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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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Say hello to Kelly and PeeWee!

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Kelly has been with ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals for two and a half years, and is an integral part of our Emergency and Critical Care department. She has been in the field for fifteen years, and brings unwavering positivity and compassion to each day she works. Originally hailing from Long Beach, Kelly has explored interests outside of veterinary medicine, going to Joe Blasco Cosmetics School for special effects make up and puppetry, and has recently hung up her skates after doing Roller Derby for five years.

She loves the doctors here at ACCESS, saying they’re “top notch” and she only works where she would trust the staff with her own pets. She has been called “The Cat Whisperer”, and especially likes mischievous kitties, pets with special needs and older animals. Kelly is happy to be a part of our team, where she is not alone in talking to our patients and is appreciated for her skills. Kelly is quite the pet Mom, having two cats, two dogs, three beta fish, and a tarantula at home. We look forward to her shifts, as she comes prepared with a huge smile on her face, ready to care for our hospitalized patients and emergency cases. Kelly is a huge fan of PeeWee Herman, and is pictured with her dog named… you guessed it, PeeWee!

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Gordo up and outside…

09/19/2014 – 4:15pm

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Following surgery yesterday afternoon to repair his leg, ‘Gordo’ is doing well. So much so, he was able to catch a little time outside today with Bonnie Riehl, a Veterinary Technician at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.

According to Dr. Kim Carey and Dr. Annie Lo, the surgery went very well. Gordo had an FHO (femoral head ostectomy) which is where the ball of the ball and socket of the femur is removed and scar tissue forms in place of the ball. Patients that undergo this type of surgery are typically able to recover well, and with good post-operative care and management are soon able to run, jump, and play like normal. Gordo who manged a good meal after his operation, remained affable and very affectionate, capturing the hearts of many the doctors and technicians. Yes, he’s one tough little guy!

Dr. Carey and Dr. Lo are optimistic about Gordo’s recovery, and look forward to seeing him during his recheck appointments.

Stay tuned for updates…

#gordo #savethewhitedog

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‘Gordo’ out of surgery…

09/18/2014 – 5:35pm

Good news. ‘Gordo’ is now out of surgery, which according to ACCESS veterinary surgeons went well. Dr. Lo will shortly be providing a statement to the press where she’ll provide more information, and we’ll be sure to post further updates as they unfold.

Once again, thanks to so many people who called, emailed, tweeted and texted good thoughts for this little guy. And for the many who so generously opened their wallets and purses to assist Gordo’s owner, well, what can we say, but “we love you all”.

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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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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).
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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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