• A Look at Common Pet Emergencies

    If you have a pet, it’s important to know where the closest emergency vet is in case your pet becomes ill or injured unexpectedly. Even with regular visits to an animal clinic or veterinarian, you are your pet’s first line of defense in an emergency situation, and you should know how to handle certain pet emergencies. Here are some common pet emergencies, and brief information on how to handle each.

    Common Pet Emergencies in Dallas Poisoning
    To prevent accidental poisoning, keep cleaners, pesticides, and any other harmful substances out of reach of your pets. Sugar substitutes that contain Xylitol are poisonous to animals, and can spike their blood sugar and cause a stroke or seizure. If your pet exhibits symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, disinterest in food or activity, fatigue, or a distended abdomen or stomach, bring him or her to an emergency vet immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

    If your pet suffers trauma that results in heavy bleeding, broken bones, or intense damage to the eyes, ears, nose, or paws, he or she should obviously see a veterinarian at an animal clinic as soon as possible. If your pet is bleeding, rinse the area thoroughly with warm water, and apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. Then, transport your pet to an emergency vet straight away.

    If your pet seems ill or is showing signs of discomfort, it’s best to take him or her to see a veterinarian, just to be on the safe side. Symptoms of severe illness in pets include prolonged periods of vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool or in vomit, seizures, and sores or rashes that don’t heal. If your pet exhibits signs of a serious illness, bring it to an emergency vet or animal clinic as soon as possible.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’ve been providing emergency vet services in north Dallas for 20 years. Our compassionate, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer any questions that you may have about the symptoms of your pet’s illness. For more information on our veterinary clinic and emergency services, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • How to Give Pills to a Cat

    Giving Your Cat Pills

    If your veterinarian has advised you to administer medication or a nutritional supplement to your cat via a pill, you may be wondering how you’ll ever convince your cat to swallow it. Medicating cats, in particular, can be a challenge. Every cat is different, but there are a few methods you can try that may make the process much easier for both of you.

    First, try hiding the pill in food that your cat can’t resist, such as a piece of meat or a scoop of tuna fish. Your cat may eat the food without noticing the pill hidden inside. If that method doesn’t work, ask your veterinarian if it is safe for you to crush the pill into a powder. If it is, you can add the powder to wet food or to a tasty liquid, such as fish oil. Watch your cat closely to make sure that he or she consumes the entire dosage. Another option is to ask your veterinarian to have the medication compounded into a liquid form. It is sometimes easier to get cats to consume a chicken of fish flavored liquid. If you are still having trouble, consult your veterinarian for even more tips.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our friendly veterinary staff is happy to answer your questions about pet health and medications. We provide comprehensive pet health services at our north Dallas and McKinney/Frisco animal hospitals and more information or to make an appointment, call us at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Pet Food Recall on Bravo Chicken for Cats and Dogs

    “Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.”

    Read more about this recent pet food recall at The Dogington Post.

  • Taking Good Care of Your Kitten

    If you’ve recently adopted a new kitten, there are a few important things that you should do as soon as possible to make sure your kitten is healthy and happy. First step: Take him or her to a veterinary clinic or animal hospital as soon as possible for a health checkup, vaccinations and to be spayed or neutered. Find more tips for caring for your kitten below.

    Taking Good Care of Your Kitten in Dallas Litter Box Training Your Kitten
    Before you bring your new kitten home for the first time, buy a litter box that is big enough for your kitten to walk around in, and place it in a quiet, easy-to-access part of the house. When you bring your new kitten home, immediately place it in the litter box. This should be the first experience your kitten has. Most kittens instinctively understand how to use a litter box at around four weeks old.

    Socializing Your Kitten
    Once your kitten reaches a certain age and has received all age-appropriate vaccinations, he or she can begin to learn how to socialize with other people and animals. If you are introducing your kitten to an animal that is larger or more dangerous than the kitten, do so in a very controlled environment that allows your kitten plenty of escape routes should he or she become scared. You should also be prepared to quickly and safely break up any fights that may occur.

    Getting Veterinary Care
    You should carefully heed your veterinarian’s advice about which vaccinations should be administered, and when. You should also get your kitten spayed or neutered by the age of six months or so. Even if you think that your kitten wouldn’t ever encounter another cat that wasn’t spayed or neutered, spaying or neutering it is much better for cats’ overall health.

    If you are looking for a veterinary clinic in the north Dallas area for your new kitten, contact Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We’ve been providing comprehensive animal care to the community for more than 20 years, and offer services such as pet grooming, pet boarding, teeth cleaning, a spay and neuter clinic, and emergency vet services. Visit our website, or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) for more information.

  • Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Cat?

    Spay or Neuter Your Cat in Dallas Spaying or neutering your cat at your local veterinary clinic or veterinarian’s office is an important step in maintaining his or her overall health and happiness. Veterinarians recommend that cats be spayed or neutered because the procedures have a number of health, behavioral, and societal benefits.

    Health Benefits
    Spaying your female cat will significantly reduce her risks of developing breast cancer. A cat that is spayed cannot develop ovarian cancer or uterine cancer. A male cat that is neutered cannot develop testicular cancer. Unneutered male cats also have an instinct to roam and socialize with other cats, which can make your cat become aggressive and temperamental, even if he is an indoor cat. This may encourage him to escape the house, increasing his risk of getting into dangerous fights with other animals, or contracting illnesses, diseases, or parasites.

    Behavioral Benefits
    Cats that are not spayed or neutered have an intense desire to wander the neighborhood in search of other cats. Female cats that are in heat will become temperamental, and cry incessantly. This will attract stray or outdoor male cats to your home, and these cats will urniate around your home in an attempt to get your female cat’s attention. Male cats that aren’t neutered can act aggressive, and may spray urine around the home to mark their territory.

    Societal Benefits
    In addition to getting the health benefits and behavioral benefits afforded by spaying or neutering your cat, you will also make sure that your cat isn’t capable of either impregnating another cat or becoming pregnant itself. This helps to decrease the number of unwanted kittens, homeless cats, and cats that end up being euthanized in animal shelters.

    If you are in the general north Dallas area and have a cat that needs to be spayed or neutered, schedule an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our skilled and experienced doctors have performed thousands of such surgeries in our clinics. For more information or to make an appointment for your pet, visit our website or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Reasons to Board Your Pet

    Reasons to Board Your Pet in Dallas You may wish you could bring your pets with you on your vacation, but there are some pets that just don’t travel well. There are also some pets that really shouldn’t travel at all, for sake of their own health. In these and other cases, it is often better for both you and your pet if you rely on the services of a pet sitter, a kennel, or your veterinarian. Here is a look at some of the benefits of using a pet boarding service.

    Keep Your Pet Safe
    Pets may engage in unusual behavior while you’re gone, which can subject them to dangerous situations. Your dog may find a way out of your yard and escape, or your cat may swallow something harmful and become ill. Using veterinary supervised pet boarding at a veterinary clinic will give you peace of mind during your vacation, as you’ll know that your pet is in a safe, secure environment and are under the careful watch of a veterinarian.

    Maintain a Certain Diet
    Even if you have a pet sitter or friend come into your house regularly to feed your pet and provide fresh water, he or she may only check on your pet once or twice a day. It’s better for your pet to be boarded with a veterinary clinic, as his or her normal diet will be maintained, and you’ll know for sure that your pet will always have fresh food and water.

    Maintain a Medical Protocol
    Some pets with certain health problems, such as those with diabetes requiring insulin, or those with kidney disease, heart disease or epilepsy may need regular medications or treatment, and/or monitoring, and a predictable, stable environment. Those kinds of needs are often incompatible with travel.

    The hospitals of the Chastain Vet Med Grp offer what we call Medical Boarding for special needs critters. This service builds in extra attention and time from doctors and staffers for those pets that need it. A few other veterinarians probably also offer similar services.

    Allow Your Pet to Get Exercise

    Relying on a pet sitter or a friend to care for your pet may not ensure that your dog gets enough exercise. It’s lonely for dogs to be in a house alone for days on end without much human contact. Using the services of a veterinary clinic that provides dog boarding will afford your dog plenty of opportunities for exercise and social interaction.

    If you’re planning a trip and are looking for a reputable animal clinic that offers boarding for dogs, cats, birds and non-traditional pets in the north Dallas area, then visit us at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Cats and dogs are boarded in safe, comfortable kennels. Dogs receive personal play time sessions daily with our veterinary staff, and an emergency vet is always available in case an animal becomes ill. For more information, visit our website or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • Socializing Your Kitten

    Socializing Your Kitten Your new kitten should begin socializing during the first few weeks of his or her life in order to learn how to interact properly with humans and other animals. Once your kitten has gotten the age-appropriate vaccinations from your veterinarian, you can allow him or her to socialize with other animals. You should begin the socialization process by picking your kitten up and holding, petting, and playing with him or her as often as possible.

    Introduce interactive toys to your kitten at three weeks of age to encourage play and exploration. You can also provide objects such as scratching poles, cardboard boxes, and paper bags that will stimulate the kitten to investigate his or her environment.

    If you’re looking for a reputable, experienced veterinarian in north Dallas, come to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We have been providing compassionate, comprehensive care to the pets of Dallas and McKinney for the past 20 years. For more information, visit our website, or call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • Addressing Bad Behaviors in Dogs

    If your dog has obnoxious or unpleasant habits and you want to change that, talk to your veterinarian; he or she can recommend a behaviorist or dog training class. Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, you can train him or her to be well-behaved and listen to your commands.

    Watch this video for a few simple tips on how to address common objectionable behaviors in dogs. A professional dog trainer offers expert advice, and stresses the importance of never hitting or kicking your dog when he or she misbehaves.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide behavioral counseling for pets in an effort to modify unwanted behavior and help you train your pet. We also offer veterinary services at our north Dallas and McKinney / Frisco area Animal Clinics, such as vaccinations, emergency vet care, and spay/neuter surgical services. For more information, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • Teaching Your Dog to Roll Over

    As your veterinarian will tell you, training your dog at an early age is the key to successfully instilling good habits and encouraging good behavior. Simple commands like sit, stay, and down can pave the way for complex dog tricks, like shaking paws and rolling over.

    Watch this video to learn how to teach your dog to roll over on command. In the video clip, a dog trainer and pet behavior consultant offers a simple method for teaching your dog this cute trick.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide comprehensive veterinary services at our Dallas & McKinney area veterinary hospitals, including preventative health care, emergency vet services, sick pet care, and surgical and dental services. For more information, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco area).