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Update on ‘Gordo’…

09/18/2014 – 1:15pm

Gordo is currently going into surgery where Dr. Carey and Dr. Lo will work to save his little leg. Surgery time will be around two to three hours, after which we will post an update.

The below image is of Dr. Carey and Dr. Lo briefing the media and addressing the amazing outpouring of support for the little guy. #gordo #savethewhitedog

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Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

ACCESS in action to help save ‘Gordo’…

More on this story soon.

But for now, here is a photo of “Gordo”, the little dog injured during a police chase in Los Angeles.

Thankfully, he could not be in better hands than those of ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital surgeons, Dr. Kim Carey and Dr. Annie Lo.

See more at: NBC Los Angeles (plus more information on this story can be found this morning on the web).
#savethewhitedog ‪#Gordo

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Introducing Dr. Danielle Sawyer…

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Danielle Sawyer DVM, is currently a first year resident in emergency and critical care at ACCESS – Los Angeles. Her energy, determination, and adaptivity helps her excel in practice and in life.

Being raised in an Air Force family traveling from Japan, to Belgium to the US, and growing up with small animals and exotics, instilled in Danielle a deep respect and call to care for all living beings no matter where she was. Upon moving back to the States in her teenage years, Danielle first embarked upon her mission to become a veterinarian in Chelsea, MI as a vet assistant in a small general practice.

As a Michigan State Spartan, Danielle completed a BS in Zoology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Neuroscience. Electing to attend an off-shore veterinary school in the Caribbean, Danielle earned her DVM degree as a Rossie in 2011. She developed her love of emergency and critical care in an internship at Animal Specialty Group in LA, followed by two years as an overnight emergency veterinarian in Thousand Oaks, CA prior to starting at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals.

From her collegiate varsity swimming years, Danielle continues to enjoy swimming and coaching swimming on her spare time. She also has fun taking her three happy dogs to the dog park and relaxing at home with her other pets including her loving Kittitian cat and her gorgeous rescued leopard gecko.

Our family tree has grown by quite a few leaves…

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We have had a great summer! The past few months, our ACCESS family has grown in a big way! We’ve welcomed a new CEO, Howard Liberson to the team. Howard Liberson, has over 20 years of experience in business, finance, law, and accounting. Howard grew up in Chicago and attended UCLA as an undergraduate. He also graduated from Wharton Business School and Loyola Law School. He has two children – a 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter – and lives in Redondo Beach.

In addition to Howard, we’ve added a stellar team of over five client care coordinators, a client care manager, an administrative assistant, over a dozen veterinary assistants and technicians, and four emergency room doctors! ACCESS also has the pleasure of announcing that three of our client care coordinators have moved into new positions assisting our specialists in internal medicine, surgery, and critical care. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate many new beginnings for our wonderful staff.

Our doctors have also welcomed new additions to their own families! We congratulate Lisa Mahlum, MS, DVM, DACVECC, and Elana Hadar, DVM, DACVIM on the birth of their children.

He’s still got eight lives.

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Looking a little ‘down-in-the-dumps’ is Kitty Pie, a sixteen week old Persian cat who tumbled from a 4th story window. Examination by his primary veterinarian revealed, besides a hurt mouth, that he had fractured his metacarpals, which in us humans are the bones located in our palms.

Kitty Pie was referred to Dr. Annie Lo at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles, who with the owner, decided surgery was the best option to treat his mouth, along with having his metacarpals splinted and bandaged by our Surgery team.

Now, with one of his nines lives lost, we’re sure it won’t belong before he is back to himself, and with no doubt, having a lot more experience as to when to leap through open windows. 🙂

Go Ernie…

In June of 2014, a specialist evaluation, including a MRI performed by the Neurological team at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in the San Fernando Valley (led by Dr. Jeremy O’Neill, with Medical Technicians Jonathan Ramirez and Abel Serrano – below) discovered a brain tumor as being the cause of seizures that were disrupting ‘Ernie’s’ life.

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This promoted urgent surgery (craniectomy) to remove the tumor, which was identified as a meningioma, as shown below in the Ernie’s MRI images, which is the most common brain tumor seen in dogs and cats.

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Good news! Here is Ernie with Dr. O’Neill two weeks after surgery, who is showing positive signs of recovery and preparing for his next step of treatment – radiation therapy to prevent the tumor from growing back.

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Sophie now enjoys a breath of fresh air…

Sophie is a one year old domestic short hair cat who was adopted in January from a local shelter. A few weeks after arriving at her new home, she began to hack.

It sounded almost as if she was trying to pass a hairball, but something wasn’t quite right, so it was off to see Dr. Erinne Branter, an Internal Medicine Specialist at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.

A few tests and a radiograph later and Sophie was diagnosed with Feline Asthma, and recommended to ‘use an inhaler’ twice a day. What a difference: Sophie is now able to run, jump, roll-around and dream of what cat’s dream about without the hindrances she had to endure.

Thank you Dr. Branter.

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NOTE: Sophie’s owner is none other than Shannon Brown, our high-energy, always ready to serve others, ACCESS Hospital Representative.

Congratulations to Clarisa Robles, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Clarisa Robles is now ‘Board Certified’.

Clarisa-Robles-DVM-DACVIM-(Neurology)This is no simple achievement. Besides having to complete veterinary school, an internship and a residency in a specialized area, further studies have to be undertaken over a number of additional years. This includes a publication accepted in peer reviewed journals, a time consuming and difficult endeavor that demonstrates and proves additional knowledge and expertise in a specific medical field.

So hats-off to Clarisa Robles, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) who specializes in neurology and who has shown a commitment above and beyond to providing the best possible care for animals. We love you Clarisa!

 
Dr. Robles is based at the ACCESS Los Angeles Specialty Animal Hospital and is available Tuesdays to Fridays for appointments.

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A friendly lunch – BBQ at ACCESS Los Angeles…

Being a 24hr Specialty Animal Hospital pretty much guarantees long, busy, days and nights for the ACCESS Los Angeles medical, support and administration teams. So it makes sense that every now and again that our folks take a breather and catch-up with each other over an enjoyable lunchtime BBQ. Today was one of those days – and enjoyed by all.

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“Survivor. The dog days of cancer.”

We were recently delighted to attend a ‘book launch’, where the author, Dr. Jarred Lyons (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) shared some of his thoughts, insights and writing, which we thought we’d share with you…

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“The novel – ‘SURVIVOR – THE DOG DAYS OF CANCER’ – is a fictitious story about perspectives; a dog’s named Eddie’s perspective while being treated for a tumor, Julia, his owner’s perspective about his treatment, and her memories of her own father going through cancer, and the perspectives of everyone involved in the process of cancer treatment.”

“Writing the book was an exciting and challenging project that allowed me to “get into the mind of a dog” and what I feel my patient’s are thinking while they go through cancer treatment.”

“If only we could deal with cancer like our dogs do, devoid of the mental component of the disease that often proves as challenging as the cancer itself.”

Click here to find out more, and purchase, Dr. Lyon’s book.

Dr. Jarred Lyons is a board certified veterinary radiation oncologist who actively practices veterinary radiation oncology with the Veterinary Cancer Group located at the City of Angels Veterinary Center in Los Angeles.

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