VCA Total Care Animal Hospital

Boarding Information


We board all sizes dogs and cats as a service to our clients on a reservation basis. Any pet that has not previously been seen by our doctor needs to be scheduled for an exam to establish a medical history so we can better care for him or her during the stay. If your dog or cat needs a physical exam in order to board, we can do a same day appointment.  We schedule this so our owners have the opportunity to talk with the doctor should there be any concerns.  Any additional services that you may need (such as vaccines, dental cleanings, etc) can generally be done during the boarding time. A go-home clean up bath is always available for a small fee.

Each pet is kept in an individual "home away from home" with comfy bedding and plenty of fresh water.  We feed your dog or cat according to your instructions.  Dogs are walked outside at least two times daily.  Every pet staying with us has a clean area (washed and disinfected) at least daily, and more often if needed. All pets are fed Science Diet pet food daily unless otherwise instructed. Should a medical problem arise while your pet is boarding with us, it will be treated.

Whenever possible we take our boarding friends out of the kennel areas to spend quality time with our staff.  Often our boarders spend time in someone's lap just for fun!

We ask that you leave an emergency phone number at which we can contact you in the unlikely event that it would become necessary. All boarders must have proof of current immunizations, or they will be updated while at our hospital. Pets will be released during regular office hours.

The required vaccines are:
Proof of negative fecal
Recent flea application
Recent heartworm preventative and/or heartworm test

Recent flea application

If any pet is found with fleas we will treat accordingly.

Our boarding charges are based on weight for dogs and a flat fee for cats. We charge by the night for all animals staying with us. Please call for a specific quote for your companion.


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

If you have an emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately at 804-282-4215.

If you have an emergency AFTER normal business hours, please call the following:

Dogwood Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

5918 West Broad St.

Richmond, VA.  23230