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.

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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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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.

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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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!