• Veterinary Spotlight on Cytopoint

    Itchy pups are commonplace in the animal hospital, and sometimes, finding the right treatment can be frustrating. Because itching has so many different possible causes, your veterinarian is often left using trial and error to find the right itch treatments for your pet. Further, some pet owners aren’t happy with the prospect of giving their dogs medication to deal with itching. Fortunately, a new alternative is available: CYTOPOINT. CYTOPOINT is safe, effective, and fast-working, so your dog feels more comfortable immediately and you get a break from listening to the constant itching and biting.

    What is CYTOPOINT?

    CYTOPOINT is an injectable immunotherapy treatment that mimics the natural immune response in dogs to disrupt the cycle of inflammation and itching that is associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. Unlike drug treatment, CYTOPOINT is highly targeted so that its impact on broader immune functions is limited, and it is eliminated from the body through normal product degradation pathways. That means that liver and kidneys are not involved in metabolizing CYTOPOINT, as they are with drug treatments for itchiness.

    How quickly does CYTOPOINT work?

    CYTOPOINT begins working within 24 hours of receiving a single injection at the animal hospital in 80% of dogs. The relief lasts for four to eight weeks. During this period of itch relief, damaged skin has time to heal, which can help to make itching less intense in the future. After the CYTOPOINT injection wears off, dogs can get a repeated dose. CYTOPOINT testing has shown it to be safe and effective for long-term use.

    Are there any side effects?

    The side effects associated with CYTOPOINT are minimal. Some animals experienced slight increases in attacks of diarrhea, vomiting, and alopecia, but these incidences resolved without vet treatment. Less than 2% of dogs in trials of CYTOPOINT had any adverse effects.

    To find out if CYTOPOINT could be right for your dog, make an appointment at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group in McKinney today. A veterinarian can make a diagnosis and determine the best plan for treating your pet’s excessive itching. To schedule an appointment at our pet hospital today, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • The Importance of Fur De-Matting

    When your pet’s fur becomes long, it also becomes prone to tangles and matting. Matts can appear on the outer coat, where they are easy to see, or in the undercoat, where you may not notice them. Regular pet grooming is an important part of preventing matting in your pet.

    De-matting your animal as part of a regular pet grooming schedule will keep your pet comfortable and help to prevent health problems. Matted fur can be extremely painful, and the skin underneath matts can form sores and other irritations. Sometimes, debris becomes tangled in matts and further irritates your pet skin. During grooming, de-matting can be done gently to reduce discomfort for your pet. Brushing your pet regularly between pet grooming appointments will reduce the risk of matts.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we are pleased to offer pet grooming in McKinney and Dallas by professional groomers who can remove matts while protecting your pet’s delicate skin. To make an appointment for grooming or to learn about other services we provide at our pet hospitals, call (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

  • How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin

    How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin

    Dogs are prone to skin problems, especially itchy, dry skin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help ensure your dog’s skin stays as healthy as possible. If you think your dog is having a skin problem, make an appointment with us or your regular veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about caring for your dog’s skin.

    Recognizing Signs of Skin Problems

    The most common symptom sign of skin problems in dog is pruritus, or itching. Pruritus is the second most common reason that people take their dogs to the veterinarian. You may notice that your dog is itching more than normal and is also chewing, biting, and licking incessantly, which can cause irritation and wounds that are secondary to the cause of the pruritus. In some cases, you may also notice changes to your dog’s coat and flaky skin that looks like dandruff. When you see these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days, see your veterinarian at the animal hospital. It is important for your vet to determine the cause of your dog’s skin problem so that the correct treatment can be applied. Otherwise, we could accidentally exacerbate the problem. For instance, if your dog has oily skin and you treat him or her for dry skin instead, you could make the oily skin worse.

    Treating and Preventing Skin Problems

    If your dog has a skin problem that has been diagnosed by the veterinarian, then follow his or her prescribed treatment, which may include oral and topical medications. You can also reduce or prevent skin problems by making sure your dog is getting plenty of fresh drinking water and considering adding oils and supplements to your dog’s diet. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any new supplement. Dogs with dry skin can benefit from eating mostly wet food. If your dog has allergies that are causing skin problems, making dietary changes and giving baths with just plain water.

    Don’t let chronic skin problems cause discomfort for your dog. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for help. To reach our pet hospital, please call (972) 239-1309. For our north Dallas location, please dial (972) 239-1309.

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  • Tips for Getting Your Anxious Pup Comfortable with Grooming

    Pet grooming of some sort is a must for helping keep animals healthy, but many puppies don’t quite see it the same way. It’s extremely common for puppies and adult dogs alike to get anxious at the mere hint of pet grooming, but there are things you can do to calm your animal’s nerves and turn grooming into a positive experience. The sooner you start working on these tips with your puppy, the better, but even older dogs can be taught to relax during grooming with a little effort.

    Handle Your Puppy

    The more comfortable your puppy becomes with being handled, the easier time he or she will have while being groomed. Pet your dog often while talking softly to ensure he or she is relaxed. If your dog is just starting to get used to this kind of interaction, start simply with head scratching and eventually move on to rubbing his or her belly, legs, tail, and paws. Stay calm and continue praising your puppy while you’re petting. Handling your puppy this way often, especially the paws, which many dogs would rather not be touched, will help your dog get comfortable with the kind of handling the groomer needs to do.

    Try Home Brushing

    You can further get your dog ready for grooming by making brushing part of your home care routine. As with handling your dog, you may need to be patient and slowly introduce brushing to your pet. Once he or she is comfortable with the brush, do longer sessions, and don’t allow your dog to get up until you’re ready, so he or she gets used to not controlling the brushing.

    Talk to Your Vet

    Your veterinarian can be an extremely valuable source of information that can help get your puppy ready for grooming. He or she may be able to recommend training techniques and classes, as well as good groomers. If your vet has a pet groomer in his or her animal clinic, like the Chastain’s do, that could be a good choice for your pet.

    At the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer onsite pet grooming in both north Dallas and McKinney for your convenience. 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 the McKinney / Frisco area of Texas.

  • Touring Some Common Animal Grooming Services

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    Pet grooming is a veterinary service that is essential to your pet’s health and happiness. Your veterinary clinic may already offer pet grooming services, or if not they can refer you to a reputable pet groomer near you. Here’s a look at some of the most beneficial pet grooming services to your pet’s health.

    Pet Bathing and & a Cut
    The most common pet grooming service is a bath and cut. This simple service provides significant benefits to your pet. In the normal process of grooming your pet, the pet groomer can check his/her skin, coat, eyes, mouth, ears, nose, and nails for signs of illness, disease, and other health problems. If something odd is noticed, these matters can be brought to the attention of the pet owner or the attending veterinarian. In some cases, groomers can notice things well before they become prominent enough to come to the attention of most pet owners. Regular pet grooming also relieves your pet of tangled hair, matted fur, and a dirty coat, which may be causing discomfort. Particularly in warmer months, pets with thick fur or long hair will appreciate regular pet grooming.

    Nail Trim and Ear Cleaning
    When your pet’s nails become too long, it becomes difficult, and even painful, for him to walk. Crazy long or overgrown nails have been known to cause toe sprains in dogs. Excessively long nails can also cause injury to pet owners and furniture. They tend to snag in carpeting and so on. Add a nail trim to your regular pet grooming services to keep your pet’s nails at a healthy, reasonable length; it usually a free add-on. Some veterinarians also offer ear cleaning in their pet grooming packages. Ear cleaning prevents or eliminates ear mites, infection, and inflammation in your pet’s ears.

    Pet Dental Services
    Unfortunately, many pet owners skip over regular pet dental services when choosing a pet grooming package. Animal hospitals and veterinary clinics that offer pet grooming will often also offer pet dental services such as tooth brushing with a pet grooming. These services are very helpful in maintaining your pet’s oral health.

    Caution : don’t fall into the trap of believing that a periodic tooth brushing by a pet groomer can replace regular dental checkups or regular dental cleanings as provided by your veterinarian. The services are not the same. Your veterinarian will check your dog’s mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of decay and disease. Early detection of oral health problems can ensure more effective treatment options and a higher recovery rate. And only a licensed veterinarian can prescribe treatments for dental disease.

    The most comprehensive pet grooming services are often found at veterinary clinics. At Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital, our Dallas area pet grooming packages include nail trims, baths, and haircuts. Our on-site veterinarians also offer pet dental services. For more information about our veterinary services, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (Dallas) or (972) 529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco).

  • The Importance of Grooming Your Pet

    Pet grooming is about more than just keeping your pet looking his or her best. There are also important health benefits to keeping a well-groomed animal. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide safe pet grooming and pet dental services in north Dallas, McKinney, and Frisco to help you keep your pet in top condition. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t fall behind on your pet’s grooming schedule.

    Improved Comfort
    Imagine having your hair pulled back tightly or tied up in knots all the time. That is probably exactly what your pet feels like when he or she has mats in the fur. Regular grooming keeps mats at bay and prevents the need for shaving your pet when mats get too out of control. Your pet groomer will work out any small tangles that do form, but you can keep things under control by brushing your pet regularly between grooming sessions.

    Less Shedding
    Shedding is the bane of many pet owners. No matter how much you love your pet, there is nothing fun about constantly sweeping up hair. When you groom your animal regularly, there will be less shedding to deal with in your house. Not only does this make your life easier in terms of your cleaning schedule, but it will also help any human allergy suffers in the household to stay more comfortable.

    Better Health
    Your pet could be suffering from health problems that may be hard to see from a distance but are easily noticed during grooming. For instance, if your animal has a tick, it can be found during the grooming process. During pet grooming, it’s also possible to find lumps, lesions, rashes, and other issues that could indicate serious health problems like cancer; regular grooming could actually be life-saving for your pet.

    For all your pet grooming needs, choose Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. At each of our pet clinics you can feel confident that your pet is in safe hands while being groomed. Our experienced vets can also provide pet dental services to keep your cat or dog’s breath fresh and teeth healthy. Find out more about our pet grooming services and animal care by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (469) 759-7620.

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