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Meet Cindy

Fun Facts about Cindy 1. She loves to to cook and bake. 2. She LOVES ALL Tortie colored kitties. 3. She irons her tablecloth for the holidays.  4. She enjoys gardening. It is a relaxing pastime.   Cindy has been with HDAH since the grand opening! As the office manager she plays an intricate role in the daily operations of Hazel Dell and brought with her many years of management experience. She has a large furry family. Her cats include Jabber, Winston, and newest kitty addition Zeva, followed by Maggie, her sweet dog. Cindy even has some llamas named Cara and Cleo, as well as horses named Zoe and Belle. Cindy can be found frequenting the lobby passing out kisses and treats to our patients and keeping our hospital running at it’s best!
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Whew! Anal Glands!!

Have you ever seen your dog or cat do the booty scootin’ boogie?
Have you wanted to know why they do that and what you can do to limit it?  You aren’t alone.  Many owners do not know the ins and outs of anal glands.  Often times, they simply know about anal glands because of that one time when their dog (or cat) left an unpleasant smelling spot on the sofa or in the house when they got excited.

What are anal glands?

Anal Glands are two glands at the 4 and 8 o’clock position around the rectum which produce a malodorous material.  The anal glands are a byproduct of the days before dogs and cats were domesticated.  Their undomesticated ancestors used this material as a scent marker.  The anal gland material is often excreted around the feces as our pet’s defecate.  Think of it as the dog’s (or cat’s) calling card.  It tells other animals that “Hey, It’s me.  I’ve been here recently!”

Do I need my pet’s anal gland expressed?
Some dogs and cats never need an anal gland expression during thei…

Meet Chelsie

Fun Facts about Chelsie 1.  Chelsie loves to throw birthday parties every year for her dogs. 2. She was married just this past September.  

Chelsie is our newest employee, joining us in March of 2017. She graduated from the International Business and Vet Tech Institute in 2014 and has loved every second of the Veterinary field since. She is hoping to soon pass her tests to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Chelsie lives in Beech Grove with her husband Matthew, their miniature Schnauzer Lily, Pit Bull Terrier, Pixie, and their Labradoodle, Linus. In her spare time, Chelsie likes working on puzzles, spending time with family, and enjoying her pups at home.

Clark Bassett, DVM

Have you met this owner yet?
 Dr. Bassett is a lifelong resident of Central Indiana. He grew up in Anderson, then attended Purdue University. He graduated from Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After graduation, Dr. Bassett practiced in Eastern Iowa and worked on many different kinds of animals (dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, etc.). In 1991, he returned to Indianapolis and began a career in emergency practice that continues to this day. He was manager of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Castleton from 1995-1998 and director of the Northwood Veterinary Emergency Practice in Anderson from 1998-2002, where he continued to work part-time as a staff veterinarian until 2013. Since starting the Hazel Dell Animal Hospital with Dr. McDaniel in 2002, Dr. Bassett has worked primarily in general practice, providing medical and surgical care to dogs and cats and other assorted small furry creatures.
Dr. Bassett is a resident of Carmel, where he lives with his wife Jill (a perso…

How much do you know about Fleas?

Fleas can be a big problem!  That picture is gross, right? Most of us know that fleas are no fun. But once you get them in your house, do you really know what to do in order to get rid of them? As there are four stages of the flea life cycle, you must be sure to manage all of them in order to keep fleas at bay.  Let's go over the Flea Life Cycle.

The flea egg is deposited by the female and usually fall to the ground or carpet once laid. They usually will hatch within 1-12 days and make up about 50 percent of the infestation.  The larvae stage for fleas can be tricky as they are pretty small. They can hid in crevices and cracks located within the home. When vacuuming, one must definitely pay attention to the areas that your pet stays the most; like bedding or spots on the floor where they lay. You must also be sure not to leave the residue in your vacuum or the fleas can get out. We recommend a bag-less vacuum that you can wash the canister once dumped out and take the trash bags …

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…

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…