• Veterinary Spotlight on Cytopoint

    Itchy pups are commonplace in the animal hospital, and sometimes, finding the right treatment can be frustrating. Because itching has so many different possible causes, your veterinarian is often left using trial and error to find the right itch treatments for your pet. Further, some pet owners aren’t happy with the prospect of giving their dogs medication to deal with itching. Fortunately, a new alternative is available: CYTOPOINT. CYTOPOINT is safe, effective, and fast-working, so your dog feels more comfortable immediately and you get a break from listening to the constant itching and biting.

    What is CYTOPOINT?

    CYTOPOINT is an injectable immunotherapy treatment that mimics the natural immune response in dogs to disrupt the cycle of inflammation and itching that is associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. Unlike drug treatment, CYTOPOINT is highly targeted so that its impact on broader immune functions is limited, and it is eliminated from the body through normal product degradation pathways. That means that liver and kidneys are not involved in metabolizing CYTOPOINT, as they are with drug treatments for itchiness.

    How quickly does CYTOPOINT work?

    CYTOPOINT begins working within 24 hours of receiving a single injection at the animal hospital in 80% of dogs. The relief lasts for four to eight weeks. During this period of itch relief, damaged skin has time to heal, which can help to make itching less intense in the future. After the CYTOPOINT injection wears off, dogs can get a repeated dose. CYTOPOINT testing has shown it to be safe and effective for long-term use.

    Are there any side effects?

    The side effects associated with CYTOPOINT are minimal. Some animals experienced slight increases in attacks of diarrhea, vomiting, and alopecia, but these incidences resolved without vet treatment. Less than 2% of dogs in trials of CYTOPOINT had any adverse effects.

    To find out if CYTOPOINT could be right for your dog, make an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in McKinney today. A veterinarian can make a diagnosis and determine the best plan for treating your pet’s excessive itching. To schedule an appointment at our pet hospital today, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • A Look at Effective Pet ID Methods

    Having a pet go missing can be devastating, but you can reduce the risk of losing your pet for good by using an effective method of pet identification. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer pet IDs and can help you select the best method to use for your animal.

    Our animal clinic uses several pet identification methods, each of which has a proven track record of success. We can implant RFID microchips during spay and neuter services that can be extremely effective in reuniting you with a lost pet. These microchips, which are smaller than a grain of rice, can be scanned by veterinarians and animal shelter personnel to find contact information for an animal’s family. In some cases, tattooing is an option for pet identifications, although there is some concern that tattoos can be altered.

    Let Chastain Veterinary Medical Group help you ensure your pet can always be traced back to his or her home. Appointments are available at our pet hospital in Dallas by calling (972) 239-1309 and at our pet hospital in McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309.

  • What to Expect When Your Pet Needs Surgery

    Pet parents never want to think about their beloved animal undergoing surgery, but sometimes it is necessary to treat an illness or injury. At every turn, your veterinarian and the staff at the pet hospital will be available to explain the process for you and address your concerns. If your pet is scheduled for surgery, here is a look at what you can expect.

    Pre-Operative Prep

    Before your pet undergoes his or her procedure, your veterinarian will take every possible precaution before surgery to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia and recovery. This will typically include a physical exam, blood work, and ECG screenings. These tests help your veterinarian make the right decisions about the type of anesthesia to use and which medications may be necessary before and after surgery. If the surgery is a planned procedure and not one that is the result of an emergency, be sure to follow all pre-op instructions and to bring your pet in for appointments and screenings as necessary to avoid delays in the surgery. For emergencies, these pre-op tests will be performed immediately before surgery.

    Surgical Procedure

    During surgery, your pet will receive the type of anesthetics that the veterinarian has determined are appropriate for him or her. The procedure itself will, of course, vary depending on the problem that is being treated. Your veterinarian will explain what the procedure will entail and how long you can expect your pet to be in surgery.

    Post-Operative Recovery

    After surgery, your pet will recover in a specialized area of the pet hospital while being closely monitored by veterinary nurses as he or she recovers from the anesthesia. He or she will also receive pain medication as needed. When it’s time for your pet to go home, you’ll receive medication and home care instructions. You may also make a time for a return visit for a checkup.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group understands how overwhelming pet surgery can be, and we strive to give every pet family the best possible experience. When your pet needs surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians in Dallas or McKinney. Call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

  • A Closer Look at Our Clinical Lab

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we understand the need for urgent answers when your pet is sick. That is why our animal clinic is pleased to offer a complete, in-house lab at each of our locations that can run screening and diagnostic tests. This lets us make fast decisions that are necessary for your animal’s care.

    Our in-house lab can run complete blood counts, biochemistry tests for organ function, electrolyte tests, and urinalysis, and results are available within minutes. This ability is essential for emergency veterinary care, so we can make an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment, which may be lifesaving, as soon as possible. Although we use an outside lab for routine tests, which is sometimes less expensive, our in-house lab is a crucial part of providing care for your pet.

    You can learn more about the lab services at our animal clinics in McKinney and Dallas by calling Chastain Veterinary Medical Group today. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

  • A Look at the Risk of Thyroid Disease in Cats

    Thyroid conditions are common among cats, and they are something your veterinarian will monitor your cat for throughout his or her life. Although thyroid disease is most common in older cats, it can happen at any age. There is no cure, but thyroid disease can be managed by your veterinarian. Here is what you need to know.

    What kind of thyroid disease is most common in cats?

    Most cats with thyroid disease have hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. With this condition, the thyroid is stimulated to overproduce thyroid hormone thanks to the development of tumors. The exact cause is not known, though veterinarians suspect that a combination of environmental, immunological, and nutritional factors could be at play. There is no breed or gender of cats that is more susceptible to hyperthyroidism than others.

    What are the symptoms?

    Because hyperthyroidism can impact different organs in different cats, the symptoms can vary. Classic hyperthyroid symptoms include weight loss despite an increase in appetite, increased urination, and hyperactivity. In some cases, however, cats can become lethargic and have a reduced appetite. These symptoms can sometimes indicate severe hyperthyroidism, and your veterinarian should evaluate them as soon as possible. If your vet suspects hyperthyroidism, he or she will perform a physical exam of the thyroid to see if it is enlarged and do blood work to measure thyroid functioning. In some cases, diagnostic imaging may also be needed.

    What treatments are available?

    Because hyperthyroidism can lead to heart failure, getting treatment is important. Medication can help to suppress thyroid functioning, but it needs to be administered for life. In some cases, surgical removal of one gland of the thyroid is recommended, but the other gland may then become hyperactive. Radioactive iodine treatment is another excellent treatment option, but it does require an extended stay in the pet hospital before your cat can safely come home.

    Hyperthyroidism is manageable with help from your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, where we offer complete pet diagnostic and treatment services on-site. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, please phone Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or phone Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.