VCA Animal Healing Center

Our Hospital

The Veterinarians and staff of the VCA Animal Healing Center are here to restore and maintain your pet's health through a combination of the highest-quality holistic medicine, conventional medicine and surgery. We will always treat your pet as if they were our own—with compassion and dignity. We are committed to respecting every person and animal who comes through our door, and providing kind and individualized care, along with open and honest communication.

Local Medical Issues

Torn ligament? Get Prolotherapy!

Surgery is not your only choice for torn or sprained cruciate ligaments in dogs and cats. Prolotherapy, or proliferative therapy, can rebuild and repair injured connective tissue. It stimulates mild inflammation, which attracts growth factors to the area. This results in ligaments that are 30-40% stronger.

In a cruciate ligament tear, partial or full, the prolo solution is injected into the knee joint and surrounding ligaments with a small gauge needle. This creates tightening and stabilization of the joint, better function, and less main. The solution contains dextrose, which stimulates mild inflammation; procaine, a local anesthetic; vitamin B-12, for pain; bicarb, to take the sting out; and Traumeel, a homeopathic for pain that aids in healing.

This relatively short procedure can be performed awake with a calm, stoic dog. However, we prefer sedation for the first treatment to adequately evaluate the joint and get x-rays if needed. The average number of treatments required is 3-6, however, we usually see results within 1-2 treatments and rarely need to do three in total. Treatments can be spaced 2-4 weeks apart.

The goal is to minimize arthritis and restore functional use of the leg. Prolotherapy can also be used for hip dysplasia, patella luxation, and chronic lumbar subluxations.

Herbs and homeopathics are often prescribed to support healing and help with pain control.

Prevention of ligament tears includes weight management, exercise to strengthen and condition muscles and ligaments, and a diet with good quality protein and some organ meat.

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 Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Centers located at 301 Veterans Highway, Levittown, PA 19056. (215) 750-7884.