Pet Wellness Services

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Pet Wellness Examinations

When you bring your pet to Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive pet health-care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines, routine dental care, and microchip identification. We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional counseling, a range of surgical procedures, advanced diagnostic-testing capabilities and much more.

The hospitals' commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual examination which includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures that your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention that they deserve so that they can live a long and healthy life.

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for both your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests. When you bring your pet in for their wellness examinations, your veterinarian will discuss the potential threats in the North Jersey region and outline a preventive plan for your pet. In our area, ticks carry diseases such as Lyme Disease that can affect both pets and people. New flea and tick pills can prevent fleas and ticks for up to three months.

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Heartworm Disease

Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease is serious disease. Fortunately, preventive medications exist to prevent heartworm disease in your beloved companion. The veterinarians at Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne recommend administering preventive medication once-a-month, all-year long.

When Should I Test My Dog for Heartworm?

Symptoms of heartworm are not always immediately apparent. Therefore, it can be difficult to detect symptoms in your pet. Some dogs may show no signs of the disease while others may exhibit clinical signs, such as a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and/or weight loss.

Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are non-specific, such as vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, please call (973) 835-3733 (Riverdale) or (973) 832-7474 (Wayne) to schedule an appointment.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Ticks live in the grass and weeds that your dog may run through on family outings or during regular daily activities. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward. In our area, ticks carry diseases such as Lyme Disease that can affect both pets and people. New flea and tick pills can prevent fleas and ticks for up to three months.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. In fact, flea infestation is one of the most common medical problems veterinarians see. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes "cat-scratch disease" in people) and parasites like tapeworms.

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Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existing vaccines as well as increasing the ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

At Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne, we have developed a protocol designed to protect your pet from the diseases he or she is most likely to be exposed to in this region of North Jersey. We work with you to develop a strategy that takes into account your pet's unique lifestyle and risk factors. We seek to administer the least number of vaccines necessary to protect your pet.

Core Vaccines for Puppies and Adult Dogs:

  • DHPPV
  • Rabies

Other Available Vaccines for Puppies and Adult Dogs:

  • Bordetella
  • Influenza
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme

Core Vaccines for Kittens and Adult Cats:

  • FVRCP
  • Rabies

Other Available Vaccines for Kittens and Adult Cats:

  • FELV/FIV

Exotic Pet Care

We offer optimum veterinary wellness care programs for birds (including chickens and ducks), reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils, pet pigs and wild life. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems plus annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, you want to be sure that your veterinary hospital is specifically equipped to care for exotic species. We have the technology, training and know-how necessary to treat your exotic pet.

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