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Meet Brittany

A few fun facts about Brittany 1. She used to compete in equine events in college in the IHSA.  Two years in a row she placed in the top 10th and top 20th in the nation.  2. She loves to Refurbish and Repurpose furniture. 3. She became Fire Crafter in 2010 - as part of the Boy Scout Organization 4. She loves to travel.  

Brittany joined our team in the Spring of 2016 and we are glad for it. She started off in the Large Animal side of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Science. She has had animals of varying sizes all of her life, and at a very young age she knew that caring for animals was her passion. 
Brittany and Adam relocated here from South Bend and her furry family includes a wonderful Corgi named Gwen and a Rottweiler mix named Rocky. Her home is completed by Tigger (Gigantor), the monster Bengal mix, and Brisuis, the comparatively teeny Calico. She plans on getting more horses in the future. In her…
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Back to School for Your Pets

Back to school is a very exciting time for many kids and parents near our animal hospital here in Carmel. What about your pet though? All of a sudden the family is leaving when they have been home for a few months. Some pets do very well, while others become anxious and destructive. What can you do about it?  Below you will find a few simple tips that may help. 

Give Your Pet an Adjustment Period Anytime there will be big changes in your pets lives, it is a good idea to have some adjustment time. If you are getting the kids up the week before to get settled into a routine, then why not help your pets too. You can head outside for a quick morning walk just to get them used to the idea that you will be leaving or hop in the car and run an errand. It does not have to be long, but enough time for them to realize that you did not just step outside. Just like kids can thrive on routine, your dogs and cats are the same way. 
Set a Routine Maybe you can fly by the seat of your pants, but your pe…

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 …

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.