• How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Pulling on the Leash

    How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Pulling on the Leash

    Walks are fun times for dogs and owners alike, but if your pooch is the kind that is constantly tugging on the leash, it can be more like doing battle. If your dog’s behavior on walks is troublesome and he or she isn’t responding to any of your training efforts, consult with your veterinarian for advice.

    Watch this video for some tips on teaching your dog to stop pulling on the leash when he or she walks. Start by choosing the right leash for the kind of pulling your dog does. Your veterinarian can help you make a smart choice for your pet. The video reviews multiple approaches you can take to teaching your dog better walk behavior.

    From training issues to dog neutering and cat teeth cleaning, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group has all of your pet’s medical needs covered. 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.

  • Why Chocolate Is Toxic for Dogs

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    It may seem impossible that something as seemingly innocuous as chocolate could be dangerous for dogs, but chocolate really can be toxic for your pet. If you think your dog has eaten chocolate, call your emergency vet right away to find out what steps to take next.

    Watch this video to find out why chocolate is dangerous for dogs. It all comes down to a chemical in chocolate called theobromine. Exposure to theobromine can cause a dangerous reaction in your dog that can be deadly. No amount of chocolate is safe, so you should avoid giving it to your dog entirely.

    When you need emergency vet care in the Dallas or McKinney areas, choose Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our veterinarians offer quick treatment for chocolate poisoning and other acute animal emergencies. 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.

  • Introducing Your New Cat to Your Dog

    Dogs and cats are stereotyped as being the worst of enemies, but in reality, they can be the best of friends. If you already have a dog and are bringing home a cat, a careful introduction can lead to the blossoming of a close bond. In addition to taking your new cat to the animal hospital for a check-up and making arrangements for vaccinations and spay and neuter services as needed, have a plan for helping your cat and dog get to know each other. This advice will help.

    Give Your Cat a Safe Space

    It will be too overwhelming to your new cat to meet the whole family at once, so create a quiet room that your cat can stay in as he or she adjusts to the smells and sounds in the house. Equip the room with the litter box, food, and water, plus toys and a blanket or bedding to keep your cat cozy. You can go in and out to spend time with the cat, but keep your dog out until your new cat feels more at home.

    Introduce the Smells

    When your cat has started feeling more comfortable, start feeding your pets on either side of the closed door. Keep your cat’s food near the door on the inside of the room while you place your dog’s food outside. This will let them get used to each other’s scents while doing something they enjoy, like eating. When they are calm during meals, make the scent association stronger by swapping blankets or towels between the animals.

    Use Crates and Leashes

    When it is time for your kitty to come out of the room, let your pets check each other out while you use restraints. Put the cat in the crate and keep your dog on his or her leash, then, have them spend time in the same area as you make introductions. Next, transition to the cat being loose while the dog is on the leash. Once they are used to each other in this way and your dog doesn’t lunge at the cat, they can both be free to explore together.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our pet hospitals in Dallas and McKinney offer comprehensive vet care services, including dog and cat dental cleanings and emergency services. 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.

  • Dealing with an Animal Medical Emergency

    A medical emergency is scary, but the truth is most pet families are bound to face at least one such crisis. When trouble strikes, seeing an emergency vet as soon as possible could be critical for your pet’s well-being.

    The best way to deal with an animal medical emergency is to know what you will do, who you will call, and where you will go, before an urgent need arises. Find out your veterinarian’s emergency care protocols and locate the nearest emergency vet to your home. Know how to contact your veterinarian in an Emergency – in our case the phone number for the Emergency Messaging System is (214) 439-7233. If an emergency does happen, act quickly but calmly. If you are anxious, your pet will be, too. At the emergency animal clinic, the staff will triage your pet’s case and ensure he or she gets the right care at the right time.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers emergency vet care in Dallas and the McKinney / Frisco areas during regular business hours and we share emergency care affiliations with several emergency-only animal clinics in the area. To speak to us about this or 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.

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