Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dental Month


 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 two! We do have handouts that show you how to introduce brushing of the teeth and our Technicians would be happy to show you as well.


HOW?
The staff at Hazel Dell will help from the front office staff, to the nurses, to the Veterinarians. This means that when you come in you will be greeted by Dee Ann or Kayla. You will then talk with one of our nurses to get your pet's history. When the doctors do their exam, if it is determined that your pet needs a dental, then you would schedule a teeth cleaning.
One saying is that your pet's ride in would be the most dangerous part of their day. To ensure that this is the case, we recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork before your pets Teeth Cleaning is performed. This is to determine if your pet is safe for anesthesia. On the day of the clenain, we have 2 nurses with your pet throughout the entire procedure, one to clean and the other to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, temperature, and breathing. Then one nurse will stay with your pet while they are recovering in order to remove the endotracheal tube and be sure that he or she is recovering well. Then your pet will go home at the end of the day with fresher breath and better kisses for you when they get home.

Please let us know if you have any questions about our dental procedure or would like to
schedule an appointment for us to check out their teeth or to schedule the dental.  
We do not want your pet to suffer from dental disease because
your pet is important too! 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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 the weight that your pet should be, not necessarily the weight that they are if they are overweight. You can always drop in the clinic to see how much your pet weighs and we can keep a record of it here. It is safest to lose a few pounds a month, nothing drastic.  You can add carrots or green beans to the their food as well.

2. Treats?
Can your pet have treats? Of course they can. Just remember that treats could potentially add many calories to your pet's diet. If you would like to feed a lot of treats, then consider cutting back your dog or cat food so that you can still love them with treats and not add on the pounds. What kinds of treats are safe? This is a good question and we are happy to talk with you about the treats that you feed your pets. Here is a starting point for you to take a look at. Healthy Pet Snacks

3. You do not have to go for a long walk. 
We all know that here in Indiana the weather can change quickly in the course of a day. If the weather is safe enough for you to go outside, a short walk can be better than no walk if it means getting in a little bit of exercise for your animals. It is not only good for your pet's body, but also is good for mental stimulation. Know that winter will be coming to an end here soon and we will all be out and about so much more.

4. Know what healthy looks like for the breed that your pet is. 
It is known that pets can live longer lives if they maintain healthier weights. Check out this website by Purina that gives a guideline to what is standard for many pet breeds. How does your pet hold up next to the breed standards? Remember that these are also guidelines and mixed breeds may be harder to know what is most ideal for your pet. We are happy to discuss this with you when your pet comes in for a weigh in.

5. Remember that your pet relies on us and you to be healthy. 
If you are unsure about what might be healthy for your pets for diet or exercise, please contact us so that we can help. You are not in this alone when it comes to weight changes (be them up or down). We are happy to discuss the best ways to manage your pet's health. You can reach us by phone at 317-846-8710 or if you know that you would like to set up an appointment, you can conveniently do so from our website. Click HERE to make an appointment.





Thursday, January 19, 2017

Meet Kayla!!



Kayla joined the Hazel Dell family in May of 2016. She may be one of the first voices that you hear when you call and you can find her most often in the lobby loving on your furry companions. She is interested in expanding her knowledge and expertise in the Veterinary field. She grew up in Indianapolis with her wonderful parents and younger sister. She now lives with her fiancé and a water loving, mud digging, wet-kiss giving chocolate Lab named Dakota, who is the love of their lives. She is a long time animal lover and knew at a young age that she wanted to make a career of working in the veterinary field. We are delighted to have her on staff and we know you will too!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year Resolutions for 2017

Do you have New Year Resolutions for yourself this year? How about for your pets? Is it one of those things where you write down a bunch of things you really wish you were doing and then bury the list under a stack of paper s?  Perhaps this year, for your pets, it could be different.
No need to set unrealistic goals. Let us all be reasonable and enjoy the time spent with our animals. So here we go! Check out our list of easy goals that you can easily do to help your pets live a happier and perhaps healthier lifestyle.

1.       Check Labels! See how much your pet actually needs to eat.
Many of our pets are overweight by a little or by a lot. Did you know that you should feed your pet the amount of food for their ideal body weight? (It is possible that you are feeding for the weight that they actually are, not what they should be) To do this, take a look at this chart. Or the next time your pet comes in for a nail trim or exam, ask what might be ideal for your pet.  Also remember not to cut calories too quickly. It is ideal to lose about 1-3 lbs a month and you can always add in green beans or carrots to add bulk to the diet.  Studies show that dogs and cats that are trimmer live longer lives too!

 https://thejoggingdog.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/how-to-extend-your-dog-or-cats-life/


2.       Go outside with your pets!
It is wonderful for mental stimulation as well as exercise to get outside for not only us, but our pets as well. It doesn’t have to be long in the winter, perhaps just down the street to start. You would be surprised at how much it can lift your spirits while the days are shorter.  As the days get warmer, you can choose to increase your time outside as well.




3.       Give your pets Heartworm Preventatives EVERY month! Also remember Fleas and Ticks!
We have seen an increase in heartworm positive dogs over the last 2-3 years.  If you do not know about heartworms, check out this link or give us a call. It is much better for your pet (and not to mention cheaper) to prevent them from happening instead of treating after your pets gets them. Remember that they are transmitted by mosquitos and it takes 6 months for them to grow to full adult. Your pet could have been bitten in July of this past year and it show up now.  As the seasons change, keep a closer eye on those nasty fleas and ticks that could transmit diseases and cause your pet to become ill.



4.       Have fun!  
It does not take much to have fun with your pets. For a cat, it could be a simple as a laser pointer, fun toys, or sitting on your lap getting a good pet. For dogs, it could be chasing a favorite ball, teaching new tricks, going for a walk or run, or going for a car ride to the dog park or beach or for a hike.





See, that list wasn’t as bad as you may have thought. Simple, realistic, and good for you and your pet! We will be excited to see you in the new year and we hope that you can tell us that you have had at least had some FUN while you were working on your New Year Resolutions. Here is to a great 2017! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Yes, Happy New Year! It's a time for fresh beginnings and a reset to our lives. Have you thought about what you might want to do differently for your pets? While our furry friends tend to not make resolutions all on their own, it may be a good time to think about what is best for them. Here is a quick list of 5 things to think about for the new year that we think are important. 

1. Annual Exam: Have your dogs and cats been in to see our Vets in the last year? While many pets seem healthy, there are sometimes underlying diseases that are going on that we do not know about just by looking at them. Perhaps your pet has gained some holiday weight or has weight loss. Have they had bad breath recently? Are they drinking more water or urinating more frequently. Do you notice if your pet is panting more or seems painful? These are all reasons, and more to have your pet checked out at least annually, but sooner if they are not doing well. 

2. Check your pets breath and teeth routinely: Have you been avoiding kisses from your dog because his breath just smells horribly? Has your cat not been wanting to eat their food lately. It is hard to remember in the chaos of today to look at our pets teeth to make sure that nothing is wrong, but it is important to their health too. Dental Disease is one of the leading causes of health problems in our pets (can lead to heart problems as well as other issues) and easily preventable. It may not work in your schedule to brush teeth every day, but do remember that if we did not brush our teeth for years, we would have dental disease as well. 

3. Take your dog for more walks and monitor weight: We all can forget that it is great for a dog's mental and physical well being to go for walks. It also helps them with weight control and obesity. This is also very true for young dogs. A favorite saying is "A tired dog is a happy dog." A puppy going for a walk can help with potty training as well. It is also just as important to monitor your pet for weight loss. Weight loss that happens very quickly can be a sign of disease as well. 

4. Know your pets poop : Yes, you read that right, but we just wanted to see if you were still reading. If you notice that your pet seems to have an upset stomach and has either diarrhea or vomiting, it may be due to foods that they are eating. Avoid foods that cause these problems and know that some dogs and cats also can have stress diarrhea. 

5. Monitor for signs of pain : Would you know if your pet was in pain? For dogs, signs of pain can include, but are not limited to limping, vocalization, panting, hiding, loss of appetite, change in behavior, and change in normal body postures. For cats, these may include, but are not limited to change in litterbox habits, lack of appetite, open mouth breathing, irritability, hiding, licking unusal body areas, increased vocalization, clingy behavior, or appearance of the third eyelids. 

The overall message that we would love you to take away from this is that your pets rely on you and us to make sure that they remain happy and healthy. We can notice the trends in your pets, however you see them on a day to day basis and know them better than anyone else. We look forward to seeing you in the new year and hopefully it will be just for a wellness visit or just to pop in to say hello. Have a wonderful new year. 






Thursday, November 19, 2015

We would love for you to meet our newest Veterinarian here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital. Her name is Pamela Cross (pictured here with her daughter Scarlett) and she is a wonderful addition to our team. Welcome Dr. Cross!!
Dr. Cross was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. Growing up, she spent a lot of time with both horses and dogs. It was in third grade that she decided that she wanted to become a veterinarian. After obtaining her Small Animal Science degree from Delaware Valley College in 2003, she attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for her veterinary degree. It was there, on the first day of class that she met her soon to be husband, Randy. After graduating in 2007, Dr. Cross spent 4 years working as an associate veterinarian at a 5 doctor small animal hospital in New Jersey. In 2011, she and her husband (also a Veterinarian) moved to Carmel. She spent 4 years working as an associate veterinarian for VCA before deciding to join the family at Hazel Dell in the Fall of 2015.
Dr. Cross lives in Carmel with her husband Randy and their two young daughters Scarlett and Hazel. They have two dogs: Odie, a Jack Russell Terrier, and Nermal, a Beagle mix. In her spare time she enjoys walking, cooking, traveling, and riding her horse (Wizzard). Dr. Cross has always valued the human-animal bond and the significance it can bring to people's lives. She is very excited to be a part of our Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis

It is with heavy hearts that we had to say goodbye to one of our patients to a disease called Leptospirosis. This potentially deadly zoonotic disease (meaning that it can be transmitted to people) poses a risk to our canine patients regardless of breed right here in our own back yards. Our patient who passed away lived about 2 minutes from our hospital in a neighboring community. Leptospirosis has always been recommended as part of the annual vaccines for your dog and we will continue to recommend it in the future. Leptospirosis is spread through the urine of wildlife and lives well in wet environments including puddles, streams, etc. 

Your pet can sniff or lick a wet area and get exposed to it, then as they shed Leptospirosis through their urine, humans can pick it up as well. We get more flu like symptoms, while your dogs can suffer from sudden liver/kidney failure or in worst cases, death. Our Leptospirosis vaccines has a 92-94% efficacy. Please read this information fact sheet (2 short pages) to learn more about Leptospirosis and call us with any questions that you might have or if you are unsure if you pets have been vaccinated against it. We are very sad to see our patient leave us this way and we hope to help prevent this in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

For more very helpful information, please read this Frequently Asked Questions Handout on Leptospirosis and remember to contact us if you have any concerns. 317-846-8710