• 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

  • What to Look for in a Veterinary Hospital

    Your pet is a loving, loyal companion who quickly becomes part of the family. And, just like the rest of your family, your pet needs occasional medical attention in order to stay healthy and happy. Your pet deserves the best care so choosing the right veterinary hospital is an important decision that requires thought and research. Here are a few things to look for in a great veterinary hospital:

    • Top-notch wellness care

    A great veterinary hospital focuses on providing pets with thorough examinations at every visit so as to prevent minor concerns from becoming serious ailments. An excellent veterinary office is also well organized, keeps track of your pet’s immunizations, and alerts you when a pet needs an essential vaccine.

    • Nurturing veterinarians

    Before you make a final selection of your new veterinarian, make a trial appointment with a few candidates.  Let your pet and each of the candidates become acquainted. Most general practice veterinarians enjoy these sorts of “meet & greet” visits and most will do them for free. Watch how well the Vet and your pet get along. Discuss your pet health care goals and the health care philosophy of the practice. Since your pet is an important part of your family, he or she deserves nothing but the most caring veterinarian. A truly caring veterinarian recognizes the subtle differences between pets, such as allergies and on-going conditions, and has the experience necessary to devise an effective treatment plan given these variables.

    • Multiple services

    Usually you have to visit three different places for pet wellness, grooming, and boarding. However, some pet hospitals provide all three services in the same building. Both quality care and convenience are important factors to consider when choosing the right veterinarian so be sure to ask about additional services provided by your veterinary hospital.

    If you’re looking for the perfect veterinary hospital in the north Dallas area, then contact Preston Road Animal Hospital or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital . We employ only the most devoted veterinarians. In addition to pet wellness, we also provide pet grooming and boarding, allowing you to give your pet the care he or she deserves all in one place.


  • Chastain Veterinary Group: Getting Your Pet Microchipped!

    Your pet is a loving part of your family and it can be devastating when he or she is suddenly nowhere to be found. Sometimes, pets make it back home, but other times, they get lost and roam the streets. Even if you keep a collar and tag on your pet, these items can be removed, lost, or worn away over time. To increase your pet’s safety, we suggest that you have your pet microchipped. This is a relatively painless, inexpensive procedure that lasts for the duration of your pet’s life.

    • What is microchipping?

    Microchipping is the process of implanting a grain-sized microchip in the shoulder of your pet. These microchips cannot be seen or felt by your pet and are the only permanent method of identification available today.

    • How does a microchip help reunite pets and owners?

    When you have your pet microchipped, an AVID microchip is surgically implanted by your veterinarian into the shoulder of your pet.  Each microchip has its own unique identification number that correlates to the owner’s information, which is stored in a comprehensive database. When a pet is picked up by a shelter, the microchip is detected by a scanner that is hooked up to this database. The shelter then contacts you immediately, making the microchip your best chance to be reunited with your pet again.

    • Why is microchipping important?

    Studies show that one in every three pets goes missing during its lifetime, and 90% of those pets never return home. Some stay on the streets for the remainder of their lives, while others are fortunate enough to be taken into a shelter. However, every year somewhere between 8 and 10 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the US, and around half of these animals are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of funding. Of the animals that do make it a shelter, less than 15% are reunited with their owners. If your pet is taken into a shelter and has a microchip, then he or she can be tracked back to you and returned home.

    If you’re looking for ways to increase your pet’s security, then contact Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas, Texas or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas. In addition to pet microchipping, we provide pet wellness services, grooming, and boarding.

    Sad Dog in Rescue Shelter

  • Time to Rethink Global Warming?

    A new piece in the puzzle of Global Warming slipped past me last week. Turns out scientists from the prestigious CERN laboratories are now suggesting that 50-100% of the global warming we’ve been seeing may actually be caused by interactions between cosmic rays and the Earth’s atmosphere.

    Original Paper here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v476/n7361/full/nature10343.html

    Discussions here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/25/cern_cloud_cosmic_ray_first_results/

    And Here: http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/08/26/lawrence-solomon-science-now-settled/


  • Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is now on facebook and Twitter!

    We at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group feel it is our duty to provide the quality veterinary health care that our pets need, the warmth and gentleness that our pets want, and the understanding and flexibility that a family must have whilst looking after their pet.

    Find us on facebook and follow us on Twitter to find out more about Chastain Veterinary Medical Group!