VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital

Elective and emergency caesarean section

Just like in people, some pregnant pets may require a cesarean section (also called a “C-section”), which is a surgery to remove puppies or kittens directly from the uterus. This is performed when natural (unassisted) delivery of the puppies or kittens is impossible or potentially harmful to the mother or her babies. The reasons for cesarean section are numerous and may include that the mother was too sick to deliver the young, mechanical obstruction of the birth canal occurred (such as with unusually large babies, old fractures, or tumors) or other reasons. If a problem is anticipated, these surgeries can be scheduled and planned for the time of the mother's due date. If a problem has occurred during labor, this surgery is often an emergency and must be done immediately (even in the middle of the night). After full recovery from a cesarean section, the mother usually assumes her normal maternal duties. In the majority of cases, both the mother and babies do very well following surgery.


Emergency/Critical Care, Surgery

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

Call 708-749-4200 if you have any questions or concern regarding your pet.

We provide emergency care from 8am until 1am seven days a week. We are closed on holidays.

Some symptoms that may indicate your pet may need to be seen on an emergency basis include:

  • Difficulty Breathing and/or pale or blue gums or tongue
  • Heavy Bleeding - apply direct pressure to the wound
  • Major Trauma - if your pet has fallen, been hit by a car or has multiple wounds
  • Gaping Wounds
  • Collapse/Loss of Consciousness
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations and Bite Wounds
  • Poisoning
  • Infections - or if your pet suddenly gets worse while on medication for an infection
  • Difficulty Urinating - frequent attempts to urinate that don't produce a normal urine flow could indicate infection or obstruction - especially in male cats!
  • Eye Problems - redness, tearing, pain, squinting or eyelid spasms
  • Prolonged or multiple episodes of vomiting or diarrhea