• Dog Ear Cleaning Tips

    Cute ears of dobermann dog isolated on white

    The shape of a dog’s ear canal leaves the animal susceptible to several vexing ear issues such as allergies, parasites, bacterial infections, and yeast infections, any one of which could cause, or be caused by, other larger health issues. If something does find its way into the dog’s ear canal, it is extremely difficult for it to get make its way out on its own. If you regularly clean your dog’s ears, you will be in a position to better detect dog ear problems before they can get totally out of control. Regular cleaning can also help you avoid a number of canine ear problems.

    If you notice dirt or debris inside the ears, you can use a cotton ball that is slightly dampened with mineral oil or rubbing alcohol to gently clean them. You should ask your vet to show you how to clean the ears before you do it on your own, though. Be careful not to clean the ears too often or you could actually cause more irritation. Lastly this is very important: to avoid possible ear drum damage, do not stick anything into the ear canal any further than you can see with your eye or feel with your pinky finger.

    If you are afraid to clean your dog’s ears, bring him to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group to take advantage of our pet grooming services. We also offer some of the best pet wellness services in the north Dallas area. To learn more about our veterinary practice, 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

  • Shampooing Your Dog

    Puppy Bath

    Pet grooming is an important element of owning a dog. If you want your dog’s coat to look healthy and beautiful, use the following tips to properly shampoo the animal:

    Determining When Your Dog Needs a Bath

    Every dog is different and requires different kind of grooming. Watching your dog can help you determine when it is time for a bath. If your dog spends a lot of time playing outside, you will probably need to bathe him more often. You can also tell that it is time for a bath if your dog starts to scratch at his coat more than normal or if his fur starts to smell.

    Brush the Dog Before Bathing

    If you want to remove all of the dirt and debris from the dog’s coat, you should first brush out any knots or tangles. Tangles, knots and mats tend to only worsen when wet. Brushing before the bath also helps you get rid of dirt to make the most of your bath time and it also makes the fur easier to manage while you wash it. Brushing the fur before a bath will be much more uncomfortable for you and the dog than if you wait to do it until after the bath.

    Shampoo the Coat

    Make sure you use shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs and cats. Human shampoo has too much acid and can theoretically harm your pet’s fur. You might want to ask your vet for some shampoo recommendations that you can use to get your pet’s coat really clean. Our favorite general purpose cleaning shampoo is DermaLyte® Shampoo for Dogs & Cats. If possible, you should bathe your dog indoors and in lukewarm water. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the fur to get rid of excessive dirt and then use a spray nozzle to saturate the fur. Massage the shampoo into the coat, let it stand for a bit, and then rinse until the fur is completely clean.

    If you don’t have time to shampoo your dog’s coat, schedule an appointment for pet grooming at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. On top of pet wellness checkups, we also provide grooming and pet boarding services. To learn more about our practice, 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.

  • August Grooming Tip!

    Never bathe a dog with tangles or mats.  Water tightens the hair and the mats/tangles will not be able to be brushed out.  The only solution will be to shave the coat or have the mats cut out by your groomer.  Do not attempt to cut them out yourself!



  • Introducing Your New Pet to Children

    Young Asian boy playing with puppy on grass

    If you are bringing a new pet to a home with children, it is extremely important to give both the animal and the kids enough time to acclimate to each other. Here are some tips for a more successful introduction of kids and pets:

    Let the Animal Smell Something of the Child’s

    Before you bring the animal and the child into proximity with each other, you can hold an article of the child’s clothing out to the pet and allow the animal sniff it and examine it. This shows the pet that you are in charge and you are giving it permission to smell the item. When you prove that you are in charge, it helps you establish a set of rules that the animal will follow.

    Remain in Control of the Introduction

    It is always a good idea to tire the animal out before introducing something new. You might want to take the pet for a long walk to get rid of excess energy before you make the introduction. Since you already gave the animal a chance to sniff the child’s scent, your pet should recognize it when you go back into the house. It is important for you, your spouse, and your kids to remain calm around the animal. Keep dogs on a leash during the introduction process. Keep the animal far away from the child and gradually decrease the distance until you are sure that everyone can interact safely.

    Teach the Child How to Interact with the Pet

    Get your kids acclimated to the idea of an animal by showing them how to treat it and how to play with it. Teach them how important it is to approach a new animal slowly and calmly. You should also show them how to pet and touch the animal softly to keep them from provoking the animal to bite.

    Very important: Once you and your new pet are comfortably settled in your home, schedule an appointment with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for a pet wellness exam. In addition to an exam, a deworming and perhaps some vaccinations, there are certain diseases contagious between dogs and cars and humans, and these should be discussed with your veterinarian. Our north Dallas area veterinary practices are here to keep your animals happy and healthy. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, 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