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Resources: ALL THINGS PET

WILDLIFE ASSISTANCE


  • DO NOT FEED rescued wildlife without obtaining proper information.  Wrong food can kill!
  • DO NOT allow children or pets near wildlife.  If you do rescue a wild animal, contact a licensed Rehabilitator IMMEDIATELY for how to care for it.
  • It is against NJ law to possess wildlife without a permit. 
  • If you've found an animal in NY or PA, please contact those sites. 

N.J. Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators  

listing of licensees

Click HERE


WILD BABY RESCUE 

  Blairstown NJ

Phone Number: 908-362-9453 

Click HERE


AVIAN WILDLIFE CENTER  Sussex NJ

Phone 973-702-1957   Click HERE


NEW YORK Wildlife Rehabilitators

Click  HERE


PENNSYVANIA Wildlife Rehabilitators    Click HERE


BATS (any state)    Click HERE

BCVC PAYMENT OPTIONS

Bills pile up.  Emergencies happen.  That is why we offer Care Credit in addition to accepting  the following types of payments.  Please see our FINANCIAL POLICY for full information.

  • Cash
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Personal check (with ID)
  • Money Order


  • CARE CREDIT is a personal line of credit for healthcare treatments and procedures for your entire family--NOT JUST YOUR PETS!  It works like a credit card, but can only be used for healthcare services.  No Interest financing options are available.  You can apply online or by phone and instantly learn if you're approved.    For more information on Care Credit call Phone 800-677-0718             Click     HERE

PET POISON HELP

If you suspect your pet has ingested or been exposed to something poisonous, get veterinary help immediately.

DON'T PANIC !

  • Take a moment to safely  collect or identify any item involved. This can help what poison(s) are involved and determine treatment. Collect in a sealable bag any vomit or items chewed to bring with you to the veterinarian.
  • DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING unless directed to by a veterinarian.
  • Be ready with the species, breed, age, sex and weight of animal(s) involved.

PET POISON HELPLINE 

PHONE  855-764-7661

 CLICK HERE   


ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER    PHONE 888-426-4435                              CLICK HERE     


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Each companies website has lots of information on plants, foods and products that can be toxic to animals.   

Dog Training Sources

DOG TRAINING / GROOMING / DAYCARE / BOARDING

BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR DOG IN BCVC's MONTHLY FREE DRAWING TO WIN A FREE BASIC DOG GROMING AT Snips-N-Tails**

 

Snips-N-Tails Pet Grooming

328 Rt. 206 N, Branchville, NJ 0826

Phone  973-948-7647 (SNIP)

Find them on Facebook at snipsntails2


Golden Rule School for Dogs

Andover, N.J.

Phone 973-786-5229

Click  HERE


Tri-States Dog Obedience Club

Shohola, PA

Phone 570-296-5594

Click  HERE


**No purchase necessary. One entry per family per month. Dog must be current on rabies vaccination. Owner responsible for transportation to and from grooming office,  make appointment in advance, and surrender winner's certificate at pet drop off.  Add on services at owner's cost.


NOTE: Each pet boarding facility may have their own requirements for vaccinations.  Contact them directly to determine any current health issues the facility may be undergoing and to obtain their requirements/restrictions etc.


KOUNTRY KENNELS 

Sandyston, NJ

973-948-0624

Click  HERE


COZY CAT

Andover, NJ

973-729-6369

Find them on FaceBook


SAWKILL FARM PET RESORT

Milford, PA  

570-296-8246

Click  HERE


THE PET SPA & RESORT

Franklin, NJ

973-827-8881

Click  HERE


NORTHCLIFF KENNELS

Andover, NJ

973-786-5252

Click  HERE


FETCH PET/HOUSE/BARN SITTING

845-678-3047

Wantage,NJ

Click   HERE


PET HEALTH INSURANCE

Having Pet Health Insurance may help remove financial decisions for your pets' treatment options.  Search on-line for numerous companies that offer a variety of policies. Our office works with all Pet Health Insurance companies.  If your pets are covered, let us know!
To determine if Pet Health Insurance is right for you and your pets, consider the following for each companies policies:

  • Coverage: types of visits/services/treatments allowed : wellness, accident, illness, emergency, neutering, dental, laboratory tests, cancer treatments, flea & tick medication, heartworm preventative medication etc.
  • Does company allow you to add-on specific services/treatmets to a policy?  Costs?
  • Are there any exclusions (pre-existing conditions, hereditary or breed specific conditions)?
  • What is the deduction? Is that annual (from date of policy or January 1st)?  Are there different deductions that might affect cost of a policy?
  • Is there a multi-pet discount?
  • Do premiums increase with pets's age?  Claims filed?
  • How can you file claims? On-line? Fax? Mail?  What do you need to provide with each claim? 
  • How much is the reimbursemet? How is it paid to me--check, direct deposit?  Can payment go directly to Veterinarian/Hospital? (Note: many hospitals require owner to pay full costs and insurance reimburses owner.  Some insurance companies may restrict reimbursements until entire client/patient balance is paid in full.)

PET ADOPTION SOURCES

ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!

It's estimated 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in the US every year.  Most shelter animals are there not because they're "bad", but because of people problems: divorce, moving, lack of time or finances are common pet surrender reasons.

     

Adopting a pet is often less expensive than purchasing one.  Most pets come with vaccinations, have been tested for Heartworm, are microchipped and already spayed or neutered, making an adoption fee a bargain!


You can adopt a pet of any age and breed.  Although puppies and kittens are cute, they can require a lot of time and work to train. An adult pet may be housetrained, know basic commands and may be used to children or other pets.  The adoption agency will work with you to help determine the pet that best fits your and the pets' needs.  


Shelters often have rabbits, Guinea Pigs and other animals available for adoption, too.


So go fall in love and adopt a pet!



FATHER JOHN'S ANIMAL HOUSE

Lafayette, NJ  

Phone  973-300-5909

Click HERE


BARKS (Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Society)  Andover, NJ

Phone 973-300-3185

Click HERE


OSCAR  (One Step Closer Animal Rescue)   Sparta, NJ

Phone  973-810-2853

Click  HERE


WANTAGE ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER    Wantage, NJ

973-875-9390

Click HERE  

(on homepage go to Municipal>Departments>Animal Control)


DEER PARK HUMANE SOCIETY

Port Jervis, NY

Phone  845-856-3677

Click  HERE


BARNYARD SANCTUARY, NJ FARM ANIMAL RESCUE

Click  HERE


PETFINDER on line

Click  HERE

Pet travel resources

PET TRAVEL RESOURCES & TIPS

  • BE SURE YOUR PET HAS UP-TO-DATE IDENTIFICATION.  
  • A microchip is permanent ID--keep your contact information current.  Use and ID tag on collars.  In an emergency situation (think evacuation) write your pets name and your phone number on their abdomen/inside leg in permanent marker.
  • Always contact an airline directly for their pet travel regulations.  
  • Bring a copy of your pets' medical history with you as well as medication they need.
  • Have a current picture of your pet readily available in case they get lost and you need it for flyers etc. 
  • Plan on frequent stops for bathroom and water breaks. Feed lightly for duration of trip to help avoid car sickness.

Go to the PET TRAVEL site for more tips.

Click  HERE

Even "cool" and cloudy days can be too hot for your pets, both in a car or outside.  HEATSTROKE (overheating--increased body temperature) can be fatal.  Signs of heatstroke can include excessive panting, pale gums, lethargy and even seizures. 

SEEK VETERINARY CARE IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR PET BECOMES OVERHEATED.


Visit  MyDogIsCool to see how quickly a car can become an oven for your pet.    Click  HERE


Pet health topic resources

PET HEALTH INFORMATION

Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine have entire sites dedicated to help educate pet owners about numerous health topics including

  • Aging
  • Behavioral issues
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Ear issues, earmites
  • Eye problems
  • Feline viruses (FIV, FIP, FelV)
  • First Aid
  • Fleas / Ticks
  • Hairballs
  • Heart problems
  • Holiday safety tips
  • Kidney issues
  • Dental issues
  • Nail trimming how to's
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Skin issues
  • Seizures
  • Poisons
  • Respiratory problems
  • Urinary issues
  • Vomiting
  • Weight / Obesity (see below)

Click   HERE  to access Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine 


Click  HERE  to access Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine  


Click  HERE  for Association of Pet Obesity Prevention  


FOR INFORMATION ON LYME DISEASE, EBOLA in pets, AND OTHER TICK-BORNE OR ZOONOTIC DISEASES  

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL

       CLICK   HERE

Small Animal health topic resources

SMALL ANIMAL CARE INFORMATION

Guinea Pig Care     Click  HERE


Rabbits      Click   HERE


Birds (pet)  Care     Click  HERE


Gerbils      Click   HERE


Mice & Rats      Click   HERE


Ferrets    Click  HERE


SKUNK ODOR REMOVER SHAMPOO

The mix does not keep, so discard any unused portions.


Combine:

1/4 cup Baking Soda1 Teaspoon Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn works best)1 Quart  3% Hydrogen Peroxide


Directions:

  • Mix well
  • Soak pet in warm water to saturate fur
  • Apply mix.  Scrub through fur.
  • DO NOT get in eyes/ears (seek veterinary help if pet is sprayed in eyes/ears.)
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.  
  • NOTE:  this mix may bleach dark fur to a lighter color.


IF YOUR PET IS LOST

LOST OR FOUND PETS

Having a microchip and ID tag with up-to-date information for your pet is the best way to help ensure re-uniting a lost pet quickly.  Our office features HOMEAGAIN microchips--call us to provide one for each of your pets.  973-948-7387


IF YOU'VE LOST YOUR PET

  • Put up easily readable flyers. For outdoor flyers, encase them in clear sheet protectors for durability in weather conditions.
  • Include a picture of your pet, not just a description.  "Black and white cat"  or "Labrador Retriever" is too vague and not everyone knows what a particular breed looks like.
  • Put in date lost and general vicinity of last seen.
  • Have multiple contact phone numbers. Make the numbers readable from a distance for outdoor flyers.  For indoor flyers, phone number tear-offs at the bottom are recommended.
  • If a reward on return is offered, list it. (Be aware there are scammers that may take advantage of this.)
  • Pets can travel long distances, so post flyers well beyond the area pet was lost.
  • When found: Take down all flyers and contact all places you called to report pet so they know it's returned home.

Places to contact/put flyers:

  • Veterinary offices
  • Pet Shops
  • Groomers
  • Boarding / Pet Day Care facilities
  • Local and State Police
  • National Parks / State Parks
  • Animal Control facilities
  • Animal Shelters / adoption agencies 
  • Local stores / library / post office (ask permission for flyers)
  • Microchip registries (f your pet is chipped be sure to inform them of the loss).

IF YOU'VE FOUND A PET

  • Call our office--we'll be glad to scan the pet for a microchip.  973-948-7387  
  • Contact the local Animal Control to report it.
  • DO NOT allow your children to handle it.  DO NOT put it with your pets. You don't know the animals behavior or health status.
  • Confine the animal safely.
  • Contact the above listed places to see if there's a lost pet flyer/report on file.
  • If pet is hungry/thirsty offer SMALL amounts of appropriate food.  Overfeeding can cause vomiting, diarrhea or worse.

MICROCHIP / ID TAG INFORMATION & SOURCES


HOME AGAIN MICROCHIPS

Click   HERE


NATIONAL PET MICROCHIP REGISTRATION DATABASE

Click   HERE


MERIAL'S PAWS TO SAVE PETS ID TAGS

Click   HERE


FOUND ANIMALS MICROCHIP LOOKUP SERVICE

Click   HERE


LUCKY PET  NAME EMBROIDERED COLLARS, ID TAGS

800-543-8247

Click   HERE


     

  




PET LOSS / GRIEF

Losing a pet can be a very traumatic experience.  Everyone processes grief differently, and it is a process that involves the entire family, adults and children.  Our office can assist you with end-of-life decisions to help you make choices that are best for you and your pets.    We encourage owners to seek support in positive ways that acknowledges their grief journey and honors the memory of their pet.


BEREAVEMENT SERVICES:


Karen Ann Quinlin Center

Newton, NJ   Diana Sebzda

973-948-2283

Click  HERE


TUFTS UNIVERSITY PET LOSS

508-839-7966

Click  HERE


AVMA PET LOSS

Click  HERE


MEMORY TREE AT BCVC

Each December, our office invites you to bring a small (non-returnable) ornament to hang on our lobby  MEMORY TREE.



Holidays are a time to treasure

Pets now gone who gave such pleasure

To celebrate their memory

Please hang an ornament on our tree.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It came to me

that every time 

I lose a dog

They take a piece

of my heart with them,

and every new dog

who comes into my life

gifts me with a piece

of their heart.

If I live long enough

all the components

of my heart

will be dog, and

I will become as

generous and loving

as they are.

           Anonymous





DEERS AND CARS

Statistics show most car-deer accidents occur in October, November and December--the deer's mating season.  Most accidents happen at night, between dusk and dawn.

  • Be aware of posted DEER CROSSING signs.
  • Highest deer activity time is usually between 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Use high beam headlights as much as possible to illuminate the roadway and sides of roads.
  • Deer usually travel in groups.  If you see one, more are nearby.  Wait for the entire herd to cross the road or move off.
  • DO NOT rely on car-mounted deer repellent whistles.  They are not proven to be effective.
  • If a collision seems unavoidable, swerving could make you lose control of your car or move into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  Try to stop straight ahead.
  • If you do hit a deer, contact the local or State Police for assistance.  

NJ State Police Augusta, NJ  

973-383-1514


NJ State Police Troop B Headquarters

973-785-9419


Why spay or neuter your pet

5 REASONS TO SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PET

  1. HEALTH BENEFITS

Spaying a female helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer.

Neutering a male can prevent testicular cancer.


2. BEHAVIOR BENEFITS


SPAYED FEMALES don't go into "heat."  

Female cats can go into heat for 4-5 days every THREE WEEKS during breeding season.  They'll yowl and may urinate more often--sometimes all over the house--to try to attract a mate.

Female dogs usually go into heat twice a year for about a 3 week timeframe.  They can become moody--and messy with discharge.


NEUTERED DOGS & CATS aren't as likely to roam away from home.  Non-neutered pets will do just about anything to find a willing female, including becoming escape artists to get out of the house or yard.  Once outside, they risk injury (or worse) in traffic or fights with other males or wildlife.


NEUTERED PETS FOCUS ON THEIR HUMAN FAMILY.  Unneutered dogs and cats may mark their 'territory" by spraying/urinating and may even become aggressive.


3.  IT'S COST EFFECTIVE TO SPAY/NEUTER.

The cost of spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than properly caring for a litter--especially if there are birthing complications requiring a C-section.  Neutering  costs less than continually treating your pet for wounds or injuries they may sustain while hunting or a mate.


4.  IT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY

Stray animals (and yes, if you pet is roaming at large it's considered a stray) prey on and can be attacked by wildlife, cause car accidents, may bite, spread diseases and cause overpopulation.  Every year millions of dogs and cats (and not just feral ones) are euthanized for lack of homes.  Spaying and neutering means your pets won't contribute to over population.


5.  MYTH BUSTING

  • Your pet won't automatically get fat from the surgery.  Lack of exercise and over-feeding causes obesity.
  • Children do not need to experience the "miracle of birth" firsthand.  There are lots of books and videos on the subject.  Letting your pets have offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson when so many unwanted pets wind up in shelters or euthanized.
  • "Pure Bred" doesn't mean your pet should reproduce.  Many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops come with "papers" but are products of puppy/kitten mills and are not quality examples of their breed.  "Designer breeds" are simply a mix of two (or more) AKC recognized breeds that have been given a cute name. (Example: Labradoodle is a Labrador Retriever/Poodle mix.)  Responsible breeders take careful consideration of genetic and medical issues and have a life-long commitment to each animal bred  

LICENSING & RABIES CLINICS

 Free Rabies Clinics are funded by NJ State.
NJ residents may use ANY clinic, not just one in the town in which they live.
Check with your town Board of Health for upcoming clinics.
Dogs must be on leash, cats in carriers.  
Townships will also have information on how to license your dog.  
 

    **Note: Your dog must have a current rabies vaccination that does not expire before November 1st of a licensing year to obtain a dog license.  If the vaccine expires prior to November 1st, it will need to be updated before a dog license can be issued.  


SUSSEX COUNTY NJ TOWN PHONE NUMBERS
 

Andover Borough                 973-786-6688
Andover Township               973-383-4280
Branchville Borough            973-948-4626
Byram Township                  973-347-2500
Frankford Township             973-948-5566
Franklin Borough                 973-827-9280
Fredon Township                 973-383-7025
Green Township                  908-852-9333
Hamburg Borough               973-827-9230
Hampton Township             973-383-5570
Hardyston Township           973-823-7020
Hopatcong Borough            973-770-1200
Lafayette Township            973-383-1811
Montague Township           973-293-7300         
Newton                               973-383-3521
Ogdensburg Borough         973-827-3444
Sandyston Township          973-948-3520
Sparta Township                973-729-4493  
Stanhope Borough             973-347-0159
Stillwater Township           973-383-9484
Sussex Borough                 973-875-4831
Vernon Township               973-764-4055
Wantage Township            973-875-7192