VCA Animal Specialty Group


Veterinary Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is performed after a complete diagnostic work-up and therapeutic plan
have failed to resolve problems linked to the lower intestine. To perform colonoscopy, the patient is anesthetized and a flexible fiberoptic endoscope is passed into the colon.  Air, passed through the scope, increases the view within the colon. Biopsies can be obtained by passing an instrument through an opening in the scope. Colonoscopy provides a valuable, non-surgical means to diagnose large bowel disorders. To perform colonoscopy, it is important that the colon be clean of fecal matter so that the surface of the colon can be visualized.  This often requires withholding food for 24 to 48 hours and giving your pet a solution to drink which 'cleanses' the colon. Warm-water enemas may also be used to clear the colon. Most patients are discharged the same day of the procedure.

The major symptoms and reasons to perform a colonoscopy are:

1. Chronic diarrhea
2. Blood in the stool (persistent hematochezia)
3. Study of a growth in the colon or rectum
4. Straining during defecation (persistent tenesmus)
5. Excessive mucus in the stool
6. Stools of significantly decreased or narrowed size



Internal Medicine

General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

The Emergency Department at VCA Animal Specialty Group is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you feel your pet has an emergency, please call us or come in immediately.

Our phone number is (858) 560-8006.

We are located at 5610 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite B, San Diego, 92111.

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:
• Difficulty breathing
• Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
• Signs of heatstroke
• Rattlesnake bite
• Bleeding
• Vomiting blood
• Blood in the feces or urine
• Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
• Serious wound
• Suspected broken limb
• Any injury to the eye
• Loss of consciousness
• Seizures
• Inability to move or sudden weakness
• Unusual or erratic behavior
• Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
• Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
• Labor that does not progress