WEllness exams

You gave an animal its forever home. We’d like to make it as close to forever as possible. That's why we recommend scheduling a Wellness Exam at least once a year. It helps us check things like weight and joint flexibility. Keep vaccinations up-to-date. And gives us a better chance of detecting a disease or illness before it develops into a serous health issue. 

Just like a human’s yearly physical, our Wellness Exam involves a very thorough examination:

  • Heart and Lung Evaluation

  • Ear Examination

  • Eye examination

  • Dental Evaluation

  • Neurologic evaluation

  • Abdominal Organ Palpation

  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation

  • Coat and Skin Analysis

  • Weight Assessment and Nutritional Counseling

  • Heartworm, Tick-Borne Disease Testing (additional fee)

  • Fecal Analysis (additional fee)Blood titers and vaccines if needed (additional fee)

New Pet Visit

For your first visit, you’ll need to fill out the new patient form prior to your appointment and bring it with you.  If you’ve been using another veterinarian’s service, please contact them a few weeks before your appointment and ask them to transfer your pet's records to us to make sure we have them prior to your arrival.

If the pet patient we are seeing is a new puppy or kitten, make your appointment soon after bringing them home. Make sure you bring any records from the breeder, shelter, or other veterinarian that has examined your new puppy or kitten so we can compare those notes to what we find when we perform our comprehensive physical exam.

Senior Pet Care

Preventive wellness care is a great way to keep your pet as healthy as possible well into their golden years. After a pet reaches the age of seven, we recommend visits every six months so we have a better chance of catching any age-related issue before it becomes a real problem.

In addition to a comprehensive physical exam, we’ll also perform blood tests to evaluate how well the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and gallbladder are functioning, as well as a complete blood count (CBC) that will evaluate the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

During your visit, be sure to tell us if you have noticed any changes in your pet such as:

  • Temperament

  • Activity level

  • Appetite level

  • Weight changes

  • Having trouble getting up or down

  • Incontinence


Dental problems aren’t just a human issue. In fact, 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from some form of dental disease. That’s why it’s so important to bring your pet in for dental checkups at least once a year.

Here are some things to look for that may be a sign of dental disease.

  • Bad breath

  • Stained yellow or brown teeth

  • Loose teeth

  • Red, swollen, or inflamed gums

  • Swollen mouth or gums

  • No longer chewing on toys/bones

  • Reduced appetite

  • Weight loss

DIgital thermal imaging

This is a a valuable tool in helping diagnose inflammation or lack of circulation and pinpointing its exact location in an animal’s body.

Digital Thermal Imaging gives us a visual physiological map of the area being examined. This mapping of the thermal gradients through thermography visually illustrates neural irritation or dysfunction. Eliminating the guesswork and leading to quicker, more accurate diagnoses.

End of Life Services

This is the hardest decision any pet owner will ever have to make. Which is why, so many put it off for as long as they can. When this time comes, please feel free to talk to our staff so we can help you feel more comfortable with your decision.

We’ll also take care of all the arrangements to ensure that your pet is treated with respect during its final journey.


We are a mixed animal practice. That means we have veterinarians on staff who are experienced in treating all kinds of exotic pets. Just call and make an appointment to make sure these vets are in the office and available to see your pet.

General Surgery

Our team has over 30 years of combined surgery experience. We will carefully screen your pet prior to surgery to make sure that your pet is healthy for anesthesia. We’ll also take into account their breed, age, previous medical history, and the procedure being performed.

Most surgeries are done as outpatient procedures, so you’ll be able to bring your pet home late afternoon/early evening. If your pet needs to stay overnight, our boarding facilities will keep them comfortable during their recovery.

In-House Pharmacy

Our pharmacy carries a wide range of medications, prescription food supplements, and prescription dog and cat food. We also stock several brands of flea and tick control, heartworm preventive and internal parasites treatment. When you obtain your pet’s medication from us, we’ll make sure that your pet is being dosed with the correct amount and will go over any potential side effects or concerns.

House Calls

In 1980, Dr. Hodes started his practice by doing house calls throughout the Morris County area and we continue to do so today. Even though there are limitations as to what we can do for your pet in the home environment, please don't hesitate to call us if you require a home visit for wellness exams, vaccines, or have multiple animals that need care — including large animals.

House calls are only made by appointment. To schedule one for your pet, contact us at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Farm Calls

Since it’s not practical to bring a farm animal into our practice, we do have veterinarians on staff who make farm calls. To schedule an appointment, call XXX-XXX-XXXX. If it’s an emergency, call XXX-XXX-XXXX. 


There’s nothing worse than having a pet go missing. Unfortunately, over 10 million pets go missing every year — leaving their owners heartbroken.

Microchipping your pet can prevent this from happening to you. About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip contains an ID number unique to your pet. When this device is scanned your personal contact information comes up. Giving the shelter, vet, or pound the ability to return your pet to you.  

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is most commonly used to decrease inflammation and increase an animal’s mobility. Cold laser therapy treats the surface of the skin, while hot laser treatments affect deeper tissues. Recently, cold laser therapy is being used to treat animals with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries, or to promote wound healing. The treatment is not painful or uncomfortable. In fact, in most cases the animals lie calmly and enjoy the stimulation. Depending on a pet’s size and areas needing therapy, treatment times take between 10- and 20-minutes. 


Having our own in-house lab saves valuable time in testing and diagnosing our pet patients. Whether they’re here for a wellness visit or emergency care, having a modern lab resource on-site helps provide immediate answers to any health question.

Nutritional Information

Unlike the sales staff at a pet food store, our veterinarians won’t push a certain brand of food over another. Instead, we’ll look at your pet’s health, weight, and age, and offer suggestions on which food we think will be most beneficial. And if your pet is presently overweight, we’ll even create a customized meal plan to help shed those extra pounds.

Prescription and Special Diets

Sometimes an animal needs additional nutrients or medical supplements in its food. Or its digestive system can’t handle normal over the counter foods. In those cases, we will recommend a special prescription food or diet plan. This food can be filled by our pharmacy and picked up at the following times:



Surgical Monitoring

Before a surgery, we carefully screen our pet patients to make sure they’re healthy for anesthesia.

Monitoring of the anesthetized patient is a continual process from pre-medication to full recovery. Your pet will be monitored by state-of-the-art monitoring machines that record the heart rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, EKG, and ETCO2.  


Dr. Kristine A. Conway studied canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee and completed the Canine Rehabilitation Institute's program for her CCRT. She also started Aqua Dog Rehabilitation. A water therapy program for senior dogs and dogs with disabilities.


Neutering your pet is not only important for population control, but will help to prevent medical conditions that can become somewhat costly as your dog or cat ages.

Because of the importance of this surgical procedure, we do our best to make it affordable to ALL pet owners. Our surgical fees include the physical exam, pre-operative medications (if needed), anesthesia, surgical monitoring, pain medication, the surgery itself, and any post surgical re-exams (if needed).

We also participate in the New Jersey State Neuter/Spay Program. This can be of great benefit to you if you adopted your pet from a participating shelter/pound or are receiving public assistance. If you do not qualify for the State Program, and you have special financial needs, please contact us 973-328-7112 and we’ll work with you to find a solution.

International Health Certificates

If your pet will be traveling with you outside of the United States, you are required to have a health certificate for your pet. Along with this certificate you must also show proof of rabies vaccination and rabies titer and echinococcus tests and treatments, if applicable.

You should come in for your pet’s international health certificate as near to the date of travel as possible.