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When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pets?

A common question that we get asked here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital  is when should you spay or neuter your pets?   There are a lot of factors that contribute to the answer of this question,  however the most common answer is that it depends. A good anesthetic candidate is made up of several factors. 

Having a blood test performed is a great place to start. 
We recommend having blood work done before any anesthetic procedure so that we can help determine if your pet is a safe candidate for anesthesia. We are looking at liver and kidney functions as well. Many of our anesthetic drugs are metabolized through these internal organs so we want to make sure that they are safe for surgery.

Heat Cycles in your Pets
Heat cycles in female cats and dogs are different. Small dogs can go into heat as early as 5 months old. Larger dogs may go into heat between 6 and 12 months of age. Dogs typically cycle twice a year. Some signs that your dog is in heat can include changes in behavior, excessive …
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Kathy

Kathy is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). As a child, Kathy wanted to be a Veterinarian, but when she got older she realized that nursing care sounded way more fun!She has been with our team since March of 2016 and graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in Indianapolis. She has seven years of experience in small animal emergency medicine. Kathy lives with her husband James and their three cats. Teddy, Buster, and Oliver. When Kathy isn’t working, she volunteers at the local animal shelter. You can often find Kathy on the cat side of the hospital loving on our feline friends.

Leptospirosis

Facts & Vaccine Recommendations Leptospirosis is an illness caused by spiral- shaped bacterium. It is considered a reemerging disease in Indiana, meaning it appears to be happening more often than in the past. Even though Leptospirosis remains an uncommon disease, illness in dogs can be severe and often involves  kidney failure,  liver disease, fever, and numerous other signs. People can also become affected, sometimes seriously, with everything from flu-like symptoms to infections involving vital organs. 
Various wild animals and livestock, including mice, rats, deer, raccoons, opossums, and cattle, serve as "reservoirs" of the disease and if infected shed the causative bacteria in their urine. In this way, soil or water, especially slow-moving warmer water such as that found in ponds, ditches, or puddles, can become contaminated with the bacteria. Dogs usually become infected by exposure to contaminated water or soil. People can become infected by exposure to contamin…

What does Feline Friendly really mean?

In this day and age, cats can be more of an inside animal vs. an outdoor animal. With the change in times, people are moving more often and also keeping many cats inside more due to environmental changes. With this being said, it is no wonder that cats can be very scared when coming into our clinic. We here at Hazel Dell Animal  Hospital go through additional training to ensure that your cats get the most relaxing exams possible. 
A few of the methods can include watching a feline transportation video or reading brochures that can help you reduce your cats stress. If your cat gets car sick or is particularly upset by traveling  we have alternative options that can be helpful as well to include but are not limited to medication and/or a stress reducing pheromone that you can apply to your cats carrier.  Please take a look at this website for more information and a great video on cat transportation.


We strive to make your cats as comfortable as possible and even have a separate cat ent…

Joanna

Joanna started working the veterinary field in 1996. 
She soon discovered that this was the path for her.  She studied Veterinary Technology at the College of Southern Nevada  while living in Las Vegas for two years.  She joined Hazel Dell in January of 2011.  You will find her ready to jump in and quickly help in any way that she can. She is a joy to have on the Hazel Dell Team.  Joanna lives in Noblesville with her husband Damon and her son Derek.  They share their home with two cats, Biscuit and 
Brooksie and Gypsy, the lazy kitty.

Why Bloodwork Is Important For Your Pet

Have you ever wondered why when you bring your pet into Hazel Dell Animal Hospital for an annual check up, the nurse lets you know that your pet is due for bloodwork or recommends it for the first time.
What does that even mean? Here is a quick list of reasons why your
 veterinarian might recommend you getting bloodwork. 
1. A Heartworm Test - this may be the one that you are most familiar with. We recommend having this done once a year to ensure that you pet has not been exposed to deadly heartworms. Our hospital here in Carmel has not previously diagnosed many cases, though we have treated 5 cases of Heartworm Positive dogs in the last 2 years. Treatment for heartworms can be quite costly which is why we recommend giving prevention once monthly and year round versus treating, in the hopes that they will not get exposed. 
2.  Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork - If you pet is going to have a surgical procedure, they would most likely have this bloodwork done first. We want to be sure that the…

Have you met Dee Ann yet?

DEE ANN  Your Hazel Dell Receptionist

Dee Ann has been part of the Hazel Dell Team since July 2005. Dee Ann is usually the person who will greet you  upon your arrival with a warm smile.  She is an appointment-making, information-giving,  and question-answering extraordinaire.  She loves to spend time with her pets Rocco the Shepard/Husky mix,  Willie the Beagle, and Bob the cat.  She also loves her Paint Horse named Charlie.  She is truly a favorite here among the clients and our staff  And we would not be able to perform at our best without Dee Ann.  Mostly likely she is the first person you will meet on the phone and  one of the last people you see on your way out.  We love you Dee Ann!!