• Preparing for Your Pet’s First Boarding Visit

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    When you travel, boarding your pet allows you to relax and enjoy your trip while knowing that he or she is in good hands. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer veterinary-supervised boarding, so your can feel confident that all of your pet’s needs are being met. We board all of the animals we treat, from cats and dogs to hamsters and snakes. If you’re boarding your pet for the first time, here are some things you can do to prepare.

    Consider Your Sleeping Arrangements
    If you’re a cat or dog family and your four-legged friend shares a bed with a human family member each night, then the transition to sleeping alone while being boarded could be upsetting. Try to get your pet used to sleeping in his or her crate or at least outside of your bed for a few days before boarding begins. This will help him or her adjust to sleeping alone while you’re gone without being fearful.

    Pack for Your Pet’s Comfort
    It can be helpful for your pet to have some of the comforts of home with him or her at the boarding facility. For example, a favorite blanket or toy can remind your pet of home and help him or her feel at ease. Depending on the advice of your boarding facility, you may also want to pack your pet’s usual food and treats to avoid stomach upsets.

    Do be aware that personal items like blankets and toys that are brought along for a boarding pet can become soiled, damaged, lost, or destroyed. So maybe don’t pack along anything you or your pet can’t live without.

    Discuss Your Pet’s Medical Needs
    One of the benefits of choosing our veterinary hospital for boarding is that you can feel confident that your pet’s special medical needs will be met. Be sure you have enough of your pet’s medications for the time you will be away and write out complete instructions about dosing and other special attention your pet needs to stay healthy.

    Make arrangements for boarding for your pet by contacting Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal clinics in Dallas and McKinney will keep your pet happy, healthy, and well cared for while you’re away, so you can have peace of mind. Learn more today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • Ways That Your Cat Can Get Infected with Worms

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    Cats are vulnerable to a number of different kinds of worms, some of which can be transmitted to humans. Because cats may not show any symptoms of worms until they experience serious health problems, seeing your veterinarian regularly for kitty checkups that include worm screenings is important.

    In kittens, worms are typically transmitted from an infected mother to the young kitten, through milk. The most common way adult cats are infected is through eating feces of infected cats, or by eating something contaminated with the feces of other cats. In some cases, eating rodents or birds can also cause an infection. Cats who have fleas may also be more vulnerable to worms, particularly tape worms. Because worms can cause serious health problems when left untreated, it’s important for your cat to receive regular preventive care at the veterinary hospital.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer complete wellness care for all stage of your cat’s life. Make an appointment at our either of our AAHA-certified pet hospitals today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • Why Carrying Extra Pounds Is Dangerous for Your Pet

    Just as with people, our pet population is facing an obesity crisis. Being overweight can have serious consequences for your pet, so it’s important to consult with your veterinarian if you suspect your animal needs to lose weight. He or she can help you create a plan for helping your pet reach a healthy weight.

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    Watch this video to learn about some of the impacts of extra pounds on your pet. Joint disease, heart disease, respiratory problems, and diabetes are just a few of the issues that can plague overweight pets.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our AAHA-certified veterinary clinics offer care for all aspects of your pet’s well-being, from spay and neuter services to nutritional management. Make an appointment at our pet hospital today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • Answering Common Questions About Meowing in Cats

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    If your cat is a talker, then chances are that you’ve spent a lot of time wondering what he or she is trying to say. As you may have learned through observing your cat, not all meows are the same, and cats use different kinds of meowing to communicate different messages. Your veterinarian can help you decode your cat’s chatter. The answers to these questions will also help you clear up some of the mysteries of meowing.

    How can I figure out what my cat is trying to say?
    You can often understand your cat’s message by observing when he or she meows. If your cat meows when you come home or enter a room, he or she is likely just greeting you. Meows around mealtimes or when you’re eating are probably requests for food or treats. If your cat seems to meow often while roaming around the house, he or she may be lonely and asking for attention. Outdoor cats may meow at the door to be let in or out. Pay attention to the pattern of your cat’s meows, and the message may become clear.

    Its also worth remembering that left to their own devices cats don’t meow to each other very often. Meows are most often used to communicate with humans.

    Should I ever worry about my cat’s meowing?
    If your previously quiet cat has suddenly become vocal or if your cat simply won’t stop meowing, he or she could benefit from a checkup with the veterinarian to see if a medical condition is causing any discomfort. As long as your cat is in good health, meowing isn’t usually cause for concern. Some cats are simply more vocal than others because of their personalities or their breeds. Siamese cats, for instance, are likely to be extremely vocal.

    Can I discourage my cat from meowing?
    If your cat’s meowing is excessive, there are things you can do to discourage it. If your cat meows for food or treats, don’t reward his or her vocalizing by giving in. If your cat is seeking attention, have a pet sitter come by when you’re at work. The less you reward his or her demands, the less likely he or she will be to keep meowing.

    For spay and neutering, cat teeth cleaning, and all of the other vet care your cat needs, choose Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Make an appointment at our pet hospital today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.