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8 05, 2020

Fluid Therapy

2020-05-08T15:19:54-07:00May 8th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Reptile|

Fluid therapy might just be the most important medical therapy we perform on sick animals. Dehydrated pets feel ill, cannot fight disease, do not eat well, and cannot metabolize drugs efficiently. Dehydration decreases the circulation to two very important organs, the liver and the kidney. These organs are then unable to perform vital functions, some of which include detoxifying drugs and removing waste products. Fluids are crucial to anesthesia. This pet, about to have a C-section, is going into surgery with her fluid bag and IV pump (and Briana her nurse) along with her. These fluids will stay with this dog

4 05, 2020

Laser Surgery

2020-05-04T22:42:19-07:00May 4th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Diagnostics, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Reptile|

We have been using laser at the Long Beach Animal Hospital for over 25 years for a wide variety of surgeries on a wide variety of surgery.  Our laser is a carbon dioxide laser, not the Lasik laser used for eye surgery of the cornea. We are one of only a handful of animal hospitals in California that have this capability. It is a highly advanced and technical piece of equipment that we never dreamed about having while we were training to be veterinarians. Its one of the ways we offer state-of-the-art care at the Long Beach Animal Hospital. This is

29 04, 2020

Radiology

2020-04-29T10:32:15-07:00April 29th, 2020|Avian, Cats, Diagnostics, Dogs, Ferret, Guinea Pig, Pot Bellied Pigs, Rabbit, Rat, Reptile, Tips|

Diagnostic tests are important in veterinary medicine since our patients do not routinely tell us where they are having a medical problem. An important diagnostic modality we use to make an accurate diagnosis on a sick animal is radiography, more commonly known as x-rays. This is a fun and educational page designed to educate you on the basics of radiology. There is a fun test at the end to see how much you learned.  If you got them all right maybe you should apply to veterinary school! Learning how to accurately read a radiograph on the wide variety of species

16 04, 2020

Rat Ovarian Tumor

2020-04-16T09:15:23-07:00April 16th, 2020|Rat|

Rats are prone to tumors, commonly in the mammary glands and in the uterus. These tumors can be benign or malignant. Removing them as soon as they are noted makes for a much better prognosis. This page has a surgery on the removal of an ovarian tumor. Anesthesia All of our rats undergoing surgery get an exam ahead of time. This rat is being examined by one of our student externs.  Once they pass their exam they are put in a special anesthesia chamber with 100% oxygen and gas anesthesia. Over the next few minutes he slowly becomes anesthetized. They are

16 04, 2020

Rat Neuter

2020-04-17T14:32:46-07:00April 16th, 2020|Rat|

We use the laser on our all our neuters, including small animals like rats. As you will see from the following pictures there is no bleeding with the laser, which means less anesthesia time and less postoperative pain and swelling. Anesthesia All of our rats undergoing surgery get an exam ahead of time. This rat is being examined by one of our student externs.  Once they pass their exam they are put in a special anesthesia chamber with 100% oxygen and gas anesthesia. Over the next few minutes he slowly becomes anesthetized. They are closely observed the whole time by

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