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Achilles Finds A Forever Home

Achilles came to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles when he was dropped off by a Good Samaritan, bloody and covered in mats. Our team shaved him down and found a gnarly injury on his hind leg. With no family and a desperate need for surgery, things were looking rough for this pup!

Luckily, Casey, an RVT in our emergency room, stepped in and adopted him. She named him Achilles, given the injury that brought them together, and after his leg was amputated, he was able to come home.

He loves his new family and gets around quite well on three legs!




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Lily came in for a checkup…

Lily came in for a checkup looking like a perfect little flower after healing from her TPLO. A TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) is a knee surgery performed on dogs to stabilize their stifle joint.

Click here to learn more about TPLO!


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Captain Kappie’s Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis

Captain Kappie came in through our South Bay Emergency Department for non-weight bearing lameness of his left front leg and a mysterious skin condition that developed shortly after he started treatment with an NSAID to manage his lameness.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Stefanie Owczarczak, Dr. Jodi McKenna, and Dr. James Kim, a diagnosis of IMPA, or Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis, was made, explaining the lameness.

Based on biopsy results, the mysterious skin condition was thought to be a reaction to a commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication reminding us all that, like people, pets can have reactions to prescription medications too! After 36 hours in the hospital, discontinuation of the NSAID, and initiating immunosuppressive treatment, Captain Kappie was back to normal. Dr. Marlene Townsell, an Internal Medicine specialist, is now managing Captain Kappie’s care, making sure he’s comfortable and his immune system stays in check!

 

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Little Pug, Much Love!

This lil pug came through the ER this morning because of an allergic reaction and totally stole our hearts. Our doctors got him fixed up and back to his dad in time for lunch!

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Tails from the Road – Tech Life at Mt. SAC

ACCESS department leads Kristine Snow and Karina Gomez spoke at Mt. SAC about life as RVTs to a group of students in the tech program.

They spoke about their respective fields if interest and also about what they look for in employees who join us. They gave out tips and advice and the students eagerly soaked up what they could. Maybe they will come work with us one day! We will surely be back to talk to more students too in the future.

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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Tails from the Road – Boys and Girls and Veterinarians!

Dr. Danielle Sawyer from our Emergency and Critical Care Department at ACCESS LA recently spoke at the Boys and Girls Club in Mar Vista about what it’s like being a vet!

The kids were the ages of 6 & 7 and some of them weren’t really familiar with the word veterinarian but understood what an animal doctor was.  They had tons of energy and asked lots of questions.

Dr. Sawyer even brought her own cat for them to pet and “examine.”  We also handed out winter pet safety tips for them to bring back home.  Maybe one of them will go to vet school some day!

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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Melly’s Interesting Eyes…

Heterochromia is a condition in which the iris is multicolored.

Here, Melly poses to show off her perfect peepers! While she was in for a surgery recheck, our team took the opportunity to snuggle with our beloved little lady.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Fred!

Fred is a fantastic little dog who came in on emergency at ACCESS – San Fernando Valley after he was attacked by a coyote. Fortunately he made an incredible recovery from some very serious injuries, making it clear that he certainly is Super Fred, as per his nifty new bandages!

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Lucy Is Safe!

When veterinarian, Dr. Hinz, the Medical Director of the Westside Pet Clinic lost her service dog ‘Lucy’ at the beginning of September, they went all out with their efforts to find her, most notably making it on the news and having celebrities helping them with their search.

The good news is that on the last day of September, she was found.

Being a little worse for wear and in need of a check-up, out of all the places Dr. Hinz could have taken Lucy for an exam, she chose ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.

We are extremely proud that the Medical Director for another practice trusted our doctors and staff with her beloved dog, and would like to share the full story with you below.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Beloved-Missing-Pit-Bull-Found-330022451.html

(The above link includes a video with a cameo of one of our Client Care team members who helped this pet, and her family.)

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Sarah’s Survivor Party

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“If she makes it two years, I’ll throw her a party!” said Dr. Jana Norris.

Two years ago, Dr. Norris, the head board-certified surgeon at ACCESS, San Fernando Valley, performed a triple ventral slot procedure on Sarah, a procedure which would prevent this adult dog from becoming fully paralyzed. During the procedure, Dr. Norris found that she also had a thyroid anaplastic acinar carcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer.

This was tough news for the then ten-year-old dog and her family, but her owners were determined. They faced each challenge head on, not willing to give up on their furry family member. Sarah was able to be treated for her cancer by the Veterinary Cancer Group, and was eventually pushed through to remission by the wonderful specialists there.

Then, in August of 2015, we threw a party for Sarah the dog.

Sarah’s battle and recovery are truly amazing and it’s a case like this that reminds each of us why we are here and keep us grateful for the advances in veterinary medicine that make it possible for us to treat beloved animals. “Her prognosis with aggressive high grade and high stage cancer was poor all along, so it is amazing that she made it to two years post-op. That is a very good response to therapy and survival time after this diagnosis.” says Dr. Jana Norris.

We were happy to see Sarah back at our hospital, but this time, in our conference room! Dr. Norris provided a super-dog costume for super Sarah, who dined on gourmet dog treats; while the humans snacked on pizza. Sarah and her family brought a beautiful cake for the staff, and we all spent time talking about Sarah’s initial visit, her diagnosis, subsequent surgeries, and treatments.

We celebrate our patients each and every day, but it was nice to set aside special time for Sarah and her family.

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