VCA Redwood Animal Hospital
By Dr. Karen West
Published: June 05, 2014

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Dear Clients, 

Fireworks can turn holidays, such as the Fourth of July into miserable nights for pets.  To some extent, this fear is genetic, but it's also learned.

Severe cases need anti-anxiety medication in order to cope with their noise phobia.  Just like most prescription medications, a current physical examination and consultation, along with blood work, are necessary to check for health concerns that would make anti-anxiety medications contraindicated for your pet. 

Medication alone cannot solve this problem.  The best plan is one that involves behavior modification as well.  For more information please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.  We have helpful tips on making this holiday one you both can enjoy!



The Doctors and Staff at VCA Redwood Animal Hospital


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.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:


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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 hospitals, or an emergency hospital in your local area:

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center-Lynnwood, WA

(425) 697-6106

Animal Emergency Services East-Kirkland, WA

(425) 827-8727

Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services-Seattle, WA

(206) 364-1660

Above all else protect yourself and your pet from further injury. Pets that are frightened or in pain may bite or scratch; wrapping your pet in a blanket will keep him or her warm and prevent injuries to you.