VCA Annandale Animal Hospital

Getting Your New Pet Settled

Transition is part of every adoption. To help you and your new pet adjust, we’ve created a list of easy-to-follow recommendations. Once your pet is settled, everyone will feel right at home.

Kindness counts

Your new pet may have suffered a traumatic experience, and going from a strange new shelter to a strange new home may be overwhelming. Kindness, patience and understanding will help ease your pet into the family.

"I'm scared!"

Like people, pets can feel nervous and afraid in new surroundings. If this occurs, place your pet in a small quiet room with food and water. With a cat, add a litter box. Keep small children away and give your pet plenty of time to adjust.

Expect mistakes

Even the best-trained pet can make a mistake in a new home. Again, patience is key. If you notice your new pet struggling to find a pet door or litter box, help him. As the saying goes, "This too shall pass."

Expect behavior problems

Every pet comes with a set of rules. They may not be your rules, but over time, your pet will learn what kind of behavior you expect and respond appropriately. Until then, give your pet plenty of love and praise. Remember, change takes time.

Things can get touchy

New pets may resist being held and picked up in the first few days. This is especially true with small children. When this occurs, step back and let your pet take the lead. Animals crave attention but too much can feel overwhelming.

How long will this take?

Adoption is a lifetime commitment so it may take a couple of weeks before everyone is feeling the love. Don’t worry. Your pet’s affectionate nature will soon come out.

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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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency, please call VCA Annandale Animal Hospital immediately: 703-941-3100

If it is after hours, please contact:

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital: 703-823-3601
2660 Duke Street in Alexandria

VCA SouthPaws: 703-752-9100
8500 Arlington Blvd in Fairfax

Hope Center: 703-281-5121
140 Park Street SE in Vienna

Regional Veterinary Referral Center: 703-451-8900
6551 Backlick Road in Springfield
 

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