This section contains extensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases for pets and exotic animals. You will learn about anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. You will see videos and many high quality photos including radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound pictures, blood panels, and from surgery.
You will even get a chance to see a C-section performed by Dr. Wood and Dr. Ridgeway
It is intended to give you a basic understanding of some animal diseases, and to augment the information you receive from one of our veterinarians. First, we suggest you learn the thought process of how our vets make a diagnosis. There is much more to it than you probably realize. Then return here and click on a specific species below to learn about some of the more common diseases we treat at the Long Beach Animal Hospital.
In the last decade, there have been great advances in the medical treatment of animals. We now have at our disposal drugs to treat chronic diseases that previously caused unnecessary discomfort and pain. In addition to these drugs, there have been significant advances in the treatment of animals using a more natural approach. This involves stimulating the body’s own immune and nervous system.
These advances now allow us to utilize a balanced approach to disease treatment and prevention, utilizing medications as needed, while simultaneously stimulating the body to heal itself. We are now able successfully manage chronic diseases involving the:
The natural approach utilizes diet and medications called nutraceuticals, along with compounds that occur naturally in our environment. A recent advance in the natural approach has been our ability to stimulate the nervous system to increase blood flow to diseased organs, and correct imbalances that have been present for a significant period of time. A major advantage to this approach is the fact that no anesthesia, injections, or drugs are used. You can learn more about this in our VNA page.
You might also want to familiarize yourself with our laser surgery before reading about the surgeries we perform at our hospital. It is a major advance in the reduction of pain, swelling and inflammation in animals.
Some of the following sections show actual surgical procedures performed at our hospital. You will be alerted ahead of time as to when these pictures appear on a page.
Click on the species below to get detailed information on diseases specific to that species: