VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Holistic medicine includes a broad array of treatment modalities that aim to alleviate the patient's existing symptoms and the underlying cause of those symptoms.

At SouthPaws, we offer:

Used in China for several thousand years to treat humans and animals, Acupuncture involves inserting very fine sterile needles at specific points to stimulate the body's healing powers. Acupuncture treatment does not require sedation.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine uses multiple herbs in combinations that work synergistically to promote health. We have found Chinese Herbal Medicine quite helpful for many chronic illnesses. The formulas we use today have been in use in China for centuries, some even for 1,000 years or more!

Developed about 200 years ago by a German physician, homeopathy uses naturally occurring substances in potentized form to treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and disorders.

We use these modalities separately and in combination to treat a variety of problems, including:

  • Mild to severe mobility impairment
  • Spinal injuries and disc disease
  • Pain due to injury or arthritis
  • Skin problems, allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cushing's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Addison's disease
  • Canine hypothyroidism
  • Urinary problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Separation anxiety
  • Vaccinosis
  • Seizures

Holistic treatment works best when it is started early in an illness, rather than as a last resort. It can work well in more advanced cases, but may take longer to show a good result in those cases.


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


24/7/365, if your pet has a medical emergency, you can find us at the following address:

TEL: 703-752-9100

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VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving pets and their people in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington DC metro area. If you suspect your pet is having a medical crisis, our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist you.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.