People aren’t the only ones that can struggle to keep the numbers on the scale down. Pets can easily become overweight, too, and the effects can be just as deadly. If you are worried about your pet’s weight, then your veterinarian should be your first stop. Your veterinarian will tell you if your pet is carrying an unhealthy amount of weight and offer weight loss tips, if necessary. Here are some red flags that your pet is overweight.
When you look at your pet from behind, you should see a curve inward in the area below the rib cage. If your pet’s body looks like a straight line instead, or if you see a curve outward near the ribs, excess weight could be to blame. Likewise, when you view your pet from the side, you should see the underside of his or her body curve upward towards the hind legs. If you see a sagging belly instead, excess weight is likely the cause.
When you rub your pet’s side, you should be able to feel his or her rib cage without much trouble. When you rub it, it should feel like the skin is moving over the ribs smoothly. If you feel layers of skin or fat, your pet could be carrying too much weight. The same is true if you struggle to feel the ribs at all. In overweight pets, it can be hard to feel the ribs without applying pressure.
Pets often carry excess weight in their faces. Their faces may look unusually round, or they may have folds of skin caused by extra fat. If you are evaluating your pet’s face for signs of being overweight, use caution. Some breeds, such as pugs and bulldogs, naturally have round faces or folds around the face, so be sure to consult your veterinarian for the most accurate assessment of your pet’s weight.
The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you learn the healthy weight range for your pet, and your veterinarian can devise a plan to help your pet drop unhealthy pounds when needed. Our pet hospitals provide comprehensive preventative and acute care, from pet dental services to vaccinations. For an appointment at our veterinary clinic near McKinney, call (972) 239-1309 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital. For Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas, call (972) 239-1309.
You may think that your cat has grooming under control, but in reality, your kitty’s grooming efforts could also be leading to hairball troubles. With daily attention from you along with periodic bathing and/or pet grooming at your veterinary clinic, your cat can stay clean without all the hairy side effects.
Watch this video to find out how you can help with cat grooming. Brush your cat daily to remove excess hair, and you’ll be less likely to find hairballs waiting for you.
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer full-service pet grooming for dogs, cats, and even birds. Call our veterinary hospitals in Dallas today at (972) 239-1309 or in the McKinney / Frisco area at (972) 529-5033 for additional information about grooming, pet dental services, and more.
Ticks are more than an annoyance for pets and pet parents—they can transmit dangerous diseases to your pet, many of which can also affect humans. Work out a tick prevention plan with your veterinarian to keep your pet as healthy as possible.
As with humans, Lyme disease is a risk for pets with ticks. Pets with Lyme disease may develop fever, swollen joints, and, in some cases, kidney disease and nervous system disorders. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can cause significant complications, as can anaplasmosis. Tick paralysis is particularly dangerous for pets; it is caused by a toxin secreted by ticks and can lead to death without emergency vet care.
Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention are central parts of wellness care at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Learn about your options for preventative care during your next appointment at our animal clinic. Call us today at (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney, to schedule an appointment at our veterinary hospital in Dallas or to ask about our other services, including pet grooming, boarding, and exotic animal care.
Puppies love to explore the world with their mouths, but this natural behavior can become bothersome quickly, especially in the setting of a home interior. Although chewing is completely normal for puppies, it is important to address inappropriate chewing early and often. As your puppy grows, his or her chewing will only become more destructive, and when they like to chew on you, it will become increasingly painful. Your veterinarian is an important partner in your efforts to raise a well-behaved pup. These tips will also help you nip chewing behaviors in the bud before they get out of control.
Set Your Puppy Up for Success
Until your puppy learns appropriate chewing behaviors, make it easy for him or her to succeed by removing tempting things, like your shoes, from places where he or she plays. Be sure to store anything that could be harmful to your puppy, like medications or cleaning products, out of reach. When you can’t supervise your puppy, crate him or her to prevent unwanted chewing. Keep puppies out of rooms or places that can’t be adequately secured until they are much older.
Teach the Right Kind of Chewing
It’s a good idea to stock up on a variety of dog chew toys in different materials and textures to give your puppy good options when the urge to chew strikes. Every time you see your puppy begin to chew on something inappropriate, take that item away and replace it with a chew toy. Praise your puppy when he or she begins chewing on the appropriate item. Eventually, your dog will learn which items earn him or her praise—and which don’t.
Get a Check-Up
Occasionally, stubborn chewing is the symptom of a medical problem. See your veterinarian if your puppy isn’t responding to any of your efforts to discourage chewing, in order to rule out an underlying medical cause. Sometimes, dietary issues, gastrointestinal problems, and the need for pet dental services can trigger chewing.
Adjusting to life with a new puppy is both exciting and challenging, and Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help every step of the way. Get comprehensive pet care at our animal clinics, including spay and neuter services. Learn more about our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area of Texas.
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