Veterinarians: California

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  • Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital
    Dr. Linda J. Siperstein ("Dr. Sip")
    2126 Haste St
    Berkeley, CA 94704

    Phone: (510) 848.5041

    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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
El Cerrito
  • PetVet PetFood
    6000 Potrero Avenue
    El Cerrito, CA 94530

    Phone: (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. Oxbow grass & pellets carried here.
    Contributed by: Cece20 -1/14/08, 11:10 AM
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Los Gatos
  • Adobe Animal Hospital South Bay
    Dr. Curt Nakamura
    Dr. Jennifer Koga
    15965 Los Gatos Blvd
    Los Gatos, CA 95032

    Phone: (408) 357-8000

    Dr. Nakamura and Dr. Koga have both been recommended as cavy savvy vets by many Guinea Lynx members.
    Website verifed: March 6, 2016
  • Montclair Veterinary Hospital
    Cynthia Lynn, DVM
    1961 Mountain Blvd.
    Oakland, CA 94611

    Phone: (510) 339-8600

    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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Pinole / Mountain View
  • Pinole Pet Hospital
    1400 San Pablo Ave
    Pinole, CA 94564

    Phone: (510) 724-8766

    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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
San Francisco
  • Bay Area Bird Hospital
    Dr. Lynn Dustin (female)
    2145 Taraval Street (at 32nd Ave.)
    San Francisco, CA 94116

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
San Jose
  • Wildwood Veterinary Hospital
    Dr. Diana Welsh
    1115 Luchessi Dr.
    San Jose, CA 95118

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Walnut Creek
  • VCA Cottage Animal Hospital
    Dr. Leslie Garrow
    Dr. Karen Kaplan
    1590 Boulevard Way
    Walnut Creek, CA 94595

    Phone: (925) 935-9080

    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
    Contributor unknown
    Website verified: March 5, 2016; Currently, Dr. Karen Kaplan does not seem to be listed as a veterinarian on their website.

  • The Animal Hospital and Bird Clinic
    5169 N. Blackstone Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93720

    Phone: (559) 227-5575

    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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016

Anaheim Canoga Park
  • Pet Vet Animal Hospital
    Dr. Kerry Beeder
    19748 Sherman Way
    Canoga Park, CA 91306

    Phone: 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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Canyon Country
  • Canyon Country Animal Hospital
    Dr. J. J. Bonavera
    18840 Soledad Canyon Rd.
    Canyon Country, CA 91351

    Phone: (661) 424–9900

    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!
    Contributed by: Laurie5pigs, 4/4/2005, 8:51 am
    Website verified: March 5, 2016; Dr. J. J. Bonavera seems to have died of a heart attack in November, 2008.
Long Beach
  • Long Beach Animal Hospital
    Dr. William 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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Manhattan Beach
  • Animal Medical Group
    1401 Sepulveda Blvd
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016; no record of Dr. Ken Lyons currently working there, however.
North Hills
  • VCA Adler Vet Group
    Dr. Dan Reimer
    16911 Roscoe Blvd.
    North Hills, CA 91343

    Phone: (818) 893-6366
    Phone: (818) 891-4472

    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.
    Contributer unknown
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
  • Crossroads Animal Emergency
    Dr. Richard Rotmistrovsky
    11057 E. Rosecrans Ave
    Norwalk, CA 90650

    Phone: (562) 863-2522

    This is an emergency hospital so their hours differ from a regular vet clinic. There is also no guarantee 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 protocols. She went in for abdominal distension.
    Contributed by: HollyT - 2/20/2005, 2:43 pm
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
  • Exotic Animal Care Center
    Dr. Sari Kanfer
    2121 E. Foothill Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91107

    Phone: 626-405-1777
    After Hour Emergencies Answering Service: 626-827-2936
    Fax: 800-255-4086

    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 -
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Point Vicente Animal Hospital
    Dr. Ann Murata
    31270 Palos Verdes Drive West
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

    Phone: (310) 265-9500

    Ann Murata is a kind and competent exotics vet. I have used her over the past 3 years with success. She treats guinea pigs 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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016; Dr. Ann Murata seems to be working for Animal Emergency Medical Center now.
Santa Monica
  • VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital
    Dr. Frank Lavac
    Dr. Michelle Jack
    Wilshire Animal Hospital
    2421 Wilshire Boulevard
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016; Dr. Michelle Jack seems to be running her own mobile vet service now, Dr. Jack Vet Services.

  • Aptos-Creekside Pet Hospital
    Dr. Sarah Hawklyn
    10404 Soquel Drive
    Aptos, CA 95003

    Phone: (831) 688-4242
    Fax: (831) 688-4235

    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.
    Contributed by: Solipsistnation - 15:49, 25 June 2009 (EDT)
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
  • Felton Veterinary Hospital
    5996 Highway 9
    Felton, CA 95018

    Phone: (831) 335-3466

    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.
    Contributed by: Solipsistnation - 15:49, 25 June 2009 (EDT)
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
  • Avian & Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula
    Dr. Shannon Thomas
    Dr. Amy Wells
    451 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
    Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940

    Phone: (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.
    Contribute by: Solipsistnation - 15:49, 25 June 2009 (EDT)
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Santa Cruz
  • Animal Hospital of Soquel
    Dr. Hilary Stern
    2651 Soquel Avenue
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016

Costa Mesa
  • All Creatures Care Cottage
    Dr. Dave Chapman
    1912 Harbor Boulevard
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
  • Orange Olive Veterinary Hospital
    Dr. Patricia Pannier
    2187 N Orange Olive Rd
    Orange, CA 92865-3383
    (On Olive Street near Shaffer park)

    (714) 998-1510

    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 recommend Doc. Pannier.
    Contributed by: mlzbb - 1/3/2007, 1:42 am
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
Yorba Linda
  • Greek and Associates Veterinary Hospital
    Dr. Tom Greek
    23687 Via Del Rio
    Yorba Linda, CA 92887

    Phone: (714) 463-1190
    Toll-free: (866) 940-7028

    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 Dr. 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, when Dr. Greek was at Yorba Linda Veterinary Hospital
    4872 Olinda St.
    Yorba Linda, CA 92886
    Phone: (714) 777-2314
    Website verified and address updated: March 5, 2016

Fair Oaks
  • Madison Avenue Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
    Dr. Marianne Brick
    Dr. Richard Slevin
    8520 Madison Ave.
    Fair Oaks, CA 95628

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016; however, Dr. Slevin doesn't seem to be listed as Staff on the website.

La Jolla
  • Côté Animal Hospital
    Dr. Irene Côté
    8915 Towne Centre Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92122

    Phone: (858)-452-7100

    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)
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
  • East Ventura Animal Hospital
    Dr. J. Elaine Fowell
    10225 Telephone Road
    Ventura, CA 93004

    Phone: (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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016
La Mesa
  • Pet Emergency & Specialty Center
    Dr. Todd Cecil
    5232 Jackson Drive
    Suite 105
    Jackson Square Center
    La Mesa, CA 91941

    Phone: (619) 462-4800

    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
    Website verified: March 5, 2016

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