Directions and Hospital Tour

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We are open 7 days per week for your convenience, and have evening hours until midnight every day but  legal holidays. We do not charge for evening hours unless you come in without an appointment. If you have an emergency you can bring in any pet of course.

Please call for an appointment at 562-434-9966

If this is your first time with us we have a copy of our registration form to download and print out before your appointment.


Directions

If you want to map out your own directions (see our map below) copy the following address and put it in your web browser:    Long Beach Animal Hospital, 3816 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804

From Orange County direction

Take the San Diego Freeway (405) North to the 7th Street Exit. Take 7th street to Pacific Coast Highway and turn right (going North). Continue on Pacific Coast Highway to Anaheim street (the next light) and turn left. Take Anaheim street to Mira Mar (2 blocks past Termino) and turn left. We are on the corner of Mira Mar and Anaheim street. Park on Mira Mar or Anaheim Street. The green curbs are OK for parking also.


From Los angeles County direction

Take the San Diego Freeway (405) South to the Lakewood Blvd. exit. Turn right (South) on Lakewood Blvd. and proceed to the traffic circle. Stay in the right hand lane of the traffic circle and take the first exit to the right out of the circle. This first exit out of the circle becomes Pacific Coast Highway heading North. Turn left on the first street you come to which is Termino. It comes up rapidly once you are on PCH heading North, but it has a left hand turn lane and a traffic light to help. After you turn left on Termino continue to Anaheim street and turn right. Go up 2 blocks and turn left on Mira Mar, the hospital is on the corner. Park on Mira Mar or Anaheim Street. The green curbs are OK for parking also.


You can park on Anaheim Street or Mira Mar Street. This is marked as the green lines on the map below.


Tour of Facilities

Reception area

When you first enter the hospital you will be welcomed in our spacious reception area.

 


Exam Rooms

We have 5 exam rooms, two of them are large for big dogs. They allow privacy and enhance our ability to give you individual attention. All of our exam rooms contain computer terminals with access to our web site for your exclusive use.

Each exam room computer has pictures of our clients and their pets on the screen saver. If you want your picture taken you can be on it also.


Treatment Area

This part of our hospital is the center of all the medical action. When a pet first comes into the hospital it is processed in the treatment area. The record is logged into our census sheet and any treatments or diagnostic tests ordered by one of our doctors is put on the treatment board.

The treatment board for sick pets gets quite busy at times. Our nurses are able to determine which pets need treatment at just a glance.

Many patients we board are ill and in need of treatment. They get the same monitoring and care as our hospitalized patients.

Several pieces of equipment are needed for us to provide high quality nursing care. One of these is our intravenous fluids pump, a machine that allows precise administration of fluids on a continual basis.

We work on a wide variety of species that need highly refined medical care.

The bird in this picture is in a special oxygen cage.

Click on the bird picture above to learn detailed information about some of the common bird ailments we treat.

This bun bun is also in an oxygen cage and on a warming blanket

Click on the bunnies picture to learn about rabbit diseases in detail.

Radiology

We have the capability of radiographing almost any sick pet. Our Digital Radiography system gives us detailed views on the inner workings of a wide variety of animals. It gives us tremendous detail and allows us to perform calculations and measurements.

We use the Sound-Eklin system, the finest one available in veterinary medicine

This is a radiograph of a desert tortoise with a very large bladder stone. You can see the measurements of the size of the stone and the details available in digital radiography. Click on the picture to see it in more detail.

 If you click here you will be taken to a complete page that details the removal of this stone by cutting through the shell and replacing the shell with fiberglass from a surfboard shop and epoxy resin.

We have particular expertise at radiography in unusual or highly sensitive animals. This is a radiograph of an egg in a bird that is egg bound.

 

We have more information on radiology in our diagnostic page.


Surgery

We can provide surgical care on a wide variety of species. We are particularly accomplished at laser surgery.

This is our surgical board on a typical day. We complete almost all of our surgeries in the morning so that most pets can go home the same day of their surgery.

 

Our surgical suite is equipped with state of the art monitoring and surgical equipment. We have a viewing area if you would like to watch surgery. We use a carbon dioxide laser for many of our soft tissue and oral surgeries

Dr. Ridgeway is performing laser surgery with our carbon dioxide laser machine

Surgery-Surgeons

This very high tech piece of equipment has revolutionized how we perform surgery. You can learn all about it here.

A very important part of surgery is anesthesia. This is a picture of anesthesia monitoring equipment, an instrument that closely monitors anesthesia and gives us a wide safety margin.

One of our technicians is checking and calibating the machine at the start of the day’s surgery.

To learn more about anesthesia we have a page that will explain it in more detail.

Surgery cannot be performed without sterile equipment. The machine that sterilizes our equipment is called an autoclave. It accomplishes this feat because it works at high temperature and high pressure.

 

Inside of every surgery pack is a strip of paper called a sterileometer. It lets us know if the instruments inside of the pack reached the proper temperature and pressure in order to make them sterile.

The black line on the far left side of the tape is our indication that everything is OK.


In addition to surgery we clean pets’ teeth in the surgery suite. We use an ultrasonic scaler to gently vibrate plaque off the teeth.

Dental care is a very important part of the overall care of your pet. You should educate yourself on this overlooked problem by going to our dental page.


Lab

Our laboratory has the capability to perform diagnostic tests on your pet’s blood. This is particularly useful for pre anesthetic blood panels and emergencies, where the results are available immediately. Our blood machine is able to check many different diagnostic parameters with speed and accuracy. Our diagnostic test page explains these tests in more detail.

One of our technicians is calibrating it prior to running a blood sample

Equipment-InHouseBlood

A high speed centrifuge allows us to check for anemia and monitor your pet’s protein level

Our blood machine also has the capability of providing analysis of electrolytes like sodium and potassium. This is particularly important in an emergency.

We also have the capability of analyzing your pet’s stool for internal parasites. To learn more about internal parasites you can go to our worms page.

We actually check for the egg’s of a parasite, and not the parasite, on a routine fecal flotation exam