The Melrose Vet Is In The Business Of Caring For Your Pets

By: Allain Dumon Fonte

In the thriving business of healthcare, there are many sectors that are still affected. I recently sat down with Dr. Sehaj Grewal, better known as the Melrose Vet and we addressed the pressing concern of escalating pet care prices. His office in the heart of West Hollywood was hit the hardest last year with the SAG/AFTRA strikes and he did everything he could to help those affected that owned pets in his community. Even now in the Hollywood landscape where creatives are finally getting back to work, marked by inflation and persistent challenges has triggered a ripple effect touching every sector, including veterinary clinics and pet care products. While neighborhood clinics strive to offer cost-effective services, they too grapple with the need for sustainability.

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. Grewal proposes a practical solution for pet parents: pet insurance. By having pet insurance, like the popular Lemonade, pet owners can navigate the rising costs of hospitalization and emergency procedures. Insurance can ensure that 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. “ 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.

"Underdog Community Project is a new up and coming organization founded by some 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 I love our West Hollywood community and being able to work with the Underdog Community Project is so fulfilling”.
For those inspired to contribute to this noble cause, whether through volunteering or donating, visit their website at Underdog Community Project. Dr. Sehaj Grewal's initiatives remind us that in times of uncertainty, the power of empathy can create ripples of positive change, touching the lives of both pets and their devoted human companions.

To visit the Melrose Vet visit their website

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