Dr. Jeffrey S. Cohen, DVM, DACVIM
As a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey S. Cohen approaches evaluation of each pet, from that healthy puppy exam to an ear infection to heart disease or cancer, with an eye on the details. Most notably, our clients comment on Dr. Cohen's intellect, thoroughness, ability to listen, compassion, and sense of humor. Dr. Cohen's regular clients have come to value his special training even in routine matters and feel especially fortunate his "specialist" expertise is immediately available when serious concerns arise. They understand that all Vets are not created equal. Dr. Cohen also makes himself available for second opinions and referrals from other veterinarians by appointment.
The Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital is complete with extensive advanced laboratory equipment (constantly being updated with technology) providing on-the-spot, in-house capability for processing various blood and urine tests. Fast and accurate laboratory testing can often be the difference in life-death struggles so STAT (emergency) evaluations for patients is always available. Screening blood tests, pre-anesthetic, and follow-up testing are done within our own highly quality controlled lab. Our outside reference laboratory, additionally provides us with three times daily service processing of a vast array of advanced diagnostic procedures performed by Dr. Cohen.
Technology is ever improving and certainly the area of DNA (gene) testing in animals is rapidly moving forward to identify important information about our pets with an eye on enabling better health care. A gene can signal a particular trait or a pathologic gene can also trigger the development of a birth defect or a disease process. Many such hereditary abnormalities have been identified and mapped in the DNA and an increasing number of tests have been devised to diagnose them. Bacteria and Viruses have their own DNA that can often be identified to pinpoint a diease process. Our laboratory services, in conjunction with specialized labs, include a large variety of DNA testing from specific diseases to answering the often sought question "What's my Mutt?" Please inquire if any DNA testing might be appropriate for your pet at your next exam with Dr. Cohen. Information and applications for breed specific genetic testing is available here. Routinely, we recommend testing for the MDR-1 gene mutation for all Collies, Australian Shepherds, Mini-Australian Shepherds and their mixes. Read about MDR-1 gene mutation here.
Debra Cohen, who formerly instructed veterinary students at the teaching hospital at the Veterinary College at the University of California, Davis in radiography, provides Dr. Cohen with "teaching quality" High Definition Digital Radiographs (X-Rays) enabling faster and more accurate diagnoses. Additionally, Ms. Cohen radiographs thousands of dogs each year without the need for anesthetic agents or drugs for the various certifications, including those of hip and elbow dysplasia for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). With his Internal Medicine Specialty status, Dr. Cohen certifies dog Hearts, Patellas & Dentition for the OFA organization as well. Please reference OFA Certification to our staff when calling for any of these services. Applications can be downloaded here from the OFA website.
Dr. Cohen pioneered ultrasound in Southern California on the heart and abdomen in dogs and cats way back in the late 1970's and has continued to be on the forefront of this diagnostic technology. Echocardiography, Color-Flow Doppler, Continuous Wave Doppler, Abdominal ultrasonography, and Ultrasound guided fine needle aspirates or biopsies are among the procedures performed daily at The Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital. With his respected expertise in cardiology, constant updating of equipment, large numbers of patient experiences, and extensive advanced training each year, Dr. Cohen remains an expert in this modality and provides frequent consultations on the subject to his colleagues and veterinary students. Veterinary Practice News® features Dr. Cohen in a series of interesting Case Studies using his expertise in Ultrasound. Below see Dr. Cohen perform abdominal and cardiac (echocardiogram) studies.
We just acquired the amazing Vimago from Epica Medical Innovations. The Vimago is a Robotic, High Definition, Computed Tomography-Fluoroscopy-Digital Radiography device capable of imaging an entire patient in a single series. This unit represents the highest resolution CT system in the world and comes from re-inventing CT technology. Fortunately, we in veterinary medicine benefit first. When Dr. Cohen became aware of this new technology, he immediately arranged to experience it's incredible detailed diagnostic power and purchase it for his patients. Dr. Cohen is one of only a handful of veterinarians with this technology in the world and the first in California. From detailing joints, reconstructing bones, finding diseases within the skull to outlining tumors and their spread anywhere within a pet's body, Dr. Cohen has already put this technology to work to help his patients.
When Terrier Mix, Icey was bitten in the face, her owners sought a second opinion from Dr. Cohen when it wasn't healing after months. Our CT outlined the defect in the nasal sinus bone when Dr. Cohen suspected the problem was it had been fractured and fragments forced into the nasal sinus cavity.
The CT imaging 3D rendering shows the bite hole in the bone.
For over 29 years, Dr. Cohen has been using flexible and rigid scopes for a variety of pet medical issues. Sometimes, he retrieves coins or small toys swallowed by overzealous puppies, or pulls blades of grass from the noses of sneezing cats; biopsies the small bowel of a cancer patient, or pulls a weed from the deep ear canal of a hunting dog, or a mineralized stone from a pet with a chronic urinary tract infection. For these patients, Dr. Cohen either avoided a surgery or performed a procedure that could not have been achieved without this equipment or his proficiency.
As with his approach to medicine, Dr. Cohen's surgical technique and delicate handling of tissues is all about meticulous and watching all the details. After years of hands-on training with a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon in his practice, Dr. Cohen provides quality surgical answers, albeit a routine cat spay, a 12-puppy C-section, various lump removals, an obstruction of the small bowel, or the emergencies of a twisted stomach (torsion) or to remove a ruptured spleen riddled with cancer to list just a sampling. Extensive patient monitoring and Dr. Cohen's propensity for carefulness, act in concert to reduce anesthetic risk so often worrisome to the pet owner. For the last 15 years, Dr. Cohen has added CO2 Laser Surgery to the repertoire of his hospital to increase surgical efficacy and comfort. Additionally, the doctor always considers his clients to the greater expertise of a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon as required for the best interest of their pet, either within our own facility or at a designated veterinary surgical hospital.
Introducing Dr. Randall Fitch, DVM, MS, DACVS who graciously gives of himself, coming into our practice from Northern California for our patients that need "Professor Level" surgical expertise.
Building on his expertise in endoscopy, Dr. Cohen is extensively trained in Laparoscopy, the use of specialized rigid scopes into the chest or abdominal cavities with related surgical applications. Rigid endoscopes in some cases carry remote-manipulation surgical tools in addition to providing a view of an internal body part. These techniques often provide a quick and relatively non-invasive means of obtaining answers that would otherwise require major surgery or expensive diagnostic testing. Further advantages of laparoscopy for the patient include a shortened anesthesia, better patient comfort, reduced surgical stress, and more rapid recovery. We have invested in the most advanced Storz HD Endoscopy equipment, currently only available at teaching hospitals here in California. Additionally we have been privileged to have, Specialist Dr. Timothy McCarthy DVM DACVS, the authority on Endoscopy, Laparoscopy & Minimally Invasive Surgery to mentor/train Dr. Cohen in advanced techniques, one-on-one at our facility.
Now performing Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Spays!
Please inquire when calling about scheduling our rapid recovery, advanced LapSpay.
Dr. Cohen is an advocate of good oral hygiene for his patients as research confirms dental disease can predispose to other organ diseases (esp. heart, liver and kidney diseases). According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs show symptoms of oral disease by the age of two. Oral disease is progressive and will worsen each year. Oral disease can also be very painful and shorten the lifespan of your pet.
We are pleased to offer Advanced Veterinary Dentistry and digital dental radiography (X-Rays) under general anesthesia for those patients that require complete oral medical care, need the relaxation of anesthesia, or when combined with other procedures where anesthesia must be used (ie. surgery). We highly recommend a Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialist for extensive dental procedures (ie. root canals, crowns, tooth restoration, et.)
Additionally, we are happy to offer Veterinary Outpatient Preventative Dentistry, giving our clients the option of having their pet's teeth thoroughly cleaned and polished without the need for sedation or anesthesia when appropriate under a veterinarian's supervision. We find 80% of pets are good candidates for non-anesthesia dental cleaning services. We are proud to have the highly credentialed Mr. Jason P. Carr of Healthy Smiles for Pets available to perform these veterinary supervised routine teeth cleaning procedures.This method is safe, gentle, and a cost-effective way to incorporate preventative dental health care into your pet's lifestyle, helping to reduce halitosis, gingivitis, tooth loss, and a cascading list of diseases. Mr. Carr prepares a detailed mapping of each tooth with a complete evaluation of the oral cavity soft tissues for each patient for Dr. Cohen's review to facilitate their dental health and overall wellness.
We understand that veterinary dental cleanings without anesthesia have come under some scrutiny as of late but our advanced veterinary supervised teeth care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary dentistry. Our Veterinary Outpatient Preventative Dentistry serves as an additional therapy to anesthetic dental procedures that has proven effective when done by qualified individuals in conjunction with a Veterinarian, not unlike your visit to a dentist and care from a hygenist. Read the results published in the IVC Journal detailing the safety and effectiveness of Veterinary Outpatient Preventative Dentistry in a doubl-blind study.
Be advised, any person advertising "gentle dentals" for your pet or to clean (scale or polish) your pet's teeth in your home or at a grooming parlor or a pet store, and does so without direct supervision by a licensed California Veterinarian, is doing so unsafely & illegally and you should immediately report them to The California Veterinary Medical Board in Sacramento at (916) 263-2610.
Laser Therapy is an affordable advanced modality for the treatment of inflammatory or painful conditions in animals here at The Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital without drugs or surgery. Cold laser therapy is a medical treatment that involves using a low-powered laser that does not produce heat, which is how it gets its name. This therapy is known by various other names, including low-level laser therapy, low-power laser therapy, soft-laser therapy, bio-stimulation laser therapy, and therapeutic laser. It has been used on humans as well as animals for more than 25 years. More than 3,000 scientific publications have been written validating it's effectiveness.
COLD LASER THERAPY is way cool! The laser therapy treatment offers a non-surgical, non-invasive option for animal patients with arthritis, back injuries, sprains, strains, inflammation, wound healing and acute and chronic pain. It is geared to help animals recover quicker, with less pain and less swelling.
Cold laser therapy is used on pets to treat pain and swelling and to speed up healing in muscles, tendons, skin, and other soft tissue. It also can reduce the amount of bacteria in affected areas.
Conditions that cold laser therapy is used to treat include muscular injuries, tendonitis, post-surgery sites, lesions from excessive licking, open wounds, spinal pain, and arthritis. Cold laser therapy won't cure arthritis, but should help reduce pain and swelling and increase the pet's range of motion. Increased range of motion allows a pet with arthritis to engage in more moderate and comfortable exercise.
|Informational Video on our K-Laser®|
Common Laser Therapy indications treated at our hospital by Dr. Cohen for your pet are:
Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
Back Pain (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
Trauma (Skin, Muscle, Bone)
Surgery (Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
Acute or chronic otitis (Ear problems)
Anal Gland inflammation
Idiopathic Cystitis - (Bladder Inflammation)
Sinusitis, Rhinitis (Nasal problems)
There is a new category of laser medical devices, HILT and we have it now!
Dr. Cohen asked this big question: how to reach deep tissues safely, without causing thermal (heat) damage to our patient?
Many traumatic or degenerative pathologies, such as arthritis, involve bones, muscles, tendons and articular structures that are deeply located. In order to reach these structures with a laser impulse, very high energetic doses are necessary. High energetic doses, however, generate heat that can damage surface tissues. The solution to this limit was born after long, scrupulous scientific research, integrated by years and years of lasertherapy experience. HILT can therefore transfer quantities of energy that are enough to cause specific biological and therapeutic effects in depth, without any risk of inducing an excessive warming of surface tissues.
The aim of HILT is to treat painful or degenerative pathologies from those on the surface to the deeper ones; the intensity and energetic impact of the HILT impulse have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and stimulating effects that support tissue recovery and regeneration. Yes, regeneration! Come experience a revolution in medicine therapy for your pet. Call 949-722-8152
We understand our patients often need to take a break and want to "check-in" when their owners go on holiday, when they have ongoing medication needs, or "just because." The hospital provides Residential Boarding strictly for our established clientele under Dr.Cohen's direct supervision. Naturally, we provide comprehensive bathing services for a variety of pet needs including the important "feel good" factor as well as the elimination of the pesky flea, and medicated treatments for skin ailments.
Even beyond that Dr. Cohen provides specialty veterinary care for your pet on a routine basis, The Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital provides sundry services and products you will find useful in your pet's life. Highlighting this list will include Out-Patient services, routine Vaccinations and Wellness exams, Health and Travel certificates, Identification Microchips, Complimentary Nail Trimming & Expression of anal glands for established patients, Heartworm Testing and Medication, specialized Prescription Diets, and Pet care & Grooming products.
If you have been referred directly to Dr. Cohen as a Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist by your family veterinarian, The Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital will attend to your pet's referral issues only. We must ask that veterinary care unrelated to the referral problem, as well as health care for other pets, be tendered by your family veterinarian. This is an ethical necessity. If you require information about other Veterinary Specialists we might recommend in the Southern California area for a specific pet need, please feel free to call our office.
Our phone 949.722.8152
Save a pet. Save a warrior.
When rescue dog, Prince Nacho was saved from the mean streets, he came to Dr. Cohen with a deformed leg from an old fracture never repaired and healed at an angle. Nacho couldn't walk on that leg, merely carried it like a dead thing. Using our new Vimago CT 3D technology, we were able to visualize his abnormal bone and create a plan with surgery specialist, Dr. Timothy McCarthy to reconstruct Nacho's leg. Now, Nacho walks and uses the leg normally. Truly amazing!
For over 20 years our most beloved family members have been patients at the Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital. We have always received compassionate and courteous care and we are grateful for their services. As a physician and surgeon myself, Dr. Cohen demonstrates excellent diagnostic and technical skills and is always comprehensive in his patient's management.
The Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital is impeccably run by Dr.Jeffrey Cohen and Debra Cohen, an extremely experienced and skilled veterinary technician. Their expertise, compassion, and empathy goes unmatched. Through the years and difficult decisions with our poodles, they have always been there for us. Having their support has made all the difference.
The high standards of this hospital puts us at ease whenever we have to leave our babies overnight. Walking into the front office, we are always greeted with a smile from their professional staff. Everyone goes out of their way to make us feel comfortable. There are always fresh flowers, candy, and beverages available to make us feel at home. Not to mention the goodies for their patients. The hospital and exams rooms always sparkle with cleanliness and I wouldn't hesitate to eat off the floor! My family enthusiastically recommends Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital!!
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