Tuesday, January 21, 2014

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Accreditation

The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization that accredits small animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards. Veterinary hospitals accredited by AAHA must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service and they are re-evaluated every three years to make sure they are keeping up with industry updates.

Veterinary practices choose to become AAHA-accredited for a myriad of reasons, including the desire to improve practice operations and team building, update their skills, enhance their credibility with clients and strive for continuous improvement. Approximately 3,200 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada have made a commitment to meeting the highest standards of veterinary care.

Choosing an AAHA-accredited hospital assures pet owners that the hospital they select has the staff, equipment, medical procedures and facilities that AAHA believes are vital for delivering high-quality pet care. Find out why AAHA standards are important to your pet.

Source: http://www.healthypet.com/Accreditation/WhyStandards.aspx

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January is National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month! Blood transfusion (including transfusion of blood products, like plasma) is a critically important service that can mean the difference between life and death for veterinary patients. In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality medicine to all of our patients, we are pleased to offer blood transfusion services supervised by our expert health care team at Hollywood Animal Hospital. 

People often wonder how blood donations work in the world of our furry friends as compared to human blood donations. If you have personally donated blood, then you already know how important donating blood is to the human community. Almost every person you know can be a blood donor, regardless of their blood type. The same is nearly true for feline blood donors--almost every cat can be a blood donor. However, the canine blood donation situation is a little different. 

Only about 40 percent can be blood donors, because donations can only be taken from those dogs with the universal canine blood type. The Hollywood Animal Hospital is home to both a feline and canine in-house blood bank.
We use greyhounds as our canine blood donors since they have the universal canine blood type and domestic felines as our feline donors. Each week, we take blood from alternating groups of pets to stock our blood bank. The blood is then used to assist animals with different types of needs.
The donors are all adopted animals who receive a safe, caring place to live, plenty of food to eat, and lots of play time.

                     Below is Squirrel, one of our Adopted Blood Donors, who was adopted six years ago. 

This is Squirrel! 
Squirrel and Linda

Kris, Kennel Supervisor, and Joyce who adopted Squirrel
Finally, after our donors serve for 2-years, we find a permanent home for him/her to live out the rest of their life in comfort.

For further information, please contact us at (954) 920-3556

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Team Member of the Month- Joyce!!





The adjectives could go on and on to describe this month’s Team Member of the Month. You may know her from her years of work with Dr. Schroeder. You may know her from her artwork. You may not know her personally at all but if you have had a pet at the HAH, she has touched your life. Joyce L has been at the HAH since 2002 and as the youngest of 9 she fits in nicely with this family. She has been a doctor’s technician, a supervisor, a general floor technician. She has worn many hats and worn them all with a great deal of humor and pride in a job well done. We are pleased to have her on our team and so glad to call her Team Member of the Month for January.