Posted in News on Jul 06, 2020 | no responses.

Meet Lava! Lava recently had her second round of puppy DAPP 2 of 4 (Distemper/ Parvo Core Vaccine) last week. She loved being outside at a friend’s farm. She loved treats, the grass, the dirt, and was even ok with the sounds of a bulldozer far off in the background on this sunny, beautiful 75 degree day. What a great positive day of fun supervised new sights, smells, sounds, textures and experiences for this 11 week old puppy. 

This is exactly what puppies need. The owner was concerned about the puppy’s age, and in the past, people were told to not expose puppies until they had all their puppy vaccine series completed at 16 weeks of age. We know now to not wait that long. Once puppies have had their second puppy DAPP booster around 9-10 weeks old, they are good to go, and they need socialization outside of your home. They can go on walks down the block, go to parks, and visit friends’ yards. 

Please do avoid dog parks and other high urine and fecal traffic areas until the puppy is 16 weeks of age. However, you can walk the perimeter of parks to get the puppy used to seeing other dogs and different types of people, bikes, cars, and noises.

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Belle Mead Animal Hospital has created a Dog and Puppy Training Playlist that includes what you need to do when you bring your puppy home, especially between the age of 9-19 weeks – Visit the Dog and Puppy Training Playlist Here and make sure to Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for updates!

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Posted in General Pets News Veterinary Services on Jun 16, 2020 | no responses.

Socialization with people is one of the most important and time-sensitive aspects of raising a puppy and sadly, with social distancing protocols in place, it’s impossible to accomplish this task in the traditional manner.

It’s still possible to socialize and acclimatize your puppy safely but puppy owners are going to have to undertake much more proactive socialization themselves, providing their pups with an ever-changing environment filled with novel objects, stimuli and experiences, within the safety of their homes. Most important of all, puppy owners need to pretend they are new and different people, to mimic the socialization to unfamiliar people that is currently impossible to undertake safely

Dr. Ian Dunbar, well known veterinarian, animal behaviorist, dog trainer and founder of Dunbar Academy, has prepared a special YouTube Video presentation to help you learn how to train your puppy during these socially distanced times. Visit the link to the Puppy Socialization & Social Distancing video presentation here.

You can also visit our Pet Behavior Resource page for more training tips: https://www.bellemeadanimalhospital.com/pet-behavior/

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Posted in General Pets Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Services on Jun 04, 2020 | no responses.

Sweet Rosie is a six month old Goldendoodle. She was suddenly straining to urinate and needed to go out to squat to urinate multiple times overnight and then throughout the morning.

Her owner called BMAH, and we got her in via curbside pick-up. All of her vitals and 12 point system check-up were normal except her urinary. We use our in-house ultrasound to image and look at her bladder. It’s simple and easy with the technology we have. You would be amazed at what we could see (stones, clots, polyps, tumors etc.).

It’s also important to obtain a urine sample for analysis called a Urinalysis. A urine can tell us things that bloodwork may or cannot reveal.

Rosie was so sweet. Her bladder was thickened, and we performed an ultrasound guided cystocentesis (Cysto) to easily and quickly get a urine. It’s a good thing we did because it turns out that she did not just have a vaginitis that we would normally just treat her pain and discomfort with an anti-inflammatory for a few days. Her urine revealed she had an E.coli UTI.

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Undiagnosed and untreated E.Coli UTI in a dog or cat could go on to become bladder stones within 6-12 months. If not treated properly early enough, an under-the-radar infection allows bacteria to multiply and create an unhealthy urinary environment where bacterial byproducts increase the PH of urine creating stones. We see these on ultrasounds and x-rays almost weekly at Belle Mead Animal Hospital. They won’t just go away with an antibiotic and probiotic. It may require surgery and/or special diets and antibiotics to treat it.  

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One last point is that urinary symptoms in animals often times wax and wane, especially in the early stages. What I mean by that is that sometimes they have symptoms that are very mild and go away, where you, the owner, thinks the pet is fine. However their E.coli did not clear itself your dog’s body and immune system is trying to take care of it and maintain balance and homeostasis, but the E.coli will ultimately rear its ugly head and clinical signs that are even worse the longer it goes undiagnosed.

So if your pet is potty trained, and especially if your adult pet never really has urinary accidents in the house, but you notice that we are having more occasional urinary accidents or increase posturing than normal to urinate, there is reason to contact your family veterinarian. When dogs go for their routine eliminations, it should be one or two, then done – not posturing 3 or 4 times. Don’t just blow it off. Make a mental note – this was your sign and time to remember to call us. You can catch and collect a urine at home and drop it off for a urinalysis. If you can’t do this, we can easily get it via a cysto or cystocentesis – just don’t let your dog urinate right before coming into the hospital.

Dr. Joe Martins, DVM, Belle Mead Animal Hospital

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Posted in General Pets News Veterinary Services on May 12, 2020 | no responses.

Seresto eight month flea and tick pet collars are the best, easiest, and most affordable protection for outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats. I know that no one likes collars on their cats, but these are not the same collars from years ago. Cats and cat owners love them. They are 100% safe for you, your cat, and the environment in every way. They are cool grey, and there are no powders or smells. The Seresto collar is even safe if touched and somehow ingested.

Seriously, cats and dogs who are outside and unprotected and getting bit by even the occasional flea and tick risk infection with microscopic diseases that can live in their red blood cells for years and cause life threatening non-reversible anemias years later.

Also, Seresto collars on outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats protect their human families because any flea or tick that jumps on the cats will then fall off and die and not be able to infect a human. We live in one of the highest tick diseases areas in the country, and yes, fleas cause plague and cat scratch fever, and they do live here in New Jersey.  We at Belle Mead Animal Hospital have these collars available with a $15 rebate and support the company’s guarantee to replace for free if your cat loses its collar before eight months. We encourage you to give it a try! 

We have prepared video instruction to show you just how easy it is to put a Seresto Collar on your cat. Watch How to Apply a Seresto Pet Collar

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Posted in General Pets News on May 06, 2020 | no responses.

There are a lot of great offers you can take advantage of during the month of May 2020 if you would like to order pet food through our online site, ProPlanVetdirect.com

You can create your customer account here.

https://www.proplanvetdirect.com/customer/account/create/?to=clinic&clinic-id=R9VAA

Use code R9VAA for Belle Mead Animal Hospital or just look up the clinic name.  Following are the special offers for May 2020: 

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    •  Promo Code MAYSAVE15
    •  Take 15% off first purchase of any one Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets formula
    •  Promo Code MAYSAVE20
    •  Take 20% off when any supplement is added to first time diet order
    •  One use per client – While supplies last

New Item Promotions – Hydra Care
    •  Promo Code HYDRA5
    •  $5 off first purchase only
    •  One use per client

30% Off First Automatic Shipment
    •  Promo Code TAKE30
    •  Discount applied only to automatic shipments
    •  Maximum discount $20
    •  One use per client

Add a Supplement to any auto-ship order and save 35% Off First Automatic Shipment
    •  Promo Code TAKE35


    •  Discount applied only to automatic shipments – MUST include a supplement in addition to another food item
    •  Maximum discount $20
    •  One use per client

    •  No minimum cart value

Free Shipping On All Orders
    •  No promo code needed
    •  No minimum cart value

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Posted in Exotics General Pets News Veterinary Services on Apr 21, 2020 | no responses.

Once again, we sincerely appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as we adjust our protocols and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are some things to keep in mind:

1. If you are emailing CustomerService@bmvet.com for a prescription refill, it will be ready in 1-2 business days. Specially compounded meds may take at least 1 week, so please plan ahead. We encourage everyone to get refills at least 1 week in advance to ensure you don’t run out and be prepared for unexpected emergencies. We will call or text you when your meds are ready for pickup.

2. We love people who have pet insurance! Pet insurance saves lives! It it the owner’s responsibility to submit their own pet insurance claims. As a courtesy and upon your request, we can submit claims for clients, but please let us know you want us to do so as it will take 7-10 days for us to submit claims. The pet insurance companies are also behind due to staffing, so it can take more time to get results. Therefore, please be patient. If you have not heard from us after 10 days, then please contact us a second time.

3. Technician appointments are a lower priority to doctor appointments, so it is possible you may experience 30-60 minute wait times in appointments and pick up/discharges. We appreciate your patience and understanding that we have to triage and address emergencies and sick patients first and are short-staffed. We are happy to be open and serving you, but we cannot move at the speed we used to move, and there will be waits.

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4. Drop-offs at BMAH with no additional Charges are encouraged for Doctor or even tech appointments – when an appointment is not readily available and/or you just can’t wait and need to be doing other things. You can leave your pet with us and pick up an hour or few hours later when it’s more convenient and there is much less waiting time.

5.  BMAH Now Offers Telephone Consultations! You can now request a 15 minute telephone consultation with one of our Doctors.  Make your request with one of our receptionists. You will be asked to provide a telephone number where you can be reached and a window of time when you can be available. There is a $40 charge for this service that must be prepaid by credit card over the phone. A doctor will return your call during that window of time and discuss your pet’s condition. If the doctor determines that your pet should be seen in our hospital due to their medical condition, an appointment will be arranged and the $40 charge will be credited toward that in-hospital exam fee.

Belle Mead Animal Hospital, Your Other Family Doctors

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As Certified Fear Free Professionals, our Mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Visit Fear Free Happy Homes here and join at no cost!

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Posted in General Pets News on Apr 10, 2020 | no responses.

We still have to find out more and learn more about human-to-pet transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Even if it’s small, we cannot completely ignore the role of animals.

There are a lot of really professional and intelligent people investigating all the potential animal aspects of this disease, such as human-to-pet transmission to hopefully help prevent pets from contributing to human disease, and to help avoid creating a (domestic) animal reservoir for this virus. We should be getting more and new information daily, and we must stay tuned and vigilant.

This is still a very, very much a predominantly human disease, but we can’t completely ignore the role of animals, even if it’s small.

We can use simple and practical measures and guidelines to reduce the presumably low risks to and from animals.

Guidelines – People and Pet owners should implement
• If you’re infected, limit contact with animals.
• If someone in your house is infected, keep your animals away from other animals and people.
• Social distancing includes your pets. Keep your pets away from other people and animals outside your household, just like you should be doing with yourself.

This is why Belle Mead Animal Hospital is taking every precaution humanly possible right now to educate and to protect our Team, our Clients, and our Pets.

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Handling Every Pet with Love Every Day!

As Certified Fear Free Professionals, our Mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Visit Fear Free Happy Homes here and join at no cost!

Posted in News on Apr 08, 2020 | no responses.

Meet Kona. She decided one Saturday morning to swallow a black sock whole right after breakfast. Luckily the owner called us right away to ask what they should do. Our call center immediately asked Dr. Breuning to assist who directed them to come right over to induce emesis, which means make her vomit. 

She was given a tiny amount of a drug IV that causes vomiting within 5 minutes. As you can see in the picture below, the sock came right up. (We blued out the rest of her breakfast to make it a little less graphic.) As soon as we were successful, we gave Kona a wonderful anti-nausea shot (medicine) that made her feel better. She and her owners went right home that morning to enjoy the rest of the weekend without having to worry.

Dogs and cats unfortunately eat things they shouldn’t. Socks, underwear, corn cobs, medicines left on counters, rocks, batteries, pine cones, etc. are all just a few of the common things that dogs get into. When a pet eats something they shouldn’t, do not wait to call the veterinarian. We only have a 4 hour window to induce emesis, and the sooner the better. After a few hours, the foreign body leaves the stomach, and then it’s a scary, painful waiting game. Once in the intestines, pets will get sick from hours to days later. When objects get stuck, not only does the patient feel ill, but sometimes they need surgery to save the patient’s life.

Thankfully Kona did great.

Belle Mead Animal Hospital, Your Other Family Doctors

Handling Every Pet with Love Every Day!

As Certified Fear Free Professionals, our Mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Visit Fear Free Happy Homes here and join at no cost!

Posted in General Pets News on Mar 23, 2020 | no responses.

Animal Alliance of NJ desperately needs leashes, harnesses, collars and other supplies! You can help by donating new or used collars, leashes, harnesses, and also new or used clean towels, sheets, and blankets!

Also at this time more than ever, especially while many people are quarantined at home and while the weather is nicer, Animal Alliance needs kind-hearted, responsible people and families who would be willing to foster rather than adopt a dog. Please, they are not asking for an adoption commitment – just a safe home environment to give a pet a short, greatly needed getaway from a stressful shelter environment. What a selfless gift you can give a pet in need right now!

Just think about it and apply. It could be a week or two, or just until this COVID-19 quarantine is lifted. All potential fosters can apply online, and if you are a current or previous client or friend of Belle Mead Animal Hospital, please mention that in their application process.

Visit the Animal Alliance NJ website at: https://www.animalalliancenj.org/

Belle Mead Animal Hospital, Your Other Family Doctors

Handling Every Pet with Love Every Day!

As Certified Fear Free Professionals, our Mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Visit Fear Free Happy Homes here and join at no cost!

Posted in Exotics General Pets News Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Services on Mar 16, 2020 | no responses.

The BMAH Team continues to make the health and safety of our patients and staff our highest priority as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. Here is what we are doing to keep you safe.

Please remember to call ahead of your visit and from your car when you get here. All BMAH Team members are washing hands for 20 seconds before and after seeing all patients and clients. We are using a Specialized disinfectant, and we spray down exam rooms and all public areas of our clinic. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is killed by this disinfectant. 

We are using surgical-grade sanitizer that not only kills viruses on your hands, but provides protection for several hours afterward.

We also move our patients directly into exam rooms and then disinfect and allow 5 minutes contact time before using the room. 

Who should come to the clinic?

We want you to be safe and recommend that if you have a friend or relative who is immune compromised or is elderly and at risk for infection from COVID-19, that they do not come into the hospital per current health department guidelines. Please help those people by bringing in their pets for them. We want to minimize exposure for everyone.

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Now is a good time to sign up for Hills to Home pet food deliveries. We are recommending that everyone keep at least a two-week supply of pet food on hand in case there are any disruptions in the distribution chain. We can help you set up Hills to Home for your pets and find the right dog or cat food for your pet.  Find out more here.

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Belle Mead Animal Hospital, Your Other Family Doctors

Handling Every Pet with Love Every Day!

As Certified Fear Free Professionals, our Mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Visit Fear Free Happy Homes here and join at no cost!