• Spotlight on Fireworks and Other Scary Sounds for Pets

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    Because they have much better hearing than their human owners, pets are often more sensitive to sound than their human companions are. Many sounds, such as fireworks, lawnmowers, and vacuum cleaners, can cause fearful reactions in pets that do not understand the source of these sounds. Understanding how loud or unusual sounds affect your pet and knowing how to keep her safe and comfortable will ensure that she is healthy and well all year long.

    Common Scary Sounds

    Many everyday sounds that humans are able to understand and ignore may scare household pets. Vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, dishwashers, loud music, thunder, and fireworks are some of the most common sounds that invoke signs of fear in animals. It’s important to note that not all animals experience the same level of fear when exposed to loud sounds and oftentimes there is no obvious reason for that fear. Even if your pet is normally social and ready to explore, certain types of sounds may cause a fearful reaction that you may not expect.

    Treatment for Scary Sounds

    In time, many pets will acclimate to loud or unusual sounds and the noises won’t bother them as much. But some pets will never get used to it, and others may start out calm and tolerant only to become increasingly anxious and frightened with each subsequent exposure. 

    Because pets may act unpredictably, or even destructively, when frightened, it’s important to ensure they cannot run out of your home or hurt themselves out of fear. One of the simplest ways to keep your pet safe and comfortable is to keep him confined in a secure room of your home when loud sounds are present. Many of our clients have reported success using ThunderShirts on dogs with noise phobias. We ourselves have used a ThunderShirt on our own terrier with success and that’s why we offer them for sale in each clinic. Another option for the noise phobic pet is sound therapy CDs such as Canine Lullabies.  We ourselves have used these CD with modest success with individual dogs and also in kennel situations. Talk to us or your regular vet if you are interested in trying sound therapy to desensitize your pet to sounds.

    Your pet’s wellness is important—that’s why Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers comprehensive care for pets in the north Dallas area. Our veterinary services include allergy testing and treatment, cold laser therapy, emergency care, wellness checkups, pet identification, and surgical care. You can schedule your visit to either our Meadow Brook McKinney location or our Preston Road north Dallas locations by contacting us online or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309.

  • June Grooming Tip!

    Keep your dog’s ears clean and dry at all times and the ear canal free from hair.  If your dogs swim, please dry out the ear with ear cleaning solution afterwards.  This will help to eliminate ear infections.


  • Pet health Insurance and Pet Health Plans for Adult Pets

    Most American adults have at least one kind of insurance, whether it’s health insurance, auto insurance, or home insurance. Insurance helps people cover steep repair or treatment costs in exchange for a regular premium. If you have a pet, you should give serious consideration to protecting him or her with a good pet insurance policy. One of our favorite pet health insurance providers is  Pet’s Best.  Because exclusions and limitations in pet health insurance operate much like they do (or used to) in human health insurance, it is best to initiate coverage for your pet while he or she is still young. Once a problem develops and becomes a part of a pet’s medical record, future insurance coverage can be tricky.

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    Choosing a Pet Health Insurance Plan

    In a lot of ways, pet health insurance is a lot like human health insurance. You’ll need to compare and contrast various plans’ co-pays, deductibles, and other factors. Keep in mind that some pet insurance companies do not cover preexisting conditions or breed-specific disorders. If you have a golden retriever, for example, your insurance company may not cover expenses associated with hip dysplasia.

    Protecting Your Pet

    Many people are hesitant to seek care for their pets because they’re frightened of high veterinarian bills. Your vet bills will be a lot less daunting if you purchase pet insurance, and you’ll be much more likely to take your pet to the vet for routine checkups or major procedures. With the right health plan, you’ll be better equipped to protect your pet’s wellbeing so you can spend as much time with him as possible.  

    Reducing Vet Bills

    Many pet owners wouldn’t bat an eye when handed a multi-thousand-dollar vet bill. Still, such a hefty fee is bound to put a dent in one’s finances. Thanks to recent advances in veterinary medicine, there are a number of new and sophisticated treatment methods available for pets. Though these diagnostic and treatment methods are often expensive, pet insurance can help reduce the cost considerably.

    Handling Routine Visits

    Remember that pet health insurance is aimed primarily at helping people cope with the surprise costs of animal accidents, illnesses or injuries. Many plans exclude routine office visits, wellness tests, vaccinations and the like. In other cases limited coverage for those items may be available, but at additional cost.

    An excellent option for handling routine visits is the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group Pet Health & Wellness Plans.  We have now developed range of life-stage appropriate Pet Health & Wellness Plans for puppies and kittens, as well as adult dogs and cats of any age. These plans give pet owners access to discounted wellness-care veterinary services, like vaccinations, office calls, and so on…all with one low pre-defined monthly payment. Imagine never having to pay for an office call again, and being able to pay for your pet’s annual shots over the course of a full year! These pet health and wellness plans are not insurance or anything like that…they’re a way to finance wellness care for your pet, but they can be combined with pet health insurance for full spectrum coverage.

    For help exploring your pet insurance options, speak with a veterinarian from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033. Our skilled veterinary professionals will do everything possible to ensure that your pet lives a long, happy life.