• Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pets

    Spaying and neutering pets prevents unwanted animal pregnancies. With so many stray animals in shelters around the country, there simply aren’t enough resources or loving homes available to care for them all.

    Watch this video to learn some of the compelling reasons to spay or neuter your pets. You can do your part to reduce the number of homeless and abandoned pets by visiting an animal hospital near you to have your pet spayed or neutered.

    For spay or neuter surgical services at a local veterinary hospital in Dallas, visit us at Preston Road Animal Hospital. Or swing by Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco. Our experienced veterinarians advocate that all pet owners spay or neuter their pets to reduce certain health risks, curb behavioral problems, and prevent unwanted pregnancies. To make an appointment, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Touring Some Common Animal Grooming Services

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    Pet grooming is a veterinary service that is essential to your pet’s health and happiness. Your veterinary clinic may already offer pet grooming services, or if not they can refer you to a reputable pet groomer near you. Here’s a look at some of the most beneficial pet grooming services to your pet’s health.

    Pet Bathing and & a Cut
    The most common pet grooming service is a bath and cut. This simple service provides significant benefits to your pet. In the normal process of grooming your pet, the pet groomer can check his/her skin, coat, eyes, mouth, ears, nose, and nails for signs of illness, disease, and other health problems. If something odd is noticed, these matters can be brought to the attention of the pet owner or the attending veterinarian. In some cases, groomers can notice things well before they become prominent enough to come to the attention of most pet owners. Regular pet grooming also relieves your pet of tangled hair, matted fur, and a dirty coat, which may be causing discomfort. Particularly in warmer months, pets with thick fur or long hair will appreciate regular pet grooming.

    Nail Trim and Ear Cleaning
    When your pet’s nails become too long, it becomes difficult, and even painful, for him to walk. Crazy long or overgrown nails have been known to cause toe sprains in dogs. Excessively long nails can also cause injury to pet owners and furniture. They tend to snag in carpeting and so on. Add a nail trim to your regular pet grooming services to keep your pet’s nails at a healthy, reasonable length; it usually a free add-on. Some veterinarians also offer ear cleaning in their pet grooming packages. Ear cleaning prevents or eliminates ear mites, infection, and inflammation in your pet’s ears.

    Pet Dental Services
    Unfortunately, many pet owners skip over regular pet dental services when choosing a pet grooming package. Animal hospitals and veterinary clinics that offer pet grooming will often also offer pet dental services such as tooth brushing with a pet grooming. These services are very helpful in maintaining your pet’s oral health.

    Caution : don’t fall into the trap of believing that a periodic tooth brushing by a pet groomer can replace regular dental checkups or regular dental cleanings as provided by your veterinarian. The services are not the same. Your veterinarian will check your dog’s mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of decay and disease. Early detection of oral health problems can ensure more effective treatment options and a higher recovery rate. And only a licensed veterinarian can prescribe treatments for dental disease.

    The most comprehensive pet grooming services are often found at veterinary clinics. At Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital, our Dallas area pet grooming packages include nail trims, baths, and haircuts. Our on-site veterinarians also offer pet dental services. For more information about our veterinary services, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Answers to Your Questions About Emergency Veterinary Services

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    Sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether your pet is suffering from a health emergency, or if the danger will pass without necessitating a visit to an emergency vet. If you’re in doubt, you should speak with an experienced veterinarian. Here are answers to some common questions about emergency veterinary services.

    How Do I Find an Emergency Vet Clinic?
    Your regular veterinarian can recommend a reputable emergency vet clinic. You can view a partial list of DFW area emergency clinics that we together here: DFW Emergency Clinics. You can also ask family members and friends for recommendations for an emergency vet.

    What Are Some Common Signs that My Pet Must Visit an Emergency Vet?
    If you’re ever in doubt as to whether your pet’s illness or injury qualifies as an emergency, you should err on the side of caution, and visit an emergency vet as soon as possible. Some common signs and symptoms of pet emergencies include respiratory problems, neurological problems, prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, bloody stool or vomit, a distended abdomen, loss of consciousness, seizures, prolonged disinterest in food or water, and excessive or prolonged bleeding.

    How Should I Transport My Pet to an Emergency Animal Hospital?
    When humans need to visit the hospital, they can call an ambulance for transportation. It’s a little trickier with pets. Pets may become anxious, afraid, and even aggressive when they’re painful, sick or injured. Do not corner or “man-handle” a painful pet; instead you might try to lure him into a pet carrier with treats or toys. If a pet is severely injured, try to keep him as immobile as possible during transportation.

    If you own a pet, you should always keep contact information at hand for the closest emergency vet clinic near Dallas. At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer comprehensive emergency vet services, including diagnostic, surgical, and medical care. For more information about our emergency animal hospital, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Spotlight on X-Ray Services

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    If your pet is injured, he won’t be able to tell you exactly what’s wrong. This is why it’s crucial to see your veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital if your pet displays signs of pain or injury. A veterinarian can use advanced medical imaging procedures, such as X-rays or ultrasound, to diagnose and treat your pet.

    A top-notch animal hospital will have state of the art digital X-ray equipment that will help your veterinarian determine precisely what is ailing your pet. Digital X-ray processing provides your veterinarian with more detailed images, and thus more accurate diagnoses. For a fast, highly precise diagnosis of your pet’s injury, look for an animal hospital that uses digital X-ray services.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we know that when your pet is sick or injured, you want answers immediately. Our highly trained and experienced veterinarians in Dallas utilize advanced medical imaging technology, such as digital X-rays and ultrasounds, to provide a quick, accurate diagnosis for your beloved pet. For more information about our emergency vet care and diagnostic tools, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Fall Season Safety Tips for Your Pets

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    Now that fall is upon us, here are few ways that you can keep vigilant about your pet’s health and safety. Certain toxins are more prevalent during the autumn months, and ingestion by your pet may necessitate a visit to your family vet or an emergency vet. To avoid exposing your pet to these toxins, consult with your veterinarian, and read these safety tips.

    Here is what we are talking about: Mushrooms begin to sprout in the fall, and while some are harmless, others are highly toxic to pets. Keep your pet away from areas where wild mushrooms grow. If he does ingest a wild mushroom, visit an emergency vet immediately. Also, many families increase their use of antifreeze, pesticides, and rodenticides in the fall, and these poisons obviously can be fatal to pets. Store these products out of reach of your pets, and carefully follow all instructions when using them.

    You should always keep the phone number for a Dallas area veterinarian on hand, in case of a pet emergency. At both Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital, our veterinarians use advanced technology for rapid diagnosing and treating pet emergencies. For more information about our veterinary hospital, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Veterinary Care 101

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    A beloved pet is like a member of the family, and you want to do everything you can to ensure that he or she stays healthy, happy, and safe. That is why it’s so important to schedule regular visits to your veterinarian for checkups, vaccinations, pet grooming, and pet dental services. Here are some of the ways that a veterinarian can help you keep your pet healthy.

    Spay and Neuter Surgical Services
    Spaying and neutering your pet provides significant health benefits. Spaying a dog or cat reduces her risk of developing uterine cancer, uterine, and other cancers of the reproductive system. Neutering a dog or cat decreases his chances of developing testicular or prostate cancer. Pets who are spayed or neutered live longer than those who aren’t.

    Regular Check-Ups and Vaccinations
    During check-ups, your pet will be examined for signs of illness and disease. Regular visits to a veterinary clinic allow your veterinarian to recognize the earliest symptoms of dangerous illnesses or diseases. Early detection is key to providing the most effective treatment available. Your veterinarian will also maintain your pet’s vaccination schedule, protecting him from acquiring rabies, canine parvo virus, and distemper.

    Pet Grooming and Pet Dental Services
    Regular pet grooming not only improves your pet’s appearance, but also improves his health. During grooming, your groomer will naturally check your pet’s coat for fleas and ticks, and examine your pet’s skin for signs of allergies, rashes, and other skin conditions. Anything odd can be brought to the attention of the attending veterinarian or the pet owner. Regular pet grooming keeps your pet happy and comfortable, as grooming eliminates tangled hair, matted fur, long nails, and dirt and dust from your pet’s coat and skin. If your veterinary clinic offers pet dental services, your veterinarian will also examine your pet’s teeth to make sure that there are no signs of tooth decay or oral cancer.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group we provide routine pet care, emergency vet services, surgical care, and wellness care in Dallas to the pets in our community. We also utilize the most advanced diagnostic technology available. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced veterinarians, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Getting the Facts About Spaying and Neutering

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    Bringing your pet to your veterinarian or veterinary hospital to be spayed or neutered is one of the best decisions you can make for his/her long-term health. Along with preventing unwanted pet pregnancies, spaying or neutering your dog or cat will also help him or her live longer, and will lower his or her risk of developing certain cancers. Here are some more valuable facts about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets.

    Spaying or Neutering a Dog or Cat Reduces Cancer Risk
    Cats and dogs that are spayed have a significantly lower risk of developing dangerous and fatal cancers of the reproductive system. They also have a lower risk of developing uterine infections. Dog and cat neutering reduces the pet’s risk of developing testicular cancer or prostate cancer. Overall, statistics show that pets that are spayed or neutered live much longer than pets that aren’t.

    Spaying or Neutering Reduces Certain Behavioral Problems
    When animals have the desire to mate, they display certain behavioral problems that are unpleasant. Males in particular may be inclined to escape a roam about or fight in search of females. Obviously, these problems can impact a pet’s health and safety. A dog or cat that isn’t neutered has a natural instinct to roam, making him more vulnerable to acquiring illnesses, becoming injured, getting into fights with other animals, and even becoming lost or missing. A dog or cat that isn’t spayed may display aggressive behavior, yowl and scratch obsessively, and spray urine throughout your home or yard.

    Many Animal Clinics Offer Surgical Spay and Neuter Services at Reduced Cost
    Many people believe that getting a pet spayed or neutered is expensive. In reality, many animal clinics offer spay and neuter services at a reduced cost. We do, for example. Some veterinary clinics and animal hospitals even offer payment plans and financing options to help pet owners pay for necessary medical services.

    If you’re looking for spay or neuter surgical services in or near Dallas, visit us at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or Meadow Brook animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco. Our experienced veterinarians also offer wellness care for pets, including pet grooming and pet dental services. To make an appointment at our state of the art veterinary clinic, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972)-529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • PennHIP X-ray Services

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    Dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of years in order to produce the many unique breeds that we have in Dallas today. During that time, selective breeding by humans has also accidently introduced into dogs a number of breed-specific genetic disorders. Canine Hip Dysplasia is one such genetic disorder. Hip Dysplasia is an inherited condition that is caused by a malformed hip joint. If left unaddressed, hip dysplasia can cause pain and difficulty walking. Fortunately, veterinarians have developed a sophisticated means of evaluating a dog’s hip joint.

    PennHIP —a multifaceted screening statistical method—has roots that go back to 1983, when Dr. Gail Smith of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine first developed his method for diagnosing canine hip dysplasia. PennHIP underwent multi-center clinical trials in 1993, and has since become very popular among select American veterinarians. Part of the reason why PennHIP is so popular is because it can identify a dog’s risk of hip dysplasia when the dog is as young as 16 weeks old !

    To our knowledge the PennHIP program is the only objective screening program for canine hip dysplasia that is commercially available in the US with a database of its size and depth. Almost all of the other hip dysplasia screening methods rely on subjective expert interpretation and are thus open to all of the well-known cognitive biases and errors of human intuition.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is proud to be listed as an authorized PennHip evaluation center. Contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco at (972) 529-5033 to schedule your dog’s appointment today