• How to Decide Where to Board Your Pet

    pet boarding dallas For pet owners, boarding can be a difficult prospect. You leave your precious family member in the hands of near-strangers and hope that they will get the love, care, and attention they need, but finding that trust sometimes isn’t easy. The good news is that there a solution for cat and dog boarding you can feel good about when you choose boarding with your veterinarian.

    When you visit a boarding facility to see if it is right for your pet, evaluate the cleanliness. Good boarding facilities will be kept clean to prevent the spread of diseases. Cleanliness and functionality are more important to your pet than are newness and novelty of facilities. Find out where the animals sleep, when they eat, how much playtime they get, and how often human caretakers will be around. You should also ask about the protocols and procedures for dealing with sick or injured boarding pets. Having an on-site veterinarian can make a big difference.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer pet boarding to patients at our pet hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney. Rest assured that your pet will be in familiar hands and that qualified care is available from our veterinarians, when necessary. Find out more about our boarding services by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.

  • Cleaning Your Cat’s Eyes

    Cleaning your cat’s eyes provides a great opportunity to not only help your cat feel more comfortable, but to also check for any abnormalities that might require a trip to your veterinarian. Watch this video to learn more.

    Use a soft piece of cotton or gauze and wet it with warm water. The corner of a soft wash cloth can also be used. Gently rub it over one of your cat’s eyes to remove dirt and debris, and then repeat on the other eye with a clean piece. Your cat may not love it at first, but with patience and positive reinforcement, he or she will grow accustomed to it.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our animal clinic in Dallas helps with everything from preventative care to dog and cat neutering, cat teeth cleaning, and dog boarding. To make an appointment at either of our veterinary hospital, please call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.

  • Specialized Care for Your Senior Pet

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    As your pet gets older, he or she will need new kinds of care to stay happy, healthy and comfortable. The good news is that, just as your veterinarian has used preventative care to help your pet get to this stage, he or she can offer various life-stage adjustments to help your senior pet continue to live a happy and comfortable life. If your pet is at or past middle age (typically considered about 6-7 years of age in the dog and cat) then here is what you can expect:

    More Check-Ups
    As with people, many health conditions in pets are easier to treat when they are discovered early. Once your pet becomes a senior citizen—at around six years for large dogs and seven for cats and smaller dogs—getting check-ups more frequently is important. Your vet may recommend that you visit the animal clinic every six months for an exam – that’s what we do. These mid-year exams may be tailored to senior-aged pets and include discussions and screenings and more extensive exams that your pet didn’t need previously.

    Dietary Adjustments
    The older your pet gets, the more trouble he or she may have with digesting food. Switching to a food that is easier to digest, or less allergenic, can help in these cases. Other pets may need special diets to improve their heart disease or kidney disease. In all cases, be sure to follow your vet’s guidelines for changing foods to reduce the chance of stomach upset. It is also common for pets to need fewer calories or to have a smaller appetite as they age. Consider getting food made for senior animals to give your pet the right nutritional support.

    Increased Mobility Problems
    As pets get older, wear and tear on their joints can lead to arthritis and pain – same as with people. You may notice that your pet is not as active as before, or struggles to jump or go up stairs. Keeping your pet walking and active can reduce the chances of mobility problems, but your veterinarian can also provide a variety of arthritis treatments, from dietary supplements to cold laser therapy. In some cases, it may even be beneficial to consider making changes at home to make your pet more comfortable, such as providing a small set of pet stairs to get up to a favorite chair.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can guide you through all stages of your pet’s life with care specifically designed for his or her age group. Learn how our pet hospital in McKinney can make your pet’s senior years golden by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.

  • The Benefits of Crate Training

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    Crate training is one of the best things you can do for a puppy. Contrary to the notion that crate training is cruel, teaching your dog to be comfortable in a crate is good for the both of you. If you follow the training advice from your veterinarian, a crate can become a cozy, safe place for your dog to enjoy.

    When you bring home a new puppy, a crate is helpful in the housebreaking process. When you can’t keep an eye on your dog, put him or her in the crate to avoid accidents—just be sure to maintain a regular schedule for potty breaks. After your dog is housebroken, crating prevents your dog from destroying things in the home during adolescence. When your dog begins using the crate at a young age, you will be able to successfully use the crate for traveling and other times your dog needs to be confined with ease.

    Getting a new dog always has a learning curve, but Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with all of your pet care needs, from pet grooming to neutering and pet dental services. Make an appointment at our animal hospital near Dallas by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.

  • What Are Your Dog’s Teeth Telling You?

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    One extremely important, but often overlooked, part of caring for your dog is providing dental care. Healthy teeth can help your dog avoid a long list of medical issues, but many pet parents don’t even know that dog dental cleaning services are an option. Talk to your veterinarian about the options for keeping your dog’s teeth and gums clean, and look for these signs of problems that may need professional evaluation:

    Red Gums: Periodontitis
    Periodontitis—or gum disease—is extremely common in dogs. In fact, this is much more common than cavities. If you notice that your dog’s gums look inflamed or that they are red, puffy / swollen, or bleeding, then periodontitis could be the cause. In addition to being painful in and of itself, gum disease can cause your dog to lose teeth. Don’t assume that your dog isn’t having oral pain caused by gum disease just because he or she is behaving normally. Dogs frequently don’t display signs of chronic pain because they don’t want to show weakness – this is probably an ancestral pack-animal trait.

    Yellow Gum Line Buildup: Plaque
    Plaque builds up on your dog’s teeth as the result of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. You may notice it if you look closely at your dog’s teeth and see yellow accumulations on the teeth, along the gum line. If plaque isn’t removed, it becomes tartar, which is harder and coral-like and builds on the tooth surface. Plaque and tartar can lead to foul breath, gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth can help, and regular professional teeth cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian will ensure that your dog’s teeth and gums stay healthy.

    Bad Breath: Decay
    Dogs are notorious for their less-than-pleasant breath, and sometimes that can be chalked up to their habits of eating whatever they can find in the environment. However, strong, chronic bad breath can also be a sign of underlying tooth decay (or even kidney disease) that should be evaluated by your vet.

    Make an appointment for pet dental care in Dallas at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and help your dog stay healthy and pain-free. Contact us today for your pet’s oral healthcare needs by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.

  • What to Know about Kitten Deworming

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    What Are Worms?
    Worms are parasites that can impact different systems in your kitten, depending on the type of worm. Kittens are most likely to get hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. Kittens born to infected cats and those who play outside are most likely to get worms, since they can get them from fleas, mosquitos, soil, and the waste of other animals. Without treatment, a worm infestation can be fatal in time. If your kitten has intestinal worms, he or she may have diarrhea, decreased appetite, and stomach bloating. Keep in mind that only hookworms leave visible evidence in your kitten’s waste, so take him or her to the veterinarian whenever these symptoms occur.

    What Happens During Deworming?
    If your veterinarian diagnoses your kitten with intestinal worms, he or she will give your kitten a medication designed to treat the specific type of worm involved. In general, different worms will require different treatment medications. The treatment may need to be repeated, and your kitten may need periodic fecal screenings to ensure that the worms have been successfully eradicated. Your vet may recommend that you restrict your kitten to indoor areas to avoid the risk of re-infection.

    Can Worms Be Prevented?
    Heartworms can be prevented with regular use of feline heartworm preventive. To prevent other types of worms, consider keeping your kitten inside, where he or she is less likely to encounter them. Or alternatively, use strategic deworming – your veterinarian can advise you on this approach. Keeping your kitten’s litter box and bedding clean can also help. Use a preventative flea medication to keep worm-carrying fleas at bay.

    What do the Experts Say?
    For intestinal worms, the Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends that all dogs and cats be screened or tested for intestinal parasites at least four times in the first year of life and at least two times per year in adults depending on patient health and lifestyle factors.

    Puppies and kittens should be given appropriate de-wormer starting at 2 weeks of age and repeating every 2 weeks until regular broad-spectrum parasite control begins, and adult pets should receive year-round broad-spectrum parasite control with efficacy against ascarids.

    Feces should be immediately picked up when walking a dog in a public area, picked up from the yard on a daily basis, and sandboxes, garden areas, and playgrounds should be protected from fecal contamination.

    From deworming to worm prevention and more, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can provide all of the care your kitten needs to become a healthy cat. Get your kitten on the path to good health today by making an appointment at our animal clinics in McKinney and north Dallas —you can reach us by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.