• Qualcomm unveils wireless GPS tracking Service for dogs and cats

    Early reports say that Qualcomm’s ” Tagg ” pet-tracking system with GPS and wireless communication capabilities will allow pet owners to immediately track lost dogs or cats. The system is said to include a purpose-built tracking device that looks something like a watch and clips on to regular pet collars.

    Imagine the countless families that might now be able to avoid the heartache of losing a pet that unexpectedly darts out an open door or jumps a fence.

    This looks like a great idea to us!

    More here:  http://www.pettracker.com and here:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/239369/qualcomm_shows_public_face_with_pettracking_service.html

  • Heartworm Preventive now more important than ever

    Last month we received word that the US Food and Drug Administration is forcing the shutdown of the one and only plant that manufactures Imiticide, the drug used to treat canine heartworm infection. This follows many months of severe shortages of the same drug.

    Veterinarians are now left with no means to treat or cure existing heartworm infections ion dogs.

    This makes it even more important for dogs in central Texas to take heartworm preventive once a month, all year long. If a pet owner skips even just one month, that’s enough for heartworm larvae to get into a dog and set up an infection. Prevention has now become the treatment. Be vigilant.

     

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  • Finally! Cooler Weather for Central Texas

    Looks like we are finally getting a break from the tripple digit temps! It was only 66 degrees when I got to work this morning. Hallelujah!

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  • Allergies Are More Manageable Than You Think

    Have you tried Intradermal allergy testing?  It is more reliable than bloodwork in helping determine what your pet is allergic to.  During the months of September and October we are offering Intradermal Allergy testing for $298 .  This is a savings of over $130.  Please give us a call so that we can discuss this test with you in detail and answer any questions you may have.   

  • Special Thanks to Harvey C. for his generous donation of $100 to the Chastain Life Guardianship Trust

  • Yet again: Dog from Ft Bliss, TX vanishes, turns up 2 months & 1,000 miles away in CA.

    Once again the missing dog was positively identified and traced back to his owner thanks to a microchip. Read more here:  http://bit.ly/qstnwf

  • High Blood Pressure is a real problem for Dogs and Cats too

    High blood pressure in dogs and cats is proving to be much more common than we Vets once thought it was. While the overall incidence remains low, high blood pressure is fairly common in certain sub-groups of animals. The advent, in recent years, of simple, inexpensive blood pressure monitors that are accurate for dogs and cats has greatly expanded our appreciation of incidence of high blood pressure.

    Unlike humans, dogs and cats seldom develop high blood pressure without a good reason.

    So, when we find high blood pressure, the next things to do is look for some underlying cause. The most common underlying causes of canine or feline hypertension are:

    Kidney Disease or Kidney Failure – Systemic hypertension and associated complications develop in about 20% of affected cats and dogs and can occur at any stage in the disease process.

    Diabetes Mellitus – in one study, 46% of dogs with naturally occurring Diabetes also had high blood pressure.  Cats are likely similar.

    Hyperthyroidism (cats) – high blood pressure occurs in about 20% of cats with over-active thyroid glands.

    Cushing’s disease (dogs) – in one study, about 46.7% of dogs with Cushing’s disease also had secondary high blood pressure.

    Pheochromocytoma – an uncommon tumor of the adrenal gland; mostly in dogs

    Various Miscellaneous Conditions – e.g. Erlichiosis, Cardiomyopathy, and certain cancers like Lymphosarcoma

    The good news is that high blood pressure in dogs and cats is nearly always treatable. Furthermore, since it is usually linked to some other disease process, then the finding of hypertension can be a valuable clue for a Vet, indicating that something more serious may be developing, under the hood.

    So the next time, you take your dog or cat to the Vet, don’t be surprised if we ask him or her to extend their paw for a blood pressure test! 

     

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  • North Texas is the Allergy Capital for Texas – for Both Pets and People

    You recognize the symptoms in yourself immediately: a sniffly nose, a couple of sneezes, and eyes that water like you’ve been cutting onions. When you feel that, you know that allergy season is upon you. Many of us feel it— and so too do our pets! The good news is that we now have treatment options for our pets as well as ourselves

    • For Dogs and Cats, Allergies Symptoms are in the skin: Pets can be allergic to the same and similar inhalants that aggravate human sensitivities. However they show the symptoms a little differently. The primary indicators of pet allergies are itching, scratching, skin infections and ear infections. Whereas humans feel our allergies mostly in our noses, animals’ target organs are their skin. Dogs can develop lifelong allergies that can start as early as three months of age. Cats can suffer from allergies, too.
    • Pets suffer from seasonal allergies too: Even though allergy season is now beginning to wane, some dogs and cats are affected by allergies throughout the year. The biggest seasonal offenders include tree pollens, grass, and weed pollens, while mold spores, foods, and house dust mites can aggravate animals’ allergies year round. If you have multiple animals from the same family line, then it is very likely that if one animal has allergies, his or her relatives do as well. Certain dog breeds are also particularly predisposed to allergy problems, including Cocker Spaniels and Golden Retrievers.
    • Diagnose and treat your pet’s allergy problems: Blood allergy tests and, better yet, intradermal skin allergy testing can reveal the cause of allergies in an individual pet. Although there is frequently no cure for allergies, you can bring your pet’s allergies more under control in any number of ways, including medicated baths, cream rinses, anti-itch sprays, and antihistamines. Allergy testing followed by allergy shots offers the best chance of long term relief and maybe even cure.

    Since North Texas is known as the allergy capital of Texas, it’s that much more important to pay attention to your pets’ itching, scratching, and ear health.

    Take a proactive stance and have your pet tested for allergies that could be causing him or her discomfort, pain, or poor health. Because of the seasonal aspect of pet allergy symptoms, FALL is the ideal time of year for allergy testing. For a local vet who provides allergy testing along with other valuable veterinary hospital services like check-ups, surgeries, immunizations, and more, call the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group at (866) 455-9070 .

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  • Weekly Commentary from ‘Fahrenheit’ -our Preston Road clinic kitty!

    “Another lazy week at Preston Road Animal Hospital. I spent all morning soaking up some sunshine in the front windows. The weather has been cooling off and ruining my sunbathing potential. There was a particular exciting part of my day when a new toy came in for my roommate, Celcius. I overheard the humans call it a ‘Kong Wobbler’.

    It’s the craziest contraption I have ever seen! He has to sit there and bat at it, or pull on the tantilizing black, fluffy play-thing and then treats fall out. Imagine, working for your food! HA! He just hasn’t figured out how to play the humans like I have. Although, he has been looking thinner lately. Maybe there is something to this ‘Kong Wobbler’. I mean, they have taken all my lounging space on the counter to display all of these ‘smart toys’. Humph! Replacing me with a toy, what a silly idea. Well, at least it gets Celcius off my back and more time getting ear scratches. Until next week!”

     

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  • One of the unsung heroes of 9/11 is a Golden Retriever SAR dog, still alive in Houston, TX. Read more about her:http://www.myfoxhouston.com

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