A little girl and her dog…

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When Zane’s buddy wanted to show him support, she dressed-up for the occasion.

How cute is that?

Zane was presented for anemia* from an unknown cause. After checking blood-work and abdominal imaging, Dr. Amanda Blackburn (Department of Internal Medicine) was able to diagnose Zane with an immune condition that attacks the red blood cells (immune mediated hemolytic anemia) and begin treatment.

At his check-up appointment last week Zane was responding very well and is feeling good. To ensure all goes well, which will no doubt please both him and his little princess, the team at ACCESS Speciality Animal Hospital in Los Angeles will be rechecking his progress and adjusting his treatment plan over the next three to four months.

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*Anemia is the result of an abnormal breakdown of red blood cells, and as this is where Hemoglobin delivers oxygen to the tissues and cells, symptoms resulting from a ‘lack of oxygen’ can be ‘pale or white gums’, lethargy, shortness of breath, and a general lack of stamina.

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This Thursday: Learn how to protect animals from Rat Poison.

Rodenticide, colloquially known as ‘Rat Poison’, injures or kills thousands of family pets and wildlife each year, and is among the most common cases we treat in our Emergency rooms.

Dr-Lisa-Mahlum-San-Fernando-ValleyNow we’re delighted to announce that Lisa Mahlum, MS, DVM, DACVECC (of our San Fernando Valley Specialty Animal Hospital) will be speaking on behalf of the veterinary community to help educate pet owners about its dangers, what symptoms to look for, and how pets can be treated.

So please join Dr. Mahlum at the Calabasas Public Library Founders Hall this Thursday, March 13, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to learn how to protect your pet (and local wildlife) from this silent and deadly killer.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Valentino – now hopping happy.

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Valentino is a 6+ year old rabbit that was referred to us for a bloated stomach, and not eating or defecating. Our exotics specialist, Dr. Olivia Petritz, performed emergency surgery early in the morning, and removed an obstruction from his intestines. He did great after surgery, and has never looked back!

A rabbit that is not eating or defecating, even for as little as 4-6 hours, should be brought to an exotics veterinarian as soon as possible. This condition is commonly known as “GI stasis” and is a symptom of many underlying diseases, one of which is an obstruction of their gastrotintestinal (GI) system. Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits cannot vomit, so an obstruction of their GI tract can be fatal if not treated promptly.

ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital is one of the ONLY hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area that is capable of performing these surgeries on rabbits and other exotics 24/7, including nights and weekends.

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Listen to Dr. Petritz on Pet Life Radio…

…bring your local veterinarian a sick dog or cat and they will adroitly determine what is ailing it. Bring them a guinea pig, hamster, bird or fish that ‘just isn’t right’ and they will likely be flummoxed. Though veterinarians are trained to care for all species, the nuances of tending to the general well being of small mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are a very focused subspecialty of pet care.

What can an owner of one of these unique pets do to keep them healthy? What are some of the common emergencies to which they are prone? What can they do to prevent them? The answer to these questions is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. This is a title held by less than 200 veterinarians in the entire world. My guest, Olivia Petritz has the distinction of being one of two in this elite assemblage to hold a sub-specialty in Zoological Companion Animals. – Bernadine D. Cruz, D.V.M., Host on Pet Life Radio. (www.petliferadio.com)

Listen to the full interview/broadcast by clicking on the image below.

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Listen to Dr. Branter on Pet Life Radio…

There is an adage attributed to surgeons – a chance to cut is a chance to cure. For a time, this statement was probably true. A doctor had a limited number of ways of seeing what was going on inside of a body and correcting a problem. Now humans and animals are benefiting from myriad of minimally invasive procedures that can diagnose, treat and often cure conditions where previously a scalpel could never go.

Erinne Branter is a board certified veterinary internist at Advanced Critical Care, Emergency and Specialty Services in Los Angeles who has harnessed the magic of interventional radiology and endoscopy. – Bernadine D. Cruz, D.V.M., Host on Pet Life Radio. (www.petliferadio.com)

Listen to the full interview/broadcast by clicking on the image below.

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