Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital | Services
Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital is a veterinary hospital located in San Diego, in the heart of Ocean Beach. We are renowned for our compassionate pet care and state-of-the-art services.
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More than just Veterinary Care

At Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital, we never lose sight of the fact that our patients and clients are the reason for our success. Whether you’re coming to us for the first time, or have been a client for a decade, you can rest assured that our team will take the time to address any questions or concerns you may have about your pet.

In addition to wellness care services such as vaccines, heartworm tests, deworming and flea and heartworm prevention, we also provide the following:

  • Surgery
  • Digital radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • CBC/chemistry/urinalysis
  • Hospice and end-of life care

Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital now offers our patients “Kitty Condos” for the convenience of their owners.

“Kitty Condos” are located in the upstairs area of our hospital so you can guarantee that the safety of your pet is first at hand. Our facilities are clean and designed to keep your kitty comfortable while you travel.

Rates
Our rates for overnight guests are $17.50

Our Policy
Our condos are reserved for healthy cats. Each guest must be up to date on all vaccinations, flea control and a current patient.

Accommodations
All cages in our cattery are built of wood with a fiberglass floor bottom. Some cages have adjoining doors so that cats within in the same family may visit each other yet occupy the space of several cages. Our cat cages are designed to offer a cozy stay and yet are practical for proper cleaning.

Each cat is boarded separately in compartments that are 3 feet wide, 3 feet long, and 2 ½ feet tall.

  • All compartments have built-in shelves for comfortable cat-naps.
  • All compartments have plexiglass windows so your cat can easily see outside the cage and so that proper lighting gets inside.

Cleaning Procedures

Every morning each cat’s litter box is completely changed with fresh litter. The inside of the cage is swept out and the floor bottom is wiped out thoroughly with a disinfectant. The plexiglass window is wiped down with Kennelsol. We provide blankets and beds that are changed out and washed daily.

Food
All cats are fed Hill’s Science Diet Optimal care dry food that is left out at all times. Owners may bring their own food to be fed according to their specifications.

Vaccinations
We recommend having a current Rabies booster and FVRCP booster. There is no set age limit for boarding.

To ensure the best possible dental health for your pet, have their teeth checked if any of the following problems arise:

  • Bad breath
  • Fractured or loose teeth
  • Discoloration, excess tarter or bleeding
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth area
  • Mouth or gum swelling

Sometimes, a physical exam alone isn’t enough to completely diagnose your pet’s medical problem. In that case, we need to call on technology to help us out! Some of the tools we have available in our hospital are:

  • Digital x-ray
  • Blood machines for CBC, chemistry, electrolytes
  • SNAP tests for heartworm and tick-borne diseases, as well as CPL
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Fine needle aspirate/cytology
  • Endoscopy

Time is often of the essence when it comes to diagnosing and treating your pet’s illness. Our extensive in-house diagnostic laboratory ensures that your pet gets the best care as soon as possible!

Our Class IV therapeutic laser delivers specific wavelengths of laser light to increase circulation and deliver more oxygen, water and nutrients to tissues. Physiologic effects can include reduced pain and inflammation, as well as improved tissue healing.

We use this treatment modality for patients with osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries (especially cruciate ligament tears), surgical sites, and wounds. Most therapeutic laser effects are cumulative, so the patient may experience improvement with one treatment but continue to improve with further sessions. Ask your doctor if Class IV laser treatment is an option for your pet!

Whether your pet needs to be spayed, have a tumor removed, or have a dental cleaning, our skilled surgical teams are here to take excellent care of your furry friend! We book elective surgeries Monday through Friday, and are often available for emergency surgeries during business hours as well. Some of the most common surgical procedures we offer include:

  • Spays and neuters
  • Tumor removal
  • Cystotomy
  • Enucleation
  • Entropion repair
  • Gastropexy
  • Gastrotomy/enterotomy
  • Colectomy
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery
  • Oral surgery

All pets undergoing anesthetic procedures receive a full physical exam and pre-operative blood work before surgery. Intravenous catheters and advanced anesthetic monitoring help make sure your pet is as safe as possible while under anesthesia. After the procedure, your pet is moved to recovery and will continue to be monitored by our skilled technicians until you arrive to take your pet home.

We want you to be able to enjoy your pet for as long as possible, and preventative care is the most important way to achieve that goal. Because pets age faster than we do, it is especially important that we see your pet at least annually, and more often if your pet is older than 7 or has any ongoing medical conditions.

During a routine wellness exam, here are some things your doctor may discuss:

  • Risk factors and which vaccines are necessary
  • Vaccine titers to assess whether your pet is still covered by previous vaccines
  • Dental care
  • Weight management
  • Behavior counseling
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Flea and tick prevention needs
  • Heartworm screening and prevention
  • X-rays to screen for arthritis
  • Blood work/urinalysis to identify any possible health concerns

We know that your pet is an important part of your life, and by providing the best possible care we can help him live a long and happy life!

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First Visit?

Please take a moment to download and fill out our new client form. Feel free to upload the completed form on our contact page or simply bring them to your first appointment.