Archive for the ACCESS San Fernando Valley Category

The Woolsey Fire and Tipper’s Story…

WARNING: Graphic photos included.

Tipper, a young male cat, was found by ABC7 Reporter, Veronica Miracle, during the Woolsey Fire. According to Veronica, firefighters pulled Tipper from his burning home. Veronica then called around trying to find somewhere that could help him—that’s when she found ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital at Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley.

Tipper was admitted to the ICU on November 9th to be treated for severe burns and smoke inhalation. He had significant burns on his paws, belly, and chest, and had a wound over his right hip, which was surgically repaired. He had a feeding tube placed to ensure he was getting all the nutrients he needed to get better.

Thankfully, Tipper is microchipped, which made it possible for us to find his owners and reunite them while he was being treated!

After almost three weeks in the hospital, Tipper went home to be with his family on November 27th. He’s going to need regular bandage changes and he’s continuing his antibiotics and pain medication at home to keep him comfortable and continue the healing process.

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Grilling up good times…

Our San Fernando Valley hospital had a little cookout for the team this week and it was a blast! The team especially enjoyed our vegan options.






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Dog Gets A Pacemaker In The Valley

Dr. Amelia Sinkin is a veterinary cardiologist, and just like human cardiologists, she sometimes has to implant a pacemaker in her patient.

A pacemaker monitors the heart to make sure everything is working properly. If the pacemaker detects an irregularity, it will send an electrical pulse to the heart to help get it back on track.

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We Did the Wii Dance Challenge!

Our three hospitals went head-to-head in creating their own Wii Dance Challenge videos!

Who do you think did the best?

Go to our YouTube Channel to ‘like’ and comment on the video so we can see your votes!

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Saving Bhakti the Lynx

Bhakti is a Lynx that is in the care of an approved sanctuary and she wasn’t doing well.

At just five years old, she was experiencing lameness and ataxia, meaning she wasn’t in full control of her movements. Bhakti wasn’t able to jump, run or play – until she met Dr. Jeremy O’Neill and Dr. Yonathan Buks!

Check out our video to learn more.

*Certain exotic animals, like Bhakti the Lynx, are not meant to be kept as pets. She’s in the care of a sanctuary and is not kept as a house pet. Speak with a veterinarian, zoologist, or exotic animal professional when looking for a proper avian or exotic pet.

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Mighty Mouse!

‘Little Mouse’ came to see the cardiology team at ACCESS San Fernando Valley.

We love the quality time we get with our patients, and the opportunity to bond with them!

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Loving Lela…

Lela came to see board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Steve Cole, and stole the hearts of everyone she saw!

 

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Dog Swallows Pantyhose for The Second Time.

Sometimes when you’re a surgeon, you find weird things.

Sometimes, you find them twice!

Dr. Buks is seen here removing pantyhose from the belly of a Sheltie for the second time!

If your pet has a tendency to eat things they shouldn’t, make sure you keep an eye on them.😉

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How Gorilla Glue Can Kill Your Dog.

We all know our pets shouldn’t eat things that aren’t pet food, but sometimes they can’t resist eating something they shouldn’t!

It may seem obvious that Gorilla Glue is one of the top items to keep out of reach, but toxicity surprisingly isn’t the main concern with this common adhesive—it’s how it works.

Once swallowed, Gorilla Glue begins to expand and harden in the stomach. It becomes impossible for the pet (or even human) to pass or vomit it, causing a serious blockage. It can only be removed surgically and even then it needs to be addressed quickly.

Here, we see board-certified surgeon, Dr. Yonathan Buks,with what looks like a geode. A closer look reveals it’s actually a lump of solidified Gorilla Glue surrounding some kibble that he removed from a puppy’s stomach.

Be sure to keep non-food items away from your pet’s reach, and to call your veterinarian immediately if they come in contact with a dangerous substance.

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Five ways Interventional Radiology can save your pet’s life.

Interventional Radiology (IR) involves the use of an imaging technology called fluoroscopy that allows us to “see” into the body indirectly. With this capability, we’re able to perform diagnostics and treatments by entering the body through natural orifices or blood vessels which eliminates the need for traditional surgery.

Examples of Interventional Radiology in human medicine include implantation of coronary artery stents and even treating cancer. We’ve adopted the principles of Interventional Radiology to help our veterinary patients – your pets – as well in procedures such as:

1) Treatment of Ureteral Obstructions

According to a study published in 2013 ureteral obstructions are currently the #1 cause of acute kidney failure in cats.

The ureter is the tiny (under half a millimeter in diameter!) tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder. Ureteral obstruction can occur when a kidney stone passing through the ureter gets stuck. This blocks the flow of urine to the bladder which leads to kidney damage and the build-up of uremic toxins in the body–big time bad news. This condition can cause critical illness within hours and requires emergency treatment.

Traditional decompressive surgical treatments for this condition had high complication rates – up to 34-60% patients had an unsuccessful outcome with surgery. With newer techniques that utilize Interventional Radiology the success rate increased to 80-95%.

2) Treatment of Severe Tracheal Collapse

Tracheal collapse is a common problem in small breed dogs that can cause the airway to narrow. This leads to frequent coughing, exercise intolerance, and cyanosis (turning blue from lack of air). Medications can provide effective relief for about 80% of patients.

But for those patients with particularly severe forms of the condition, a tracheal stent can help open the airway, allow them to breathe more normally, and improve their quality of life. Tracheal stents can be placed using Interventional Radiology techniques so patients can often go home the same day.

3) Treatment of Urethral Obstruction

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. This tube can become blocked in patients who have tumors in the bladder or the urethra itself. This type of blockage can be extremely uncomfortable and may lead to urinary tract infections, kidney damage, and rupture of the bladder.

Urethral stenting can be performed relatively quickly and allows us to open the urethra to allow the patient to urinate. As with tracheal stenting, these patients often go home the same day.

4) Treatment of Cancer

Sometimes patients have tumors that are either too big or too close to other vital organs to be removed with surgery. Oral or injectable chemotherapy is generally not very effective for these tumors and exposes the patient to troubling side effects of chemotherapy drugs. In some cases, we can make a very small incision into a blood vessel in the inner thigh and guide a catheter through this blood vessel into the tumor.

From there a strong, targeted dose of chemotherapy can be delivered straight to the tumor, followed by an embolization compound to cut off the flow to the tumor. This technique offers a safe treatment for patients that previously had no other options.

5) Transvenous Coil Embolization for Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts

Portosystemic shunts are congenital abnormalities (aka birth defects) in which major blood vessels to the liver grow around the organ rather than into it. When the abnormal (shunt) vessel is located within the liver lobes, it is called an intrahepatic shunt. When the shunting vessel is located some distance away from the liver, it is called an extrahepatic shunt.

Extrahepatic shunts are easily accessed by opening the abdomen, but intrahepatic shunts are much more difficult to access because they are deep within the tissues of the liver. Surgery to fix extrahepatic shunts is very successful, but this is not the case for intrahepatic shunts. Surgery in these cases carries a complication rate of up to 77%, with overall mortality rates as high as 64%.

Using Interventional Radiology techniques, the shunt can be accessed through the jugular vein and treated without ever opening the abdomen. The complication rate for this procedure is about 2%, with good long-term success in about 75% of cases. Patients generally stay the night after the procedure and go home the next day with a small bandage on their neck!

A big thank you to Jodi Kuntz, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) for helping us with this list…

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South Bay

2551 W. 190th St., Torrance, CA 90504

Tel: (310) 320-8300 - Fax: (424) 293-7254

Los Angeles

9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Tel: (310) 558-6100 - Fax: (310) 558-6199

San Fernando Valley

20051 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Tel: (818) 887-2262 - Fax: (818) 704-0323

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