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Spring Street vet hospital to offer animal health care with Eastern medicine twist

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 04:32PM
Emily Chu

Downtown dogs and cats will have a new vet hospital with DTLA Vets slotted to open next year.

A new veterinary hospital setting up shop on Spring Street will offer the standard animal health services such as grooming and lab work, along with Eastern medicine techniques -- including acupuncture.

Brigham Yen first reported DTLA Vets projected Spring 2013 opening earlier this week, and said that one stand-out feature of the hospital is their “Stay the Day appointment," which allows owners to drop off their pets in the morning and pick them up by 8 p.m.

According to a 2011 demographics survey by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, 43 percent of Downtown residents own a pet and 28 percent have a dog. Judging by the number of pooch-friendly housing and support for building dog parks, this number has only increased over the past year.

DTLA Vets is slotted to open next year under Dr. Eve Flores and Dr. Leia Castañeda -- who say on their website: "It has been inspiring to see dogs and cats become 'the children' of DTLA. We hope to contribute to their health and longevity and be a welcome addition to the community."

Prices and services range from $15 for a nail trim to $200 for an hour of acupuncture. House calls will set you back $150.

For dogs who must be euthanized, the vets will offer end-of-life care and come to your home to put the dog to sleep -- "in her own bed, under his favorite tree, or even on the couch that has been hers since the day she arrived."

Until the hospital is up-and-running the doctors are making Downtown house calls, and according to their five-star reviews on Yelp, they are laying the groundwork for a full roster of patients.

Margot T. wrote that her dog Penelope had to be put to sleep and that the two doctors were a "godsend" for coming over late at night and euthanizing the pooch in her own home. Jennifer L. wrote that her dog Diego, who always got stressed out by visits to the vet, was "remarkably calm" when doctors Castaneda and Flores made a house-call and added that she no longer dreads taking them to the vet.

DTLA Vets will be located at 333 South Spring Street

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