There’s a place on Norwalk Boulevard that can help you with all of your pets’ needs!
“Thank-you for calling Bloomfield Animal Hospital, this is Tiffany, how can I help you?”
Bloomfield Animal Hospital has been operating in Lakewood since 2011. Through years of caring for their pet patients, Dr. Arambulo and the staff at Bloomfield noticed that some of their clients were unable to tell the difference between serious health situations and lesser problems with their pets.
“So we think about maybe teach our clients and community how to save their pet in case of emergency.” Dr. Jose Arambulo
They agreed that a free seminar covering these topics would be helpful to animal lovers in Lakewood.
“We just wanted to make sure that everyone knows what is considered an emergency, what isn’t considered an emergency and how exactly to treat, there’s little things at home you can do to help stabilize your pet and it gives you enough time in order if it is considered an emergency, how to transport your pet over to the vet to get the care it needs, or if it is something that can possibly wait until the following day.” Melissa Garcia, Practice Manager, Bloomfield Animal Hospital
Another concern was that many didn’t have first aid kits or emergency preparedness kits for their pets.
“People barely think about their own disaster kits, let alone their pet’s disaster kits, and then when the action starts happening, they’re going to need to have a disaster kit in place. That way they can know what they need, the documentation, know they should have extra medication on hand, it’s just important that they have everything in one spot so it’s easy for them to evacuate.” Diva Gomez, CVT, Bloomfield Animal Hospital.
“There are certain standards that have to be met in order for your pet to actually go into an evacuation center. You have to make sure your pet is up to date on vaccines. They won’t just take all these pets and put them into one huge area, one pet comes in with kennel cough or parvo, it’s going to spread to everyone. So, these are things that people must know they have to have ready in case we have to leave our houses.” Melissa Garcia, Practice Manager, Bloomfield Animal Hospital
First aid tips included basic information on flea and tick prevention, overheating, and drowning.
“Lift the pet up by its hind legs, up in the air, this will allow all the water in the lungs to come out through the nose and the mouth.” Melissa Garcia.
“We tried to not help only our clients, but the whole community. We want to share our knowledge on how to stabilize them until you take them to the vet.” Dr. Jose Arambulo.
The seminar also included instruction on CPR for your pet.
“If you have a pet that’s at home, and they’re lateral, their heart’s not beating, they’re not taking any breaths in. We really want to make sure you can give those organs some oxygen, give some breaths, so by the time they get here, we still have something to work with basically.” Diva Gomez, CVT, Bloomfield Animal Hospital.
Many of the pet parents got a chance to try CPR.
Giving back to the community is part of the routine at Bloomfield. The hospital regularly donates pet food to be distributed through the city’s Meals on Wheels program for pets of Lakewood’s homebound residents. Offering this free seminar is just another way for the Bloomfield team to contribute to their neighbors.
“We’re one doctor small business here. We’re family owned, we are family here.” Melissa Garcia, Practice Manager, Bloomfield Animal Hospital.
“This is actually a group effort. Everyone gets excited about it. They’re excited to teach the community. Everybody’s happy to be here. It’s nice to have a staff that wants to do good.” Diva Gomez, CVT.
Those that came to the seminar asked questions, took notes, and left feeling better prepared to care for their pets in any situation.
“I learned a lot from it. What you’re supposed to do if they have injuries, or burns, and the CPR.”
“I liked that they focused sort of on the emergency preparedness.”
“I’m definitely glad I came today, it was very good!”