Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

When you bring your kitten to his or her first appointment with the veterinarian, besides plans for spay and neuter services and vaccinations, your vet may want to discuss deworming. Because cats are prone to picking up parasites, it can help helpful to administer deworming treatments before symptoms appear to stop the parasites from doing damage to your kitten’s health. Here are the facts kitten parents need to know about deworming.

Deworming protects your kitten’s health.

Ideally, all cats who are breeders should receive regular deworming to prevent passing parasites on to their kittens. If your kitten came from a breeder, you may be able to verify whether his or her mother was sufficiently dewormed. If your kitten came from an animal shelter, you will not able to verify his or her mother’s health. Being exposed to so many other kittens and cats in the shelter system, including strays, can dramatically increase your kitten’s risk of contracting intestinal worms and other parasites. However, even if your cat came from a breeder, deworming the mother doesn’t completely prevent an intestinal worm infestation. Because worms can cause significant health problems, and because some intestinal worms are also infectious to people, your veterinarian will likely recommend deworming in almost every instance, regardless of your cat’s background or symptoms.

Multiple deworming treatments are needed.

Your veterinarian may recommend multiple deworming treatments for your kitten, to treat for different kinds of worms and to ensure that all of the worms your kitten does have are eliminated. As your kitten grows older, your veterinarian will make deworming recommendations based in a number of factors, including whether your cat spends any time outside.

You should report signs of worms to your veterinarian.

Even if your kitten has received deworming treatments, it is still important to be vigilant about reporting any symptoms to your vet. Call the pet hospital if your kitten has diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or a distended belly. Fast treatment could safe your kitten’s life.

The vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provide preventative care at every stage of your cat’s development to help him or her stay healthy for life. Find out more about the services at our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

What Shots Does Your Puppy Need?

Vaccinations are among the most powerful and effective types of preventative care you can provide for your puppy. During your first puppy wellness checkup at your animal hospital, your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine schedule that is right for your pooch.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we have created a unique vaccination schedule that is based on the latest research in veterinary medicine. We used a three-year vaccination cycle, which minimizes the number of shots your puppy needs to get throughout his or her life while still providing maximum protection against diseases. Initially, your dog will receive vaccinations against rabies, distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and more. After your puppy completes his or her initial round of shots, he or she will move to our adult dog schedule.

You can learn more about the vaccination schedule at our pet hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney by calling Chastain Veterinary Medical Group today. Dial (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

Learn More About Pet Obesity

People aren’t the only ones experiencing an obesity epidemic. More than half of the pets in the U.S. are overweight as well. Just as it is with humans, obesity is deadly for pets, so talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible if you are concerned about your pet’s weight. Its far better in the long run to keep your pet on the thin side of normal.

Obesity can cause pets to experience joint pain and can increase their risk of a number of different medical conditions. If your pet is overweight, ask your veterinarian to help you devise a safe diet plan.

Make an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and find out if your pet’s weight is healthy and what you can do to keep it under control. We have pet hospital locations in McKinney and Dallas for your convenience. For an appointment in north Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309, or for an appointment in the McKinney / Frisco area, please call (972) 529-5033.

How to Get Your Dog to Take a Pill

One experience almost every dog owner has when the veterinarian prescribes medication is the frustrating fight to get your pup to swallow the pill. Dogs can turn into sophisticated tricksters when you have medication to give them, somehow managing to extract the pill from whatever high-value treat you may be offering if they catch even a whiff of the medicine. Your veterinarian is a good source of information if your dog persistently refuses medicine. This advice will also help.

If your dog is wise to your routine of sticking a pill in his or her regular treat, try putting into something your dog isn’t used to having—the smellier, the better. You can also try giving several treats at once, so your dog gobble them all, not realizing one has medicine. If all else fails, gently insert the pill into your dog’s throat and follow it up another treat or syringe of broth or water to help it go down. Praise and reward your dog throughout.

Talk to your vet at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for more advice for providing the best care for your beloved pet. To schedule a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney call (972) 529-5033, or for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.

Make Vet Trips Free of Fear

Make Vet Trips Free of Fear

If your pet dreads trips to the animal hospital, there are several things you can do to take the stress out of the experience. Watch this video to learn how to make trips to the veterinarian less fearful.

Start by not feeding your pet after 6 p.m. the night before his or her appointment, unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise. This will make your pet more responsive to the treats her is offered at the pet hospital. Avoid baby talking to your pet as well. Although you are trying to comfort your pet, you could actually be making him or her more anxious.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our patient team of animal lovers is dedicated to making every animal clinic visit as comfortable as possible. To make an appointment at any one of our animal hospitals in the Motorplex, please call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

A Look at Periodontal Disease in Pets

A Look at Periodontal Disease in Pets

Periodontal disease is a common, if often overlooked, risk for pets. If your pet develops periodontal disease and you don’t see your veterinarian for care in time, he or she could suffer some significant consequences, from tooth loss to systemic health problems. Here are the facts that every pet owner needs to know about periodontal disease.

How likely is it that my pet has periodontal disease?

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the majority of dogs and cats have evidence of periodontal disease by age three (3). In recent years, at the urging of their veterinarians, pet owners have become more aware of the risk of periodontal disease and how they can prevent it, but it remains an extremely common problem. If you haven’t talked to your veterinarian about periodontal disease, do so at your next animal hospital visit. He or she may recommend professional dental cleanings and home oral hygiene treatments to protect your pet’s gums.

What symptoms are common?

Periodontal disease may not cause any symptoms that we humans can easily perceive until it is well advanced. If you notice that your pet has chronically bad breath, see the veterinarian for a checkup. Contrary to popular belief, bad breath is not normal in animals and is often caused by periodontal disease. In later stages, you may notice your pet’s gums appear red and inflamed or that he or she appears hesitant to chew his or her food. If your pet’s teeth look discolored or decayed, that can also be an indication that periodontal disease is present.

Why is treating periodontal disease important?

Periodontal disease can affect your pet in the same way it affects you. Your pet may lose his or teeth as well as the gum tissue and bone that support them. The tooth and gum infection can enter the bloodstream and cause or worsen heart, liver, and kidney problems. Periodontal disease can also cause pain and interfere with your pet’s ability to eat normally and be happy.

We take dental care seriously at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and can help you treat and prevent periodontal disease in your pet. To schedule a consultation at our Animal Hospital in McKinney call (972) 529-5033, or for our Hospital in North Dallas, please call (972) 239-1309.

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Home Pet-Proofing 101

One of the biggest challenges of becoming a pet parent is pet-proofing your home. Things you may not have even considered as a danger could end in a trip to the emergency vet. For instance, you may think that giving your dog a bone is a safe idea, but cooked bones can easily splinter and cause dangerous internal blockages or injuries that require treatment at the emergency vet clinic. Dropping a pill, leaving a battery on the table, or letting your dog near a bag of fertilizer may seem innocent enough, but can all lead to pet health emergencies. Find out what items you need to stow to pet-proof your home in this infographic from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our vet clinic and emergency animal hospital can provide the preventative and acute care your pet needs to live a long, healthy life. Please share this information, and when you need a vet in Dallas or McKinney, contact us for an appointment.

How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin

How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin

Dogs are prone to skin problems, especially itchy, dry skin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help ensure your dog’s skin stays as healthy as possible. If you think your dog is having a skin problem, make an appointment with us or your regular veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about caring for your dog’s skin.

Recognizing Signs of Skin Problems

The most common symptom sign of skin problems in dog is pruritus, or itching. Pruritus is the second most common reason that people take their dogs to the veterinarian. You may notice that your dog is itching more than normal and is also chewing, biting, and licking incessantly, which can cause irritation and wounds that are secondary to the cause of the pruritus. In some cases, you may also notice changes to your dog’s coat and flaky skin that looks like dandruff. When you see these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days, see your veterinarian at the animal hospital. It is important for your vet to determine the cause of your dog’s skin problem so that the correct treatment can be applied. Otherwise, we could accidentally exacerbate the problem. For instance, if your dog has oily skin and you treat him or her for dry skin instead, you could make the oily skin worse.

Treating and Preventing Skin Problems

If your dog has a skin problem that has been diagnosed by the veterinarian, then follow his or her prescribed treatment, which may include oral and topical medications. You can also reduce or prevent skin problems by making sure your dog is getting plenty of fresh drinking water and considering adding oils and supplements to your dog’s diet. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any new supplement. Dogs with dry skin can benefit from eating mostly wet food. If your dog has allergies that are causing skin problems, making dietary changes and giving baths with just plain water.

Don’t let chronic skin problems cause discomfort for your dog. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for help. To reach our pet hospital, please call (972) 239-1309. For our north Dallas location, please dial (972) 239-1309.

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