SOURCE: Animal Emergency Centre

February 21, 2012 10:00 ET

Animal Hospital in Studio City Connects With Pet Owners Through Social Media

STUDIO CITY, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2012) - The Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City, headed by veterinarian Dr. Morgan Thomas Cavanaugh, is connecting with pet owners through social media outlets such as Facebook. Dr. Cavanaugh says that he and his fellow veterinarians at the animal hospital in Los Angeles are using it as another means of sharing news and information about what is going on at the emergency vet clinic. They hope to use social media to inform pet owners about their services, such as their blood bank and anti-venom bank, as well as educating families to take precautions against common pet emergencies such as poisoning and heat stroke.

Dr. Cavanaugh explains that the Studio City emergency vet staff is eager to use many ways to help animals avoid coming into their pet emergency room in the first place: "We're the only animal blood bank and anti-venom bank in the Los Angeles area, and we are drawn to the advanced ways of staying in touch with our patients. It made sense to us to link from our website to our Facebook page as another way to extend the reach of our blog and further interact with pet owners, letting people know of animal safety issues. We hope education in preventative care will help pets avoid having to come into our animal hospital in the first place. On the other hand, pets are pets and you can't prevent every emergency, so we want pet owners to know that if they need a team of expert veterinarians or animal blood bank services overnight or on weekends, we're ready."

Recent posts on the emergency vet center's Facebook page include messages of gratitude from pet owners who have taken their pets in for help, as well as links to their regularly-updated blog. The latest blog entry links back to the clinic's website and discusses things pet owners need to know if their pet is hit by a car, ingests something poisonous, or suffers from heat stroke. The blog urges pet owners never to leave pets alone in a car, even for a few minutes, as this can lead to a heat emergency very quickly.

While the staff at the emergency pet hospital regulates what is posted on their Facebook page, pet owners and individuals with animal health information have posted updates to the page. Dr. Cavanaugh says that they like having the public feedback and connections because it connects animal lovers around the world.

Dr. Cavanaugh says that in addition to educating and informing the public and their patient's families about pet health issues, their Facebook page is also about celebrating animals. "Sometimes we post funny pet photos or event notices. Naturally, we all love animals, and we want that love for our animal companions to show in everything we do."

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  • Animal Emergency Centre
    Studio City, CA