VCA Desert Animal Hospital


Our hospital offers Acupuncture Services for your pet with Dr. Gail Cutler, an IVAS Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old practice that involves the use of sharp, thin needles inserted in the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy and blood flow into healthier patterns.

Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to regular medicine when results are not ideal, or when there is a medical condition that limits further treatment. It can also be used if the owner prefers a more holistic approach.

Some of the more common conditions that acupuncture can treat in pets are back and neck problems, arthritis, and other types of pain. Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions such as allergies, seizures, anemia, nausea, behavior problems, reproductive issues and more.

From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, illness is due to an imbalance, a deficiency, or possible blockage of the flow of ‘Qi’, which is considered a life force. Acupuncture is designed to enhance deficiencies, stimulate Qi, and release blockages.

From a western perspective, research has shown that the insertion of needles in acupuncture points stimulates inflammatory mediators and neurotransmitters that can result in improved blood flow or neuralgic response to areas that need it.

An initial one hour acupuncture consultation involves a physical exam, assessment, and first treatment. It usually takes more than one session to see a response and follow-up sessions are 30 minutes. Most animals like acupuncture and many get very relaxed or fall asleep.

Feel free to call Dr. Cutler at 760-778-9999 if you would like more information.


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,

please contact either:

VCA Valley Animal Medical Hospital and Emergency Hospital

46920 Jefferson Street

Indio,  CA  92201               Phone: 760-342-4711

Website: VCA Valley Animal Medical Hospital and Emergency Hospital


VCA Central Animal Hospital

281 North Central Avenue

Upland,  CA  91786           Phone: 909-981-2855