VCA Animal Hospitals

Getting Your New Pet Settled

Transition is part of every adoption. To help you and your new pet adjust, we’ve created a list of easy-to-follow recommendations. Once your pet is settled, everyone will feel right at home.

Kindness counts

Your new pet may have suffered a traumatic experience, and going from a strange new shelter to a strange new home may be overwhelming. Kindness, patience and understanding will help ease your pet into the family.

"I'm scared!"

Like people, pets can feel nervous and afraid in new surroundings. If this occurs, place your pet in a small quiet room with food and water. With a cat, add a litter box. Keep small children away and give your pet plenty of time to adjust.

Expect mistakes

Even the best-trained pet can make a mistake in a new home. Again, patience is key. If you notice your new pet struggling to find a pet door or litter box, help him. As the saying goes, "This too shall pass."

Expect behavior problems

Every pet comes with a set of rules. They may not be your rules, but over time, your pet will learn what kind of behavior you expect and respond appropriately. Until then, give your pet plenty of love and praise. Remember, change takes time.

Things can get touchy

New pets may resist being held and picked up in the first few days. This is especially true with small children. When this occurs, step back and let your pet take the lead. Animals crave attention but too much can feel overwhelming.

How long will this take?

Adoption is a lifetime commitment so it may take a couple of weeks before everyone is feeling the love. Don’t worry. Your pet’s affectionate nature will soon come out.

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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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.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

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