VCA University Veterinary Clinic
By Dr. Swieter
Published: March 24, 2014

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This month’s Champion of the Month is Lacie McVay.

Lacie was adopted by Dr. and Mrs. McVay from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in September 2013 at about 4 months of age. She had patchy hair loss and darkly discolored skin, which was originally considered to be related to the poor nutrition and living conditions from her difficult early life.

Within a few weeks, she started to become very itchy and was subsequently diagnosed with Demodectic mange. She came in every week for over 2 months for an injection to kill the mites. She also got a bath every 2-3 days at home to help improve her comfort and prevent secondary skin infections.

On December 6th 2013, she received her last injection and was declared cured! She has been doing great at home ever since.

For more information on Demodectic Mange or any other topics relating to your pet’s health, please contact us to speak with one of our highly trained staff members.



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 at 703-385-1054. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

- The Hope Center, 703-281-5121, 140 Park Street SE Vienna, VA 22180

- VCA South PAWS, 703-752-9100, 8500 Arlington Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22031