• How to Teach Your Puppy to Lie Down

    In addition to going to the veterinarian for exams and vaccinations, training is something you will devote a significant amount of time to when you bring a new puppy home. Down is one of the basic commands your puppy can learn easily with a little patience. This video shows how to teach this command.

    Entice your puppy to lie down by cupping a training treat in your hand while you’re sitting on the ground. Give the treat when your puppy lies down, and say the command. Repeat the process until the association is made.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to support you through all stages of your dog’s life, with spay and neuter services, pet dental care, and more. Call our animal clinics in the north Dallas area today by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

  • How to Tell If Your Dog Is Obese [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Your dog is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure he leads a long, happy, and healthy life. In addition to regular walks, pets, playtime, and visits to your veterinarian in Dallas, you must make sure your dog is at a healthy weight. Just like in humans, excess weight in dogs can lead to health problems such as diabetes, heart issues, difficulty breathing, and a shortened lifespan. If you are not sure whether your dog is at a healthy weight, take a look at this infographic to learn about the nine different body condition stages. If your dog is overweight, consult with your veterinarian to find out if you need to change his food or the amount you’re feeding him. Gradually increasing exercise can be beneficial for both of you. Please share this information with your friends and family so all of your canine companions can stay happy and healthy for as long as possible.

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  • Tips for Crate Training Your Puppy

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    Crate training can be a helpful strategy for keeping your puppy safe as he or she learns the rules of your house. Contrary to the belief that crating your puppy is unkind, puppies actually feel comfortable and secure when crated appropriately. Just consider for example that wild canids often dig and live in dens. If your dog is having trouble adjusting to being crated, talk to your veterinarian about ways to make the process easier. If you plan on crate training, this advice will help you get started.

    Introduce the Crate
    Start by introducing the crate to your puppy in a non-threatening way, so he or she associates positive things with it. Store the crate in a commonly accessed area of the house; treat it like another piece of furniture. Keep the door open, and bring the puppy to the crate, while talking in a calming voice. Leave the door open so your puppy can explore at his or her own pace over the next few days. If your puppy shy’s away from the crate, try tossing a few treats or a toy inside, to entice your pup to enter and begin exploring.

    Feed Meals in the Crate
    When your puppy is comfortable zipping in and out of the crate, start feeding his or her meals inside. When your puppy is happily eating, close the door and then open it as soon as the meal is over. With each successive feeding, leave the door closed a little longer, until your puppy can stay inside for 10 minutes or more. Tip: don’t let the puppy train you. Don’t respond to whining or whimpering, or your puppy will grow to think whining is the way to what it wants. If your puppy whines, wait for him or her to stop for a few seconds before opening the door.

    Extend Crating Time
    Begin to leave your puppy in the crate for longer periods of time. First, crate your dog and leave the room. After your dog stays comfortably in the crate for that length of time, you can begin to leave them crated when you leave the house. You can also allow your puppy to sleep in the crate at night. You have to work up to it, but trained, adult dogs can remain crated without problems for several hours.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to support you through all stages of your dog’s life, with spay and neuter services, pet dental care, and more. Call our animal clinics in the north Dallas area today by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

  • Signs Your Pet Needs Emergency Care

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    No pet family likes to think about an emergency with their beloved animal, but being informed about the signs of serious health issues could save for pet’s life. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide emergency vet services to ensure your pet has the best care possible when he or she needs it most. Be alert to these medical crises, and call our emergency vet clinic for help.

    Severe Bleeding
    Pets can get a lot of bumps, scrapes, and scratches as they explore the world, so a small injury when you puppy comes back in from the yard isn’t necessarily a serious issue. However, if you pet is bleeding severely, or if he or she has a wound that won’t stop bleeding after a few minutes, apply direct pressure to the wound and seek emergency vet care. The injury may need to be stitched, or your pet could be in danger of losing too much blood. In either event, it’s time to go to the vet. Any time you see blood coming from your pet’s nose, mouth, or rectum, get emergency care immediately.

    Eating Something Poisonous
    Many household items can be dangerous to pets, from chocolate to antifreeze. Xylitol, which is found in a number of items, such as sugarless gum and natural peanut butter, can be especially deadly. If you know your pet has consumed something dangerous, or even expect that he or she has, seek emergency vet care. Early treatment can save your pet’s life in the case of poisoning, so don’t wait for symptoms to appear.

    Heat Stress
    Just like humans, pets can be sensitive to high temperatures. Thanks to their fur, animals are even more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, especially after long walks or time spent outside. If your animal is lethargic, breathing slowly or panting excessively, and vomiting after heat exposure, a medical emergency could be to blame. Get treatment from your vet right away.

    When in doubt about your pet’s symptoms or health, call one of the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group hospitals in the north Dallas area today by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas, or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

  • Compulsive Behavior in Dogs

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    Dogs can display compulsive behaviors that cause them both anxiety and potentially injury. While some breeds are more prone to compulsive behaviors than others, any dog can develop these traits. If you think your dog is engaging in compulsive behaviors, talk to us, or your regular veterinarian. Treatments are available to help control your dog’s behavior and keep him or her safe and healthy.

    A number of behaviors can become compulsive for dogs, but the most common are tail chasing, licking, barking, and spinning. Sometimes, dogs begin their compulsive behaviors because of an underlying medical problem. For instance, if your dog has allergies, he or she may be licking a specific area repeatedly to ease skin irritation. Your veterinarian can provide treatments for the underlying disorder that may help stop the unwanted behavior. In other cases, your dog may need behavioral training to overcome the compulsion. Providing your dog with plenty of activities and distractions can also help.

    Working together with your veterinarian, you can help ensure your dog lives a happy, healthy life. For pet dental care, dog spaying or neutering, behavioral advice, and more, make an appointment at our clinic today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

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