VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center


At VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, we're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants to handle any situation requiring immediate medical attention. Whether your regular veterinarian's office is closed or you have been referred by your family veterinarian, we are prepared to care for your pet and handle all emergencies '" from the minor to the most complex.

Our highly trained emergency and critical care teams have direct access to the center's full complement of state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, they are aided by the support of the center's entire interdisciplinary team of specialists, as well as the referring veterinarian '" all working in concert to deliver the best treatment possible. Pet medical emergencies can be stressful and traumatic for owners as well as their pets. So, we provide prompt, attentive, personal service starting the very first moment a patient arrives with a quick, clear line of communication to the primary care veterinarian and pet owner.

 Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations:

  • Traumatic injuries - fractures, bites, burns, lacerations
  • Automobile accidents
  • Wounds, bleeding
  • Respiratory emergencies, choking, breathing problems
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating or 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
  • Post-operative or post-anesthetic problems
  • Pain management
  • Fevers
  • Masses or tumors
  • Abnormal gum color (pale, bruised, blue)
  • Inability or unwillingness to eat

Our ICU's specialized services and equipment:

  • 24-hour care and monitoring by veterinarians and veterinary nurses
  • Complete diagnostic lab for immediate test results
  • Blood gas analyzer
  • Emergency surgery available with our SouthPaws Surgery team
  • Digital radiography and ultrasound
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pulse-Oximetry, End-Tidal CO2, blood pressure and continuous ECG monitoring
  • Continuous rate infusion for IV fluids and meds
  • Advanced pain management
  • Video-endoscopy
  • Nutritional support
  • Access to the other specialty departments and specialists within SouthPaws for consultation

VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center's Emergency and Critical Care Specialists can help in the event of a medical crisis. When every second counts, we're here and ready to assist you and your pet. For immediate medical assistance or for information, please call our center at 703-752-9100.


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.