Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital

754 Franklin Ave. Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospital:

Animal Emergency and Referral Associates
1237 Bloomfield Avenue
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (973) 226-3282

Oradell Animal Hospital
580 Winters Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: (201) 262-0010



Have a Little Heart in February

February 13, 2017



Happy February! It’s Valentine’s Month. Out of the goodness of your heart – would you consider donating to help us help wildlife? Use this link to help, or stop in to purchase a HEART in honor of your furry kids. Thank YOU.


Photos with Santa

November 23, 2016

Pet Photos with Santa
at Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Goodies and light refreshments will be served!

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November 22, 2016

By Erika Henkel, FLAH tech

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

shutterstock_100929733“Adopt don’t shop”. More and more people are of this mindset, yet there is still one major group getting overlooked…senior pets. Senior pets are what we humans consider 7ish and older. Everyone wants the young, spry, adorable puppies but I’m here to advocate for the handsome, beautiful, dapper and distinguished of age dogs.

There are too many plus sides to adopting a senior dog but some quick points in their favor would definitely be the following:
-they are already housebroken
-they usually know at least some basic commands
-while most have lots of pep still in their step, they aren’t as crazy and active as a puppy.

While you see adopting a senior as just a couple of years, they see it as an amazing thank you and will give all of their remaining love and devotion to you. Whether they had been at a shelter their whole lives, got picked up off the street as an oldie, or their ex human dropped them off because they didn’t want an old dog….give them a look. They have just as much love to give as puppies and are much more appreciative given whatever their past circumstances where. Adopt a senior today!

Here we are featuring Danielle, available through Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.14993413_1227289090675617_760780003765643753_n

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FLAH Adoption Day

October 26, 2016


Looking to add a new member to your family?

Join us on Sunday, October 30 for an adoption day from 11am – 3pm and meet your next furrever friend!

Many of your favorite rescue organizations from Bergen and Passaic Counties will be here with a lot of wonderful dogs and cats just waiting for a loving home.

Adopt don’t shop!

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Halloween Photo Contest

October 14, 2016
Calling All Halloween Lovers!
Send us a photo of your pet in a costume and you could win a $50 gift card to our hospital!

To enter:
Like our Facebook page and send us a direct message on Facebook with your pet’s photo by Sunday, October 23rd.

On Monday the 24th we will post all of the photos in an album and then voting will begin! Vote for your favorite photo(s) by “liking” them or using your favorite reaction. The photo with the most “likes”/”reactions” will be our winner and will be announced on October 31st!

We encourage you to share your picture, or the album, with your friends and family to increase your chances of winning.

Good luck and may the best costume win!

*One photo per pet. If you have won a contest more than once, we ask that you please split the prize with the 2nd place winner. To keep this lighthearted and fun, pictures shared to “like for like” groups or those similar, or others deemed unfair or inappropriate, will be disqualified.
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2015 Halloween Contest Winner – Bueller

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Vet Student, Victoria, Volunteering Abroad

May 27, 2016

By Victoria Westra, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine ’18

Picture this: you’re stepping off of a plane into a sea of ebony-skinned people asking if you’d like to take a taxi. The air is hot, the smells are intense, and no one is familiar. Just 10 hours ago you were saying goodbye to your family and leaving an entirely different world behind. For one month.

That was what I experienced when I left for Ghana just three years ago to go on a veterinary volunteer trip. At the time, I was preparing to apply to vet school and get as much experience as I could to “beef up” my application. Little did I know how much culture and diversity I would be throwing myself into, as well as knowledge about what it’s like to practice veterinary medicine from such a different perspective. Animals aren’t considered a member of the family or sentient beings for that matter. Rather, they are protection, food, a nuisance, or just entirely nonexistent. Dogs’ ears are cropped to make them look scary; tails are chopped off of older puppies to make them look tough; surgeries are performed on awake animals; and pigs are castrated in order to improve the quality of their meat and prevent aggression. In fact, I had the opportunity to perform a few of these castrations myself. It wasn’t pretty in any regard, but it gave me an appreciation for what some third-world vets do every day.

Fast forward two years and six months: now I’m stepping off of a plane into an entirely different world in Honduras, one that is mountainous and crisp, yet warm and sunny with dense forests and rural towns. This trip was much shorter than the one to Ghana, both travel-wise and the number of days I stayed. Instead of being a volunteer veterinary trip, it was a 10-day veterinary mission trip with Christian Veterinary Mission. Our team consisted of three DVMs (from CA, MA, and IL), four of their family members, and twelve of us veterinary students (seven from Michigan State and five from University of Illinois). This was, by far, the most inspiring and rewarding trip I have been on. I was able to use my passion for veterinary medicine to serve people in a different country by spaying/neutering dogs/cats, castrating horses/pigs, deworming horses/dogs/cats, and providing flea and tick meds for dogs/cats. I was able to spay a dog as a newly-minted second year vet student, something that most of us wouldn’t have learned, much less performed, until our third year.

Was it completely sterile? Definitely not. In fact, I had rain dripping into my surgical site at one point during a spay. Everything we did was outside in the elements. Every day we drove to a new site, set up a tent, laid out our supplies, and waited for people to show up with their animals. Some days we had two spays, a neuter, and maybe a horse castration. Other days we had eight spays, five neuters, three horse castrations, and many more to deworm! One day was so busy we ended up referring to it as our “circus day”; it was also the day I was dragged by a 500+ lb boar across a field as I held on with an “emasculator” (exactly what it sounds like). And every day our team grew closer and more efficient at what we did. I had the privilege to learn from multiple veterinarians how to do different procedures and gained a great deal of practical knowledge. By the end of the trip we had completed 57 dog spays, 8 cat spays, 31 dog neuters, 7 cat neuters, 26 pig castrations, 37 horse castrations, and dewormed 311 dogs, 28 cats, 355 horses, 67 pigs, and 1598 cattle. I learned how to milk a cow, held a praying mantis, painted women’s nails, and lounged in hammocks after long mornings. To say it was an adventure would be an understatement!

Now, as I finish out my second year, it’s hard to believe that third year, clinical rotations, and eventually graduation are right around the corner. This summer I will be going back to Honduras to do the same trip as last year and I am ecstatic. No trip is ever the same, so I’m excited to see what this one has in store!

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Employees and their Pets: Tanya

February 17, 2016
Welcome back to our “Employees and their Pets” series! Every few weeks or so we will be posting a picture of an employee and their beloved pets with a story on how they became family.

IMG_0308This is Lucas with his mom, Tanya (one of our customer service reps). Tanya and her daughter saw him in a pet store when he was-two months-old and he wasn’t healthy.  Tanya couldn’t get him off her mind so she went back and offered to buy him at a reduced price. This “discount” doggie has been her shadow ever since. On any given day you will find Lucas at her feet, either under her desk or next to her while greeting our clients. When you come in and see her up front take a peek around the desk and say “hi” to this sweet old man!

Want more? Take a look at our other employee’s and their pets!

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February Heart Fundraiser

February 5, 2016
We’re doing a fundraiser during the month of February to help the Closter Animal Welfare Society (CLAWS)!

For a minimum donation of $1, we will be CLAWS HEARTputting our patient’s names on these hearts and hanging them in our waiting room.

CLAWS focuses their time and efforts on rescuing and fostering abandoned or unwanted cats and dogs in the Bergen County, NJ area.

Come in and help is raise money for a great organization! To learn more about CLAWS, visit their website.

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Join Our Team!

February 3, 2016
Are you looking for employment in the veterinary field? We are interested in employing hardworking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of animals and their veterinary care. We offer competitive benefits, and we continue to advance and grow as a hospital.

Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital is seeking a friendly and dedicated individual to act as a part-time Client Service Representative. We are a high quality, multi-doctor, full-service hospital. This is a part-time position with a rotating evening and Saturday shift.

This position is responsible for managing heavy phone volume, booking appointments, greeting clients, processing payments, and ensuring that the reception area of the hospital is clean and presentable at all times.

Candidates must have a very flexible schedule and excellent skills in the following areas: client service, communication, and multi-tasking. We are looking for someone with a great attitude, outgoing personality, a high level of computer proficiency and exceptional telephone communication ability. Most importantly, applicants must enjoy working as part of a team. Priority will be given to applicants with experience working in a veterinary hospital.

We reward our employees with a great hourly rate, career growth potential, training and more.

If you are interested in joining our team please contact Maria Caputo, our lead CSR.


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Employees and their Pets: Karen

January 13, 2016
Welcome back to our “Employees and their Pets” series! Every few weeks or so we will be posting a picture of an employee and their beloved pets with a story on how they became family.

Karen is one of our licensed veterinary technicians, seen here with her two K9 family members, “Brody” and “Bindi-Roo”.

Brody is a 10 year old lab/pit/st. bernard/shepherd mix. They met when he was six-months-old and in foster care through Labs 4 Rescue. He came to Karen‘s former workplace for a puppy wellness visit and it Karenwas love at first sight! He is a truly amazing and loving companion.

Bindi-Roo (formerly “Tulip” of Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge), is a boxer/airdale/pit mix who, 3-1/2 years ago, was an adorable puppy found on the streets in Bergen County with a fractured femur. She came to Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital to have the fracture repaired. Karen had been considering a companion for Brody, and there she was! Her leg healed beautifully but then after a period of drastic weight loss, she was diagnosed with a pancreatic insufficiency which is now well regulated thanks to the vets here at the hospital! The two dogs are now both healthy and happy as clams together. Loving family complete!

Want more? Take a look at our other employee’s and their pets!

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