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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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Remarkable - The hidden jewel in So. Cal. pet care. We recently encounters a medical problem with our dog Peaches. The unexpected cost associated with her medical condition caused a great deal of anxiety and Dr Dhillon (and staff) picked up on my emotions and took every possible step to ease the burden. They offered multiple solutions and went above and beyond to ensure that Peaches got the much needed medical treatment. Dr. Dhillon we as far as to follow me to the parking lot to express his concern for Peaches and took extra time to make sure that I understood all financial options. In the end, we were able to proceed with the surgery and received treatment which far exceeded the money spent. Dr. Dhillon requested that we contact him multiple times, late into the evening, to give him updates on Peaches' recovery and offered comforting reassurance as to how she would progress thru her next few days of recovery. Additionally, he asked that we contact him, first thing, the following morning. When he sensed that my wife was reluctant to force feed medications, he suggested that she bring Peaches in where he again went above and beyond. Noticing that my wife was emotional, the requested that she leave Peaches with them for 1.5 hours and they made sure that she received the floods, food and medicine she needed. Less than 36 hours after her surgery, around 8:45pm, I received a 3rd follow up call from Dr. Dhillon personally. I was happy to report that she has progressed much faster than I expected; but right on the timeline he projected. She is at 70% of her normal self and I have EVERY confidence that she will be at the 90% Dr. Dhillon expects when we wake up tomorrow. I can honestly say; I have never seen anyone so passionate about their patience or customers. To know that Dr. Dhillon often works 7 days a week (after 25 years in his profession) and accepts calls from 7:00am thru 10:00pm is nothing short of a passionate Dr. who is a Godsend to any pet owner within driving distance of Black Mountain Road Pet Clinic. Above and beyond any customer service that we have ever experienced. The facility was very clean & organized, the staff were very accomidating, polite and compassionate. From the minute we walked in, for an unexpected surgery on our dog, until she was 100% recoverd; they continued following up and educating us every step of the way. It was clear that our pet's health was their number 1 concern....
I have been taking my dogs to Dr. Dhillion for the past eight years or so for various reasons including neutering, routine vaccines, allergic reactions, ear infections, and on the going treatment of my epileptic dog. Dr. Dhillion has a solid foundation of knowledge and years of experience in the veterinary field. He always clearly explains all charges and gets consent before proceeding with anything. You can opt to decline any treatment or procedure. If your pet has a problem that Dr. Dhillion feels is beyond his scope of his expertise, he will refer you to a specialist for that particular problem. The prices Dr. Dhillion charges for services and treatments are fair. His clinic is clean and well maintained. Having a sick and beloved pet can be very stressful and can lead to some unwelcome vet bills; however, pets are living, feeling beings who get sick and need medical care just like we humans do! Pets give us unconditional love and joy and are deserving of the dignity of competent medical care when they are sick. If you are going to be upset that you have to pay for veterinary care when your pet becomes ill, it is best that you not have a pet! In addition to the good care Dr. Dhillion provides at his clinic, I will also mention his assistant, Sarah. She is an excellent adjunct to his practice. She is cheerful and very knowledgeable regarding many animal issues. Anytime I call for refill medications, she is always very prompt and reliable in having them ready on time and goes out of her way to accomodate me. I will also say that this veterinarian is very available when you need him and has after hours calls. Animals do seem to have a tendency to get sick after "business hours!"
Did you give a written list of things you wanted to be done by the vet? If that was done, I'm sure they would have followed what you wanted and called you if they found something different. I don't have any problems with this vet and I know they present an estimate for services. Did your friend know what you wanted the hospital to do? Did your friend tell anyone how much was authorized to spend? How can you blame a hospital for doing their job? If you did have a list of things you wanted and gave them to the hospital in writing then yes, I think it warrants some discussion. I know that after an exam sometimes what I want vs what is wrong with my pet don't always match. I went in for a neuter and they found that my dog didn't have two of what they needed to neuter him and the surgery to find the other one cost more than a routine neuter. They presented me with an estimate which included pre-surgical bloodwork and a microchip as I didn't think of that and they educated me on the reason why people should microchip their pets and have pre-surgical bloodwork. It turned out that my pet has a problem with its liver and they needed to do their anesthetic differently because the other way could have given my pet some difficulty. I don't know the medical terms but I was shown the bloodwork and saw the high values so I'm glad that I took their advice and had these procedures done. I don't have DVM after my name and I have to trust that the Doctor is doing what is in the best interest of my pet. I love the service that I received at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital and would recommend them to anyone.
Dr. Dhillon has been our pets' vet for about ten years. He runs a small clinic, so I feel that the service is very personalized and since he is the only doctor on staff, my pets always have a consistent experience. The office is clean, the assistants are always really nice and most importantly, everyone handles and treats my pets well. For a year or two, I tried getting my pets' shots done at a large-chain pet store because it was a little bit cheaper, however I quickly came back to Dr. Dhillon because I realized how important it was to see the same doctor in the same office all the time. Each year, my pets come to the same building, wait in the same exam room, see the same people and smell the same smells. It makes them less nervous during their routine visits, and in the event that they get sick, it will be important that my pet knows the doctor and that the doctor, in turn, knows my pet. Dr. Dhillon also offers extended, emergency on-call hours, in case we really need him outside of regular office times. In the past I have had experiences with veterinarians who handle the pets like they are farm animals, pinning them down and not seeming to notice or care whether they are scared or uncomfortable. Dr. Dhillon is extremely gentle. Yes, at times he has to do unpleasant procedures on the pets, but he definitely demonstrates care and compassion. I really trust Dr. Dhillon and so do my pets. He offers everything I value in a veterinary clinic.
Dr. Carhart was always so good to us when we took our animals to him while in San Diego. He is full of compassion and truly cares about his patients and his patients parents! He also helped us over the telephone long distance after we moved to the Temecula area. On several occasions when we were in a medical emergency having to make gut wrenching decisions with our cat who had cancer (we were devastated). We wanted Dr. Carhart's opinion on what the vet here told us as we were trying everything we could to save her life. Dr. Carhart was so calming and explained about that type of cancer, read over her reports we faxed to him to see if there was anything he could do. Just the fact that he called and talked to us for an hour at a time was so loving and compassionate of him. And, he did not even charge us!!! He is a true blessing and if we still lived in San Diego, he would be our vet without question. May God continue to bless you and your practice, Dr. Carhart!!! Sincerely, Aaron and Nancy Turner, Wildomar, CA P. S. Our baby girl Midge Joy, only 8 years old, went to Heaven December 30, 2006; we will see her healed and whole when we get there and then we will indeed have eternity together with all of our other precious animals God loves and has so richly blessed us with, FOREVER!
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.
When you envision that ideal vet who possesses not only the medical skill and knowledge you demand for your pet(s) but who also has the personal touch and care you want for both you and your pet(s), then you're envisioning Dr. Liz Grey. I don't think it would be possible for me to list enough praise to do her justice. Suffice it to say that my two elderly dogs have been patients of Dr. Grey for the past 5 years and I couldn't be any happier with the care and service we've received. For one of my dogs in particular, who just recently passed away, we had a challenging situation of diagnosing and treating what turned out to be multiple significant conditions along with a variety of secondary ailments caused by the primary conditions and the treatments of those conditions. Through the entire process, Dr. Grey never wavered in her level of medical care; willingness and patience to explain all details, options, costs and side effects; and her personal interest and care in all of our well-being. For as long as our family has pets, Dr. Grey will most certainly remain our vet. Another added benefit of the clinic's location are the numerous places to eat, shop with a wonderful Trader Joe's and County library only steps away.
I have a 15 month old puppy, Lilly, who is a blue pit bull. Unfortunately she had broken out in hives due to allergies. We gave it 24 hours hoping it would past but with time the bums multiplied got red and eventually started bleeding. We called our usual vet and they couldn't fit us in until a week later! I didn't understand how they couldn't just fit her in for an antihistamine when my puppy was scratching to the bone. I then called ABC they said "oh yes bring her in we'll take care of her!" They were awesome got us right in took her temp and wasn't more than 5-10 minutes till we saw the vet. She calmed my nerves immediately by saying this isn't unusual and I've been a good parent. The vet was so upbeat and positive it made a negative experience into a good time. As for the bill it was the best I've seen yet! ( And I've been to a number of vets.) Because it was our first visit the exam was FREE! And they DIDN'T push us to buy a whole bunch of the "good to have" but "not necessary" stuff. They gave her her shot and her antibiotic and we were out of there. It felt awesome to not get ripped off and get great service. THUMBS UP!!!
I'm sure it's no surprise that my pet hates going to the vet, but what a relief to find an animal hospital that is so dedicated to making your pets experience as pleasant as possible. They never separate you from your pet and I was able to stay within "save me" range the whole time. No taking pets behind closed doors like other places I've been too. If you are looking for a veterinarian that goes above and beyond, look no further. They offer after-hour services for any emergency and will not hesitate meeting patients at the clinic rather than making them go to an emergency center where they know nobody. It is so reassuring to know that if I need them, they will be there for me. I feel like they go out of their way to accommodate my schedule. I always get the appointment time I want. They go out of their way to make everyone feel equally respected and cared for. I've seen client favoritism at some of the other places I've been, and I really appreciate the extra effort they make to avoid that here. It was very easy to get an appointment. They have a very flexible schedule and get me in quickly every time.
** The Best Vet in Town ** You never know, when getting a new pet, how often you will need to visit your Vet. Like our children, our pets need medical care at all hours for all sorts of reasons. And finding a great Vet for our Pets is like finding a great Dr. for our children. This last month has been a trying month for our puppy Kobe. He was bitten by a rattlesnake on the mouth 3 weeks ago. We rushed him to Dr. Dhillon at closing time and he took amazing care of our Kobe for several hours past closing without even a complaint. Thankfully, Kobe survived. Yesterday, Kobe was hit by a car ( I know, it has been a brutal month). We rushed him to Dr. Dhillon again, at closing time, and he immediately took control and care of our dog while showing such care and compassion to us as we were a mess. My Kobe is going to be o.k, lets just say, he will be an inside dog for a while. If you are looking for the best Vet in San Diego, with the best staff, please take your Pets to Dr. Dhillon, he is simply amazing!!
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.