VCA Foothill Veterinary Hospital

Parasite Control

Parasite Prevention and Testing

There are many common dog and cat parasites that can pose a threat to your pets year-round!

  • Fleas –They bite animals and people alike! They can lead to anemia, dermatitis and tapeworm infections
  • Roundworms - Common symptoms: diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, weight loss
  • Hookworms - Attach to the intestinal lining, creating bleeding internal wounds
  • Whipworms - An intestinal parasite whose eggs can survive for years in the soil, re-infecting your pet even after successful treatment!
  • Heartworms - Live in the heart and lungs and can be life-threatening!
  • Ear Mites - Mites live in an infected cat’s ears, feeding off the ear lining, causing intense scratching and/or head shaking

We recommend annual fecal testing (to check for intestinal worms) for all our dog and cat patients, as well as annual heartworm tests for dogs. We also recommend year-round parasite protection for all patients. Even indoor cats should be treated because the outdoors can get tracked indoors on our clothes and shoes, and by our dogs and other pets. Parasite prevention is easy with once-a-month chewable tablets and/or topical treatments. If your pet is not already on a prevention program, ask us how to get started today!


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

We see emergency cases during normal business hours. If it is after normal hours, please contact the following hospitals:

TLC Pet Medical Center
1412 Huntington Dr., South Pasadena
(626) 441-8555

Emergency Pet Clinic of San Gabriel Valley
254 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte
(626) 579-4550