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

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!