Critical Care – It’s in our DNA

Did you know that in 2005 we launched a small specialty practice to provide Emergency and Critical Care services for animals?

Today we have two leading animal hospitals offering 24 hour Emergency and Critical Care Services – supported by a variety of specialty departments.

Staffed with Criticalists, highly qualified doctors, dedicated medical technicians and compassionate receptionists, the team at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals is driven to provide referring veterinarians and their clients the best possible Emergency Services and Critical Care for animals in Southern California.

Services include: Advanced CPR, Mechanical ventilation and ‘life support’, Blood transfusions, Management of high-risk anesthesia and post-operative critical patients, Cardiac emergencies, Metabolic emergencies, Kidney failure and Liver failure, Advanced pain management, Neurologic emergencies.

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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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‘Light It Up Blue’

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Did you know that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. 1 in 42 are boys and 1 in 189 are girls.*

As part of a unique global initiative, Autism Speaks (the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization), along with the international autism community, kicks-off Autism Awareness Month, beginning April 2, with ‘Light It Up Blue’.

‘Light It Up Blue’ is a unique global initiative that helps raise awareness about autism, when many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to ‘Light It Up Blue’. So join us and the world in ‘Lighting It Up Blue’ to spread not only awareness but acceptance!

Click here to find out more… http://liub.autismspeaks.org/welcome

Better still, click on ‘Taz’, an autism service dog, to download the app to pledge your support and make your photos go Blue!

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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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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!

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*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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iSleepy.

‘iSleepy’? There’s a nap for that.

Cute.

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(Pic taken at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital, San Fernando Valley.)
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