Animal Healing Center

4.4 (43)
1228 Vega St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA


Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at Animal Healing Center

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 11,435
4.9 Embrace 14,288
4.9 Fetch 2,137
4.4 Figo 2,596
4.7 Hartville 164
4.9 Healthy Paws 7,485
4.9 Lemonade 786
3.2 ManyPets 2,168
4.6 MetLife 501
4.8 Nationwide 21,393
4.3 Pet Assure 12
4.7 PetPartners 110
4.5 Pets Best 7,200
4.3 Pumpkin 1,172
4.7 Spot 5,410
4.9 Trupanion 60,323
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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Paul C

It's now 11 years since we started bringing our cats to the Animal Healing Center. What I especially value is the supportive interaction with Dr. Diana Drumm and staff that guides and informs us in our at-home care of pets. She is a fully qualified and superbly competent veterinarian who emphasizes holistic healing methodologies. Most of these past years we have also had our cats simultaneously under the care of a conventional veterinarian. Although, on the surface, that would appear to be expensive--to have two vets--in the longer term we have actually saved a few thousand, owing to good advice from the AHC that informed our decisions about costly tests and treatments recommended by conventional vets. Recently the AHC has started giving diagnostic blood tests, the results of which help us know whether a particular health issue or crisis may or may not need intervention by conventional means.

posted: 09/13/2023

rosemary greene

I must say my experience with Dr Heather has been great over the 10 years. The staff is great very friendly and efficient . This last time I took Charlie (He had a slip disc when he was 5 and couldn't walk with his hide legs. She did acupuncture for 4 months and Lazer and then we put him in water therapy for another couple of months and he has walked ever since . ) Now he is 15 and had another little setback so we went for a tuneup Again I thought I was going to have to put Charlie down ? . Now he is back to his walking and rolling on the floor happy ,eating 😄 It is pricey there but worth it.

posted: 07/20/2022

Caitlin Thompson

I have only great things to say about this place. Dr. Chou is hands down the best vet I have ever seen. She is very knowledgeable about cutting edge medical science, and yet takes a wholistic, natural approach to treating animals. The tools, herbs and modalities that she uses are more effective than any band-aid treatments any other vet has offered to my dog. She has extensive knowledge of herbs, the microbiome, accupuncture, blood tests, and the immune system. She can still prescribe drugs and take blood labs like a conventional vet. Dr. Chou is committed to helping animals be healthy and is truly a healer. She takes the time to get to know your pet, and works with you closely, examining subtle behaviors and progress each step of the way. She has been a god send in helping me navigate my dogs very complicated and mysterious chronic I'llness. She will never give up on your pet. She truly cares. The staff here is very friendly and honest. No surprise charges or pushing of medications or procedures. The visits are affordable considering that you get veterinary care that is actually effective for getting to the root cause, vs wasting money on vets to just tell you your dog has allergies and prescribe steroids while your animal gets sicker and sicker. The atmosphere is wonderful. It's literally a house that has been turned into a vet office. They have essential oils vaporizing. My dog looks forward to coming here and gets excited when we arrive, while at other vets she gets scared and tries to hide. Now that I know this place exists, I will never take my dog anywhere else unless it's an emergency vet hospital. I wish I would have found this vet clinic 8 years ago when I got my pup. It would have saved me and my dog a lot of suffering to be in good hands to start with. I recommend this place to everyone.

posted: 03/18/2018

Rhonda Laurenson

Jaxson was very comfortable and happy in this environment. The doctor and staff are very helpful and caring. I’m very excited to see the turn around in his health!

posted: 04/19/2018

G Bone

Great doctors who are very informative and compassionate. Brought my Labrador here when he was diagnosed with cancer and we refused the chemo from the regular vet. They gave my dog a great herbal mix they make there and talked me through making homemade food for him. They made it simple and it really made a difference for my dog. And when a certain method of treatment didn't seem to affect the cancer then they would recommend another option. They do what they do for the animals not the money.

posted: 02/12/2018