The VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is the Cedars-Sinai of veterinary hospitals. The flagship of the national VCA chain and a teaching hospital to boot, this sparkling clean Sepulveda Boulevard location has animal dermatologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, dentists and acupuncturists. They've got underwater treadmills for fat cats and gimpy dogs. They do chemotherapy and behavioral therapy and stem cell therapy (yes, seriously). Here, it is not uncommon for a pet to have a team of health care professionals — a specialty orthopedic surgeon, a cardiologist and a physical therapist, say, might attend to a Pomeranian with a dislocated hip. You will marvel at the little yoga mats they pull out for your pet during exams, at the security keypads for each private exam room, at the ginormous parking structure. The place is proof that, in L.A., pampered pets get better healthcare than their humans. —Gendy Alimurung

1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A., 90025. (310) 473-2951,

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