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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Pet Dental Care at Hazel Dell
What happens when your pet comes in for a dental cleaning
here at Hazel Dell Animal Hospital?
During an Exam:
The first step for when your pet might need a dental cleaning is for one of our doctors to perform an annual exam. It can be difficult for owners to recognize
periodontal disease in their pet, but not all pets need a cleaning every year. Most dogs will need a cleaning every 1-3 years and periodontal disease not only shows up above
the gum line, but below the gum line too.
Dental disease may also be noticed when your pet comes in for reasons other than their annual exam.
The night before:
To minimize the risk for anesthetic complications we ask
that you to pick up your pet’s food bowl, at 8pm. Then, tuck everyone into bed
and get a good night’s sleep before coming in to drop them off for their
procedure. In the morning you’ll pick up their water bowl too.
We will have you drop your pet off between 7:30 and
8am. One of our nurses will go over all paperwork
prior to the procedure and answer any questions that you might have. Please remember to save 5-10 minutes to have time to go over estimates and questions. During this time, if
your pet needs any additional care, such as a mass removal or more heartworm prevention,
we will go over that
We then will take your pet to our treatment area, where we
prepare them for their procedure. Our
doctors will do a physical exam prior to surgery and we will also draw
preanesthetic bloodwork if this has not already been done. These steps
help us be sure that your pet is ready for surgery.
The doctor will then give the nurses the plan for the day and dosing instructions for medications that will be given. We start with giving an initial combination of drugs to help your pet relax before we place an IV catheter to administer anesthetic drugs and IV fluids. Once an endotrachael tube is placed and your pet is ready for the cleaning, they will attached to a monitor and have a dedicated, anesthesia nurse who will check and record your pet’s vitals while under anesthesia.
An additional nurse will be scaling off the tartar and polishing your
pet’s teeth. This process is very much
like the way it is done at your dentist’s office.
After the nurse has finished the teeth cleaning, the doctor will
exam your pet’s mouth. Dr. Bassett and
Dr. McDaniel will assess the health of the teeth and surrounding tissues. Sometimes a thorough oral examine can reveal
a loose tooth, infection or an oral mass. Our doctor can then discuss with you the best course of action if an
extraction or other dental work is necessary. Pet’s
often recover quickly from anesthesia and do better than you think with extractions, often feeling much better once the infection or pain is gone.
After the dental cleaning is done and our doctors have had an
opportunity to assess the teeth, we help your pet recover from anesthesia. We will place them on and under blankets and let them recover at their own pace.
Many patients are awake within a few minutes and within an hour or two we take them out for a brief walk. They may feel the need to go after having had IV fluids. Your pets will then relax throughout the
afternoon until they are ready to go home.
Most of the time there is very little home care required
after the dental. Most pets will go home
with an antibiotic this prevents bacteria from causing a problem, which could be moving around your pets mouth after their dental Those patients that require an extraction or a mass removal will also receive
pain medication as well. Most pet’s
return to normal activities within a day or two, sometimes sooner!
The best part of all is that our pet’s overall health will
improve and we get to snuggle them without stinky breath! Better kisses for everyone! Please give us a call at 317-846-8710 if you have any questions about our February Dental Month.
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!
During the winter months some pets
may acquire “winter weight”. We as pet parents usually see these extra couple of
pounds because although we do not exercise our pets as much in the winter, we
continue to feed them the same amount of food year round. So how can we avoid
this and keep our pets safe from extreme temperatures? Here are a few tips and
tricks to keep the fun going this winter!
Playing fetch with your dog (or cat) is a great
way to get them moving! You can even play too! Make it a race to see if you can
beat your dog to their toy!
Toy Scavenger Hunts
Dogs love scavenging – have your dog
sit and stay while you hide their favorite toy around the house. When you give
your release command, encourage your pet to go find their toy!
Catnip toys can really get kitties
moving! Pet parents can also hide them around the house and encourage their cat
to sniff them out! Play Hide & Seek
Hide & Seek is an exciting way for
pets to get exerci…