At the Melrose La Brea Animal Hospital, modern treatment meets old-fashioned, warm-hearted neighborhood care. Dr. Edd Jordan has been healing animal patients since 1971, offering day, night, and emergency service as well as house calls and boarding. Yes, house calls: by day, by night, and for emergencies.
Pet parents hail Jordan’s encyclopedic knowledge and the hospital’s warm environment where boarding pets get free run of the clinic and dogs are walked a minimum of four times a day. This general practice is a mainstay on Melrose Ave., offering diagnosis and treatment as well as general surgeries.
According to veterinary assistant Lindsey Fernandez, the animal hospital is “very neighborhood-centric. Even our building looks like a house rather than a business from the outside.”
With two exam rooms and a six-person staff, Melrose La Brea Animal Hospital provides service to a wide range of four-legged friends, and offers free vaccines with a paid pet exam.
“We take care of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, turtles, reptiles – we’ve had chickens here, as well,” Fernandez says. “We do preventative care always for all animals, and we do a lot of elderly pet care. If a specialist is needed, we’ll refer. We always give our clients many options.”
The hospital also offers pain relief assistance including Diowave Treatment Laser Therapy which manages pain without drugs or surgeries. An openness to this type of innovative technology is key at the practice, which also carries items such as nutritional supplements, prescription food, and flea products, making the hospital a one-stop-shop for clients.
Honored with a lifetime membership in the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, Jordan is also involved in the SCVMA’s public anti-rabies dog vaccination program. The doctor is licensed by the Board of Consumer Affairs in California, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, but Jordan’s caring is well known in the local Melrose community, too.
“We have a lot of people who have been coming here for over ten years, and some from as far back as when we first opened,” Fernandez notes. “We have a second generation of pets that we see; children who were coming here with their parents are now adults and bringing in their own pets. They remember what is was like when the doctor was first here, and the care that was given, and they want to continue receiving that care.”
While the clinic is small, the warm atmosphere is large. Pet owners relate stories of Dr. Jordan’s careful attention to detail, the helpful house calls provided, and the sensitive handling of end-of-life options. In addition, because not that many veterinary practices in the area handle exotic pet care, owners of turtles and tortoises, reptiles and birds are delighted with the accessibility and inclusiveness of the space. Another plus for pet owners: staff members speak English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese, making it easy to communicate pet needs.
The friendly practice has their own pets, too: a tuxedo cat named Mia, and a white rabbit with black ears called Bean a.k.a. Mr. Bean.
So, don’t go barking up the wrong tree when it comes to pet care. The Melrose La Brea Animal Hospital may be purr-fect. The veterinary hospital is located at 7116 Melrose Ave.