VCA Veterinary Referral Associates

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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Veterinarian Referral Associates provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 301-926-3300. We are located at 500 Perry Parkway. Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.