VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital

VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital

619-299-7387

246 West Washington Street, San Diego, CA, 92103

  • Closed

  • Mon:

    7:30 am - 8:00 pm

  • Tue:

    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Wed:

    7:30 am - 8:00 pm

  • Thu:

    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Fri:

    7:30 am - 8:00 pm

  • Sat:

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sun:

    Closed

Fax Number:

619-299-7396

Free First Exam

Experience exceptional pet health care.

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Welcome! Located in heart of Hillcrest, on the corner of West Washington Street and Albatross, about 2.5 miles from Interstate 5 (I-5), VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital is a friendly, comfortable, full service AAHA accredited veterinary hospital. With 3 skilled and caring veterinarians we provide well pet and sick pet services, for puppies & kittens, adult dogs & cats, and senior pets. Our services include physical exams, vaccines, including weekly Preventative Care vaccine Clinics; spay, neuter, pet dental care, including dental digital radiographs; surgeries, digital x-ray & laboratory testing. We carry Hill's Prescription Diets, Royal Canin therapeutic pet food, and a variety of treats. We work closely with several local rescue groups and animal shelters including the San Diego Humane Society, P.A.W.S and FACE.

Here at VCA Hillcrest Animal Hospital we care about you...

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Wellness Plans for Your Pet

Preventive nose-to-tail care.
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Animals Seen

Cats, Dogs, Rabbits

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Our Pledge to You and Your Pet

An exceptional pet healthcare experience.

Our Team Overview

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Hillcrest is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission the hospital team relies on several individuals, where each team member is equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

And if things get very complicated, we are fortunate to have access...

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Our Veterinary Services

At VCA Animal Hospitals, your pet's health is our top priority, provided through high-quality, professional care and genuine personal service. We pledge to instill client trust and confidence that your pet will always receive compassionate, gentle care, as well as the highest standard of veterinary medical service available. We pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities for you, our clients and your special pets.

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Know Your Pet

Tube Feeding - Esophagostomy Tubes in Cats

An esophagostomy tube is a small rubber tube that enters the esophagus through a surgical incision on the side of the neck. This allows food you to place food directly into the esophagus so that it can flow down into the stomach. The feeding tube is not placed directly into the stomach.

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Nutrition - Feeding Guidelines for Cats

Feeding your cat the appropriate amount of a well balanced diet is vital to the maintenance of overall health and well-being, just as eating a well balanced diet is for us. In order to understand how and what to feed cats, it is necessary to understand how the nutritional requirements of the cat have developed through the process of biological evolution.

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Gastrostomy Tube Feeding in Cats

A gastrostomy tube is a small rubber tube that passes directly into the stomach through the skin and body wall of the cat's abdomen. It permits you to deliver food and water directly into the stomach.

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Behavior Counseling Aggression - Introduction

Behavior Counseling Aggression - Introduction

Aggression is defined as threats or harmful actions directed toward another individual and can include threat displays, lunging, growling, snarling, snapping and biting. In animals, aggressive behaviors are a means of communication.

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Behavior Management Products for Dogs

Behavior Management Products for Dogs

There are numerous products on the market that have been designed to help prevent undesirable behavior in dogs. Leashes, harnesses, and head halters are needed to keep pets under control, especially when outdoors.

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Introduction to Desensitization and Counterconditioning

Introduction to Desensitization and Counterconditioning

Counterconditioning and desensitization are powerful ways to change behavior. They are usually used in combination. Desensitization provides a means of safely exposing the pet to the stimulus at a level at or below which fear is likely to be exhibited.

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Flying with your Cat

Flying with your Cat

Successful flight with a cat begins long before the day of travel. It requires planning and preparation in order to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both you and your cat.

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Breeding and Queening Cats

Breeding cats and raising kittens can be an extremely rewarding experience or it may result in frustration and failure. The following information is provided in order to increase your chances of success and make the experience more enjoyable and safe.

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Brushing Teeth in Cats

Brushing Teeth in Cats

Teaching your cat to accept the brushing of its teeth will take some training, but will be relatively easy once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet.

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