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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.
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.
|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.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
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.
Your 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 MindYour 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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
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...
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.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
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.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
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.
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 Wellness:Care for All Ages
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.
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
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 Wellness:More Resources & Links
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
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- The Humane Society of the United States
- North Shore Animal League America
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
Jason Wilson, DVM
Dr. 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!
Allison Walker, DVM
Dr. Allison Walker is a veterinarian at Lawrence Animal Hospital, joining our team in March 2015. She received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cook College at Rutgers University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California.
After graduation, she completed an intensive rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists which focused heavily on emergency animal care. Now a general practitioner, Dr. Walker takes great pride in preserving the human-animal bond and her philosophy is to treat your pet as if it were her own.
Referred to as the 'Little Dog Savior' by her colleagues, Dr. Walker has rescued numerous canines from a tough life on the streets. For some strange reason, these lucky pooches were usually small in stature. Dr. Walker cherishes her little Pomeranian Penny who rules the menagerie at her house with an iron paw. She has a total of three dogs (one is missing a leg) and two cats (one is missing a tail). Dr. Walker enjoys horror/science fiction films, is an avid reader, and loves all things Hawaiian.
Address / Hours
3975 Princeton Pike
Princeton, NJ 08540
P: (609) 924-2293
F: (609) 924-7820
Thank You for Joining Us for Trunk or Treat!
The veterinarians and staff of Lawrence Animal Hospital would like to say a big Thank You for joining us at our annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event this year. We loved seeing both new and familiar faces. We hope your children and pets had a safe and happy Halloween!
New Clients Get 50% Off Your Pet's First Wellness Visit
Lawrence Animal Hospital is offering all new clients 50% off their pet's first wellness visit.* Call to make an appointment or for more information today. We look forward to meeting you!
Lawrence Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
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 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."