog will develop a healthy daily routine you both can enjoy.

    If you have questions about your pet’s dental health, the veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are here to help. You can contact us by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309. Click through our blog for more helpful at-home pet care tips!

  • Pet Travel Safety Tips

    Traveling with your pet can be a fun and exciting experience. Bringing a canine or feline first aid kit with you will ensure that any emergencies that do arise can be handled quickly to protect your pet during your travels. Your first aid kit should include an electrolyte solution to prevent dehydration, an antiseptic spray and iodine to prevent itching and infection, and gauze pads or self-adhesive tape to wrap injuries. You can learn more about the items you should include in your pet’s first aid kit by watching this video.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to ensure your pet’s health and safety at home and on the road. Call Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 to speak with a veterinarian today. Visit our website to read more about traveling with your pet or pet boarding in McKinney or Dallas.

  • February Grooming Tip!

    If you cut/clip your dog’s nails at home and cut the quick, a good home anticoagulant is flour or cornstarch.

     

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  • Human Foods to Keep Away from Your Pet

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    Pets often beg for table scraps, knock dishes off of tables and counters, and sometimes help you “clean up” after preparing a meal. However, it’s important to note that some human foods are harmful to dogs, cats, and other animals. If you have any concerns about a food that your pet has eaten or any odd symptoms that have developed, contact the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group   or your regular veterinarian for more information.

    Onions and Garlic

    All members of the onion family, including garlic, can be harmful to both cats and dogs. When these foods are ingested, they damage red blood cells and can cause anemia. If your pet ingests a very small amount of onion or garlic, you likely don’t have to worry; however, large amounts of onions or regular small servings of onions can lead to poisoning and the need for immediate veterinary care.

    Alcohol

    Alcohol has the same effect on your pet’s body as it does on yours, leading to inebriation and liver damage. However, it takes far less alcohol to harm your pet— as little as two teaspoons of strong liquor such as whiskey can cause severe illness in cats and small dogs. Consuming large amounts of alcohol or alcohol with a high proof can cause vomiting, coma, seizures, and even death.

    Chocolate

    Chocolate can be toxic to both cats and dogs because it contains a substance called theobromine. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain the highest amounts of theobromine, but the chemical is found in all forms of chocolate, including white chocolate. Never feed your pet a piece of chocolate or allow the pet to lick chocolate cake batter or icing as a “treat.” Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration and other problems.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has been proudly serving the North Dallas area for more than 20 years. If you have questions or would like to schedule a vet visit for your pet, please call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309. You can find more information about your pet’s dietary needs on our blog.

  • Why Is Your Pet’s Dental Health Important?

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    Dental health is an important component of your pet’s overall health. Just like their human owners, pets are susceptible to dental diseases. These diseases can cause pain, inflammation, and infection. Talk to your vet about making regular dental care a part of your pet’s daily routine.

    Prevent Periodontal Disease
    Although pets are not very prone to developing cavities, they are susceptible to the tartar buildup that causes periodontal disease. Studies have shown that 85% of cats and dogs over the age of four are affected by some form of periodontal problem. Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums that can lead to swelling, bleeding, and painful or tender gums. Over time, untreated periodontal disease grows worse, damaging the tissues that hold your pet’s teeth in his mouth. This can cause the teeth to become loose or painful, prompting your pet to lose interest in eating or have a hard time getting the nutrition he needs. If you notice your pet turning down food, it’s important to call your vet to schedule a visit immediately.

    Prevent Systemic Disease
    Untreated periodontal disease can also have other health implications for your pet. The bacteria infecting your pet’s gums can travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. This has far-reaching effects that impact the functions of your pet’s kidneys, liver, and heart. Gum disease has been linked with heart disease caused by inflammation of the heart’s tissues and valves. Periodontal infection can also affect the kidneys, causing renal failure in cats and dogs. Pets that suffer from diabetes may experience difficulty maintaining healthy levels of blood glucose, which is a significant health concern.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides a thorough dental checkup as part of your pet’s regular wellness exams. We also offer oral cancer screenings, tooth polishing, oral surgery, periodontal treatment, and tooth extractions for pets in the Dallas and McKinney areas. Click through our website or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 to learn more.

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