• Quick Tips for Leash Training Your Puppy

    Leash training your puppy will make walks more enjoyable and safer for both of you. Your veterinarian can offer some great advice for making leash training easier. This video will also help.

    Start by getting your puppy used to wearing a collar and leash by allowing him or her to wear it around the house. While you walk, make sure you allow enough slack. Practicing in an enclosed space, like your back yard, will prepare you for walking on the street. Use treats for encouragement when your puppy does the right thing.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re here to help pet families through all stages of their animal’s life, from puppy spay and neuter services to dog dental cleaning and emergency vet care. You can find out 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 McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

  • Questions That Every Pet Owner Should Ask Their Veterinarian

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    Regular visits to the veterinary clinic are part of keeping your pet happy and healthy for life. You can be proactive about caring for your pet by asking your veterinarian certain questions about your animal’s health during your visit. Keep your pet as healthy as possible by asking these questions at your next appointment.

    Is my pet overweight?
    Just like their human family members, pets are living with an obesity crisis in the U.S. In fact, the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention reports that more than 50% of U.S. pets are overweight. Being overweight can lead to significant health problems for your pet, from arthritis and joint pain to cancer. Your veterinarian can help you make a plan to increase your pet’s amount of exercise and to select weight-friendly foods, so that your pet can drop the extra pounds and reclaim his or her health.

    Are my pet’s teeth healthy?
    Dog and cat teeth cleaning is an important part of their overall well-being. However, many pet families don’t realize that their pets need dental care, which may explain why 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age have periodontal disease. Oral health problems can cause your pet pain and lead to systemic health issues, so getting on a teeth cleaning schedule is essential. Your vet can recommend ways to brush your pet’s teeth at home and may recommend periodic deep cleanings performed at the animal hospital.

    What is this strange lump?
    Pets develop benign lumps and skin changes as they age, but don’t assume that any such change in your pet is normal. Your veterinarian should check out all masses and skin changes to make sure they are not cancerous. If your vet is suspicious, he or she will perform a biopsy and help you decide what steps to take next.

    We welcome all of your questions about your beloved pet when you visit Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in Dallas. Whether you need preventative care or emergency vet services, you can contact us today 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.

  • Could Your Cat Be Experiencing from Stress?

    cat care dallas Just like you may suffer from stress from a big work project or trouble in your personal life, your cat can also feel the effects of being stressed. Stress in cats can lead to serious health problems and can interfere with his or her quality of life. If you suspect your cat is suffering from stress, be sure to see your veterinarian as soon as possible to find a solution. Here is what you need to know.

    What are some of the potential causes of stress in cats?
    Cats can become stressed because of both emotional and physical factors. Change is a major cause of stress in cats. Moving to a new home, bringing a new human family member or pet into the house, or a change in your daily routine can all trigger anxiety in a cat. Cats may also become stressed because of situational events, such as loud music during a party or seeing another cat walk through his or her yard. The death or absence of a family member, physical health problems, and jealousy of other people or pets can also act as common stressors.

    How will I know if my cat is stressed?
    Often, behavioral changes will indicate that your cat is stressed. But you may have to pay close attention because cats often try to hide signs of health problems for a long time. Cats may begin to urinate outside of their litter boxes and groom themselves excessively. They may also have changes in their appetites, sleep more than usual, and attempt to isolate themselves. A previously quiet cat may become vocal, and a cat that previously got along well with other animals may turn aggressive. These behavioral changes should all be discussed with your veterinarian, since they can indicate that your cat is in distress.

    How is stress in cats treated?
    In some cases, simply removing the stressor can be the solution, but that is not always possible. If your veterinarian discovers that an underlying physical health issue is causing stress, treating that condition can resolve your cat’s anxiety. There are also certain stress relieving medications that are available. Your vet will work with you to pinpoint the cause of your cat’s stress and develop a treatment plan.

    If you have an anxious kitty on your hands, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with comprehensive veterinary services, including behavioral counseling. Make an appointment at our pet hospital in McKinney by calling (972) 529-5033 or call (972) 239-1309 for Our Dallas facility.

  • Spotlight on Fatty Liver Disease in Felines

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    Hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease, is one of the most common forms of liver problems in cats. Generally, it is sparked by malnourishment, which can cause fat to accumulate in the liver and interfere with the way red blood cells are processed. If your veterinarian diagnoses your cat with fatty liver disease, making dietary changes can usually reverse the condition.

    Once started, fatty liver disease causes a range of symptoms in cats, including rapid weight loss, GI problems, yellowing of the eyes, and drooling. They often occur after a prolonged period of not eating at all, or eating less than usual. If you suspect your cat could have fatty liver disease, bring him or her to the animal hospital as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will examine your cat and probably run some blood tests. Then he or she may recommend a high protein diet to help reverse the condition. If your cat cannot eat on his or her own, you may need to use a syringe to place food into his or her esophagus for a short period of time.

    Most cats recover from fatty liver disease within three to six weeks, if they get the veterinary treatments they need. If your cat has symptoms, call Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for an appointment. You can reach Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033.