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New Extern

Hi, I am the new extern, Michelle! I am from St. George's University, and will graduate in June. I am very excited to be here at LBAH! Watch for my daily FB posts to see what I am learning.

In this photo I am performing laser therapy on a dog being treated for IVDD.

To learn more about laser therapy follow this link-
www.lbah.com/word/services/companion-laser/

To learn more about IVDD follow this link-
www.lbah.com/word/canine/disk-disease-ivd/
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Meredith KennedyHi Michelle!! Welcome to LBAH, and I look forward to working with you.

14 hours ago
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New Furniture

We purchased new furniture for the receptionists so they are more comfortable when writing records.
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Brad WingersOh hey, looks like the IKEA summer furniture collection's in early!

21 hours ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalYes, Brad it's Ikea's new line, called the "Sulcata Collection"

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Brad WingersPut some lettuce on your shoe & the table will follow you around & bring your beer with it!!!

11 hours ago
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Long Beach Animal Hospital added an event.

Dr. Wood of Long Beach Animal Hospital we discuss how we provide free medical care for over 1,000 injured wild animals each year.
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Wildlife Presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Wood

Mar 24, 1:00pm

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Dr. Wood of Long Beach Animal Hospital we discuss how we provide free medical care for over 1,000 injured wild animals each year.

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Live Feed for Dr. Wood's Wildlife Presentation Tomorrow.

It's at 1 PM PST at the Brewitt Branch Library in Long Beach. We will be doing a Live feed on Facebook.
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Karen ArnoldWhere is dr baccara

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Colleen HershonWildlife medicine is so important

4 days ago
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Heavy Breather

This little piggy (she weighs 100 pounds) came in for a breathing problem and had difficultly walking. We are treating her for a respiratory infection and arthritis of the spine, called spondylosis.

You can learn more about arthritis from our web site- www.lbah.com/word/canine/arthritis/

We treated her with antibiotics for her infection, and also VNA for her arthritis. Here is more information on VNA- www.lbah.com/word/services/vna-veterinary-neuronal-adjustment/
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Wildlife Presentation with Dr. Wood

Friday March, 24th at 1:00 PM

Brewitt Branch Library
4036 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

Please join us for a fun and informative hour of how we care for wildlife at the Long Beach Animal Hospital.
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Teri AlcainoIs the presentation for children?

2 weeks ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalYes, it is for all ages.

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Joseph LanWish I could go... I've got to be at ASG that day...

2 weeks ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalJoseph, how are things going? Call me!

2 weeks ago
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Meredith KennedyExcellent! I'm working a half day on Friday, I will be there and I'll bring my mom!

2 weeks ago
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Nicole KingSo proud of you my friend ❤🦅🦆🐥

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Guess the Species

This fuzz bucket was brought to our wildlife program. He has no obvious injuries, was probably just too young to be on his own and cannot fly yet. He will be transferred to South Bay Wildlife Rescue to be raised and released.

Do you know exactly what species this bird is?
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Brad WingersHeart owl?

2 weeks ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalCute Brad, but not quite the correct answer!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Nancy SalemUpside down Owl!

2 weeks ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalGood guess Nancy, but it's not quite white I was hoping to hear.

2 weeks ago
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Brad WingersBarn owl?

2 weeks ago
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Heather Starkey Jingle JangleJuvenile Great Horned Owl 🦉

2 weeks ago
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Mary Ann Speicherbarn owl

2 weeks ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalClose Mary Ann, but it's not a barn owl.

2 weeks ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalCorrect Heather, its a juvenile Great Horned Owl- good job!

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Meredith KennedyGreat Horned Owl!! Just doesn't have his 'horns' yet!

2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Close up of a hummer tongue in action

His tongue is like a machine gun as he sucks down his meal.
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Amin Nagerihummer tongue??

2 weeks ago
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Colleen HershonIt's so amazing

2 weeks ago
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Meredith KennedyYou can actually see the hummingbird's tongue!!! How cool!!

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That's One Hungry Hummer

This little guy was brought to us because he was weak and has a head tilt. He will be going to a hummingbird specialist today for continued care.

This post is a reminder to everyone that hummingbirds need specialized care by a person that is experienced with them. Without this care they will perish, no matter how good your intentions are. If you find one put it in a box, keep it warm and quiet, and bring it right to us, or to someone who is licensed to work with them.
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Amy PearsonThank you.

2 weeks ago
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Colleen HershonThat was so cool to watch

2 weeks ago
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Answer to the Mystery Radiograph

There is a lung tumor, circled in red.
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Nabill Yousaf MasihIt seems like a rubber toy of chick shape

2 weeks ago
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Nancy SalemPoor baby. Hope you can remove it.

2 weeks ago
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The Baby Squirrels are Back!

We are at 6 and counting.
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Mystery Radiograph

This older small breed dog came in for a routine Wellness Exam. The blood panel showed a potential problem with the liver, so a radiograph was taken and an ultrasound was performed.

Much to our surprise we have a significant finding on the radiograph that we did not anticipate from the lack of symptoms and the blood panel. Can you see the problem?
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Long Beach Animal HospitalClue- the problem is in the chest, which is the left side of the first radiograph, and the top of the second radiograph.

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Zeus graced us with his presence today.

Zeus rides in style with his dad!
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We have puppies!

We performed a Caesarean Section on a dog that just could not get that last pup out.

Don't miss our web page that shows how we made the diagnosis, how we did the surgery, and the pups afterwards:

www.lbah.com/word/canine/c-section/
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California Wolf Center

Dr. P and Dr. K went to the California Wolf Center in Julian for a behind-the-scenes encounter with some gray wolves.

Erin Hunt gave us a wonderful opportunity to learn about the wolves and the work they are doing to preserve the gray wolves, and to introduce the Mexican Gray wolf in to New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. She is knowledgeable and experienced, and a tour at the Wolf Center with her is well worth the drive to Julian.

For more information- californiawolfcenter.org

Here are a few of the many photos we took on Saturday.
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Nancy SalemJulian is a cool place, but it has gray wolves too!

3 weeks ago
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Joseph LanThat sounds like so much fun!!! Great photos too!!

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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Vicki Baker RileyBeautiful animals.

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Fun and Educational Night at the Aquarium

Dr. P, Dr. R, Dr. Seto, Dr. Wood, and Sandra spent a night at the Long Beach Aquarium, courtesy of Merial (now B. I.) and Dr. Rosenkrantaz. We had a chance to take pictures with a Magellanic penguin, go behind the scenes at the animal care facility, and update our knowledge on dermatology.
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Brad WingersBet that was an awesome event Long Beach Animal Hospital!

3 weeks ago
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Easter Bunnies

It’s that time of year when people think about getting a rabbit. They require special care and are prone to many problems when not given the care they need.

Rabbits are prone to a serious digestive problem due to a lack of fiber in the diet. You should be using timothy hay as the main food source and not pellets.

Rabbits are also prone to spinal problems due to powerful back legs and weak spinal bones. They are also prone to teeth problems and reproductive organ cancer.

Our rabbit diseases page has much more information on these problems and other problems of rabbits- www.lbah.com/word/rabbit-diseases/

This rabbit came to us unable to use the back legs properly. A radiograph was taken to make sure there were no fractures. It was successfully treated with a modality called VNA. You can learn about how we treat a wide variety of animals with VNA from our web site- www.lbah.com/word/services/vna-veterinary-neuronal-adjustment/
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I just don't want to eat!

I am 90 pounds of African spurred tortoise, commonly called a Sulcata. My mom brought me in to LBAH because I was not eating. My blood panel showed I have an infection.

Every day I am given a wonderful salad of fresh veggies, but I just don't seem to have an appetite.

Dr. Ridgeway put in a feeding tube to assist me in my recovery. This makes it much easier to give me the calories I need while I recover, although putting me on a table is a 2 person job!

We see lots of reptiles at LBAH. The Reptile Section of our web site has lots of cool stuff on how we diagnose and treat them when they are ill. Make sure you check out the section on how we surgically remove huge bladder stones from tortoises. www.lbah.com/word/reptile-diseases/
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कृष्ण पान्डेयwao, grate job ever not seen before, god bless you alls, those reptile get well soon,

4 weeks ago
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Tammy BoykinMaybe some grated sweet potato.

4 weeks ago
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Mary Ann SpeicherFresh strawberries?

2 weeks ago
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Jessica and Her Baby Squirrels
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Amy PearsonI want one!!!

1 month ago
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Amin NageriWhat is this?

1 month ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalThese are baby squirrels.

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It's Baby Squirrel Season!

Thanks to Jessica these babies have a chance. She cares for them around the clock- yea Jessica!
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Cathy Ingber Garciaso sweet...thank you so much for taking them under your wing!

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Lunch Time in Borneo

In 2012 Dr. P went to Borneo to work with the baby orangutans. It was a fascinating trip to say the least!

You can see the details at this link-
www.lbah.com/word/wildlife-photography/orangutans-of-borneo/
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Namibia Trip with the Cheetah

Our own Dr. Elizabeth Wood has been to Namibia working with the cheetah at the Cheetah Conservation Fund. This is the same place trip Dr. P is taking people to next Sep 27th- Oct 8th. 6 spots are still available.

Dr. Wood doing her "cheetah" thing!
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Muddy Paws--

Dr. P is going back to Africa in September, this time to Botswana and Namibia. The Botswana trip is fully booked, there are 6 spots left on the Namibia trip . Contact him if you are interested and he will send you a brochure.

These cubs are an example of what you will see on his trips. Follow this link for many pictures and explanations of his prior trips- www.lbah.com/word/wildlife-photography/
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Amy PearsonKITTIES!!!!

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Long Beach Animal HospitalThere have been several inquiries on the trip. The dates are Sep 27, 2017 to Oct 8, 2017. Email us at vet@lbah.com if you want a flyer on the detailed itinerary. We will be working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund and have special access to the cheetah at the hospital and the cheetah compound.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalIf you look closely you will see the scales move slightly where the heart is beating.

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Rough Morning

Had to get to work by 10 AM, had to call one client back, and now I am exhausted!
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Amy PearsonCheyanne!! I missed him today.

1 month ago
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Stacey SellersOh Cheyenne. You have such a rough life. ❤️

1 month ago
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Norma ConcepcionMy favorite cat

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Juilan paid us a visit - yea!

Julian and his proud mom came by today. Julian jumped right into the thick of it, and did a few surgeries before going home for a well deserved nap!
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Chameleons Have Amazing Eyes

It is believed that they locate their prey with the independent movement of one of their eyes. After location they move their head so that both eyes lock on their prey, giving them binocular vision, and the ability to judge distance. This allows them to get the right distance so their tongue can capture their prey- amazing!

This video shows a few seconds of a chameleon with MBD that was recently brought to our hospital. Notice its tongue that is slightly sticking out, this is part of the disease:
www.lbah.com/word/reptile/iguana-bone-disease-nshp-mbd/
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Quintin HumphreyHappy birthday Dr Seto!

2 months ago
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Jamie CaparoHappy Birthday Dr. Seto!!

2 months ago
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Nancy SalemHappy Birthday Dr S

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Nabill Yousaf MasihHappy Birthday Dr.!!

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Janice PopeHappy birthday, Dr. Seto!

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Budgie with a Bum Leg

This parakeet broke its shin bone. Technically, in a bird it is called the tibiotarsal bone, but shinbone is easier to pronounce, so lets stick with that.

After careful assessment of the fracture Dr. R determined that a special tape splint would suffice. The splint will take away pain while facilitating the healing process. It will be taken off in one month once we are sure it is healed.

To learn more about how we fix fractures in birds follow this link- www.lbah.com/word/avian/fractured-bird-leg/

In the first picture we are putting the final touches of the last layer of the splint.

The last two pictures, of one thankful little bird, speak for themselves!
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Wildlife Case

Even though the majority of birds with problem wings are hawks and owls, we see wing problems in many birds, including this pigeon. We take care of all of them, whether they are big or small, numerous or rare.

This pigeon with a drooping wing did not have any fractures, so we put a special wing wrap on it and will keep it in the hospital until it heals.
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Amy PearsonThank you for helping our wild creatures :)

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IT’S BABY BIRD SEASON

This is the time of year when baby birds are often found on the ground. While it is tempting to rescue them, this is not always the correct thing to do. If they are not injured and taken out of their normal environment they are orphaned, and will probably not survive.

Sometimes baby birds on the ground are just going through a normal growing stage called the “branching stage.” During the branching stage, they are developing their feathers and learning how to fly by a “trial and error” method.

While the babies are practicing flapping their wings and hopping between tree branches, they often end up on the ground. This is a normal part of their learning curve. Their parents know they are there and will still care for them, even if you do not see them.

If you come across a baby bird on the ground, and the wings are held normally against the body, and it can walk or hop, leave it alone. If there are threats to the bird in the form of other animals, place it back in its nest, or on a nearby branch in a leafy tree or shrub. Touching or moving the bird will not cause the parents to reject it.

The baby will call to its parents and they will feed it until it is able to fly. If you choose to do so, you may listen for the parents’ calls to the baby; if heard, you may leave the area. Be sure cats are not watching you as you move the bird.

If the wings are held abnormally, you see external wounds or injuries, or witness a cat attack, the baby bird needs help. Call us at 562-434-9966 to confirm it is injured. If it is injured place it in a box, keep it warm and dark, and bring it directly to us if our staff instructs you to. Please do not attempt to feed it.

You may bring in injured or sick wildlife anytime during our business hours, at no charge. We only provide this service for wildlife, and only if they are injured.

You may also visit our website (LBAH.com → Wildlife Care) for more information about our wildlife program, and the other pet care services offered by our hospital.

Thank you for caring about wildlife!

We will provide initial medical and surgical care, like this baby bird with a broken leg
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Surgical Case of the Week

This dog was presented to us with what looked like "blood blisters" on the abdomen. Surgical removal revealed a cancer called Cutaneous Hemangiosarcoma.

This is a malignant skin cancer that is derived from the blood vessels. Recurrence can occur, so close monitoring after surgery, and sometimes the use of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, is indicated.

Boxers, Pit Bulls, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds seem most susceptible. White or light colored dogs, especially when exposed to excess sun, might also be at risk.

This skin cancer reinforces the need to do a daily lumps and bumps exam on your pet, and to biopsy any lesion that might be of significance.

Our web site has a detailed page on the many versions of hemangiosarcoma in dogs and cats:

www.lbah.com/word/canine/hemangiosarcoma/
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Dr. P Presentation

We had another full house at Brix for Dr. P's presentation on his trips around the world. Lots of stories and photo's to share from trips around the world over the last 35 years.

Many of his stories and photos are at this link-

www.lbah.com/word/wildlife-photography/
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Medcial Case of the Week

It happens!

This is not the first time we have seen this. This time it is a puppy that decided he wanted to pay us a visit last night. A little sedation and this pup's new body adornment was modified so he could eat again.
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Medical Case of the Week-Rabbit Syphilis

The bacteria that causes this is called Treponema cunucili. It is a venereal disease (as it is in humans), but it cannot be passed to other animals or people.

Male and female rabbits can both get this disease from breeding with an infected animal, and mother rabbits can also pass it to their offspring. Small ulcers form around the genitalia, and may also be seen on the lips, nose, or eyelids. Eventually these lesions become covered with a thick scab.

Diagnosis is made by seeing the telltale lesions, or by seeing the Treponema bacteria under a microscope. You can see the lesions on the nose of a rabbit in the pictures below.

Syphilis in rabbits is treatable with Penicillin. All rabbits that have contact with the infected rabbit should be treated, even if they do not have lesions. Once the lesions are healed, rabbits can breed again without transmitting syphilis. We recommend spaying and neutering pet rabbits to avoid various medical problems and unwanted pregnancies.

You can learn more about common diseases of rabbits on our website: www.lbah.com/word/rabbit-diseases/
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Tammy BoykinPoor baby.! Glad it's treatable.

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Owl Visitor from Big Bear

This owl came to us all the way from Big Bear! It sustained a traumatic injury from flying into a windshield. It had a large laceration on the back of the neck. It also had a severe tilt of the head, likely due to head trauma.

Dr. Yamamoto performed a surgery to repair the laceration, and it has been recovering well since then with plenty of medication, food and warmth.

Gradually the head tilt has been resolving as the neck wound heals. It was recently transferred to South Bay Wildlife Rehab for further rehabilitation so that it is strong prior to release back into the wild!
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Joseph LanIs this a screech owl?

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Long Beach Animal HospitalYes it is Josephine

2 months ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalJoseph, FB changed your name to Josephine!!!!!!!!

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Karen McCuneGood job! Thanks for sharing. Love these stories with happy endings!

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Juan Carlos SanchezWow!! You all do such great work there. Keep it up!! #conservation #screechowl #naturesheros

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Medical Case of the Week (con't).

This is the radiograph of the dog below 20 days after treating with an antibiotic. The lungs are now normal.

There are many different causes to a cough. This illustrates the need for diagnostic tests in order to find the cause. Only then can you institute proper therapy.
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Medical Case of the Week (con't).

The red circle shows the problem area in the radiograph below of the coughing dog.
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Long Beach Animal HospitalThis is what pneumonia looks like on a radiograph.

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Medical Case of the Week

This large breed dog came to us with a coughing problem. There are many causes to this, can you tell from the chest radiograph what the cause might be?
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Suzanne Deverfluid in the heart?

2 months ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalHeart is OK, there is no fluid in the heart.

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Sarah Ditterline RileyCollapsed lung?

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Judy KupperUpper respiratory infection?

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Sherri EngelbretsonIt looks like the heart is enlarged. If doggie is coughing there my be fluild around the heart?

2 months ago
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Liu EthanLung lobe collapse

2 months ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalThose that said "collapsed lung" are getting closer.......

2 months ago
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Sarah Ditterline RileyLung lobe torsion?

2 months ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalLung lobe torsion is a possibility, but it actually is pneumonia. So the posts above to learn more.

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Sherri EngelbretsonGet better woof woof.

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Mystery Radiograph

This abdominal radiograph is from a 9 year old large breed dog that was very lethargic and had a stringy discharge from its mouth.

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Mary Ann Speicherlooks inpacted

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Suzanne Deverflipped stomach?

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Sarah Ditterline RileyBloat?

2 months ago
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Liu EthanGDV

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Long Beach Animal HospitalGood job everyone, this is a GDV (gastric dilatation volvulus), also known by the slang term bloat. The stomach has distended and twisted on itself. The tremendous gas distention causes shock and death if not corrected. We did emergency surgery on this case on Sunday night at 10 PM. The long term prognosis is not good, and many dog do not make it.

2 months ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalCan you tell from the radiograph that the stomach is not only distended, but that it is also twisted? The twisting is the volvulus part of the Gastric Dilatation Volvulus.

2 months ago
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Colleen HershonCan you please explain the stringy discharge from the mouth? Thank you.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalSaliva that is produced in the mouth and flows down the esophagus and into the stomach backs up because it cannot enter the stomach.

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Male Cat Urinary Problem

We have had several of them recently, with the potential for severe consequences. All cat owners need to be vigilant for this problem, especially when you cat becomes obstructed and cannot urinate.

To learn about this disease, and how to prevent it, we have a detailed page on our web site:

www.lbah.com/wo…/feline/feline-urinary-tract-disease/

This is the radiograph of a cat that cannot urinate. The bladder, the large circular white object to the right, is very distended. You can even see small bladder stones inside of it.
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Nancy SalemMy Teddy may have this, need to check him when he comes in next Mon

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Medical Case of the Week

This little dog was attacked by a large dog. He had numerous puncture wounds, had an abdominal hernia from the trauma, could not use his back legs well,and was in shock.

After we stabilized him we took radiographs to assess internal damage. We found something we did not expect. See if you can see it in the first radiograph. The second radiograph has arrows that point to the problem area.

This stresses the importance of thorough diagnostics, since our patients cannot talk to us and tell us what they feel. We repaired the hernia a few days later and this little guy should recover well.
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Darleen MarieIs this the doggy that got attached in north Long Beach? If it is I'm glad to see that he will make it!

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Staff Christmas Party

We had it last night (don't ask why we do it in January) and everyone had a great time. The gourmet food, courtesy of Dr. Kennedy and her mother, was outstanding. You will see their dessert table, full before the party, then empty at the end, as a testimonial to how much everyone like their food.

Everyone seemed happy with their presents, and the games that Sandra organized went on well into the night! Now we just have to clean up the room!
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Amy HansonLooks like a fun party!

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Wildlife Case of the week

This turtle came to us after being run over by a pickup truck! Incredibly, she seems to be in remarkably good shape. She has an old healed wound on her lower shell (plastron), and a small wound with a localized infection on her upper shell (carapace). Otherwise, she didn’t seem to suffer any other major damage from her recent trauma.

We took a radiograph to look for any other injuries, and were surprised to see a fish hook inside of her! Upon extending her neck and taking an additional radiograph, it was apparent that the hook was lodged in her neck. Our amazing technician, Terri, was able to remove the hook using an instrument to gently grab it and pull it out.

The turtle is recovering in a warm tank, with antibiotics, pain medication, and plenty of food. When she is active and healthy, she will be released back into the wild.

Red- eared sliders are an invasive (non-native species), so it is not ideal to place them back in the wild, but there are local areas that are home to healthy populations of these turtles, so it will be released in one such area.
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Darleen MarieKinda interesting that at first I thought it was a frog... since their legs are bent!

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Wildlife Presentation

Dr. P is giving another presentation at Brix in Sunset Beach on Jan 31st at 6 PM. All are welcome.

It is an entertaining, informative, and educational presentation on his 30 years of wildlife photography.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalIts a sedated female mountain lion in Idaho.

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Amy PearsonWhew. I saw the blanket and figured it wasn't, but wanted to make sure :) And she's absolutely gorgeous.

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Cheyenne's New Year's Resolutions

They speak for themselves!
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Jamie CaparoYour sooo fluffy cheyen I will still try and hold you and remember to give you a treat.

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Azelynn ArrevaloCheyenne let me pet her and listen to her purrs when I needed it the most. I owe her some treats.

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Cold Season

Yes, many of us have been victims in the last few months. This is a reminder to all that when cats get a cold (Upper Respiratory Infection), it can sometimes be serious, especially on younger and older pets.

It can turn into bronchitis or pneumonia, they can get ulcers on their tongues, along with significant nasal discharge. When their nostrils are clogged they cannot smell, and will not eat well. They can also get a high fever and not want to eat, leading to dehydration.

The picture is of our staff cleansing the nostrils on a cat with a chronic upper respiratory infection. You need to be observant at all times for any sign of a discharge.
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Suzanne DeverWhat about sneezing? I have a 15 year old cat who has sneezed and gotten a cold every winter since he was a kitten. I watch him for URI and it always clears up. Is not wanting to eat the marker for when to have him see the vet? Because that's never happened :)

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Long Beach Animal HospitalCheck out this link on the sneezing cat written in the Long Beach Post by Dr. P-http://lbpost.com/life/pets/2000010210-the-sneezing-cat

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Rabbit TLC

This bunny came in with a severe fracture of its femur. We are putting on a temporary bandage prior to surgery.

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Today is the last day of my astonishing externship at Long Beach Animal Hospital, and this will be my final Daily Diary. What seemed to be a long 3 week externship has flown by very quickly.

It has been a great pleasure being part of the LBAH team during these past weeks and being exposed to so many diverse and exciting cases. I have learned a lot, was challenged daily, and have gained much more confidence in my abilities and skills in the veterinary field.

Most importantly I was warmly welcomed by the wonderful staff working here and felt as an important member of the medical team during my externship. Many kind thanks to Dr. P and his amazing team for this unforgettable experience! And a special ‘Thank you’ to my veterinary school, the Royal Veterinary College, for giving me this opportunity as a student, and to my loving family for always believing in me and encouraging me to continuously move forward and grow!

For the final ‘Case of the Day’ I would like to focus on behavioral/psychological problems in our animal companions. More dogs and cats are euthanized for psychological problems than for any other reason. These psychological problems include: anxiety, aggression, inappropriate marking, noise phobias, etc.

It is important to remember that early and correct training and treatment therapies can dramatically change these patients’ and their owners’ lives. The available medical treatment is very under-used, yet if applied correctly, can make a world of a difference and will greatly improve the quality of life of animal and human members of the household.

Happy New Year!

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Lizzie WoodThanks for all your help, Anna! We enjoyed having you! Best of luck on everything ahead of you :)

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Nancy SalemGood way to end diary

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Karen McCuneAs long time clients and friends of LBAH, we can only say that you have learned from the best.

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Edward WaltonGreat work.. take care of yourself 👌🏽 ...and have a GREAT NEW YEAR 🎉

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Svetlana WebberDear daughter, you did your best during this externship as always! Your love of animals, compassion,hard work and diligence in learning will make you a great veterinarian. I and the family are very proud of you!!! We wish you the best in coming New 2017!!!🎄🎉❤

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I learned the importance of not relying solely on those hi tech diagnostic tests that are commonly used. Even though they are very important, they are only part of the picture. A diagnosis on a pet starts with a good history (what an owner observes at home) and physical exam.

In the physical exam we check for everything. Our patients are weighed and their temperature is taken. Do you know the normal temperature ( its a range) of a dog? After the temperature we look at the color of the gums and check the capillary refill time (CRT).

Next come the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. We look at the lymph nodes (including tonsils), then palpate the abdomen for any problems. After the abdomen its the heart and lungs with a stethoscope. Finally, after checking the reproductive organs, we run our hands along the full length of the body and legs, looking for any problems.

You can do some of this this at home, we have instructions on our In Home Exam page. We will teach you how next time you come in- www.lbah.com/word/tips/weekly-health-exam/

To learn much more on how we make a diagnosis we have an interesting page-
www.lbah.com/word/?s=Diagnostic+Process

Emily and I are getting ready to examine a wonderful patient in for a skin biopsy today. Tomorrow is my last day, rumor has it I am supposed to bring donuts to the staff!
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One of our feline patients was caught admiring one of his distant (and much larger) cousins.
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Today I did a necropsy (the animal version of an autopsy) on a hawk. Birds and reptiles have dramatically different anatomy on the inside, so there is a lot to learn. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about avian anatomy.

A unique aspect of avian anatomy and physiology regards the reproductive organs. Birds only have one ovary, which is on the left side, and looks like a cluster of small grapes. This hawk was a female.

Please visit our website to learn about bird medicine:
www.lbah.com/word/avian-medicine/

And about the wildlife care at LBAH:
www.lbah.com/word/wildlife-care/
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Today was Diabetes Mellitus (sugar diabetes) day.

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is not an uncommon disease seen in veterinary patients. It is a complex disease that can be very challenging to control, particularly in cats. Treatment of this disease requires commitment on the owner’s part, usually for the life time of the pet. The effort is very worthwhile though, because the response is usually very rewarding, and gives the pet a chance to live a good quality life.

Insulin is the mainstay of treatment. Once a pet has been put on insulin it needs to be monitored and adjusted. We do this with a glucose curve. This is done by checking the blood glucose every 2 hours throughout the day. We do not need to send the blood to an outside lab, it is done in-house, and we get the results instantly.

Please visit our website for detailed information on Diabetes Mellitus in cats and dogs:

www.lbah.com/word/canine/diabetes-mellitus-sugar-diabetes/
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Today I assisted Dr. Kennedy on a guinea pig that had such a bad eye infection this summer that the eye had to be removed. In spite of antibiotics after surgery it has a persistent infection, so today we explored the area to determine the source of the infection.

We removed infected tissue, used the laser to cauterize the area, then inserted a special gel impregnated with antibiotics into the eye socket before we sutured the eye socket shut. This special antibiotic will release medication over several months.

Our patient did very well under anesthesia, and the procedure was a success. We are looking forward to seeing her completely healed at the next visit!

Please visit our website to learn about guinea pigs and the various diseases that we see in them:
www.lbah.com/word/guinea-pig-diseases/

All of our surgical patients receive a thorough preanesthetic exam prior to surgery. I learned how to examine a guinea pig today!
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Today our cardiologist, Dr. Fred Brewer, performed an echocardiogram on a 15 year old Chihuahua with a murmur.

I learned about the various heart diseases that dogs could acquire that may cause a loud heart murmur, and what structural changes to look for on echocardiogram in order to diagnose these illnesses.

We also discussed the medical options available to treat this disease, and came up with a customized treatment plan. This will make her feel a lot better, and will drastically improve her quality of life.

Cardiology is a fascinating medical specialty, and with modern day medicine and technology, it has a lot to offer to patients that have been affected by heart disease.

To learn more about heart disease in dogs and cats please visit our website. Be forewarned though, there is a lot there, and it is complicated, so pace yourself.

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Wildlife Case of the Week- Red-Tailed Hawk Eye Injury

It was brought to us with an eye injury, which is easy to see on the first photo. This was most likely caused by trauma of some unknown origin, probably being hit by a car or running into something like a window.

After a thorough exam by our wildlife veterinarian Dr. Wood, it was determined there were no other problems, and medication was prescribed for the eye several times per day. It started healing as expected over 4 days, then suddenly took a turn for the worse.

At this point it was sent to a veterinary eye specialist. The diagnosis is posterior synechiae with iris bombe, which means the iris has adhered to the lens. It also has uveitis, which is inflammation of the iris and surrounding structures. All of this medical jargon means the iris and internal fluid in the eye are severely inflamed and scarred, and will probably never heal enough for sight to return. This bird will probably remain blind in this eye the rest of its life. It is not releasable in this state since it would not be able to hunt.

We don’t give up easy, and will be medicating this eye while it rehabilitates with the expert people at South Bay Wildlife Rescue. They will be applying eye medication several times per day. Eventually they will put him in a special flight cage so he can learn to hunt with one eye in a controlled environment. In a few weeks the eye will be checked to monitor healing progress. We will update our FB page if there are any significant changes.
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It has been a fulfilling day at LBAH with many opportunities to learn and get hands-on experience examining and treating patients.

Our patient that had surgery for the prolapse yesterday is eating well and ready to go home.

Today Dr. P and I did rounds on a cat with asthma. Asthma, seen more often in cats than dogs, is a serious disease. The cause of asthma in cats is not fully understood, but irritants such as tobacco smoke, pollen and perfume are thought to be the culprits.

When diagnosed early enough asthma can be managed successfully with inhalant medication, just like in people. Please visit our website to learn more about asthma in cats: www.lbah.com/word/canine/asthma/

In an exam on a cat with suspected asthma we give extra attention to the respiratory system by listening to lung sounds with a stethoscope. We monitor the respiratory rate, and use a Pulse Oximeter to measure oxygen concentration in the patient’s blood.

This patient (Cheyenne our mascot) has nothing to worry about as my exam revealed that his respiratory system is healthy and in good condition!
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I started my day in rounds with Dr. P. We went over a cat that has what is called a liver shunt. In this disease, which is more common in dogs, the blood does not flow through the liver properly. The liver cannot detoxify waste products in the blood, and ammonia builds up in the bloodstream, causing a vast array of problems.

If you would like to learn more about liver disease in cats and dogs, visit our website for more details:

www.lbah.com/word/canine/liver-disease/

I also saw a very unusual case of a kitten that has a prolapse of his rectum. It might have been due to straining from parasites, which is a reminder to get all young dogs and cats wormed.

I watched Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ridgeway do the surgery to repair the prolapse from inside of the abdomen. This kitten should be good to go and lead a normal life. Never dreamed I would see such an unusual case, so glad the kitten will feel much better soon.

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Nancy SalemExcellent work. Thank you.

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Lola RiverWalkerUmm...my little Alice Apple Fritter five hundred names till we decide Gracie is a girl lol. Awww glad you had the opportunity to learn about this! You all have done such a wonderful job!

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I worked with a pot bellied pig today taking care of its hooves and teeth, and also giving it a shampoo. The most important lesson I learned was to make sure you sedate it first!

If you follow this link you can learn how we spay and neuter pot bellied pigs- www.lbah.com/word/pot-bellied-pigs/

I had my first exposure to NAD (non anesthetic dental). It is amazing how gentle they hold the dogs and cats while also giving them a thorough scaling. They lay perfectly still, and in no time they are done. Quite impressive!

Our Dental page talk all about NAD- www.lbah.com/word/canine/dental-disease/
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I learned how much effort and professionalism goes into dental care, especially on pets with periodontal disease.

I watched how the staff at LBAH anesthetized a dog, took dental radiographs, did a detailed oral exam, and then took care of the many problems this dog had.

I assisted in charting the oral exam, scaling and polishing the teeth. Putting the foamy fluoride on the teeth was the most fun. Our patient went home feeling better and with nice white teeth!

There is so much on dental disease, and it is such a major problem in animals, that LBAH has a detailed web page dedicated to it:
www.lbah.com/word/canine/dental-disease/

In the first picture I am charting the X-ray findings.
In the second picture I am preparing to polish the teeth.
In the 3rd picture I am helping polish the teeth.
In the last photo you can see the ultrasonic scaler in use. Its the best way to remove the plaque.
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Today was Carbon Dioxide (CO2) surgical laser day.

In veterinary school I was not exposed to the laser for surgery, even though the surgeons at LBAH have been using laser for surgery for over 20 years. I watched a dog neuter and a growth removal by the laser. The most impressive part is the lack of bleeding during the surgery.

To learn much more about the surgical laser follow tihs link:
www.lbah.com/word/services/laser-surgery/

After surgery Dr. P gave me an opportunity to set the machine and carve my initials in a tongue depressor (he calls them popsicle sticks)!
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Julian Wolf has arrived!

Talia had her baby last night. It was a wonderful birthday present for her because he arrived on her birthday!

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Nancy SalemSo cute!

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My first ferret case!

Today I saw a ferret that was weak and not eating well. There are several causes to this in the ferret. One of them is cancer, which is common in ferrets.

A blood panel and radiographs were taken. No abnormalities were found, except for an enlarged spleen, which is not uncommon in ferrets.

Symptomatic therapy did not work, so an ultrasound was performed. Enlarged lymph nodes were found in the small intestines that are probably due to cancer. Medication was adjusted to help him feel better.

In the first picture I am happy because I get to work on a ferret.
The second picture is a radiograph of this ferret. Can you visualize the enlarged spleen?
The last picture shows an enlarged lymph node in the small intestines found during ultrasound.
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My second day at LBAH has been another busy day.

It started in rounds with Dr. P going over diagnostic tests on 4 dogs. We made treatment plans and set up discharge sheets. There is lots of information to be shared with the owner of these dogs, so we will be talking to her in person tomorrow to makes sure she understands everything.

Today was radiology day. Dr. P showed me how to diagnose cervical disk disease in a 15 year old Jack Russell terrier. In the picture below the arrow points to the area with the potential problem.

You can find more detailed information about Disk Disease (IVD), its causes, the available treatment options and prognosis on the hospital’s website:
www.lbah.com/word/canine/disk-disease-ivd/

Tomorrow we will be going over Hypoadrenocorticism, and then tomorrow night its sushi! I'm not a huge fan of raw fish, so maybe I can find something else on the menu?

The arrow points to the problem disk. Can you see it?
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Today has marked my very first day of my externship at Long Beach Animal Hospital. My name is Anna Satirovici, and I am a veterinary student from London. I will be at LBAH for the next 3 weeks.

It has been a busy, fulfilling, and exciting day meeting the members of the medical team, interacting with patients and owners, and discussing the interesting cases coming in through the doors.

I started the day doing rounds with Dr. P, learning critical thinking, and ended the day watching our radiologist do an ultrasound and biopsy on a sick cat.

For the past several days Dr. P and his medical team have been working with a hospitalized patient which is a 15 year old cat that has multiple health problems including Chronic Kidney Disease and arthritis.

One of the ways that this patient is managed is through a medical modality known as Veterinary Neuronal Adjustment (VNA). This was the first time in my veterinary career that I have seen that modality in use and it has truly interested me. I even talked to a client who brings her 18 year old pets in several times per week for this treatment.

Here is the VNA link if you want to learn more:
www.lbah.com/word/services/vna-veterinary-neuronal-adjustment/

What a fulfilling and eye-opening day at LBAH! It's almost 10 PM, and I am ready for bed!

Here I am watching a video on VNA in one of the exam rooms.
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Alla IavnaiaАнечка,ты большая умница. Ты будешь очень хорошим ветеринарным врачем . Ведь любовь к животным у тебя с детства. Я очень рада за тебя.Успехов тебе и удачи.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalThank you kindly for your warm words and wishes! They are very encouraging and truly mean a lot to me!

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Svetlana WebberWay to go, Anna!!! Proud of your hard work and dedication 👍🏻😊❤️

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Meredith KennedyGreat to have you, Anna!

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Tina WebberCongratulations Anna Satirovici!

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Joseph LanCome on Anna, I wrote a lot more than this for my extern diaries! Haha, just kidding! I hope you enjoy your time at LBAH. They are amazing!

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Barn Owl Release

We released the barn owl with the injured wing. If you follow this link to our Wildlife Program you can see the whole story and watch a video of its release:

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Meredith KennedyBack to nature. Excellent work, everyone!

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Birthday Girls

It was a special day for Terri and Talia- Happy Birthday!

Talia is off on preggers leave for the next 3 months. Stay tuned for a picture of her new baby soon!
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Dorisa SandersHappy bday Terri!! Remember me?

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Nancy SalemHappy Birthday to both of you

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Cathy Ingber GarciaHAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Today is my last day of a whirlwind 2 week externship at LBAH. It has gone by so fast! I wish I could stay longer and learn so much more. Special thanks to all the Doctors and Staff at LBAH that were all so knowledgeable and helpful.

Today I learned about how to handle Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in cats. Many factors need to be taken into consideration in their care as this cat is hospitalized and being treated. Here is a picture of me reading her radiograph for other problems before we start treatment on her.

We have a very detailed page on our web site on this common cat disease- www.lbah.com/word/canine/kidney-disease-chronic-renal-failure/

We also reviewed a case of a sick ferret that taught me how to recognize clinical signs of insulinoma and adrenal disease in ferrets. These are very common diseases of that ferrets as they age. Here is a link to both of these diseases on our web site- www.lbah.com/word/ferret-diseases/

On Sunday I get to be a assistant photographer to Dr. P as we release a rehabilitated Barn Owl. It is great to see the fruits of our labors and see recovered animals returning to their habitat.
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Wild animals are frequently admitted to our wildlife program with traumatic injuries. Learning how to work with them is one of the reasons I am doing my externship at LBAH. Over 1,000 injured wild animals are treated here every year, so there is a good opportunity for me to learn.

I learned the proper way to examine a wild animal thoroughly, yet rapidly, to minimize stress. This duck has a severe laceration that needs special attention.

I assisted Dr. Y in suturing the laceration. It's good to see all of my training come into focus as Dr. Y guided me in the proper way to repair it.

Only a few more days left in my externship at LBAH!
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Nancy SalemI saw the poor duck come in wrapped in a towel. Glad you were able to save it.

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My first week at LBAH flew by. I learned a lot, was kept busy, and can't wait to learn new things this week. My National Board exam is on Thursday, so I will be studying for that also.

I learned of the importance of good dental care in animals. It is a rampant and overlooked problem, causing pain and a decreased quaity of life in many animals.

The web site for the Long Beach Animal Hospital explains dental disease in animals thoroughly. If you have a dog or cat you should be aware of this- www.lbah.com/word/canine/dental-disease/

Radiographs are an important aspect of caring for animals with dental disease. Our patients cannot talk to us and tell us which tooth is painful. We need to rely upon our thorough oral exam and dental radiographs.

The advent of digital radiography has dramatically increased our ability to find lesions and infected areas. Today I learned how to take and interpret them.

In the photo I am monitoring anesthesia while our technician Antoni cleans the teeth. Once Dr. Y and I look at the radiograph we will take appropriate action.
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Great Horned Owl Release

Thanks to all the work done by the staff at the Long Beach Animal Hospital Wildlife Program, along with all the professional and hard work done by Christine and everyone at South Bay Rescue, we released a Great Horned Owl at the Eldorado Nature Center yesterday. Thanks to everyone for making this a successful release!

Our friend flew off immediately, landed in a tree, checked out his new home, and promptly went off to do owl things.

To learn how we care for wildlife for free at our hospital follow this link- www.lbah.com/word/wildlife-care/
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You Make the Diagnosis (on the cat below)

The arrow points to the problem. The tail has been traumatized, and there is a separation in the coccygeal vertebrae. The nerves in this area go to the bladder, and now the cat cannot consciously urinate. Urine fills up in the bladder until it is so large it passively overflows. It is incontinent.

This sets the cat up for an infection in the bladder and the skin the perineal area, not to mention the discomfort and interference with the other internal organs.
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This cat was lethargic and had difficulty urinating. Take a look at this radiograph and see if it has any information as to the cause of this cat's problems.
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Lisa Belisle-HarrisFur balls.

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Nancy SalemKidney stones

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Long Beach Animal HospitalClose, but not quite. What is that big white round thing?

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Tammy BoykinBladder. A very full bladder.

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Cody Vaughn GibsonDistended bladder due to blockage.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalCorrect, a very full urinary bladder. Any clues on this radiograph as to why this urinary bladder is so distended?

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Tammy BoykinBladder stone/s???

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Sherri EngelbretsonThe stomach looks huge. If indeed that is what I am looking at. Obstrustion? Also male kitty is intact. Maybe that is the bladder? I must know!!

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Mary Ann Speicherplease tell me that round mass is not his bladder

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Long Beach Animal HospitalThe round mass is this cat's urinary bladder. Anybody see the reason why?

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Tammy BoykinDid something happen to his urethra???? The xray pic is small on my phone.😜 ok. Is he constipated and the feces is pushing on his urethra.???

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Long Beach Animal HospitalYou might need a screen bigger than your phone to see the problem. He is constipated because his urinary bladder is so large that feces cannot pass through.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalFor a clue as to the cause of his problem look at his tail near his pelvis.

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Brad WingersThought lazy spine at first. I was wrong.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalNot sure what lazy spine is Brad, but it's not that. Study the radiograph, I will show the answer tomorrow.

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Long Beach Animal HospitalThe bladder and urethra in this cat are not blocked. It is able to pass urine.

4 months ago   ·  2
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Michelle VigilCould whatever is impacted in the large intestine compress a nerve(s) which makes for difficulty in urination? Fecal impaction, foreign body or hair ball? 😦 whatever the cause- looks extremely uncomfortable!!

4 months ago
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Long Beach Animal HospitalSee the post from this morning Michelle to see the answer. You are on the right track when you talk about the nerves.

4 months ago

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