VCA Greenhaven Pocket Animal Hospital

Holiday Tips

Once again the holidays are approaching us and we need to be aware of the safety and guidelines for our pets when putting up any decorations, having parties,etc.  
De-icing products, salt and ice can get into fur and paws, causing skin irritation or more serious conditions. Thoroughly wipe their paws and tummy when they come in.

Take care to wipe up any spilled antifreeze " dogs and cats like the sweet taste. Ingestion of glass, metal, ribbons or tinsel can lead to an emergency. Also, snow globes and artificial snow contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or inhaled. Pretty as they are, ivy, holly mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies and Christmas greens can all be toxic if ingested. That goes for tree water too.

If you’re having a party and have to hustle around, animals can get frightened from the crowd. So designate a quiet, secure room or boarding. 

And no chocolate for pets! The sweet stuff contains a chemical that is highly toxic to pets.  Our Thanksgiving and Christmas feast  aren't healthy for our pets, skin, gravy  bones and other things we love to eat can cause severe GI upset that can lead to a trip to the veterinarian and possible hospitalization.

We hope these few helpful tips keep your pet safe and heathy during this holdiay season,  


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 one of the following nearby emergency care hospitals.

Vista- Emergency & Referral Center @ 916-231-4445, 7425 Greenhaven Drive, Sacramento, Ca 95831  

Mueller Pet Medical Center @916-428-9202, 7625 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, Ca. 95832

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center @ 916-362-3111, 9801 Old Winery Place, Sacramento, CA 95827