Center Veterinary Clinic and Urgent Care

4.8 (338)
9025 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126, USA


Monday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at Center Veterinary Clinic and Urgent Care

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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Robin Stutsman

My little 10 pound dog ended up with a second fox tail in her ear ( in 10 days)it was a weekend and it was getting late and I got an appointment right away. I was shocked. First off, the office is immaculate when you walk into the waiting room, secondly, the staff is very friendly, third, the people in the waiting area all seem to be happy, which I could tell you from owning three dogs is an unusual event. We were met in the lobby and taken to an exam room and a vet tech named Keith introduced himself, and we went through some very thorough background information. When you’re worried about your pet, you really want them to pay attention to what you’re saying and it sure they did and it was pleasant. The entire time he shared a little bit about himself and his pet, which was really a nice icebreaker. The doctor came into the room and everything was in order already she examined my dog and they decided it would be better to take her into the back area to see if they could get the fox tail out. Just minutes later to my surprise they brought her back in and she didn’t need to be sedated. They already taken the fox tail out. That’s impressive. Both the doctor and Keith told me what a good girl she was, which is always nice to hear. I went back to the waiting room so they could add some ointment to her ears and give her a few minutes to recover. Keith came out told me it wouldn’t be very long , the next thing I know I was asked to the front desk where (by the way ) the girls were really pleasant. I can’t say enough good about this veterinary clinic it was an urgent situation you pay a little more but that’s OK because when is your baby you would pay almost anything. Special thanks for the staff.

posted: 08/06/2023

jenny Atienza

Excellent service. We’ve been taking our dog since we adopted her in 2018 at age 3 years old. She had a heart condition and able to live for 7 years. The staff showed us compassion when Ellie passed away. They did their best to help us care for her. Now we have two puppies that also get their care from Center Vet.

posted: 07/05/2023

Sara Stuart

Have you ever been to a restaurant that you thought was downright awful but everyone raved about it? Like the experience at this metaphorical restaurant was so truly awful that your overall life has become a little worse just for having experienced it? That the difference between your experience and the rave reviews was so absolutely different that you couldn't help but wonder what in the world was going on? At that metaphorical restaurant, the actual main attraction (the food) was awful, cold, and made without love. The front of house (host or hostess) was constantly getting things wrong or making mistakes. The cost was far more than the overall experience warranted. But the reviews for the restaurant are amazing, people love it and have a wonderful experience so you're left wondering if you're crazy or losing it? That was my experience at this vet. I could go into all the details of everything that went wrong, over several visits and at each point of the process, but it's honestly not worth my time. The one thing I'll say is now that I've found a better vet, it makes it really truly clear just how bad the experience I had, and the care my pet had was. I could never recommend this place,--putting the absolutely long list of terrible experiences and care aside, for the sole fact that when coming in for an urgent care visit to see if my dog was healing right after a surgical procedure (and if not what we could do to get back on track) the veterinarian said that they had a pet in a similar situation (peeing and pooping accidents) and euthanasia was a relief for them, and something we need to consider. Less than a week after that absolutely bizarre comment from the Center vet, after going to a much better vet, our dog is back to himself. Completely. Completely! Can you imagine if that advice was given to someone else who trusted their vet without pause? I was honestly happy that I wasn't the only person in the room when the vet said that about euthanasia, because I don't know if someone would have believed me if I said when I went to the vet to consult why my dog was still having diarrhea, the vet recommended euthanasia. Absolutely bonkers! This dog has a complex medical history aside from the reason for the visit, but this vet clearly had a different philosophy on caring for a special needs dog and it was immediately clear we were in the wrong place and talking to the wrong person. To make things worse, this vet who we had just met a week prior said we looked tired as a reason for the euth recommendation. Of course we were tired, our dog was in pain and struggling after their procedure, hence our visit there. Again, and I can't emphasize this enough, I could never recommend! Ever! Ever! Absolutely it's a massive in-your-face Red flag if the conversation about care for your pet after a non-major procedure is a recommendation for euthanasia because I looked tired and my dog is stressed or healing slowly! Completely weird! 0/10 experience!

posted: 08/13/2023

Samantha Himlin

I’ve been to multiple vet offices and this is the first one where I’ve seen special care and attention for a nervous dog. Instead of putting him on a loud mechanical table and trying to hold him steady, the doc worked around my dog in an open exam room, making sure he got comfortable. Such a great experience.

posted: 08/11/2023

Zach Hults

Believed this was an alright for the first few years, brought my German Shepard in last week for a emergency surgery paid the 4k and sure enough stitches weren't holding up, took her in a few day later for another 700 to add a few more stitches which they couldve added initially and saved me some money, which 2 have opened up today and of course they're closed today so looking at another 1-2k plus to go the the ER tonight. Or maybe I'll have to put her down. As a disabled veteran on limited cash I now have to decide whether to save my dog after already spending 5k or fork up more money starve for the next few months. Anyways maybe it's just my luck and I should keep eating the loses.

posted: 08/06/2023