LBAH Informational Articles

White Pelicans

The white pelicans are in full action at Bolsa Chica right now. They are beautiful birds, and make great photographic subjects. They feed a little different than the brown pelicans. Instead of plummeting down from a height, the skim along along just above the water before they grab their fish.

When you first arrive look for them in the distance. They might not stay there long, and will burst away in a group if a school of fish appear for lunch. 

white pelican swimming

Their white feathers make a nice contrast with the blue water. Remember not to over expose the whites (called blowing the highlights). The time to get your exposure correct is now, before the action begins.

Even though they are a large bird they takeoff fast, so be ready for your BIF (Bird in Flight) shot

white pelicans flying in a pair

They might fly in pairs, so you have your chance for a symmetry shot

If you are ready for your BIF shot you might catch one in mid-poop!

white pelican skimming

They often times skim low over the water before jumping into a school of fish

white pelican landing

It’s is fun to photograph them sliding in for a landing

white pelican feeding frenzy

When they find a school of fish they go into a feeding frenzy

white pelicans swimming

After feeding they love to congregate and talk politics

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Vincent Palmeri- Extern Daily Diary  12/4/18

Today was another busy day at LBAH.  The first patient I was able to assist with was Milo, a 17 year old cat that came in late the previous night because he was acting depressed, recently had difficulty going to the restroom, and seems uncomfortable in his abdomen.  Dr. Kennedy did a thorough job examining Milo to find out that his presenting problems are likely related to a bad back as his x-rays showed arthritic changes (spondylosis) to his spinal vertebrae making it uncomfortable to use the restroom.  Further testing ruled out any kidney or urinary disease at this time and his overnight therapy helped Milo feel much better in the morning. We hope to see Milo back to being the normal cat he always has been.  
Another amazing case we had today was a 2 year old guinea pig named Aubrey.  She came in today to have one of her eyes removed.  Unfortunately over the weekend she seemed to have some type of traumatic episode to her eye that caused an infection and  she lost her vision in that eye, and not it is painful.  Dr. Kennedy did an amazing job removing Aubrey’s affected eye and she recovered fully after her procedure.  Abscesses in pocket pets can be serious problems and unfortunately they can linger for a long time.  It becomes very important to follow with proper postoperative care at home and continue to monitor them for any new changes such as decreased weight or inappetence. We are very hopeful that Aubrey will have a full recovery and will be back to her normal happy self.
Examining her to make sure she is ready before we proceed with the surgery
One of the monitors we used on her during this surgery to make sure there are no anesthetic problems
Ready to assist Dr. K
Terri keeping our friend warm as we leave the surgery room
Our patient is cozy warm as it is brought back to recovery
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update as it will be a fun-filled day with many boarded specialists coming in to work together with the staff at LBAH on some of their cases.  One case in particular is a dog named Frankie, who within the past couple months had been showing episodes of vomiting and lethargy.  He was recently diagnosed by the doctors at LBAH as having Gall bladder disease.  This is a very serious condition in dogs, where an accumulation of bile sludge stays within the gall bladder and has difficulty emptying, and can become life-threatening.  Frankie is scheduled to have his gall bladder removed tomorrow with the amazing Dr. Larsen, a board certified veterinary surgeon who works together with LBAH.  Here is a link to the procedure Frankie will be undertaking tomorrow:  /liver-diseases-2/ 
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Vincent Palmeri- Extern Daily Diary  12/4/18

 Today was another great experience at LBAH.  I started my day going over very important cases with Dr. P, cases that are very common on a daily basis for veterinarians.  The case we discussed was about Lil man.  Lil man is a 10.5 year old neutered male Shitzu that came in because he was not eating, and unexplained urinary accidents at home.  His examination and lab diagnostics pointed towards a infection in the urinary system.  With a great assessment by the doctors and proper medical treatment, Frankie has been doing much better at home since he was discharged.  Urinary diseases are very important in all animals, regardless of the species.  More information about urinary diseases can be found on our website at /feline/feline-urinary-tract-disease/ 
Another hospital favorite that I assisted with today was Coco.  Coco is a beautiful shitzu that visited us for a recheck on persistent allergies blood work.  Coco’s mom is amazing, and she does everything she can to ensure that Coco always has the best care.  This includes routine checkups with our practice as well as local veterinary dentists, veterinary dermatologists, and veterinary ophthalmologists.   Today Coco’s visit was well received with a great bill of health and we look forward to continue on keeping her happy and healthy.    
Another great patient I was saw today was a bird named Sugar.  Sugar was brought in on emergency because he was flying around at home and accidentally flew into a window.  Trauma such as that Sugar was involved in are very serious.  Our biggest fear is not only incidences of concussion but in most cases these type of incidences can be fatal for birds.  Pets can be very stoic when injured, and not show obvious signs of pain or disease until it is too late.  It is very important for a pet that goes through a traumatic event to be assessed by a veterinarian immediately. Our website goes over important information regarding pet assessment and care along with species specific diseases in the learning center and disease section:  /learning-series/
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Osprey eating fish

There is lots of activity with the hawks and ospreys at Bolsa Chica right now. If you time it right you can see them while they are dining on some local cuisine.

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Chameleon Bone Disease

We have a new page on this serious problem in reptiles. Click on our friend below to learn more.


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