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Veterinary Specialty Hospital - 12 Reviews - 10435 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego, CA - Veterinary Services Reviews - Phone (858) 875-7500

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San Diego Facility: At the Intersection of the I-805 and I-5 Freeways

North County: 2055 Montiel Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069(760) 466-0600

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We took our 8 week old puppy to Vet Specialty Hospital where we was diagnosed with Parvo. Vet Specialty Hospital staff were very hopefully they would do their very best to save ou...

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This place has gone way down hill. Several specialists missed diagnosed a dog. The dog got weaker and sicker. The dog was slowly dying. \r After a week of going this place t...

Gone way down hill 10/5/2011

This place has gone way down hill. Several specialists missed diagnosed a dog. The dog got weaker and sicker. The dog was slowly dying. \r After a week of going this place to see er doctors, surgeons and internal med doctors, I switched to a different specialty hospital that diagnosed the dog correctly after seeing the specialist. Actually the other specialty hospital ER had a rough diagnosis which was correct but said need a specialist. There is a probably a high percentage the dog would have died if I stayed with VSH.\r I personally would not recommended this location any more as I use too. They were so good when they first open but not any more more

It's All About the $$$ 11/11/2010

I would NOT recommend this facility. Many of the veterinarians have only a few years experience at best. I believe that if the doctors had more experience, my pet would have had a humane death rather than the violent death he incurred. An ultrasound revealed a large mass near the abdomen, and when a needle aspiration revealed only white blood cells, the doctor recommended exploratory surgery as soon as possible as opposed to a biopsy. The doctor claimed that a biopsy would only spread the disease; however, at this point, the doctor did not know what was wrong with my pet; only that he had a large mass near his stomach. Based upon the perceived urgency, I opted for the surgery, which ended up being far more complex than expected. My pet went through 3 agonizing days of aftercare only to die a violent death 2 days later at my home. A more experienced veterinarian would have recommended a biopsy be done first in order to determine the best treatment plan. (Would an MD recommend to a human to forego a biopsy?) Instead what I received was negligent care. I honestly feel that the doctor exploited my emotional state since I based my decision solely on her recommendation to take the extreme and expensive route (original estimate of $3200 ended up $8500). Following my pet’s death, the surgeon called me to advise me that my pet died of a very rare and 95% fatal disease, which meant that surgery of any kind would not have saved my pet. So instead of opting to euthanize my pet in a humane way, my pet suffered a violent death because I took the advice of an inexperienced (and bottom-line focused) veterinarian. more

It's All About the $$$ 11/11/2010

I would NOT recommend this facility. Many of the veterinarians have only a few years experience at best. I believe that if the doctors had more experience, my pet would have had a humane death rather than the violent death he incurred. An ultrasound revealed a large mass near the abdomen, and when a needle aspiration revealed only white blood cells, the doctor recommended exploratory surgery as soon as possible as opposed to a biopsy. The doctor claimed that a biopsy would only spread the disease; however, at this point, the doctor did not know what was wrong with my pet; only that he had a large mass near his stomach. Based upon the perceived urgency, I opted for the surgery, which ended up being far more complex than expected. My pet went through 3 agonizing days of aftercare only to die a violent death 2 days later at my home. more

Never bring you dog to ICU may die 8/16/2010

DONT BRING YOUR PET TO emergency center in the middle of the night. My dog was old and had heart problems. Earlier that week he had been fine and they even said a day and 1/2 before he looked good. They gave me a prescription for a new medicine. He did have problems breathing that night. It didn't look good. I don't think it was the medicine but hime advancing since he only had so much time left. However, I made the poor decision and brought him there. I would have rather have him die under my bed. INstead he was in extremem torture as they put him in an oxygen cage and had other emergencies to attend to. He ended up dying several hours later. Their protocul was heavy drugs and oxygen box. This killed him. Although he might have had one week or 3 months left it was haunting to have him die in this way. I will never forgive the treatment they had of him. It was wrong and cruel. My last image of him was when I saw him in the oxygen cage hardly able to turn around or even pee after they p more

Never again! 4/14/2010

Service has gone downhill fast. Did not share our $6k results with us. Wouldn't call for 3 days, ONLY after threatening to reverse credit card charges did we receive a call. Interesting how they didn't care about about our ill pet, just about their money..... Very sad. Have been going there for years! more

Animal Lifesavers!!! 2/13/2010

We took our 8 week old puppy to Vet Specialty Hospital where we was diagnosed with Parvo. Vet Specialty Hospital staff were very hopefully they would do their very best to save our little guy. We were provided hourly updates, and even allowed to visit him in the isolation ward. Vet Specialty Hospital provided many options, including financing..which was a lifesaver. We had just adopted him from a local animal shelter, and he deserved to have the very best start on life. I have constantly referred animal lovers to Vet Specialty Hospital, especially knowing the staff are affiliated with UC Davis, which is a nationally ranked Vet school. Today, our sweet boy is now two, full of life, and our love. Thank you Vet Specialty Hospital....PS-The Hospital also does consults for Allergies, Dermatology, etc..They are not just for emergencies. more

they were great in our time of crises 1/28/2010

When our pomeranian puppy got into the flowerbed and ate something that made her loopy, I was in a panic. I didn't know what she had eaten or what was causing her odd behavior, so we rushed her to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital. I didn't know what to expect, but we were taken immediately in to see the vet who was calm, reassuring and got to work. It didn't take long for them to diagnose what had happened and to correct the matter. I was a wreck, but they were so good at going over everything they were doing and the course of treatment. I felt reassured every step of the way and was incredibly impressed by their professionalism. more

BEWARE..... My puppy died at this hospital because the lack of knowledge.. 2/7/2009

I brought my puppy in because she was vomiting ingested bad milk. She was a teacup chihuahua. Took them 35 min to get us a room no one talk to us until I went and bug them. They made me put a $500.00 deposit and said that they had to just have deposit only but i wont get charge the $500.00 they said they will give me a estimate first i declined estimate. I ask to see my puppy over 5 times and kept hearing from them give us a few min. By then I had it I told them that I wanted to go to my VET. That's when the really beat around the bush. They said they were getting her prepared to go they said and after another 35-40min they said We need you VET info as if they did not believe me 15min later a lady rush in the room asking me do i want them to do CPR i was shock then the lady said your dog is dying i ran to the back to find my dog 3 times her size not breathing and them preforming CPR. This experience was heartbreaking they did not let me see my dog they did not explain my bill and they more

The nest place to go if in a dire situation!! 1/31/2009

My ten year old lab had a foreign body the Veterinarians at veterinary Specialty Hospital were able to diagnose the problem and remove it right away. This was after two weeks that my poor Jack underwent pain and suffering after my regular vet misdiagnosed him. He ended up having a one pound shred of a blanket lodged in his stomach. He had been throwing up and not eating those whole two weeks and the wonderful Veterinarians at VSH had him eating and wagging his tail within 48 hours. It was definitely pricey but what medical treatment isn't? And if I hadn't taken Jack there he would probably be dead instead of slobbering on my leg at the moment :) more

animal hospital 10/24/2008

I have a pomeranian that broke her leg and needed a specialist to fix it. I found this place basically because it was the closest to me, although it was still quite a drive. It was worth it! The doctors and technicians were all wonderful! I was a little aprehensive about leaving my dog over night, but they were so good to her, she was babied by everyone. Her leg was fixed with a steel pin, and is fine.\r Of course, it isn't cheap, but if you have a situation where a specialist is needed, I highly recommend this place. more

Good vets, but very costly. 9/29/2008

I ended up here with my dog who had developed glaucoma in her eye. The eye specialist prescribed all sorts of expensive tests and medicine for her. he kept her on the medicines unnecessarily for weeks, and after several trips back, I had spent a lot of money. I ended up having her eye removed by a local doctor. I should have done this from the start. more

Veterinary Speicalty Hospital of San Diego 5/16/2008

This is not a place you want to end up with your pet, but if your pet is critically ill, this is the place to be. You will need a referral from your regular vet. We have had two of our dogs treated here and they are the best. I highly recommend their services. more
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  • The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego has long been considered a leading center of specialty veterinary care in Southern California. As a result of ongoing expansion, we now have one of the most comprehensive veterinary specialty facilities in the country.So when your regular veterinarian decides that your pet needs the expertise and care of a specialist, VSH is the world-class choice for your pet's specialty care. Our veterinarians are board-certified in their specialties, and they are supported by a highly-trained staff of certified technicians and other caring professionals.. Specialties Include:*Critical Care and Emergency Department*Surgery*Internal Medicine*Oncology (Radiation and Medical)*Neurology and Neurosurgery*Ophthalmology*Dermatology*Anesthesiology

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  • Hours:

    Open Daily 24 Hours, Open 7 Days, Appointments Available, 24 Hour Emergency Service Available
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northern, University City
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