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Alex Ruppe

DVM
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Staff Veterinarian
Emergency Care
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Dr. Alex Ruppe is originally from the Chicagoland area. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina; then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving her degrees, Dr. Ruppe completed her Small Animal Rotating Internship at PetCare East Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. Dr. Ruppe is a Fear Free Certified veterinarian.
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Emergency Care

What Is An Emergency Care Specialist?

  An emergency care specialist can help in the following kinds of cases, among others:

  • Traumatic injury (including fractures, bite wounds, burns, lacerations)
  • Respiratory emergencies (including cases in which the use of ventilators is needed)
  • Animals in need of blood transfusions
  • Animals that are in shock
  • Animals with life threatening neurologic disease, such as coma or severe seizures

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in handling emergency and critical care for your pet. An emergency care specialist typically works in tandem with your general practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

How Can I Find A Specialist in Emergency for My Pet?

If your veterinarian does not handle after hours emergencies, then he or she probably already has a referral relationship in place with a local or regional emergency hospital. You can also look for emergency specialists in your area on the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) website. In addition, you can also check with any veterinary schools in your area to see if they have a fully staffed and equipped emergency room. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when and where to refer you and your pet for emergency or critical care is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.

When Does My Pet Need Emergency Care?

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the feces or urine
  • Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Signs of heatstroke


Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Many emergency hospitals work on a referral basis with general practitioners. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of the emergency and critical care specialist for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner veterinarian for follow up and routine care.

Did You Know?

There are more than 125 board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialists in the U.S. today and it is the fastest growing specialty in the profession.

Our Emergency Care Team

Medical Director/Emergency Veterinarian
Emergency Veterinarian
Staff Veterinarian
VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center

15926 Hawthorne Boulevard

Lawndale, CA 90260

Main: 310-542-8018

Fax: 310-542-8098

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Department Hours:

Cardiology: Mon - Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
Dermatology: Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:00pm
Integrative Medicine: Wed 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm &
Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Internal Medicine: Mon - Thurs 10:00am - 5:00pm,
every other Fri & Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ophthalmology: Mon - Thur 9:00am to 5:00pm
Surgery: Wed - Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm

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