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9728 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste ESan Diego, CA 92129
From Business: Our hospital was established in 1985. We have wonderful caring staff who specialize in excellent care and knowledge about cats and dogs. We have our Greeter Kitty…
8020 Ronson RdSan Diego, CA 92111
Very very happy to find a great Vet in San Diego. Great location, clean and beautiful clinic. I can't believe how fast and efficient our appointment…
3024 Hancock StSan Diego, CA 92110
From Business: Welcome to the Bay Park Pet Clinic, located in beautiful San Diego! BPPC Veterinarian's have been providing quality care to San Diego pets for over 50 years. Our …
2317 Hotel Cir SSan Diego, CA 92108
This place is great! The staff is very kind & helpful. The Dr. even called me the next day to check-on my rabbit. It was by far our most positive An…
12720 Carmel Country Rd Ste 100San Diego, CA 92130
I recently adopted a Dalmatian dog and was not informed that she has mange. I was told it was a slight skin irritation however, a slight skin irrita…
11605 Duenda Rd Suite DSan Diego, CA 92127
I was surprised to read the negative review from DogGuy25. I guess you ""can't please everyone."" Anyways, great hospital. My experiences have be…
633 7th AveSan Diego, CA 92101
From Business: Your pet's wellness is very important to us and we take every effort to provide the best health care for your animal. VCA Market Street Animal Hospital is a full …
246 W Washington StSan Diego, CA 92103
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
5610 Kearny Mesa Rd Ste ASan Diego, CA 92111
From Business: VCA Eye Clinic for Animals is conveniently located in the same building as VCA Animal Specialty Group and offers the highest quality advanced specialty ophthalmol…
5610 Kearny Mesa Rd Ste BSan Diego, CA 92111
From Business: Serving San Diego since 1981, VCA Animal Specialty Group has earned a reputation for ease and efficiency of referrals, excellent patient care and outstanding post…
3817 Adams AveSan Diego, CA 92116
From Business: Our mission at Kensington Veterinary Hospital is to provide our patients and clients with the best in veterinary medical care, progressive and unique treatment op…
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Grand Animal Hospital provides excellent quality service for a competitive and reasonable price. I was terribly worried about having my twelve year old blind Siamese, Baby, going under general anesthesia. They were very respectful of this, treated Baby thoughtfully, and did not move too fast or move towards her head quickly, realizing that a blind cat will be very skittish with that sort of thing (she actually has a bit of peripheral vision, which makes things worse in that she can detect motion coming towards her, but in a hospital setting would not know the source.) I couldn't have been happier with the kindness and professionalism of the veterinarian, or with the outcome of Baby's dental cleaning. I have a house full of senior cats, two younger dogs, and a macaw, and trust Grand Animal to treat them respectfully and well. They also collect food donations for the Pacific Beach pier cats, and do other wonderful things for the community. So if you want to save money and still be assured that your animals will be treated well and competently, then I highly recommend this animal clinic. I was a veterinary technician for many years, so I hone in on things like responsiveness, cleanliness, competence, and customer service. I cannot recommend these people highly enough.
I have been taking my pets to Peninsula for over six years now and will go to no other vet or clinic for their care. My problematic German Shepherd had a serious attitude at the vets when I first adopted her. However, over time and with lots of care and patience by all of the staff, she was able to be treated by the staff without a muzzle. (*_*) The expertise and care that all of my cats and dogs have received has been exceptional and all of the Vets are extremely experienced. They really care and show it by the way they treat you, it's like you're a part of their family as they always remember your name when you come through the door. I highly recommend VCA Peninsula Veterinary Clinic.
I recently adopted a Dalmatian dog and was not informed that she has mange. I was told it was a slight skin irritation however, a slight skin irritation would not leave my dog scratching all night long to the point of drawing blood and crying due to the pain she was in. I call this office and the receptionist was VERY helpful in ways to treat the dog until I could get her into a vet. I have an appointment with the vet tonight at 5:30 and was very pleased that they do not charge a 60$ consultation fee on new clients.... Im very pleased so far and would highly recommend this office to all my friends and family. :)
Dr. Porterfield is truly a great Vet. He's patient and full of compasion, However his people skills are shacky. They say that means he's not really good w/ people, but he's a genius when it comes to animals. I wouldn't take my baby girl to any one else. He's now at ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER OF EL CAJON 600 BROADWAY AVE. EL CAJON, CA 92021
Dr. Broden & staff are wonderful with my dog Ginger (Shar-pei). She is comfortable there and I feel she gets excellent care from the doctors and staff. The cost is affordable compared to other places. They provide the care and treatments without over medicating. I a, thankful for the services provided to us over the past 4 years. Keep up the good work!
At Kalpana siberians our dogs at our first priority. There health and well being is always the first thing we consider. So in doing so we take our pets to Morena pet hospital. The amazing team at Morena helps us keep our amazing team in peak health and conditioning from preconception to Champions in the ring and obedience and beyond.
I highly recommend Morena Pet Hospital as the veterinary center of my choice. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the veterinarians very professional and communicative. I took my female boxer there to be spayed, and have been coming back regularly to Morena for my dog's needs. Highly recommended!
My dog is a 90lbs baby, and Dr fennel was great with him, he has a bad irritation to grass and they helped us work on some options to reduce the pain he was getting in his paws and ears. Services were very reasonable and affordable, our new puppy will be visiting soon.
I just saw the review from 3-11-2012 and unfortunately this gentleman has the wrong hospital.. Dr Darnell dose not work here... She has her own hospital.. All of our doctors are fair and honest... Please feel free to stop by anytime and get a tour and meet the staff.
My Tyson was very ill my friend just told me about this hospital then i took him here. The doctors and the other staff is very nice. They behaved very friendly with my Tyson and gave him a proper treatment. I'm very thankful to them now he is very healthy and fit!!
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.