• Pet Health Programs for Puppies and Kittens

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    Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting event! These irresistible bundles of fur offer unconditional love and companionship. You can show your love for your new puppy or kitten by bringing him or her to a veterinarian promptly for a pet wellness exam. Your veterinarian can screen your furry friend for potential health problems and recommend a vaccination schedule. Your local vet is also an important resource of wellness information; you can learn about your pet’s ideal diet, for example.

    Examinations

    A complete physical examination is highly recommended for all new pets. Your veterinarian will thoroughly examine every inch of your pet to ensure there are no health problems. If health problems are detected, early diagnosis can provide for effective treatment. During your pet’s exam, the veterinarian will recommend appropriate screening tests and treatments, such as deworming. After your pet’s first exam, he or she should return to the veterinary practice every year for another checkup. As your pet grows older or develops medical issues, the vet may recommend more frequent exams.

    Vaccinations

    Talk to the veterinarian about an ideal vaccination schedule. Your furry friend needs certain vaccines to defend him or her from serious illnesses. Certain vaccinations are called core vaccines – these are considered highly critical for all pets. Non-core vaccines are administered based on your pet’s lifestyle and unique needs.

    Procedures

    The overall wellness program for your puppy or kitten should include certain basic procedures and treatments. Your veterinarian is likely to talk to you about the importance of spaying or neutering your animal, if he or she has not yet undergone this surgery. You may also wish to ask the vet about preventive dental care and allergy testing.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinarians offer comprehensive examinations, vaccinations, and spaying or neutering, in addition to special services such dentistry and allergy testing. Ask us about our Life-Cycle Wellness Program, which provides critical preventive healthcare for the life of your pet. Pet owners in Dallas can call Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 and those in McKinney can call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033.

  • Why You Should Consider Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

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    Spaying is a surgical procedure to remove a female animal’s reproductive organs, while neutering is a surgical procedure to remove a male animal’s testes. Those with cats, dogs, and other types of pets should always talk to a veterinarian about spaying or neutering. Your veterinarian will reassure you that the procedure is common, safe and well tolerated, and that complications are quite rare. This type of veterinary surgery confers a number of important benefits for your pet and for the entire population of pets.

    Improved Behavioral Issues

    Animals who are not spayed or neutered are more likely to display unwanted or even aggressive behavior. By having your pet undergo this veterinary surgery, you’re curbing undesirable behaviors such as urine-marking and aggression in dogs. Neutering or spaying cats can prevent your pet from spraying urine indoors, howling, and fighting other cats. Pets who have been spayed or neutered are less likely to roam and meet with unfortunate accidents.

    Better Physical Health

    Spaying or neutering your pet can reduce the risk of a range of health conditions. In some cases, it can eliminate the risk of certain health problems altogether. With this veterinary surgery, your pet can avoid uterine cancer, uterine infection, ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, and prostatic hyperplasia. It also reduces the risk of perianal tumors. By talking to a veterinarian about spaying or neutering, you can help your furry friend live a longer, healthier life.

    Reduced Population

    One of the most compelling reasons for spaying or neutering is the reduction of the population of homeless pets. Millions of puppies, kittens, and adult pets are euthanized each year in the U.S. because of a failure to spay or neuter.

    Pet owners in the Dallas and McKinney areas can learn more about spaying or neutering by consulting a caring veterinarian of Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our veterinarians treat your pets as they would their own and provide the latest medical advances for best outcomes. To schedule an appointment, call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309.

  • What You Should Know About All-Inclusive Spay or Neuter Packages

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    Spaying or neutering your pet is a critical step in safeguarding his or her physical and emotional wellness. It also helps prevent unwanted litters from ending up in animal shelters. Here at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide all-inclusive spay or neuter packages for your furry friend. We encourage pet owners to talk to one of our veterinarians about the many benefits of spaying or neutering, unless of course you plan to breed your animals.

    Many people find that choosing to spay or neuter their pets is more economical than failing to do so, when the costs of caring for an unexpected litter are taken into consideration. In addition to offering these services for cats and dogs, our veterinarians also provide spaying or neutering for small animals or pocket pets, including ferrets, sugar gliders, squirrels, rabbits, and more.

    For more information about the all-inclusive spay and neuter packages available from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, schedule a visit with one of our dedicated veterinarians today. You can call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • An Animal Lover’s Guide to Spaying and Neutering: [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Pet overpopulation is an American epidemic. Millions of animals enter shelters each year, and every 11 seconds, one of these adoptable animals is euthanized. Failing to spay and neuter animals is a major contributor to the issue. A single fertile female cat and her offspring can produce an amazing 370,000 cats within just seven years. In this infographic, Dallas’ Chastain Veterinary Medical Group examines the issue of pet overpopulation and explains why spaying or neutering your pet is so important. In addition to helping control the pet population, spaying or neutering your pet also improves his or her health and helps curb unwanted behavior, like aggression and marking. Help us end pet overpopulation and keep animals healthier by sharing this important information about spaying and neutering with your animal-loving friends and family. 

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  • April Grooming Tip!

    Be sure to use a comb after brushing. You will be able to tell by the sound the comb makes as it goes through the pets hair if they have any sort of knots.

    You will also hear the sound become harsher when matting is present.

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