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Have a little heart…

Brody is a young French Bulldog that was born with a heart murmur.

Using an ultrasound of the heart called an echocardiogram, Dr. Jason Arndt from ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Cardiology Department, was able to indentify ‘severe pulmonic stenosis’, a narrowing of the pulmonic outflow from the right ventricle of the heart in little Brody .

The narrowing was putting a large amount of stress on the right side of Brody’s heart, so an interventional procedure called a ‘balloon valvuloplasty’ was performed which significantly improved the stenosis.

Even better news is that the little guy was able to return home the following day!

Below is a picture of Brody’s ‘angiogram’ showing the pulmonic stenosis. (An angiogram is an imaging technique that uses fluoroscopy to visualize blood flow to the arteries and veins.)

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The Cardiology Services at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals specializes in minimally invasive correction of many congenital cardiac diseases in animals.

 

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We know how it feels…

We take care of every patient at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals as though they were part of our own family. Occasionally though, our staff members experience medical emergencies with their own pets which reminds us how it feels to entrust others with the care of our furry family.

Kali-Surgery-PhotoThis is exactly what happened to Kristen, a surgery assistant to Jana Norris, DVM, DACVS.

Kali, her dog, wasn’t eating, had vomited a few times, and just didn’t seem like herself, so just in case, Kristen brought her to work.

It’s a good thing she did. A physical examination, blood test, and an ultrasound by Dr. Elana Hadar revealed an enlarged and very inflamed kidney that was near failure. At that point we knew what had to be done: she needed her kidney removed, and it needed to be done quickly.

Kristen responded to the news as a loving and worried pet owner and not as an employee. She felt confident all would be well, but struggled to keep back the tears and needed a hug. So instead of her usual role of being part of the surgical process – helping owners admit their pets into the hospital, prepping animals for surgery, and assisting the surgery team – Dr. Norris and the rest of our staff insisted that they would handle everything.

So Kali was prepped for surgery, protocol was set, and the team at ACCESS San Fernando Valley swung into action.

Good news! It wasn’t long before Kristen was told that the surgery went very smoothly, and the prognosis for Kali’s recovery was excellent. Kali, who had won the hearts of all who cared for her, recovered quickly and comfortably, and continues to improve at home, looking and acting better than ever!

Go Kali and Kristen!

We know that you love your pet – your companion and your friend. We also know the stress and worry that comes along when they are sick, and we know the pain and heartache when tragedy strikes. We love our pets and would do anything for them, which is why we take care of every patient as if they were our own, because we know how much you love them.

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A Continuing Education event for Veterinary Technicians…

Chocolate! Humans may love it, but it’s awful for cats and dogs. So are grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, nicotine, onion/garlic, bread dough (raw), zinc pennies, xylitol, spot-on flea products, illicit drugs, NSAIDs, and, wait for it, tremorogenic mycotoxins!

To find out more, join Dr. Hickey for a lecture and lab on indoor toxins, how to recognize symptons, and what treatment should be considered.

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm – Refreshments and introduction | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Lecture and Lab
Where: ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital, Los Angeles.

All technicians are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to:

Carmen Alivera
Tel: 310-558-6100
Email: calivera@accessvetmed.com
Web: www.AccessVetMed.com

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This Thursday: Learn how to protect animals from Rat Poison.

Rodenticide, colloquially known as ‘Rat Poison’, injures or kills thousands of family pets and wildlife each year, and is among the most common cases we treat in our Emergency rooms.

Dr-Lisa-Mahlum-San-Fernando-ValleyNow we’re delighted to announce that Lisa Mahlum, MS, DVM, DACVECC (of our San Fernando Valley Specialty Animal Hospital) will be speaking on behalf of the veterinary community to help educate pet owners about its dangers, what symptoms to look for, and how pets can be treated.

So please join Dr. Mahlum at the Calabasas Public Library Founders Hall this Thursday, March 13, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to learn how to protect your pet (and local wildlife) from this silent and deadly killer.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Listen to Dr. Petritz on Pet Life Radio…

…bring your local veterinarian a sick dog or cat and they will adroitly determine what is ailing it. Bring them a guinea pig, hamster, bird or fish that ‘just isn’t right’ and they will likely be flummoxed. Though veterinarians are trained to care for all species, the nuances of tending to the general well being of small mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are a very focused subspecialty of pet care.

What can an owner of one of these unique pets do to keep them healthy? What are some of the common emergencies to which they are prone? What can they do to prevent them? The answer to these questions is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. This is a title held by less than 200 veterinarians in the entire world. My guest, Olivia Petritz has the distinction of being one of two in this elite assemblage to hold a sub-specialty in Zoological Companion Animals. – Bernadine D. Cruz, D.V.M., Host on Pet Life Radio. (www.petliferadio.com)

Listen to the full interview/broadcast by clicking on the image below.

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Listen to Dr. Branter on Pet Life Radio…

There is an adage attributed to surgeons – a chance to cut is a chance to cure. For a time, this statement was probably true. A doctor had a limited number of ways of seeing what was going on inside of a body and correcting a problem. Now humans and animals are benefiting from myriad of minimally invasive procedures that can diagnose, treat and often cure conditions where previously a scalpel could never go.

Erinne Branter is a board certified veterinary internist at Advanced Critical Care, Emergency and Specialty Services in Los Angeles who has harnessed the magic of interventional radiology and endoscopy. – Bernadine D. Cruz, D.V.M., Host on Pet Life Radio. (www.petliferadio.com)

Listen to the full interview/broadcast by clicking on the image below.

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Where would our doctors be…

…without the support and assistance of our wonderful Technicians?

Here is Rhianna Depew, RVT* who is indispensable in helping Dr. Jana Norris (on the left) scrubbing in, monitoring anesthesia, and the many other important requirements of surgical procedures.

Rhianna, who is recognized for upholding excellent patient care before, during, and after surgery, also leads our team of Veterinary Technicians. And she does so by example. This includes teaching and training our technicians to ensure we are forever improving, and helping to keep track of and maintaining the immense inventory of surgical equipment required in a Specialty Animal Hospital.

Go Rhianna!

Jana-and-Rhianna

 

*Registered Veterinary Technician

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Meet ‘Biscuit’…

This is Biscuit – one of our favorite older feline patients. Biscuit had a carpal arthrodesis surgery (a fusion of his wrist) after having his carpus completely deranged following trauma. He is now eight weeks ‘post op’, out of his bandage and splint, and starting to use the limb well again, and on the road to a full recovery.

Oh, and he likes to snuggle and sit in laps when he comes to visit us…

(Here he is catching some quality time with Dr. Jana Norris at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital, San Fernando Valley.)

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Girls just want to have fun…

…not always true for two of our hard-working team-members – Rachelle Surrency, Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital Group, and Dr. Joyce Lee, who works in our Critical Care and Emergency Department at our San Fernando Valley Hospital.

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We really do love them all…

Billy, a two year old Pacman frog, otherwise known as an Ornate Horned Frog, was brought to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital (Los Angeles) on emergency for a possible dislocated shoulder. After we performed a complete physical exam, we found he had an impaction in his stomach which was so large it was pushing his arm and shoulder in an abnormal position.

Our ‘Exotics’ veterinarian, Dr. Petritz, anesthetized Billy to perform endoscopy of his stomach in coordination with one of our internal medicine specialists, Dr. Branter .

The great news is that Dr. Petritz, Dr. Branter and their team were able to relieve the impaction, and are happy to report Billy is back to his normal self, and croaking away.

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