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.
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Why Bloodwork Is Important For Your Pet
Have you ever wondered why when you bring your pet into Hazel Dell Animal Hospital for an annual check up, the nurse lets you know that your pet is due for bloodwork or recommends it for the first time.
What does that even mean? Here is a quick list of reasons why your
veterinarian might recommend you getting bloodwork.
1. A Heartworm Test - this may be the one that you are most familiar with. We recommend having this done once a year to ensure that you pet has not been exposed to deadly heartworms. Our hospital here in Carmel has not previously diagnosed many cases, though we have treated 5 cases of Heartworm Positive dogs in the last 2 years. Treatment for heartworms can be quite costly which is why we recommend giving prevention once monthly and year round versus treating, in the hopes that they will not get exposed.
2. Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork - If you pet is going to have a surgical procedure, they would most likely have this bloodwork done first. We want to be sure that there is no underlying conditions that we should be aware of and that you pet's body can handle the anesthestic drugs that we would need to use.
3. Senior Bloodwork - If your pet (dog or cat) is over a certain age, our doctors may recommend senior bloodwork. They would be looking for changes in liver and kidney values as well as differences in red and white blood cells, among others. Even if your pet is doing well, it is great to have a baseline for when they really do get sick.
4. Recheck Bloodwork - This is recommeneded when one of our doctors wants to make sure your pet's body is responding to the treatment. This can determine if changes in the treatment plan need to be adjusted. The time frame for doing recheck bloodwork varies upon the condition of your pet.
5. Metabolic Diseases - In some cases, the signs that you indicate to our veterinarians may lead them to decide to check for certain metabolic diseases such as Diabetes, Thyroid disease, etc. It is also possible for your pet to have already been diagnosed and you are checking to be sure the medications that are being taken are working at the correct dosages.
6. Bloodwork for Medication - If you pet is on a medication that needs to be closely monitored, then our veterinarians may request bloodwork to be done at certain intervals. Medications for seizures, metabolic diseases, NSAID's, etc are watched to be sure that they are effective and safe based on your pet's bloodwork results.
There can be many reasons that bloodwork is recommended and we want to do what is best for your pets. It is important because there are medications that can be used only if your pet is healthy enough to have them or we are trying to prevent diseases from becoming more of a problem for your pet. If at anytime you have questions about the bloodwork that is recommended, please ask. We are always here to help.
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. Dr. Bassett is a resident of Carmel, where he lives with his wife Jill (a perso…
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…
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!