Friday, May 18, 2018

Stop your pet's constant scratching!!!

Does your pet lick its paws? Is your pet scratching? Does your dog have red scaly skin? Is your cat losing hair?
Want to see this smile again?!?

Our Veterinary Dermatologist, Dr. Melanie Hnot [pronounced-Knot] may be able to help you understand how! Skin diseases can be frustrating for pet owners.


Why is Dermatology important?
 Skin is the largest organ in the body. Skin can develop bacterial and fungal infections. It can be targeted by parasites, such as fleas and mites. Even immune-mediated diseases, allergies and endocrine diseases can affect the skin. The ears are lined with skin so similar diseases can cause ear issues too.
What is a veterinary dermatologist?
Veterinary dermatologists are veterinarians with intensive training in skin and ear diseases. After veterinary school, they perform an internship and a three year dermatology residency. The dermatology residency includes seeing dermatology patients, research and teaching. Once finished with the residency, they take an exam to become a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

When is a Dermatology appointment recommended?
Is your pet itchy? Do they have hair loss or other skin lesions? Are their ears red or malodorous? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve found the right place. We understand that itching and infections can be frustrating and affect the bond between you and your pet. The goal is to determine what is causing the skin lesions and itching so they can be managed. Allergies are often life-long so it’s important to formulate a short-term and long-term treatment plan.

What to expect at your Dermatology appointment?
Prior to your appointment, we recommend that you fill out a questionnaire that provides more information on your pet. At your initial appointment, your pet’s skin and ears will be examined. Samples may be taken to look for evidence of infections or parasites. The treatment plan will include treating infections as well as discussing underlying diseases that could cause you
r pet’s skin lesions. Additional diagnostics, such as bloodwork, skin biopsies, diet trial, or environmental allergy testing may be recommended.

What services does a Dermatologist provide?
Beyond bringing back the happiness?!?!
-Allergy testing! Performing prescription diet trials to see if your pet has a food allergy-Cytology: looks for cells, bacteria and yeast that may be found on the skin
-Skin scrapings: looks for evidence of mites
-Skin biopsies
-Environmental allergy testing and immunotherapy (allergy vaccine)
-Manual and video otoscopy to evaluate your pet’s ears
-CT scans and deep ear flushes under general anesthesia

Meet our Dermatologist!
Melanie Hnot VMD, MS, DACVD

Dr. Melanie Hnot is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a one-year small animal surgery and medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. This was followed by a one-year dermatology internship at several private practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She completed her dermatology residency at The Ohio State University as well as received a Master of Science degree in 2015. She became board certified in veterinary dermatology in 2015 and has enjoyed working at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Let VCA do the heavy lifting with Home Delivery of your pet's food!!!!

VCA Hollywood knows you have lots to do! 
Let us do the heavy lifting for you and deliver your pets prescription diet straight to your door!
 VCA Home Delivery carries Royal Canin diets, Purina diets and Hills diets. 
Everything your pet needs, delivered straight your door. 
Visit our store or call us to sign up!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

VCA Boarding, 24 Hour Monitoring Saves Lives!!!!

Nearly one month ago, during a typical boarding stay in VCA Hollywood's Boarding Kennel, retired Ft. Lauderdale K9 Officer Boris' life was saved by our attentive Boarding Staff.

Boris is a 14 1/2 year old Belgium Malinois that retired afer a career of service with the Ft. Lauderdale K9 Unit. When he arrived with his former handler and now pet parent for his mid-week reservation, he was set up for a regular stay and made comfortable in his regular spot. However, this visit would be far from regular. As a boarder in our facility, both pre and post retirement, Boris is a regular visitor. His health and medical history is well know to our Doctors and his personality and preferences are well known to our staff.

Two days into his visit, as our 24 staff was monitoring the patients in our care, Boarding Attendant Dillon, notices Boris was not himself. He was salivating excessively and retching it seemed from the salivation. His abdomen appeared larger then normal and Dillon knew something was wrong. Dillon brought Boris to our ICU and our Emergency Doctor immediately performed a physical exam. Boris'  abdomen was very tense. Xrays were performed  and revealed a Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) Emergency surgical derotation was recommended. 

Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) is also known as a twisted stomach or gastric torsion. This medical condition affects dogs in which the stomach becomes overstretched and rotated by excessive gas content. GDV is a life threatening condition and requires prompt treatment. The word Bloat is often used to refer to a GDV but that general term really means gas distention without the twisting or torsion of the stomach.

Historically, GDV held a guard prognosis but more recent studies have determined that with prompt treatment and pre-operative stabilization success rate significant in crease. For Boris, immediate  stabilization was begun and his long time Partner/ Parent approved surgery to untwist his stomach. Surgery went without incident and while under anesthesia, a gastropexy was also performed to secure his stomach by suture to the inner side of his body wall thus, preventing this from ever happening again. 

Boris recovered from anesthesia without incident and spent the next several days in our Intensive Care Unit. Post-operatively, Boris experienced some significant hind end weakness, an immediate unwillingness to eat and mild anxiety and tachycardia (increased heart rate). However, with 24 hour care and monitoring, all of these symptoms resolved and he was prepared for discharge.

Today, Boris is back to his business as usual. We are proud of the trust his family placed in us to care for Boris and proud of the work our team did to ensure he gets to enjoy his retirement.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Team Member Highlight- Esteban!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For over 70 years, VCA Hollywood has provided the finest veterinary care to our community of pets. This care is provided by a team of over 21 doctors supported by a staff of nearly 100. Each team member chosen as a representative of the VCA HAH for their unique skills and passion for animal care. So often though, the support staff that enables the HAH to shine do not stand in the limelight. They support our goals from behind closed doors with smiles that some never see. Today we would like to move the spotlight and showcase one of our team members we would like to clone.

Some may say that as a rule adjusting to a new job is a challenge. Our unique crew may not be an exception to this however, Joining our Technician Team less than a year ago, Esteban seemed to assimilate with ease.

Whether his name preceded him or his personality made it seem that way, he fit in right away and simply did the work. His previous work experience was highlighted through his care and attention to our patients and his knowledge base made him valuable in multiple departments. Today, he is a valuable contributor in our in house pharmacy, a leader among our day technician team and a critical member of our weekend emergency team.

All in all, he is a strong contributor to our success. He is reliable. He is capable. He is kind. He is a pleasure to be around and can be counted on to leave a situation better for having been there. For these reasons our staff has a message from him.

Message to Esteban from our staff:

In case you have not been adequately informed,

please consider this official notification that you are 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

It’s important to be aware of the potential dangers of candy, but it isn’t the only danger that exists for your pets this time of year. Check out these tips to keep your furry Valentine safe.
Keep candy and gum out of reach: Animals have a very acute sense of smell, and have an easy time hunting out and indulging in your treats.
Xylitol is dangerous for pets:  Sugar-free candies and gum contain the sugar substitute xylitol. When ingested by animals, xylitol can cause a range of problems depending on how much was ingested. These include vomiting, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), liver failure, seizures, or death. If your pet ingests this type of product, it is important to know how much was eaten, and have the product information available because some types have higher concentrations of xylitol than others.
Chocolate is toxic to pets: Chocolate is well-known for being problematic in animals. Chocolate contains toxic compounds called methylxanthines that can cause everything from mild gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea) to cardiotoxicity (rapid heart rate, arrhythmias), seizures, and death. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate are especially toxic. Treatment can vary from decontamination by inducing vomiting to hospitalization with intravenous fluids.
Smell the roses, but don't let your pet eat them:  Floral arrangements may be enticing for your dog or cat too, and it may only take a nibble to cause a severe reaction. Even small amounts can lead to cases of upset stomachs or vomiting, particularly if the plant or flower is toxic. All lilies are dangerous—and potentially fatal—to cats. Certain varieties of lilies are toxic to dogs, too. Roses can cause punctures to the mouth and paws, and possible bowel obstruction if swallowed.

Meet Dr. Hawkins!!!!

Dr. Christina Hawkins is a native of Miami, Florida and her passion for animals developed as a young child growing up with numerous household pets. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree in Biology as well as a minor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered at various animal shelters and rescue organizations. She also founded the Minority Pre- Veterinary Student Club, to provide a support group and resource for other students interested in pursuing veterinary medicine. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida where she graduated in the top 25% of her class and was inducted into Phi Zeta Honor Society. While at UF, she received specialized training in shelter medicine and business management. Her interests in veterinary medicine include anesthesia, surgery and shelter medicine. 

Dr. Hawkins joins the VCA Hollywood to further her interests in surgery and emergency medicine. 

She lives in Boca Raton with her husband and their 2 dogs, Cookie and Cinnamon. In her spare time, Dr. Hawkins enjoys traveling, reading science fiction novels, and has recently developed a passion for West African dance.

Years in practice  2
Education: University of Florida College of Veterinary School, DVM 2016

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dr. James, you will be missed!!!

After 45 years of practice, Dr. James Dee has decided to retire.

Please know that the doctors at VCA HAH are extraordinary and our team here is second to none. I have no doubt that they will continue to provide stellar and compassionate care for you and your pets for many years to come.

It is with deep sadness that we wish Dr. James farewell, but we take solace in the fact that his retirement is well deserved and his standard of hard work and caring will forever be a part of the DNA of this practice. Whether to staff, client, family or friend, Dr. James’ impact on each of us was profound and we are grateful for his part in building the VCA HAH. We wish Dr. James wonderful new adventures, full of all of the joys in the world and we welcome him back anytime for a visit and a laugh!

A message from Dr. James.

To the clients and staff of VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital -
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital; the place I have called home since I was a kid.  

When I walked across the stage at Auburn University in 1972 and received my diploma, I can honestly say I did not realize the profound impact my career and the 45 years I spent at HAH would have on my life.  Along with my brothers Dr. Larry and Dr. Jon, and our partners Dr. Sessa and Dr. Herrington, it was an honor and a privilege to serve as an owner of Hollywood Animal Hospital.  What’s more, having the opportunity to practice quality family medicine with my father, Dr. Clarence Dee (who cofounded Hollywood Animal Hospital in 1947) and mother Lucille Dee, was an experience of a lifetime.   I would not trade those years for anything in the world and they have shaped me into the man, and veterinarian, I am today. 

Additionally, I have worked alongside some exceptional folks – people I truly consider family. Together we have laughed, cried, supported each other, as well as our clients, as we navigated through some rough waters, hunkered down through many a  hurricane, watched generations (2 and 4 legged!) mature and grow.  The list is endless and I have nothing but fond memories of my years in practice.

Now, this goes without saying, but in my eyes the clients of Hollywood Animal Hospital are the cream of the crop! I have met so many magnificent, kind hearted people who have entrusted me to do the very best by their pets.  I will miss you all more than I can ever express to you. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.  I will keep each and every one of you close to my heart.

Warmest regards,

Dr. James Dee