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What Vet Do You Trust for Your Pet?

Having a pet is similar to having a child. It takes time to find the right person to care for your dog or cat, especially when they fall ill.

 

Your four-legged friend is more than just a house guest. Whether you have a dog or a cat, or even a bunny or a snake, you want it to receive the best care when going in for a routine check-up or when he gets sick.

There are many excellent veterinarians in Pacifica and the surrounding areas, but Patch wants to know who you think is the best.

Is it an animal clinic in town, where you see different veterinarians? Or is there a caring person you tried on a friend's recommendation that has taken excellent care of your pet for years?

Let us know in the comments!

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Jennifer Kraljevich Archibald April 18, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I have been going to Pacifica Pet Hospital since my old favorite vet in San Bruno moved to Texas, and I recommend them to everyone. I have seen Dr. Hurlbert, Dr. Randle and Dr. Choi - I have never been disappointed in the care or the attentiveness of anyone at Pacifica Pet hospital. I have been seeing them for over a decade, now - in that time I have had three cats and three dogs. In both general care and end-of-life care I have found everyone at the hospital to be genuinely concerned, invested and also sensitive to the more difficult decisions that need to be made for your pets. They have seen me through puppies, adopted adult and senior dogs and euthanizing my (very) elderly cats. I never feel pressured into treatments or that my questions and concerns go unanswered. They have been amazing when I needed to squeeze in an urgent visit now and again.
Cindy Abbott April 18, 2012 at 05:27 AM
My kitties and I have greatly benefited by the wonderful care, consideration and compassion of Dr. Angelique Cucaro at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Illana Strubel has also provided expert care. We've been through tumors, congestive heart failure, other heart illnesses and geriatric kitty issues together, as well as general annual checkups. At the difficult times, making decisions about the end of life, the team at LMVH have been so understanding and sympathetic. My dear four-legged family members are well trusted to their care for over 15 years.
Maiz Puerro April 18, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Dr. Ilana Strubel, Linda Mar Vets. Our dog, Dinky, will be 19 in June. 19!!! Dr. Strubel gives her chiropractic treatments every other week, and she advises, and revises her health plan constantly because Dinky is so old, and her health changes from day to day. Our little Dinky still takes a walk every day, and eats her food with a little coaching. She is near and dear to my heart, and I'm so grateful to Dr. Strubel who had endless patience and great diagnostic skills.
Cheryl Sinclair April 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital is tops! When a vet in Half Moon Bay would not stay open long enough to put my 14 year old cat down in an emergency situation, I called Linda Mar Vet. Hospital and they told me to come in. After that they became my vets. Dr. Cucaro, Dr. Strubel, one wh I can't remember her name and now Dr. Stiglich have been wonderful. I have been through hyperthyroidism, heart murmurs, subcutaneous fluid treatments, enemas, tooth extraction, 7 meds a day, you name it. I think I am almost a vet myself!
Delma Rivera April 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital is by far the best. I had been going to Pacifica Pet Hospital and when my 15 year old Husky had to be put down it was horrible! He had a reaction to the first shot which the doctor could not explain and nobody seemed to care...I had been doing there for at least 5 years. Dr. Ilana Strubel and the rest of the vets at Linda Mar were highly recommended by my groomer who lives in Pacifica. Dr. Strubel is wonderful and so is Dr. Stiglich. My baby Ruby [boxer/mix] will be 14 on May 1st and I know that when her time comes I will be able to rely on the compassion of the folks at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital.
Leif K April 18, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Since moving to Pacifica, we've taken all of our dogs (including Sam, the bulldog pictured above (and seeing his picture was a fun surprise!)) to Linda Mar Vet, and of all the vets I've taken dogs to in the Bay Area, Linda Mar Vet is paws down the best.
Mary Ellen Forrest April 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Dr. Brian Van Horn of Bay Area Veterinary Housecall Assoicates has been caring for my Siberian Huskies. Dr. Van Horn saved my 12 year olds life last year when he pursued a diagnosis when everyone else said he was old. Nick's behavior had dramaically changed about 3 months after losing his housemate who drop dead with no warnining and no subsequent explanation. He was losing his hair, losing weight, having major behavior changes. Dr. Van Horn looked for the cause not just the symtoms. Nick had thyroid cancer and is alive today and living life large because of Brian. He has provided excellant care to both my boys and is available 24/7 to provide that care in their home. The boys think of him as a playmate, not a vet. He is the best.
Mary Ellen Forrest April 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM
To clarify the above comment. Dr. Van Horn assumed the care of my dogs 6 months after Nick's housemate dropped dead. The vets that had been caring for both of them had seen Ally a week before she died and found no problems. When she dropped dead they had no explanation. When Nick began showing signs of problems, they did tests but could not find anything and wrote it off as grief and old age. I changed vets because I was afraid of having another dog drop dead and never knowing why. I feel very confident if anything happens to the boys, Dr. Van Horn will be able to tell me why.
anonymous April 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Dr. Angelique Cucarro at Linda Mar Vet is the best ever. When others could not figure it out she uses her analytical skills and figures it out or will refer to a specialist. She listens to her clients and takes their thoughts into consideration. She now does accupuncture too!
Laura Sweet April 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
We have been trusting Pacifica Pet Hospital to care for our dogs and fosters for about 12 years now. All the doctors and staff never make me feel like I'm annoying them with my last minute calls for an appointment and multitude of questions. They have always provided excellent care, are very knowledgeable, trustworthy and compassionate. Especially when it comes time for euthanasia. Sadly...we have had to do this on more than one occasion and although painful it has always been a very peaceful experience.

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