• Caring for Exotic Pets

    exotic animal care dallas When you have an exotic or non-traditional pet, it can often be difficult to find a veterinarian who has the experience and knowledge necessary to care for your specific type of pet. If you have a pet snake, lizard, rabbit, bird, ferret, or small mammal, you’ll want to find a veterinary clinic that offers veterinary services tailored to your exotic pet.

    Your veterinary clinic should have a veterinarian on staff who has the necessary training, education, or experience to treat your kind of pet, whatever species it is. This includes providing preventative care, diagnostic services, surgical care, general healthcare, and emergency vet services. The veterinarian does not necessarily need to be board certified in exotic animal care – very few actually are – but he or she should have extensive education and experience in the medicine and surgery of non-traditional pets.

    Our veterinarians at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group have extensive experience providing exotic animal care in the Dallas area. We offer comprehensive veterinary and emergency vet services for a variety of different animal species. We have taken the time to become knowledgeable about how to provide expert medical care for the exotic pets in our community. To make an appointment for your exotic pet at one of our veterinary clinics, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • What You Need to Know About Animal Anesthesia

    Anesthesia is often necessary for surgical procedures like spay and neuter services, most pet dental services, and all but the simplest surgeries. Your veterinarian will always discuss the planned anesthesia protocol with you prior to administering anesthesia to your pet.

    Watch this video for more information about pets and anesthesia. In it, Dr. Jusmeen Sarkar, an experienced veterinarian, discusses the necessity of anesthesia to protect your pet from pain and discomfort during emergency vet procedures.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our emergency vets in north Dallas are all trained on how to administer the lowest dosage of anesthesia necessary to maintain your pet’s safety, comfort, and health while in our animal hospitals. If your pet needs a surgical procedure, you can be sure he’s in expert, caring hands. To find out more about our emergency vet services, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • Veterinary Care for Senior Pets

    As your pet ages, he or she will tend to become more vulnerable to illnesses and diseases that can affect his quality of life. Regular visits to your family veterinarian are essential in maintaining optimum pet health, happiness, and quality of life.

    Watch this video to learn more about senior pet care services in veterinary clinics. Dr. Kremer, an experienced veterinarian, discusses how you can help your pets age gracefully.

    Wellness care is crucial for pets of any age, and regular visits to a veterinary clinic near Dallas can reduce your pet’s risk of later health problems as he grows older. Visit us at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney/Frisco for quality veterinary care for pets of all ages. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • Keeping Your Pet Safe in Cold Weather

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    With cold weather approaching, it’s important to understand the risks your pet may face as the seasons changes. You should keep the contact information for an emergency vet on hand in case your pet needs emergency services.

    Cats and dogs should remain inside during extreme temperatures. Don’t let your dog off-leash if there is snow or ice on the ground. Snow can hide dangers that may injure your dog, like broken glass, nails, and pieces of metal, and broken wood. Snow may also contain salt, antifreeze, or other toxins that your dog can ingest by licking his paws or coat. Be vigilant about storing antifreeze out of reach of your pets. Ice can injure your dog’s paws, and prolonged exposure can put him at risk for frostbite.

    For more tips about pet safety, contact the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group emergency vets in north Dallas. To make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable pet hospital veterinarians, check out our website or call us at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-500 (McKinney / Frisco).

  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Dog Boarding Experience

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    While most pet owners wish they could bring their beloved dogs with them when they travel, it’s often too expensive or simply impractical to do so. Luckily, there are a number of reputable animal hospitals and dog boarding facilities in our area that can watch over your pet while you travel. To make sure your pet is happy, well cared for, and safe while you’re away, check out these tips for getting the most out of your dog boarding services.

    Choose a Dog Boarding Facility With On-Site Veterinarians
    You should choose a dog boarding facility has a qualified, experienced veterinarian on-site in case your dog becomes ill or injured during his stay. In some ways, a dog boarding facility is a lot like a big pre-school: lots of attendees from different families who don’t know each other. The food and water probably tastes different. The temperature and humidity will be different from what the pet is accustomed to. Accidents can and do happen on occasion. Pets can and do get sick on occasion. So, the presence of a veterinarian can be quite a comfort.

    The veterinarian should be equipped and staffed with assistants so as to be able to handle the typical small animal emergencies that pop up from time to time. Before choosing a pet boarding facility, ask the manager of each potential boarding facility what their procedure is for handling accidents, illnesses and emergencies among the borders.

    Look For the Best Dog Boarding Amenities
    Many dog boarding facilities offer amenities beyond just dog boarding. At the least, you want to find one that provides personal, daily playtime for your dog so that he won’t be as lonely without you. Some facilities also offer dog grooming services, and will give your dog a bath, nail trim, and haircut so he’ll be clean and comfortable when you pick him up. Others provide luxury dog kennels, or allow you to board family dogs together to increase their comfort.

    Communicate Your Dog’s Special Needs in Writing
    If your dog has any dietary restrictions, mobility problems, or behavioral issues, you should be sure to communicate them in writing to the manager of the dog boarding facility. This is particularly important if your dog has an allergy or health condition that needs special attention during boarding. Many boarding facilities, such as ourselves, will be happy to feed your pet his or her own special food, if you send a bag along with the boarding pet.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer affordable, secure, and comfortable pet boarding in the north Dallas area. Nothing overly fancy; just what your pet needs; nothing more and certainly nothing less. Pets will be well cared for, as our friendly, experienced animal clinic staff will provide daily walks for dogs, daily personal pet playtime and personal attention. Our staff gets to know each pet on an individual level and is quick to call any odd behaviors or findings to the attention of a veterinarian. We also provide spacious dog kennels and on-site emergency vet services in our pet hospital. For more information about our dog boarding services, contact us today at (972) 239-1309 (Preston Road – north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow brook – McKinney / Frisco).

  • Understanding the Importance of Dental Check Ups for Pets

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    Pets are susceptible to plaque, dental tartar, tooth decay, oral cancer, and other dental problems – just like people – but for some reason many pet owners don’t provide pet dental services to their animals. This obviously increases their pet’s risk of serious dental problems. Here are some great reasons to make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for pet dental services as soon as possible.

    Improve Your Pet’s Overall Comfort & Health
    Without regular dental cleaning, a dog or cat’s teeth can develop harmful plaque and tartar buildup. This buildup leads to foul breath, pain, and increases a pet’s risk of gum disease. Gum Disease (periodontal disease) can lead to dangerous and painful oral infections, and eventual tooth loss. If your pet’s veterinary clinic offers pet dental services, you should make sure your pet’s teeth are specifically examined at least twice a year. Your veterinarian can show you how to maintain your pet’s oral hygiene at home, in between visits to the veterinary clinic.

    Prevent Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss
    When the buildup of dental plaque and tartar are left in place, the harmful bacteria harbored within can cause a serious gum infection. Gum infections eventually result in periodontal disease, also called gum disease. As gum disease progresses, your pet’s gums will become inflamed, may bleed, and will begin to recede. Eventually, your pet will suffer from bone loss and tooth loss.

    Avoid Serious Health Complications
    When gum infections and gum disease aren’t diagnosed or treated in a timely manner, they can cause serious health complications throughout your pet’s entire body. An oral infection can spread to other organs, contributing to heart disease, respiratory problems, seizures, and blood clots. Regular visits to your veterinarian for pet dental services will allow your veterinarian to perform oral health screenings. The sooner a problem is diagnosed, the more effective treatment will be for your pet.

    When you bring your pet in to see us at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital or Preston Road Animal Hospital, he or she will receive high quality pet dental services. Our experienced veterinarians provide dental care for dogs and cats and will screen your pet carefully for signs of oral health problems. To schedule a pet dental appointment, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Preston Road – Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow Brook – McKinney).

  • What Are the Most Important Reasons to Spay and Neuter?

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    Spay and neuter veterinary services are vital in lowering the homeless pet population, decreasing the risk of certain dog and cat illnesses, and in eradicating pet behavioral problems. Many animal clinics offer low cost surgical spay and neuter services. If you haven’t yet gotten your pet spayed or neutered, keep reading to find out the primary reasons that you should.

    Reduce Behavioral Problems
    In a home setting, many pets in heat will tend to exhibit obnoxious and disruptive behaviors. An un-neutered or un-spayed dog or cat may continually spray urine inside the house in an attempt to attract mates. Pets in heat tend to make persistent attempts to get out of the house to wander in search of a mate. Sally cats that are not spayed will yowl constantly, and her vocalizations, postures and pheromones may attract un-neutered Tom cats to your house. Taking your pet to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered will bring these sorts of issue to an end.

    Lower Risk of Health Problems and Injuries
    Spaying a cat or dog significantly lowers her risk of developing uterine infections, uterine cancer, and breast cancer. Breast cancer is fatal for 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Neutering a male dog or cat will obviously eliminate his risk of developing testicular cancer. Pets that aren’t spayed or neutered will attempt to get out of your home to find a mate. This increases their risk of getting into fights with other animals, becoming lost or injured, or being hit by a car.

    Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies
    Spay and neuter services prevent pet overpopulation in your community. You’ll be doing your part to lower the number of unwanted pet pregnancies that often result in homeless pets who become victims of neglect or death when living on the street or in a pet shelter.

    If you have a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered in the greater north Dallas area, visit our experienced veterinarians at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney. Our affordable spay and neuter services, preventative healthcare, diagnostic services, and emergency vet services will help increase your pet’s lifespan and keep him happy and healthy. To set up an appointment for spaying or neutering, call us today at (972) 239-1309 Preston Road – Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow Brook – McKinney / Frisco).