VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

Radiation Therapy

Our hospital offers Radiation Therapy as part of our Oncology Services. Radiation therapy is often used in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy to provide control or death of a tumor. Radiation is best suited to tumors that have not spread to other areas of the body and it offers a potential cure for some localized tumors. Radiation can also be used to help shrink a non-resectable tumor to improve the quality of life of the pet by reducing pressure, bleeding or pain.

Radiation therapy involves the use of beams of photons, electrons, or gamma rays focused on the tumor. When the beam hits the cancer cell it destroys the ability of the cell to divide and grow. This slows the growth rate and ultimately causes death of the cancer cells and causes the tumor to shrink over time. Radiation can affect both normal cells and cancer cells, but the effect on the cancer cells is more profound and destructive. Although side effects are possible, severe toxicity in pets is rare.
Many tumors respond well to radiation therapy and include oral tumors, nasal tumors, skin tumors (including mast cell tumors) and brain tumors. Some tumors, such as lymph and bone tumors require combination therapy with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Ask our staff or veterinarians if you have additional questions about radiation therapy. 
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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

FOR PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL AT (310) 473-2951 OR TRANSPORT YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY TO OUR FACILITY
(NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED).

VCA WEST LOS ANGELES ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS LOCATED AT:

1900 SOUTH SEPULVEDA BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90025
Tel (310) 473-2951

For directions to our location, please CLICK HERE

The doctors and staff of VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital are ready and available to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Staffed by emergency/critical care veterinarians and technicians, our emergency team is ready to provide your pet with the highest possible level of quality compassionate care should an urgent medical need arise at any time of day or night.

If you feel your pet is having an emergency, please feel free to immediately come to the hospital - we are ALWAYS available! You may speak with a member of the emergency team if you have questions/concerns by calling (310) 473-2951 at any time.

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