• The Importance of Fur De-Matting

    When your pet’s fur becomes long, it also becomes prone to tangles and matting. Matts can appear on the outer coat, where they are easy to see, or in the undercoat, where you may not notice them. Regular pet grooming is an important part of preventing matting in your pet.

    De-matting your animal as part of a regular pet grooming schedule will keep your pet comfortable and help to prevent health problems. Matted fur can be extremely painful, and the skin underneath matts can form sores and other irritations. Sometimes, debris becomes tangled in matts and further irritates your pet skin. During grooming, de-matting can be done gently to reduce discomfort for your pet. Brushing your pet regularly between pet grooming appointments will reduce the risk of matts.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are pleased to offer pet grooming in McKinney and Dallas by professional groomers who can remove matts while protecting your pet’s delicate skin. To make an appointment for grooming or to learn about other services we provide at our pet hospitals, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • Could a Ferret Be a Good Pet for You?

    Are you looking for a fun pet that is a little outside of the norm? If so, then a ferret could be perfect for you. Ferrets are playful and energetic and require minimal care. If you choose to adopt a ferret, make sure there is an animal hospital near you that can provide care for your new furry friend. Not all veterinarians will treat ferrets.

    Watch this video to get some insight into life with a ferret. Ferrets love to play and can be great additions to families with kids, but they shouldn’t be left alone with babies or very young children, as they may nip. Ferrets can catch some human illnesses, such as the flu, and they should be spayed or neutered as you would any other pet.

    Chastain Animal Medical Group is pleased to offer exotic animal care in Dallas and in the McKinney/Frisco areas of Texas alongside our services for dogs, cats, and birds. Whether you need pet grooming, dog neutering, or exotic animal checkups, our vets are ready to help. Make an appointment by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Examining Common Myths About Dog and Nutrition

    It isn’t just humans who are surrounded with conflicting information about nutrition. There is a lot of information available to dog owners about feeding their pups that can be confusing and misleading. The best way to find out what is really best for your dog is to make an appointment at your animal clinic to talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s specific health needs. Are popular myths about dog nutrition leading you to put your pooch’s health on the line? Here is what you need to know.

    Myth: Dogs have to eat dry food to prevent dental disease.

    Dry food does indeed help to clean debris off your dog’s teeth as he or she crunches, but the overall impact, while real, is probably not large. In reality, some dogs will simply only eat wet food, and that’s OK. It’s more important for your dog to get a dose of balanced nutrition from a healthy wet food than to starve himself or herself by refusing the crunchy food you keep putting out. If you’re concerned about your dog’s teeth, see your veterinarian regularly for pet dental services and try other preventative edibles, such as dental chews and crunchy carrots for snacks.

    Myth: Only whole meat is quality protein for dogs.

    Some dog foods contain whole meat and others contain meat meal. They can both be healthy for your pet. The source of the protein is the most important factor. Meat meal can be a more concentrated and affordable source of protein for dogs and is perfectly safe and healthy. Remember that pet food manufacturers sell and promote ingredients, whereas a dog’s metabolism needs nutrients. Your veterinarian can offer guidance when you’re looking for a pet food that has a healthy source of protein for your dog.

    Myth: Putting garlic on dog food gets rid of worms.

    At best, putting garlic on your dog’s food will have no impact at all. At worst, it can make your dog ill, as garlic can be extremely toxic to pups. To prevent the need for emergency vet care, leave the garlic off your dog’s food entirely.

    Do you have any questions about what you should feed your furry friend? Visit Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and speak with a veterinarian in Dallas or McKinney about your pet’s specific nutritional needs. Call (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney) to make an appointment today.

  • Questions to Ask Your Vet About Your Dog’s Behavioral Issues

    Every puppy is born with his or her own unique quirks, and a combination of instinct, environment, and training adds to that to produce patterns of behavior as he or she grows into an adult dog. Although nearly every dog has a few behaviors that the rest of their family could do without, how can you tell when your dog is just being mischievous and when you should be concerned about his or her behavior? If you’re worried about problem behaviors in your pup, ask your veterinarian these questions during your next appointment.

    When should I be concerned about my dog’s behavior?

    In most cases, behavioral problems are a concern in dogs when they put your pet or your family in danger. Behaviors such as obsessive biting and chewing of paws can cause injury and infections in your dog, while aggressive behavior means that your dog could injure you or even a stranger. These behaviors should all be reviewed with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Fearful and anxious behaviors should also be discussed with your veterinarian, as they can either indicate an underlying medical issue or simply be causing your dog to suffer.

    What kinds of treatments are available?

    Pet behavioral problems are best handled on a case-by-case basis. For some dogs, attending a training class may be all that is needed. Other dogs can benefit from working with a veterinary behaviorist. In some cases, dogs may need to take medications to ease anxiety and obsessive behaviors. Your veterinarian may recommend combining multiple treatment approaches to get the best results.

    Can I prevent behavioral problems in my dog?

    Early and consistent training can help to prevent behavioral issues in some cases. However, it is not always possible to prevent behavioral problems. Some dogs are predisposed to certain behaviors and conditions. Having a dog that needs behavioral help does not mean that you’ve been negligent as a pet parent.

    Don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns you have about your pets’ behavior with your veterinarian at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We’re here to help your pet maintain the best possible health with preventative care, including pet dental services and treatment for acute and chronic conditions. Make an appointment today 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.

  • Common Health Issues in Senior Cats

    As your cat gets older, his or her health may change over time, and you may need to make more frequent visits to the veterinarian. Fortunately, many senior cat health problems are manageable and won’t prevent your cat from living a long life, as long as he or she gets the proper care. Here are some of the most common health problems diagnosed in senior cats and how your veterinarian can address them.


    Arthritis is extremely common in older cats. After the age of 12, approximately 90% of cats begin to show signs of arthritis. While arthritis is no doubt uncomfortable for the cat, it can sometimes be difficult for us humans to pick up on. Pay attention for subtle, telltale symptoms, such as new difficulty going up and down the stairs, a reluctance to jump on and off furniture, and stiffness upon standing. If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment at your animal hospital to explore treatment options. If your cat is overweight, losing some excess weight can also reduce the stress on joints.

    Dental Disease

    Dental disease—especially gum disease—is another common problem in older cats. You can reduce the risk of dental disease with regular pet dental services at the vet and with brushing your cat’s teeth at home. Adding Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution to the pets drinking water has also problem useful in our hands. Dental disease not only causes pain and makes it difficult for your cat to eat, but it can also lead to systemic infections, including heart disease and respiratory problems. If your cat hasn’t had a dental checkup recently, or if you have noticed a change in your cat’s eating habits, make a vet appointment.

    Vision Loss

    As cats age, they become more prone to vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. In addition to obvious indicators like your cat bumping into things, look for cloudy eyes. Depending on the cause of your cat’s vision loss, your veterinarian may recommend medications or surgery or environmental adjustments. In some cases, cats can adapt to vision loss without the need for extensive treatment.

    From their first year through their senior years, the vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are committed to helping cats live happy and healthy lives. You can make an appointment at our animal hospital in Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 or for our animal hospital in McKinney, call (972) 529-5033.

  • What It Really Means When Cats Wag Their Tails

    What It Really Means When Cats Wag Their Tails

    Most pet owners think of dogs when they think of wagging tails, but did you know that cats also use their tails to communicate how they are feeling? Your veterinarian can explain some of the subtle messages your cat is conveying with his or her tail. This video will also help clear things up.

    When your cat’s tail is relaxed, so is your cat. A gentle wag usually means your cat is interested in something, such as a toy, the food you’re opening, or some movement in the room. Be wary when your cat’s tail is swishing back and forth quickly and forcefully. This movement means agitation and could indicate that something is upsetting your cat.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, your veterinarian in Dallas or McKinney will help you with all aspects of being a pet parent, from cat neutering and spaying to pet dental services. You can make an appointment at one of our animal hospital 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.