• See Our Cold Laser Therapy in Action

    Cold laser therapy can be extremely beneficial for pets suffering from painful conditions, like arthritis. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer this safe and effective treatment option to help your pet feel his or her best.

    In this video, you can watch one of our veterinarians provide cold laser therapy treatment to a dog. This treatment is a painless way to help your pet heal faster, overcome muscle and ligament injuries, and get relief from the pain of arthritis.

    Could cold laser therapy help your pet overcome painful symptoms? Make an appointment at one of the AAHA -accredited Chastain Veterinary Medical Group hospitals for a consultation with one of our veterinarians in Dallas or McKinney. Get more information about all of the innovative services we offer at our animal clinic and schedule your visit 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 the McKinney/Frisco area.

  • The Hows and Whys of Food Aggression Avoidance in Dogs

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    Food aggression is a relatively common but potentially dangerous habit for dogs. If your dog exhibits signs of food aggression, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian for advice. Avoiding food aggression helps to reduce your dog’s anxiety and to protect your family. Here is what you need to know about food aggression and steps you can take to avoid it.

    What exactly is food aggression?

    Food aggression occurs when a dog acts out when a person or other animal approaches his or her food or treats. It can range from mild aggression, in which the dog growls when approached while eating or while near food, to severe aggression, in which the dog bites to protect his or her food from perceived threats. Aggression typically gets worse with foods the dog prizes the most, such as canned dog food or treats. Food aggression is in part instinct with dogs. They also may learn aggression if they have to compete with other members of their litter for food or if they share a bowl with other dogs.

    Why is food aggression dangerous?

    Food aggression can be dangerous for the humans in the household who approach the dog while he or she is eating, especially children who may not understand how to carefully interact with the dog. Aggression can be dangerous for your dog if you have more than one pet in your household, as it can lead to fights between the animals.

    What should you do if your dog shows food-related aggression?

    Stopping food aggression before it starts is the best strategy. You can do this by feeding your puppy treats out of your hand while petting him or her. You can also hold your puppy’s food while he or she eats. If your dog aggressively defends food, talk to your veterinarian about a referral to a behaviorist.

    Don’t let behavioral issues interfere with your enjoyment of your pup or his or her safety. The veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can assist with behavioral advice and referrals to specialists when necessary. Make an appointment to talk to a vet at our one of north Texas animal hospitals by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area.

  • What Is Medical Boarding?

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    Pet families always face a quandary when a trip comes around. They may want to go away, but will their pets be OK in their absence? With medical boarding from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, you can finally travel with confidence, knowing that your pet is in safe, well-trained hands.

    Medical boarding is different from boarding at a typical pet boarding facility. With medical boarding, your animal gets veterinary-supervised care while you are away. This means you can travel knowing that your pet is under the supervision of trained professionals and that any medical needs your pet has will be met. Medical boarding is the best solution if your pet needs to eat a specific diet, must follow a specific medical protocol, or if you just want to know that someone will know what to do if your pet experiences an emergency in your absence.

    Take time away without worrying about your pet by boarding him or her at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. With locations in Dallas and McKinney, we can keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy in your absence. To learn more about our medical boarding services, 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.

  • Tips for Training Your Pet Ferret

    ferret care dallas As your veterinarian will tell you, training a pet ferret is not only possible but also necessary. Ferrets are intelligent and inquisitive, and training them will make both them and their owners happier. Just as with other animals, training a ferret requires patience and persistence, but if you stick with it, your ferret will be following your instructions in no time. Succeed with your training efforts with these tips.

    Focus on Biting First
    Ferrets are notorious for having a few bad biting habits, so it’s important to deal with nipping behaviors during training first. Once you train your ferret that nipping is not acceptable, it will be easier to focus on other activities. To convince your ferret to stop nipping, consider using a time out cage. This cage should be different than the one that your ferret goes to for sleep. If your ferret nips, simply put him or her in the cage for up to five minutes, before bringing him or her back out. Don’t exceed five minutes of punishment, or your ferret may forget what happened. Never spank, spray with water, or tap on the nose to punish your ferret for biting. Doing so is likely to make him or her bite harder.

    Use Treats
    Ferrets respond to positive reinforcement, so using treats to convince your ferret to follow your training efforts is helpful. For instance, if you want to teach your ferret to shake hands, start by putting a treat about an inch from your hand when you are sitting in front of your ferret. When he or she steps on your hand to try to reach the treat, shake his or her paw and reward your pet with the treat.

    Feed Your Ferret Before Training
    Your ferret will be much more likely to go along with your training efforts if he or she is not hungry. Try to work on training right after your ferret eats. You will keep his or her attention for longer and are less likely to experience biting and bad behavior.

    Ferrets also need regular veterinarian care to ensure they stay healthy enough to keep learning. Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides exotic animal care at both of our veterinary hospitals in Dallas and McKinney for ferrets, snakes, and other less common animals. 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 the McKinney/Frisco area.

  • Gut Stasis in Guinea Pigs: Take Immediate Action to Save Your Pets

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    Gut stasis—also called gastrointestinal stasis or GI stasis—is one of the most common medical emergencies that guinea pigs experience. If you think that your guinea pig could have gut stasis, visit an emergency veterinary clinic right away for treatment. Delayed care could be life-threatening to your pet. Here is what you need to know.

    What is gut stasis?

    Gut stasis occurs when the contractions in the GI tract slow down. For guinea pigs, even a small slowdown in GI activity can be dangerous. Generally, gut stasis occurs as the result of an unhealthy diet. Feeding guinea pigs pellet foods without an adequate amount of roughage or too many foods with high sugar or grain contents can also be dangerous. Talking to your veterinarian about a healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of gut stasis. Gut stasis will also occur if your guinea pig stops eating for some reason. Such a loss of appetite could occur because of dental problems, pain, or stress for example.

    What are the symptoms?

    Gut stasis can cause decreased or no appetite, decreased activity, lethargy, and weakness. Guinea pigs may also experience diarrhea or decreased fecal production, in which fecal pellets are small and dry. Guinea pigs that don’t eat or produce feces for 24 hours should be seen at an emergency veterinary clinic right away, as they could be experiencing gut stasis.

    How is gut stasis treated?

    If your veterinarian determines that gut stasis is causing your guinea pig’s symptoms, he or she will usually provide subcutaneous fluid replacement and medications to stimulate gut motility. Pain medications can also help your guinea pig feel more comfortable. Getting your pet to eat is paramount for his or her recovery. If your guinea pig refuses to eat greens and grass hay, he or she may be fed a specially formulated gruel by syringe.

    Don’t delay seeking emergency care at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group if you suspect that your guinea pig could be suffering from gut stasis. You can learn more about emergency pet care and our AAHA accredited animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area.

  • Household Hazards for Small Pets

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    Hazards lurk around the home for all pets, but there are some things that put small animals particularly at risk. What should you look for when you are safety-proofing your house for your small pet? Avoid a trip to the emergency vet clinic by keeping an eye out for these hazards.

    One major hazard for small pets is loose wires. They are frequently at just the right height for small animals, and chewing them can lead to burn injuries as well as poisoning from zinc and copper. When you drop a pill on the floor, your small pet can find it easily and is at risk of experiencing toxic effects. Larger animals and children are also potentially dangerous for small pets. Even friendly play with a larger animal or child can lead to devastating injuries to a small pet.

    If your pet does experience an urgent medical need, get emergency vet care from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group fast. Quick treatment could be lifesaving. To learn where to find one of our veterinary clinics in Dallas and McKinney, please call Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

  • How Should I Clean My Dog’s Ears?

    Keeping your dog’s ears clean is one of the things you can do to ensure he or she stays as healthy as possible. Always consult with your veterinarian before you use any cleaning products in your dog’s ears or if you notice a discharge, odor, or inflammation.

    Watch this video to learn how to clean your dog’s ears. If your dog’s ears are healthy, wiping them out with cotton gauze can help keep them that way. If your veterinarian has recommended that you use an ear cleaner, follow his or her instructions about applying the cleaner and how often to do it.

    How else can you protect your pup’s health? See a veterinarian in Dallas or McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for preventative care, including pet dental cleanings, and any time your pet shows symptoms that concern you. Appointments are available by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

  • Keep Your Kitten Calm During Loud Thunderstorms

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    Thunderstorms are the bane of many pets, and for kittens, the loud bangs and flashing lights can be particularly frightening. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to comfort your kitten during thunderstorms. If your kitten’s fear seems especially overwhelming, talk to your vet at your next visit to the animal hospital to see if there are any medications or behavioral strategies you should consider. The information below should also help.

    Monitor Your Own Behavior
    Your kitten is very good at reading your body language, so if you are anxious about the storm, he or she will be as well. Stay calm and act like you’re relaxed so that your kitten senses that you have things under control. When your kitten is acting scared, it’s natural to want to comfort him or her, but be careful how you do so. If you shower your kitten with too much attention and affection when he or she acts scared, you will end up rewarding your cat, which reinforces the behavior. Pet your kitten as normal, but don’t overdo it, so he or she knows you’re there but doesn’t feel rewarded.

    Let Your Kitten Hide
    Kittens often seek out a hiding spot during thunderstorms. Your first instinct may be to take him or her out to offer comfort, but allowing your kitten to hide will make him or her feel secure. If your kitten gets anxious often, you may wish to invest in a few covered cat beds to keep around the house, so he or she always has somewhere to which to escape.

    Involve Your Vet
    Your veterinarian can offer plenty of advice for strategies you can use to calm a kitten who gets nervous during thunderstorms. For severe cases, your vet may even recommend medications that can help to manage your kitten’s anxiety during thunderstorms.

    From dealing with fearful kittens to performing cat neutering and spaying, the veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group are here to assist you in becoming the best pet parent to your new family member. You can make an appointment for your pet at our pet hospitals 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 McKinney at (972) 529-5033.