• Updated: 2011 List of Emergency Animal Clinics in North Texas

    We’ve just finished our 2011 update of the list of animal Emergency Clinics in and around Dallas, Texas. You can find it here: http://www.chastainvets.info/emergency_clinics.php

    This is a great reference sheet to print out and keep alongside your other dog and cat supplies. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it’s always best to be prepared. 



  • Anybody Else in north Texas notice Wierd Behavior in their Pets Last Night?

    We did. Titus, one the two Chastain dogs, started acting spooked and trembling for no good reason around 11 or 12 last night. He kept asking to climb up ion the bed to be closer to the humans. Typically, we associate this sort of behavior in Titus with approaching thunderstorms… but the skies were clear last. Of course, there was a tiny earthquake about 40 south of here. Probably just coincidence… but maybe not. Dogs and other animals are well known to be sensitive to earthquakes. Anybody else notice anything odd?

  • How to Treat and Control Pet Allergies

    Dogs and cats are susceptible to allergies just like their human owners. Allergy season’s pollutants, like weeds, pollen, dust, and grass, most commonly affect our eyes and nose. Among dogs and cats, however, the skin is the target organ. If you notice your cat or dog itching and scratching away, especially if this is recurring issue, then here are some tips to get your furry friend feeling good and allergy-free:

    • Have them tested for allergies: This can be done via a blood test but the most conclusive option is an intradermal skin test. By testing your pet for allergies, you will be able to knowledgeably care for his or her specific ailments rather than playing a guessing game. Allergy testing typically gives the most accurate results when conducted at “off-peak” times, such as in the fall.
    • Know your pet’s enemies and your options: One of the advantages of allergy testing is that the specific irritants annoying your pet can be identified.  Once you know what’s bothering your pet, you can take steps to remove it or avoid it.
    • Talk about treatment options with your vet: Medicated baths, cream rinses, anti-itch sprays, antihistamines and allergy shots are all options to help alleviate pet allergies.

    Going to a compassionate and experienced veterinarian is a great way to get a reliable, professional perspective on the situation. Call (866) 455-9070 to talk to the veterinary experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group or contact us online.

    miniature pinscher scratching

  • Romer the Cat Does Ulrasound

    Hey guys, Romer the cat here.

    Not much going on in the McKinney office yesterday. So I ran around surgery at full speed for a while. Tore up some paper towels. Had to hiss at a big, hairy, brown dog that sniffed me.

    Later, the humans wanted me to play with a ridiculous cloth mouse on the end of a string, but I had a better idea. I decided to walk around on the keyboard of the ultrasound machine. It’s warm and the lighted buttons tickle my toes. It’s also a great place to nap. Turns out that with very little effort I can even make the machine print out screen captures of the ultrasound appearance of open room air. Check out my photos – did ‘em all by myself! The humans didn’t seem to think this was nearly as hilarious as I did, but what do they know anyway? Bipeds!


  • Fahrenheit our SpokesCat has posted his Bio on Facebook. Be sure to read: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=121022277998804

    Fahrenheit taking a break from a long work day.


  • Does your dog have allergies? Here are ten things to look for:

    Does your dog have allergies? Here are ten things to look for:

    • Itching, scratching, rubbing, and licking involving the face, ears, feet, toes, ankles, armpits, and groin.
    • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).
    • Red ears, lips or around the eyes.
    • Itchiness may be seasonal, especially in younger pets.
    • Symptoms nearly always slowly worsen with time, as the pet gets older.
    • The itchiness may be so intense it progresses to self-mutilation.
    • Symptoms temporary response to antihistamines and cortisone products, although these often gradually loose effectiveness over time as the disease process naturally worsens.
    • Skin lesions vary from nothing at all – the pet is simply too itchy – to broken hairs or bronze-colored salivary discoloration of the fur. As the condition worsens, we can see red, irritated skin, with or without bumps, crusts, and hair loss or balding. In time, affected pets may also develop thickened, dark skin and/or excessively oily or dry seborrhea.
    • Recurring secondary bacterial and yeast skin infections are very common.
    • Chronic relapsing ear infections are also very common.


    All that’s bound to make a pet miserable, don’t you think?

    The good news is that the fall and winter months are the ideal time of year to try to bring a pet’s allergies under control through allergy testing and allergy shots (hyposensitization). This is because allergens are at their lowest levels and pets are least itchy at this time of year.





  • Canine Influenza confirmed in San Antonio, Austin & Dallas. Vaccine Available:

    Most of the cases seem to be in San Antonio at present. A vaccine is avaialble for dogs whoose lifestyle puts them at high risk of coming in contact with the Dog Flu. More here:  http://bit.ly/r34ffr

  • Relentless Hot Weather Means Rabies is on the Rise- So says the Ft. Worth Star Telegram


    This is Dr. Sue Chastain from the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group writing with a quick seasonal pet health alert.


    Dr. Sue Chastain

    Rabies is on the rise.

    Texas State officials have reported 591 rabies cases this year as compared with 387 during the same period last year. Double the number of cases has been reported this year in Denton, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties when compared to last year.

    The current drought as well as the increase in skunk population is considered to be two very influencing factors in the rise of rabies cases being seen in the community. Drought conditions are forcing rabid wild animals to wander into populated areas in search of water. This is putting our pets at risk- especially those pets that are not up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.

    While vaccinations are extremely important in keeping the rate of disease down and optimizing our pet’s longevity, we cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain your annual and mid-year check-ups. If your pet hasn’t developed a twice-a-year relationship with us, he or she might be developing something else.

  • Fallen Navy SEAL’s Dog Refuses to Leave Master’s Side at Funeral

  • The Scent Of Lung Cancer Recognized By Sniffer Dogs

    Tip of the Hat to Dr Sue for alerting me to this one. More info here:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/232938.php

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