VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital


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  • Just by Luck...

    -Jessica Conner from Aliso Viejo, CA
    Pet Name: Ernie and Jazmine

    Pet Image I just found this amazing place! I found them on the internet and made an appt originally because they were open so late. Within 2 weeks I ended up having to bring both my cats in. And now I will never go anywhere else. Unfortunately I had to let go of my 17 year old cat, Ernie. Dr. Holden was awesome with him and with me. I appreciate so much her compassion and concern. The entire staff was so caring. It was the best place for me to spend the worst day...
    I appreciate it more than you could ever know. I look forward to our future relationship when the time is right for me to bring another love into my heart...

  • Her days are NOT numbered

    -Diane C. from Costa Mesa, CA
    Pet Name: Patches

    Being new to Southern Calif, leaving our vet back home, I thought I would lose my Patches before I could find a vet she liked and I trusted. She had a cyst removed in her shoulder several years ago, then another cyst on her front arm last October. I was told it was likely they spread back into her shoulder and was probably a very aggressive cancer. suddenly, one day Patches couldn't even get up anymore, without being lifted and carried. My husband found VCA Arroyo on the internet and made the appt for me. I was very hesitant, and didn't even know where I was going. I got off work late, so was going to be late for the appt. I called and they were so nice and understanding. When I got there I knew Patches couldn't get out of the car. The tech(I'm sorry I can't remember her name) offered to come out to help me get her out of the car. Patches never met her before but I could tell she was at ease with her from the start. They spent over an hour and a half with us, gave us some pain meds, and whole lot of love, and the next day Patches was wagging her tail and getting up and about with no trouble. I have no idea what was wrong, or what they did -other than show us Patches has a lot more time here with us - they worked a miracle cuz I thought her time was done. She is still doing great on her new diet and has more energy than she has had in years! Thanks so much!

  • Great Care

    -Willie from Anaheim Hills, CA

    Dr. Gordon's care of Boo has been phenomenal---you may not be aware, but Dr. Gordon is the 4th Vet I've taken Boo to in his short life span

  • Only the Best for Fleegle

    -Mike from Foothill Ranch, CA
    Pet Name: Fleegle

    Pet Image If you are reading this, then you must be someone who really cares about your pet's well being. If you want the very best for your best friend, then Dr. David Gordon is the veterinarian for you!

    When you meet Dr. Gordon, you will know that you have brought your pet to someone who shares your cares and concerns about your pet.

    Fleegle has been in Dr. Gordon's care since she was a puppy. I trust Dr. Gordon and have confidence in his ability. I feel very fortunate that Dr. Gordon is Fleegle's doctor.

  • Taking Excellent Care of My Dogs

    -Joleen Failor from San Clemente, CA
    Pet Name: Darbi and Katie

    Just wanted to take time to say how much I appreciate the excellent care Dr. Gordon and his staff have given my two dogs. I have had an extremely different situation for the lifetime (starting at 12 wks old) of my 12+ year old yorkie. Dr. Gordan has saved her life MORE THEN ONCE. He really gets her complicated issues and supports her and me in the most positive professional way possible. I can highly recommend him and the staff. They are WONDERFUL!!!:)

  • Acupuncture for Pets..from Skeptic to Believer

    -Peggy Henderson from Santa Ana, CA
    Pet Name: Jedi

    I have always been a skeptic when it comes to "alternative" medicine. However, in my dog's case, I have no other explanation except that acupuncture truly does work. My three year old Labrador, Jedi, developed an unexplained limp in his right front shoulder last October. It went from intermittent to constant. X-rays revealed nothing - no dysplasia, OCD, etc. He was put on NSAID's and told to limit activity, with a tentative diagnosis of tendonitis/bursitis. Weeks later, he was limping worse than ever, and I decided to take Jedi to a very reputable orthopedic specialist. More x-rays, two MRI's (spine and shoulder), joint tap, spinal tap, and a CT scan of both shoulders revealed absolutely nothing. He was put on more NSAID's, narcotics, muscle relaxers, cortisone injected into the joint, and still the limp did not get better. My dog was a constant tripod. When the specialist told me he wanted to go into the joint surgically to explore, I had hesitations. Poor Jedi had been put under anesthesia for the above procedures each time, and I was getting worried about the possible effects of so much anesthesia. I had heard about acupuncture in horses for sore backs and lameness, and decided that before I would put Jedi through any surgery, I wanted to give this a try. No medication he was on had helped so far, and I was truly not expecting much when I took Jedi for his first appointment with Dr. Gordon. My attitude was "I guess it can't hurt, and it's cheaper than everything else we've done so far". So, I wasn't too surprised when nothing changed after the first few times we went for acupuncture treatments. The one noticeable difference was that Jedi really seemed to like to go to Dr. Gordon, whereas he was rather subdued each time we went to the specialist. The day after the fourth treatment (two weeks after we started acupuncture), my dog walked without a limp. I had to stare at him at first, because for four months, he limped. It was "abnormal" to see him move "normal"! I couldn't believe it! After that turning point, he would still take a few limping steps after getting up, but with each treatment, he got better. Now (two months after starting treatments), he is 100% sound all of the time. We take him hiking again (he went on a five hour hike two weeks ago, ran after a rabbit down a steep incline, had to climb his way out, and never took a bad step!) I can't thank Dr. Gordon enough for "fixing" my dog, and giving me my hiking partner back! I've definitely become a believer in the effectiveness of acupuncture.


    Pet Name: PennyTimChanelCallahan

    Many years ago, close to 25, my neighbor recommended Dr. Gordon to me. I had 2 cats at the time. This began a long friendship. Over the years, I added Dalmatians to my family. I would never take my children another vet. Dr. Gordon and his outstanding staff have always treated my pets with love. They care for the animals like they were their own. Dr. Gordon has always been honest, very caring, and sincere. A pet owner could not find a better place to care for their animal. Dr. Gordon and his entire staff are the best!!!!!

  • You are GREAT

    -Jill G from Trabuco, CA
    Pet Name: Christmas, Lucy, Shadow, Bonnie, Clyde, Tinker

    Well what can I say, except you are GREAT. You and your staff have taken such good cared of all our pets (dogs and cats alike) for the past 18 years. Only once did I seek a second opinion and guess what, you (as usual) were right on in your diagnosis - not only have I been lucky enough to have you take great care of our pets, I've seen how you kept our neighbor's dog alive longer than expected. Thank you and your wonderful staff for your loving care all these years.


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.