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Pet Dental Care at Hazel Dell

What happens when your pet comes in for a dental cleaning here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital?
During an Exam:

 The first step for when your pet might need a dental cleaning is for one of our doctors to perform an annual exam.  It can be difficult for owners to recognize periodontal disease in their pet, but not all pets need a cleaning every year. Most dogs will need a cleaning every 1-3 years and periodontal disease not only shows up above the gum line, but below the gum line too.  Dental disease may also be noticed when your pet comes in for reasons other than their annual exam. 
The night before: To minimize the risk for anesthetic complications we ask that you to pick up your pet’s food bowl, at 8pm. Then, tuck everyone into bed and get a good night’s sleep before coming in to drop them off for their procedure.  In the morning you’ll pick up their water bowl too.
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Meet Kourtney

Kourtney joined HDAH in January of 2014. She brings with her over 13 years of veterinary experience. Kourtney started in the veterinary field at the age of 15. She grew up in Carmel and graduated in 2010 from Purdue University with a degree in Biology, but knew Veterinary Medicine is where she wanted to stay. She currently works here and at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Fishers. 

She has worked in both general and emergency practices. Kourtney and Jonathon live in Carmel, where she shares her home with two Standard Poodles, George and Rebel, a cat named Sonora and a cockatiel named Norman. In her spare time, Kourtney enjoys seeing movies, swimming and walking her dogs.

Winter Weight

Purrrr! It’s Cold Outside!

During the winter months some pets may acquire “winter weight”. We as pet parents usually see these extra couple of pounds because although we do not exercise our pets as much in the winter, we continue to feed them the same amount of food year round. So how can we avoid this and keep our pets safe from extreme temperatures? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the fun going this winter!


Playing fetch with your dog (or cat)  is a great way to get them moving! You can even play too! Make it a race to see if you can beat your dog to their toy!

Toy Scavenger Hunts

Dogs love scavenging – have your dog sit and stay while you hide their favorite toy around the house. When you give your release command, encourage your pet to go find their toy!

Catnip Toys

Catnip toys can really get kitties moving! Pet parents can also hide them around the house and encourage their cat to sniff them out!
Play Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek is an exciting way for pets to get exerci…

Meet Chrissy

Fun Facts about Chrissy
1. Chrissy LOVES to cook!  2. She and her husband like to frequent concerts. 

Chrissy is a Registered Veterinary technician who has worked off and on at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital since 2005. She has been working in small animal hospitals for over 18 years. Her dedication to the clients and patients here is genuine. Chrissy lives in Broadripple with her husband Trent, daughter, Berlynn and son, Graham.  They share their home with her Siamese kitties Topaz, Havana, and Fidel; as well as a calico cat named Gemini. A Quaker Parrot, named Kiwi also lives there. In her spare time she enjoys running on the Monon and volunteering at her children’s schools.

Meet Casey

Casey is one of our vet nurses and she brings a lot of knowledge and technical skill to the practice. She has been with Hazel Dell since the beginning of 2017 and our patients love her. Casey not only brings her expertise to us here in Carmel, but she can also be seen in the ER department at the Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Fishers. 
Casey always knew she wanted to work with animals as a career and her passion drove her to pursue this dream. She graduated from Morehead State University (agricultural/animal sciences major) receiving a diploma in Animal Health Technology in 2009. Casey has a special interest in dentistry and has received additional training in this field. Casey lives with her 2 goofy dogs, Cinder and Darcy and three cats named Fred, George, and Colonel Fitzwilliam. In her free time, she enjoys music, crocheting and boxing.

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!

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…