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.
…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.
*Registered Veterinary Technician
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.)