Category Archives: Veterinary Medicine

How fatty acids can improve your pet’s health


Continuing in our series on Pet Nutrition, you may have heard the term “fatty acids” used many times with regard to human health. The fact is, our pets require fatty acids for improved heath, too. In simplest terms, fatty acids

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Cats are Silent Sufferers and the Orphan Species of pain control and medical care


Cats are the Orphan Species when it comes to care, diagnostics and treatment for many reasons. Even though there are more pet cats in the world than dogs, dogs get more veterinary care. Why is this? One of the Greatest

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Exciting blood test for Cats to detect Heart Disease


Heart disease is the silent killer of cats. One in six cats can be born with and develop heart disease in their lifetime. There are no outward symptoms, but now there is a blood test called a proBNP test that

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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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Why should I see my veterinarian when my pet is perfectly healthy?


You’ve all heard it before – your veterinarian urges you to bring your pets in for a checkup once or twice a year, even if they’re in apparently perfect health. But why?  It can seem puzzling to some of us

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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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Some pet behaviors may be related to hidden illness


Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes.  Are these pet behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?             Actually, some common

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Heartworm Disease – Treatment and Prevention


Recently our hospital has seen a rise in canine heartworm disease. Personally, I have treated several dogs this past year, so I thought it would be appropriate to explain what heartworm disease is, how to treat it, and most importantly, how

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Flea Control and Disease Prevention for your Pets


What are Fleas?  Fleas are tiny, wingless, jumping insects that feed on the blood of your pets and your family.  The year has proven to be one of the worst flea seasons we have seen in over 20 years.  All

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