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GeniusVets provides base content for over two dozen of the most commonly provided veterinary services, reviewed and approved by practicing veterinarians. This content can then be customized for your unique practice. Here are just a few samples.

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Allergy Testing

Is your dog or cat itchy every spring and fall? It's possible your dog has atopy, a hypersensitivity to pollens, molds and other airborne antigens. Humans show allergires by sneezing, while animals demonstrate them through itchy or infected skin. If your dog or cat has these problems,we offer a blood test that can tell us exactly what your pet is allergic to. Once we know what pollens your pet is allergic to we can create an "allergy vaccine" specific for your pet that will desnsitize it to those pollens.

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Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies generally refer to those therapies that are not considered part of mainstream Western medicine. They are also referred to as complementary, holistic or unconventional therapies. While Western medicine treats the disease, alternative therapies treat the person who has the illness. In the treatment of disease, alternative therapies focus on strengthening the self-healing abilities of the individual. In addition, alternative therapies can be very helpful in relieving stress and reducing pain.

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Feathered Friends Welcome at Little Falls and Rutherford Animal Hospital

Fruit Juice vs. Water

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There is nothing more luxurious than a relaxing vacation away from home. If you’re a pet owner, however, it can be hard to relax while worrying whether the neighbor kid gave Oscar his meds or made sure Coco got enough exercise. Our practice offers pet boarding so you never have these worries. You can kick back knowing that your beloved pets are properly cared for in a friendly, fun, secure and nurturing environment.

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Canine Cardiology

Canine cardiology is the medical field that treats a dog's cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels. A dog cardiologist can diagnose and help develop a treatment protocol for canines that suffer from:

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Canine Laboratory Tests For Veterinary Care

Understanding Dog Blood Tests

A blood test or lab test allows us to learn information about your dog's health which can only be found from collecting a sample of blood and having it analyzed. This includes a CBC (complete blood count) and blood chemistries that analyze chemical components in the blood.

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Cardiology For Cats

How A Cat's Heart Works

A cat's heart has four chambers. The two upper chambers are called the atrium (plural atria), and the lower chambers are called the ventricles. Additionally, the heart has a right and left side, each containing one atrium and one ventricle. A cat's heart works as follows:

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Cat Dermatology

Most cats will scratch on occasion but if you notice that the occasional scratch and regular grooming turns into a cat that appears uncomfortable, cat skin problems may be present and you should schedule an appointment with one of the veterinarians.

Excessive scratching, hair loss and a mildly frantic cat are signs that cat skin problems may be present and your feline friend needs medical attention. While cat skin problems are rarely an emergency, an uncomfortable cat will have trouble enjoying daily life until those symptoms are under control.

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Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

Cats typically take care of daily grooming by themselves. If you’ve ever seen a cat lying in the sun grooming itself, it can be quite calming to observe the meticulous routine. Cats instinctively groom themselves to banish any odors that may be noticed by other animals, especially predators. Cats are also able to maintain a healthy-looking coat by daily grooming and distributing natural oils to keep their coats clean and shiny.

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Cat Medications

If you’re like a lot of cat owners, you know your cat’s daily routine. If you notice your cat is not following his usual activities, or if you see a change in behavior patterns, those could be subtle but important clues that your cat is sick. As a pet parent, it’s time for you to step in and get the vet on speed dial.

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Cat Spaying & Neutering

Information And Services To Spay And Neuter Cats

Since 1985, our dedicated and compassionate veterinary team have successfully performed spay and neuter procedures on many male and female cats of all breeds and ages. We have also helped educate cat owners throughout NJ about spay and neuter procedures. These include when to spay or neuter a cat, what to expect during and after surgery, and why cat spaying and cat neutering is essential to helping control the pet population problem in the state of NJ.

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Cat Vaccinations - Everything You Should Know

The importance of vaccinations to the overall health and longevity of your cat cannot be understated. Cat vaccines are medically and scientifically proven to combat the incubation and transmission of crippling and fatal feline diseases. Our veterinary staff is dedicated to educating people about the importance of cat vaccinations, including what cat vaccines are necessary, and when they should be scheduled.

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Declawing Cats: Examining the Pros, Cons and Alternatives

A part of normal cat behavior is their instinctive need to scratch on surfaces to remove excess claw material and keep the nails clean and in good shape. Cats obviously enjoy this behavior and certainly are not aware that their behavior may be seen as destructive to their owners. Unfortunately while your cat is happily clawing on your favorite chenille chair furniture, you may be grimacing and very unhappy with one of your favorite family members.

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Dental Care

Did you know that the most common dental disease in dogs and cats is periodontal disease? The problem starts when plaque which is made up of food particles and bacteria, builds up on the teeth and creates a space between the teeth and gums. Food gets trapped there, and an infection begins which wears away the bone that holds the teeth. The teeth eventually get loose and fall out. The process can take months to years to occur. During this time, the pet can be in severe discomfort and is exposed to the toxins created by the bacteria.

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Sometimes, keeping Tiger’s chompers healthy can feel like big job Luckily, our practice provides advanced veterinary dentistry services in addition to basic dental care.

This includes routine care such as cleaning, along with treating more complicated conditions. Because our pets don’t brush their teeth every night before bed like we do, tartar can firmly adhere to the teeth.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer in Cats

Diagnosing And Treating Cancer In Cats

At all of our facilities we understand that feline cancer is a devastating diagnosis. It is natural to feel highly emotional. However, a cat cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a hopeless one. Depending upon how early it is identified and the type of cancer involved, there are certainly options that can lead to very positive outcomes.

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Digital Radiology

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As technology leads us into the future and improves our lives, diagnostic imaging is no exception. Digital radiology gives our practice the ability to diagnose conditions almost on the spot. This allows us to treat conditions faster and more effectively.

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Does Your Dog Have Allergies? Dog Allergy Testing

Dog Allergy Symptoms

While not usually life threatening, allergies in dogs do cause discomfort. Most symptoms are associated with dermatologic problems but some can also lead to chronic respiratory issues in some dogs if untreated for long periods of time. Sometimes an owner will bring their dog to a veterinary appointment, suspecting a serious medical condition and end up finding out that their canine companion has an allergy.

Here are some allergy symptoms commonly found in dogs:

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Dog Behavior - A Compassionate, Sensible, Effective Approach

Illness doesn't always have a physical cause, and the sad truth is that more dogs are put to sleep because of behavioral problems than because of disease or injury. Dog obedience training can ensure your canine is a safe and enjoyable member of your family. From training puppies to addressing unwanted behavior in an older dog, our veterinarians can help you achieve a better bond with your furry friend.

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Dog Cancer - Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

At Rutherford Animal Hospital and Little Falls Animal Hospital we understand that your canine companion is not just a pet, but that he or she is a beloved, cherished family member. The mutual bond of love and loyalty between you can make a diagnosis of any form of dog cancer very difficult to hear. Our veterinarians and support staff are empathetic, compassionate and trained to focus on both the emotional and medical aspects of dog cancer.

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Dog Dental Care - Bad Breath, Teeth Cleaning, Dog Dentist

Did you know that the most common dental disease in dogs and cats is periodontal disease? The problem starts when plaque which is made up of food particles and bacteria, builds up on the teeth and creates a space between the teeth and gums. Food gets trapped there, and an infection begins which wears away the bone that holds the teeth. The teeth eventually get loose and fall out. The process can take months to years to occur. During this time, the pet can be in severe discomfort and is exposed to the toxins created by the bacteria.

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Dog Deworming

How Worms In Dogs Are Contracted

At Rutherford Animal Hospital and Little Falls Animal Hospital, we love helping educate our clients about the best detection and prevention methods for worms in dogs, and we pride ourselves on providing our canine patients with the utmost in care and treatment protocols. Due to their outdoor lifestyles and social natures, most dogs will be at risk of contracting worms throughout their lives. Some of the most common ways to contract worms in dogs include:

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Dog Endoscopy: Gastrointestinal Exams For Dogs

At Rutherford Animal Hospital, we utilize the most up to date equipment which allows us to offer a very high level of care to all of our patients. Canine endoscopy uses a tiny video camera at the end of a very narrow scope, called an endoscope that is inserted either into the stomach through the mouth or the colon via the rectum. This allows a veterinarian to view a dog's gastrointestinal tract, or other areas of concern throughout his or her body.

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Dog Microchipping

Rutherford Animal Hospital is pleased to announce the availability of electronic micro-chip identification for your pet. The micro-chip is a tiny electronic device which can store information about your pet, such as where he lives and how to contact you if he becomes lost. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin between your pet's shoulder blades. The procedure is relatively painless and is no different than giving the yearly vaccinations our pets receive.

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Dog Nutrition

What Is The Right Food To Feed Your Dog?

Good nutrition is feeding your dog the building blocks and energy components that allow them to grow, develop to their potential and stay active throughout their life. There are many ways to feed your dog and hundreds of diets to choose from. Most people tend to use dry and canned dog food for convenience and cost. However, for owners who are open minded about their dog's diet, there are alternatives to dry and canned dog food that may offer better nutrition for your particular dog.

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Dog Pregnancy

At the Rutherford Animal Hospital, our reproductive team understands the commitment involved in helping facilitate a dog pregnancy for your beloved canine companion. We have very specific standards for assisted canine reproduction and only work with breeders exhibiting quality breeding practices. Our services include:

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Dog Vaccinations

Everything You Must Know About Vaccinating Your Dog

Dog vaccinations play a critical role in protecting your dog from many dangerous and even fatal diseases. While state law requires all dogs are vaccinated for rabies, there are a number of other vaccinations that can protect your dog from serious diseases that are easily preventable.

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Emergency Veterinary Services

Emergency vet services are a fundamental cornerstone of our commitment to comprehensive pet care. Your pet isn't going to take "normal business hours" into consideration. Accidents do happen, and when disaster strikes, that is when you need a trained veterinary staff ready and able to help. So, we know that we've got to be ready. This is why you can always rely on our emergency vet care team to be here for you. 

Our full service facility is located at:

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Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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Everything You Should Know About Microchipping Cats

What Are Microchip IDs, And Why Does My Cat Need One?

At Rutherford and Little Falls Veterinary Hospital, we understand that the bond you and your beloved feline friend share is invaluable and irreplaceable. We also understand that by nature, cats are roaming creatures and therefore run the risk of wandering too far from home, or just accidentally losing their way. In fact, a staggering number of cats are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack any means to identify them with. This is why we are happy to offer cat microchip identification services.

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I have an older ferret and I am thinking of getting a young one. Will they get along?

Ferrets are usually very social, and seem to like having a friend around to interact with. Whether or not any two ferrets will get along is anybody's guess. More times than not they will, however we have seen instances were two individuals just do not seem to like each other. It is very important to keep a new ferret quarantined for at least 3-4 weeks and have it checked by a veterinarian to be sure it is healthy.

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Rutherford Animal Hospital offers medical grooming services for pets. We strive to help your pets feel and look their best. In the case of skin diseases we do medical groomings which may include shaving the coat, applying special shampoos or cream rinses, or other anti-itching medications. In cases of animals with severe matting or other coat problems we may need to do a complete shave down. At times sedation may be necessary to insure the comfort and safety of a pet and we will use it only when necessary.

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Heartworms In Dogs - Symptoms and Treatments

Since 1985 the veterinary staff at Rutherford Animal Hospital has made heartworm prevention for dogs an important part of our approach to preventive care. A heartworm infection can lead to numerous health problems up to and including early death Therefore, heartworm prevention cannot be ignored. Our team is here to educate you and protect your dog from this terrible disease.

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Kitten Care

    Getting a new kitten is a very special experience with lots of joy, warmth and laughter. There is a reason why the internet is so full of kitten and cat pictures and videos. Kittens are super fun, loving and entertaining. Kitten care does involve some amount of hands-on attention from human family members. The focus of kitten care is on acclimating the kitten to its new family, and providing for the kitten's physical well being to support healthy development.

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Laser Therapy For Cats

What Is Laser Therapy For Cats?

We are always looking to new ways to care for your cat. Medicine and technology are constantly advancing and we embrace staying at the forefront of the best medical and surgical care. We are proud to offer laser therapy for cats at our veterinary clinic.

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Optimum Feline Nutrition - What Should You Feed Your Cat?

The Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Cat Food

Feline nutrition is very important for general health. However, the plethora of dietary options, brands and formulas available to consumers can be confusing, when deciding which kind of cat food is best for your feline friend’s health and wellness.

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Pain Management

When it comes to managing your pet’s pain, our practice offers and the highest quality of care utilizing compassion and the most effective medical treatments available. We develop a unique pain management plan to best serve the individual needs of your pet. This plan may include medication, complementary treatment or a combination of both.

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Pet Adoption Services

New Jersey has a very bad pet overpopulation problem! As veterinary health professionals we continually strive to alleviate animal suffering. One special way we accomplish this is to try to find homes for stray animals. We often have one or two cats available for adoption. There are mostly kittens, but at times we have friendly adult cats looking for homes. There is a display in our waiting room where you can interact with these animals. These pets have all been examined by our staff and are healthy. The can be adopted by you with all their shots and necessary treatments already completed.

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Preventing And Treating Heartworms In Cats

At Rutherford and Little Falls Veterinary Hospitals, our highly experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary support staff have been helping educate our clients and win the fight against heartworms in cats since 1985. The importance of heartworm prevention for cats cannot be overstated. Once a cat has contracted heartworms, it cannot be cured.

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Preventive Care That Will Ensure A Happy, Healthy Cat

What Is Involved In A Cat Preventive Care Program?

At Our Hospitals we understand that prevention is truly the best medicine where the health and wellness of your cat is concerned. This is why we offer our feline patients and their human counterparts a comprehensive array of cat preventive care services that promote cat health, wellness and longevity of life.

A cat preventive care program consists of:

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Puppy Care

How To Take Care Of A Puppy

One of the greatest joys in life is having a cuddly, cute puppy to have and hold. This is a memorable time for the entire family and everyone can participate in loving and caring for your new puppy. Our staff and veterinarians know what an exciting and special time this is for you and we want to provide you with the best information and health care to get a great start for your new puppy's life. The time you commit to this puppy in the beginning of its life will have a great impact on your relationship for the next 12-15 years.

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Radiography & Ultrasonography

All of our hospitals use a new state of the art digital radiology system. We are one of the few hospitals in New Jersey to have this type of x-ray equipment. X-ray film is no longer used; images are captured using digital technology. This allows us to use less radiation, as well as have the ability to manipulate the images so we can get the greatest amount of information from them. Our facilities also have ultrasound machines. This technology allows us to obtain images from an animal’s body in a 3-D manner.

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Senior Dog Care

Taking The Physiological Changes Of Aging Dogs Into Consideration

At Rutherford Animal Hospital and Little Falls Animal Hospital, we love providing senior dogs with the care and support they need to age gracefully and comfortably. We understand that the experience of caring for older dogs can be a tremendously rewarding one that enhances and enriches the lives of dogs themselves, as well as their human caretakers. We truly are dog people at heart. We love to lend insight and guidance into caring for older dogs.

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Small Mammals & Exotics

Exotic Pet Corner: Chinchillas

Chinchillas are curious friendly animals which make excellent pets. They are relatively easy to care for, do not normally bite, and do not produce significant odors. They enjoy climbing and can scurry about extremely quickly, and can jump up to twenty inches! Chinchillas have large rear feet, round bodies, large ears, and a tail like a squirrel. They are actually part of the rodent family.

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Spaying or Neutering Dogs

Spaying and neutering are safe, effective procedures. These procedures not only help reduce pet overpopulation and prevent unwanted litters but they also provide significant benefits for your pet by helping to avoid medical and behavioral problems down the road. Neutering is the general term referring to either a spay in female dogs or castration in male dogs. A spay, otherwise known as ovariohysterectomy, is the complete removal of the female reproductive organs ( the uterus and ovaries). Castration, which we commonly call a neuter, is the removal of the testicles.

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The Importance Of Cat Wellness Exams

It is very important to have a veterinarian examine your cat at least once a year. Cats age significantly faster than humans and therefore it is imperative for cat owners to stay on top of wellness exams in order to catch any potential health problems before they begin. Most cat illnesses are much easier and less expensive to treat and cure when caught in the early stages before they progress or develop complications. Therefore, regular cat wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive veterinary medicine.

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Veterinary Services

Our Hospitals Offer A Full Service Veterinary Clinic

We believe in the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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Veterinary Services For Cats

The arrival of a new kitten is enjoyable and exciting. Some planning and having the correct information can make the experience go smoothly. When your new kitten is introduced to your home, make it a gradual introduction, and always supervised. It probably is a good idea to confine the kitten to one large room with easy access to a litter pan, along with kitten food and water. This will give the kitten an opportunity to become acquainted with you and its new surroundings. Always spend a lot of time holding the kitten, and especially spend a lot of time playing with it.

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What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your Cat's Health

When Will A Veterinarian Order Blood Tests For Cats

Sometimes in the case of an eye or ear infection, your feline friend's medical condition affords a veterinarian the opportunity for a relatively straightforward diagnosis. However, other cases warrant further examination. In such a case, your veterinarian will order feline blood tests to aid in his or her investigation. The following situations can result in the need for blood tests for cats:

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What To Know About Your Cat's Pre and Post-Op Surgical Care

Understanding Why A Cat Surgery Has Been Recommended

At Our Hospitals our primary concern is for the health and well-being of your cat. Unfortunately, there may arise a circumstance when a surgical procedure is in the best interest of your feline friend, and in these times you will need to make that decision. We understand what that feels like, and our veterinarians and staff are here for you too.

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What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia

There may be a time when your cat will require a procedure or surgery for his continued health. At the time of surgery your cat will require anesthesia which will be carefully administered and monitored by our veterinary staff. Knowing the basics about how anesthesia will be is used in cat surgery and the recovery basics will help to ease your mind while kitty is under our care.

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