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.
Microscopes, Otoscopes, Ophthalmoscopes, and Stethoscopes What 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…
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 fa…
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…