Halloween can be scary for pets. Tips on how to care for them…

It’s spooky time again.

But did you know Halloween can be scary for pets? However, with a little planning and information, you and your pets can celebrate safely.

Click on the images below to download our Halloween Pet Safety tips. These ‘free printables’ can be printed with ease! Stick one on your fridge as a reminder, then share them with your friends, at school, or at your place of work.

Be safe and have fun…

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Thank you Greg…

This week is Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Assistant week, and we would like to highlight a few of our many inspiring Technicians and Assistants at ACCESS Speciality Animal Hospitals.

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Greg Zamora (pictured above with Dr. Rich Mills, Chief of Staff at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals) is the Technician Supervisor and Purchasing Manager for ACCESS Los Angeles. He grew up in Southern California, and followed his first dream of becoming a welder by completing his AWS with LA Certification. He shortly realized that his love for animals would be his passion and jumped all hands in to developing a career in animal care. Starting his new career as a Kennel Assistant, Greg focused on developing his skills and knowledge in the Emergency field.

Greg has been with the ACCESS family since 2003, first working in Tustin, California at ACCIM. He then helped establish the Los Angeles location, working here from day one in 2005. Bringing all that he has learned in the emergency field both as an animal care attendant and equipment/purchasing manager, Greg has continued to be a valued asset as we transitioned to ACCESS Specialty Hospital Group with the successful opening of our Woodland Hills facility. Maintaining strong ties to the veterinary community and dedication to animals, when not at ACCESS – Los Angeles, he can be found working with a mobile orthopedic veterinarian.

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We have a new Medical Director…

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Kathryn Gates, BVSc, DACVECC, who has been with us since 2010, has been named Medical Director at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. She grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and received her veterinary degree from Massey University in 2002. Dr. Gates became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2009 and has published articles in the fields of ventilation and plasmapheresis. She has special interests in trauma management, sepsis, and mechanical ventilation.

In addition to other duties, Kathryn will be charged with continuing to foster our positive culture and helping to maintain policies with all staff. She will continue to be a leader and role model for our hospital principles: Compassion, Integrity, Quality, and Service. Kathryn has been a positive, kindhearted, and crucial member of our team, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the position.

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Very rare in dogs…

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Blondie is a two year old mixed breed dog who was rescued off of the streets by the Hope for Paws Rescue. Blondie had been surviving between two lanes of a main highway and it took hours to rescue her. Soon after, she was taken to a neighborhood veterinarian for an exam and to be spayed. During her spay, the doctor found something unusual. Blondie seemed to have two vaginal openings. Her veterinarian, Dr. Erin Wilson from the Veterinary Care Center referred her to Dr. Erinne Branter, (below) the head of our Interventional Radiology department, who performed a cystoscopy in our interventional radiology suite. A cystoscopy is a diagnostic tool used to see inside lower urinary tract (urethra and bladder). Unlike many other imaging tools, the cystoscope is placed directly inside the body, allowing the doctor to see inside the organ with a small camera.

Blondie was placed under anesthesia, with one technician assigned to monitor her vitals, and another to assist the doctor. Dr. Branter used the cystoscopy to examine and confirm that Blondie does in fact have dual vaginal openings. Blondie has one opening that is normal from the outside (vulva is normal) but houses a blind ended sac. She also has a second opening that is abnormal from the outside but once the scope evaluated the orifice the rest of the anatomy (urethra and vagina) was completely normal. She is urinating like a normal dog and does not seem to have any adverse consequences to her abnormal anatomy (given she is now spayed and will not be reproducing). Blondie is in good health, and does not need any medical intervention for her condition. This case was an interesting one for Dr. Branter, as dual vagina openings are very rare in dogs, and not previously documented in veterinary medicine.

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Well wishes for our Administrative Director, Amy Graham

Amy Graham is leaving ACCESS LA after nine wonderful years.

We wish Amy the best of luck in her future ventures, and would like to take this time to thank her for all of her passion, knowledge, expertise, and effort. She has been a vital member of our administrative team, and a huge part of our family for many years, and we will miss her.

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Pictured below, left to right:
Rich Mills (Chief of Staff), Howard Liberson (CEO), Amy, Chris Barreda (Data Manager)

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