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Fresno Area


The Animal Hospital and Bird Clinic

5169 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720

She's been around a long time and she treated my guys very, very well. For first time pig owners I suggest you go here. She'll show you how to clean ears, clip nails, check teeth. She's expensive but worth it. She does through checks and offers drop off/pick up service.
Contributed by: ashiefunk - 11/7/2006, 6:45 pm

Orange County

Costa Mesa

All Creatures Care Cottage

Dr. Chapman
1912 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-7151

I would highly recommend Dr. Chapman to anyone in the Orange County area, or even outside the area for that matter. He has over 25 years of experience, has performed many guinea pig surgeries, and is quite well versed in cavy medicine. He is not pushy and presents numerous treatment options, including non surgical. He was also very supportive when I had to put one of my pigs to sleep, and performed the procedure himself and took the time to talk with me after. He has also always returned my phone calls in a rather timely fashion. A truly wonderful man who I will gladly bring my piggies to in the future.
Contributed by: SeizedPropaganda - 11/26/2009, 12:37 am

Yorba Linda

Yorba Linda Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Greek
4872 Olinda St.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 777-2314

He's a great local exotics vet if people can't go to Long Beach or LA area. He is a great surgeon and cavy knowledgable. He trained under Ridgeway. He does neuters for $100, which is more than reasonable in these parts. His staff is great.
Contributed by: sus4rabbitsnpigs - 4/6/2007, 2:11 pm


Orange Olive Veterinary Hospital

Dr Pannier
2187 N Orange Olive Rd
Orange, CA 92865-3383
(714) 998-1510

On Olive Street near Shaffer park

Personal Experience: I've been going to Doc Pannier since I was 12 & I had my bunny. I wouldn't go to anyone else. She's the best. There are two vets there, But I highly reccomand Doc. Pannier.
Contributed by: mlzbb - 1/3/2007, 1:42 am

Los Angeles area

Canoga Park

Pet Vet Animal Health Care

Dr. Kerry Beeder
19748 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91306
Tel: 818-346-2455 Mondays/Tuesdays only

Kerry Beeder is an amazing surgeon, and is well known for his surgical skills. He performed the surgery on Spot, removing his tumor and neutering him at the same time. In spite of the fact that Spot developed pneumonia and was later found to have serious heart problems, Spot came through the surgery with flying colors.

He is extraordinarily open to new information, and very willing to listen to new ideas or discuss alternatives. While he doesn't advertise himself as an 'exotics' vet, he has worked hard to learn more about cavy medicine and treat all the animals in my rescue. He will tell you if he is unfamiliar with a protocol or procedure. He was also extremely helpful when I suggested I needed to visit a dental specialist and offered to send xrays with me.

He has recently retired and sold his practice, but he still practises on Mondays, Tuesdays, and sometimes other days. His staff are very helpful, his prices extremely reasonable, and he has a following of people with other exotic animals.
Contributed by: Mum - 3/27/2006, 9:33 pm

Long Beach

Long Beach Animal Hospital

Dr Ridgeway
3816 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 434-9966

He is OCCH's primary vet. He has helped us thru a lot and he really is one of the most competent cavy vets in SoCal.
Contributed by: ChunkyPiggies - 2/1/2004, 12:07 am

Santa Monica

Wilshire Animal Hospital

Dr. Frank Lavac
Dr. Michelle Jack
Wilshire Animal Hospital
2421 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 828-4587

Over 8 years ago Dr. Lavac did an emergency spay on Brigitte. She had cystic ovaries and a large tumor on her cervix. He also removed fatty lipomas from Stanley a year and a half ago and has done several other surgeries for my critters. Over the years he has also treated my guinea pigs for numerous ailments.

He’s a remarkable diagnostician, skilled surgeon, and I genuinely like and respect him as a person. His vet techs and staff are great too. He has often called me in the evening to see how my animal is doing. I know he genuinely cares about their well being.

I originally saw Dr. Lavac about 15 years ago with my first bunny rabbit. We have a long history and I trust him implicitly.

I’ve only had one experience with Dr. Jack who recently did a difficult surgery on Stanley. She was knowledgeable, compassionate, and did everything possible. I think she’s great and wouldn't hesitate to trust her with my guinea pigs.
Contributed by: Pigginess - 8/18/2006, 4:31 am

North Hills

Adler Vet Group

Dr. Dan Reimer
16911 Roscoe Blvd.
North Hills, CA 91343
(818) 893-6366
Adler Vet Group Website

His availability: usually Mon-Tues, Thurs and Sat.

Dr. Reimer is an exotics specialist and is very capable diagnostician with guinea pigs and other exotics. He is friendly and will spend time with you to answer any questions you have and is an experienced surgeon for guinea pigs. The office does stock Oxbow's Cavy Cuisine and Critical Care! The people in the front office are fairly good, but they aren't always knowledgeable on the specific issues for guinea pigs, so ask to speak with Dr. Reimer if you have any cavy-specific concerns.

We have been taking our guinea pigs Jackson and Splash to Dr. Reimer ever since our old vet, Dr. Linda Knox, went on sabbatical and would recommend him in a heartbeat. She was the "go to" vet in our area for exotics and referred us to him since he was her classmate.


Crossroads Animal Emergency and Referral Center

11057 E. Rosecrans Ave
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 863-2522

Dr. Richard Rotmistrovsky

This is an emergency hospital so their hours differ from a regular vet clinic. There is also no guarentee this particular vet will be on duty. This emergency hospital was also very reasonable. I paid only $25.00 for xrays, $55.00 for exam, and received a discount because Violet was rescued.

My regular cavy vet was familiar with Dr. Rotmistrovsky and agreed with his protocals. She went in for abdominal distension.
Contributed by: HollyT - 2/20/2005, 2:43 pm

Manhattan Beach

Animal Medical Group

1401 Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-5731

This clinic was just mentioned by CP as just getting an exotics vet.

Dr. Ken Lyon is the dental vet there. He is excellent! He comes into the clinic from his practice in Arizona two weekends a month (Fridays and Saturdays). He has treated my piggie for malocclusion for two months now. He was a mentor to my previous dental vet, Dr. Legendre in Vancouver, Canada. I recommend him highly.
Contributed by: christina - 10/21/2003, 8:27 pm

Rancho Palos Verdes

Point Vicente Animal Hospital

Dr. Ann Murata
31234 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275
(310) 265-9511
Emergency: (310) 325-3000

Ann Murata is a kind and competent exotics vet. I have used her over the past 3 years with success. She treats gps and many other small animals as well as turtles. She is available everyday except Thursday, where she works at the Animal Emergency in Torrance from 10-2pm. Animal Emergency: (310) 325-3000.
Contributed by: figrgrl - 4/28/2008 by email

Canyon Country

Canyon Country Animal Hospital

Dr. J. J. Bonavera
18840 Soledad Canyon Rd.
(661) 252-9500

Excellent with exotics. He's one of the few vets in the area that will even touch them. Dr. Bonavera saved the life of my senior pig by performing what is known to be a very risky surgery. This is one skilled exotics vet. And very affordable!
4/4/2005, 8:51 am

Contributed by: Laurie5pigs


Exotic Animal Care Center

Dr. Sari Kanfer
2121 E. Foothill Bl.
Pasadena, CA 91107

This is an update about Dr. Sari Kanfer. She has recently opened her own practice in Pasadena.

Since my last posting regarding Dr. Kanfer, I have worked with her with all of my heart pigs. She has learned a tremendous amount and consistently checks for heart problems in Cavies. She also has attended seminars specifically for Cavies, increasing her knowledge and abilities. She is constantly researching new treatments, surgical procedures and care protocols. Unlike many vets, she listens to her clients and takes their suggestions. She has even referred clients to me for treatment help. I feel Dr.Kanfer is the most qualified vet in the area for heart pig diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Kanfer trained under the same dental vet as Dr. Lyon and is able to take good dental x-rays without anesthetic. She is an excellent dentist and surgeon and really cares about the animals. She is also one of the first vets in the area to give pain meds to exotics. She is also willing to suggest optional care plans for compromised animals that can not tolerate anesthesia.

Dr. Kanfer gives a free first exam to any rescued animal, whether it comes from a shelter or not, as well as spays and neuters at half price for rescues. She gives all rescues a 15% discount on other services.

Her passion is working with rescues and treating exotics.

I have personally used Dr. Kanfer for the 10 years she has been in the area and have found her very competent, compassionate and caring. .

She is very accessible and will give out her cell number in certain situations. She will call you back and sometimes do emergency visits. I have actually taken a rabbit to her home for treatment.

I do not give recommendations lightly, but I do highly recommend Dr. Kanfer.
Contributed by: LAWomans -

Bay Area


Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital

Dr. Linda J. Siperstein ("Dr. Sip")
2126 Haste St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Dr. Sip writes: "I have been seeing guinea pigs since 2002, advising owners on husbandry, treating medical cases, and performing dental work and abdominal surgery including cystotomies (removing bladder stones) and spays/neuters when medically indicated or to prevent unwanted breeding." She writes that Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital has been seeing guinea pigs and other exotics since the late 1960's.
Contributed by email: Dr. Sip - 3/3/2015

San Francisco

Bay Area Bird Hospital

Dr. Lynn Dustin (female)
2145 Taraval Street (at 32nd Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 566-4359

For cavy dental work in San Francisco I strongly recommend going ONLY to Dr. Dustin.

For DENTALS, do NOT go to the other 2 cavy-knowledgeable hospitals in San Francisco (All Pets and Irving Street).

I speak from having had a terrible ordeal with Tolik's teeth where I had to take him to all 3 cavy-knowledgeable hospitals. Finally, Dr. Dustin's tooth trimming did the trick.

She also commented that his teeth were in "TERRIBLE" condition and that his teeth furthest in the back had not been properly trimmed - this despite him having had 2 prior trimmings in 3 weeks. I had virtually given up hope that he would eat again.

Fortunately he was able to eat right after Dr. Dustin's trimming (but unfortunately, Dr. Dustin also correctly diagnosed a lump that had just been misdiagnosed as benign to in fact be lymphoma, from which Tolik passed away 3 months later).

Dr. Dustin (and her assisting vet, Dr. Marcucci) has since become our regular cavy vet and also performed bladder stone removal, treated UTI's, an eye infection, and ovarian cysts.
Contributed by: tatandsam - 8/9/2007, 11:43 pm

San Jose

Wildwood Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Diana Welsh
1115 Luchessi Dr.
San Jose, CA
(408) 265-8811

I have taken my two girls here on several occasions. She successfully treated their URIs and ear infections. Her exams are thorough, eyes, nose, ears, fur, listening to lungs and bowels, checking mammary glands and sex and weighing. She helped out during the Monterey and Hollister rescues and has worked with Cavyspirit in the past. She sees many guinea pigs on a regular basis.
Contributed by: rachelllll - 4/9/2006, 2:52 pm

Mountain View


Pinole Pet Hospital

1400 San Pablo Ave
Pinole CA 94564

Have gone to them for 2+ years for multiple pet piggies and problems. Drop-ins on weekdays and Appointments on Saturday.
Contributed by:Cece20 -1/14/08, 11:10 AM

El Cerrito


6000 Potrero Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 215-5101

Supply Store. One Saturday a month for guinea pigs examinations (first come, first serve, come early to avoid long wait. Fill out paperwork to be in line. Mostly will be cats and dogs so bring carrier.). Call to find out when guinea pig vet will be in. Low cost source for medication, supplies and general exam. Can not do in depth examinations here. If needed they will be more than happy to recommend a vet who can. Oxbrow grass & pellets carried here.
Contributed by:Cece20 -1/14/08, 11:10 AM


Montclair Veterinary Hospital

Cynthia Lynn, DVM
1961 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94611

Dr. Lynn writes: "I ... would like to be included on your list of veterinarians who treat guinea pigs. I graduated from UC Davis in 1997, did the zoo track while in school, did externships at 2 practices that treat avian and exotic patients, and have been taking care of guinea pigs and other "exotics" continuously since then. I would be happy to provide referrals from satisfied pig owners if you would like. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions."
Cynthia Lynn, DVM - 3/25/2009 by email

Walnut Creek

VCA Cottage Animal Hospital

Drs Leslie Garrow and Karen Kaplan
1590 Boulevard Way
Walnut Creek CA 94595

Both doctors are graduates of UC Davis Vet Med School and see cavies, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, other critters, as well as cats and dogs. We carry Oxbow hay and pellets. Our hours are M-F 7:30a-6p and Sat 8a-3p

Monterey Bay


Aptos-Creekside Pet Hospital

10404 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-4242
Web site

Dr. Hawklyn specializes in exotics and small rodents and has been very good with our guinea pigs. She knows pig behavior and understands their needs and how they react to medication. She also clearly likes them. Their nurses are friendly and knowledgeable. They are also good with rabbits and work with the Cavy House guinea pig rescue. --Solipsistnation 15:49, 25 June 2009 (EDT)


Felton Veterinary Hospital

5996 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-3466
Web site

The Felton Veterinary Hospital is closer to Santa Cruz than Aptos-Creekside, and they have an exotics specialist on staff as well. They have different hours than Aptos-Creekside and may be available on weekends. --Solipsistnation 15:49, 25 June 2009 (EDT)


Avian & Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula

Drs. Shannon Thomas, Hilary Stern, and Amy Wells
451 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940
(831) 647-1147

This is the place to go if you're anywhere near Monterey. When Ianto the tiny pig had a broken leg, they were able to see him on very short notice and gave good care and advice. We were able to save his leg without surgery and now he's getting around fine. --Solipsistnation 15:49, 25 June 2009 (EDT)

Santa Cruz

Animal Hospital of Soquel

Hilary Stern DVM 2651 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-0432

Dr. Stern is an exotics-only veterinarian with a special interest in small mammals. She loves working with guinea pigs, and provides expert medical and surgical care for them. She works extensively with the local rescue group The Rabbit Haven as well as the guinea pig rescue Cavy House.
Contributed by email: Hilary Stern, DVM - 11/7/2014

Southern California

La Jolla

Cote Animal Hospital

Comprehensive Veterinary Care (medicine & Surgery); Ultrasound / Endoscopy / Cryosurgery Available; Dogs, Cats, Ferrets, Exotic Companion Animals & Wildlife.

8915 Towne Centre Dr. #110

San Diego, CA 92122


Dr. Irene Cote Dr. Irene Côté Dr. Côté is a knowledgeable and experienced veterinarian. Her practice in La Jolla is welcoming and friendly, and she's a very sweet lady who genuinely enjoys caring for all animals. I took my four year old guinea pig to Dr. Côté to get treatment for an eye infection. Dr. Côté prescribed gentocin which quickly cleared up the infection. A basic exam is $49 but she offers discounts to college students, seniors, and newly adopted pets as well. Highly recommended!

Contributed by Cass&Pigs - 11/13/2010, 2:27 pm (edit sent by email, 7/21/2012)


East Ventura Animal Hospital

Dr. J. Elaine Fowell Dvm
East Ventura Animal Hospital
10225 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93004
(805) 647-8430

She seems to really know her stuff. She has 7 guinea pigs of her own, and did a wonderful job on Tyrone's neuter.
Contributed by: Corrine - 7/9/2006, 4:39 pm

La Mesa

Pet Emergency & Specialty Center

Avian/Exotic Service
5232 Jackson Drive, Suites 102-105
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 462-4800

Dr. Todd Cecil

Dr. Cecil performed bladder stone surgery on my piggy Oreo back in June. He saw Oreo in the early afternoon and by late afternoon that same day Oreo was having surgery as the doctor knew Oreo was in a lot of pain. Currently Dr. Cecil is working with me to figure out Oreo's soft poo problem. We may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I really like Dr. Cecil - he knows a lot about piggies.

Contributed by: NancyO - 10/15/2004, 6:31 pm

UPDATE: Todd R. Cecil, DVM, writes that he has re-located to La Mesa after 12 years serving the San Diego avian/exotic animal community (previously at the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital)

"Any questions feel free to contact me. Questions are free and referrals are appreciated."

-- Todd R. Cecil, DVM by e-mail 7/24/2006

La Jolla

Sacramento Area

Fair Oaks

Madison Avenue Veterinary Clinic, Inc.

Dr. Marianne Brick, Dr. Richard Slevin
8520 Madison Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 961-1541

They specialize in exotics. Very cavy-knowledgeable vets, friendly and easy to talk with. If you have a concern, you can call the office and speak with the vet directly. The office staff is great too. You can always get a same-day appointment if needed. They sell Oxbow products and Carefresh. They treat local Petco exotics.
They also treat ferrets, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, birds (exotic and poultry), reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, dogs and cats.
Contributed by: ottosmom - 3/13/2004, 10:14 am

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