Animal Medical Center of Southern California

24/7 General + Emergency Care (310) 575-5656

2340 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Animal Medical Center

General Practice.

While The AMC is a 24-hour emergency facility staffed by a board certified surgeon, we also have many full time associate doctors to provide excellent general practice medicine and surgery 7 days a week.  Our doctors are on staff from 8am to 8pm every day (standard operating hours) and are available to evaluate everything from regular wellness examinations to unforeseen emergencies.  From 8pm until 8am, there is a doctor and staff on the premises at all times to handle emergency patients, but any and all pet heath issues are still welcome during these hours.

In addition, every Sunday, between the hours of 9am and 5pm, we offer a vaccine clinic with vaccines 25% off.

Dentistry

All animals undergoing anesthetic dental procedures are treated with the same care as animals undergoing surgery. To guarantee the safest outcome, the AMC requires all patients undergoing an anesthetic procedure have a pre-operative health exam and a diagnostic blood panel. If your pet is unable to sit still for a thorough dental evaluation, teeth cleaning, and/or other dental work, general anesthesia with precise patient monitoring may be necessary. In this case, your pet’s respiratory rate, pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen level within the blood are constantly monitored throughout the procedure to ensure the safest, consistent use of the minimum level of anesthetic necessary.

The following are reasons why anesthesia or deep sedation may be necessary for oral examination and dental procedures:

  • Dental tartar may be firmly attached to the surface of teeth and needs to be removed.
  • Scaling by ultrasonic scalers and sharp hand instruments are necessary in order to remove the dental tartar.
  • Any sudden movement can cause injury to the animal or individual performing the dental procedure.
  • Dental scaling is performed above and below the gum line. Scaling the teeth above the gum line usually does not cause discomfort; however, scaling below the gum line (or under the gums) can cause discomfort. The area below the gum line, or sub gingival space, is the most important area to clean as periodontal disease begins here.
  • As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, our facility has incorporated digital dental radiography to ensure we are providing your pet the absolute highest-quality dentistry assisted by the latest diagnostic imaging technology. We take full mouth x-rays to determine the condition of your pet’s teeth and tooth roots. These images allow our doctors to assess the integrity of a tooth diagnostically to make sure we provide accurate diagnoses of the health of your pet’s teeth and roots.
  • Animals that have dental work done feel and act healthier. With the cause for their pain or infection gone, their breath will smell fresh again, their immune systems will be less stressed, and their energy levels will strengthen. All animals undergoing dental procedures are generally admitted and released from the hospital the same day.

Pet Wellness Programs

A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. We recommend a complete physical examination for your pet at least once a year. Exams for dogs and cats typically include a thorough physical exam, heartworm blood test, complete biochemical and hematologic blood profile to check internal organ function, and a microscopic fecal examination to check for intestinal parasites.

Routine examinations give us an opportunity to develop a picture of your pet’s overall health. Examinations are also essential in spotting problems before they become serious health issues. During an exam, your veterinarian may also talk to you about home healthcare for your pet. An examination is also a good time for your pet to get up-to-date on his or her vaccinations.

Microchips

We encourage the use of microchips to enable your pet to be easily identified in the unfortunate event he or she is lost. Microchips are also required if your pet is traveling outside the country. To microchip your pet, a tiny computer chip - about the size of a grain of rice – is injected pain free just under your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The number on the chip, along with your personal contact information, is then entered into a national database for easy retrieval. Should your pet be lost and found, you’ll be promptly reunited. Microchips are often injected at the time of spay or neuter.

Vaccinations

Vaccines create antibodies, which protect your pet from disease. Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. At the AMC, we strive to protect your pet against preventable diseases while trying to minimize unnecessary vaccinations. Our vaccination recommendations are tailored to each individual pet and depend on factors such as species, age, risk of exposure, history of reaction, severity of disease, and efficacy of available vaccine. Since vaccine schedules are subject to change based on the most current information available, we recommend that you call our hospital for information about our vaccine protocols. Rabies vaccination is required by California State law for both cats and dogs.

Flea Control/Deworming/Parasites

In order to effectively protect your pet from internal and external parasites and the diseases they transmit, an effective protocol will be developed by our veterinarians to individually address the parasites your pet will encounter based upon whether they are indoor or indoor/outdoor, the locale in which you reside, and whether or not they travel with you locally or distantly. Fleas and ticks can transmit diseases as well as be a nuisance. The most commonly utilized medications utilized at our facility are listed below. By no means is this a comprehensive list. As you can see, the choice of which medication to use can be complicated and is based upon the parasites, which may be encountered based upon your pet’s activities and risk of exposure. Parasite control is an important part of our health maintenance program. Both cats and dogs are susceptible to internal and external parasites. Keeping your pet free from preventable parasites keeps your pet healthy and provides an important barrier that prevents transmission of companion animal parasites to your family members.

What is Advantage?
Advantage is a monthly, topical flea preventative available for dogs and cats. Advantage does not kill ticks

What is K9 Advantix?
K9 Advantix is a monthly preventative for dogs that both repels and kills fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. 

What is Advantage Multi?
Advantage Multi is a once a month topical application that contains a combination of insecticides. Advantage Multi for Dogs is used for the prevention of heartworm and the treatment and control of flea infestations, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. Advantage Multi for Cats is used for the prevention of heartworm and the treatment and control of flea infestations, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites.

What is Frontline Plus?
Frontline Plus is a monthly topical flea and tick preventative for dogs and cats. Frontline Plus kills 100% of adult fleas on your pet within 18 hours and 100% of all ticks within 48 hours.

What is Revolution?
Revolution is a monthly topical medication used to protect your pet from heartworms, fleas, and ear mites. It also protects dogs from ticks and sarcoptic mange and cats from roundworms and hookworms. 

What is Comfortis?
Comfortis is the first FDA-approved, chewable tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations on dogs for a full month.

What is Interceptor?
Interceptor Flavor Tabs are a once-a-month tablet that prevents heartworm disease, controls adult hookworms, and removes and controls adult roundworms and whipworm infections. Interceptor for cats is the only oral monthly preventative that protects against heartworms and removes adult roundworms and adult hookworms.

What is Sentinel?
 Sentinel is the only monthly oral preventive that guards against heartworms, adult roundworms, adult hookworms, and whipworms, in addition to preventing the development of flea eggs.

What is Iverhart Max?
Iverhart Max prevents canine heartworm disease. It also treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.

What is Drontal?
Drontal is a broad-spectrum dewormer used in cats and kittens to treat tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms.

What is Drontal Plus?
Drontal Plus is a broad-spectrum dewormer used in dogs to treat tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

What is Droncit?
Droncit is used to treat tapeworms in dogs and cats.

Spay/Neuter

Ideally, pets are spayed or neutered between the ages of 6 to 12 months. The benefits of spaying female cats or dogs include: reducing the risk of mammary cancer by 95 percent; preventing uterine infections; eliminating heat cycles and preventing unwanted pregnancies. The procedure consists of removing the ovaries and uterus. The benefits of neutering male cats or dogs include: reducing the risk of prostate and testicular cancer; preventing roaming; preventing aggression and marking and reducing urine odor. The procedure consists of removing the testicles. A spayed or neutered pet will continue to have his or her own unique personality. With today’s modern anesthetics and monitoring equipment, the risk of complication is extremely low. The AMC requires a pre-operative examination and blood work prior to all anesthetic procedures, which includes spay and neuter procedures.

Dermatology/Allergy

Diseases of the skin and ears are among the most common reasons pets visit their veterinarians. Dermatology problems such as these can leave your pet feeling uncomfortable and affect the quality of their life. By determining the underlying cause of recurrent skin problems, our doctors can provide effective treatments to spare your pet the misery of years of itchy and irritated skin. Effective treatments are available for allergies, endocrine disorders, autoimmune skin diseases, parasites and infectious diseases.

Conditions we often treat for

  • Allergies and allergy-induced skin diseases
  • Autoimmune skin diseases
  • Chronic ear infections, inflammation and other ear problems
  • Hot spots
  • Infectious diseases that can be contagious from pet to human, and from pet to pet
  • Parasitic skin disease
  • Skin cancer and skin cysts
  • Skin disease caused by systemic disease or cancer
  • Toenail problems

Ophthalmology

The doctors and staff of the AMC strive to provide your pet with quality, state-of-the-art, and compassionate ophthalmic treatment. Animals suffer from eye problems that are similar to those which affect humans. These problems include cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, corneal ulceration, tumors of the eye, eyelid defects, inflammation of the eye and surrounding tissues, retinal degeneration, and many others. Due to rapid advances in the knowledge, techniques, and equipment necessary to provide specialty eye care to veterinary patients, our doctors may choose to consult a specialist for eye problems that are unusual or for those that have not responded to initial therapy. Comprehensive evaluations provided at the AMC include but are not limited to:

  • Fluorescein staining
  • applanation tonometry
  • Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Nasolacrimal Flushing
  • Schirmer Tear Testing
  • Indirect and Direct Retinal Examination
  • Conjunctival Scrapes and Biopsies
  • Enucleation
  • Repair of Prolapsed Nictitans Glands
  • Superficial Keratectomy for Corneal lesions
  • Third Eyelid Repair and Removal
  • Eyelid Wedge Resection
  • Wedge-plasty and H-plasty for Eyelid Mass Removals

Geriatric

Advances in veterinary medicine are helping pets live longer and healthier lives. We work with owners to provide senior pets with the best care available. Our doctors and staff will help you give your senior pet the best care possible.

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The Animal Medical Center of Southern California is devoted to providing the best medical, surgicalm and emergency critical care available in veterinary medicine. As important as our medical expertise is, we believe that excellent care combines state-of-the-art veterinary medicine and surgery with a focus on compassion and respect for your pet and for your family.

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