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One Cool Cat…

Rizshik is an adorable kitty with a big personality! He gave us quite a few laughs during his stay and had the best cuddles.

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Cone of Shame!

Although it’s necessary, Goose is not happy about her cone! Despite her expression, Goose had a great visit at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – San Fernando Valley, where she not only received treatment, but lots of love too!

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Crappy day turned great visit!

Falcon came to see our San Fernando Valley team due to a bout of…diarrhea. Luckily we got him back to health and sent him home with his family, but not before we got some snuggles in!

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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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