• Essential Kitten Care Tips

    Are you considering adding a kitten to your family? If so, it is important to take her a veterinarian for a checkup as soon as practical, once she comes into your care.

    This video offers some tips on how to look after a new kitten. First, your kitten will need a nose to tail examination by a licensed veterinarian. At a pet hospital, a veterinarian can check for obvious and not-so-obvious signs of illness and get your kitten up-to-date on vaccinations, deworming and feline heartworm prevention. Second, once you bring your kitten home, allow her some space and time to adjust. Though family members may be eager to play with a new kitten, a young feline is quick to tire, sometimes a little nervous, and must have adequate rest.

    Do you have more questions about kitten care? Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 and speak with a Chastain Veterinary Medical Group associate about our pet hospital services.

  • 6 Myths about Pet Care [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Part of keeping your four-legged family member healthy for years to come is making sure he or she gets the right veterinary care. Unfortunately, there are many myths about animal care that could put your beloved pet at risk. For instance, some people mistakenly believe that only outdoor animals need to see a veterinarian on a regular basis. In reality, all animals need to have an appointment with a veterinarian at least once or twice a year for preventative care. Likewise, some pet parents incorrectly believe that vaccines are harmful to animals when, in fact, they help to prevent potentially deadly diseases. Get the facts behind the myths about everything from dog vaccines to cat teeth cleaning in this infographic from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Choose our veterinary clinic near Dallas when you need care for your pet, and help to dispel dangerous myths about vet care for other pet families by sharing this important information. 6 Myths about Pet Care

  • Foods that Are Dangerous for Your Dog

    Dog Eating Food Some pet owners see no harm in letting their furry friends enjoy a few scraps they might drop on the floor or leave on their plates. If truth be told, we tend in the same direction ourselves, at least emotionally. However, we do know better. Animal health experts from many disciplines warn that many of the foods that humans safely eat can prove dangerous to their dogs and cats. In fact, the following foods can have life-threatening consequences for certain domestic pets. For more information on foods and drinks that are unsafe for dogs to consume, consult your regular veterinarian, or one of our veterinarians in the north Dallas area.

    Onion Hazards
    Some people avoid onions because of their pungent smell. However, the effects that an onion plant can have on dogs go far beyond a distasteful scent. When a dog ingests an onion, garlic bulb, or shallot, he can suffer serious circulatory problems. These plants can negatively impact canine blood and put a dog’s life at risk. The problem is perhaps even worse for cats. All members of the onion and garlic family contain compounds that can seriously damage a cat’s red blood cells. Animal poisoning experts warn that the effects of onion ingestion may not manifest for several days. Should fatigue, weakness or darkened urine appear after possible exposure to onions, garlic or similar foods, see your veterinarian or an animal emergency clinic at once.

    Chocolate Dangers
    Chocolate is a favorite food of many humans, and as a result, many dog owners keep this sweet snack in their homes. That is why so many animal hospitals see animal poisoning due to chocolate. Though a delicious treat for people, chocolate is highly toxic to dogs, so owners should take care to keep this food far from the reach of their furry friends. If ingested, chocolate can cause dogs to suffer seizures, undergo bouts of vomiting, and experience dangerous temperature changes.

    Bread Dough & Live Yeast Health Risks
    Live yeast is a common ingredient in bread dough, because it allows breads to rise during the baking process. Yet, just as yeast organisms can multiply, grow and expand in bread, so too can they in the stomach of a dog – but there the effects can be devastating. Once in a dog’s stomach, this substance can prove incredibly painful for an animal as it continues to expand. Owners who suspect that their dogs have eaten even a small amount of live yeast should contact their veterinarian or an animal emergency clinic immediately.

    Let Chastain Veterinary Medical Group help you keep your pet healthy and happy. We offer preventive pet health care services as well as diagnosis and treatment of animal accidents, illness and injury through our Meadow Brook Animal Hospital and Preston Road Animal Hospital locations. Call us today at (469) 759-7620 to schedule an appointment for your furry friend!

  • Animal Emergencies that Require Immediate Medical Attention

    Emergency Pet Care Your pet cannot always tell you when he or she is hurt or sick. That’s why it is important to always keep an eye on the appetite, attitude and demeanor of your pet. These things can give you early clues about the overall health. Also, having an emergency vet nearby can help to ensure that you will have expert pet health support day or night should you ever require it.

    The basic warning signs that your pet needs an emergency animal hospital are often similar to those for which you might demand emergency care. For instance, if your pet appears to have labored breathing, or if he suffers from prolonged bowel issues, he or she may need emergency veterinary care. Blood loss that is extensive or that does not alleviate on its own quickly, generally warrants a prompt call to your veterinarian as well. Burns and bone breaks also require professional vet attention.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers around-the-clock assistance and support for our patients. For more information, please contact Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972)-529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 491-1403.

  • What You Need to Know About Grooming Your Dog

    Pet grooming in the north Dallas area of Texas is more than just making your dog look his or her best. When you brush your dog’s fur, brush the teeth, and trim the nails on a regular basis, you can detect early signs of certain skin conditions or other problems and protect your pet from injury and disease. Another plus: physical touch and grooming are important pack bonding cues in the natural dog world, so let’s take advantage of that to help our dogs feel like an important part of the family. Do be aware that not all dogs are initially comfortable with dog tooth brushing, nail trimming, and other pet grooming activities. That is why it is important to start slow and to create an environment that helps your dog remain calm during these activities.

    Dog Grooming Making Pet Grooming a Regular Habit
    One of the best ways to ease your dog into regular pet grooming is to begin doing it when we are still a puppy. Also, keep in mind that pet grooming often requires pet owners to restrain their animals. Some dogs will respond negatively to being held as they undergo dog tooth brushing or fur brushing. When you build an atmosphere of trust between you and your dog while he is still young, though, you can make his grooming sessions all the more comfortable for him.

    Giving Praise
    If your dog is resistant to getting his fur or teeth brushed, admonishing his actions may only make him more anxious the next time you try to groom him. Should your dog hide, struggle, or slip out of your arms, use positive reinforcement, praise and love for even the smallest displays of obedience and cooperation…even if the pet gets the required response only partly right. Petting your dog can show him the benefits of being still when you brush or wash him. Treats can also prove highly effective for training your dog how to act obediently when you groom him.

    Using Pet Grooming Services
    No matter how persistent and encouraging your efforts to groom your dog, it may prove too difficult to do on your own. Especially if your dog is large, or if he came into your home as an adult, it may be challenging to control his behavior or train him to enjoy his grooming sessions. Also, there are certain situations and certain especially furry breeds where professional grooming help may be beneficial. Should you experience these issues, talk to your regular veterinarian, or one of ours, about the professional pet grooming that are available.

    Does your dog squirm and whine when it’s time to bathe or brush him? Then talk to the pet grooming experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Call us today at (469) 759-7620 to learn more about our dog dental cleaning services and other pet grooming options.

  • Common Questions About Dog Neutering

    Questions about Neutering Neutering a dog serves many important functions. Even when you make the best efforts to keep your dog at home, he may occasionally escape. If he is sexually intact, he is likely to be even more interested in stepping out for an “explore.” Should he do so, veterinarians warn that he could contribute to the already overwhelming issue of animal overpopulation. However, our surgical spaying and neutering services can help to alleviate this troublesome problem and allow your dog enjoy a more comfortable life. The following questions and answers might help you better understand the benefits of dog neutering.

    When should a dog undergo neutering?
    The appropriate time to neuter your dog is a decision that you and your veterinarian should make together. In many cases, dogs as young as two months old can safely undergo this procedure. However, the trend nowadays among more progressive veterinarians is to allow a puppies more time to gain a little maturity before the procedure is done. Your veterinarian can help you determine if the time is right for a dog to be neutered by assessing your dog’s breed, body weight and other health factors.

    How does dog neutering affect pet behavior?
    A dog that has not been neutered often behaves in ways that demonstrate his protective and sexual instincts. In particular, a dog might display aggressiveness toward humans and other dogs that he believes are intruding upon his territory. He might also cause damage to a home by leaving physical marks of his presence on carpet and furniture. Dog neutering often eliminates these behaviors. When your dog undergoes this procedure, you may also find that he is less likely to leave the home, since he will have less interest in wondering off in search of a mate, which can benefit his safety and your peace of mind.

    What are the health benefits of dog neutering?
    Dogs are not immune to infections and cancers of the prostate and testes, and animals that have not been neutered often incur a higher risk of experiencing these diseases. To protect your pet, have him neutered as soon as your veterinarian deems it safe to do so. Not only can this single procedure significantly reduce the danger of certain cancers, but also it can prevent the need for later potentially costly treatments.

    Have you neutered your dog yet? If not, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group at (469) 759-7620. Our veterinarians at Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney can answer any additional questions you may have about this procedure. We can also see to it that your dog undergoes the safe and comfortable treatment that he deserves.

  • Caring for Your Cat Following Neutering

    Surgical spay and neuter services can prevent unwanted pet pregnancies, house soiling, pet aggressiveness, some cat bites, and even straying away from home. This video offers tips on keeping your pet healthy and comfortable after cat neutering treatment.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers comprehensive small animal veterinary care at our two locations, Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area of Texas. For more information, call (469) 759-7620.

  • Do All Kittens Need Deworming?

    Internal worms are an under-appreciated but common ailment among both cats and dogs. Veterinarians warn that pet owners should not delay getting help for their animals should they suspect they have worms. Especially when a pet as young and as small as a kitten has this condition, worms can quickly damage the health and lead to major problems. The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has offices in both north Dallas and McKinney and we can provide appropriate vet care for kittens with worms according to their specific health needs.

    New Kitten Why Kittens Get Worms
    Kittens often explore the world through with mouths. As a result, veterinarians caution that they can ingest harmful substances that may contain parasites. For instance, a kitten might eat the droppings of another animal that has worms, causing it to contract them as well. Parasites such as mosquitoes and fleas an also pass parasites to kittens. Because disease-spreading circumstances are so difficult to prevent, many kittens often experience some form of worm infection.

    How Worm Warning Signs Present
    Many of the kittens we see don’t show obvious external signs of internal parasites, especially if they are well-fed and otherwise well cared for. For this reason, it is important for pet owners to take their puppies and kittens to a licensed veterinarian for an initial examination as soon as they receive them into their care. A veterinarian can often spot signs of illness too subtle for many pet owners to detect. We also have special tests that can pick up worms and parasites even when their presence is not obvious.

    What a Veterinarian Can Do to Treat Worms
    Internal parasites generally don’t go away on their own, making professional treatment mandatory for kittens that have been diagnosed with this condition. A veterinarian can perform a series of diagnostic tests, including a nose-to-tail physical exam and a stool evaluation in the lab, to determine if a pet has worms. In many cases, oral medication can quickly address the ailment. Depending on the type of parasite identified, a series of treatments over several weeks may be required.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group wants your puppy or kitten to grow into a healthy adult. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to find out more about our pet preventive health care services.