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Prolong Your Dog's Life

Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • Dog Exam at Columbus Central Veterinary HospitalAt least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Influenza.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog’s overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.


Prolong Your Cat's Life

Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Feline Exam at Columbus Central Veterinary HospitalOur recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (Felv/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.


Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. 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, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy's or kitten’s first year.

  • Physical 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 Columbus Central Veterinary 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:

  • A 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.


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Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Columbus Central Veterinary 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.

Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. 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, ultrasound and digital x-ray capabilities.

If your pet 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 see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or requires a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.


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 Columbus Central Veterinary 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:

  • Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital Emergency SurgeryPre-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.

Veterinary Surgical Services

Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital provides 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 (with overnight supervision by a skilled veterinary technician).

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

Emergency Surgeries & Urgent Care

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Anal Sac Removal (Anal Sacculectomy)
  • Aural Hematoma (fluid filled ear repair)
  • Bite Wound Repair
  • Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
  • Cesarean Section
  • Declaw
  • Enucleation (eye removal)
  • Entropion (eyelid repair)
  • Gastric Dilation with Volvulus (GDV) Surgery (Gastropexy)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Intestinal Surgery (Enterotomy)
  • Mass /Tumor Removal
  • Mucocele Surgery (Gallbladder and Salivary)
  • Rabbit Spay/Neuter
  • Routine Spay /Neuter (also Cryptorchids)

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Amputation
  • Arthrodesis — This surgery is performed to alleviate pain in a joint that has arthritis or other severe debilitating joint disease.
  • Bone Fracture Repair (external fixation, pinning, wiring)
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Repair
    • Lateral Suture
    • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
    • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Caudectomy in Bulldog breeds (tail removal)
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Joint Luxation
  • Patella Luxation Repair (Imbrication / Trochleoplasty)
  • Shoulder Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Tendon Repair
  • And other orthopedic surgeries

Exploratory Surgery is a very common procedure performed on animals. There are many different reasons why one of our veterinarians would recommend this type of surgery including: twisted intestines, intussusception, bloat, cancer, and to collect biopsies for diagnostics. The most common reason for performing exploratory surgery on a pet is ingestion of a foreign body that is unable to be passed through normal elimination.

Vomiting is the primary sign seen with a variety of diseases affecting the GI tract especially when ingestion of a foreign body has occurred. Your pet may also have some diarrhea, may be lethargic, and experience pain in the abdomen.

A variety of diagnostic tests, including blood work, x-rays, and sometimes ultrasound are performed prior to exploratory surgery which helps our veterinarians determine where the problem is and what the nature of the problem might be.

Sometimes it is necessary to perform exploratory surgery even when all the above diagnostics appear normal. Sometimes surgery may be recommended to obtain biopsies of the internal organs to discover the underlying cause of clinical signs presented at the time of office visit.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) is also known as bloat, stomach torsion, or twisted stomach. GDV is an extremely serious condition in dogs, and should be considered a life-threatening emergency when it occurs. Bloat occurs in canines when the stomach fills with gas and fluids, dilates and twists into an abnormal position, causing nonproductive retching, a bloated abdomen, difficulty breathing, and trouble finding a comfortable lying position.

If the dog's stomach twists enough, the spleen and major blood vessels in the area twist as well. Twisted blood vessels cause a loss of blood flow to the stomach and other abdominal organs which can cause major tissue damage. When the blood supply in the abdomen's major arteries is cut off, blood flow to the heart decreases, leading to low blood pressure, and eventually, shock. In some cases, the dog's stomach ruptures from the buildup of pressure and leads to life-threatening peritonitis, inflammation to lining of the abdominal cavity.

Surgery for GDV

In the surgical procedure, the stomach is decompressed (drained of the air and fluid) and rotated back to its normal position. If any of the stomach tissue has died off, it can be resected; however this carries a poorer prognosis for survival. The stomach is then tacked down (sutured) to the body wall to hold it in place to prevent re-occurrence. Occasionally, the spleen may also need to be removed at the same time. Dogs undergoing surgery for GDV are monitored for 2-3 days post operation on IV fluids, antibiotics, pain medication, and gastro-protectants.

Large breed dogs — such as German Shepherds, Retrievers, Doberman Pincers, Standard Poodles, Great Danes, or Bloodhounds — are more prone to gastric bloat. Owners of these breeds may opt to have the stomach tacked when the pet is spayed or neutered.

Usually, a "blocked cat" can be medically managed with a strict diet used to prevent and dissolve stones and crystals. A male cat that has blocked once is at an increased risk of repeat blockages and careful observation is necessary.

For the cat that has severe damage to the penis or that re-blocks immediately or at some future point in time, a corrective surgery called a Perineal Urethrostomy or P/U can be performed. This surgery shortens the urethra and attaches it to the external wall at a wider point so that the debris that may cause a blockage can pass. Most cats go on to do extremely well with his surgery, although dietary changes and monitoring for infection are still necessary since the root cause of the obstruction still exists.

At Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital, we have great success with the Perineal Urethrostomy to surgically correct "repeat offenders" that do not respond to medical management. We provide exceptional pain management and attention to your recovering pet. The cost of this surgery offers an economical advantage over specialty centers with outstanding results. CareCredit is accepted as a long-term payment option to ease financial constraints.

Pyometra is a serious infection that occurs in the uterus. All unspayed female dogs are susceptible to pyometra. The infection usually occurs a few weeks after your dog's heat cycle, since that's when there is an increased level of progesterone. If caught early, there is a very high chance of recovery. However, if it is not recognized and treated quickly, the infection could easily become serious and sometimes fatal.

There are two types of pyometra, open and closed:

  • Open pyometra is easier to diagnose and treat. With an open pyometra your dog will have a foul smelling discharge from the vaginal area.

  • Closed pyometra is more complicated and serious. Since there is no opening, the pus cannot drain itself causing it to build up. This build up can cause multiple problems for your dog if not treated quickly.

Some of the symptoms your pet may experience include abdominal swelling, excessive drinking, and excessive urination, loss of appetite, difficulty getting up, weakness and lethargy.

It is possible for the uterus to rupture without proper diagnosis and treatment. This could cause a high fever and sepsis, along with symptoms of shock which can be fatal.

Pyometra Surgery

Treatment is surgical. Basically, the dog needs to be spayed, but it is not as straight forward as a routine spay. These animals are sick and the uterus and its vessels are distended, so surgery can be more difficult for both the surgeon and the canine patient. These patients will need to be hospitalized on IV fluids, antibiotics, and pain medications. Spaying will prevent this condition.

A Splenectomy (spleen removal) is usually performed in dogs when there is a growth or mass on the spleen that has broken open and started bleeding or when there is splenic torsion. It is also performed when cancer of the spleen is diagnosed or when damage or trauma to the spleen has occurred.

There are many common symptoms associated with issues of the spleen. Your dog may experience loss of appetite or you may feel a hard lump in the abdomen. Your dog may also exhibit pale gums and weakness. An enlarged spleen can sometimes be detected during a physical exam.

Diagnostic tests may include blood testing, to determine red and white blood cell count, and imaging to see if the spleen is enlarged or has a mass. An abdominocentesis can be performed to detect free blood in the abdomen (indicating a bleeding splenic tumor). If the spleen is enlarged and a cause cannot be determined a splenectomy is often recommended. A biopsy can be performed to determine if and what kind of cancer is in the spleen.

Veterinary Dental Services

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

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

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. Columbus Central Veterinary 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.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

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 if every other day give your pet a dental hygiene chew
• Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health


Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulation cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that pet laser therapy treats.   Canine conditions that pet laser therapy treats.  
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy call us at (609) 298-4600 to schedule a consultation to find out how laser therapy can help your dog or cat.

Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital also offers medical boarding for canines and felines that require extra care. A veterinary technician will provide overnight monitoring for your sick or injured dog or cat to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable. We also have extended hospital hours (from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.) 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

  An injured puppy recovers at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital  

Medical Boarders at our facility are ensured:

  • Daily Veterinary Observations
  • Veterinary Medical Services as needed
  • Attentive Staff
  • Individualized Care
  • A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
  • Convenient Hours
  • Owner Visits

Medical Boarding Requirements

  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines: Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella.

  • Cats must be current on the following vaccines: Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine.

  • All pets must be free from Internal and External Parasites.

  • Non-clients must schedule an exam for their pet with one of our vets prior to boarding.

Please feel free to fax your pet’s vaccine history to us at 609-298-8091 prior to arrival. We will take great care of your sick or injured pet.


  We see many types of exotic and non-traditional pets including lizards.

Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital is happy to provide care for a wide range of pocket pets, exotics and birds. 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.

Our veterinarians are experienced with treating and caring for many types of exotic pets including:

  • Ferrets
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Non-Venomous Snakes
  • Parrots (large and small)
  • Rabbits
  • Rats & Mice

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


Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital offers microchip identification for pets. We use the HomeAgain Pet Recovery and Identification System. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.

Pet Microchip and Grain of RicePlease call us at (609) 298-4600 to make an appointment.

Did you know that getting lost is the No. 1 cause of death for pets?

One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime and without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.

Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. HomeAgain Pet Recovery & ID System reports they recover 10,000 lost pets each month and have helped more than 1 million lost pets return home.

For more information, visit the HomeAgain website.

Pet Supplies and ProductsColumbus Central Veterinary 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
Harrison’s Bird Foods
Royal Canin Prescription Diets



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."

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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.

Download the Pet Exams handout

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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

New Clients

Thank you for choosing Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 609-298-8091 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.


Pet History Questionnaire

Any information that you can provide about your pet will help us provide the best care and veterinary services. Please download and fill out the Pet History Questionnaire — or for reptile owners, please download and fill out the Reptile Questionnaire — and bring it with you when dropping off your pet for its appointment. Feel free to fax your pet’s history to us at 609-298-8091 prior to arrival.


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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.


Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital has been on the leading edge of providing superior veterinary emergency surgical and medical services to our colleagues since 1976. Our facility is equipped with the latest laboratory technology, digital radiography, digital dental x-ray, ultrasound, and EKG machine.

We understand the problems encountered routinely in private practice and strive to provide exceptional service and compassion for clients and their pets. Our veterinarians are available for appointments/emergencies 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 8am to 10pm. Our experienced nursing staff is on duty 24 hours a day. We also have access to a board certified surgeon and cardiologist.

We provide communication and follow-up to referring veterinarians allowing the primary care veterinarian to play a more active role in their patient's health management.

How to Refer a Patient for Emergency or Specialty Veterinary Services

If you'd like to refer one of your patients to us, please do one of the following:

Advanced Veterinary Emergency Surgeries

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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.

Annual Wellness

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.

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Veterinary Education

Lisa Antas, DVMDr. Antas has been practicing at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital for over 10 years and is our Chief of Staff. She grew up in Hamilton, New Jersey, and now currently resides in Shamong, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers' Cook College in 1996 and her DVM degree from Cornell in 2000. While she was in vet school, Dr. Antas worked at our hospital as a veterinary technician. We feel so lucky to have such an outstanding Chief of Staff treating our beloved patients!

Dr. Antas focuses on general and emergency medicine, and providing outstanding care to all of her patients and their families. Outside of work, Dr. Antas likes to play sports, hike, and spend time at the beach. She also enjoys spending free time with her friends, family, and especially her son Alex and her daughter Dylan. Dr. Antas also has three pets—a cat named Darby and two dogs, Sedona and Sierra.

Marian Boden, VMDDr. Boden has been a veterinarian at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital for several years. She grew up in central Pennsylvania and currently resides in Hainesport, New Jersey. Dr. Boden received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown in 1991 and her VMD from University of Pennsylvania in 1996. In addition to practicing at North East Animal Hospital, Dr. Boden has also spent time practicing at several other veterinary hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Boden's medical interests include emergency medicine and she appreciates establishing close relationships with her clients and their pets. Dr. Boden spends her leisure time gardening, watching movies and traveling. She also enjoys being with her friends and family as well as her pets, which include several dogs, cats and fish.

Kelly Stephan, DVMDr. Stephan, who joined Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital in 2005, grew up in Cream Ridge, New Jersey, and currently resides in Yardville, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgian Court College in 2000 and her DVM from Mississippi State University in 2005.

Dr. Stephan's medical interests include internal and feline medicine. She truly believes in delivering the best possible care for her clients and their pets. Dr. Stephan spends her leisure time exercising, taking day trips and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as her many pets.

Mark Madzy, DVMDr. Madzy is a veterinarian at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital, joining us in July 2011. Growing up in Upstate New York (Endwell), he now happily resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Dr. Madzy received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1986 and undertook his veterinary studies at Mississippi State University, earning his DVM degree in 1991. Prior to joining our team, he spent time practicing in both Northern and Central New Jersey as well as in South Eastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Madzy has a special interest in dermatology and internal medicine. He also enjoys working with exotics (birds, reptiles, and pocket pets) and looks forward to meeting new clients and their beloved pets.

In his free time, Dr. Madzy spends time outdoors with his wife, two daughters, and their four pets. He enjoys biking and hiking when time allows.

Patrick McGeever, DVMDr. McGeever joined the Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital family in October 2015. He was raised in Long Island, New York and currently resides in New Jersey. Dr. McGeever graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Marine Biology and went on to earn a DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences. After graduation, he practiced veterinary medicine in both California and New York.

Dr. McGeever is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital! His special interests include neurology, radiology, and emergency and critical care.

In his spare time, Dr. McGeever enjoys hiking and traveling with his fiancé Lena and his dog Savannah.

Dennis Ting, DVM, Dipl. ACVSDr. Ting is originally from Southern California where he attended the University of California, San Diego for his undergraduate work in the field of Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis in 2003. In the following year, Dr. Ting returned to Southern California to complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery. With a growing interest in small animal surgery, he completed a surgery specific internship in Denver followed by an orthopedic research fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Ting then stayed at Michigan State University and completed his residency training in small animal surgery.

Dr. Ting, who is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), performs advanced surgeries at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital by appointment. He has particular interests in orthopedics, traumatology, and oncologic surgery. He is trained in minimally invasive surgeries such as fluoroscopic-assisted fracture repair. Dr. Ting has also published a number of original orthopedic articles in various veterinary surgery journals and has presented numerous lectures on national and local levels.

dr lisa mcknight dvm 250pxDr. McKnight received an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University and in 2016 she received a DVM degree from Tuskegee University. After graduation, she was accepted into a small animal rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists; in Charlotte, NC. Her special interests include exotic animal medicine as well as client communication and education.

Outside of work Dr.McKnight enjoys going to the movies, traveling abrpad with friends, and spending time outdoors. However, most of her free time is spent caring for her menagerie of animals, which includes several dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and reptiles.

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Stop by Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm for our Open House!

Stop by Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital on May 5 for our Open House.Get a tour of our newly-renovated facility, check out adoptable pets from the Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter and MatchDog Rescue, enjoy facepainting, food, prizes and more!

New & Existing Clients: Mention this post at the event and get a $25 credit to use at our hospital!

Feel free to call us at (609) 298-4600 if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!


We've recently renovated our hospital to better serve you and your pets! Upgrades include all new floors, lighting, paint, signage, and a refresh of our exam rooms. We have also built a larger lobby and separate waiting areas for dogs and cats, to help increase their comfort while visiting.

We are thrilled about this project and look forward to being able to provide a more comfortable experience for you and your pets.

One of the most common emergencies we see at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital is the "blocked cat." Predominantly a syndrome found in male cats, a urinary obstruction can also be seen in female cats and dogs of both sexes, but with much less frequency. A "mechanical" urinary obstruction can form from bladder stones, an accumulation of crystals that form from certain minerals in the diet, an infection, or a mucus plug. Neurologic deficits or spasms of the musculature of the bladder and urethra can also cause the inability to void urine. Regardless of the cause, a urinary blockage is a medical emergency and death can occur within 24 hours if not treated promptly.

Urinary Obstructions in CatsMale cats are the most prone to urinary blockages because of their anatomy. Their urethra, the pathway from the bladder to the external body, is long and narrow; therefore it is easier for stones, crystals or a mucus plug to get stuck. The initial symptoms of a blocked cat are straining to urinate with little or no urine output, but occasionally, small drops of bloody urine may be seen, vocalizing or crying in pain while straining to urinate and licking the genital area. Very quickly, toxins begin to build when the urine cannot be voided and the pet usually becomes lethargic, quiet and may begin to vomit. A veterinarian can immediately feel a distended bladder upon palpation. The immediate solution is to pass a urinary catheter to relieve the obstruction and empty the bladder of urine. X-rays are taken to look for the presence of stones, or an ultrasound is used to better see a mucus plug or a tumor. Blood work to determine electrolyte levels and kidney function are also performed. The functioning of the kidneys is usually impaired temporarily and sometimes permanently depending on the severity and length of time of the obstruction. Intravenous fluids are administered to "flush" the kidneys and body of the buildup of toxins and stabilize the patient.

Those who watch or play football have most likely heard of a "torn ACL" or ligament injury of the knee. Dogs can suffer the same injury. Larger dogs often suffer an acute injury after a sudden twisting, slipping or impact injury to a hind leg. It could also be a result of chronic degenerative or structural issues with the knee, such as obesity, arthritis, or a luxating patella (knee-cap moves in and out of place). The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in the dog may be partially or completely torn in this injury, resulting in hind-leg lameness or non-weight bearing of the leg, pain and possibly some swelling at the knee joint. Typically it is seen in larger breed dogs such as Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, and Rottweiler’s, but any breed can be affected.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament in DogsA diagnosis of a torn cranial cruciate ligament is based on a description of the onset of symptoms, radiographs to look for boney abnormalities (positioning or arthritic changes), and manipulation of the knee joint, sometimes with sedation, to feel for "cranial drawer" or abnormal joint laxity. Surgical intervention is recommended for most cases of torn or partially torn CCLs. Smaller dogs under 25 pounds may stabilize and be comfortable without surgical intervention using arthritis medications.

There are various surgical techniques for repairing a torn ligament, and new techniques are evolving. The goal of surgery is to "re-create" the torn ligament using suture material and/or plates and screws. Often, the meniscus, which is the cushion or “shock absorber” between the upper and lower leg bones is torn or crushed due to the instability of the ligament injury. At the time of surgery, the meniscus is evaluated and removed if necessary. The technique used here at Columbus Central Veterinary Hospital is a modified Lateral Suture / Anchoring technique, and our success rate meets or exceeds those published in veterinary journals. After surgery, the patient is sent home with pain and anti-inflammatory medications. We see the typical patient become weight bearing in 5 to 7 days. Strict leash walking for 6 to 8 weeks is followed by a gradual increase in activity. Keeping the patient compliant is often the most difficult part of the recovery.