Uptown Animal Hospital

4.6 (235)
4054 Normal St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA


Monday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at Uptown 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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Paul Deras

I've been going here since October. After 3 months and maybe about 6 visits. I think we found Denjis Vet. These people are so kind and attentive. During our last visit Denji was pulling with excitement to get inside to see his friends. This place is much more than a service for my best friend. They are providing my boy with the care he needs. Thank you so much for you and your kind and courteous staff.

posted: 01/31/2024


Had to take my pup Walter for an emergency visit and I am so grateful to the staff and Dr. Romero for their kindness and support. Walter and I both felt so comfortable in the space and they were super accommodating. I will definitely be going back and am only sad I didn't find them sooner ❤️

posted: 04/16/2024

Laura Chesterton

Dr Juan is absolutely amazing, we never feel rushed during our visits and he is very thorough. The staff is always friendly and our appointment are always on time. Fairly priced too.... added bonus! Lincoln is a very happy puppy!

posted: 04/15/2024

Tyler Cannon

Dr. LaBrecque and her staff are amazing. We have an almost 10 year old frenchie who has a multitude of medical issues over his life and have become more severe as he ages. Our first appointment after moving to San Diego was extremely thorough and was a lengthy visit to really know him and his history. It was the first time we've ever felt that everything about him was taken in to consideration. We've been back a few times now and every visit has clear outcomes and next steps. I can't thank the team enough, and I know our little guy appreciates it.

posted: 01/05/2024

Wendy Blu0818

I just recently took my pup Monkey in for an ear infection. Dr Romero was amazing and I trusted that Monkey was in good hands. They cleaned his ear and administered medication and he’s doing much better. Dr Romero gave me guidance about transitioning Monkeys food and spent time with me and answered all my helicopter parent questions. The entire staff is always very friendly and helpful. The receptionists are super sweet to Monkey and you can tell they genuinely care about your fur baby. Thank you to everyone we will see you in a week to have Monkeys check up.

posted: 10/30/2023