Microchipping has helped reunite thousands of pets with their families every year. This is a simple, safe and quick way to increase your pets recovery rate should they go missing. Microchip implantation can done at any time and also be requested when a pet is having a procedure while under anesthesia. Regardless of your pets age microchipping is always a good idea.
Bergen Veterinary 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 201-837-3470.
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 potty training 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 the timing of sterilization surgery may vary upon the species and breed of your pet. You may also want to consider Pet Health Insurance – a great way to get your new little family member off to a good start. Last but not least, you’ll also want to consider whether your new puppy or kitten may need preventives such as monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick preventives. We realize that adding a new family pet can come with lots of questions… but don’t forget, we’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call.
Vaccinations are crucial in helping to protect pets against life-threatening infectious diseases. We categorize vaccinations as core and non-core vaccines. In most cases, it is recommended that the core vaccines be administered to all pets and the non-core vaccines are given depending on the individual pets’ situation and risk of exposure to disease. Together we will determine a vaccine schedule depending on YOUR pets’ individual needs. We consider the annual exam an opportunity to re-evaluate the vaccine schedule based on changes throughout your pets’ life such as age, health, travel habits, exposure risks, and other variables.
We understand that many people have busy schedules and we strive to accommodate all of our clients’ needs. If you would like to drop off your pet in the morning for exams, vaccines, baths, or any other service that is needed please call to schedule a drop-off appointment.
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 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.
Recognizing, alleviating, and managing pain is of utmost importance to us at the Bergen Veterinary Hospital. Whether it is managing pain from arthritis, neck and back pain, chronic disease, treating acute pain or post-surgical discomfort, we are dedicated to working as a team with the pet owner to ensure the best possible quality of life for each patient.
Countless animals continue to suffer from preventable parasitic infections. Some of these parasitic infections can cause serious complications that are easily preventable. Monthly year round heartworm medication can help prevent heartworm disease (transmitted by mosquitoes) as well as some intestinal parasites. Flea and tick control is also very important in preventing disease. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and bartonella which can cause cat scratch fever in people. Ticks can transmit lyme and other tick borne diseases. Many parasitic diseases can be transmitted from your pet to children as well as adults. Because of the direct threat parasites have for your pet and your family, we recommend that a stool sample is checked every six months and products be used as a preventative. Please see these excellent references on parasites and your pet:
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.
At some point in your pet’s life, they may need a surgical procedure. Whether your pet is having an elective surgery such as spay or neuter, or an emergency surgery for intestinal obstruction, you can rest assured that our staff will provide the very best care possible for your pet.
We are proud to offer both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery services. For more advanced and specialty procedures, we have a board-certified surgeon who will come to perform the surgery. Aftercare is provided by our doctors and technicians.
Our facility offers the following surgical services for companion animals:
- Routine spay and neuter
- Tumor removal
- Abdominal and soft tissue procedures
In the best interests of our pet, we require a physical examination appointment with one of our doctors prior to scheduling procedures. Before the procedure is scheduled, our staff will explain the process including:
- Any pre-surgical testing that is recommended – baseline laboratory testing is beneficial so that there are no surprises on surgery day. Knowing that your pet has normal blood test results can help prevent anesthetic complications or surgical complications such as excessive bleeding, which can occur when patients have low platelet counts or abnormal clotting. When there is liver or kidney disease, this may affect the choices of anesthetic drugs recommended by your veterinarian, to prevent anesthetic complications and promote a smooth anesthetic recovery.
- Food and water intake restrictions prior to surgery – a period of fasting may be necessary prior to your pet’s procedure. Our staff will let you know what is advised.
- What procedures are to be done on the day of surgery – from initial intake to sedation and general anesthesia, anesthesia monitoring, the procedure, and recovery, the staff will walk you through what will happen with your pet once you leave the hospital.
- Discharge and aftercare for your pet – some patients may be able to go home the same day as their procedure, whereas others may need an overnight stay or referral to a 24-hour care facility. The veterinary team will advise you as to what is best for your pet, and also discuss aftercare for your companion and any rechecks needed.
We carry a complete inventory of products including: prescription medications, vitamins, flea and tick control products, heartworm preventatives, prescription shampoos and conditioners, prescription diets and more.
Nutrition plays a very important role in maintaining the health of your pet. We carry a variety of high quality prescription foods to meet the needs of individual patients. Ask our staff today which food may be best for your pet.
We also carry a variety of supplements: joint supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin, fish oil, probiotics and other vitamins that may be helpful in promoting good health and slowing progression of disease.
Skin diseases affect many dogs and cats. We see many cases of allergies, skin infections, ear infections, parasitic disease, and skin manifestations of internal disease.
In an emergency, seconds count. When you arrive with your pet on an emergency or urgent care basis, our highly trained staff will perform an immediate triage assessment to assess the stability of your pet and need for emergency medical intervention. In life-threatening situations, you may be asked for consent to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
The first component of basic triage is assessing your pet’s level of consciousness, airway/breathing (labored breathing or choking, lack of oxygen), circulatory status (pale gums or weak pulses, racing heart), and pain score. Patients needing urgent medical attention, upon consent will be moved to our treatment area for immediate doctor assessment and commencement of emergency care.
Placing an IV catheter and administering IV fluids, giving oxygen supplementation, and pain relief medications may be elements of the initial stabilization of your pet. As your pet is stabilized, your veterinarian will review a diagnostic plan which may include imaging (radiographs, ultrasound) and laboratory evaluation (blood and/or urine tests) to ascertain the severity of the situation and tailor treatment for your pet.
At times, your pet may need advanced care at a referral or specialty center. When this is the case, our staff will discuss options for transfer and referral. Your primary veterinarian will stay abreast of your pet’s status at the emergency facility.
As the popularity of these special pets increase, more people are making them a part of the family. We recommend that they receive an initial exam to evaluate their health and discuss the nutritional and husbandry requirements for these pets. We also recommend that they receive an annual exam thereafter to maintain their health. With knowledge and proper care, these pets have a greater chance for living longer and healthier lives.
Our feathered friends have wonderful and unique personalities. We offer nail and beak trims as well as clipping wings.
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. For this reason, we recommend twice-yearly veterinary visits for pets over 7 years of age. Your aging pet may be showing early signs of osteoarthritis such as stiffness after rest or play, difficulty going up or downstairs, and 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.
When sick patients need treatment that cannot be administered at home we recommend hospitalization. Hospitalized pets may be placed on intravenous fluids and medications. Fluids are delivered via IV pumps so that the amounts are regulated.
Saying goodbye to a longtime friend is extremely painful. One of the most difficult decisions that a pet owner will have to face is determining when the time has come to say goodbye. We are dedicated to helping you and your pet through these difficult times.
At this time we do not offer full grooming services. However, we are available to de-matt on a case by case basis. We would need to evaluate your pet before doing so.
Our medicated baths are offered to pets that have a variety of skin conditions. We have different types of shampoos and conditioners that can be used depending on the skin disease. We also offer non-medicated basic bathing with high quality shampoos that includes ear cleaning, toe nail trims and anal sac expression (when requested), drying and brushing.