Rancho Mesa Animal Hospital

4.7 (158)
8710 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92126, USA


Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at Rancho Mesa 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 11,435
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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Caitlin Nelson

The experience here is always great! I have brought both of my dogs here for a range of services such as normal check ups, shots and teeth cleaning, and the veterinarians here are very caring, compassionate and helpful.

posted: 07/11/2023


Good service and reasonable prices. Staff explains the procedures and costs so there’s no mystery about what’s happening. We don’t have pet insurance so I don’t know how they go about it here.

posted: 05/27/2023

My Le

My chihuahua is 15 years old and I’ve been going here when he was only 8 weeks old. We were referred from my college ex roommate who had a beagle for 8 years at that time. It was close to where we lived and inexpensive. Fast forward 15 years later, they are still the best. Their prices are competitive but their service has been the same, if not, better. The parking lot is tiny with about 10 spots and it’s really tight. Best to reverse in. Due to COVID, there’s a sign that asks you to text a number with your pet’s name, reason for the visit, your name and what color and make of your car. I got an immediate text reply that someone will be right out. The nurse came out and took my dog. I had prepared a written note with all my concerns that I had for my dog’s annual visit and gave it to the nurse. I waited patiently and got a call about 30 minutes later from Dr. Cooper. She went over my list of concerns and made sure all my questions were answered and was satisfied. Shortly after, I got a call from the front desk to retrieve electronic payment and then my dog was brought out. Overall, exceptional service from beginning to end. I highly recommend them and make sure you write down all your concerns since us “parents” aren’t allowed inside due to COVID.

posted: 04/02/2021

Minion Anuta

I've been taking my animals (cats and dog) to Rancho Mesa Animal Hospital for about 15 years now, they have great caring staff. Veterinarians care for the wellbeing of the pets and don't over-prescribe the drugs, and never over advise on various procedures, I never feel pressured, which is great, and is one of the main reasons why I go there, I know they are not in it to make extra money (I've dealt with some pet clinics in the past, who were prescribing more treatments to get more money from pet owners) Their hours of operation are great, 6 days a week, except Sunday. One challenge I have, is they are so busy that sometimes it is hard to reach them, but they do call back pretty quickly if you leave them a message. I'm always able to get quick appointments for urgent matters. Also, they call few days after the appointment to check up on my cat, if she was prescribed a drug. I recommend everyone to come to this hospital. Great caring staff! 🙏

posted: 12/15/2021

Ann 1

Good communicators, pleasant vet experiences, nice staff. Getting an appointment can be a bit difficult oftentimes.

posted: 06/04/2023