Thursday, January 19, 2017
Kayla joined the Hazel Dell family in May of 2016. She may be one of the first voices that you hear when you call and you can find her most often in the lobby loving on your furry companions. She is interested in expanding her knowledge and expertise in the Veterinary field. She grew up in Indianapolis with her wonderful parents and younger sister. She now lives with her fiancé and a water loving, mud digging, wet-kiss giving chocolate Lab named Dakota, who is the love of their lives. She is a long time animal lover and knew at a young age that she wanted to make a career of working in the veterinary field. We are delighted to have her on staff and we know you will too!
Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year Resolutions for 2017
Do you have New Year Resolutions for yourself this year? How about for your pets? Is it one of those things where you write down a bunch of things you really wish you were doing and then bury the list under a stack of paper s? Perhaps this year, for your pets, it could be different.
No need to set unrealistic goals. Let us all be reasonable and enjoy the time spent with our animals. So here we go! Check out our list of easy goals that you can easily do to help your pets live a happier and perhaps healthier lifestyle.
1. Check Labels! See how much your pet actually needs to eat.
Many of our pets are overweight by a little or by a lot. Did you know that you should feed your pet the amount of food for their ideal body weight? (It is possible that you are feeding for the weight that they actually are, not what they should be) To do this, take a look at this chart. Or the next time your pet comes in for a nail trim or exam, ask what might be ideal for your pet. Also remember not to cut calories too quickly. It is ideal to lose about 1-3 lbs a month and you can always add in green beans or carrots to add bulk to the diet. Studies show that dogs and cats that are trimmer live longer lives too!
2. Go outside with your pets!
It is wonderful for mental stimulation as well as exercise to get outside for not only us, but our pets as well. It doesn’t have to be long in the winter, perhaps just down the street to start. You would be surprised at how much it can lift your spirits while the days are shorter. As the days get warmer, you can choose to increase your time outside as well.
3. Give your pets Heartworm Preventatives EVERY month! Also remember Fleas and Ticks!
We have seen an increase in heartworm positive dogs over the last 2-3 years. If you do not know about heartworms, check out this link or give us a call. It is much better for your pet (and not to mention cheaper) to prevent them from happening instead of treating after your pets gets them. Remember that they are transmitted by mosquitos and it takes 6 months for them to grow to full adult. Your pet could have been bitten in July of this past year and it show up now. As the seasons change, keep a closer eye on those nasty fleas and ticks that could transmit diseases and cause your pet to become ill.
4. Have fun!
It does not take much to have fun with your pets. For a cat, it could be a simple as a laser pointer, fun toys, or sitting on your lap getting a good pet. For dogs, it could be chasing a favorite ball, teaching new tricks, going for a walk or run, or going for a car ride to the dog park or beach or for a hike.
See, that list wasn’t as bad as you may have thought. Simple, realistic, and good for you and your pet! We will be excited to see you in the new year and we hope that you can tell us that you have had at least had some FUN while you were working on your New Year Resolutions. Here is to a great 2017!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Happy New Year!
Yes, Happy New Year! It's a time for fresh beginnings and a reset to our lives. Have you thought about what you might want to do differently for your pets? While our furry friends tend to not make resolutions all on their own, it may be a good time to think about what is best for them. Here is a quick list of 5 things to think about for the new year that we think are important.
1. Annual Exam: Have your dogs and cats been in to see our Vets in the last year? While many pets seem healthy, there are sometimes underlying diseases that are going on that we do not know about just by looking at them. Perhaps your pet has gained some holiday weight or has weight loss. Have they had bad breath recently? Are they drinking more water or urinating more frequently. Do you notice if your pet is panting more or seems painful? These are all reasons, and more to have your pet checked out at least annually, but sooner if they are not doing well.
2. Check your pets breath and teeth routinely: Have you been avoiding kisses from your dog because his breath just smells horribly? Has your cat not been wanting to eat their food lately. It is hard to remember in the chaos of today to look at our pets teeth to make sure that nothing is wrong, but it is important to their health too. Dental Disease is one of the leading causes of health problems in our pets (can lead to heart problems as well as other issues) and easily preventable. It may not work in your schedule to brush teeth every day, but do remember that if we did not brush our teeth for years, we would have dental disease as well.
3. Take your dog for more walks and monitor weight: We all can forget that it is great for a dog's mental and physical well being to go for walks. It also helps them with weight control and obesity. This is also very true for young dogs. A favorite saying is "A tired dog is a happy dog." A puppy going for a walk can help with potty training as well. It is also just as important to monitor your pet for weight loss. Weight loss that happens very quickly can be a sign of disease as well.
4. Know your pets poop : Yes, you read that right, but we just wanted to see if you were still reading. If you notice that your pet seems to have an upset stomach and has either diarrhea or vomiting, it may be due to foods that they are eating. Avoid foods that cause these problems and know that some dogs and cats also can have stress diarrhea.
5. Monitor for signs of pain : Would you know if your pet was in pain? For dogs, signs of pain can include, but are not limited to limping, vocalization, panting, hiding, loss of appetite, change in behavior, and change in normal body postures. For cats, these may include, but are not limited to change in litterbox habits, lack of appetite, open mouth breathing, irritability, hiding, licking unusal body areas, increased vocalization, clingy behavior, or appearance of the third eyelids.
The overall message that we would love you to take away from this is that your pets rely on you and us to make sure that they remain happy and healthy. We can notice the trends in your pets, however you see them on a day to day basis and know them better than anyone else. We look forward to seeing you in the new year and hopefully it will be just for a wellness visit or just to pop in to say hello. Have a wonderful new year.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
We would love for you to meet our newest Veterinarian here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital. Her name is Pamela Cross (pictured here with her daughter Scarlett) and she is a wonderful addition to our team. Welcome Dr. Cross!!
Dr. Cross was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. Growing up, she spent a lot of time with both horses and dogs. It was in third grade that she decided that she wanted to become a veterinarian. After obtaining her Small Animal Science degree from Delaware Valley College in 2003, she attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for her veterinary degree. It was there, on the first day of class that she met her soon to be husband, Randy. After graduating in 2007, Dr. Cross spent 4 years working as an associate veterinarian at a 5 doctor small animal hospital in New Jersey. In 2011, she and her husband (also a Veterinarian) moved to Carmel. She spent 4 years working as an associate veterinarian for VCA before deciding to join the family at Hazel Dell in the Fall of 2015.
Dr. Cross lives in Carmel with her husband Randy and their two young daughters Scarlett and Hazel. They have two dogs: Odie, a Jack Russell Terrier, and Nermal, a Beagle mix. In her spare time she enjoys walking, cooking, traveling, and riding her horse (Wizzard). Dr. Cross has always valued the human-animal bond and the significance it can bring to people's lives. She is very excited to be a part of our Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members.
Your pet can sniff or lick a wet area and get exposed to it, then as they shed Leptospirosis through their urine, humans can pick it up as well. We get more flu like symptoms, while your dogs can suffer from sudden liver/kidney failure or in worst cases, death. Our Leptospirosis vaccines has a 92-94% efficacy. Please read this information fact sheet (2 short pages) to learn more about Leptospirosis and call us with any questions that you might have or if you are unsure if you pets have been vaccinated against it. We are very sad to see our patient leave us this way and we hope to help prevent this in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
For more very helpful information, please read this Frequently Asked Questions Handout on Leptospirosis and remember to contact us if you have any concerns. 317-846-8710
Fleas oh Fleas oh Fleas
If your pet is not on a flea and tick preventative and you have noticed fleas, it is recommended to start and continue preventatives for 3-6 months to take care of the life cycle. Options for Flea Preventatives that are provided here at Hazel Dell include Trifexis and Sentinel, which are both oral preventatives along with Parastar for dogs, Revolution for dogs and cats, and EasySpot for Cats. Each one has benefits that uniquely help take care of fleas. Please call us to see which one is right for your pet. 317-846-8710.
Take a look at Flea Handout to learn a lot more about fleas or this video of the Flea Life Cycle and know your enemy!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Microscopes, Otoscopes, Ophthalmoscopes, and Stethoscopes
What They Are and Why We Use Them
Scopes, scopes, scopes, galore. We have many uses for several different types of scopes here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital. A basic definition of a scope is a device that is used for looking or scanning. They are all used to assist our Veterinarians and our staff. If you happen to see a few of these around the hospital, you will now understand more of what they are being used for. Feel free to ask us questions about any of them.
A Stethoscope is an invaluable tool that evaluates the heart, lungs, and also gastrointestinal sounds. Our doctors and our nurses will use a stethoscope to listen for abnormalities and to see what is normal for your pet. We are looking for heart murmurs and heart defects as well as harsh sounds in the lungs. Many horse vets listen for changes in normal sounds in the gastrointestinal tract. We also will keep our stethoscopes close by during surgical/anesthetic procedures to ensure that your pet continues to have normal heart and lung sounds. This is an invaluable tool that can help with diagnosis and lead to proper treatment and your pet feeling his or her best.
We use many tools here within the hospital in order to help your pets stay healthy. Our patients do not talk to us so sometimes we need these diagnostic tools to aid in the diagnosis for treatment. If you ever have a question about any of them, please let us know and we are happy to explain them to you.