LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - What happens when your pet needs surgery? Good Day LA went into the operating room for a tour.
Halle, a 6-year-old Golden Retriever, was born with urinary incontinence and wears a diaper. She’s had a number of procedures done to help with her leaking urine.
She is very familiar with what happens in exam rooms at the VCA ASEC Hospital in West Los Angeles.
Dr. Todd Cohen is Halle’s owner, who also works in internal medicine and says they are a 24/7 hospital.
Just like an emergency room for humans, there are operating rooms, too.
Doug, a 110 pound Saint Bernard puppy, was also about to undergo a gastropexy. The procedure is done in order to prevent bloat, and is just one type of service offered at the facility.
The staff will respond to just about everything, from a pet suffering trauma to common problems like animals eating something they shouldn’t have.
“Chocolate, Advil or Tylenol. In this day and age, we see plenty of marijuana ingestion as well, so you can imagine how those dogs look when they walk in, or don’t walk in the door, for that matter," Dr. Todd Cohen said.
Experts say it’s up to the owners to really watch for any abnormal behavior that lasts more than 12 to 24 hours.
“For instance, your dog is a chow hound and for him to miss a meal is absolutely unheard of, then you might want to have him seen sooner rather than later,” Cohen explained.
Cohen says the best diagnosis will often come from observations at home.