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VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon in El Cajon, CA

Caring for pets...

and their people, too.

At VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon, our goal is to continuously improve the quality of life of our patients and the well-being of our community by providing high quality veterinary health care that exceeds our clients’ expectations. Our staff is devoted to providing the best medical, surgical, and emergency veterinary care available.

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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


VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon is open 24 hours a day to attend to all of your pet's needs.

24 Hour Critical & Emergency Care     619 444-4246

You may bring your pet in for an emergency visit any time of the day or night.  Veterinarians are in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide immediate care.  Please call ahead and so we can expedite your arrival.

Some situations that may require emergency care

• Unconsciousness
• Foaming at the mouth
• Hit by car
• Seizure or Tremor
• Unresponsive
• Lethargic
• Blue, purple, or pale gums or tongue
• Ingestion of snail bait, rat bait, anti-freeze, pills, medications, vitamins, or any suspect substance.
• Bite wounds
• Snake bites
• Spider or insect bites
• Poisonings
• Paralysis
• Diarrhea
• Allergic reactions
• Lacerations
• Fractures
• Burns