Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic

4.2 (354)
5408 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706, USA


Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic

Schedule Regular Vet Visits

One of the best ways to save on vet bills is to prevent expensive health issues before they develop. By scheduling regular wellness checkups, your vet can detect health issues early, helping you to avoid costly treatments and surgeries down the road.

Price Shop for Pet Prescriptions

Oftentimes our fur babies are prescribed human drugs off-label. Your vet is apt to charge more for these medications than you would pay at your local pharmacy. In fact, big-box or chain pharmacies can offer steep discounts. So it’s best to price shop.

Pet Insurance

Most pet insurance providers will pay between 80% and 90% of the vet bill. You can even get coverage for routine care and things like vaccinations and dental cleanings. If you do the math, you’ll most likely find that pet insurance makes financial sense in the long run as well as gives you peace of mind.

How Do You Choose the Right Pet Insurance Provider?

Pet Insurance Review makes it incredibly easy for pet parents to select an insurance provider they feel good about. You can use our handy comparison tool to get the gist of what a company offers. We’ve also collected over 150,000 reviews of insurance companies from real pet parents like you to rank the top providers in the market. Here is the current ranking of each:

Top Pet Insurance Providers of 2024
Rating Provider Total Review
4.4 AKC 889
4.7 ASPCA 11,508
4.9 Embrace 14,463
4.9 Fetch 2,378
4.4 Figo 2,619
4.7 Hartville 164
4.9 Healthy Paws 7,498
4.9 Lemonade 795
3.2 ManyPets 2,268
4.6 MetLife 528
4.8 Nationwide 21,394
4.3 Pet Assure 12
4.7 PetPartners 111
4.5 Pets Best 7,216
4.3 Pumpkin 1,257
4.7 Spot 5,787
4.9 Trupanion 60,410
4.8 Prudent Pet 125

Or, you can simply get a fast quote from multiple providers and go from there.

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Getting to Know Your New Vet: Essential Questions to Ask

Choosing a new veterinarian is an important decision for any pet owner. You want to find someone who is competent, compassionate, and a good fit for you and your fur baby. To help you get the most out of your first appointment, here's a list of essential questions to ask your new vet:

Tell me about your experience with [pet type].

Different vets have different areas of specialization. Some are experts with cats, some dogs, some pocket pets, and some horses. Knowing that your vet has vast experience treating your specific type of pet can bring you peace of mind.

How do you handle emergencies?

You must know what to do in case of a pet medical emergency. Inquire what after-hours policy the clinic has, whether they have on-site emergency care available, and if they have a relationship with any nearby emergency animal hospitals.

How do you communicate with pet owners?

Good communication is key to building a trusting relationship with your vet. Ask how they prefer to communicate (phone calls, emails, online portal) and how often you can expect to hear from them.

Are there any breed-specific health concerns I should be aware of?

Some breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions. Knowing what to watch out for can help you catch problems early and get your pet the treatment they need.

Do you have any questions for me about my pet?

This is a great question to ask because the answer will show that the vet is interested in getting to know your pet as an individual and is willing to listen to your concerns.

Bonus question: Can I take a tour of your facility?

Getting a feel for the clinic's environment can help you and your pet feel more comfortable during your visits. Remember, you’re not just looking for a veterinarian, you’re looking for a partnership. Do not be afraid to ask these questions and any others you can think of. Any vet worth their salt will be happy to answer them. Because the more informed you are, the better equipped you'll be to make decisions about your pet's care! And that should be every vet’s top priority.

Reviews from Google

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maryann O

My dog had an emergency enucleation at this clinic. Everyone at Santa Cruz was amazing. The front office staff was compassionate and helpful. The surgery was done quickly. They answered all of our questions and when I had concerns they had me come so they could look at how her eye was healing. My dog is now thriving with one eye. I am so grateful to have a quality, low-cost clinic in Tucson. Thank you so much!!!!

posted: 08/19/2023

KL Business

Loved the staff but hated the reason we had to go. We had to say goodbye to our 9 year old Boxer who developed cancer. The staff were so respectful and gentle every step of our difficult journey. They were very professional and soothing despite how hard it was for us. They came highly recommended from a long-time family friend who knows the owner's. I can see why they are so highly recommended. No stars could measure how much we appreciated them as much as a piece of all our hearts 💔 was left there with our beloved pet. Somehow, I think they would have given equally professional help to anyone who comes there. We highly recommend them. We drove 35 min just to be at a place where we felt we could trust them, and they never once let us down. The rates for services here are excellent. Thank you to the team that helped us on 7-07-23. I'm sure your work can be very hard emotionally sometimes, and we appreciate you all. We know that our sweet Roxy is playing blissfully in Doggie Heaven now. Here is our sweetie when she was about 5 yrs old.

posted: 07/09/2023

Dee Foley

I had to euthanize my dog, she had become paralyzed in her hind legs. The staff were very compassionate and I was able to cuddle my baby as she went to sleep. It took 30 seconds for her to go to sleep. The doctor said "take all the time you need", after 25 minutes of holding her, my friend had to escort me out, otherwise I was never going to let go. After, on the way home, I felt peaceful, I did not grieve, I felt at rest with her passing. Thank you Santa Cruz Vet and all the staff for the wonderful experience and empathy.

posted: 07/26/2023


When my elderly service dog developed cancer, the people at Santa Cruz were extremely considerate and kind. They set up a quiet room for us to be able to say goodbye. They were very gentle with her and allowed me to stay as long as I needed to after it was over. Other places I contacted asked for triple the price for the procedure or wouldn't allow me to be with her through her passing. A week later, I was very moved and surprised to receive a condolence card in the mail. This is the most difficult time for any pet partner to go through. They took care of me as much as they cared for my beautiful girl. Thank you!

posted: 03/10/2023

Ronda Smith

They don’t even deserve the one star but you have to put something. WORST experience ever!!!! The staff doesn’t listen, all they see is what they want and not what’s best for the animal. The building is run down and animals were lined up in carriers on the floor in the lobby area. They say they will do a wellness check on strays that aren’t old enough or big enough to be fixed but when you get to the clinic, all they cared about was that the kitten was too small to be fixed they didn’t even do the wellness on the kitten. Very unhappy and WILL NEVER use this place since all they want to do is spay/neuter animals. I thought vets cared for sick and injured animals too? Guess not! Worthless!!!!!!

posted: 06/29/2023