ACCESS and the Department of…The Navy?

While Aubrey, Carleigh, and Eric didn’t actually enlist in the Navy (they have some friends who are SEALs though! Ba dum chhh!), they did enjoy visiting veterinarian practices in the Oxnard and Port Hueneme area, letting them know our services are always an option for clients. 

It was a great day for the ACE officers to report for duty – or should I say, doody?? Thank you, I’ll see myself out.


Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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Animals helping animals…

This is Harper, a picture perfect Pittie. Her mom works in the surgery department at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles, and brought Harper in to have her blood tested to see if she’d be a good candidate for blood donation.

Check with your primary veterinarian to see if your pet is able to donate blood and save a life!



Dog Survives being shot in the face….

PJ, a lovable two-year-old Pit Bull, was at home in his yard when his owners heard a loud pop at 4:30am, then heard PJ run into the side of their house. His owners immediately rushed to check on him and were horrified to find that he had a large wound on his muzzle—PJ had been shot in the face.

PJ and his family rushed to the ACCESS LA emergency room and met with Dr. Nicole Skilling, who administered fluids and pain medication with his owner’s approval. Radiographs confirmed everyone’s suspicions— a fragmented bullet (see below) was in PJ’s face. Dr. Skilling was able to clean the wound and remove the fragments and even checked PJ’s eye and throat to make sure there were no further injuries. Luckily, other than a bullet in his snout, PJ was healthy.

After the procedure, Dr. Skilling closed the wound with stitches and PJ was sent home with antibiotics, pain medication, and a snazzy new cone to keep him safe and healthy.

We were overjoyed to see PJ back a few days later for his recheck. He greeted everyone in the lobby and gladly accepted pets and snuggles from our staff while he was in our treatment area! His stitches were examined and found to be healing well and as for his eyes—they’re perfect! PJ will return to the hospital in a few days to have his stitches removed once he is fully healed and is thankful for the quick actions of his owners.
Unfortunately, no one knows who did this to PJ or why, but the authorities have been notified and are investigating the case.

Please report any suspected animal abuse to your local taskforce.

24-hour notification hotline 213-486-0450
“Animal cruelty includes any activity that causes injury, disability, or death. Examples of animal cruelty are kicking, hitting, choking, punching, hanging, stabbing, shooting, setting on fire, or electrocuting.”





Cookin’ for the Whole Crew!

This week we celebrated the tremendous efforts of our staff members by having our admin teams cook breakfast for everyone and it was a hit! Between the eggs, bacon, pancakes, and vegan options for absolutely everything, everyone began their shifts with a full belly and a huge smile.

Our chefs began cooking at 6:00am to serve our overnight employees and kept going for those coming in throughout the morning, with Dr. Mills even bringing in eggs from his chickens at home. Our swing shift also participated in the fun when a third round of cooking was kicked off in each hospital!

We would like to thank the Veterinary Cancer Group, Eye Care for Animals, and Southern California Veterinary Imaging for joining in the festivities with us!

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Tails from the road…Spotted spots!

Good thing I really was going to the cat hospital and had a purrrfect parking spot reserved just for my visit.  I definitely wouldn’t want to be in violation and pay the feline fine of scooping litter boxes!

Smiles to all,

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals



Meet ‘Grand’…

This is ‘Grand’, a beautiful Borzoi who has formed a strong bond with Dr. Danielle Sawyer at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.

Borzoi dogs are also called Russian Wolfhounds and the breed is known for their charming, loyal, and affectionate personalities. We love the opportunity to spend time with ‘Grand’ and his family and are lucky to help such a loveable and unique dog!

Shannon Brown
Marketing Coordinator | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals



Interventional Radiology with Bentley…


Bentley, a seven-year-old St. Bernard mix, came to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles for weight loss due to vomiting as well as nasopharyngeal stenosis, which is a narrowing behind the two nasal passages that brings air from the nose to the trachea.

Bentley had a prior amputation surgery and had an episode where gastric fluid showered to the nasopharynx causing inflammation and scarring, which greatly affected him, as the scarring had closed his nasopharynx. Bentley could not pass air with his mouth closed and he was struggling to breathe when sleeping. A scope was performed at his primary veterinarian’s office, and Bentley was then referred out to ACCESS for further work up.

After meeting with Dr. Erinne Branter and being presented with all of their options, Bentley’s parents decided to go with a minimally invasive procedure that would correct the narrowing in Bentley’s nasal passages and allow him to breathe easier.

Dr. Branter and her team installed a fixed-wire balloon stent into the nasopharyngeal stenosis, or stricture, at the soft palate, as well as instilled a drug called Triamcinolone into the region to prevent further issues. Bentley’s esophagitis was totally resolved with scoping and medications.

Bentley did great under anesthesia and did not have any complications. He was finally able to breathe comfortably while sleeping and was placed on medications to treat his IBD and esophagitis. He may need further balloon procedures, which is why his balloon was installed. This allows for future procedure to be performed as needed.