Budd Lake Animal Hospital

Budd Lake Animal Hospital
94 US Highway 46, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Our Staff

Dr. Don Costlow

Dr. Don Costlow

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Dr. Kyle Horn

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Dr. Caitlin Verhalen

Amy D.

Amy D.

Jessy D.

Jessy D.

Dana B.

Dana B.

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Karen T.

Lindsay G.

Lindsay G.

Ryan G.

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Tyler

Anna F.

Our Services

  • Wellness Exams & WellCare Plans
  • Advanced Diagnostics
  • Dental Care
  • Parasite Prevention
  • Surgery
  • Specialty Diets & Nutritional Counseling
  • Emergency Care
  • Microchipping
  • Pharmacy
  • Grooming
  • Boarding & Daycare
  • Free Vaccines

WellCare Plans

We recommend annual wellness exams for dogs and cats under 7 years of age so we can help maintain their optimal health. Since pets over 7 years of age are considered seniors, their bodies change at a faster rate, so a wellness exam every 6 months is ideal to help keep them healthy and happy. Twenty percent of lab tests performed during routine check-ups reveal medical conditions that would have gone undetected, such as diabetes, and kidney or thyroid disease.

What takes place during your pet's physical exam?

  • Abdomen - check for any masses or abnormalities, make sure non-painful on palpation
  • Ears - check for any masses, ear infection, inflammation
  • Eyes - check optic nerve, blood vessels, changes to cornea, or lens (ex. cataracts)
  • Genitals - check for any abnormalities
  • Heart & Lungs - check heart rate, respiratory rate, any changes to lungs (ex. crackles or wheezes). Check for any heart changes (ex. heart murmur or arrhythmia).
  • Lymph Nodes - check for enlargement
  • Mouth - check for masses or evidence of dental disease, other abnormalities
  • Musculoskeletal - check for any soft tissue swelling, pain, evidence of arthritis, changes in muscle mass.
  • Rectal exam - depending on age check prostate and for any masses.
  • Skin - check for any redness, inflammation, evidence of infection.

Do not wait for symptoms to appear. Early detection can save your pet's life! Call 908-441-8134 to book a wellness exam today!

WellCare Plans

To take the guesswork out of wellness care for your pets, you might consider purchasing one of our affordable WellCare Plans, which include unlimited preventive care for one whole year!

How do our WellCare Plans work? It’s simple—pay one price for one year of preventive care services for your pet. Then you can bring that pet us at no additional cost as many times as you like during the year.

In addition, we offer free vaccines to every single one of our pet patients—for life!

Our goal is simply to ensure that we will have the opportunity to provide the highest standard of veterinary care for the long-term health of your pet. That’s what our WellCare Plans are all about.

All of our plans cover unlimited fecal parasite testing, intestinal deworming treatments, nail trims, teeth brushings, ear cleanings, and simple anal gland expressions.

Puppy WellCare Plan includes:

  • New puppy 101 folder for resourceful information
  • Four wellness exams
  • Annual vaccines
  • Annual bloodwork
  • One heartworm/Lyme disease test
  • First doses of flea/tick and heartworm prevention
  • $100 off spay/neuter
  • Medical waste fees

Canine WellCare Plan includes:

  • Two wellness exams
  • Annual vaccines
  • Annual bloodwork
  • Medical waste fees
  • ProHeart (12 mo. heartworm injection)
  • Unlimited teeth brushing

Senior Canine WellCare Plan includes:

  • Two wellness exams
  • Annual vaccines
  • Senior wellness bloodwork
  • Two preventive X-rays
  • Medical waste fees
  • ProHeart (12 mo. heartworm injection)
  • Unlimited teeth brushing

Kitten WellCare Plan includes:

  • Three wellness exams
  • Annual vaccines
  • Annual bloodwork
  • One FELV/FIV Test
  • $100 off spay/neuter
  • Medical waste fees

Feline WellCare Plan includes:

  • Two wellness exams
  • Annual vaccines
  • Annual bloodwork
  • Medical waste fees
  • Unlimited teeth brushing

Interested in purchasing a WellCare Plan for your pet? And peace of mind for you? Give us a call at 908-441-8134 today!

We offer a wide range of tests and procedures to help diagnose, monitor, and care for your pet. The turnaround time is quite fast, with many test results available while you are still in our office.

Some of our hospital’s diagnostic services for cats and dogs include:

  • Atopy and Food Allergy Testing
  • Bacterial Culture and Sensitivity
  • Biopsy
  • Blood Tests
  • Canine Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia, and FIV Tests (on-site)
  • Consultation Services with Board Certified Specialists
  • Cytology
  • Drug Monitoring Tests (thyroid, anti-seizure, diabetic, NSAID pain medications, etc.)
  • ECG
  • Fecal Testing
  • Health Screen/Complete Blood Panels to check overall body function
  • Heartworm Tests
  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Tests
  • Rabies Titer Tests
  • Radiographs/X-Rays (on-site)
  • Skin Scrape, Skin Tests, Dermatophite Test Medium
  • Toxic Substance Testing
  • Toxoplasmosis Titer
  • Ultrasound (on-site)
  • Urine Tests and Cultures
  • Vaccine Titer Tests
  • Wisdom Panel (breed testing for dogs)

To learn more about our diagnostic suite, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 908-441-8134!

**Our Year-Round Dental Special includes a complete cleaning, scaling, and polishing! Our price includes bloodwork and IV fluids as well.**

One of the best ways to extend the life of your pet is to take care of their teeth. Like humans, pets are susceptible to tartar build-up and periodontal disease. Infected gums and abscessed teeth can be sources of potential infection to the kidneys, liver, and heart. We recommend an annual dental exam and teeth cleaning to preserve your pet’s healthy teeth and gums.

Our dentistry services for dogs and cats include:

  • Ultrasonic scaling & polishing of the teeth
  • Dental extractions as needed
  • Oral surgery
  • Diagnosis & treatment of periodontal disease
  • Gingival tumor removals
  • Gingival flap procedures

Because we understand just how crucial your pet’s dental health is to their overall well-being, we’re happy to offer this drool-worthy deal: a complete cleaning, scaling, and polishing starting at just $450! This price includes bloodwork and IV fluids.

We adhere to the strictest anesthetic and pain management protocols to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet. Proper cleaning of the teeth requires complete cooperation of the patient so that tartar on the cheek and tongue sides of the teeth may be removed. A general anesthetic is used to facilitate doing a thorough job. The veterinarian will perform a physical exam prior to the procedure to check general health and heart function. However, because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone may not identify all health problems, we require pre-anesthetic blood tests be performed within 30-days of the procedure.

We will use the information obtained from these tests to tailor an anesthetic protocol, especially for your pet so that it will be as safe and comfortable as possible during the dental procedure. Your pet will awaken in our intensive care area under direct supervision.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the procedure
  • Check-in is between 8:00 am and 8:30 am on the morning of the procedure - the doctor will discuss discharge times and aftercare instructions

Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Offer a light meal and water that evening, and resume normal feeding the next day.
  • Pain medication will be dispensed for your pet if deemed necessary
  • Patients receive a Dental Goody Bag including toothbrush, toothpaste, dental treats, and dental hygiene information
  • Between cleanings, maintain an at-home dental hygiene regimen that includes:
    • Dental Food, Treats, and Chews – to help minimize plaque bacteria
    • Rinses that are easy to use by adding to their drinking water
    • Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly with pet toothpaste is the best way to take care of your pet’s teeth

Want to take advantage of our dental special? Give us a call at 908-441-8134. We’re here to help!

Pet Parasite Prevention and Testing (Healthy Pets = Healthy People)

There are many common dog and cat parasites that can pose a threat to your pets and families, year-round. They include:

  • Roundworms – can infect children eating contaminated soil while playing in sandboxes; resemble spaghetti; found in the small intestine of dogs or cats; common symptoms in pets include diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, and weight loss; puppies often have a “pot-bellied” look.
  • Hookworms – can infect puppies, kittens and humans by penetrating skin through feet or belly; attach to the intestinal lining, creating bleeding internal wounds; common symptoms in pets include weakness and pale gums; in humans, red, itchy lesions.
  • Whipworms – an intestinal parasite whose eggs can survive for years in the soil, re-infecting your pet even after successful treatment; can infect humans who come into contact with contaminated soil.
  • Ringworm – can be transmitted from pets to humans through direct contact as well as soil contamination; common symptoms in pets include patchy hair-loss; in humans, a circular rash on the skin that's red and inflamed around the edge and healthy looking in the middle.
  • Fleas – they bite animals and people alike. In pets they can lead to anemia, dermatitis and tapeworm infections.
  • Heartworms – live in the heart and lungs and can be life-threatening to your pet.
  • Ear Mites – mites live in an infected dog’s cat’s and ears, feeding off the ear lining, causing intense scratching and/or head shaking.

We recommend annual fecal testing (to check for intestinal worms) for all our dog and cat patients, as well as annual heartworm tests for dogs. We also recommend year-round parasite protection for all patients. Even indoor cats should be treated preventatively because the outdoors can get tracked indoors on our clothes and shoes, and by our dogs and other pets. Parasite prevention is easy with once-a-month chewable tablets and/or topical treatments.

If your pet is not already on a prevention program, give us a call at 908-441-8134 today!

We understand that surgery is a stressful time for any pet parent, but at Budd Lake Animal Hospital, we work hard to make our surgery suite a worry-free zone. How do we do that?

Before any procedure, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam on the patient. However, because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone may not identify all health problems, we require pre-anesthetic blood tests be performed within 30 days of the procedure. We will use the information obtained from these tests to tailor an anesthetic protocol especially for your pet so that he/she will be as safe and comfortable during the surgical procedure.

Our surgery specialties include:

  • Dog and Cat Neuter (castration)
  • Dog and Cat Spay (ovariohysterectomy)
  • Ear Hematoma Repair
  • Hernia Repair
  • Dewclaw removal
  • Laceration Repair
  • Wart/Cyst/Mass Removal
  • Wound repair

Pre-Procedure Instructions

  • Nothing to eat or drink after 12 a.m. the night before the procedure.
  • You will be given a early morning check in time for your pet.  The doctor will discuss discharge times and aftercare instructions.

Post-Procedure Instructions

  • Most patients will go home with sutures that will need to be removed approximately 14 days following the procedure, free of charge.
  • Check the suture area regularly for signs of redness, swelling or irritation and call us if you notice any problems or have any concerns.
  • Monitor your pet for signs of chewing or licking at the sutures. A collar is available to help deter your pet from this behavior.
  • Pain medication will be provided for your pet if needed following the procedure. You can also monitor your pet for signs of pain or discomfort. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

If you’d like to schedule a surgical consultation with one of our doctors, give us a call at 908-441-8134.

Nutrition is very important for the health of your pet. As your pet transitions through different life stages, his/her nutritional needs will also change.

For example, puppies and kittens have different dietary needs as compared to adult or senior pets. Pets with medical conditions can also benefit greatly from diets that are specially formulated for their specific needs.

We carry a full line of veterinary diets and treats for dogs and cats, supporting the nutritional needs of any medical condition. We can also help you select an over-the-counter maintenance diet that suites your pet’s life stage and lifestyle. Just ask us!

Some of our veterinary prescription diets for dogs and cats include:

  • Eukanuba
  • Hill's
  • Iams
  • Purina
  • Royal Canin

Veterinary diets provide nutritional aid for the management of pets with:

  • Adverse reactions to food
  • Arthritis/Mobility problems
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • FLUTD/Urolithiasis (blocked cats)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Hepatic Disorders
  • Obesity/Weight Control
  • Oral Health
  • Recovery/Cancer Problems
  • Renal Disease

If you’d like to stock up on prescription food or schedule a nutritional consultation with one of our doctors, give us a call at 908-441-8134.

Budd Lake Animal Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Don Costlow, owner of the Newton Veterinary Hospital, the only 24-hour veterinary hospital in Sussex County, NJ.

By joining forces with the Newton Veterinary Hospital, clients of the Budd Lake Animal Hospital will also benefit from the following tremendous resources and services of a 24-hour veterinary hospital:

  • Budd Lake Animal Hospital's medical records can be accessed any time of day or night from Newton Veterinary Hospital in the event of an emergency.
  • Emergency doctors at Newton Veterinary Hospital will know everything about a pet’s medical background in order to treat quickly and safely.

The emergency services available to your pet at Newton Veterinary Hospital include:

  • Intensive Care Ward
  • Blood Bank
  • Surgery 
  • In-House Laboratory 
  • Endoscopy & Ultrasonography 

Click here to visit the Newton Veterinary Hospital website.

Our doctors and staff have reunited several lost pets with their owners over the years, aided only by their microchip number. Because we have seen the benefits of microchipping first-hand, we recommend it for all of our dog and cat patients.

Our hospital’s microchip services include:

  • The HomeAgain® 15-digit microchip (134-kHz) for dogs and cats
  • Microchip enrollment
  • Microchip can be inserted in a brief visit (like a vaccine) or during any anesthetic procedure
  • Free microchip scanning of found pets

What is a microchip and how does it work?

The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is coded with a unique, unalterable ID number. The veterinarian will insert the microchip under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades, in much the same way a vaccine is administered. Once the microchip is inserted, you simply enroll your pet’s ID along with your contact information in the microchip registry, which is open 24/7.

If your lost pet is taken to a shelter or animal hospital, the staff will use a special hand-held scanner to find the unique microchip ID number. They will then call the registry to match the ID number with your contact information. You will then be contacted so that you can make arrangements to bring your pet home again!

Need to get your pet chipped? Give us a call at 908-441-8134.

Save yourself the trip!

Our hospital features a large in-house pharmacy, stocked with most of the medications and products that our veterinarians prescribe and recommend for our dog and cat patients, saving you a trip to the pharmacy on the way home!

Some of our common types of medications and products for dogs and cats include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Eye Drops and Ointments
  • Ear Medications
  • Analgesic, Pain, and Arthritis Management
  • Thyroid Medications
  • Anti-Epileptic Medications
  • Heart Medications
  • Topical Medications (Ointments, Creams, Sprays, etc.)
  • Skin Medications, Medicated Shampoos, and Dips
  • Intestinal Medications
  • Deworming Medications such as Drontal®
  • Heartworm, Flea and Intestinal Parasite Prevention Medications
  • Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
  • Dental Products
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications

Need to stock up on products for your furry family? Give us a call at 908-441-8134.

Budd Lake Animal Hospital's professional grooming staff will ensure that your pet has the safest and friendliest grooming experience available. Our groomers will make the most reluctant pet feel comfortable.

The staff is trained to recognize ear and skin problems which then can be evaluated by your veterinarian. From medicated baths to poodle and cat clips, our groomers will make your pet look and feel their best! For dogs, we require rabies, distemper, bordetella, and influenza vaccines to be up to date for grooming. Cats must be up to date on their rabies and distemper vaccines.

Grooming is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Our grooming services include:

  • Nail Clipping
  • Shampoo
  • Dog Bath
  • Dog Haircut
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Anal Gland Cleaning
  • Foot and Pad Trimming
  • Coat De-matting
  • Cat Bath
  • Cat Haircut

Meet Our Groomers

Tyler Z.
Tyler has always had a love and compassion for animals, which is why he jumped into every aspect of the veterinary field. He also just happens to be a very skilled technician at one of our sister hospitals, so your pet is in good hands. His goal is to make each grooming experience as stress-free as possible for your pet. When he is not at work, you can find Tyler spending time with his wife and three cats: Glen, Maggie, and Abe.

Liz E.
Liz is a native of Hackettstown and has planted roots here with her husband and growing family. At a young age she always had a strong love for animals and got her first pair of grooming clippers from her parents at 16yrs old. Liz graduated from the North Jersey School of Dog Grooming in Chatham, NJ in 2004 and has been grooming for the past 17 years! She has groomed in dog kennels, private salons, and vet clinics. We are so thrilled to have her on our team to pamper all of our pets!

Enjoy these before and after photos from our grooming team!

Call 908-441-8134 to book a grooming appointment for your pet today!

Budd Lake Animal Hospital offers boarding and daycare for our feline and canine patients. Let us be your pet’s home away from home. 

Dog boarding

For your canine friends, we have an indoor, climate-controlled facility with bedding and food included. All dog guests will be walked throughout the day in addition to receiving plenty of care, hugs, and kisses. We do require rabies, distemper, bordetella, and influenza vaccines to be up to date prior to your dog's stay with us.

Cat boarding

Our feline guests can also enjoy accommodations that include bedding and food as well as lots of TLC. All cats must be up to date on their rabies and distemper vaccines prior to their stay.

Daycare

We understand that busy schedules can leave loving pet owners little time to dedicate to socializing their furry friends, which is why we are excited to offer daycare for your pets! Best of all, you'll enjoy a tired, happy pet at the end of the day!

For dogs, we require rabies, distemper, bordetella, and influenza vaccines to be up to date for daycare. Cats must be up to date on their rabies and distemper vaccines.

Call 908-441-8134 to book your best friend’s reservation today!

Routine vaccinations are an important way to help protect your pet from many preventable diseases. Because we understand just how crucial vaccinations are for your pet’s health, we offer all our patients free vaccines – for life!

In order for your pet to remain fully protected against potentially harmful diseases, the Budd Lake Animal Hospital recommends the following vaccines and diagnostics:

Canine Vaccines

  • Rabies – given every 3-years after initial vaccine.
  • Distemper – given every 3-years after the initial set of puppy vaccinations. Recent studies have shown a prolonged immunity for this vaccination in adulthood.
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) - given yearly after initial set of puppy vaccinations.
  • Influenza - given yearly after initial set of puppy vaccinations.
  • Lyme Vaccine – given yearly after the initial puppy vaccinations. This is perhaps the most commonly diagnosed of the vaccinated diseases in our area.
  • Leptosporosis – given yearly after initial puppy vaccinations. This disease has been recently diagnosed more frequently.

Feline Vaccines

  • Rabies – given yearly
  • Distemper – given every 3-years for cats that are strictly indoors; yearly for cats that go outdoors.
  • FELV – feline leukemia

Is your pet due for his or her vaccines? Give us a call at 908-441-8134!

We understand that a pet is part of the family. The day your pet enters our hospital it becomes part of our family, too—and our goal is to give them as many happy, healthy years with you as possible. From new puppies and kittens to graying seniors, we’ll be there every step of the way with comprehensive services and the experienced, compassionate care your pets deserve.

Vaccines are always free!
Make an appointment today.