Dr. Petritz is published… Again!

Many people don’t know that veterinarians are constantly working to better themselves and veterinary medicine as a whole through research.

Our veterinarians routinely publish in established veterinary journals and textbooks and Avian & Exotics specialist Dr. Olivia Petritz is no exception! In addition to being published fourteen times since 2012, Dr. Petritz recently wrote a chapter for the textbook “Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery.”

We are so proud of her and can’t wait to read more from our doctors and specialists!



Harvey the Heartthrob…


Harvey, a beautiful male, neutered Flemish Giant rabbit, visited our Exotics department at ACCESS Los Angeles last week.

Harvey was rescued off of death row from the Downey Shelter by Too Many Bunnies Rescue founder, Linda. At the time, Linda was only able to take three rabbits from the shelter, but after meeting Harvey she made arrangements and rescued four. Since then, Harvey has been with the rescue for about five years, touring schools and helping to educate students about animals and how to be helpful, responsible pet owners.

Harvey also has a “wife” named Lola, who is a big, fluffy Angora rabbit that loves spending time with Harvey. At home, Harvey enjoys his life with Linda, Lola, and the other rescue rabbits who are waiting for loving forever homes. We were so thankful for the opportunity to meet such a wonderful rabbit and spend time with Linda-Harvey won the hearts of absolutely everyone in the building at ACCESS and was loving all of the attention!

If you have any medical questions about your bunny, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Olivia Petritz or Dr. Karen Schachterle at 310-558-6100 and be sure to check out Too Many Bunnies at www.toomanybunnies.com/about-us.html

Below: Harvey takes the focus from Leah Basinais, our Director of Operations.



Fendi: The Dog with A Collapsed Trachea.


Fendi is a 12.5 year-old female spayed Maltese who was referred to Dr. Erinne Branter in the ACCESS Los Angeles interventional radiology/endoscopy department for severe coughing for a week.

She was very uncomfortable and had not been able to rest or sleep due to the severity of her cough. She was found to have a collapsing trachea, which was causing the coughing. The trachea, or “windpipe,” is a tube made up of rings of cartilage, through which air is transported to and from the lungs. Sometimes though, the tracheal rings begin to collapse, and as air is squeezed through, a characteristic honking cough results.


Figure 1 – tracheal collapse mid trachea

Fendi had been placed on medications to help her condition but was not responding well. Her family then decided to proceed with a stenting procedure to help open up Fendi’s trachea.
Tracheal stents are placed in a minimally invasive fashion with no incision and traditional neck ring placement surgeries are not necessary. The stents are placed through the mouth and into the trachea to open the collapsed airway. This allows airflow into the lungs and typically makes it possible for these patients to stop coughing and breathe more easily.


Figure 2 – post tracheal stent with open tracheal

Fendi was able to go home the next day on medical management for her tracheal collapse and has slowly been weaned off of most of her medications. Her tracheal stent does not impact her daily activities, but it does now allow her to breathe easier and gives her a chance at a longer life with her loving family.


Helping our human friends…



From now until December 19th, you can drop off a new toy that is not wrapped at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, or ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in San Fernando Valley.

All donations will be taken to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital this weekend so that the young patients may have gifts in time for Christmas.




It’s beginning to look a lot like Nephrology…

Our build-out continues!

Since demolition and the waterline installation, we’ve installed a new wall, put our cabinetry and desk space back up in a way that will work specifically for the Nephrology team, and our brand new sink is in working order!

Over the years, we’ve been excited to see our hospital grow and transform and the past few weeks have been no exception. We are so lucky to be able to provide hemodialysis and Nephrology to the people and pets of the Los Angeles area and simply cannot wait until we can begin treating patients here!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Shannon Brown
Marketing Coordinator | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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