6 months ago I took my kitten to this office. He had severe diarrhea. I asked the vet if he thought it was the food and if I should change his food. He assured me it was not his food since he was on such a high quality cat food. He did x-rays, and blood work and found nothing. Gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way. 10 days of antibiotics and my cat was still sick. his next course of action was to do surgery to open up his gut and take a look around. He wanted $1200 (low end estimate) for this "exploratory" surgery. I took my kitten to a second vet for a second opinion. Their FIRST suggestion was to change his cat food, to something that did not have chicken in it (since chicken was the main ingredient in his food), and within 24 hours my kitten no longer had severe bloody diarrhea. $900 later at Acacia, bad advice, and an attempt at unneeded surgery on my kitten, and it was simply a matter of changing his food because he's allergic to chicken of all things!!! Fast forward 6 months later, to today, April of 2011. I have another kitten. All evidence pointed to fact that my kitten chewed up a foam bath toy that belongs to my toddler. She's acting very sick, and throwing up all over the house, not eating or drinking. Because money is very tight right now, I decided to go back to Acacia because they take Care Credit, and are really close to me. I thought it would be OK as long as I saw a different vet. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The vet checked her stomach, did some x-rays, and said First of all, I found it weird that they sent me home while they did the x-rays. She called me 2 hours later and said "Oh yeah, I can see the bowel obstruction, I know right where it is. Sometimes you can do surgery and not find something, but that doesn't happen too often, and since I see where the obstruction is, I know right where to start." OK, fine and dandy. She presents me with an estimate of $3200. No way in hell can I afford that. I hang up and cry to my husband because surely with a bowl obstruction the kitten could not survive, so it was best to put her to sleep. My husband went into the office prepared to put my 6 month old kitten to sleep due to not being able to afford the surgery. My husband tried to negotiate the price, with zero luck. I was at home feeling more and more upset about this, and immediately called my husband and told him "DO NOT put her to sleep. Bring her home. I want to find a cheaper vet to do the surgery even if I have to drive hours away." He agreed and brought home my kitty. The next morning, today, I called a vet an hour away from me but suggested by a friend. First off, I had to argue with Acacia to get them to give me my x-rays. I finally got them, and took them to the other vet with me. My kitten has NO visible sign of a bowel obstruction on the x-rays. ZERO!!! She did see a lot of POOP! The vet gave my kitten an enema, and and some fluids. 1 hour later my kitten is running around the house, eating, and drinking, and doing GREAT!!!!! I'm LIVID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here I was prepared to put my kitten to sleep because the vet had me convinced that she needed major surgery that I could not afford. I would have put my perfectly healthy, kitten to sleep all because she was CONSTIPATED!!!!!! I am LIVID with Acacia in Escondido, and will NEVER, EVER go back, I'd like to add, that they charged me $65 for my first cats antibiotics. I have since found 3 other clinics that charge $22 for the same antibiotic. So not only are they extremely negligent in the care of the animals, and surgery pushers, they are extremely over priced. The $3200 quote for unnecessary bowel obstruction surgery would have only been $1200 at the vet I went to this morning. I am so disgusted with these people!!!