Useful links, places we recommend, or stuff we just think is great


Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Animal Dermatology Clinic

California Veterinary Specialists

Pacific Veterinary Dentistry

Veterinary Behaviorist – Dr. Patrick Melese

Veterinary Nutrition Consultation 

  • Blue Pearl Pet Hospital in Irvine. Appointments for nutrition can be done in person or via telemedicine.

Veterinary Neurology Center

  • Located in Tustin, but worth the drive if needed. 


Loving Hands Veterinary Services – When we are unavailable to perform these services, we recommend these truly caring and gentle veterinarians.

Signature Veterinary Services – They provide regular housecall services as well as euthanasia services. 


Cats don’t tell us that they are in pain, so we need to look for subtle signs that they may not be feeling well:

Feline Grimace Scale: This is a proven method for determining if your cat is in pain. 

Osteoarthritis checker: This website is a great resource to help you determine if your cat has painful arthritis (which is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in cats)

Solensia: Learn more about a groundbreaking intervention for arthritic pain in cats


These are our top pet insurance recommendations. Not only do the cover injuries and illnesses like most other pet insurance companies (without some of the random exclusions such as exam fees with other companies – we’re looking at you Trupanion), these companies actually consider “dental disease” a REAL disease and include coverage! Please call the company and verify coverage, but from our research, these are the best in the business.


Pet plan 

ASPCA Complete Coverage


MixLab – A great modern, efficient compounding pharmacy


Greenfield Compounding Pharmacy – Located in Vista with same day meds available.

LaVita Compounding Pharmacy – Located in Sorrento Valley.


CareCredit – Short term credit. Typical terms are 6 months no-interest. This is a great option if an emergency occurs – just make sure it can be paid in 6 months or the interest is really high.


Pet Nutrition Alliance: Calorie calculators for Dogs and Cats (especially useful if we recommended weight loss)

Raw Meat Diet: Fact v. Fiction

Home Cooked Diet formulation:

Veterinary Nutrition Consultation 

  • Blue Pearl Pet Hospital in Irvine. Appointments for nutrition can be done in person or via telemedicine.


Dr. Elsey’s cleanprotein Cat Food: High animal protein, low carbohydrate. This is the most similar diet to what feral cats eat. We recommend feeding wet food, if possible.

REPUTABLE INFORMATION – Reliable information on a variety of diseases, drugs, and general health information

ASPCA Poison Control – 888-426-4435

Microchip Number Lookup – Make sure your pet’s info is up to date


APHIS Pet Travel – Reliable information from the USDA on pet travel requirements – international and interstate.

WorldCare Pet Transport – A comprehensive pet travel and relocation service. Great for helping to ensure all pet travel documentation is arranged and endorsed.

Signature Veterinary Services – A mobile veterinary service that can sign international health certificates.

Helpful Veterinary Services – A mobile veterinary service that can sign international health certificates.


Pet Age Test Kit – EpiPaws has created a pet age test kit to help us determine true age of your pet. If you adopted your pet and they guessed at the age, we really have no idea how old they truly are and this can really affect our health recommendations. EpiPaws can help give us a better idea of their true age. 

PredatorBWare – Protective clothing to prevent small dogs from being attacked by other dogs, coyotes, and rogue owls! Plus, it looks awesome!

SureFlap Microchip Pet Feeder – If you can’t physically separate your cats at mealtime or you need to keep your dogs out of their food, this is a slick way to make sure the food goes to the right pet.

NoBowl Cat Feeder

LitterKwitter – Teach your cat to stop using the litter box and use the toilet like he was always meant to. Litter Kwitter is a 3 step system to total litter box freedom.

Calm Cat Carrier – This slick carrier is a stress minimizing way to get your cat in and out for their exam. No more reaching in and pulling them out or tipping them on to the exam table!


We DO NOT recommend the rattlesnake vaccine. Read why on our blog post on the subject. Rattlesnake avoidance classes are a better solution. PLEASE NOTE – we do not endorse any of these companies or classes. This list is only meant to help you source local classes but please do your own research prior to booking. 

Snake Safe Dog

Natural Solutions 

SoCal K9 Trainers

Good Dog Training School

High on Kennels


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