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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…
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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!!

Nail Trims

Why Should You Trim Your Dogs Nails? 
Photo Courtesy of Planned Property Management
You hear the click clacking across the floor when it is quiet. You turn and it is the sweet face of your dog. You may or may not look at what is making that click clacking sound. The next day your dog is limping and you have no idea why. You look at the paw pads and toes and realize that one of the nails is broken. What do you do? Trim their nails! 
Why is this important though? It is no different than you wearing a pair of shoes that do not fit correctly. The anatomy of the dog is set so that they can place their paws on the ground and push off. If the nails are too long, they are unable to rotate properly, then it changes the gait of your pet and they are not able to move as they should. Another reason to trim regularly is that sometimes the nails grow so long that they can grow into the paw pads of the pet, especially the declaws.  This can be painful for them.   Believe it or not, this is a very co…

Dental Month

February is National Dental Month for your pets.  Let us tell you a little bit more about what it looks like in February here!
WHO? Hazel Dell participates in dental month and this can benefit you and your pet in many ways. 
WHAT? You may have been told that your pet has a varying degree of Dental Disease or Tartar at your last appointment. What does this really mean for you and your pet?  Those who have already or do schedule their pet's Dental Procedure during this month do receive a discount.

WHERE?
Hazel Dell Animal Hospital

WHEN?
The whole month of February 2017

WHY?
Dental care is a topic that you need to think about throughout the life of your dog. Though each pet will have different needs when it comes to the care of their teeth, the typical pet needs a teeth cleaning every 1-3 years. The most helpful way to combat dental disease is to brush your pet's teeth every day to every other day. Imagine what would happen to your teeth if you did not brush them for a year or …

Winter Weight Gain

Winter Weight Gain on Pets
Do you know if your pet has gained weight?  Sometimes it is easy to tell and other times it is not.  We all can probably say that we are guilty for adding on a few pounds over the course of a winter,  but what about our dogs and cats?  It is much harder in Indiana to get our dogs out depending on the weather  and perhaps even harder to keep our cats exercising.  We also maybe decide to give them a few more treats.  You know what I mean.  Those little extras because it is the Holiday Season and they would love some extra food during the cold long nights here in Indiana.
However, those extra pounds could be doing more harm than good. For each extra pound on your pet, it is like adding 10 pounds to yourself. So what can you really do about it?

1. Take a look at the back of the bag that you feed.  As animal lovers, many of us feed our pets with love. So that may mean that you are not measuring out the correct amount of food. You also want to be feeding the for th…