Lakewood, CA, pet hospital: Peace of mind for you, emergency care for your pet that you can trust

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In Lakewood, Ca Area, Pet Hospital: Peace of Mind for You, Emergency Care for Your Pet that You Can Trust
We appreciate that few things in life are as stressful as a loved one that isn’t acting “right,” won’t eat, or is displaying characteristics that are out of the norm. Some changes, such as noisy or open-mouth breathing, are downright scary. You, after all, know when something is “off.” We encourage you to contact us immediately. If it is a concern to you, it is a concern to us. At the very least, the situation warrants a call to our office.

As a true “local” and family-owned and operated veterinary practice, we have built these urgent care situations into our schedules. We prioritize emergencies. So, we can accommodate seeing our precious patients right away in their time of utmost need. We also provide you with contact information for 24-hour hospitals that we would trust to care for our pets. We would never refer you to an external hospital that we wouldn’t trust with our own beloved furry family members. That way, if anything changes overnight (before you are scheduled to visit us), your pet will be able to get care as soon as possible.

Our chief veterinarian, Dr. Jose Arambulo, is an active member of several leading professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association. In these busy and uncertain times, we urge owners to take the time to watch for some of the following symptoms and conditions outlined by the AVMA as emergencies that require immediate professional consultation or care.
  • Severe and persistent bleeding, which continues for at least five minutes.
  • Chronic cough, visible respiratory distress, and apparent gagging
  • Painful urination or constipation (straining)
  • Consumption of antifreeze, poisonous plants, chocolate, and other known toxins, or if you suspect your pet consumed a toxic substance.
  • Convulsions
  • Injuries to eyes and limbs (such as possible fractures)
  • Signs of overheating; for instance, dogs with heat stroke may pant excessively to cool themselves down, throw up, drool severely, and stagger and shake uncontrollably.
  • Severe vomiting and diarrhea within 24 hours Inability or unwillingness to drink water for at least 24 hours
While we can’t plan for everything, keeping your pet on a routine schedule of preventive and wellness visits supports early detection of problems—when they are easiest to treat and before they produce pain and lead to an after-hours or urgent care visit. Preventive services such as vaccinations also help to protect your pet from numerous potentially life-threatening illnesses.

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The AVMA’s recommendation for a pet evacuation kit in a disaster is also suitable as a First-Aid kit. The products they suggest for your kit allow you to be prepared for disasters at home or traveling with your furry friends. They recommend gathering antibiotic ointments, bandages, cotton rolls, flea and tick preventives, tweezers, alcohol pads, anti-diarrheal tablets, saline, gloves, and towels and washcloths. Be sure to keep a supply of your pet’s medications on hand, including prescription pet foods, and ensure that they don’t expire while sitting in your kit. It’s also a great idea to keep medical records and medication instructions handy or in your phone where they are easily accessible. That can make seamless communication and care from practice to practice.

Do not worry or delay. Stay calm and call us today with your concerns and questions. Make sure that all family members and pet sitters have our number at their fingertips: (562) 383-7788.
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Bloomfield Animal Hospital is a trusted name in pets’ preventive, medical, surgical, and emergency care in Lakewood, CA. With a 30-year history as a family-owned pet clinic, it’s reputed for providing modern services in a warm, friendly environment. It’s one of the few veterinary hospitals to be AAHA-accredited.

Dr. Jose Arambulo, owner and chief veterinarian is experienced in treating eye, ear, and skin disorders and is especially interested in internal medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. The hospital also utilizes the services of board-certified veterinarians, Dr. Ann Reed – Radiologist, and Dr. Fred Brewer – Cardiologist.