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What to Expect
When you are looking for a veterinary clinic you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. We at Cedar Grove Animal Hospital strive to bring you the best possible healthcare for your pet.
Once a year, you should bring your pet in for an annual wellness check-up. This will include a full physical exam where the Doctor will check the health of your pet from head to tail. The Doctor may make additional healthcare suggestions based on the physical exam findings, such as teeth and gum cleaning, or a special diet. Office visits are by appointment only. Call 973-239-3500 to schedule an appointment and we will find a time that is convenient for you.
Bring in any medical history you have for your pet when you come to your first appointment. It's a good idea to keep a journal of your pet's health throughout his or her life, including not only vaccinations and any surgical procedures, but also notes on things like changes in your pet's elimination habits, any physical changes or unusual occurrences. Keep track of small shifts in your pet's behavior, including urinary marking habits, mood swings, and diet information. If you currently have something like this, share it with our team. Seemingly unrelated incidents may actually explain results of your pet's medical tests. If you don't have a journal, just let us know everything you think is important; we'll work with whatever information you can provide.
For the safety of all pets in our care, we require that all vaccinations be up-to-date. While we make every effort to make our patients feel comfortable during visits, they may be a little uneasy about new people, new surroundings and other pets. For this reason, we ask that you restrain your pet before entering our waiting room. We recommend that all dogs be on a leash or in a carrier and properly controlled, and all cats be in an appropriate cat carrier.
We work with a network of referral specialists when more extensive care is indicated. In some circumstances, the Doctor will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine, orthopaedics, cadiology, oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology and many others.