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Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Lawrence Animal Hospital, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Kitten and Puppy in GrassPhysical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age, if not done previously, and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit, if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Lawrence Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Puppy and KittenA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Lawrence Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Pet First Aid iconLawrence Animal Hospital offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured cats and dogs. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:

  • on-site laboratory
  • x-ray capabilities

If your dog or cat is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We are available for emergencies and urgent care during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Lawrence Animal Hospital provides veterinary surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following soft tissue surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Exploratory Surgery
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Why we are the best choice for your pet's surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Lawrence Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet's comfort.

Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

Dog with Clean TeethWhen dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Lawrence Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment, digital dental x-ray, and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure.

Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Lawrence Animal Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

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Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day.
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health.

Lawrence Animal Hospital is happy to provide care for a wide range of exotic pets. We offer preventive care, surgery, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.

Dr. Wilson with a Pet Turtle at Lawrence Animal HospitalDr. Wilson is experienced with treating and caring for many types of exotic pets including:

  • Ferrets
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Lizards
  • Rabbits
  • Rats & Mice
  • Turtles

As well as most other species of rodents, reptiles and other small, non-traditional mammal pets!

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Health certificates for pets are required for travel within the United States (regardless if crossing state lines by car or by plane) as well as for international travel.

Whether for domestic or international travel, we will be happy to help you with your pet's health certificate. Like visas, however, we need several weeks to process the paperwork.

There are certain countries that require unusual procedures. We will determine the proper requirements and find out exactly what is needed to ensure a happy trip for both you and your pet.

We are here to help you in any way we can to get you and your pet to your destination. Feel free to call us at (609) 924-2293 with any questions or to book an appointment for a domestic or international health certificate.

Make sure to let us know when booking the appointment if you are planning domestic or international travel so we make sure that you are scheduled an appointment with the right staff veterinarian for your needs.

Travel Planning Tips

  • Start planning at least two months ahead of time for domestic travel or four months for international travel to make sure that you are familiar with all the necessary requirements.

  • If traveling by car, make sure to have copies of your pet's vaccine history, including the most current rabies certificate proving legal vaccination for rabies. Be sure to have a health certificate from your veterinarian for your pet's most recent wellness visit.

  • If traveling by plane, research the airlines that you plan to use. Some airlines have their own requirements while others defer to the destination state or country. Important questions to ask:

    • What are the airline's policies regarding pet travel?
    • Which airplanes in their fleet have a cargo space available for larger pets (this will affect which flights are available for your trip)?
    • Which flights allow smaller pets in the cabin space?
    • What type of pet carrier do they recommend?
    • What are their procedures for dropping off and picking up your pet? Airlines may differ on what they offer for loading and unloading.
    • Do they have a non-stop flight for you and your pet to your destination? How do they handle layovers between flights when your pet is on board?

**Only United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved veterinarians are allowed to issue an international health certificate. Lawrence Animal Hospital currently has veterinarians on staff that are approved to issue certificates for international travel.**

Helpful Resources

  • USDA Animal Import/Export Guidelines

  • New Jersey USDA office
    Mercer Corporate Park
    320 Corporate Blvd. Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1598
    Phone: (609) 259-5260 or (609) 259-5261
    Fax: (609) 259-2477

Lawrence Animal Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.

Other products available include:

Veterinary Diets

  • Royal Canin


We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours.

Please call us at 609-924-2293 for immediate assistance.

If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will coordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Pet Emergency CallsWe refer after-hours emergencies to:

The Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC)
301 Veterans Highway, Levittown, PA 19056
(P) 215-750-7884

The Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES)
2010 Cabot Blvd. West, Suite D, Langhorne, PA 19047
(P) 215-750-2774

North Star Vets
315 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Robbinsville, NJ, 08691
(P) 609-259-8300

Just moved to the area?

Let us help make one part of the transition easy – finding a new vet! In between unpacking and organizing, give us a call at (609) 924-2293 and let us know who your previous veterinarian was. Then we’ll do the rest!

Our reception staff will call your former veterinarian to transfer the records to our practice. Keeping pets happy and healthy is our number one priority. Check out our Pet Wellness page to learn about the ways veterinarians and pet owners can work together to keep their pets living long, healthy lives. 

Great veterinary care is just one part of that equation.

We know that our pets are furry family members and that finding reputable area businesses to help care for them is important. To make things easier, we have put together a list of pet resources in the area to help ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy, from grooming to exercise, to training, and more.

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Golden Paws Pet Resort & Spa

The Green Leaf Pet Resort

Healthy Home Pet Services

Heavenly Hounds

Golden Paws Pet Resort & Spa

The Green Leaf Pet Resort

Camp Bow Wow

EASEL Animal Rescue League

SAVE Animal Rescue

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.


Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.


Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.


Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

We know how stressful adjusting to a new home can be – not just for your two-legged family members, but for your four-legged ones, too! Help make your pets feel a little more at home in your new place with these helpful tips.

  1. Pet proof your house. Did you know that certain plants and food can be toxic to pets? Common household items like cleaning products and medications can also pose a threat. Especially in a new environment, curious pets can get into household hazards. Be sure to store these in areas that are inaccessible to your furry friends.

  2. Make sure your pet has proper identification. In addition to standard collars that may come off or get lost, consider getting your pets microchipped. The permanent ID option is as easy and as painless as a vaccination, and greatly increases your chances of reuniting with a lost pet. If Fido is already microchipped, be sure to update the microchip database with your new address information.

  3. Keep your schedule consistent. Pets are creatures of habit, so maintaining your regular routine will help to make things feel a little more normal. Sticking to your usual times for walks, meals, cuddle time and bed time can help your best friend adjust.

  4. Be loving and patient. The best way to make pets feel comfortable in a new home is to associate positive experiences with it. Remember to be patient with them and give them lots of affection and treats, and you will have plenty of new, happy memories in no time. You can also take advantage of calming pet products like pheromone diffusers and collars, thundershirts and composure treats to help Fluffy feel at ease.

  5. Get to know your veterinarian. Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a routine exam is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Call us at (609) 924-2293 so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your pets!  

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

  Canine Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.


This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.


This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.


Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.


This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

  Feline Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.




Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.


Download the Pet Vaccines handout

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care


Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.


Download the Pet Dental & Oral Care handout

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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.


This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.


Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.


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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.


are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

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Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.


are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.


Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.


Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.


Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.


There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic


Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.


Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.


Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.


Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.


Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.



Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.


Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home


Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.


Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.


Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.


Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.

Animal Breed Associations

Humane Societies

Pet Health Advice

  • Ask the Vet: Princeton Online's pet blog features Dr. Jennifer Collins and Dr. Nancy Gruber answering your pet questions.

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance

Pet Products

Veterinary Education

Jason Wilson, DVMDr. Jason Wilson, who joined the Lawrence Animal Hospital team in September 2014, grew up in Ewing Township, New Jersey. He graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree as well as a DVM degree, which he received in 2009. His medical interests include exotic animal medicine, dentistry, anesthesiology and veterinary forensics.

Dr. Wilson has a cat named Samantha at home. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, music, gardening, riding his bike, and wildlife medicine. Passionate about giving back to the community, Dr. Wilson frequently volunteers for numerous events, as well as at the local wildlife refuge. We are very excited to have him join our team, and he looks forward to meeting all of your pets!

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Call to make an appointment or for more information today. We look forward to meeting you!

Danielle Loonan, CCS

Danielle is originally from Ontario, Canada where she was born and raised. In May 2011, she moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey where she currently resides with her husband. Although she misses Canada, she is really enjoying living in New Jersey. Danielle has two dogs and a horse. Claire is a 5 year old Border Collie who she brought with her when she moved from Canada. Claire loves playing Frisbee and going on car rides. Milo is a Chihuahua/Whippet mix who is almost a year old. She adopted him from Almost Home for Dogs Rescue. Milo loves to play with Claire and has been a great addition to Danielle's family. Dezzy is her Standardbred, an ex-racehorse who is now retired and enjoying life in New Jersey.

Outside of work, Danielle likes to spend time with her husband, Peter, and their dogs. She is very artistically motivated and dedicates a lot of time to photography, painting and drawing. To keep active, she enjoys riding her bike, hiking, and exercising her horse. She also spends a lot of time gardening in her back yard.

At Lawrence Animal Hospital, Danielle interacts with clients on a daily basis by greeting them and checking them in and out when they bring their pets to visit. When clients call the hospital, she helps them with scheduling their appointments, answering any questions they may have over the phone, and assisting them communicating any concerns that they may have with their veterinarian. She is the social media contact for the hospital, so she keeps clients up to date on happenings and events through the hospital's Facebook page and Twitter account.

"I really enjoy interacting with our clients, helping them provide the best veterinary care possible for their pets. I also enjoy getting to work with all of the staff at the hospital, we are like one big family and I feel so lucky to be a part of it"

Angie Linton, Head CCS

Angie has been living in Lawrenceville, New Jersey for 10 years. Before that she lived in Plainfield, where she was born and raised. Angie has a cat and a dog at home. Her dog’s name is Prince, a 5 year old Yorkshire Terrier, who she has dubbed "my little love muffin." Her cat, Bailee, is a "very loving" orange tabby domestic short hair. According to Angie, they are both extremely spoiled and happy babies.

When not at work, Angie enjoys reading, texting, hanging out with her friends and just having a good time. She is currently attending nursing school. It is a very demanding program that she really enjoys being involved with and she spends a lot of time studying for her classes. She loves baking and spends a lot of time in her kitchen. She also enjoys going out to restaurants and travelling.

As head receptionist at the hospital, Angie enjoys putting smiles on clients’ faces. Her job requires a large amount of multitasking—filing paperwork, checking clients in and out, and occasionally assisting Dr. Mediate and Dr. Collins.

"I really love how we operate more like a family instead of a factory. We share a wonderful connection between the clients and the staff at the hospital giving it more of a family feel while still being professional and organized. I like building lasting relationships with our clients making their experience more personalized, and making sure that when they leave they do so with a smile on their face."

Keith Stephan, Veterinary Technician

Keith grew up in Pennington, New Jersey where he lived in a 5-acre country-side home. He currently owns his own home in Hamilton and is a happily married man. Keith has a Shih-Tzu named Cassie (aka Ewok), who loves her toy lamby. He has a Yorkshire Terrier named Lola (aka Lola Rose), who has no toys because Cassie steals them all! He also has a kitty named Anya (aka Anyanka), who gets chased all over the house, so she is always in hiding.

Outside of work, Keith is a huge movie and music person, so he is always listening to music and trying to go to concerts whenever he can. He is always watching movies at home and loves to go to the theater. Going out to eat is always a nice treat but he is very busy at home now that he owns his own house. In his spare time, he loves shopping, too!

Keith has been a veterinary technician for almost 12 years now. He performs a multitude of tasks at work that involve interacting with clients and their pets. Aside from being a technician, he is also known as Mr. Fix-It around the hospital.

"Lawrence has always been a friendly working environment for me. A good practice needs staff that works well as a team together, which we are fortunate to have here at Lawrence Animal Hospital. I enjoy getting to know and help the many different animals that come in to our practice, as well as the friendly clientele we get to see on a daily basis. Our hospital is a fun place to work because there is never a dull moment. Throughout each day, there are always so many different things going that it keeps things exciting and interesting."

Crystal Litzenberger, Head Veterinary Technician

Crystal was born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. She moved to Robbinsville in February 2012 where she currently reside. Crystal has two cats, Ross and Stellar. They are both rescues from her first job at a smaller animal hospital in Edgewater. They are both about 9 years old and they love to eat! They really enjoy waking her up at dawn.

Crystal loves to go camping and hiking because she really enjoys the outdoors. In her spare time, she also crochets, bakes, watches documentaries on various topics, and plays her bass guitar. She is currently in school studying for her Certified Veterinary Technician license which tends to keep her pretty busy.

At the hospital, Crystal is the head technician. She is very involved in the care of our patients when they come to visit. She works with our veterinarians to provide the best possible care for our clients and their pets through educating the owners and providing treatment for the pets.

"I really enjoy working at the hospital because I get to interact with so many different clients and their pets. I find helping the pets get the best care possible very fulfilling. I enjoy the fact that we are a smaller hospital which allows us to give our clients a more personalized experience spending one on one time with them during their appointments. I also feel very fortunate to get to work with such compassionate and caring co-workers."

Saira Dar, CCS

Saira lives in West Windsor, New Jersey where she spends most of her time at Franklin & Marshall College. She is a senior studying animal behavior. Her goal is to attend veterinary school after she earns her undergraduate degree. Saira has two pets at home. Dakota is her 11 year old Sheltie. He still acts like he is a puppy even though he is a senior and is very loveable. She also has Caddy, an amazing stray cat who showed up in her back yard one day. She is the reason why Saira found Lawrence Animal Hospital.

When she is not working at the hospital, Saira loves spending her time running, hiking and camping. She tries to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. People can usually find her spending time at the barn where she is either riding or working, helping them with the daily chores as well as acting as an instructor for their equestrian summer camp.

Saira enjoys working at the hospital and is eager to gain as much experience as possible in order to prepare herself for vet school. She helps out at the front desk by scheduling appointments and answering the phone. She also spends time shadowing the vets and learning the technical side of working in a veterinary hospital, picking up skills that she will need for her upcoming studies.

"I really enjoy getting to work with the clients, their animals and of course my co-workers. I love that I get to learn something new every day and experience a lot of different medical procedures. I find satisfaction in helping our clients provide care for the animals that they love."

Kathy Parascandolo

Kathy was born in Brooklyn, New York where she lived for 13 years. Her family moved to Florida for 10 years and just recently moved back north to Jamesburg, New Jersey where they currently live. Kathy has two small dogs. Ginger is her 2 year old Maltese-Pomeranian mix who loves to play with her toys all day, and really loves playing with her ball the most. Coco is a 1 year old Maltese-Yorkshire Terrier mix who loves to eat, sleep and steal Ginger’s toys away from her whenever she’s trying to play with them.

Outside of work, Kathy loves spending time with her family. She has a very close family and they get together as often as possible. She also enjoys traveling, shopping, listening to music and just having a good time with Her friends and family. Her future goal is to become a Certified Veterinary Technician so she spends a lot of time studying and learning everything she can to attain that goal.

At the hospital, Kathy loves caring for the animals. She assists with every aspect of patient care, from administering vaccines to sending out the lab work. She helps with everything that goes on at the hospital. She enjoys educating clients on how to provide the best care possible for their pets, and she finds fulfillment in watching clients leave happy with their healthy pets.

"I enjoy getting to work at Lawrence Animal Hospital because it is such a friendly and welcoming work environment. I started working here in April and am very happy with my decision to join the team. It is so nice to get to work with a group of people that are so close, who are always so willing to help each other out when needed. We have such great patients and clients; it is always a pleasure to get to interact with them each day."