Taking a Look at Our Life Guardianship Trust

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are committed to helping our community help animals get the love and care they need. Our Life Guardianship Trust for pets is designed to meet this goal. Through the generous donations of our clients and other animal lovers in Dallas and McKinney, our veterinary hospital is able to provide much-needed care to animals in crisis.

The money in the Life Guardianship Trust is used to provide veterinarian services to homeless pets and wildlife and to help families whose pets need critical care that they cannot afford. The fund is also used to improve the quality of care we provide to our clients. We invite pet lovers to contribute to the fund at any time.

Finding out more about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group and the services at our veterinary clinics in Dallas and McKinney is super easy. Simply call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney, for more information.

Spotlight on Pet Boarding

When you are traveling and need a place for your pet to stay, why not enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they are getting the highest quality care from your veterinary hospital? Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is pleased to provide veterinarian-supervised pet boarding at rates that fit right into your travel budget.

When you board your pet with us, you can take comfort in knowing that your four-legged family member is getting the level of care that you would want him or her to have. We understand the special care needs your pet may have, from dietary concerns to daily medications, and the importance of following medical protocol. We can also offer medical boarding for pets that need additional veterinarian care while you are away.

Why risk boarding your pet at an unknown kennel or with an inexperienced pet sitter when you can rest easy knowing that the caring animal experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can provide the quality attention your animal needs? Find out about our pet boarding services in Dallas and McKinney by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309, or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

What a Bloated Abdomen Could Mean for Your Dog

Dogs love their food, and when they overindulge, their stomachs may show the signs. However, abdominal distension in a dog can also be an indicator of an extremely serious medical condition called bloat. If your dog has a bloated abdomen, you may need to seek emergency veterinary treatment in case your pet needs urgent care. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of abdominal bloating in dogs.

Bloating from Overeating

If your dog has a bloated abdomen but he or she appears otherwise healthy and happy, then the bloating is likely to be caused by overindulging. One simple way to recognize this kind of bloating is to know that your dog has recently eaten more than usual. For instance, if your dog managed to grab some table scraps and is now full and content, the bloating may not be a cause for concern but rather a side effect of eating too much. Overeating can lead to the more serious form of bloat, however, so it is important to be vigilant about your dog’s symptoms.

Bloat

Bloat, also more technically called gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), is one of the most serious emergencies dogs can face. Without treatment, GDV can be fatal within hours of the onset of symptoms. It occurs when a bloated stomach twists on itself, inside the dog’s abdomen, which traps air and gas in the stomach and prevents blood from reaching the stomach. This condition is painful, so in addition to a distended abdomen, your dog will appear restless and anxious and he or she may pace, drool, and try to vomit unsuccessfully. You may also notice pale gums, shortness of breath, and a rapid heart rate as the condition progresses. It is important to seek immediate veterinarian care if you even suspect that your dog has GDV.

Other Bloating Causes

Other conditions can cause bloating as well, including peritonitis, an infection that occurs when the stomach or intestines rupture, and Cushing’s syndrome, in which the body overproduces the hormone cortisol. Both conditions are serious and require immediate treatment at an animal hospital.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers emergency vet care & advice in the Dallas areas when your dog needs it the most. Find out how to get life-saving care around the clock by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

Feline Dental Care 101

Your cat can’t reach for a toothbrush after eating, so he or she relies on you for dental care. Your veterinarian can help with cat teeth cleaning services, but there are also some things you can do at home to keep your cat’s mouth healthy. Keep these tips in mind to reduce the risk of dental disease in your cat.

Start Early

Most cats will allow you to clean their teeth either with a toothbrush or your finger with some practice, but the earlier you start this habit, the easier it will be for your cat to adjust. Start off slowly, and reward your cat for every successful brushing, even if it is only partially successful. Try using a small feline toothbrush, or start with using your finger to rub the teeth and gums and working your way up to the toothbrush. Keep in mind that human toothpaste can be toxic to animals, so ask your veterinarian to recommend a product designed for cats.

Get Regular Checkups

Visit the veterinary hospital regularly for routine dental checkups for your cat. During a dental exam, the vet will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. He or she can also perform feline teeth cleaning services on follow up visits. Regular exams let your vet catch any dental problems in early stages, when they are easier to treat. Your vet can also make dental health recommendations during these visits, such as advice for cleaning your cat’s teeth at home and choosing foods that support good oral health.

React Quickly to Symptoms

Cats are adept at hiding pain, but if your pet has an oral health problem, there are some signs you can recognize at home. Consider calling the veterinarian for an appointment if your cat changes his or her eating habits, begins drooling excessively, or suddenly has bad breath. You may also notice visible signs of a dental problem, such as irritated gums or severely stained teeth.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer dental care for a variety of animals, including preventative services and oral surgery. Make an appointment for dental services at our veterinary clinic in McKinney by dialing (972) 529-5033 or by dialing our veterinary clinic in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

How to Tell if Your Dog Needs a Dental Checkup

You’re not the only one who needs regular visits to the dentist. Dog dental cleanings are an essential part of your pup’s overall well-being. Your veterinarian will recommend a schedule for dental checkups that is right for you and your pet, but how you can you tell that your dog needs some dental care between appointments? Keep an eye out for these signs that your dog could benefit from dental care.

Your dog’s breath is downright offensive.

Contrary to popular belief, having bad breath is not a normal trait for dogs. If you smell more than your dog’s favorite treats on his or her breath, make an appointment at the veterinary clinic for a checkup. Bad breath that comes on suddenly can indicate that your dog has an infected tooth or gum disease, and the longer it goes untreated, the worse it can become. In fact, your dog could end up needing to have teeth pulled if an infection is allowed to grow untreated, so make sure your vet checks out any unusual breath your dog develops.

Your hungry pooch is suddenly avoiding the food dish.

When dogs are having problems with their teeth, their eating habits may sometimes change. Your dog that once couldn’t wait for dinner may now leave the food in the bowl untouched, or you may find that he or she takes longer to eat than normal. Tooth pain can cause these symptoms, as can broken teeth and tooth loss. Take your dog to the veterinarian for an exam to see what could be causing the change in his or her eating habits.

It’s been too long since your dog’s last checkup.

In most cases, dog dental cleanings should happen about once a year. If it’s been too long since his or her last checkup, make an appointment. You don’t have to wait for symptoms of a problem to schedule a checkup, and your attentiveness to your dog’s dental health can help him or her avoid serious complications.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides extensive dog and cat teeth cleaning services, plus oral cancer screenings and periodontal surgery. 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.

Tips for Teaching Your Puppy to Stop Nipping

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting, but it is also hard work, as you teach your puppy the right way to behave in your home. One common problem new puppy families face is nipping. It’s natural for puppies to nip, since that is how they explore the world, but that behavior quickly becomes problematic if your pup doesn’t learn to stop before he or she becomes a bigger dog. Make sure veterinarian is part of your puppy’s life from the start, as your vet can offer advice about what behaviors are common, or normal, and can make referrals for behavioral training services if necessary. You can work on breaking your puppy’s nipping habit at home with this advice.

Copy Natural Dog Behavior

When puppies play with each other and with other older dogs, they learn bite inhibition through the reactions of the other dogs they are nipping at. If one dog mouths another too forcefully during play, the other dog will yelp, forcing the first dog to change his or her behavior, otherwise the game is over. You can mirror that behavior at home. When your puppy nips too hard, go limp and let out a loud yelping sound. Don’t play with your puppy for 10 to 15 seconds, and then resume the game. If he or she bites too hard again, repeat the process. This teaches your dog that gentle play is fine but he or she will lose your attention for aggressive nipping.

Redirect Attention

You may wish to teach your puppy that his or her teeth never belong on human skin, even during play. In this case, redirect your pup’s attention any time he or she tries to nip at you. Avoid your dog’s mouth and provide a chew toy anytime he or she wants to bite you. The toy gives your dog something to chew instead of your hand. If your pup nips at your ankles, keep a toy in your pocket to redirect biting when you walk.

Talk to your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group anytime you have questions about your new puppy’s health. We also offer dog spay and neuter services, dental care, and more. Schedule an appointment for your puppy today by dialing (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by dialing (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

A Look at the Benefits of Adopting an Older Cat

When many people decide to adopt a cat, their minds immediately go to kittens. However, there are many advantages to adopting an older cat that can outweigh the concerns about possible higher veterinarian bills. We ourselves have done this and it worked out perfectly. Watch this video to find out more.

Older cats are less demanding or more self-sufficient than kittens, which make them great for people who have busy schedules. Their personalities are established, so it is easier to integrate them into your household. As long as you are consistent with bringing your cat to the veterinarian regularly and acting quickly to take him or her to the veterinary clinic if you notice any symptoms of a medical problem, your older cat can still live a healthy life in your home.

Whatever the age of your new cat, the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with preventative and emergency vet care in north Dallas and McKinney. Learn more about our services by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033.

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What Diet Should You Feed Your Aging Dog?

Just like humans, dogs have different nutritional needs at every stage of life. When your dog enters his or her senior years, it is time to have a conversation with your veterinarian about your pup’s current food and what changes you should consider. These tips will also help you pick the right diet for your aging dog.

Consider Cutting Calories

Older dogs tend to be less active, which means they are also prone to weight gain. Same as with people. You can reduce the risk of obesity in your older pet by cutting his or her calories, under the guidance of your veterinarian. Some dog foods are specifically designed for seniors to provide an adequate amount of protein and carbohydrates with fewer calories, though some families prefer to just cut back on servings of their dogs’ current foods. Talk to your vet about the right way to cut calories without leaving your dog feeling hungry.

Add Fruits and Veggies

Constipation can be a problem in older dogs, so adding fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet can help. Keep in mind that not all fruits and veggies are appropriate for dogs, so talk to the staff at your veterinary clinic to get healthy recommendations. You can add fruits and veggies to your pet’s normal meals or offer them as treats between feedings.

Adjust for Health Needs

If your veterinarian has diagnosed your dog with a health problem, such as diabetes or heart disease, you may need to make changes to his or her diet as part of the overall treatment plan. For dogs with joint problems, nutritional supplements can also help to reduce inflammation. If your older dog has dental health problems, switching to wet food from dry kibble can make chewing easier.

Diet can play a central role in preserving your dog’s health well into his or her senior years, and Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help. We provide dog dental care, extensive preventive care, and emergency vet services to ensure that your pet always has access to the medical treatments he or she needs. To make an appointment at our veterinary hospitals in the north Dallas areas, please call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?

Dogs have a reputation for always being ready to eat, but how many times per day should you really be filling your pooch’s food bowl? Your veterinarian can offer you some great advice to help you make smart nutritional choices for your pet. This video should also help some.

Many factors go into determining the right eating plan for your dog. If you have a small puppy, he or she may need to eat as many as four times per day, thanks to his or her small stomach. As dogs age, most of them can settle into a routine of eating twice per day. Eating too much in one sitting can leave your dog hungry later and increase the risk of bloat, which requires emergency veterinary care.

Get answers to all of your questions about your pet’s health by making an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We offer comprehensive veterinarian care, from cat and dog neutering to pet dental services, in Dallas and McKinney. To make an appointment for your pet, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area.

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