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1074 US Highway 22 East
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
P: (908) 725-1800
F: (908) 725-4288

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.

Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.

flea tick prevention pets

Spring into action!

Winter came and winter went but fleas and ticks remain.

Fleas and ticks can be found in grass, trees, and piles of leaves which is why year round prevention is of utmost importance. 

Save on parasite prevention products when you stop by the Somerset Veterinary Group office.

We're offering the following discounts:

  • $15 off 12 doses of Heartworm Prevention
  • $15 off 6 doses of Flea & Tick Prevention
  • $30 off 12 doses of Flea & Tick Prevention
  • $10 off Seresto Collar

* All discounts are in addition to any manufacturer discount or rebate 

We're here to help keep your pet safe and healthy all year long, including during the fall and winter months.

Call us at 908-725-1800 for more information or to schedule your appointment today.

Somerset Veterinary Group is proud to now offer laser therapy for dogs and cats!

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to pain relief. It is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems and pain.

Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing. Learn more about the benefits of this service by visiting our laser therapy page or call us at (908) 725-1800 to learn more about how laser therapy can help your pet.

We're proud to share that Dr. Jennifer Feeney has received the Good Neighbor award from Henry Schein for her dedication and service to the Bridgewater community! 

dr-feeney-good-neighbor-awardHenry Schein is a distributor of healthcare products and veterinary supplies. Territory Manager Karen Travisano created the company’s Good Neighbor Award as a way to recognize veterinarians who give back to their community.

Dr. Feeney was honored for the many hours she has devoted to volunteering in the area, and the many contributions she's made in sharing the wonder and value of animals with the residents of Bridgewater Township and Somerset County.

Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.

Hospital Manager, Sue Dermody
Sue Dermody
Hospital Manager
Veterinary Technician, JoAnne Adamczyk, with Maddie
JoAnne Adamczyk
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician, Katie Peck, with a feline friend
Katie Peck
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician, Alicia Calandra
Alicia Calandra
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician, Kaelyn Reed, with some feline friends
Kaelyn Reed
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician, Krista Heidenhofer
Krista Heidenhofer
Veterinary Technician
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Bridget Radtke
Veterinary Technician
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Jennifer Griffith
Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician, Tess Rouf
Tess Rouf
Veterinary Technician
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Karen Chermak
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Lauren Karpf
Client Care Specialist, MaryAnn Boyle
MaryAnn Boyle
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist, Susan Malosky, with Darla and Daphne
Susan Malosky
Cleint Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist, Rachael Hartline
Rachael Hartline
Client Care Specialist

At the current time, we aren’t exactly sure what the connection is between grain-free diets and heart disease. Something is causing dilated cardiomyopathy, which is when the heart muscles expand and can’t work efficiently, and can lead to heart failure. It could be linked to a taurine deficiency, a particular amino acid that seems to be missing in some of the grain free diets. So far, if it’s noticed early enough, adding taurine or changing to a regular diet has been helping to correct the damage that has been done.

Our hospital recommends diets that are American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFC) certified. Most state feed laws and regulations reference to the AAFCO Official Publication as part of the nutritional adequacy labeling for pet foods. This reference is to an AAFCO-established, science-based, nutritional standard.

It almost seems like you need a biochemistry degree to buy pet food these days. You get bombarded by the sales associates pushing "grain-free" diets in the pet store, there are images of lions and wolves on Fifi and Cooper's food bags, and television advertisements claim their diet is the diet of your pets' "ancestors."

Everything you see and hear pushes the idea that grain-free is the best thing for your pet, but what does grain-free really mean, and is it truly the best food for you best friend?

dog food bowlThe Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) labeling guidelines for gluten-free foods state that for a food to be considered gluten-free, it must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. A grain is the seed of something in the grass family, it may or may not contain gluten. Rice, oats, millet and corn are considered gluten-free grains. Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat, and barley and anything made with these grains. There are other seeds that are not considered grains, such as peas and quinoa.

The FDA does not have any guidelines for grain-free labels on pet foods. It is nothing more than a fancy buzz word used by marketing executives to sell their brand of pet food. The pet food industry is a whopping $29.5 billion dollar business.

Now that we have some basic knowledge about what grain-free means, let's talk about how it affects our pets. This may shock some of you, but there is no credible evidence showing grain-free diets are better for pets.

You work out, you sweat, you drink your electrolytes. You feel good, you look good, you’re healthy. You know what it takes to make a human body tick, to keep muscles strong and ligaments loose. But, have you taken a look at your furry friend lately? Is your beagle a butterball? Is your pekingese portly? Is your mutt a mutton chop? As adorable as they might look, fat dogs are unhealthy and prone to a host of health problems. But there’s a ton of stuff you can do to get your pup to drop, well, a ton.

Weight ScaleCalories matter! Just like for humans, when dogs take in more calories than they burn, they will pack on the pounds.

But what makes this whole concept a lot more complicated is how difficult it is to know exactly how many calories your dog needs to eat each day to stay a healthy weight. There are multiple factors involved, including the size of your dog, the breed of your dog, and age, sex and activity level too. Does at 14 pound supercharged chihuahua need more calories per pound than a 78 pound somnolent shepherd? How do you know? Should you just follow the recommendations on the bag of dog food you bought? The answer to that question is definitely a “NO”. Dog food bag recommendations are almost always very high, most likely because they want you to buy many, many bags of their food and they’re less concerned if your dog becomes a footstool.

Let’s get technical for a minute. Dogs need about 30 calories per pound of body weight to maintain their current weight.

Smaller types need more calories, up to 40 per pound, and the gentle giants need less, closer to 20 calories per pound. Neutered and inactive dogs need a little bit less, and very active dogs need more. Most dogs need less calories in cold weather and more calories in warmer weather. Crazy, right? How can anyone really figure this out?

Bacteria resistance to antibiotics is a serious and growing problem. Bacteria can develop resistance in several ways. Initial exposure to antibiotics can kill bacteria, but any that survive to reproduce can pass that ability by transferring "plasmids" to other unrelated bacteria and essentially teaching them how to be resistant. Over time, some bacteria have acquired resistance to virtually all of the antibiotics available- these are often referred to as "super bugs".

There are several strategies that doctors and patients can use to help minimize this: antibiotics spilling

1. Avoid antibiotic use where possible by using topical antiseptic therapies, such as baths, rinses or mousses with chlorhexidine or povidone iodine, or by using sugar or honey dressings.

2. Avoid using antibiotics when a virus or fungal infection is suspected since antibiotics only work on susceptible bacterial infections.

3. Maximize effective immune response with an optimal diet, probiotics, immunotherapy, and vaccinations.

cat at veterinarianAn unusual alternative therapy called low dose naltrexone exists that can help with a variety of conditions for your pet.

Naltrexone is a drug that blocks opiate receptors. The theory behind low dose naltrexone is that by giving a tiny dose at bedtime, we briefly block the production of endorphins just when they are expected to peak. This causes extra secretion of endorphin stimulating factor and results in higher endorphin levels in the patient.

Endorphins help control pain and focus the immune response to better attack invaders while lessening the likelihood of attacking one’s own cells. We have used this therapy to help palliate chronic arthritis pain in pets who do not tolerate other medications, to assist in treating some immune mediated disorders, and to help slow the growth of some cancers.