Drs. Greg McDaniel, Clark Bassett and their staff welcome you to Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, your Carmel veterinary hospital. We are a full-service animal hospital with a commitment to providing comprehensive veterinary care. Our services and facilities are designed to help you provide your pet with a long and happy life. If you are looking for a veterinarian or have any questions about your pet or the services that we offer, please give us a call. We would love to help you.
You hear the click clacking across the floor when it is quiet. You turn and it is the sweet face of your dog. You may or may not look at what is making that click clacking sound. The next day your dog is limping and you have no idea why. You look at the paw pads and toes and realize that one of the nails is broken. What do you do? Trim their nails!
Why is this important though? It is no different than you wearing a pair of shoes that do not fit correctly. The anatomy of the dog is set so that they can place their paws on the ground and push off. If the nails are too long, they are unable to rotate properly, then it changes the gait of your pet and they are not able to move as they should. Another reason to trim regularly is that sometimes the nails grow so long that they can grow into the paw pads of the pet, especially the declaws.
This can be painful for them.
Believe it or not, this is a very common problem here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital for many patients. Your dog might be outside and turn quickly on the deck, they may be running through the house, or it could just be that a nail was bumped up against something and broke. All of these are very common reasons for a broken nail.
How can you avoid a broken toenail? Nail Trims!
You can trim your dog's nails at home, with the groomer, or you can have our staff here trim them for you. We are also happy to show you how to trim nails properly.
This photo is one of a nail that is starting to grow into a dogs paw pad
This last picture is a diagram of how to avoid making your pet bleed during a nail trim. There is a portion called the quick, which is the blood supply. If you cut this, it can bleed and could be painful for the pet. Some dogs are more sensitive as well so you should use caution if you have never trimmed your pets' nails before. If you trim at a 45 degree angle, you are less likely to hit the quick. Remember to check for the front and rear dewclaws. These are the nails that are less likely to touch the ground or be worn down by walking.
Do you need to trim your pets nails often? Honestly it is dependent upon your individual dog. Some will need their nails trimmed every 3 weeks or so and some dogs almost never. If you think that your pets' nails might be too long, listen to them walk across a hardwood floor or look at the nail while they are standing on a flat surface. Ideally the nail should not be touching the ground. If you have any questions about nail trims or would like us here at Hazel Dell to trim them, please give us a call at 317-846-8710.
Microscopes, Otoscopes, Ophthalmoscopes, and StethoscopesWhat They Are and Why We Use Them
scopes, scopes, galore. We have many uses for several different types of scopes
here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital. A basic definition of a scope is a device
that is used for looking or scanning. They are all used to assist our
Veterinarians and our staff. If you happen to see a few of these around the
hospital, you will now understand more of what they are being used for. Feel
free to ask us questions about any of them.
Microscopes are probably the
easiest to identify here in the hospital and we use these to look at stool,
urine, blood, or other various samples. Ear Cytology, for example could tell
you if your pet has yeast, bacteria, or ear wax in their ears. These findings
can help tell Dr. McDaniel or Dr. Bassett whether or not it is necessary to
treat your pet’s ears. Examining a fecal
sample for intestinal parasites is a very helpful tool as there are some
parasites that hum…
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…
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.
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 pe…