VCA Market Street Animal Hospital

4.4 (79)
633 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Hours:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at VCA Market Street 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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Jackie Maduza

The first time I went to this place was back in 2015. It was a good experience. Then in 2016 or 2017 banfield opened on the corner of 1st street so I Switched from VCA to Banfield. I decided recently to switch back to VCA. Once again loved my experience there! Dr. Wetzel did a great job explaining everything . She did call Sushe my car spicy which was expected.

posted: 07/17/2023

Ashley

Yet another subpar veterinary clinic in San Diego that is more concerned about maximizing corporate profits and charging you for unnecessary care visits, vaccines and medications your pet doesn't actually need versus providing humane care to their "patients". The vets insist on prescribing medications to treat health conditions instead of offering resources or advice for lifestyle changes, modifications or other holistic measures than can be attempted before prescribing a chronic medication for an animal. I can take an accurate, calm blood pressure on my cat at home. However the vet insists I pay $100 for them to take an inaccurate, stressed blood pressure reading on my cat. Hmmmm The vet will withhold medication refills for a chronic disease unless you pay for an exam and all the other associated hidden fees, and they do not care what affects withholding the medication may have on your animal. The icing on the cake:: after an absolute nightmare circus of trying to get a current prescription refilled, I asked for advice to taper my pet off her medication and was told I'd have to make an appointment and pay for an exam just to get professional advice on how to take my pet off the medication YOU prescribed her. You straight up told me you don't care about my animals health, safety and well being. I wonder if it's even ethical to prescribe medications and refuse to explain how to safely take your pet off them?? Hmmm I highly recommend avoiding this business if you value quality veterinary care where you actually have a say in your animals care. They do not go above and beyond, nor do they even act like they care about your pet unless you're paying them to care Also the customer service rep Susie argued with me and over exaggerated how long it's been since my exam. It's been exactly 1.5 years (totally fine for a healthy indoor only cat!!!) and she was insistent it's been almost 3 years and was adamant I needed to make an appointment and completely ignored the reason for my call, nor was I offered to speak with a vet professional. They care about profits not your pet. As a human nurse, this kind of treatment wouldn't fly in the medical world. Doctors don't prescribe medications and then refuse to explain how to safely take yourself off them. That's negligence. UPDATE: I wish to provide an update on my situation: I was able to successfully wean my pet off her blood pressure medication by myself without any professional advice or involvement. Her blood pressure has remained stable and within normal limits. I will state that the management reached out to me via email but only as a standard robotic-like customer service response and a blurb about their policies. They did not ask how my pet was doing, nor was I offered any empathy for my situation. Unfortunately the VCA corporation owns and operates many of the vet clinics in this area so options for quality and affordable pet care is limited if available at all.

posted: 07/06/2023

Jacob Geers

Adequate vet, but not a place that goes above and beyond. We had a very elderly cat and they said he was too rambunctious and needed to be sedated and the appointment rebooked — no vet before or after ever needed us to do that with this cat. During the height of COVID we needed an urgent refill on some medication and they refused to renew the prescription unless we scheduled an in-person appointment because of their policies of requiring regular check-ups. I understand animal care is very complex (especially over the last few years) and the vets themselves seemed fine but the most difficult vet I've ever dealt with.

posted: 01/01/2023

Paul Goldenberg

Do NOT bring your dog to Dr. Hammond at VCA!! I brought my dog Luna in only to find out she lost 12 lbs in 3-4 mos time. They took x-rays & Dr. Hammond calls me to say enlarged spleen. Radiology disagrees but meanwhile no one will tell me why my dog is losing weight. That basically ends their so-called treatment plan & my 11-year old dog is left losing weight with no help from VCA Market Street. Needless to say, I WON'T BE BACK! Update: Kyle ?? is the classless Hospital Manager who thinks he can infringe on a man's communication style!

posted: 01/26/2023

Holly

VCA Market Street offers 5 star veterinary care! Dr. Lori Hammond is compassionate and thorough, explaining everything in detail. Zaya, her vet tech is warm and attentive. The front desk team, Lauren and Suzy, are wonderful, greeting me immediately and talking with me while I waited. I live in Oceanside and will gladly make the drive to San Diego for their high level of customer service and quality vet care!

posted: 06/10/2022