Cedar Grove Animal Hospital offers a wide range of veterinary services for our patients. Just a few of our wellness and preventive care services are listed below. For more information on these or other services, please call (973) 239-3500.
Getting your new puppy or kitten off to a healthy start sets the stage for their lives as healthy adults. Regular physical examinations, core, and elective vaccinations, fecal testing for parasites, and deworming are all important elements of ensuring good health for your puppy or kitten. Our knowledgeable staff can help your family learn about house-breaking your pup, performing nail trims on your puppy or kitten, dietary recommendations, and potential health hazards for your new pet.
Spaying and neutering are additional topics to consider; the appropriate age for sterilization surgery may vary by species and breed of your pet. You may also want to consider Pet Health Insurance – a great way to get your pet off to a good start. Last but not least, you’ll also want to consider which products your new puppy or kitten will need for monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention. We realize that adding a new family pet can come with lots of questions… but we’re here to help! Please don’t hesitate to call.
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. Our Wellness program is designed specifically for your pet and includes:
- Comprehensive annual physical exam
- Internal parasite testing
- Heartworm and flea control
- Vaccination program
- Spay and neuter services
- and Specialized blood tests for all life stages
Preventive veterinary care is the cornerstone of keeping your pet their healthiest so that you and your pet can have more great years together. Since pets age more quickly than people do, it is critical to have regular physical examinations done to assess your pet’s health. During routine preventive exams, your veterinarian will assess:
- Overall Body Condition
- Heart and Lungs
- Abdominal Organs
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurologic System
- Urogenital System
- Lymph Nodes
When health problems are identified, a medical plan will be outlined to evaluate the problems in depth. If your pet appears to be healthy enough for routine preventive care, your veterinarian will discuss which immunizations are advised, as well as parasite prevention including heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, etc.). Annual age-appropriate lab tests, testing for heartworm and/or tick-borne diseases, and fecal tests for parasites may also be recommended for your pet. Finally, your pet’s nutrition, diet, and exercise routines can be assessed and optimized to help your pet be in your pets best physical condition for their lifestyle and age. Remember, keeping up with preventive care for your pet is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy for life.
Veterinary patients may feel pain and discomfort associated with certain medical procedures, injuries, and age-related issues. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.
We love Senior Pets! Senior pets have special needs and benefit from more regular veterinary visits compared to their younger counterparts. Age-associated conditions include:
- Dental Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Endocrine Disorders
These conditions will start to become more prevalent as your pet gets older. Your aging pet may be showing early signs of osteoarthritis such as stiffness after rest or play, difficulty going up, or reduced activity. Early intervention with joint supplements and prescription arthritis medications when indicated, along with modified nutrition and exercise plans, can greatly improve your pet’s comfort and mobility. Likewise, performing annual screening lab work on your older pet can help identify early stages of medical problems that might go unrecognized, and progress significantly without treatment.
Some pets experience age-related behavioral changes that can be a sign of cognitive dysfunction, which is similar in some ways to dementia. Your veterinarian can recommend diet modification and supplements to help improve your older pet’s mental sharpness. Getting older doesn’t have to be fraught with troubles for your pet… see your vet regularly to help keep your senior pet healthy and comfortable.
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We know this decision can be a difficult one that most pet owners will face. The staff of Cedar Grove Animal Hospital understands the special bond that you and your pet have and, along with your friends and family, are here to support you in your decision. Quality of life is a priority for both humans and pets alike. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at (973) 239-3500.
Please note: Euthanasia services include taking care of the pet’s remains as directed by the client.
Pets are a part of our families, and preventing parasite infestations is an important part of keeping them healthy. Both ectoparasites (external parasites) and endoparasites (internal parasites) can affect your pet at some point in their life. Ectoparasites, such as fleas and ticks, are not only a nuisance to your pet, but can transmit vector-borne diseases to humans and pets such as Bartonella (cat scratch disease, transmitted by fleas); Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Fleas can also cause a severe dermatologic condition for your pet resulting in very itchy, inflamed skin, due to flea allergy dermatitis.
Roundworms are the most prevalent endoparasite in pets. Others include hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Pets are typically infected with these parasites through accidental ingestion of parasite eggs (which are microscopic) from areas that have fecal contamination from other infected animals. Alternatively, some parasites are acquired through ingestion of intermediate hosts such as rodents (Taenia tapeworm species; Toxocara roundworm species) or fleas (Dipyllidium tapeworm species). These parasites are also a health risk to humans and are considered zoonotic – meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. For example, if a person accidentally ingests roundworm eggs, the larvae can migrate in the body and cause organ damage and potentially blindness. Hookworm larvae in the soil and grass can infect bare skin and cause a condition in people known as cutaneous larval migrans.
Heartworm is another important endoparasite, but one which is not zoonotic. Heartworm infections result from pets being bitten by infected mosquitos. The larval form of the heartworm travels through the bloodstream to the heart where it develops into an adult. The adult heartworms live in the right side of the heart and left untreated, result in progressive heart failure and death. In initial stages of heartworm disease, pets may be asymptomatic. As the condition progresses, symptoms may evolve including a cough and exercise intolerance in dogs, and vomiting/coughing in cats. Treatment of heartworm disease can be very risky for the pet, and very costly.
Because of the health risk to your family and pets, it is important to keep your pet on a year-round parasite prevention program. There are several preventives that when used properly, are very effective at greatly reducing the risk of your pet acquiring heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and tick-transmitted diseases. Additionally, you can help prevent the risk of zoonotic disease to your family by practicing good hygiene (frequent hand washing), avoiding eating unwashed raw vegetables or undercooked meats and cleaning up pet feces in your yard. For more information about pets and parasites, visit petsandparasites.org, and consult with one of our friendly staff!
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth and overall health. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Our technicians polish teeth to create a smooth tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. We can also apply a dental sealant to the teeth if you choose (requires consistent at-home follow-up). Our doctor will perform extractions when necessary.
One of the most common but also frequently overlooked health problems for companion animals is dental disease. By age 3, most pets have some degree of periodontal disease. This occurs as a result of bacterial infection along the gum line, due to the formation of plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance containing millions of bacteria that forms along the tooth surface and gum line. Without frequent removal, plaque eventually hardens into tartar. Left untreated, this leads to gradual destruction of the gum tissue and supportive structures around the teeth, which can result in tooth loss. Not only is periodontal disease harmful and painful because it results in loss of teeth, but it can also cause damage to important vital organs such as the:
When it comes to dental disease, most pet owners don’t realize the extent of the problem until it is quite advanced; hence the importance of yearly to twice yearly physical examinations including a thorough oral health care assessment. In the early stages of dental disease, your veterinarian can recommend home dental health care measures such as tooth brushing, dental treats and rinses, and dental diets. When professional dental care is needed for your pet, general anesthesia is necessary. Your veterinarian will discuss the procedures involved in a COHAT (comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment) plan with you when dental care is needed. Most often, this will involve a day at the veterinary hospital to plan and perform the procedures, which may include doing:
- Pre-Operative Lab Work
- IV Catheterization
- General Anesthesia
- Dental X-Rays
- Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
- Dental Charting
- Extractions when indicated
Upon discharge, the veterinary team will review any instructions pertaining to post-dental medications, special feeding instructions, and when to resume home dental care. Your pet will thank you for remembering to take care of his or her mouth and live a longer and happier life as a result.
- Veterinary Oral Health Council – www.vohc.org/accepted_products.htm
When your pet is sick or injured, they can’t tell us what’s wrong. A thorough physical exam and history (symptoms you’ve noted at home) are the first important step. If the diagnosis is not immediately evident upon initial assessment, your veterinarian will recommend specific diagnostic tests. These may include:
- Laboratory testing for baseline blood counts and organ function tests, or infectious disease. Blood and/or urine samples may be collected from your pet, for point-of-care testing, or reference lab tests. Point-of-care tests are those tests that are done on-site in our hospital so as to be able to determine results and make treatment recommendations in the most timely fashion possible. In other cases, lab samples may need to be sent off to off-site laboratories (reference laboratories) – when the test cannot be performed with in-hospital lab equipment, or when the test results are not needed urgently.
- Imaging such as x-rays or ultrasound, which allows diagnosis of conditions of the heart and lungs, gastrointestinal obstruction, tumors of the internal organs or bones, fluid in the chest or abdominal cavity, urinary stones or gallstones, reproductive diseases, and bone/joint disorders. For most patients, gentle restraint can be used for these procedures, however, in some cases, sedation may be necessary.
- Microscopy is quite useful in the evaluation of lab samples such as ear swabs, skin impressions and scrapes, and needle biopsies of tumors. These tests are helpful in diagnosis of dermatologic and otic (ear) conditions.
- Ocular conditions may warrant evaluation for tear production (Schirmer Tear Test), corneal injuries (fluorescein stain), or abnormal intra-ocular pressures (Tonometry).
Diagnostic testing is an important step in the development of a treatment plan for your pet, allowing your veterinarian to most effectively target the underlying problem(s) and assess the probability of successful treatment. Your veterinarian can explain the purpose of each diagnostic test for your pet, and help prioritize which tests may be most helpful in determining the cause of your pet’s illness.
This non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. Pregnancy exams are also available. We utilize the service of an excellent mobile ultrasonographer who comes to our hospital to perform the imaging and consult with our doctor about your pet’s care.
We are able to perform a variety of tests in-house to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. Full-time veterinary technicians provide the doctor with prompt test results. We also work with several outside professional laboratories when additional in-depth testing is required, with results available between 24 hours and 7 days depending on the test.
When your pet becomes suddenly ill or in event of an emergency, timely diagnostic test results are extremely important to help your veterinarian determine the best treatment plan. We have state-of-the-art in-hospital laboratory equipment capable of yielding lab results within minutes. Baseline laboratory testing for your sick pet may include:
- Determination of blood cell counts: changes in white blood cell count, red blood cell counts, and platelet counts can indicate problems such as anemia, dehydration, infection, auto-immune disease, and certain types of cancerous conditions
- Blood chemistry tests: these tests assess liver function, kidney function, blood sugar, blood proteins, calcium and phosphorus levels, and pancreatic function.
- Electrolyte tests: Sodium, potassium, and chloride levels may be abnormal when your pet is dehydrated or having fluid losses through vomiting or diarrhea. Intravenous fluids and/or supplementation may be indicated when electrolytes are severely deranged.
- SNAP tests: point-of-care “snap” tests are available for certain infectious diseases such as Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Canine Parvovirus, Giardia, and Leptospirosis.
- Coagulation tests: these tests detect deficiency in clotting disorders, which can be present in cases of certain kinds of rodenticide poisoning and in severe liver disease/failure
- Microscopy: microscopic evaluation of bodily fluids including blood, urine; samples of skin and ear secretions, and needle biopsies of swellings or tumors can be performed in-clinic or in our Reference Laboratory to assist in the diagnosis of systemic diseases, urinary disorders, skin and ear diseases, and differentiation of benign vs. cancerous tumors.
Our veterinary team will help explain which tests are most important for your pet. It is very important to us to include you in the decision-making process for your pet, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question if you need clarification.
Our operating suite is equipped to perform sterile procedures, both soft tissue, and orthopedic work.
- All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet.
- Surgical services and facilities include heated surgery tables for greater comfort
- Advanced sterilization techniques
- ECG and oxygen saturation monitors
- Intensive after-surgery care and full blood testing.
- The surgeon is supported by trained veterinary technicians to monitor pets during the entire surgical procedure.
Boarding services are available for existing clients. By choosing us, you can rest assured that if your pet has a health problem while you are away, they will be in trained hands to contact you and recommend appropriate diagnostics and treatment.
- For our boarding, we require the following:
- Boarding Dogs: must be current on Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccines
- Boarding Cats: must be current on Rabies and FVRCP (Distemper) vaccines
When scheduling boarding, please plan to bring an ample quantity of your pet’s food as well as any medications your pet is taking. Finally, please arrange to have contact numbers available for our staff to reach you during your pet’s boarding, in the event of any medical emergency.
Boarding charges will include the day of drop off and the day of pick up regardless of the time of day. Any dog here for 4 or more days will receive complimentary nail trim and bath. If your dog will be bathed, please call the morning of pick up to find out what time he or she will be dry, brushed, and ready to go!
While our services will NOT replace those of a professional grooming salon, we do offer select grooming services to help keep your pet looking grrrreat!
For grooming appointments, we do require that your pet be up to date on the following vaccinations:
- Dogs: Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella
- Cats: Rabies and Distemper (FVRCP)
*All baths include a complimentary nail trim.
(We’re sorry – we are not equipped to bathe cats)
We do see birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and reptiles, but only for basic exams and minor maintenance services such as nail trims. We can advise you on the dietary, maintenance, hygiene, and medical needs of these pets, but ill pets should be seen by an exotics specialist.
All patients at Cedar Grove Animal Hospital are examined a minimum of twice daily by a doctor. Intensive care patients are kept under constant supervision during business hours (we are not staffed 24 hrs). Daily hospital records containing your pet’s general health, temperature, medical staff observations, medical treatment, and appetite are kept throughout the pet’s stay.
In any emergency, seconds count. While our experienced staff is equipped to administer the ABCs of basic life support – Airway, Breathing, Circulation/Cardiac compressions, we ARE NOT an Emergency Hospital.
Emergency care is offered only during regular business hours when a doctor is available. For 24 hour and/or critical care, refer to our emergencies page for a list of local emergency hospitals.
We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field ready to dispense at your pet’s office visit. There is a Prescription Dispensing Fee for purchasing medications we prescribe at another pharmacy.
There are several ways you may utilize to refill your pet’s prescription.
- Call our office; your prescription will be filled in-house for you to pick up at the hospital.
- Make the request through Petly; your prescription will be filled in-house for you to pick up at the hospital.
- Visit our online pharmacy; if your medication is available, your prescription will be delivered to your door!
We’ve partnered with VetsourceTM, is the industry-leading Home Delivery pharmacy provider, to offer you this convenient service. Our partnership with Vetsource means that we can continue to supply you with quality products sourced directly from the manufacturer and have them shipped right to your front door with no shipping charges.*
- AutoShip: This allows you to schedule regular deliveries of your pet’s medications and food at your convenience.
- RemindMeSM: This means that single doses of your pet’s flea, tick and heartworm meds arrive once a month on the day you need them.
- Order over the phone: You can also order over the phone! Call the Vetsource Pet Owner Care team at (877) 738-4443 their hours are: (Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST)
*Free standard shipping applies to all AutoShip, RemindMe and food orders, and all orders over $49.