As pet owners, our furry friends are cherished members of our families. However, just like humans, pets can experience sudden health crises that require immediate attention. Let’s explore a range of critical pet emergencies, how to recognize them, and the vital steps to take to ensure your pet’s well-being.

1. Severe Bleeding:

  • If your pet is experiencing severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within five minutes, it’s essential to act quickly.
  • Apply firm pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage and seek immediate veterinary care.

2. Choking or Difficulty Breathing:

  • Signs of choking include nonstop coughing, gagging, or difficulty breathing.
  • Perform the Heimlich maneuver if safe to do so, and seek veterinary assistance promptly.

3. Bleeding from orifices:

  • Any bleeding from the nose, mouth, rectum, or coughing up blood warrants immediate veterinary attention.

4. Inability to Urinate or Defecate:

  • If your pet is unable to urinate or pass feces, or if they show signs of pain while doing so, it could indicate a serious medical condition.
  • Seek veterinary care urgently to prevent complications.

5. Eye Injuries:

  • Injuries to your pet’s eyes, such as scratches or foreign objects, require prompt attention to prevent vision loss or further damage.

6. Poison Ingestion:

  • If you suspect or know your pet has ingested something poisonous, such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, or rodent poison, contact your veterinarian or pet poison hotline immediately.

7. Seizures or Staggering:

  • Seizures, staggering, or loss of consciousness can indicate neurological issues or poisoning and require immediate veterinary care.

8. Fractures or Severe Lameness:

  • Signs of fractures, severe lameness, or an inability to move legs should prompt an urgent trip to the veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.

9. Signs of Pain or Anxiety:

  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety, such as vocalization, restlessness, or aggression, should be addressed promptly.

10. Heat Stress or Heatstroke:

  • Pets can suffer from heat stress or heatstroke, especially during hot weather. Signs include excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or collapse.
  • Move your pet to a cooler area, offer water, and seek veterinary care immediately.

Recognizing and responding to critical pet emergencies can be lifesaving for your furry companion. By familiarizing yourself with the signs and taking prompt action, you can ensure your pet receives the care they need when they need it most. Remember, if you are concerned about your pet, we are concerned. Please reach out to us if you are worried about your pet at 323-800-8387

When selecting a veterinary hospital for your pet’s medical procedures, choosing one with a board-certified anesthesiologist, such as LAASER, can significantly enhance the safety and success of the experience. At LAASER, we are proud to have an anesthesiologist, Dr. Stefano Di Concetto, DVM, MS, DACVAA, who brings specialized knowledge and training to our practice. With their expertise in anesthesia management for animals, our anesthesiologist develops individualized anesthesia plans tailored to each patient’s needs, minimizing risks and maximizing safety and comfort during surgical procedures. Additionally, our anesthesiologist utilizes advanced monitoring equipment and works closely with our surgical team to ensure continuity of care and emergency preparedness. By entrusting your pet’s care to LAASER, you can have peace of mind knowing that they will receive the highest standard of anesthesia care from a dedicated and experienced professional. 

  1. Specialized Knowledge and Training: Board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists undergo extensive training and education beyond veterinary school to specialize in anesthesia management for animals. Their advanced understanding of pharmacology, physiology, and anesthesia techniques equips them to provide optimal care for pets undergoing surgical procedures. 
  1. Individualized Anesthesia Plans: Anesthesiologists tailor anesthesia protocols to each patient’s specific needs, taking into account factors such as age, breed, medical history, and current health status. This personalized approach minimizes risks and maximizes the safety and comfort of the patient during anesthesia and surgery. 
  1. Advanced Monitoring and Equipment: Veterinary hospitals with board-certified anesthesiologists typically have access to state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and anesthesia delivery systems. These tools allow for real-time assessment of vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen levels, enabling prompt intervention if any abnormalities occur. 
  1. Management of Complex Cases: Anesthesiologists are skilled in managing complex medical cases, including patients with underlying health conditions or those at higher risk for anesthesia-related complications. Dr. Di Concetto’s expertise allows them to anticipate potential challenges and implement strategies to mitigate risks, ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients. 
  1. Emergency Preparedness: In the rare event of an anesthesia-related emergency, having a board-certified anesthesiologist on-site provides an additional layer of expertise and support. These professionals are trained to handle emergencies quickly and effectively, minimizing the impact on the patient’s health and well-being. 
  1. Continuity of Care: Anesthesiologists work closely with the surgical team before, during, and after procedures to ensure continuity of care. They collaborate with veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other specialists to develop comprehensive anesthesia plans and provide ongoing monitoring and support throughout the surgical process. 

Overall, choosing LAASER offers peace of mind knowing that your pet will receive the highest standard of anesthesia care. Dr. Stefano Di Concetto, DVM, MS, DACVAA expertise, specialized training, and dedication to patient safety make them invaluable members of the veterinary team and essential partners in your pet’s healthcare journey. 

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Welcome to LAASER, where every wag of the tail and purr of contentment matters. In our pursuit of comprehensive care for our furry companions, we delve into the intricate world of neurology and neurosurgery. Join us as we uncover the essential role played by our dedicated Neurologist and Neurosurgeon, Dr. Robert Powers-Davis, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), in providing specialized care for pets facing neurological challenges. 

The Expertise Behind the Scenes: 

Step into the realm of neurology at LAASER, where our specialists embark on a journey of advanced training and specialization. Dr. Powers-Davis is not just a veterinarian; he is a trailblazer in the field, armed with extensive residency programs and board certifications from prestigious organizations. His expertise, honed through years of dedication and learning, forms the bedrock of our neurological services. 

Unraveling Mysteries: The Diagnostic Odyssey: 

In the labyrinth of the nervous system, Dr. Powers-Davis wields powerful diagnostic tools to navigate with precision. From high-tech imaging modalities to intricate neurological examinations, he leaves no stone unturned in unraveling the mysteries hidden within each patient’s neurology. Whether it’s pinpointing the source of seizures or detecting spinal cord injuries, their keen eyes and adept hands guide us through the diagnostic odyssey. 

Surgical Symphony: Precision in Practice: 

When the journey leads to the operating room, our neurosurgeon takes center stage, conducting a surgical symphony of precision and care. With delicate hands and state-of-the-art equipment, he performs intricate procedures to address neurological conditions with finesse. From spinal surgeries to brain tumor resections, each maneuver is orchestrated to restore mobility, alleviate pain, and ignite hope in the hearts of pet parents. 

Collaboration: The Heartbeat of Healing: 

At LAASER, collaboration pulses at the heart of our approach to pet care. Dr. Powers-Davis harmonizes with primary care veterinarians and specialists, weaving a tapestry of care that encompasses the whole patient. Through interdisciplinary consultations and open communication, they ensure that each pet receives tailored treatment and holistic support on their journey to recovery. 

A Symphony of Progress: Innovation and Exploration: 

Beyond the confines of routine care, our neurologist and neurosurgeon are champions of progress and exploration. They dive into the depths of research, embarking on clinical trials and studies to push the boundaries of veterinary neurology. Their commitment to innovation fuels our quest for excellence, propelling us toward a future where pets can thrive, even in the face of neurological challenges. 


As we bid adieu to the depths of neurology and neurosurgery at LAASER, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated team of specialists. Their unwavering dedication, expertise, and compassion form the backbone of our commitment to providing unparalleled care for our furry companions. With them by our side, we navigate the complexities of the nervous system with confidence, knowing that every pet’s journey is met with skill, empathy, and unwavering support. 

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In the realm of pet healthcare, the expertise of board-certified veterinary internists plays a pivotal role in diagnosing and managing complex medical conditions. At LAASER, our commitment to providing comprehensive care to our patients is exemplified by the invaluable contributions of our board-certified veterinary internists.

Expertise and Training:

Board-certified veterinary internists at LAASER are veterinarians who have undergone extensive additional training in internal medicine beyond their veterinary degree. They have completed specialized residency programs focused on diagnosing and treating diseases affecting internal organs and body systems. After rigorous examination, they earn board certification from esteemed organizations such as the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). This specialized training equips them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to navigate complex medical issues in pets with precision and care.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Abilities:

Our board-certified veterinary internists possess a comprehensive array of diagnostic tools and techniques to unravel the mysteries of complex medical conditions in pets. From advanced imaging modalities such as ultrasound and endoscopy to specialized laboratory tests including bloodwork, urinalysis, and cytology, they leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of accurate diagnoses. By leveraging their expertise and cutting-edge technology, they can swiftly identify underlying health issues and devise targeted treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

Tailored Treatment Plans:

Once a diagnosis is made, our board-certified veterinary internists collaborate closely with pet owners and primary care veterinarians to develop personalized treatment plans. These plans may encompass a spectrum of interventions, including medications, dietary modifications, and supportive therapies, all aimed at optimizing the pet’s health and well-being. With a commitment to ongoing monitoring and adjustments, our internists ensure that each patient receives the highest standard of care at every stage of their treatment journey.

Collaborative Approach:

At LAASER, collaboration lies at the heart of our approach to pet healthcare. Our board-certified veterinary internists work hand-in-hand with primary care veterinarians and other specialists to provide seamless, integrated care for our patients. Through regular communication and consultation, they foster a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that maximizes outcomes and enhances the overall patient experience. By working together as a cohesive team, we empower our patients to thrive and flourish.

Continuous Learning and Research:

Our board-certified veterinary internists are steadfast in their commitment to continuous learning and research. They actively engage in ongoing education and training to stay abreast of the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. Through participation in clinical trials, research studies, and professional organizations, they contribute to the advancement of veterinary internal medicine and shape the future of pet healthcare. Their dedication to innovation and excellence ensures that our patients benefit from the most cutting-edge treatments and therapies available.


At LAASER, our board-certified veterinary internists are dedicated to elevating the standard of care for our furry patients. Their expertise, compassion, and unwavering commitment to excellence make them indispensable members of our veterinary healthcare team. By entrusting the care of your beloved pets to our internists, you can rest assured that they are receiving the highest quality medical attention available.

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In the dynamic realm of veterinary medicine, specialized care is paramount to address the diverse needs of our cherished animal companions. When facing critical cases demanding urgent interventions, the expertise of a board-certified criticalist is indispensable. Let’s explore the critical role of these specialists at LAASER and how they ensure optimal outcomes for our furry friends in times of crisis.

Expertise and Training:

At LAASER, our board-certified criticalists are veterinarians who have undergone rigorous training beyond the standard veterinary degree. They’ve completed specialized residency programs focused specifically on critical care medicine, followed by extensive examinations to achieve board certification. This specialized training equips them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to manage complex medical and surgical emergencies in animals.

Comprehensive Critical Care:

Our criticalists are adept at managing a wide array of urgent and life-threatening conditions, including trauma, organ failure, respiratory distress, sepsis, and toxicities. They excel in performing emergency procedures such as CPR, thoracocentesis, and blood transfusions, while utilizing advanced monitoring equipment to assess and stabilize patients in critical condition. Their comprehensive approach to critical care ensures that each patient at LAASER receives timely and tailored interventions.

Collaborative Approach:

At LAASER, our board-certified criticalists foster interdisciplinary collaboration within our veterinary hospital. They work closely with primary care veterinarians, specialists, and support staff to develop comprehensive treatment plans and coordinate care for critically ill patients. By fostering open communication and teamwork, our criticalists help optimize patient outcomes and ensure seamless continuity of care.

Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Modalities:

Our criticalists have access to advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to aid in the diagnosis and management of critical cases. This may include advanced imaging techniques such as ultrasound and CT scans, as well as specialized laboratory testing to assess organ function and blood parameters. They are also proficient in administering and monitoring complex medications and therapies, such as mechanical ventilation, hemodialysis, and continuous infusions, to support patients in critical condition.

7 Day A Week Coverage:

At LAASER, we understand the importance of around-the-clock availability in critical care medicine. Our board-certified criticalists are available for consultation and emergency intervention 7 days-a-week, ensuring that patients in critical condition receive prompt and compassionate care. Their unwavering dedication to providing timely and expert care is instrumental in saving lives and alleviating suffering in our animal companions.


The role of a board-certified criticalist at LAASER is fundamental to our mission of providing exceptional veterinary care. Their specialized training, expertise, and commitment to high-quality critical care are essential in managing life-threatening emergencies and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our furry friends. By entrusting the care of critically ill patients to these highly trained professionals, pet owners can have confidence that their beloved companions are in capable hands, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

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As pet owners, we deeply love our pets and want the best for their health and well-being. When faced with medical issues that require surgical intervention, it’s natural to want the most skilled and experienced professionals caring for our beloved pets. This is where the significance of seeking out a board-certified veterinary surgeon becomes paramount.

What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

Board-certified veterinary surgeons are specialists who have undergone rigorous training and education beyond veterinary school to become experts in surgical procedures for animals. They have completed a residency program in surgery, conducted research in the field, and passed an in-depth examination administered by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) or a similar accrediting body.

Why Choose a Board-Certified Surgeon for Your Pet’s Surgery?

Expertise and Experience: Board-certified veterinary surgeons possess a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in performing complex surgical procedures. Their specialized training equips them with the skills and tools to address various surgical conditions, from orthopedic injuries to soft tissue surgeries and beyond.

1. Advanced Techniques and Technologies: Veterinary surgery is an ever-evolving field, with new techniques and technologies continually emerging to improve patient outcomes. Board-certified surgeons stay abreast of these advancements and are proficient in employing the latest surgical techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the best possible results for their patients.

2. Comprehensive Care: Board-certified surgeons provide comprehensive care for their patients, from pre-operative evaluations and surgical planning to post-operative monitoring and follow-up care. They work closely with referring veterinarians and our additional specialists to develop personalized treatment plans that address each pet’s unique needs and circumstances.

3. Safety and Minimized Risk: Surgery, like any medical procedure, carries inherent risks. Board-certified veterinary surgeons prioritize patient safety above all else and take every precaution to minimize risks during surgery. Their expertise allows them to anticipate and mitigate potential complications, resulting in safer procedures and improved outcomes for pets.

4. Long-Term Success: By entrusting your pet’s surgical care to a board-certified surgeon, you are investing in their long-term health and quality of life. These specialists are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for their patients, with the goal of restoring function, alleviating pain, and promoting healing for a better quality of life.

5. Conclusion: Regarding your pet’s health, never settle for anything less than the best. Choosing a board-certified veterinary surgeon ensures that your pet receives the highest standard of care and expertise available. Whether facing a routine procedure or a complex surgical intervention, the knowledge and skill of a board-certified surgeon can make a vast difference in your pet’s health and happiness. At LAASER, we are committed to providing exceptional surgical care for your pets. Contact us today to learn more about our surgery department at 323-800-VETS (8387).

Together, let’s ensure that our pet receives the specialized care they deserve.

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