• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Medical Benefits of Pet Boarding

    One issue that always plagues pet families is what to do with their four-legged friends when they leave town. Although many people consider things like dog walkers and having a friend stop by each day, veterinary supervised pet boarding offers many advantages to these options. In addition to the increased interaction your pet will receive in boarding compared to being stuck at home alone, boarding can be especially beneficial for pets who have special medical needs and are under veterinarian care.

    When you choose cat or dog boarding for your pet, you can feel confident that your pet is getting the supervision and medical attention he or she needs. The boarding service can administer your pet’s medication and be alert to symptoms so that your pet can get fast emergency vet care if needed. Choosing a boarding service that is in a pet hospital is an even better option, since your pet will have constant access to medical help.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is pleased to offer cat and dog boarding in Dallas in our animal clinics, so you can travel with the confidence of knowing your pet is being cared for. For more information, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

  • How to Decide Where to Board Your Pet

    pet boarding dallas For pet owners, boarding can be a difficult prospect. You leave your precious family member in the hands of near-strangers and hope that they will get the love, care, and attention they need, but finding that trust sometimes isn’t easy. The good news is that there a solution for cat and dog boarding you can feel good about when you choose boarding with your veterinarian.

    When you visit a boarding facility to see if it is right for your pet, evaluate the cleanliness. Good boarding facilities will be kept clean to prevent the spread of diseases. Cleanliness and functionality are more important to your pet than are newness and novelty of facilities. Find out where the animals sleep, when they eat, how much playtime they get, and how often human caretakers will be around. You should also ask about the protocols and procedures for dealing with sick or injured boarding pets. Having an on-site veterinarian can make a big difference.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we’re pleased to offer pet boarding to patients at our pet hospitals in north Dallas and McKinney. Rest assured that your pet will be in familiar hands and that qualified care is available from our veterinarians, when necessary. Find out more about our boarding services by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas.

  • What to Do When You’re Boarding Your Dog

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    Because pets are family to most of us, boarding a family dog can be a little stressful, but there are some trips that just aren’t made for four-legged friends. The good news is that there are many things you can do to make boarding your dog a lot less anxious for both you and your pet. Start by talking to us or your regular veterinarian if you need to find a trustworthy dog boarding facility. These tips will also help.

    Tour the Facility
    You will feel more confident about boarding your dog if you tour the kennel you’re considering. Look for signs of overcrowding and be sure there is an adequate staff in place to care for all of the guests. Evaluate the overall cleanliness, and watch how the staff interacts with the dogs. The attitude, demeanor and attention to detail shown by the staff is probably more important to your pet than how new, how expensive, or how fancy a boarding facility is. A good boarding kennel will have procedures in place that keep dogs both engaged and safe, so ask about the daily routine and how the kennel deals with things like aggressive dogs, nervous dogs, and differences in sizes and temperament during playtimes. Also inquire about the facility’s procedures for handling emergencies, accidents, and illnesses – more on that to follow.

    Pack Things from Home
    It’s a good idea to bring your dog’s regular food when you board him or her, as changing foods can cause aggravate sensitive stomachs. Some folks also bring water, as water taste and quality can vary widely across the state. You can also pack a favorite toy or blanket so your dog has something familiar to put him or her at ease. Keep in mind that things you bring to the kennel can get dirty or lost or destroyed during play sessions, so don’t bring expensive pet beds or other items that you want to keep in good condition.

    Review Emergency Procedures
    Leave a phone number and email address where you can be reached with the boarding kennel, as well as local contact number for a trusted friend or family member. Go over the boarding facility’s emergency procedures, and let them know who can give permission for veterinary treatment, if needed. In addition to emergencies and accidents, find how they handle routine illnesses, such as coughing or stress diarrhea.

    Get the peace of mind you want when you board your dog by choosing boarding at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal hospitals in the north Dallas area provide attentive and caring boarding with access to vet care when needed, from a veterinarian who knows your dog’s medical history. Learn more about our boarding services by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal hospital in the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

  • Tips for Choosing a Great Boarding Kennel

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    As much as your furry friends are a part of the family, they cannot always be a part of family vacations. When you need to leave your pet behind for a trip, having a great boarding kennel to rely on can give you peace of mind. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a boarding kennel for your pet. These tips will also help you narrow down your choices.

    Ask for Recommendations
    One of the best ways to learn about kennels is to ask others who have used them in the past. Talk to family, friends, and neighbors about the boarding kennels they use for their pets and if they know of any kennels you should avoid. Your veterinarian and the staff at your animal clinic may also have advice, especially if you need services other than cat or dog boarding.

    Visit Potential Kennels
    Before you leave your animal at a kennel, visit it for a tour. Does it seem clean and well maintained? Is there a veterinarian on site or on call for accidents and emergencies? Does the staff seem caring and knowledgeable, and do the animals seem to have adequate ventilation and space? Be sure to ask questions about feeding times, required immunizations, and exercise schedules to help you determine if a particular kennel is right for your pet. A good kennel will provide pets with ample activity and supervision and will have areas where nervous pets and small animals can be kept away from larger or more aggressive pets.

    Discuss Medical Emergencies
    Every kennel should have a policy in place for dealing with accidents, illnesses and medical emergencies in pets in their care. You should also provide the kennel with any medications and special foods your pet may need. Make sure the kennel has information about your vet and that you sign an authorization for vet care so that your pet can get urgent medical care if needed.

    Why not get real peace of mind during your next trip and board your pet at one of the locations of Chastain Veterinary Medical Group? We provide supervised boarding for all of the animals we treat at our pet hospital, including exotic animals. Both of our animal hospitals are accredited to the strict standards of the American Animal Hospital Association. Call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney to learn more about boarding in our facilities.

  • Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Dog Boarding Experience

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    While most pet owners wish they could bring their beloved dogs with them when they travel, it’s often too expensive or simply impractical to do so. Luckily, there are a number of reputable animal hospitals and dog boarding facilities in our area that can watch over your pet while you travel. To make sure your pet is happy, well cared for, and safe while you’re away, check out these tips for getting the most out of your dog boarding services.

    Choose a Dog Boarding Facility With On-Site Veterinarians
    You should choose a dog boarding facility has a qualified, experienced veterinarian on-site in case your dog becomes ill or injured during his stay. In some ways, a dog boarding facility is a lot like a big pre-school: lots of attendees from different families who don’t know each other. The food and water probably tastes different. The temperature and humidity will be different from what the pet is accustomed to. Accidents can and do happen on occasion. Pets can and do get sick on occasion. So, the presence of a veterinarian can be quite a comfort.

    The veterinarian should be equipped and staffed with assistants so as to be able to handle the typical small animal emergencies that pop up from time to time. Before choosing a pet boarding facility, ask the manager of each potential boarding facility what their procedure is for handling accidents, illnesses and emergencies among the borders.

    Look For the Best Dog Boarding Amenities
    Many dog boarding facilities offer amenities beyond just dog boarding. At the least, you want to find one that provides personal, daily playtime for your dog so that he won’t be as lonely without you. Some facilities also offer dog grooming services, and will give your dog a bath, nail trim, and haircut so he’ll be clean and comfortable when you pick him up. Others provide luxury dog kennels, or allow you to board family dogs together to increase their comfort.

    Communicate Your Dog’s Special Needs in Writing
    If your dog has any dietary restrictions, mobility problems, or behavioral issues, you should be sure to communicate them in writing to the manager of the dog boarding facility. This is particularly important if your dog has an allergy or health condition that needs special attention during boarding. Many boarding facilities, such as ourselves, will be happy to feed your pet his or her own special food, if you send a bag along with the boarding pet.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer affordable, secure, and comfortable pet boarding in the north Dallas area. Nothing overly fancy; just what your pet needs; nothing more and certainly nothing less. Pets will be well cared for, as our friendly, experienced animal clinic staff will provide daily walks for dogs, daily personal pet playtime and personal attention. Our staff gets to know each pet on an individual level and is quick to call any odd behaviors or findings to the attention of a veterinarian. We also provide spacious dog kennels and on-site emergency vet services in our pet hospital. For more information about our dog boarding services, contact us today at (972) 239-1309 (Preston Road – north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (Meadow brook – McKinney / Frisco).