VCA Monte Vista Animal Hospital

3.8 (77)
1488 Washington Blvd, Concord, CA 94521, USA


Monday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at VCA Monte Vista Animal Hospital

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 11,445
4.9 Embrace 14,311
4.9 Fetch 2,197
4.4 Figo 2,600
4.7 Hartville 164
4.9 Healthy Paws 7,488
4.9 Lemonade 790
3.2 ManyPets 2,173
4.6 MetLife 506
4.8 Nationwide 21,394
4.3 Pet Assure 12
4.7 PetPartners 110
4.5 Pets Best 7,204
4.3 Pumpkin 1,175
4.7 Spot 5,460
4.9 Trupanion 60,328
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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Carolyn L. B. Pattrick

Everyone is very helpful and friendly! The staff are welcoming and even wrote my doggy's name on the mirror/dry erase board (where they wrote other expected patients for that day). 08/27/22 time for yearly vaccination n check up! Very friendly staff. Dr. n staff explained everything I needed to know!

posted: 08/27/2022

Jennifer Chan

Since covid they have had a strict protocol. You park your car in the parking lot and then call or text them you're here. Usually they allow one person in with the pet, however I guess since my dog was only getting a shot, they took her in and had me wait outside. I took my other dog with me to the store to look for something. I was on my way back when I received the text to pay. I didn't have a chance to check out when the worker inside came out and was going to check me out. I told her I got the text and am trying to pay now. They don't release your dog until you pay. I was able to get the refill prescription for my dog and rabies certificate too. Over all not bad. If you have a bonded pair of dogs and they're due for the same check up, they will let you in, but that was in April and I'm not sure if they changed their policy.

posted: 07/29/2022

David Bleicher

You just have my cat seen been there many times but of course they’re booked up I understand that but you can’t go on a semi emergency a week and a half out.. no recommendations to go to emergency we’re really booked up,, So I took the day off of work and I won’t tell you the rest of the story it doesn’t matter but they should have a referral service or somebody else in mind.. Just my two cents out other than that they’ve been great but you have to have an appointment

posted: 03/30/2022

Ethan Westbrook

I recently adopted two kittens, (one of which became infected with ringworm,) so I decided to take them both in for a check up, their third dose of a vaccine, and to get my one kitten medication for his ringworm. As I was making the appointment the receptionist on the phone told me specifically that I had to bring stool samples for both kittens, to which I obliged. However, during the appointment, (which took about 30 minutes before I was even seen by the vet,) the vet was very careful not to regard my kitten as having ringworm, and instead mentioned that it “could” be some form of a fungal infection and then gave me a few links to to order anti-fungal wipes. The vet was also vaguely mentioning how susceptible kittens are to potentially having leukemia and heart disease but did not discuss much more than that. About another 30 minutes later, to my total surprise, the vet tech came in and gave me my bill of almost $1,000 in total for both kittens. The bill was FULL of charges for tests we did not discuss running, vaccines I was not informed about, a substantial charge to test the stool samples I was told I NEEDED to bring in, charges to join their own pet care club, and an $85 charge for both kittens for their check up, (although I was told that our first time visit would waive the fee.) When I asked the vet tech what these charges were for it was clear that they were attempting to upsell me as he didn’t have anything beyond a superficial description to give me. When I refused to pay for the myriad of things that they had added without my consent, the vet tech began to condescend me by acting as if I was putting my kittens lives in danger, and it was only after I became agitated with him that he completely backed down and removed the charges and waived the first time visit fee. Altogether the new total came down to $330. Afterwards, I was sent an online link to pay for the services, yet no one told me that the visit was done or spoke to me at all. When I paid on my phone I thanked the reception desk and began to walk to the door when the staff began to yell at me to make sure I paid and blocked the door. Only after the front desk worker printed my receipt, (apparently the one I showed them from the transaction on my phone wasn’t good enough,) was I allowed to leave. I would highly recommend NOT entrusting your pets here as the staff seem too preoccupied with their own financial well being than they are for providing genuine care and support to our beloved pets. Completely and utterly disappointed in the lack of professionalism and transparency displayed at VCA Monte Vista and definitely will not be back.

posted: 09/03/2021

Lisa Parin, Loan Officer 925-413-1398

This company charged my debit card TWICE without my consent. I've never done business with them and know nothing about them. I called them to try to determine why my card was charged and to see if there was a legitimate purpose, and the woman that answered "Selena" was rude and nasty. These fraudulent charges (which she confirmed I did not receive service for) forced me to have to cancel my debit card of several years and drive and hour each way to my credit union to get a replacement card in addition to having to change the card I have on file with so many companies that I actually do business with that I auto pay with this same card. I did try to speak to the manager about this, but she was conveniently "in a meeting" and so I'm waiting for a call back, but won't be surprised if I don't receive one based on the lack of professionalism from Selena. All I can say is to be careful. I still do not know how they got my information as this vet hospital is at least two hours away from where I live and I've never visited them or ordered anything from them. The charges were small, but my credit union advised that this is often the case before a larger attempt is made. Very unfortunate and a big waste of my time.

posted: 10/28/2021