VCA Redwood Animal Hospital
By John Ballard
Published: October 25, 2011

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An unfortunate incident at one of our sister hospitals has incited us to change our policy regarding waivers for unvaccinated pets. A technician was bitten by an unvaccinated pet that was presented for euthanasia. State regulations require quarantine for 10 days and/or euthanasia of the pet and its head submitted for rabies testing. Obviously either of these options causes undue hardship.
Given that rabies is a fatal disease that can be spread from animals to humans, the protection of people handling unvaccinated pets is taken very seriously. We have been very fortunate in Washington to have very low incidence of rabies. This has been maintained by the strict enforcement of state laws demanding vaccination of all dogs and cats. The cases that have been reported have been attributable to bats, often found in peoples’ home. This means that even indoor cats and pets with limited exposure to other animals are also at risk.
As of June 1, 2011 we will require current rabies vaccination status for all of our patients for continued care and boarding at VCA Redwood Animal Hospital. The safety and well being of our patients, our clients and our staff must take precedence over exclusion from vaccination.
Please schedule an appointment for your pet if rabies vaccination is overdue.


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 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.