09/19/2014 – 4:15pm
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…
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”.
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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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. 🙂
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.
NOTE: Sophie’s owner is none other than Shannon Brown, our high-energy, always ready to serve others, ACCESS Hospital Representative.
This is Peanut the pug, who was a recent patient and her ‘BFF’ Napoleon the French bulldog. We think they are both adorable.
“We are very grateful for the quality of the care that we got from ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital and will never forget how awesome you guys were. The veterinarians were smart, competent and took the time to explain the procedures with us in a way we understood. There are a lot of places to take a sick pet but I can’t see us going anywhere else.” _Peanut’s Owner
When Zane’s buddy wanted to show him support, she dressed-up for the occasion.
How cute is that?
Zane was presented for anemia* from an unknown cause. After checking blood-work and abdominal imaging, Dr. Amanda Blackburn (Department of Internal Medicine) was able to diagnose Zane with an immune condition that attacks the red blood cells (immune mediated hemolytic anemia) and begin treatment.
At his check-up appointment last week Zane was responding very well and is feeling good. To ensure all goes well, which will no doubt please both him and his little princess, the team at ACCESS Speciality Animal Hospital in Los Angeles will be rechecking his progress and adjusting his treatment plan over the next three to four months.
*Anemia is the result of an abnormal breakdown of red blood cells, and as this is where Hemoglobin delivers oxygen to the tissues and cells, symptoms resulting from a ‘lack of oxygen’ can be ‘pale or white gums’, lethargy, shortness of breath, and a general lack of stamina.
Valentino is a 6+ year old rabbit that was referred to us for a bloated stomach, and not eating or defecating. Our exotics specialist, Dr. Olivia Petritz, performed emergency surgery early in the morning, and removed an obstruction from his intestines. He did great after surgery, and has never looked back!
A rabbit that is not eating or defecating, even for as little as 4-6 hours, should be brought to an exotics veterinarian as soon as possible. This condition is commonly known as “GI stasis” and is a symptom of many underlying diseases, one of which is an obstruction of their gastrotintestinal (GI) system. Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits cannot vomit, so an obstruction of their GI tract can be fatal if not treated promptly.
ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital is one of the ONLY hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area that is capable of performing these surgeries on rabbits and other exotics 24/7, including nights and weekends.
“Bo Bo Kitty”, our most handsome patient of the day, sits patiently with his mom at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in the San Fernando Valley while waiting for his appointment with Internal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Elana Hadar.
(Understandably, where “Bo Bo Kitty” wants to sit, “Bo Bo Kitty” sits…)