Mon 26, Jun, 2017
Dog treatment in San Clemente

We are changing the format of the vaccine clinic. It will no longer be available on a walk in basis. We will continue our historically low vaccination prices as before. You will however need to call ahead and schedule a technician appointment.

All qualifying pets must have seen the doctor for a medical wellness exam within the last year. Vaccine reactions must make a doctors appointment and cannot participate in the vaccine clinic. ***Pricing for vaccines will not change.

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Thu 15, Jun, 2017
San Clemente beach

We offer many pet packages that combine the most essential needs for your pet into one low cost deal.





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Wed 14, Jun, 2017
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital veterinarian

As a pet owner, you have a variety of ways in which you can get your prescription filled or refilled.
On site: We have our own pharmacy with "pedigreed" products that come from our medical distributors. The benefits of using our pharmacy include limited waiting time, accuracy in dosing, and a full manufacturer's warranty for safety and efficacy of the product purchased.

Please call ahead 24-48 hours and your Rx will be prepared before your arrival.
We have allied with our main medical distributor (Victor Medical) to provide another "pedigreed" source for medication refills that may be more convenient for internet shoppers and at lower cost. Simply log on to, set up your account and purchase the product or products you need. An e-mail is sent to our office and the request is approved as is appropriate. After approval, the product is shipped to your door.

Products purchased from other on-line sources are not pedigreed and are subject to counterfeiting, thus manufacturer warranties will not be available. Buyer beware. Warnings from FDA are prevalent about on-line pharmacies both human and animal.
Finally, written prescriptions are always available to you on request.
A prescription refill may be denied if your pet has not been seen within a state mandated period of time.
These products also have full manufacturer warranty because they come from a legitimate supplier. Pricing is set up to be very competitive with other on-line pharmacies and free shipping is available.

**A drug pedigree is a new regulatory method employed by FDA in order to combat drug counterfeiting that has become prevalent in recent years due to internet sales of pharmaceuticals. A pedigreed product assures you that you are getting a product that is not counterfeit, and has been stored properly to preserve potency and will be warranteed by the manufacturer

The Veterinary Practice Act in California stipulates that an existing "doctor-client-patient" relationship must exist for us to authorize refills on prescription drugs. It is further stipulated that a pet must have been seen within one year for prescription refills. There are times when an owner feels confident that all they need is another round of antibiotics for the skin infection the pet was treated for 8 months prior. This type of request may be declined because of the potential for change in the pets' condition. Eye problems are another problem area. Medication prescribed for "pink- eye" 6 months prior could lead to loss of an eye if an ulcer or glaucoma is present. Please know that we will always refill reasonable prescription requests. If the owners’ assessment is possibly inaccurate, we are likely to advise an exam before the refill is approved.

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Wed 14, Jun, 2017
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital diet plans

You as a consumer have what seems like a daunting task choosing what to feed your pet. We all know that a healthy diet is a great way to support our own good health. Many foods make fantastic claims to cure skin allergies, intestinal problems, and so on. These types of diets can be very costly for some households and deliver little or no benefit in return. If your pet is having symptoms, see our veterinarians for a diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, the correct treatment will be applied to the problem. This approach gives you the best chance of success.
However, good intentions don’t make one a good nutrition counsellor especially when disease symptoms are involved. A great example of this is when a pet has allergies. When you go the pet store, it is likely that you will be directed to purchase a rather expensive bag of “hypo-allergenic” food. You buy it, feed it to your pet for several months and don’t get results. You go back and try another food, again with the same outcome. Finally, out of frustration, you make an appointment to see one of our veterinarians. Odds are that your animal will be diagnosed and treated for the common causes, flea or pollen allergy (not food allergy because it is rare) and respond. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t see this scenario in our office.

As veterinarians who care about the outcome of their recommendations, we have teamed up with two companies that produce tangible results with their products in our patient population:

Hill’s Prescription Diets
are available for a wide variety of health problems such as kidney or liver disease, intestinal upset, obesity, diabetes, urinary tract problems, and allergies (most allergies are NOT food related-see our section on ALLERGY under the SERVICES heading on our home page, for more on this). These products are “tried and true” and nearly all patients will respond to these special formulas. Additionally, we have the experience and knowledge to direct you to other niche’ products that are on the market that can work for your pet. Our expert advice can prevent you from going through a lengthy trial and error process.


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Wed 14, Jun, 2017
Happy girl in green grass with her dog

One of the most challenging problems to have as a pet owner is an allergic pet. The inability to cure the problem is often frustrating and costly. We at San Clemente Veterinary Hospital employ all modern methods of allergy control available.

The usual causes for allergies ranked in order from most to least likely include:

- Flea Infestation and Allergy
- Pollen Reaction known as Atopy
- Food Allergy

1) Flea Control
Flea control does not have to be expensive or complicated any longer. Frontline and Advantage are now obsolete and really never worked well in challenging households (the more pets you have, the more this is true).
A newer oral product named Comfortis and its cousin Trifexis (which contains a heartworm preventive as well) is taking over as the leading flea protection for both dogs and cats. It is a prescription product, but can be provided at a reasonable cost even for multiple pet households.
It has been on the market for 5 years now and has a proven safety and efficacy record!! We have never seen anything work better or faster. It truly eliminates fleas from your animals environment, rather than controlling the number of fleas.
Frontline and Advantage wear off in 2-3 weeks allowing fleas to replenish their numbers.
- Orally taken
- Your pet can have baths and swim without decreasing the effect
- It lasts a full 30 days or more.

2) Pollen Reaction
Pollen reaction or atopy is a tough one. This condition is selectively more prevalent in certain breeds but can affect any dog or cat. It is almost always seasonal, coming and going with warmer spring or summer weather.
Most affected animals have facial, ear, and or foot itching. This pattern often leads to secondary infections which cause not only odor, but pain and misery.
- Antihistamines
- Cortisone (best avoided but sometimes necessary to prevent self-injury)
- Apoquel (this relatively new class of pharmaceutical has been a "game changer" for many pets with chronic allergies. Usually successful with less side effects than cortisone.)
- Cytopoint (this brand new injectible [introduced in March 2017] has virtually no side effects. If effective the injection is usually repeated monthly.
- Bathing with special shampoos
- Atopica (rarely used currently but can be effective in chronic unresponsive cases)
- Allergy testing and hypo sensitization injections

These are the only therapies that can help control affected dogs. The cure can be difficult, but the above medications, fatty acid supplements, and more frequent bathing can provide reasonable relief.

3) Food Allergy
Food Allergy is truly the rarest of all causes, but is curable once diagnosed.
Blood and skin testing for food allergies in animals is rarely accurate. Most animals are diagnosed and treated by performing a food trial. The problem is that most pet owners "wing it" with the advice of a pet store clerk and end up wasting hundreds of dollars on "destined to fail" products.

A properly designed food trial must examine all foods ever fed to that pet. All foods once fed must now be avoided! It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks for a response, but that response will never come if the pet is eating something it is still allergic to.

The time of year that a food trial is initiated can also create a false positive response. If a pet is truly pollen allergic and the food trial is started in fall while a pollen allergy is active, the pet will improve as the weather changes and the pollen count falls. When the pollen comes back next spring the itching returns and the benefit attributed to the food change is lost.

Industry Truth.
The truth about the dog food industry is that very few products are made in the brands' own proprietary kitchen. Most name brand and boutique foods are made by a sub-contractor with food production facilities.
There are a lot of "grain free" dog foods made this way causing cross-contamination in the formula. Even though you bought "duck and potato" or "salmon and sweet potato", there still could be grain or other food residue from the prior batch made in the same facilities hoppers.

Here's another way to think of order to have the ingredients of kibble stick together and make a crunchy nugget, there has to be a starchy binder in the formula to glue it together providing another possible cause for the allergy.

Food trial worthy products must be made in a grain free kitchen. You will find these are few and far between. I could never figure out why the "hypoallergenic " kibble I was recommending to people to feed their pet didn't work until I realized this.

The best way to food trial your pet is to cook for them yourself using only one protein and one carbohydrate ingredient that is unique to this pet's feeding history, or feed a prepared product that has strict quality control of their production.
The only food that I know of that fulfills this is called Primal. They have wholesome and safe raw and freeze dried products. The reason they are "wholesome and safe" is because they use a unique method called "high pressure pasteurization" to kill possible bad germs in the food and also do microbiologic testing on their foods for safety. They maintain their own "grain free" facilities in Northern California. We have seen outstanding and unprecedented success feeding this product to allergic animals.
"Primal" (recommended)

After reading the above information, it is evident that an itching dog or cat can be complicated. We have seen pet owners waste hundreds of dollars on ineffective flea control products and foods, as well as supplements only to come to us in desperation.

Our advice is to start with one of our doctors. The odds are high that your pet will get better faster and you will save money in the long run.

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Tue 13, Jun, 2017
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital holistic medicine

Holistic Care: Holistic nursing care is defined as a practice that focuses on healing the whole animal through the unity of body, mind, and environment.
At San Clemente Veterinary Hospital, that pets benefit most from a personalized approach to their veterinary care. With this in mind, we provide integrative holistic care in wellness visits, disease prevention, and treatment by offering a blend of conventional approaches and holistic therapies.

Holistic Medicine focuses on incorporating natural healing methods and engaging the animal’s own healing abilities to work toward health. The animals’ environment, behavior, nutrition, stress factors, disease pattern, and relationship to other pets and humans in the household are evaluated. Animals are individually assessed for any health, nutrition, mobility, or behavioral issues.

Integrative holistic treatment plans may include:

- food therapies
- acupuncture
- class IV cold laser
- natural herbal remedies
- nutritional supplements

In addition to other more traditional medical or surgical procedures.

- Healing and preventing illness
- Enhancing your pets’ overall health and healing abilities
- Improving his or her quality of life.

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Sat 13, Feb, 2016
Veterinarian performing a checkup on a golden retriever

There is nothing worse than having a pet in distress and not knowing where to turn. Emergencies happen at any time of the day or night. San Clemente Veterinary Hospital is well equipped and staffed to handle any form of emergency that your pet may have. All of the doctors on staff have emergency medicine training and will work as a team to diagnose and stabilize your pet.
In an urgent situation, time is of the essence and an accurate diagnosis is the most important part of the treatment plan. We have a comprehensive laboratory that can provide blood cell counting, electrolytes, and blood chemistry analysis on site. We also have diagnostic cytology and coagulation testing, skilled ultrasound and digital radiography services, oxygen, temperature and humidity controlled environmental cage, blood transfusion products, emergency drugs, rattlesnake antivenin, and the staffing to deliver state of the art life- saving care.

If emergency surgery is necessary for an injury, fracture, internal bleeding, obstruction of the urinary tract or bowel, animal attack, collapsed lung, and so on, we are equipped and ready to go into surgery in a timely manner.
After the emergency patient is stabilized, we offer overnight nursing care on-site, or if deemed appropriate, transport services to a local 24 hour facility.

Our award winning facility was specifically designed by Dr. Agostini to facilitate the emergency care of critical patients. Critical animals are under constant observation by our doctors and nursing staff throughout their stay.

If you have an emergency, simply call our regular phone number (949) 492-5777, tell the receptionist you have an emergency, and you will be directed to come right in for care. We are open from 8 am until 8 pm Monday through Friday and on the weekends from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 8am to 4pm on Sunday in order to maximize our availability to the community.

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Sat 13, Feb, 2016
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital treatment

At San Clemente Veterinary Hospital we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver the highest level of health care you can find anywhere. Our level of dedication is unmatched.

We utilize a team approach and have the education, equipment, support staff, and experience to provide your pet with a rapid and accurate diagnosis.

We have our own STAT laboratory which can run complex blood and pathology screening test on site within minutes or hours of arrival.

We have a state-of-the art digital radiography system as well as the ability to perform on-site CT scanning. These systems are linked via the internet to board-certified radiologists when second opinion interpretation is required.

Additionally, ultrasound imaging and endoscopic procedures can be performed to completely assess the complex patient.

When appropriate and necessary, internal medicine specialists will come to our facility and perform specialized procedures that are not routine for our doctors.

Once an accurate diagnosis is made, the cost, treatment plan, and prognosis can be determined.
Dr. Agostini has been a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society since its inception in the mid 1980's.

This invaluable educational affiliation provides us with the ability to deliver top notch cutting-edge care.
His experience and knowledge allows him to orchestrate the patient management to minimize cost and assure maximal outcomes.

If your pet requires surgery, be assured that we have the advanced training thru UC Davis and post-graduate instruction along with years of experience. Our surgical facilities are impeccable. We can stipulate that our success rate is very high and our complication rate very low. If a surgical specialist is warranted or required they will come to our facility to assist in your pet's care.

In rare occasions, we will find it necessary to refer you to a regional medical center for 24 hour care and can guide you in the decision process.

You can trust us to keep you informed about your pets’ recovery progress and costs while he or she is under our care.

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Sat 13, Feb, 2016
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital dental services

If your pet smells around the head area or has horrible breath, there is likely a severe dental problem is underway.

Wellness dental care is probably the most overlooked health problem of pets.

We as humans brush our teeth and floss daily. We go to the dentist twice a year to prevent and repair tooth problems.

Most pets don't have the benefit of dental care until they have an oral abscess or they can't eat. Many owners present their pet for care when they can't stand the smell any longer. Would you let your mouth get that bad before going to the dentist??

There is no substitute for a doctor supervised dental prophy performed under anesthesia. It provides tremendous benefit to your pets overall wellness and quality of life at minimal risk.

Many pet owners fear anesthesia involved in small animal dentistry. Our anesthetic safety record is exemplary for our industry. Modern drugs, monitoring equipment, and trained nurses and doctors provide your pet with optimum safety. Human hospitals use the same drugs that we do.

We have countless success stories from owners who are shocked to see that their middle aged pet "runs around like a puppy again" or state that their cat "isn't grumpy anymore and plays with his toys again". These results occurred after that painful tooth was removed or the infection cured.

Any animal that gets routine wellness exams is screened by the doctor for dental disease. Procedures will be recommended when appropriate.

Once your pets' mouth is healed we can train you to brush its' teeth. This is typically overlooked, and it is the #1 best way to maintain oral health in a pet. It is best done daily to maximize the effect and takes only a minute or two.

We get our teeth x-rayed every year by our dentist because it shows problems below the gum not visible by the oral examination. We x-ray every tooth during your pets' dental procedure to provide the same level of care that you get. It is surprising how many animals have hidden and sometimes painful diseases. These problems are usually remedied at that time.

**Awake teeth cleaning is a sub-standard and often illegal practice carried out by untrained and unlicensed individuals. This is why you see them advertising at groom shops and pet stores. The D.A. could, but chooses to not prosecute these false practitioners. Buyer beware.

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Sat 13, Feb, 2016
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital kennels

We all know how much you love your pet. We also know how much they miss you when you go away. Put your mind at ease by boarding your pet in an environment that emphasizes safety and cleanliness. Know that your pet will be observed by caring staff, in a clean, warm, loving, and fun environment.
All pets are observed daily by our nursing staff and those with special needs can be accommodated by our full-service hospital. Medical problems that arise will be recognized early and be promptly attended to. We make every effort to contact you before anything is done so that you are kept in-the-loop.

Pets love staying with us. Many of them pull their owners through the front door! Because of this, we have a waiting list for holidays and busy travel weekends.
Cats are given a morning wake up scratch, fresh food and water, and a fresh litter pan. Bird watching and fresh food and litter on demand (It doesn't get any better than this!)
All cats must be on a flea preventative prior to boarding at our hospital.

10% discount applied to all stays over 10 days.
Additional discounts may be available for longer stays.
Dogs have our roof deck to romp and chase a ball or soak up a little sun. We do not co-mingle dogs so that fights and injuries are prevented.
Morning - walk and playtime with our animal caretaker, and breakfast
Noon - another walk or playtime on the roof deck
Night - Dinner is served and another walk is given before bedtime

All dogs must be on a flea preventative prior to boarding at our hospital.
All dogs are given a complimentary bath after 3 nights of stay and a 50% bath discount anytime during stay.
10% discount applied to all stays over 10 days.
Additional discounts are available for longer stays.

- Caring and compassionate doctors and nursing staff
- State-of-the-art medical and surgical facility
- Strict health requirements and flea control insure your pet's protection from disease and parasites
- Lower infectious disease rates than the typical kennel.
- Temperature controlled
- Security system with fire safe sprinkler system
- Huge ocean view, rooftop, play-deck
- Natural lighting from windows and skylights
- View room for cats
- High quality diets and tummy upset treatment at no extra charge
- One-on-one play time with their caretaker


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