Category Archives: Exotics

Anesthesia – is it safe?


Some pet parents still become fearful when told their pet may need anesthesia or surgery. Having concerns for a beloved pet is normal, but fear of the unknown can cause people to unfortunately disregard or delay important procedures such as spays and

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How to prevent and treat musculoskeletal disease in your pet


Musculoskeletal disease (disease that affects your pet’s bones, muscles and joints) can affect pets of all ages. They can have aches and pains just like we do. But, because of their survival instincts, they try to hide it. In the

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Happy World Rat Day!


Today is World Rat Day, and we want to take this moment to introduce to you one of the best kept secrets in the world of exotic companion mammals – rats! Rats have gotten a bad reputation in the past

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Environmental enrichment for exotic companion mammals


Environmental enrichment is just as necessary for exotic companion mammals as it is for dogs and cats. A loving pet parent who offers routine veterinary care and proper nutrition can also easily enhance their small pet’s quality of life just

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How to keep your pet rabbit healthy in an outdoor environment


We talk a lot about indoor rabbit care, but what about those rabbits that are kept outdoors?  Good husbandry and proper housing is just as important for outdoor rabbits as those kept inside your home. One common practice that many

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Tips for raising a healthy ferret


Ferrets make wonderful pets. Most ferrets come from a place called Marshall Farms where they are spayed and neutered at a very young age to make better pets.  Ferrets naturally have a very distinct odor about them, so they are

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Help Us Win the Courier News Readers Choice Contest!


Time sure does fly! The Courier News has once again launched their annual Reader’s Choice Contest for the “Best of the Best” in Central Jersey. Belle Mead Animal Hospital is a contender in the People & Services / Veterinarian category

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Rabbit teeth malocclusion – detection and treatment


What is a malocclusion you might ask? In simple terms, it refers to misaligned teeth. For rabbits, this is a serious condition. Here’s why. Rabbits are born with only one set of teeth – front teeth and back molars, but

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When to take your rabbit to the veterinarian


You have a pet rabbit. You are feeding it the recommended diet, and you take care to clean the cage daily.  What other things should you look out for? Trim your rabbit’s nails It’s important to keep your bunny’s nails

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Happy New Year from Belle Mead Animal Hospital


Wishing all our clients and friends a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!

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