• Do Cats Like Milk?

    One persistent myth about cats is that they love milk and that it makes a good treat for them. In reality, milk is likely to irritate your cat’s tummy, especially in the case of adult and older cars, and many cats don’t really even like it. If you want to give your cat milk, ask your veterinarian for his or her advice. This video explains more.

    Cats start out drinking their mothers’ milk, of course, but when they stop nursing, many become lactose-intolerant as they grow into adulthood. Although some cats can digest milk without an issue, this treat is an invitation to digestive disturbances and maybe even land the pet in the animal hospital in some cases.

    Let the veterinarian staff at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group help you navigate the ins and outs of pet care with the comprehensive services at our animal clinics. Make an appointment at our animal hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital.

  • How Often Should Your Dog Be Bathed?

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    Although it may not be your dog’s favorite activity, regular pet grooming keeps them healthy and comfortable. You already know that pet grooming keeps your dog smelling fresh and helps prevent skin problems, matting, and more, but between grooming visits, should you be bathing your dog?

    Opinions about the frequency of dog bathing vary. Some experts recommend bathing dogs once a month, while others recommend once a week. Unless your veterinarian gives specific bathing guidelines for your dog, we say you can typically follow your dog’s lead and give him or her a bath when it seems necessary.

    From pet grooming to emergency vet care, the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers comprehensive care for all of your furry family members. We offer preventative and sick pet care, as well as surgery, laser therapy, boarding, and dog and cat neutering and spaying. Find out more about all of the services at our pet hospital in McKinney by calling (972) 529-5033 or by calling our pet hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Is It OK to Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?

    Puppy kisses divide the dog loving community. Is it OK to get kisses from your pup, or should you stick with a pat on the head? Your veterinarian can give you some insight into what is lurking in your dog’s mouth. This video explains more.

    Dog’s mouths, contrary to popular belief, are not cleaner than humans. Their mouths are filled with bacteria, and those bacteria can be passed to humans and cause gum disease and other infections. These kinds of transmissions are relatively rare, but your veterinarian can give you an idea if letting your dog give you a lick is safe.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our pet hospital teams love animals as much as you, and our animal clinics are dedicated to keeping your furry friend happy and healthy. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in north Dallas today by calling (972) 239-1309 or schedule a vet visit in the McKinney / Frisco area by calling (972) 529-5033.

  • Dogs and Arthritis: What You Need to Know

    Humans aren’t the only ones prone to achy joints as they get older. Arthritis is also a significant issue for dogs, especially older dogs. Consider all of the running and jumping your dog does in a single day, and it is easy to see how his or her joints can become damaged from just ordinary wear and tear. Fortunately, there are many things you and your veterinarian can do to help your pet overcome the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Here are the facts every dog family needs to know.

    What causes arthritis in dogs?

    Most cases of arthritis in dogs are due to either developmental issues or wear-and-tear injuries. Developmental issues, such as hip dysplasia, occur when any kind of problem with the development of a joint occurs. Wear-and-tear injuries lead to osteoarthritis and are caused by years of just being an active dog. Cruciate ligament problems are closely related in that they can come about from routine use of the back legs.

    What are the signs?

    If your dog has arthritis, you’re likely to see him or her having increased difficulty doing things that were once normal. For instance, your dog may suddenly – or gradually over time – struggle to jump up on the couch or use the stairs. A once playful dog may become reluctant to play or may tire out more easily. Without treatment, these symptoms can lead to chronic low grade pain with periodic worsenings or flare ups. It is important to see your veterinarian if your dog has arthritis symptoms, as early intervention can slow the progression.

    What treatments are available?

    There are a number of ways your animal hospital can treat arthritis in your dog. Cold Laser therapy is one of the most advanced and newest ways to control pain without side effects, tons of medications or invasive treatments. Medications and dietary changes may also be helpful for many dogs. Overweight dogs can benefit from weight loss to reduce the pressure on the joints. In some cases, surgical and physical therapy are necessary.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer cutting-edge therapies for a range of conditions at our pet hospital, including cold laser therapy and surgery for arthritis. If your dog has arthritis symptoms, make an appointment at our veterinary clinic in Dallas or McKinney today 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.

  • Are You Ready to Adopt an Exotic Pet?

    Does the pet of your dreams look a lot more like a snake or ferret than a dog or a cat? Exotic pets like these and many others can make great additions to many households, but there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind before you adopt. If you’re thinking about making an exotic pet part of your family, it could be helpful to have a talk with a veterinarian before the adoption so you understand what’s ahead. Just confirm first that your veterinarian is one of the few who will treat non-traditional pets. If so, then here are some other indications that you’re ready to become the caretaker of an exotic animal.

    You know what is legal.

    States all have regulations about what animals are not legal to own as pets, and local ordinances can further impact what you can and can’t own. If you don’t do your research, you could be facing legal charges, and your animal may be confiscated and euthanized. These laws vary from place to place but often cover reptiles and animals considered to be potentially dangerous. A local veterinarian may be able to offer advice.

    You understand the care demands.

    Unfortunately, some people adopt exotic animals and find out that they were unprepared for the level of care involved. Some people in the past have apparently released problem exotic animals into their communities in order to get rid of them, which is dangerous for both the animal and the people living in the area. Research your exotic animal carefully and ensure you have the time, patience, facilities and equipment required to take proper care of your pet. Many non-traditional animal pets do not like strangers and do not do well when they are re-homed, so you will need to be the central caregiver for the duration of the animal’s life.

    You have found a vet.

    Not all vets can or will treat exotic animals. Before you adopt, make sure you have access to an animal clinic that welcomes exotic pets and is experienced with treating them. You should also find out if emergency vet care and boarding is available for exotic pets in your area.

    The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group welcomes exotic pets to our pet hospitals in Dallas & McKinney. Make an appointment with an experienced vet for your exotic animal 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 McKinney.

  • Signs Your Kitten Needs Emergency Care

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    Most new kittens adjust to their new homes without any issues, but as a new pet parent, it is important to know the signs of a health crisis, so you can get emergency vet care when you need it. If you are concerned about your kitten’s health, don’t hesitate to call us or your regular veterinarian. It is always better to err on the side of caution to protect your kitten’s health than to try to wait out symptoms that are serious. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your kitten, consider seeking emergency vet care.

    Breathing Difficulties
    Breathing problems are always a cause for emergency care for kittens. Look for signs like open-mouth breathing or panting. An increased respiratory rate is another clue. You can track your cat’s respiratory rate by counting how many times he or she breathes in 15 seconds and then multiplying that number by four to calculate breaths per minute. Any kind of breathing change should always be evaluated at a pet hospital as it could indicate a serious illness.

    Lack of Urinary Output
    Your kitten should be using the litter box multiple times per day. As you clean out the little box, you will get used to your kitten’s habits and what is normal for him or her. If you notice that he or she is not urinating, it could be time to consult your vet. Not urinating for more than 36 hours could be the sign of a medical emergency that requires immediate care.

    Cats are independent animals and may not stick to you as closely as dogs, but most kittens are visible members of the family. If your kitten begins hiding, it may mean that he or she is ill. When cats are sick, they tend to hide and only show signs of distress when their condition is advanced. If you’re constantly searching for your kitten, it’s probably time to seek a veterinary exam.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides emergency vet care in Dallas and McKinney when your pet needs it the most. Find out how we can help keep your pet healthy for life by calling our vet clinic s at (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.