VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

Integrative Medicine

VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists
Complementary & Integrative Veterinary Medicine

Complementary and integrative veterinary medicine services at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists are offered to clients seeking a totally holistic care regimen for their pets, or as a supplement to Western veterinary care. Our holistic services are truly unique, as we are able to work hand-in-hand with a variety of onsite specialists when appropriate, from oncologists to internists to dermatologists, ensuring the most effective, high-quality treatment for your pet.

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The holistic approach to veterinary medicine is excellent for preventive care and health optimization, as well as treatment of chronic conditions. Holistic modalities, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, are used to balance the “whole” animal, so that
your friend can heal and maintain the highest possible quality of life. What makes holistic treatments different from more traditional care is that they are customized to the whole pet, not just to the disease.

The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle and minimally invasive. During appointments, we focus on the patient’s well-being and stress reduction. As part of ongoing treatment or a general wellness plan, our holistic specialists provide the following services:

  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Chiropractic treatments

We work with clients to teach them how to help their companion animal maintain good health. Holistic medicine can be used to address most conditions, including the following:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Rehabilitation after an injury or a surgery
  • Chronic degenerative diseases
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Gastro-intestinal problems, such as irritable bowel disorder
  • Kidney, liver and other organ failures
  • Pancreatitis
  • Depressed immune system function
  • Behavioral issues, such as fear and aggression
  • Anxiety, insomnia and stress
  • Skin allergies and other dermatologic conditions

What to Expect at the Initial Consultation
Appointments take place in the upstairs area of our two-story building, away from the “hustle and bustle” of the reception area. Our holistic treatment rooms are designed to be pleasant, quiet and soothing, for both the animal patient and the human.

During the initial consultation, the specialist will give your pet a comprehensive physical examination. In addition, the specialist will gain a thorough understanding of your pet’s behaviors, medical history and home environment (including diet, usual surroundings,
any emotional stressors and other factors).

Related Resources

Complementary & Integrative Medicine Brochure

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Website

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Website

"Pet Acupuncture" TV News Segment (Dr. David Fong)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your facility provide parking for clients?

Yes we do!  

Option #1:  Street parking in the area is available throughout the day with no 2 hour parking limits (Overnight parking subject to street sweeping 12am-6am, see posted street signs for specific limitations.)

Option #2:  Erie Auto Body - Adjacent to the side of our building at 3014 18th Street at Harrison St. we have 4 designated spaces for client use.  Simply pull up into any of the 4 stalls being mindful not to block the entrance to the auto body shop's garage door.

Option #3:  Parking Garage - If you still cannot find a spot pull up into the white loading zone directly in front of our main entrance, check in at the front desk and we will give you directions to our garage.  It is merely 2/3 of a block down the street at 660 Alabama.

Please note parking for longer than 10 minutes in the white loading zone is not advised as San Francisco Department of Public Transportation frequently patrols the area and will ticket your vehicle.


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

In an Emergency ...

1. Contact your general veterinarian's office. They may be more closely located and available to assist you.

2. If it is after hours or VCA SFVS is more conveniently located, call us at (415) 401-9200 and provide the client service representative with:

  • Your name and your pet's name
  • Your location and estimated time of arrival
  • Your pet's emergency

3. Get support to safely transport your pet to VCA SFVS. If you have medical records related to your pet’s emergency, please bring those with you.

24/7 Urgent Care and Emergency Services

  • Complete intensive care unit (ICU) laboratory
  • Endoscopic foreign body removal
  • Full range of blood products
  • Oxygen therapy
  • 24-hour ICU monitoring by veterinary nurses trained in critical care, surgery and internal medicine
  • Emergency surgical service
  • Around-the-clock access to SFVS specialists
  • Post-operative care for referring veterinarians' surgical cases

We are committed to keeping your trusted primary care veterinarian informed and in the loop!