Poisonous Plants


LILIES- All lilies can cause some symptoms; some are more dangerous than others.  Tiger, Day, Easter, Japanese Snow and Asiatic lilies are all highly toxic.  A small ingestion of 3 leaves or petals can cause kidney failure, Especially in cats.

DAFFODILS- Daffodil contain crystals of lycorine, which can be on the outer layers of the bulb.  These crystals can cause severe tissue irritation.  Ingestion of the bulb can lead to gastrointestinal upset and cardiac arrhythmia.

OLEANDER- Oleander is an evergreen shrub that contains a natural poison that effects the heart.  The toxin is like digoxin which is a heart medication.  Symptoms include gastrointestinal upset and cardiac symptoms which can be life threatening.

AZALEA- Azalea is a member of the Rhododendron species.  These types of plants contain grayanotoxins which effect the sodium chanels affecting the cardiac muscles.  A very little amount of plant ingested can result in poisoning.

SAGO PALM- Sago Palm is a popular house plant in Indiana it can also be planted outside in warmer areas.  A very small amount of any part of a plant can cause liver failure and lead to death.

If your pet gets into any of these types of plants first call us and ask Dr. Wheeler what to do.  He will most likely have you bring the animal in to induce vomiting and supportive care.   If it is after hours please call a 24 hour emergency clinic.


Your New Puppy or Kitten

You just brought home your new puppy or kitten!  Do you know what it needs health wise for the 1st year of it’s life.  Here is what you should expect for each!

Your new Puppy or Kitten will have a series of visits to see Dr. Wheeler the 1st year of their life. It is usually 3 or 4 visits for booster vaccines but that can change depending on the breed and size of the puppy or Kitten. We will start with 6-8 week old puppy or Kitten and go through the time line!  We will do a fecal at each visit until we get a negative sample, some intestinal parasites can take a couple of rounds of medications to get rid of them.


1st Visit (6-8 weeks)                           2nd Visit (10-12 Weeks)                               3rd Visit (14-16 Weeks)                              4th Visit (18-20 Weeks)

Exam                                                      Exam                                                                Exam                                                              Exam

1st Distemper/Parvo                           2nd Distemper/Parvo                                  2nd Leptospirosis                                        3rd Distemper/Parvo

Fecal (Sent to the lab)                         1st Leptospirosis                                           Rabies                                                             Bordetella

Fecal (Sent to the lab)                         Fecal (Sent to the lab)                                  Fecal (Sent to the lab)


At 6 months of age spaying or neutering should be scheduled.



1st Visit (6-8 Weeks)                           2nd Visit (10-12 Weeks)                              3rd Visit (14-16 Weeks)

Exam                                                      Exam                                                                Exam

Feline Leukemia/FIV test                 2nd Distemper                                                2nd Leukemia Vaccine

1st Distemper Vaccine                       1st Leukemia Vaccine                                    Rabies

Fecal (Sent to the lab)                        Fecal (Sent to the lab)                                    Fecal (Sent to the lab)


At 6 months of age spaying or neutering should be scheduled.


We will then each year send you a postcard in the mail to let you know when you pet is due for yearly check-ups and boosters.

Please call 317-546-2338 if you have any questions.









Your Pet is Having Surgery!

What to expect the day of your’s procedure.  Whether you pet is having a dental, routine or major surgery we follow the same schedule.  We do surgical and dental procedures on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Dr. Wheeler usually schedules 3-5 procedures each Surgery day.  The following is what do expect the day of the procedure.

-We ask that you give your pet no food or water after 10 pm the night before the procedure.

-Drop is the morning of between 7:30 am and 8:00 am

–  Once you drop your pet off we will take a small blood sample to do a pre-anesthetic blood blood work.  We will test the Liver, Kidneys and Glucose to make sure your pet is healthy enough for surgery.  Your pet’s age will determine which test Dr. Wheeler will do. If you pet has had blood work within the last 2 months and everything was normal Dr. Wheeler may take those results and not do additional testing.

– Dr. Wheeler usually has surgeries done by noon each day and you can call anytime after that to check and see how your pet is doing.

-Patients are released between 4 pm and 6 pm the same day.  Most surgeries go home the same day.  Cat declaws always stay over night and some of our more complex surgeries do also.

Please call 317-546-2338 if you have any questions.

Do You Know Indiana Laws Regarding Pets?

Rabies Vaccinations-  Rabies vaccines are required at 12 to 16 weeks of age in Indiana.  Your pet will then have a booster at one year of age and then every year or 3 years depending on which vaccine is used.  Here at Fort Harrison Veterinarians we use Imrab3 which is a 3 year vaccine.  Don’t worry we will help you remember when your pet’s Rabies vaccine is due by sending you an email or post card reminder, just let us know which you prefer.


Extreme Weather- Your pet cannot be left outside during any of the following condition.

  • During a Tornado Warning.
  • If the Temperature falls to 20 degrees or Below.
  • If the Temperature rises to 90 degrees or above.
  • During a Heat Advisory.
  • During a Wind Chill Warning.


Shelter- Your pet must have a house made of solid weather resistant material.  It must have a raised flood and a roof that slops away from the door.


Kennel or Fenced in Enclosure- You pet must have at least 100 square feet of enclosure to exercise in.  You must allow for an additional 50 square feet for each additional pet.  If you have a pet that is over 80 pounds in must have 150 square feet to play!


Tethering-  If you are going to tether your dog you must follow these guidelines.

  • Your pet must be over 6 months of age.
  • Your pet must be healthy and cannot be injured
  • You cannot have your pet tethered during the hours of 11 pm and 6 am.  It is against the law to have your pet tethered 24 hours a day.
  • Your pet must be spayed or neutered to be tethered.


If you have an Invisible Fence you could still be sited for an “AT-LARGE” pet.  In Marion County the way the law reads is any pet considered “at-large” is a dog or cat that is not confined without the means of escape.  A fence, leash, or tether would be considered a something a pet couldn’t escape from.





For Our Clients That Live in Lawrence

Did you know that if you live in Lawrence you are required to License your dogs and cats!

Licenses can be obtained at the Department of Public Works.

Fees are $3.00 if your pet has been spayed or neutered and $5.00 if the have not been.

Fines start out at $25.00 and go up from there.

Please contact the Public Works Department 317-545-8787 if you have any questions.