VCA Animal Healing Center

Monthly Topic & Patient

My name is Sweitz (pronounced like sweets) and I am 1 and ½ years old. Right now, I am healthy and happy – Meow!! However, it didn’t start out that way – growl! You see Daddy surprised Mommy with me in June 2013 when I was 4 months old. I looked and acted like a healthy kitten for a few days but we soon found out that my furry family had passed on to me calicivirus and mycoplasma.

I was very sick with constant high fevers. I didn’t have any energy, my body and paws hurt so much that I couldn’t sit, jump up or down from a couch or bed. And, I cried when Mommy or Daddy held me from the pain. It was a very upsetting time. Mommy cried and prayed a lot and Daddy researched and purchased holistic supplements to build my immune system.
Needless to say, Mommy was always driving me to the veterinarian’s office to be treated or get fluids for my fever. After being treated by the second veterinarian doctor and not getting better, Mommy felt she needed more answers and asked her acupuncturist if he had any recommendations for a holistic vet. Guess who he recommended? That’s right, VCA Animal Healing Center!! And, here I am!! Meow!! Meow!!

Mommy said as soon as she walked in the door she felt like she was home and had found the right place for me. The atmosphere and staff were friendly and quaint and she loved seeing all of the holistic remedies. As for me, I felt so comfortable with my vet techs and doctors that I would curl up and take a nap on the exam table. Can you imagine? I never felt like that at the other veterinarian offices. And, everyone here at VCA is so nice, gentle and caring. I was amazed at how much they care about me. They were always asking or calling Mommy to see how I was doing. And, everyone was also very nice and comforting to Mommy as she cried during my many exams.

Well, it took a few months of antibiotics, pain medicine, holistic remedies and lots of love from Mommy, Daddy and my VCA family but by October I finally got better and had lots of energy. I could sit, jump up or down from a couch or bed, and now I purred when Mommy and Daddy held me. Everyone was happy for me and things were wonderful until…….. April when I had high fevers again and even had to stay overnight in the Intensive Care Unit at VSEC. After being given all kinds of tests, I tested negative for everything which was a relief to everyone. Although, we don’t know what caused my high fevers, I got better again by the end of May and have been feeling really good ever since. If you see me in the office (hopefully less than before) feel free to pet me, bark at me or meow at me.
And, I would be very grateful if you would say a prayer for me to live a long, healthy and happy life. Meow!!

Thank you so much my wonderful and loving VCA family for everything you have done for me and helped me through!! I will be your patient for the rest of my life!!

Meow!! Meow!! Meow!! Meow!! Meow!! Meow!!


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In the case of an emergency, outside of our normal business hours, please contact the Veterinery Specialty and Emergency Centers located at 301 Veterans Highway, Levittown, PA 19056. (215) 750-7884.