• Common Reasons for Vomiting in Dogs

    There are a number of reasons dogs may vomit, and many of them are completely benign. However, it’s always important to pay attention to your dog’s symptoms when he or she vomits, as it could indicate a need for emergency vet care. Here is a closer look at some of the reasons dogs vomit and what you should do if it happens to your dog.

    Dietary Causes

    Often, vomiting is simply an indication that your dog has eaten the wrong thing. For instance, your dog may vomit if you change his or her food or because of an intolerance to something he or she ate. Your dog may also have gotten into the trash and eaten something that didn’t agree with his or her stomach. Typically, these vomiting episodes are over quickly, and your dog will return to normal almost immediately. However, if you think your dog got into the trash, monitor his or her symptoms closely in case of exposure to something toxic, like chocolate or food containing xylitol. If you suspect your dog could have consumed something toxic, contact your veterinarian or an animal emergency clinic right away.


    Bloat is one of the most serious conditions that can happen to dogs. It occurs when the stomach fills with gas, enlarges and presses on other organs. The stomach may also twist, cutting off its own blood supply. Dogs with bloat may vomit, or they may try to vomit without actually throwing up. If your dog vomits or retches and has shallow breathing and appears restless, seek emergency vet care right away. Time is of the essence in handling bloat.


    Just like people, dogs can pick up various bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. When this happens, your dog may vomit, depending on the kind of infection he or she has. Although some infections are transient and simply need to run their course, see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis if your dog is vomiting.

    Don’t let potentially serious symptoms go untreated in your dog. Help is available at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. We provide emergency vet care with two locations in the north Dallas area, whenever your pet needs urgent attention. For emergency care or more information about our pet hospitals, 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 of Texas.

  • Will Your Cat Ever Let You Get Some Sleep?

    If there’s one thing veterinarians hear time and again from cat owners, it’s that their cats always seem to have their highest levels of energy when the rest of the family is trying to go to bed. Fortunately, there are things you can get to get your cat on your schedule so you can get some sleep.

    If you free feed, that could be contributing to your cat’s nighttime activity level, so talk to your veterinarian about feeding a few meals a day instead. Setting a schedule and being patient as your cat adjusts to it will also help. Watch this video for more advice.

    For all of your pet needs, from cat teeth cleaning to dog boarding, choose Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. To make an appointment with a Chastain veterinarian, please 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 of Texas.

  • How to Make Sure Your Pet Has a Positive Boarding Experience

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are pleased to offer pet boarding as one of our services, and it is available for almost every kind of animal we treat. Not only is boarding your pet with us convenient, but you can also travel with the peace of mind that your animal is being looked after with the kind of care you’ve come to expect at our veterinary clinic and that emergency vet services are onsite if needed.

    We know that pet parents can get anxious about boarding their pets, but you can help to ensure that your animal has a great experience with these tips.

    Pack Your Pet’s Food

    For your pet, having his or her own food to eat will lessen the stress he or she feels at being in an unfamiliar place. Likewise, any sudden change to your pet’s diet can lead to gastrointestinal upset that will plague him or her while you are away. Be sure to discuss your pet’s eating habits with the boarding staff, especially if your pet is on a special prescription diet. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we have all of your pet’s medical records, so our team can access information about your pet’s diet as needed.

    Please note that sending food along with a boarding pet is especially important in the case on non-traditional pets, such as ferrets, rabbits, reptiles and birds.

    Talk to Your Veterinarian

    If you are boarding your pet for the first time, consider talking to your veterinarian about any specific needs your pet may have. For instance, if you have a dog that is known to be skittish or a cat with food allergies, your vet may offer advice to help you plan for your pet’s stay, such as packing a favorite toy or bringing your own treats.

    Consider a Dry Run

    You can get your pet used to boarding by doing day sessions or overnight boarding visits before a longer stay. This can give your pet a chance to get used to the people at the boarding facility and to get acclimated to the environment.

    When you board your pet at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, you can count on us to maintain dietary and medical protocols while ensure your animal gets the love and attention it needs. To find out more or to make an appointment for pet boarding in McKinney, 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 of Texas.

  • How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?

    Dogs have a reputation for eating as much and as often as they can, but how often should you really be feeding your dog? Your dog’s eating habits are a big clue to his or her overall health, so be sure to talk to your veterinarian about establishing a good routine and signs of potential problems to be alert to.

    In most cases, dogs should eat two meals a day, usually in the morning and in the evening. However, dogs younger than five months should eat up to four times a day, or as recommended by your veterinarian. Older dogs may also need to change their eating schedules. At your next visit with your veterinarian, be sure to discuss any concerns you have about your pup’s eating habits, because every dog’s needs are unique.

    For comprehensive care for your dog, including dog teeth cleaning and spay and neutering service, choose Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our dedicated team of veterinarians provides preventive and emergency vet care in Dallas and McKinney for a wide range of animals. To make an appointment, dial (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 of Texas.

  • Why Does Your Dog Tilt His or Her Head?

    Ask dog owners what their favorite thing is that their favorite pooch does, and you’re bound to hear a lot of them talking about the beloved dog head tilt. This habit may be cute, but what does it really mean? Veterinarians aren’t sure, but there are a few theories that could explain the behavior.

    Watch this video for insight into three possible reasons why your dog may tilt his or her head. Some animal experts believe dogs may tilt their heads to see or hear better, but others believe that dogs may do so because they get a positive response when they do it. It could be that both explanations are valid in different cases.

    If you have questions about your pet’s habits, ask your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for some insight. Our pet hospitals in the DFW area also provide wellness care, sick pet visits, and emergency vet care when your animal is in need. To learn more, dial (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 of Texas.