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/

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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.

Pet food

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

NOTICE TO CLIENTS: Veterinary hospitals in New Jersey are essential businesses. We are remaining open to help those in need but are closing at 7 pm instead of 8 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until further notice because of the New Jersey curfew just announced March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak. See below:

NEW JERSEY – Non-essential businesses in New Jersey will shut beginning on Monday at 8 p.m. because of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday. New Jerseyans should not do “non-essential travel” from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Murphy said.

New Jersey will also not allow gatherings of 50 people or more. All movie theaters, restaurants, gyms and casinos will close in an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread, Murphy said in an appearance with NY Gov. Andrew Mark Cuomo and CT Gov. Ned Lamont.

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

As mentioned in other communications, the health and safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, and more concerning, our county, we are implementing Social Distancing guidelines meant to help protect both you and our team members. 

Upon arrival, please call our front desk at 908-874-4447 from your vehicle to verbally check in for your appointment or procedure

After verbal check in, we will ask everyone to wait in your vehicle until one of our trained team members is ready to escort you into a sterilized exam room.

Upon entering the building or exam room please sanitize your hands and we are adhering to a strict zero hand shaking policy. We are also encouraging everyone to minimize door handle, counter top, and credit card handling. We will escort and direct clients accordingly.


Clients can be invoiced directly from exam rooms. Invoices and Discharges will be given in exam rooms or better yet e-mailed to owners. We encourage clients to verbally give us their credit card number in the exam room for payment at that time. We can discuss services and take payment over the phone before or after visits to bypass waiting and exposure times.


Any client who needs medications or food is encouraged to please call ahead and notify our Team so that we may have your items ready to be picked up. We will also want to take payment over the phone and plan a scheduled time for pick up when possible. Remember to call us when you get here and we can deliver it to your vehicle.


Please be sure to call your medication refills into our BMAH pharmacy with a 24-hr advanced notice. If you come in any sooner, and your medication is not ready, we will ask you to come back the next day to pick it up. Also remember you can order any of your prescription diets or medications through our online stores. We can do it for you or talk you through it over the phone if you need help. For your convenience we now have special discounted Food delivery Hill’s to Home prescription diets and Purina Vet Direct diets available. Please call so we can direct you. We recommend proactively pre-ordering a 2-4 week extra supply.


Finally if you are not one our BMAH Facebook Friends yet please become one or at least check in daily for the most current updates to keep in the loop and know what we doing to keep everyone safe. LIKE us on Facebook today!


There is one other “Belle Meade Animal Hospital” west of Nashville Tennessee. There is a slight difference in spelling that often is not noticed. Please do not confuse us with them when checking Facebook and downloading forms.

Belle Mead Animal Hospital has no plans to close its doors to the public currently. Please know we will keep vigilant and are doing everything possible through this uncertain time.

If you have further questions or concerns please feel free to also email us at customerservice@bmvet.com.

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Posted in News on Feb 15, 2020 | no responses.

We are so proud of our Veterinarian Technician Christine Hamill who entered the 2020 Westminster Dog Show with her special collie, Wyatt. Following is Christine’s tale of fun and adventure as a Breeder/Owner/Handler in the ring at Westminster with Wyatt.

I bred Wyatt back in 2012.  One of the most important things to me when breeding is that the parents have been health tested for genetic diseases that can occur in Collies – and that the temperaments are true to what a Collie is! Wyatt exemplifies that.

It is so important for families looking to get a purebred puppy to research the breeders and insist on finding out what health tests were done and that the parents have wonderful temperaments – and the Breeder will be there for the family for the life of the dog!  There is much more to being a breeder than breeding two dogs together and selling puppies.

Wyatt finished his AKC Championship a few years ago. One morning this past October I woke up and decided it was time for him to get back into the show ring!  He turned seven years old in December and only needs a point to complete his Grand Championship – so with Westminster coming up, I decided we would start back at that show. The entry process for Westminster is nerve racking as it is a limited entry show, and the top five  ranked dogs of each breed get an automatic invite; that doesn’t leave too  many spaces open for other entries!  I was so happy to get the news that our entry was accepted.

My fellow BMAH Techs Rachel and Wendell along with Wyatt’s “human dad” Mike came along for help and support! After all, one needs an Entourage for going into New York City!! The parking and unloading and getting into Pier 94 for daytime showing is quite the process!

There were eighteen Rough Collies entered, and although we didn’t win, we were the only Breeder/Owner/Handler left in the ring when the Judge made his final cut! What a thrill that was!

Wyatt loves visiting with people and enjoyed shopping and getting pets from the Trupanion team and also Cornell Vet School students. He even hung out with some Firemen from NYFD!

Needless to say, on Monday, Wyatt and I spent most of the day sacked out on the couch recuperating from our NYC adventure!!

Wyatt’s next show will be in Syracuse, New York to attend the Collie Club of America National Specialty in April.  We look forward to keep showing in 2020 and beyond!  

Christine Hamill and Wyatt

Congratulations Christine and Wyatt! Good luck in future shows!

Posted in Exotics Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Services on Jan 15, 2020 | no responses.

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 trimmed. Really long nails easily get hooked on objects and cause distress.

Rabbits need their nails trimmed regularly.

Rabbits need their nails trimmed regularly.

 

If you choose to do this at home, you must be careful.  Rabbits get nervous and are easily stressed if handled incorrectly.  You must first learn how to properly hold a rabbit, as they can kick hard if improperly restrained and could break their back. If they jump out of your arms or off a table, they can break a leg which is a painful experience for your rabbit and not easy to treat.

 

We teach adults and children how to properly hold and carry a rabbit. The rabbit’s head should be tucked into your arms, and your forearms used to support the rabbit along the entire back and beneath the belly. Bundle it in a blanket, which we call a “bunny burrito.”  This will help the rabbit remain calm. Never pick up a rabbit up by its ears.

The proper way to hold a rabbit

The proper way to hold a rabbit

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If you would rather take your pet to the animal hospital, a vet technician can do the job of nail trimming for you.  Cat carriers are perfect for transporting your pet.

Diarrhea

A healthy rabbit will defecate small, pelleted stools daily. However, if you notice diarrhea, consider this an emergency.  Just as not defecating at all every day is cause for concern, diarrhea requires a veterinary exam to determine the cause and prescribe treatment as soon as possible.

Skin lesions

Typically, a healthy rabbit will go through a few shedding cycles each year.   However, if you notice bald spots on your rabbit’s body, this could indicate a problem with mites.

Mites are invisible little bugs that can’t be seen without a microscope.  They can be introduced in many ways, including through the hay you feed or on shoes you wear indoors after walking through the yard.  Mites are easy to treat, and it’s better not to delay your appointment with your veterinarian.

Pasteurellosis

Pasteurellosis is a normal bacteria that may take over in the rabbit’s respiratory tract and cause your bunny to sneeze.  You may also notice a white discharge coming from its nose.  We call this “snuffles.”

This condition is responsive to antibiotics most of the time.  However, if left untreated, it can lead to pneumonia.  A trip to your veterinarian is in order if you notice symptoms.

Sometimes a rabbit will present a Pasteurellosis abscess in their skin, liver or body. This is a medical issue. If your rabbit develops a new lump or bump on its skin, don’t delay contacting your veterinarian.

Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.

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Posted in Events News on Dec 19, 2019 | no responses.

A big Thank You to all who came to Belle Mead Animal Hospital on December 14, 2019 to celebrate the season with us! Our special Holiday Event with Santa’s Live Reindeer took place from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Visitors enjoyed meeting Reindeer Thunder while Yukon Cornelius and his Elf greeted everyone and offered Reindeer facts. The kids seemed to really enjoy the Reindeer encounter and getting their noses lit just like Rudolph! (Yukon is a master at performing this magic!)

 

 

Bumble the Abominable Snowman was on hand for photo ops, while the BMAH team was ready with refreshments outdoors.

Inside there were more attractions. Folks lined up to go indoors for a variety cookies, cotton candy, hot chocolate and a chance to meet Santa! The adoptable puppies showcased by Animal Alliance of New Jersey were a big hit with the guests, young and old alike.  It was truly standing room only!

Along with our canine visitor, we even had a surprise visit from Brillo the Guinea Pig! Mom dressed Brillo in a little antler hat so he could show off his holiday cheer while getting his photo taken with Santa! 

For those who attended, we sincerely hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as we enjoyed having you! For those of you who couldn’t make it, perhaps we will see you at a future event!

View more photos on our Belle Mead Animal Hospital Facebook page here!

And by the way, Santa’s Reindeer have now been cleared for take-off by the president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and official veterinarian of the North Pole! Dr. Howe examined the Reindeer to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations, free of disease and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe. Watch the video here!

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Posted in Events News Veterinary Services on Nov 22, 2019 | no responses.

With our upcoming visit by Santa’s Reindeer, we thought we would treat you to some Reindeer facts and add to the excitement about meeting this amazing animal in person! The Reindeer will be visiting Belle Mead Animal Hospital on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Did you know…

  1. Reindeer live in the Northern parts of North America including Canada and Alaska. They also live in Europe, Russia and Greenland in the tundra regions (as well as the North Pole with Santa!)
  2. Reindeer are also known as Caribou. In Europe they are called Reindeer most of the time. However, in America, we only call them Reindeer when they are domesticated. Otherwise, in the wild we call them Caribou. (Their scientific name, by the way, is Rangifer Tarasndus).
  3. Reindeer are herbivores meaning they eat plants.
  4. A Reindeer can live up to 15 years in the wild and can weigh from 240 to 700 pounds.
  5. A Reindeer’s antlers grow to be 3 feet tall. They shed their antlers in the winter, and no two Reindeer antlers look exactly the same!
  6. Reindeer use their hooves to dig for food in the snow. The outer edges of their hooves are sharp and help them walk on ice and rocks.
  7. A Reindeer can run 50 miles per hour!

That’s our lesson about Reindeer for the moment. Come to our Holiday event and learn more! Yukon Cornelius will be on hand to introduce you to the live Reindeer, give you more information about them, and answer questions. Bring friends and family, and take some photos while you are there!

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We look forward to seeing you!  Don’t forget your camera!

Joe Martins, DVM, Belle Mead Animal Hospital

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Posted in Events News Veterinary Services on Nov 14, 2019 | no responses.

Belle Mead Animal Hospital was honored to be a recipient of the “Hillsborough Community Partner Award” and one of several businesses and organizations in Hillsborough Township who were recognized during the Inaugural HBA Business Appreciation Social. The event took place on November 7, 2019 at the Falcon’s Nest, Polish Falcon Club in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

The event brought the Hillsborough business community together for a year-end celebration to acknowledge and celebrate local businesses and community partners. It was hosted by the Hillsborough Economic & Business Development Commission and the Township of Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Township Mayor Frank DelCore attended the event along with municipal officials, representatives from the Economic & Business Development Commission, and local business members. Attendees were treated to a dinner buffet, live music, and cash bar. They also had an opportunity to exchange business cards and build new relationships. A “Business Resource Showcase” rounded out the event.

The evening featured a business recognition ceremony with Mayor DelCore presenting awards to local businesses. The awards included the “Hillsborough Community Partner Award,” which recognized contributions in supporting community events and the “Appreciation Award” which honored businesses and community partners for their years of service to the township.

Belle Mead Animal Hospital was also recognized with a Certificate of Recognition for being a nominee for (and eventual 2019 winner of) the Best of the Best in Somerset County, Readers’ Choice Contest by the Courier News.

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Posted in Events General Pets News on Nov 04, 2019 | no responses.

It was another fun-filled family event for pets and people on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Dog Park at Ann Van Middlesworth Park in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The annual HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade took place with local girl scouts as judges.

Belle Mead Animal Hospital participated with a table full of treats and information. BMAH also donated a Gift Basket for one of the lucky costume winners. Participant check-in began at 8:30 a.m. by the Pavilion, and the Dog Costume Parade started at at 9:00 a.m. with Mayor Frank Delcore kicking it off.

The costumes this year were extremely creative. Dogs of all sizes masqueraded as lions, witches, unicorns and bats, to name a few!

The winner of the BMAH Gift Basket was Tracy Agostino with her dog Marty! Our own Vet Technician Manager, Chrissi Daniel, participated with her crew and won a few top honors! er Her Her dog Bella won the Best Medium Dog Costume award, and her dog Carson won the Best Small Dog Costume award. “The Zoo” was the Group costume winner. View more images here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BelleMeadAnimalHospital/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2599719643422237

There was a special appearance of a Police K-9 with his handler, and our patient KayDee participated with her mom in matching costumes!  All the dog participants were dressed to impress, and even if not awarded the best in their category, they were still winners in our opinion for showing up and showing off! Thanks Hillsborough Department of Parks and Recreation for organizing another successful event. A Howling good time was had by all.

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