Jeff is a Basset Hound puppy who came to us with intussusception which is when the intestines telescope in on themselves. Left untreated, intussusception can kill the animal – or human – affected by it.
This actually happened twice with Jeff. Luckily when Dr. Annie Lo, a board-certified surgeon, went in to reverse the intussusception, it had self-corrected so fixing it with surgery wasn’t necessary!
She also took samples to biopsy to be sure this pup was healthy. Dr. Steven Centola (pictured) also oversaw Jeff’s care while he was in the hospital and much like everyone else at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles, he fell in love with Jeff!
Nola is a very sweet pup who tore a ligament that holds part of the Achilles tendon in her left leg causing it to luxate, or dislocate, while she was playing with another dog.
Her condition, known as luxation of the superficial digital flexor tendon, required surgery to repair the ligament and allow her to return to function. Luckily, Dr. Laurent Guiotwas able to correct this with surgery and send Nola home with her loving parents!
Hermes is a lovable, energetic two-year-old Pitbull who came to us after he went hiking with his doting mom in the morning on one of the first days of a heatwave in Southern California. After the hike, they returned home and Hermes seemed perfectly normal, so mom went out for about one hour. When she returned home however, she found Hermes in distress.
Within the span of a 45 minute hike, Hermes suffered severe heat stroke and burns to his paw pads and toes. Heat stroke happens when your body can no longer get rid of the extra heat inside of it. Your body then begins to become affected by the heat, resulting in organ damage and eventually death.
His paws were bleeding, he had diarrhea, and was lethargic. His owner had to act quickly, so she did the right thing and rushed him to their local vet where he was bathed to reduce his temperature and was then referred to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles.
Here, he was taken in right away and diagnosed with bruised skin, an irregular heartbeat, a blood clotting disorder, GI bleeding, kidney injuries, lameness, and severe paw pad abrasions. Hermes was started on fluids, and IV medications to stabilize him and reduce his pain, and had his paws cleaned and bandaged. He continued his medication and fluids, as well as a plasma transfusion to help reverse the damage caused by the heat. He will continue to be monitored for changes and treated for his condition.
Unfortunately, Hermes is not alone. Heatstroke can affect humans and animals within a matter of minutes with symptoms sometimes being very subtle.
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!
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.
We had a blast at the 2017 Long Beach Pride Festival!
We were in our booth Saturday and Sunday to hand out giveaways and information-and we met so many wonderful people! Our team had a great time at the booth, and we were proud to see Amanda from IT complete the 5K and take home a silver medal for being the second fastest woman in her age group!
His major interest is orthopedic trauma and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and he routinely presents his work internationally and is an active member of major national and international orthopedic programs including the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the AO (Association for the Study of Orthopedics), and the Orthopedic Research Society.
Dr. Guiot taught an AO course in Columbus, Ohio last April and enjoyed the lab instruction on dry bones!
We had a blast at ACVIM, which is a veterinary conference for all of the specialties under the Internal Medicine College such as cardiology, neurology, and internal medicine.
We spent two full days in our booth in the exhibit hall to meet new doctors, specialists, and technicians. It was so nice to catch up with old friends Luke and Indy from Puppy Up, and of course our veterinary pals.