VCA Old Town Animal Hospital

Alexandria Pet Bathing

Our hospital offers bathing services for your pet. Whether it is a bath needed for normal grooming or for odors that won't go away, please contact us about our bathing services. Recommended bathing frequency varies. Your pet's breed and lifestyle will dictate how often they require bathing and what sort of shampoos work best. Avoid bathing too frequently as it may strip vital oils and protection from your pet's coat and skin and cause flakiness and itching. Ask your veterinarian how often your dog or cat should be bathed.

Our baths for dogs and cats are complete, including simple ear cleaning, anal gland expression and nail trims as needed and tolerated.  We offer medicated baths as directed by our veterinarians.  Plan to let your pet stay long enough to be completely dry before going home.  Traditional flea and tick dips are often toxic to pets, so we prefer to recommend products to control these parasites without endangering any pet.

We can shave cats with a "lion cut" or a "panty shave" depending on your needs.  Some cats may require light sedation for any type of bath or grooming; we will discuss this with you when you come in.  Often we can avoid any sedation by taking plenty of time with your cat.

Ask about what special services we can offer 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 us immediately.  If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics:

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital 703-751-2022.

VCA  Southpaws Referral Center 703-752-0100                                                              

Please request that they send a report to us so we can follow up with you later.