Travel Tips for Your Furry Friend

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Many families choose to bring their pets along for the ride when they embark on summertime adventures. We do too! While traveling can be fun for you and your pets, keeping them safe on the road is important for comfort as well as good health.

Keep Pets Confined

Cats can be a bit unpredictable and therefore should always travel in a carrier to keep them safe and confined. Make sure your pet’s carrier has ample room for him to move. If you are planning to bring your pet with you in the cabin of a plane, check ahead of time with the airline to ensure your travel carrier meets their beneath-the-seat standards.

Although you may be tempted to allow your dog to roam free in the car, this can present a safety hazard to you and your pet. Dr Chastain’s father’s dog was once serious injured in an automobile accident. When the brakes were slammed on, the dog was thrown from the back seat into the front dashboard, resulting in several broke ribs and a number of bruises. That’s why we say keep your dog in a carrier or crate while on the road. That way the pet cannot be ejected or thrown around inside the car in event of an accident, nor can the pet distract the driver. Place all carriers and crates in the back seat of your car, as airbag deployment in the front seat can harm your pet. If possible, buckle the crate or carrier in place so it cannot shift when you make turns or come to a stop.

Use Identification

Although careful supervision can prevent your pet from running away or becoming lost, you can’t watch your pet every single second of the day and accidents can happen. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with up-to-date identification and contact information at all times. It is also a great idea to have your pet microchipped —this easy, painless procedure will ensure that your pet always has his identification with him, even if he manages to slip his collar. The more ways you provide for someone who has found your pet to get in touch with you, the higher the chances are that you will be notified when he is found.

Whether you choose to travel with your pet or board him with us, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you and your pet enjoy your summer vacation. Contact us by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our experienced veterinary specialists or visit our website for additional information about our veterinary group

July Grooming Tip!

When drying your dog after a bath be sure to not  put a dryer directly in front of the face.  Dry from behind and towel dry the face as much as possible.  Dogs have very sensitive respiratory systems, especially those with a small nose/flat face. 

Typically, most dogs object to air directly on their face.  Also, never hot air just very low temperatures or air only for drying.

 

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Tips for Boarding Your Pet

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Boarding your pet with your veterinarian is a great way to ensure that he or she is well cared for when you leave home. When you choose to board your pet, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Ask ahead of time about any health or immunization requirements your pet must meet—most kennels require that pets be kept up to date on vaccinations. If your pet is on a special diet or is especially choosy about his food, talk to your boarding facility about his meals. Many kennels – including both of the Chastain operations – will allow you to leave food for your pet, especially if he is on a special diet for medical reasons. Additionally, bring any medications your pet may be taking, along with written documentation about how and when they should be administered.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers pet boarding services at our Meadow Brook location in McKinney and our Preston Road location in north Dallas. The McKinney location offers the added benefit of a 5 acre walking and exercise area. Your pet will enjoy all the attention and professional care he needs to have a safe and happy stay with us while you are away. If you’d like more information about boarding or veterinary care in the north Dallas area, contact us online or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309.

Heat Danger for Pets

As the temperature heats up, it is important to keep your pets cool and shaded. Heat can lead to serious health issues and might even result in death.

To keep your dog from getting dehydrated, you should provide plenty of shade for your animal whenever it is outside. If you take the dog for a walk, stop and sit in the shade for a while every so often. Make sure your dog always has plenty of water.

Never leave pets of any species unattended in a car that could heat up. Remember that the temperature inside a closed car can be up to 40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. To learn more, check out this video.

 

 
Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to ensure that your pets are healthy. Our pet wellness exams help you spot and treat issues early. To learn more about our  Dallas area veterinary practice s, visit us online or call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

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