• Keeping Your Cat’s Teeth Clean

    A veterinarian can help you protect your cat’s oral health with veterinary medical advice and professional pet dental services. We have seven veterinarians in the Dallas and the McKinney / Frisco areas of Texas, all of whom are ready to help however, as a pet owner, you too can do a lot to help prevent dental disease in your cat with regular oral hygiene upkeep.

    Dental plaque is a harmful substance that can cause damage to human and feline teeth alike. It accumulates when bacteria in the mouth combine with food particles. A thorough feline teeth cleaning is often the only way to remove plaque. However, in between professional dental cleanings, regular home tooth brushing is very beneficial for those cats that will tolerate it. Your veterinarian can show you how to brush your cat’s teeth and direct you to toothpaste options appropriate for your feline friend.

    Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to bleeding gums, discomfort, and eventual tooth loss for your cat. To keep your cat’s teeth healthy, contact the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for a cat teeth cleaning appointment at one of our north Dallas area veterinary clinics. Call (469) 759-7620 to get in touch with Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 to get in touch with Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco.

  • Teaching Your New Kitten How to Play

    Does your veterinarian in Dallas often inquire about your kitten’s play habits? This video discusses the importance of playtime for your pet. Play may seem like a natural pet activity, but how you cultivate this habit can impact your kitten’s behavior. For instance, if you allow your kitten to climb on your furniture, it may be difficult to break him of this behavior as he grows.

    When you get a new kitten, don’t forget to bring him to a veterinarian within a day or so for his first examination. He or she will probably need some booster vaccinations, deworming and feline heartworm preventive. Please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033 for more information. You can visit our website to learn more about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and you can see some photos of some of our patients on Facebook.

  • Tips for Bringing Your New Kitten Home

    Getting a new kitten can be an exciting event. Adding a furry friend to your family is also a substantial responsibility, so you should thoroughly prepare for his or her arrival. One essential part of ensuring your kitten’s wellbeing is making an appointment with a veterinarian at an animal hospital. We have two locations in the north Dallas area. Your veterinarian can make sure that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations, deworming and so on. The following tips can also help you make your kitten’s transition into your home a smooth experience.

    Kitten-Proof Your Home
    A curious kitten could quickly find his way under a refrigerator or behind an entertainment center. If you have unsecured electrical cords, he may be tempted to chew on them. Before you bring your new pet into your home, evaluate each room for potential dangers. Look at everything from an ankle height point of view. Any item small enough to be eaten should be put away so that you won’t have to make a visit to an emergency vet clinic.

    Limit Stimulation
    Bringing home a kitten can be fun for your family, but it may be overwhelming to your new pet. You are introducing him to strange, new people, smells, and environments, so help him explore his new home in a safe and comforting way. If you have children, you may want to have them wait a few hours or a few days before they strat playing with the new kitten so he has a chance to familiarize himself with your house.

    Gradually Expand the Size of the Environment
    Instead of letting your new kitten immediately roam free upon his or her arrival in their new home, start by confining the kitten to just one room – say a master bathroom, for example. Stock that room with a litter box, kitty bed or cat tree, and a scratching post. Offer food and water there. Then, after 2-4 days, open the door and allow the kitten access to the next room as well. That means, to continue with our illustration, that the kitten would now have access to both the master bedroom and master bath. After 2-4 day, open the next door and grant the kitten access to next room, perhaps a hallway. Keep repeating this process until after several weeks the kitten has access to as much of the house as you wish. A gradual approach like this will do wonders for the kitten’s sense of mastery of his environment. It will help train the kitten to think of the original room(s) as home base. It will also help keep him out of trouble and it will help you better keep up with him.

    Create a Routine

    To help your kitten settle quickly into his new home, create a regular routine right away. Cat are creatures of routine. Your veterinarian may recommend setting up consistent mealtimes for your kitten. You may also need to bring him to his litter box in regular intervals so that he understands its use as soon as possible. Your routine might include scheduled playtime as well so that your kitten can release his energy in a healthy way.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with answers to all your new kitten and new puppy questions. Our veterinary services can help you get started on the right foot with your new pet. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our friendly representatives about your pet care concerns.

  • Debunking Myths about Dog Neutering

    There are many benefits to having your pet neutered, but also many myths about the procedure that may be stopping some from scheduling an appointment. In addition to making your experience as a pet owner easier, spay and neuter services such as those available in our north Dallas and McKinney / Frisco offices can help prevent pet overpopulation. Taking the time to find out the truth about this practice can help you better understand its many benefits.

    Myth: Neutering Is a Costly Procedure
    For some dog owners, financial constraints may be the reason they resist dog neutering. However, this procedure is normally a very affordable one. If you are worried about the costs involved with neutering a dog, discuss your concerns with your veterinarian. He can likely provide this service for a reasonable fee that is nominal when compared to the potential expense of caring for several new puppies.

    Myth: Weight Gain Often Results from Neutering
    Spaying and neutering a dog does not inherently result in excessive weight gain. Weight gain of any kind stems from your pet consuming more calories than he expends. That said, it is important to gradually reduce a pet’s caloric intake after spaying or neutering to better match their likely slightly reduced activity level. If you are concerned that your dog might gain weight in the future, the best method of preventing this is to regulate food intake (all sources) and make sure that he gets plenty of exercise on a regular basis.

    Myth: Neutering Can Change a Pet’s Personality
    Unaltered dogs instinctually want to procreate. This has a powerful impact on their interests, activities and behaviors. As a result, your pet might behave in ways inconvenient or bothersome to the humans in his life. For example, he might try to run away from your home in search of a mate, or mark your furniture with his urine. Neutering a dog can help prevent or stop these behaviors. What it will not do, though, is change your dog’s fundamental personality. You can still enjoy the company of the same furry friend even after he undergoes this procedure. You may also find him to be a better-behaved pet because of it.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group highly recommends that all pet owners spay and neuter their animals. If you have remaining questions about this service, we would be happy to address your concerns. Please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033. You can visit our website for information about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. You can see photos of some of our patients on Facebook.

  • The Importance of Exotic Pet Care

    Pets come in many shapes, sizes, and species. Your animal companion may not bark or meow, but that doesn’t mean that he or she doesn’t deserve exceptional medical care. That is why it is so important to find an animal hospital nearby that can help you care for your exotic pet. Unfortunately there are not many veterinarians in the north Dallas or McKinney / Frisco areas of Texas that see exotic pets. But we do; we have seven doctors operating out two locations – north Dallas and McKinney / Frisco – that can help.

    The needs of a ferret or turtle or sugar glider can vary greatly from those of more common pets. Most veterinarian should be well versed in how to look after all breeds of cats and dogs, but as you consider your animal clinic options, you may want to inquire about his or her knowledge of your particular type of pet (if you have something unusual) and his or her philosophy of pet care. If you ever need help from an emergency vet, you and your pet deserve to see someone with the necessary expertise.

    Are you looking for an animal hospital for your feathered, shelled, or scaly friend? Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers comprehensive exotic pet care for many species of animal, including parrots, turtles, and non-venomous snakes. To speak with one of our associates about non-traditional pet care, please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033. You can also visit our website for information about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group.

  • Helping Your Cat Stay Hydrated

    Cats are notoriously poor water drinkers, most especially when they feel bad. We see this all the time in the greater Dallas area. Deficient water consumption in any animal tends to make the underlying disease process many times more serious. This can necessitate additional treatment at your veterinarians’ office. You can help your pet stay happy and healthy with proper hydration.

    This video demonstrates several ways to encourage water consumption in cats. Cats gravitate toward flowing water sources, which is why they may be reluctant to drink from a standing water in a bowl. A dripping tap or running water fountain can entice your cat to drink water on a regular basis. Your veterinarian or pet hospital can recommend brands and types of water fountains so that you find the one that works best for your pet’s needs.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has two convenient animal clinic locations for our patients and their owners. To learn more about animal hydration, pet boarding, grooming or any of our veterinary services, please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033. You can also visit our website for information about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group.

  • The Most Common Dog Emergencies

    Dogs may not be able to verbalize their discomfort when they are sick in spoken language, like we do, but you can still generally discern much about their wellbeing from watching their behavior. Developing your animal observation skills can be especially helpful should your furry friend experience an emergency health situation. Knowing where to find an emergency vet in Dallas is likewise important so that you can get your pet the immediate care he needs if he experiences any of these common canine health emergencies:

    Heat Exhaustion / Heat Stroke
    Responsible dog owners already know that pets can become critically ill if left unattended in a car. However, dogs can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke under other circumstances as well. Your pet can suffer physical distress just from being outside when temperatures are high. Vigorous playtime may also lead to heat exhaustion when carried out during warm weather. If your dog appears to be drooling or panting more than normal, move the pet out of any direct sun and into a cool (not cold) environment and then contact a veterinarian right away.

    Toxic Food Ingestion
    Dogs often have curious noses that cause them to eat foods that are harmful to their health. Keeping all human food and food garbage out of your pet’s reach is the best way to prevent accidental food poisoning. In particular, onions, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol can cause life-threatening consequences if your dog ingests them. Common warning signs of garbage intoxication or food poisoning include refusal to eat, unsteadiness, and diarrhea with or without vomiting. Even if you did not see your pet eat a potentially toxic food, get in touch with an emergency vet clinic if your dog exhibits signs of toxic food ingestion.

    Loose Bowel Movements
    Toxic food ingestion is an important cause of loose bowel movements, but diarrhea can occur for any number of reasons. Short-term gastric distress may not warrant a trip to an emergency veterinarian, but if your dog suffers from loose bowel movements for more than a day, speak to your vet clinic about it. Your pet might be experiencing this problem because of liver disease, an infection, or malignant growths. Only a veterinarian can determine the cause of this condition and provide treatment for it.

    For your pet’s health and your peace of mind, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides a dedicated after-hours emergency messaging system. To learn more about this and any of our other services, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033. You can also visit our website for information about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group.

  • When Does Dog Vomiting Signal an Emergency?

    Seeing your dog vomit can be a worrisome incident. In many cases, though, this event occurs to help your dog expel a substance that is incompatible with his digestive system. Dogs on the whole are fairy indiscriminate eaters and vomiting may be a bit more common in that species as compared to others. However, if your dog has vomited, you should monitor his behavior closely to ensure that it is not a sign of a more substantial problem. Vomiting can be an indication of a serious health condition that in some cases will require the aid of an emergency vet. We offer emergency veterinary services in both the north Dallas and McKinney Frisco areas of Texas.

    When vomiting occurs, contact your veterinarian straight away if you notice any of the following:

    Lethargy
    If a dog vomits up a mild irritant, it will likely not impact his activities much at all. If you notice that your dog is considerably more fatigued than usual, his vomiting might be pointing to a more severe issue. When vomiting is accompanied by a lack of appetite or disinterest in playtime, you may want to contact your veterinarian to see if you should take your pet to an emergency animal hospital.

    Evidence of Blood
    The presence of blood in the vomit generally indicates a serious health issue. Note that blood in vomit can look like ordinary red blood, or, when it is partially digested, it can take on the appearance of old fashioned “coffee grounds.” When your dog vomits, take a look at his stomach contents. Vomit that is clear or a milky color may not be cause for concern. Should you see fluids that are tinged with blood or pinkish in hue, get in touch with your animal clinic. Your veterinarian can then inform you of the next steps to take.

    Lengthy Distress
    Vomiting removes fluids from the body. As a result, your dog or cat may quickly become dehydrated if he continues to vomit for an extended period of time. Separate and apart from whatever else is going on, dehydration tends to make everything much worse. Here is a simple rule of thumb we use to help keep things in perspective: Vomiting more than 4 times in an hour or more than 8 times in a day means that dehydration will be a near certainty and prompt veterinary medical attention is required.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group understands how troubling it can be to see your pet in distress. That is why we offer our vet services at both Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney and Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas for the convenience and peace of mind of pet owners. Please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033 for more information. You can visit our website to learn more about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and you can see some photos of some of our patients on Facebook.

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