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Preventative Care is the Best Medicine!

According to the "Weathering the Recession" study done at the AAHA Yearly Conference, emergency and acute care are on the rise as clients try to save money by postponing care for ill pets.

Here at VCA Noah�s Ark we are very aware of the hard economic times. We would like to remind people that the best medicine is preventative medicine. Even though your pet may seem fine on the outside, they may have something wrong on the inside. Yearly wellness exams are essential for your pet. Although our veterinarians always perform a thorough exam on your pet no matter the reason they are here, there are some very large differences between a health problem exam and an annual wellness exam.

*At a health problem exam, the doctors are mainly concerned about the pets presenting health issue. Although they will do things such as listen to your pet�s heart and lungs, the doctor will spend the majority of the time scheduled addressing the current health problem.

* An annual wellness exam is very important to do when your pet is healthy so that we can concentrate our time and energy on all of the preventative measures necessary to keep your pet in good health. We use this time to discuss the pet�s lifestyle with the owner and will do a full examination of the pet to be sure that it is healthy. If the pet needs vaccines, we can do them at that time. If a pet is not feeling well, we will not do vaccines due to a variety of reasons, but mainly because they are not as effective since the pet�s immune system may be compromised and already working on fighting a different health issue. Our doctors work directly with the clients to determine which vaccines each pet needs and how often they should be administered. These are decisions that only a doctor can make with the client�s input on their pet�s lifestyle at the wellness exam. We will also address parasites, lab work, and diet recommendations, as well as any other measures specific to your pet.


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 VCA Care Specialty and Emergency at (805) 899-2273. They are located at 301 E. Haley Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101, it is on the corner of Garden street and Haley, parking and entrance is on Garden St.