SOURCE: Animal Emergency Centre

April 15, 2012 10:00 ET

Pet Emergency Room in Los Angeles Announces Anti-Venom Snake Treatment Bank

STUDIO CITY, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 15, 2012) - Animal Emergency Centre, a pet emergency room in Los Angeles, is warning pet owners about the danger of snakebites. With the increasingly warmer weather and increased outdoor activities, pet owners should be alert for snakes when spending time with their pets outdoors. In the event of snakebite, the veterinary emergency center has a blood bank and anti-venom bank available for emergency treatment, including severe traumas. The emergency veterinary hospital is fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Emergency vet Dr. Morgan Thomas Cavanaugh is warning pet owners about the danger of snakebites. A pet that is bitten by a snake requires emergency medical treatment. "With the warmer weather and longer days upon us, pet owners will be spending more time outside with their pets," said Dr. Cavanaugh. "Unfortunately, the warmer weather also increases the risk for snake bite. Pet owners need to be vigilant, and if their pet is bitten, seek immediate emergency veterinary treatment."

Animal Emergency Centre, a pet emergency room in Los Angeles, has a blood bank and anti-venom bank for treating animal snakebite emergencies. Dr. Cavanaugh emphasized that prompt treatment from an emergency vet is essential to prevent serious complications or even death.

"Most snakes bite dogs either on the face or extremities," said Dr. Cavanaugh. "Swelling can be dramatic with up to one-third of blood circulation lost within a matter of hours. Toxins from the venom disrupt the normal clotting process, which can lead to uncontrolled bleeding or even death in extreme cases. Bites around the face tend to be more lethal as swelling can impair breathing."

In the event of a bite, pet owners should try to identify the offending snake, if possible. For example, many pets return to their owners holding the snake in their mouths despite being bitten. Identification, while not essential, can assist in determining the right treatment.

Dr. Cavanaugh cautioned pet owners against a tourniquet or ice to the affected area prior to emergency vet care. "A tourniquet reduces circulation, and can have a negative effect on the damaged tissue," said Dr. Cavanaugh. "As a pet owner, rather than attempting any first aid or trying to suck out the venom, it is best to take the pet immediately to an emergency animal hospital. Antivenin is most effective when administered in the first few hours following the bite, so every minute matters."

Animal Emergency Centre is equipped with the latest emergency care and diagnostic technology, including on-site lab analysis, toxin screenings, echocardiology, endoscopy, ultrasonography, and digital radiography. The clinic also serves as the primary animal blood bank for the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles region.

The emergency animal hospital is a walk-in only clinic that is open after-hours during the week and 24-hours on the weekend. The veterinarian cares for emergency cases using the triage method, addressing the most urgent medical cases first.

In the event of a snakebite emergency, pet owners should take their pets immediately to the hospital. For more information, pet owners may visit the website at:

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  • Animal Emergency Centre
    Studio City, CA