At Village Animal Clinic, LLC, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your pet, please contact us today.
Exams and Consultations
Our staff will get a chance to talk to you and see if you are having any trouble with your pet. We will also go over diet, preventative medicine, and exercise to ensure that your pet is as healthy as possible. Then, one of our veterinarians will do a complete physical examination on your pet. It is always good to have a baseline in case your pet ever becomes ill. We also want to monitor your pet’s weight, ensuring that your pet stays a healthy weight. It is much easier to start a diet when a pet is a pound overweight instead of fifteen! Our veterinarian will also look for any potential problems. Our goal is to catch any problems before they become major ones. The sooner that we are able to catch a problem, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely that your pet will make a full recovery!
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to over-feed a pet that knows how to beg. But being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems as they get older. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range.
Pets’ nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a diet made specifically for his or her lifestyle.
We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced and highly trained. We also realize that it can be stressful to have your pet undergo surgery. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands, and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible. We will communicate with you about the things you need to know before, during, and after your pet’s surgery. It is our goal to make the entire process go smoothly, and to eliminate the stress and worry of surgical procedures.
There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets and other animals. This makes proper vaccination vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses they are susceptible to. It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.
Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should they ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your pet’s fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure, and is completely safe. This microchip is registered with your pet’s vital information, and can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal shelter so that they can return your pet directly to you.
Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pet’s health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often times health problems that go undetected can become more serious issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Our hospital provides a wide variety of in-house diagnostic testing with the most state of the art technology available. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of care possible, and our diagnostic tools help us do that.
We offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pet’s prescription needs. Having an on-site pharmacy provides you with a more convenient way to get your pet’s medication. We hope that this will save you time and ultimately enhance your experience with us.
Village Animal Clinic is proud to offer dental services for our clients. Your pet’s veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. We clean your pet’s teeth like your dentist cleans yours. Since your pet is under anesthesia, we can even get underneath the gums and in other hard to reach places. It is important to maintain teeth brushing and dental chews to keep dental disease from coming back after a professional cleaning.
Here at Village Animal Clinic, we strive to give you the highest quality of care. We do this by staying up to date with the newest technologies available for veterinary medicine. We are also proud of our equipment, which allows us to take the best possible care of your pets. When your pet is ill, we may recommend radiographs so that we are able to look inside your pet without taking invasive measures like exploratory surgery. The images we get with our digital x-ray unit are amazing and very effective when we’re diagnosing patients.
The endoscope is a highly specialized tool that allows veterinarians to see inside your pet’s body. An endoscope is a small, flexible tube that we insert into your pet’s body to help us diagnose and treat various issues. There is a camera on the end, which allows us to view the inner parts of your pet in ways that we never could before. We are even able to take video so that we can watch and record the procedure to monitor a patient’s condition. We view the film on a small TV so that our patient is properly diagnosed and correctly treated.
The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Laser procedures allow us to reduce the bleeding and swelling of surgery, making it both safer and less invasive. Laser therapy also reduces pain and recovery time, helping your pet get back to their normal self more quickly. We are dedicated to utilizing the highest standard of veterinary technology, and laser therapy is one of the ways in which we stay on the cutting edge of our field.
New Puppy & Kitten Visits
Puppy and kitten wellness visits are a good way to ensure that your pet has a healthy start by offering everything you need for your new pet. There are several options of puppy and kitten plans so you can get what you need for your pet. Getting a new puppy or kitten is a big responsibility, and we are here for you to ensure you have a healthy pet for a long time! We will do everything we can to help you through the puppy and kitten stage so your pet grows up to be a healthy adult, and eventually a senior.
Spay & Neuter
Here at Village Animal Clinic, we understand the importance of spaying or neutering your pet, and we are here to help. We are happy to answer your questions and will help you find cost-effective solutions.
Neutering or spaying your animal also has great health benefits for your pet.
Fixed pets are less likely to develop certain cancers like breast cancer or prostate cancer. Also, females that are not spayed can suffer from a pyometra, an infection that can be deadly.
Not many veterinary clinics have ultrasound equipment, so they are limited to using radiographs. We are proud to be able to offer the choice between radiographs and ultrasound to our patients. We are happy to be able to offer our clients all of the very best diagnostic tools so that your pet starts to feel better quickly. An ultrasound is often a better alternative than radiographs because we can clearly see your pet’s vital organs. There are also some conditions that can only be diagnosed using ultrasounds.The sooner that we can diagnose your pet, the quicker we can start treatment and the faster your pet will be back to his or her normal self.
How do I prepare my pet for routine blood collection?
Things you can do to prepare your pet for a routine visit to the veterinarian include:
1. Gentle fasting: If possible, do not feed your pet for about 6 hours before your appointment. Fasting helps to clear the blood of lipemia, fat droplets that appear after eating. Lipemia can interfere with some blood tests and make the results difficult to interpret.
2. Keep water available: This is especially important in warm weather. Even mild dehydration may change the test results, so be sure your pet has access to water before your visit to the veterinarian.
3. Avoid exercise and active play just prior to your visit: Physical activity can cause changes in test results, so exercise and active play should be avoided.
4. Minimize stress: This may be difficult if your pet is nervous or frightened, but some suggestions include:
- Dogs: Keep your dog on a leash at all times. This makes it less likely your pet will be frightened or upset by other animals in the waiting room.
- Cats: Bring your cat in a cat carrier. This helps your pet feel more secure and eliminates the risk of escape.
- Handle your pet calmly and quietly – talking in a soothing voice may help to distract your pet and reduce anxiety.
- If the waiting room is crowded, you may wish to let your pet wait in the car (weather permitting) to reduce excitement.
- If your pet is highly excitable and the veterinarian is concerned this may affect blood test results, your appointment may be booked at a separate time when the clinic is quieter. This may reduce the stress associated with taking a blood sample.
International & Domestic Travel Health Certificates
Dr. Middleton and Dr. Merriweather are APHIS accredited veterinarians who are happy to provide international and domestic travel certificates for your pets.
If necessary for your pets’ health, Dr. Middleton and Dr. Merriweather are proud to work with specialized veterinarians in order to provide the highest quality of care for your pets. Please discuss with our veterinarians on what procedures and specialists may be recommended to treat your fur baby!
Please note that all overnight hospital visits are referred to The Veterinary Emergency Group. They are located off Route 22 West and you are able to reach them directly at (908) 258-7519. Also, feel free to visit their website veterinaryemergencygroup.com. Thank you!
Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we care for your pet.