• Getting Your Home Ready for a New Puppy

    German Shepherd Running

    Adding a puppy to your family can be a joyous event. Before picking up your new bundle of fur, though, it’s important that his new home be ready for his arrival. Being thoroughly prepared for your puppy can help to make his transition a smooth and stress-free one for everyone in your family.

    Purchasing His Items

    Just as you wouldn’t bring home a new baby without having all of his necessities in place, you should not welcome a new puppy without first purchasing a few essential items. When shopping for your pet, be sure to buy a leash, collar, a harness maybe, chew toys, crate, puppy food, and food and water bowls. Having a crate can be particularly important as you train your new pet. Not only can a crate be a safe place in which your puppy can rest when you are not home, but also it can help him learn to keep his space clean as you housebreak him.

    Working Out the Rules

    A new puppy requires a considerable amount of time, energy, and dedicated focus. In some cases, his needs may prove too much for a single person. So before bringing home your puppy, take to the rest of your family about his needs. To alleviate the stress of having one person care for your new pet, split up responsibilities among your children and partner. For instance, let one person be assigned to walk him in the mornings, while another person gives him his meals and fills his water bowl.

    Note that if multiple people are training and caring for the new puppy, it is essential for everybody to be coordinated and doing the important puppy things the same way. Otherwise the puppy will become confused and successful training could be delayed.

    Creating His Schedule

    To raise your puppy to be an obedient and well-adjusted dog, you must provide structure to his day. Though puppies may seem content to play all day, it is up to you and your family to create a routine that teaches him when to expect his meals, his bathroom breaks, and other important events. Having a recurrent schedule can make it much easier for your puppy to learn how to wait until his is taken outside to relieve himself. It can also teach him how to respect your commands and wait for your cues.

    Are you about to add a furry friend to your family? Then 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 and we’ll get your new addition fixed up right away!

  • Meet Dr. Clint Chastain

    Meadowbrook Staff

    Dr. Clint Chastain has devoted his professional life to the care and well-being of animals, attending to their needs for more than 20 years. Using science and compassion as his guide, Dr. Chastain has utilized his expertise in medical imaging, cardiology, laparoscopy, and surgery to address the medical concerns of his patients and help them get back to health as soon as possible. To ensure that his furry friends enjoy long and healthy futures, Dr. Chastain also devotes time to mentoring young veterinarians and new veterinary technicians. While primarily an administrator now, in his almost 15 years as the founder and co-owner of Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, Dr. Chastain has greatly enjoyed being part of the lives of countless animals and their human families.

    Let Chastain Veterinary Medical Group be there for you and your pet when you need it most. To learn more about our north Dallas area veterinary practices, 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.

  • How to Tell If Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

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    It can be difficult to think about what you would do if a serious accident or illness befell your furry friend. However, when you have an emergency care plan in place, you can make better informed decisions that could possibly save the life of your cat or dog. Knowing what situations might warrant a trip to your vet can also help you decide quickly and confidently the steps you should take to keep your pet healthy and safe.

    Physical Warning Signs

    Consider the circumstances under which you would take a child to the emergency room. In many cases, the same standards apply to your cat or dog. For instance, if your pet suffers a severe cut and experiences extensive blood loss, you may need professional assistance to stitch the wound close. Should your pet break a bone, only a vet can properly set the fracture and stabilize it so that it can heal as needed. Any changes to your pet’s motor coordination or mobility may also demand emergency care. If your cat or dog can no longer stand or walk, don’t delay to contact your veterinary practice and ask for assistance.

    Behavioral Changes

    Some medical conditions may present with less obvious warning signs; however, they may still demand emergency care. You are your pet’s best judge of personality, so if you notice that your once high-energy puppy is suddenly sleeping more often than usual, it may be a problem that requires professional help. Animals that retreat to hidden areas of the house may need medical attention as well. Some pet owners may also notice a shift to more aggressive behavior. Especially when a cat or dog is normally a well-behaved and docile pet, signs of hostility should be immediately addressed. For the protection of both the pet and owner, help may be needed to safely transport the animal to vet care if he is acting in an aggressive manner.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers around-the-clock emergency consultation by phone for the residents of the greater Dallas area. Even when an emergency situation arises outside of our normal business hours, our 24-hour emergency hotline keeps you in touch with our vet staff. For more information, 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.

  • October Grooming Tip!

    Many pets get a crusty build up in the inside corners of their eyes.

    To remove it, first hold a wet cloth on it and saturate it well. Then gently pick it out with a fine tooth plastic comb, such as a flea comb.

    Take care not to continuously touch the skin as this can cause bleeding.


  • Tips for Choosing a Dog Food

    The food you feed your dog can affect his weight, energy, and many other facets of health. This video explains what to look for when selecting dog food for your furry friend.

    If you purchase kibble for your dog’s nutritional needs, pay close attention to the ingredient labels. Never buy dog food that does not specify the protein source. Also, be careful of brands that use artificial preservatives. Added sweeteners can likewise be problematic for the health of certain dogs and cats. Finally, think about keeping a food journal for your pet. By making notes about his/her food preferences, you can make more informed choices each time your purchase food for him.

    Still not sure what dog food is best for your pet? Call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 to discuss your concerns with our with our pet preventive healthcare experts.