Modern and Compassionate Veterinary Care

Compassionate Veterinary CareAs pet owners ourselves, the doctors and staff at Jamul Veterinary Hospital truly understand that sharing your home with a pet is an immensely rewarding and satisfying experience. We know through our own personal experience that the relationship you have developed with your pet is unique and important to you. This is why we are sincerely committed to helping you provide your pet with a long, healthy and happy life.

The basis of our promise to you and the foundation of your pet's health is the thorough practice of preventative care. To this end we provide our clients' pets with thorough wellness exams, comprehensive dental care, appropriate vaccinations, dermatological care, cardiology services, nutritional counseling, a parasite control program, microchip identification, and much more. We also believe that our many resources and our expertise are of little value if we do not share our knowledge with you. This is why patient education and the free flow of information is an important aspect of the care we provide your pet and the service we offer to you. We strive to maintain open lines of communication and empower you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your pet's care. After all, the work of caring for your pet does not begin and end at our doors, but continues at your home as well.

However, despite even the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may yet experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill, wealth of experience and extensive education of our doctors and staff allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical cases beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. This level of expertise reduces the frequency of referrals to specialists, which means your pet receives care from people he or she knows in comfortable and familiar surroundings.

In all, we strive to provide the highest level of service to you and care to your pet in a warm, safe and welcoming atmosphere. Please take a look at the services we offer and feel free to call (619) 669-1666 with any questions or to make an appointment for your pet.

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Veterinary Wellness Exams

Canine ExaminationA regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Because your pets can't tell you how they really feel, we recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.

A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.

During your pet's wellness checkup, Jamul Veterinary Hospital doctors will:

Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate your pet's vision – All diseases follow relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception.

Look into your pet's ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling the skin, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.

Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.

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Vaccines

VaccinesVaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

At Jamul Veterinary Hospital, we have developed a protocol designed to protect your pet from diseases they are most likely to be exposed to in our region of the country. We work with you to develop a strategy that takes into account your pet's unique lifestyle and risk factors and seek to administer the appropriate number of vaccines necessary to protect your pet. We also offer a special rate for clients with litters of puppies or kittens.

In all, our veterinarians truly believe that our carefully balanced approach is the best means to prevent infectious disease and the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

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Microchipping: Safe and Effective Pet Identification

Microchipping - Pet IdentificationDoes your pet have a microchip?

Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

Jamul Veterinary Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. HomeAgain provides a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

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