• What to Expect While Deworming Your New Puppy

    When you look into your sweet new puppy’s eyes, it can be hard to imagine that he or she could be holding a stomach full of worms, but in reality, there is a good chance that he or she is hosting at least a few of these invaders. Worms are a common problem in dogs of all ages, but puppies lack the immune system to effectively fight them off, so they can multiply quickly. Deworming is a standard process for puppies, and your veterinarian may recommend that you do a few cycles to make sure your pet is protected. Here is a look at what to expect.

    Giving Your Puppy a Deworming Treatment

    To get rid of parasites in your pup, you will need to give him or her a deworming medication. Deworming medications come in a few different varieties. Some are provided by your veterinarian in office, while others are medications that you give at home. Some deworming medicines can be sprinkled on your puppy’s food so that he or she eats it easily, without having to take a pill.

    Eliminating the Worms

    After having the deworming treatment, your puppy will eliminate the worms via his or her digestive system. For many new puppy families, this sight can be unsettling, since you may see adult worms moving around in your puppy’s feces. This is completely normal and a sign the treatment is working. Be sure to clean up the infected feces, so that your puppy doesn’t try to eat it and become re-infected.

    Dealing with Side Effects

    After taking deworming medicines, your puppy may seem a little fatigued while the medication does its job. Diarrhea is also common, but call your veterinarian if you notice any serious side effects, such as panting, pacing, and other signs of distress.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help with all parts of your new puppy’s wellness, from vaccines and spay and neuter services to help with behavioral issues. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Spotting the Signs of Pancreatitis in Dogs

    Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. The normal job of the pancreas is to produce a hormone called insulin, which helps the body digest sugar and regulates levels of sugar in the blood. When your dog has pancreatitis, the pancreas can’t do its job, which can cause a long list of uncomfortable symptoms for your pup. Although mild cases of pancreatitis are not usually serious, you should always call your veterinarian if you think your dog could be ill, as severe cases can lead to loss of life. These are the signs of pancreatitis that you should be on the lookout for, so you can get vet care as soon as possible.

    Dehydration

    Dogs with pancreatitis often become dehydrated. The dehydration has a few different causes, including the vomiting and diarrhea that often accompanies pancreatitis, as well as high blood sugar levels and nausea that prevents dogs from drinking. Panting, sunken-looking eyes, low energy levels, and loss of skin elasticity are all signs of dehydration in dogs.

    Diarrhea

    Vomiting occurs sometimes in dogs with pancreatitis, but diarrhea is the most common sign of intestinal distress you are likely to see. Dogs with diarrhea caused by pancreatitis may experience loose stools outside or may lose their abilities to control themselves indoors and have an accident. Frequent diarrhea increases the risk of dehydration, which can make mild cases of pancreatitis more serious.

    Breathing Difficulties

    Dogs who are suffering from pancreatitis may struggle to catch their breath. They may become intolerant to exercise and generally seem lethargic, but they may breathe as though they have been very active. This symptom should always be evaluated at your animal clinic.

    If you suspect that your dog has pancreatitis, call your veterinarian or contact us at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our animal hospital offers fast appointments for acute care and emergency care when your pet is in crisis. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Weight Management for Your Pet

    Most pets love to eat. From begging for treats to begging for scraps from your plate, many pets spend most of the day in search of their next snack. Because they’re so good at convincing you to give them just one more treat—and because they often love napping almost as much as they love eating—it’s easy for pets’ weight to get out of control. Unfortunately, being overweight is as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. The good news is that the veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help with your pet’s weight management.

    At every appointment at our animal clinic, your pet will be weighed and examined so that the vet can assign him or her a body condition score. If your pet is found to be overweight, our team will give you advice for nutrition, exercise, behavior modifications, and toys that will help your pet drop the pounds and avoid weight-related medical conditions.

    Help your pet live a long and healthy life with the help of the veterinarians at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. You can schedule a visit at our pet hospital in Dallas or McKinney by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

  • Spotlight on the Importance of Preventative Care for Your Pet

    Pets, like people, don’t only need healthcare when they are sick. Having regular checkups with the veterinarian is crucial for maintaining good health and reducing the risk of diseases. Skipping routine exams for your pet could put his or her health on the line and lead to the need to costly treatments to fight health conditions that could have been prevented.

    Preventative care for your pet has many different aspects. During checkups, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam to look for signs of injuries and diseases. He or she will also perform screening tests to spot indications of heartworms and other dangerous conditions and provide vaccinations that can prevent your pet from contracting serious illnesses. Spay and neuter services and pet dental cleanings also fall under preventative care and both reduce the risk of everything from cancer and behavioral problems to heart disease and tooth loss.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help you care for your pet at every stage of his or her life with comprehensive wellness services, advanced treatments for illnesses and injuries, and emergency vet care in Dallas. Schedule an appointment for your pet by calling (972) 239-1309.

  • What to Do When Your Pets Don’t Get Along

    Animal lovers relish the thought of a multi-pet household, but the pets in question don’t always have the same the idea. There are many reasons that pets may not get along when they live side-by-side, but fortunately, pet parents can help their animals get over their sibling rivalry. Getting your veterinarian involved is crucial. At the animal clinic, you can get confirmation that none of your pets are suffering from any underlying medical issues that are impacting their ability to get along. This advice will also help you keep the peace when your pets have a personality conflict.

     

    Manage the Introduction

    If you’re adding a new pet to your household, ensuring that you introduce your animals to each other the right way is critical. Introducing cats to other animals requires a slow approach, in which they are kept in separate rooms to get used to each other’s scent and then spend gradually increasing amounts of time together, while you are closely supervising. Dogs are more open to introductions but should be watched carefully. If you notice any signs of aggression, separate the animals and wait for a little longer to slowly being the reintroduction process again.

     

    Reward Friendly Behavior

    When your pets cooperate with each other, reward the behavior with praise and treats. If you see your pets playing together, engage in play with them, and take notice when they are sitting quietly together and praise them. They will begin to recognize that getting along gets them both what they want—attention—and will repeat the behavior to get it again.

     

    Resist the Urge to Force It

    In some instances, pets just need some time to figure it out. Don’t allow your animals to fight, which can be dangerous for them and to you, but don’t try to force them to interact. As they become more accustomed to each other, the rules of their relationship may naturally fall into place.

     

    Your veterinarian at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can also assist with behavioral tips to help you maintain peace in your pet-filled household. We also make it easy to get all of the care your pets need in one place at our pet clinic in McKinney, including preventive care, spay and neuter services, and pet grooming. To find out more about our services or to make an appointment, call (972) 239-1309.

  • Tips for Keeping Your Pet Calm During a Vet Visit

    No matter how much you love your pet’s veterinarian, there’s a good chance that your animal isn’t fond of his or her visits to the pet hospital. Fortunately, if your pet experiences anxiety when it’s time for a vet check-up, there are several things you can do to make appointments more comfortable for him or her, not to mention for yourself and your vet. Try this advice for making your pet’s next animal clinic visit less stressful.

    Consider the Carrier

    Not all pets have to ride to the vet in a carrier, but if yours will be confined to one for his or her vet appointment, re-introduce it well before the big day. Get the carrier out about a week before your appointment, and leave the door open. Put some treats and toys inside, and let your pet get used to going in and out of it. Make it comfortable with a towel or some bedding, and consider using a calming pheromone spray inside it. Once it’s time to put your pet inside for your vet visit, the carrier won’t seem so scary anymore.

    Drop by to Say Hello

    Did you know that you can swing by your vet’s office between appointments? Periodically drop in at the animal clinic with your pet in tow to say hello. A lot of people do this. Give your pet a chance to hop up on the scale, and of course, to get a treat or a good ear scratching from the clinic staff. Your pet will get used to the smells and sounds of the office on these low-key visits, so that his or her own check-ups won’t feel so foreign and scary.

    Ask Your Vet

    For some pets, getting over anxiety about vet visits isn’t a simple process. If your pet won’t adjust to pet clinic appointments, ask your vet about sedative medications that could help. With these meds, your pet will feel relaxed during appointments, so the whole process is faster and more comfortable.

     

    The friendly team at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group always works to make pets and their parents feel welcome and at ease at our animal clinic in Dallas. Make an appointment at one of our AAHA-accredited 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 McKinney.

     

  • What Are the Dangers of Obesity in Dogs?

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    Obesity is a serious health crisis not just for humans but for pets as well. For dogs, being obese leads to a long list of health risks that can ultimately lead to pain, digestive problems, and even early death. If you’re concerned about your dog’s weight, talk to your veterinarian. Reduced-calorie foods, exercise plans, and dietary changes can all help your pup get back to a healthy weight. Here is a closer look at some of the potential dangers of obesity in dogs.

    Arthritis

    Being overweight puts excess pressure on your dog’s joints. Over time, this wear and tear can lead to arthritis. When your dog develops arthritis, it becomes harder for him or her to go up and down stairs, jump up on beds, go for walks, and play. Thanks to the limits that joint pain puts on your dog’s ability to exercise, he or she will be prone to even more weight gain. In addition to joint damage, excess weight can also cause damage to the ligaments and muscles that surround the joints.

    Heart Disease

    Excess weight causes your dog’s blood pressure to increase. The increased pressure means that the heart has to work harder to pump blood. As the heart works harder and harder, it may become damaged. Heart disease and congestive heart failure are both common in dogs who are overweight.

    Decreased Stamina

    Even a modest weight gain can significantly tax your dog’s system. With every step, his or her muscles, lungs, and heart have to work harder than they were built to do. As a result, your dog will become sluggish and less interested—and able—to do things he or she once loved, such as going for walks or hitting the dog park. Lower levels of stamina lead to a decreased quality of life for your pup, and the excessive strain on his or her system can lead to a shortened lifespan.

    Help is available for overweight pups at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Talk to our veterinarians in Dallas or McKinney about dietary changes for overweight dogs, as well as safe activities for building up your dog’s exercise tolerance again. Make an appointment at one of our AAHA-accredited 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 McKinney.

     

  • When to Take Your Dog to the Vet for Coughing

    Coughing is not unusual for a dog, and in most cases, it is not a sign of a serious health problem. However, coughing can in some instances indicate an issue that needs treatment. Your veterinarian should evaluate any persistent cough. If your dog’s cough has just started, here are some of the indicators that you should call the animal clinic.

    If your dog’s cough is deep and dry, like hacking cough in humans, he or she may have kennel cough. This condition is extremely contagious, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and to start treatment as soon as possible. A wet cough can be indicative of pneumonia, while a gagging cough may mean that your dog has something in his or her throat.

    Are you concerned about your pet’s symptoms? Let the team at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group help. Make an appointment at one of our AAHA-accredited 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 McKinney.

  • Does Your Dog Really Understand You?

    All dog families know that humans and their canine counterparts communicate extensively. However, while most people do speak to their dogs, the question remains: do their dogs really understand what they are saying? For instance, if you tell your dog that it is time to go to the veterinarian, will he or she really picture a trip to the animal clinic?

    Watch this video for some insight into the communication that exists between humans and dogs. Dogs may not get the meaning of every word, but they are extremely resourceful when it comes to responding to nonverbal cues.

    For all of your questions about your pup’s behavior and health needs, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help with preventive care, pet grooming, and much more. To make an appointment at our McKinney/Frisco animal hospital, please call (972) 529-5033, or to make an appointment at our north Dallas animal hospital, please call (972) 239-1309.

  • Spotting the Signs of Tummy Troubles in Your Dog

    With the way most dogs eat anything they can get their hands on, it’s no surprise that they frequently experience stomach upset. Although tummy troubles may be relatively common in dogs, it’s a good idea to be able to spot the signs, so that you can take action to make your pup feel better and so that you know when to seek emergency vet care. Here are some indicators that your dog is experiencing tummy problems and what you can do to help.

    Eating Grass
    If you notice that your dog has taken to dining on grass, then he or she is likely to have an upset stomach. Dogs gravitate towards grass when they are feeling unwell. Eating grass tends to quell digestive problems, although some dogs may vomit after eating it. Occasionally, dogs eat grass for other reasons, such as boredom, but keep an eye out for other signs of stomach issues if you see your dog eating grass, and consult with your veterinarian if he or she is persistently eating it.

    Vomiting
    Vomiting is an obvious sign of stomach problems in dogs. In some cases, vomiting is not a reason for concern. However, if your dog has a sudden onset of severe vomiting, or if the vomit contains blood or looks like it has coffee grounds in it, seek emergency vet care. This kind of vomiting can indicate a serious underlying issue or that your dog has ingested something dangerous.

    Disinterest in Activities
    If your dog becomes disinterested in food and his or her usual activities, an upset tummy could be to blame. Just as people become tired and lethargic when they’re unwell, your dog will want to rest and withdrawal if he or she is feeling sick. If this symptom persists, call your veterinarian.

    If your dog is feeling under the weather, let Chastain Veterinary Medical Group get him or her back to good health. Both of our animal hospitals are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. We offer sick pet care and emergency vet visits in Dallas, with in-house diagnostics to make sure your pup get the best and fastest care possible. To make an appointment at our McKinney/Frisco animal hospital, please call (972) 529-5033, or to make an appointment at our north Dallas animal hospital, please call (972) 239-1309.