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The Melrose Vet: Helping Los Angeles, One Pet at a Time

The Melrose Vet: Helping Los Angeles, One Pet at a Time
Photo Courtesy: The Melrose Vet

By: Allain Fonte 

The rising costs of pet care have been astounding. According to a recent article in the AP, government data shows that the cost of veterinary care has risen 10% in the last year. Acknowledging these challenges, Dr. Sehaj Grewal, aka the Melrose Vet, located in West Hollywood, California, proposes a practical solution for pet parents: pet insurance. Pet owners can navigate the rising costs of hospitalization and emergency procedures by having pet insurance, like the popular Gen Z Loved Lemonade.

Insurance can ensure their beloved companions receive the necessary care without causing financial strain. “Caring for your pet can be very expensive; we do what we can, and the insurance can certainly relieve some of the financial strain,” says Dr Grewal. “Here in LA, we just went through the writers and SAG/AFTRA strikes. Some people have still not returned to work, and we help where we can, but insurance can alleviate some of the stress of pet healthcare”, says Grewal. “I met Dr. Grewal when a friend recommended him to take care of my new puppy,” says Celebrity stylist and TV personality Derek Warburton, “Ollie was my first dog, and Dr. Grewal was great. He took care of him and even suggested I get pet insurance to keep costs down in case of emergency.” 

Even with the rising costs of doing business, Dr. Grewal’s most impactful project goes beyond individual struggles; it’s a mission to aid the pets of homeless individuals in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. Collaborating with actress Olivia “Liv” Siegl, the Underdog Community Project was born. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the surge in homelessness left many with only their pets as sources of comfort amid despair. 

The Underdog Community Project, founded by USC alumni, strives to provide free, accessible, and quality veterinary services to the pets of unhoused and minority individuals in the greater Los Angeles Area. Dr. Grewal passionately supports this initiative, emphasizing the importance of extending compassion to those who have offered solace in the darkest hours. 

The Melrose Vet: Helping Los Angeles, One Pet at a Time

Photo Courtesy: The Melrose Vet

“Underdog Community Project is a new organization founded by talented students from USC. They provide monthly medical services to the homeless population’s pets in Skid Row and the larger downtown Los Angeles area,” says Dr. Grewal. “I enjoy my practice and love our West Hollywood community, and working with the Underdog Community Project is so fulfilling.” 

Those inspired to contribute to this noble cause, whether through volunteering or donating, can visit their website at Underdog Community Project. Dr. Sehaj Grewal’s initiatives remind us that in times of uncertainty, empathy can create positive change, touching the lives of both pets and their devoted human companions. 

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