VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital


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  • Madison Avenue aka The Mad Woman

    -Madison's Sister from Laguna Beach, CA
    Pet Name: Madison Collings

    Our family has just suffered a great loss today! Madison, our Maddie girl, has become an angel. Dr. Gordon, you have been a great support and an inspiration to our family. The way that you have always taken care of Maddie. You and your staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty. You will always have a special place in our hearts. Madison, may you rest in peace! And we will celebrate your life.

  • Always Room

    -Arthur Field from Fallbrook, CA
    Pet Name: Austin

    Although I live in Fallbrook, I have always taken my dogs to see Dr. Gordon as he was recommended to me because of his holistic approach to disease. I will tell you about my last dog Austin, who was 16 years old when he passed away this year. Last year, I had a terrible scare with Austin. Austin was choking in the middle of the night so I took him to the local emergency hospital. The vet there told me he had a major heart problem and that she would have to operate immediately. I was not comfortable with this, so I picked Austin up and took him the next day to a specialist in the area. After an ultrasound, the second vet found a different problem (with his adrenal gland) and said that Austin would need surgery on this tumor within the week. By that time, Austin was in terrible shape and very weak. He was coughing all the time, and not eating. I called Dr. Gordon at Arroyo and he said to bring Austin in immediately. I had to literally carry the dog in. Dr. Gordon ran a battery of tests. He showed me the x-rays and explained to me that, although Austin did have these other problems the specialists were concerned about, the real reason Austin was not doing well was that Austin had very severe pneumonia. I am not sure how Dr. Gordon did it, but after a day in the hospital with IV fluid therapy, IV antibiotics, acupuncture, and other treatments, Austin was able to walk out of the animal hospital! He went on to live for another 18 months and was happy and healthy until the end.


    -Dave and Franca from San Clemente, CA
    Pet Name: Wrangler, Luke and Zak

    Pet Image Our testimonial could be a novel, so we're keeping it short and sweet. Dr. Gordon has shown all of our dogs the best loving care, whether its basic wellness, acupuncture or surgery, we know our dogs are in the best hands. For us, Dr. Gordon takes the time to talk and explain everything and then answer all our questions, no matter when we think of them. In the end it comes down to trust -- and Dr. Gordon is who we trust to take care of our boys.

  • Total Appreciation

    -Marcia Leong from Mission Viejo, CA

    It is my pleasure to share how grateful I feel to VCA Arroyo for the loving care that my two dogs and four kitties have received during the past four years. I have had my share of emergencies and, each time, my pet was examined immediately and had the best and kindest attention humanly possible. I am also confident that this same level of gentle care and handling is exhibited in the treatment area as well. I appreciate Dr. Gordon, Dr. Holden and the other doctors at this hospital beyond words.

  • I Want to Share My Experience

    -Sandra Medock from Laguna Hills, CA
    Pet Name: Barkley, Bridgett, Peaches, Felina, Toby, Charlie

    I had a little wheelchair dog who was running out of options. Traditional vet care was no longer working. Dr. Gordon approached Barneys issues on a more holistic level. We started vitamin therapy and weekly acupuncture. The results were amazing. His condition became manageable. Barney was up and rolling for another 3 years. Barney has crossed the rainbow bridge and I am forever grateful for the care and compassion of the staff at VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital. I now have nine rescued furry friends and I totally entrust their well-being to Arroyo. This is a beautiful facility and the level of care your pet receives is beyond excellent. I will never go anywhere else.

  • Dr. Lisa Buehler and Entire Staff

    -Patricia Strnad from Irvine, CA
    Pet Name: Cleo

    Pet Image I have been taking my cat, Cleo, to VCA Arroyo for more than two years. In January of 2014, Dr. Buehler suspected Cleo had something wrong with her Thyroid. As a result, Cleo went to a specialist for further testing. Cleo ended up having two tumors on her thyroid and was treated to have the tumors eliminated. Without Dr. Buehler's first suspicion and recommendation to see a specialist, Cleo would have got to the point where it would have been too late to do anything and I could have lost her. Cleo's recovery was a long process and Dr. Buehler, along with Dr. Gordon, went above and beyond in their quest to help Cleo to recover. Dr. Buehler is a very compassionate, caring and kind Vet. She even contacted me at home, by phone, to check on Cleo's progress. The Staff at Arroyo was also very caring and kind to Cleo. I can't express how grateful I am to Dr. Buehler and everyone at Arroyo for the wonderful treatment Cleo received. As a result of all of their good work and kindness, Cleo recovered completely and I owe them everything for saving the life of my dear little companion. Dr. Buehler is the best and kindest Vet I have ever went to and I would not change going to her for anything, she is one in a million!!! Also know that Dr. Gordon is great as well as all of the Staff. Please know if you decide to take your pet to Arroyo, you are in good hands as they take your pets health seriously and will do anything in their power to help your pet!!!! Attached is a picture of Cleo looking like a million dollars due to Dr. Lisa Buehler! Thanks Dr. Lisa! Cleo and I send you our thanks and love!! From: Patricia Strnad and Cleo Irvine, Ca.

  • When you need the very best

    -Lori H. from San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Pet Name: Blanca

    I love VCA Arroyo! Dr. David Gordon is the Director and has been there the entire time they've been open. Dr. Gordon is so thoroughly dedicated to his Clientele and their humans. I have taken my kitties to him for the last 17 yrs. Dr. Gordon is well versed in holistic care and will balance that with regular "western" medicine when necessary. This is really integrative medicine. Dr. Gordon is a very peaceful and gentle person and so is his staff. I have had to let two of my kitties go at his place and they have always, always been so incredible. One of my kitties lived 17 and 1/2 yrs. and she just left me last week. Dr. Gordon was not available but another one of his Doctors, Lisa Buehler, DVM, was. Dr. Buehler could not have been kinder or more gentle with my fur baby India. She did everything under the sun to help save her life but in the end, heart disease and kidney disease were just too much and it was time to let her go. Dr. B. was amazing - caring, gentle, quiet, peaceful and supportive. She gave us all the time we needed to say good-bye. She is a real kitty doctor and I would, without hesitation, refer others to her and to Dr. Gordon. The front office staff are as equally wonderful, Stephanie, Diane, Tara & Loren... the best. The Technicians in the back are superb... Destiny, Brian, James, ... and more. The Team is fantastic and the place is clean and state of the art. And on top of that, Dr. Gordon also has another, very special Doctor with him, Dr. Adam Lassin, DVM. Dr. Lassin is also trained and certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lassin is amazing with kitties. Have you ever seen a kitty get acupuncture... well, I have and he did it with calm confidence and gentleness. My kitty even got one on the nose and she just let it stay there. The entire time Dr. Lassin was talking to me, he was calmly stroking my kitty, putting her at ease. She wasn't scared, which was really weird... kinda like a Dr. Doolittle thing in a way. Dr. Lassin has also seen my feisty little kitty who is also 17 and 1/2 and she didn't even hit him. She was also calm. It is really interesting to see someone exude some kind of calm that impacts animals... and in turn calms their humans. I trust the Doctors and the staff and I definitely put them to the test. I am not your average customer, I am demanding (hopefully in a polite way) and they always meet my needs.

    So, as you can tell, these are my fur kids doctors and I really, really like them and respect how caring and wonderful they are. I think you'll like them too!

  • Dr Holden

    -Kimberly Thomas from Lake Forest, CA
    Pet Name: Harley, cappie, watson

    I have been coming to VCA Arroyo for about 5 years now and i love this hospital i love the staff and i really like dr holden she is a wonderful doc and she cares about all my boys and she is very good at explaining things to me so i can understand them and the front office staff is a joy and when you walk into the hospital you dont feel like your in a vets office it is nice and very clean and fresh smelling. So if you are looking for a great place look no further then VCA Arroyo animal hospital for all your pets needs.

  • Thank you, Dr. Holden

    -Melissa Litster from Lake Forest, CA
    Pet Name: Cammie

    I switched to VCA Arroyo after having a series of negative experiences with my former vet, which left me with a lack of confidence in my dog's future medical care (as well as my diabetic cat's-another story ^-^). My dog had a Grade 1 tumor on her head which needed to be removed. Cammie fell under the care of Dr. Holden at VCA Arroyo, and fast forward to today, when she just got her stitches out. Cammie's her same waggy self. I found Dr. Holden's professional yet personal client interaction to be excellent. I felt immediately at ease with her and confident enough for her to perform surgery on my dog. I was not disappointed. She is very sharp and very easy to communicate with. She told me all I needed to know about my dog's condition and very graciously answered all my questions. Cammie gives two paws up - thank you, Dr. Holden.

  • Dexter ,Thor and the rest of the Clan

    -sandra mahanna from San Clemente, CA
    Pet Name: Thor aka Bookitty

    Pet Image I've known Dr. Gordon for nearly 20 years. In that time I've had to say goodbye to 3 of my pets, two in just the last few months, Dexter and Thor. while extremely sad, I know they were in the best of hands.Dr. Gordon's combination of holistic and medical applications to situations is the best, for our animal companions, in my opinion. And his honest and straight forward manner of explaining the options and outcomes makes it easy to trust him and builds confidence in his clients. I trust him to give my pets the best care possible and as a former Zookeeper, would not hesitate to recommend VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital to anyone.


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 case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, you can call VCA All Care at 714-963-0909, located at 18440 Amistad St., Suite E, Foutain Valley, CA 92708 or Animal Urgent Care at 949-364-6228, located at 28085 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo, CA 92692.