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Fleas oh Fleas oh Fleas!

Fleas oh Fleas oh Fleas


Have you been noticing your pets scratching themselves lately? So have we here at Hazel Dell. There has been an increase in fleas that have been hanging out on our patients. We can certainly treat them while they are here (and we do!), though we want to make sure that you are keeping up with your Heartworm, Flea and Tick, and Intestinal Parasite Prevention. While some states have the luxury of really hot or really cold seasons, Indiana is considered mild in comparison. We recommend keeping your pets on preventatives all year long. The reason behind all year long prevention is that fleas have 4 stages in the life cycle of a flea: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the environmental temperature and humidity levels, the toal lide cycle will take anywhere from a couple of weeks to many months.



If your pet is not on a flea and tick preventative and you have noticed fleas, it is recommended to start and continue preventatives for 3-6 months to take care of the life cycle. Options for Flea Preventatives that are provided here at Hazel Dell include Trifexis and Sentinel, which are both oral preventatives along with Parastar for dogs, Revolution for dogs and cats, and EasySpot for Cats. Each one has benefits that uniquely help take care of fleas. Please call us to see which one is right for your pet. 317-846-8710.

Take a look at Flea Handout to learn a lot more about fleas or this video of the  Flea Life Cycle and know your enemy!


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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.
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