Our staff at Rolling Hills Pet Hospital is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion they deserve every time they walk in the door!
We offer the following services to keep your pets healthy:
- Advanced Digital X-rays
- Behavior Management
- Dental Care
- Emergency and Urgent Care
- Geriatric Care
- Health Certificates
- Hospice and Euthanasia
- In-House Laboratory
- Onsite Diagnostics
- Nutritional Counseling
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Parasite Prevention
- Pain Management
- Preventative Care
- Puppy and Kitten Care
- Spay and Neuter
- Wellness Exams
- Flea Control
- Parasite & Deworming
- Pet Periodontal Disease
- Saying Goodbye
- Skin & Ear Disorders
Advanced Digital X-rays
At Rolling Hills Pet Hospital in Chula Vista, CA , we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body’s organs.
In other words, the use of radiology gives us a view of the internal organs in your pets’ body that we otherwise could not see. It is a valuable diagnostic tool that helps veterinarians detect and prevent illness.
We offer solutions for a variety of behavioral issues that pet owners are faced with. Behavioral problems can be challenging and frustrating for both pets and pet owners, so it is our goal to work with you towards a solution.
There are many behaviors that can be negative or destructive, and many pet owners feel helpless in bringing peace to their home. We want you to know that we are here to help, and that undesirable behaviors can be corrected.
While your pets are with us, we will do everything we can to give them an exciting visit. If you are concerned about leaving your pet, please don’t hesitate to set up a time to visit our hospital and look around our boarding facility. We will be happy to discuss our boarding policies and answer any questions you may have.
We offer all types of assistance with reproduction and breeding, from semen collection to vaginal cytology so you know when the best breeding day will be. We offer artificial insemination (AI) as well as assistance with natural breeding.
We can check for pregnancy with ultrasound and are able to determine the number of puppies fairly accurately on late term radiographs (safe for mom and the pups!) so you know exactly what to expect. We are of course ready to help if you have questions about any part of whelping, and will be close by in case of emergency. We are here to help you succeed.
We are highly skilled when it comes to c-sections for breeds such as English Bulldogs, Frenchies and Pugs. These breeds have large heads that can become stuck in the mother’s birth canal.
Over 80% of bulldog litters are delivered by c-section, and because of their body type certain breeds will typically need a c-section to give birth, or whelp.
That’s why we are proud to have expert surgeons who are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to performing c-sections on these breeds. As a pet owner you want the best for your pet, and that is what our surgeons provide.
As much as we all may dislike going to the dentist, good oral health is essential for a healthy, happy life.
Dental disease is the most common veterinary problem. You may have a toothache and your owners may never know it. Oral bacteria can spread to the heart, lungs, and kidneys causing serious illnesses. Your owner may be concerned because veterinary dentistry requires anesthesia.
However, with all the modern advances available today, your dental procedure can be done safely and comfortably.
- Rolling Hills Pet Hospital has an incredible teeth cleaning safety record, no problems in over 18 years.
- We use the safest anesthesia, Sevofluorane, the same agent used at Children’s Hospital of San Diego.
- You will even have an IV catheter placed for extra safety.
- Delaying dental treatment will result in progressive disease, and typically more extractions.
- Dental disease never sleeps!
Chula Vista Pet Dental Cleaning Discount
Dental treatment is so important that we would like to offer you an additional 10% discount if your owner schedules your teeth to be cleaned within the next 14 days. Please be sure to mention this online offer when your dental cleaning is scheduled.
If you are considering seeking an anesthesia free cleaning for your family pet, please watch this video first.
Your pets’ skin is the largest organ of the body. Allergies, parasites, infections, autoimmune diseases and cancers can all affect your pet’s skin.
We offer specific diagnostic tests like allergy testing, fungal testing, cultures and biopsies, along with the most cutting edge treatments to ensure the health of your pets’ skin.
Emergency and Urgent Care
Our staff is dedicated and well trained to handle emergencies of all types. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call us immediately. Our team of professionals will be able to determine the best course of action for your pet.
Preventative medicine is important when our pets are young, but as our pets age, and become prone to certain disease processes, annual exams and blood work becomes even more critical.
Annual exams and blood work to check liver and kidney values, along with thyroid function have the potential to alert us to early changes that may give us valuable information about your pet’s health. We understand the changes your pet will have as they become older, and we also know the importance of keeping your pet healthy as they enter their golden years.
Please call us today at (619) 656-6400 to learn more about caring for your senior pet.
Our professional pet stylists are here to serve our clients Monday thru Saturday. Tarsa and Carmen have over 20 years of grooming experience and groom all breeds of dogs as well as cats! They use only the best products with a gentle touch on you pets.
Grooming is an important part of maintaining your pets health and they should be groomed every 6-8 weeks depending on the type of coat they have. We can also check your pet for any pesky parasites like fleas and ticks as well as any skin problems so you can be sure to have your veterinarian follow up.
If you have a very nervous pet that’s okay too. We can use a light and very safe sedation so they won’t be scared at all!
Our brightly tiled and cozy groom shop is ready for you pet!
Pet Grooming Services:
Full Grooming includes: a 15-minute brush out, custom shampoo bath, breed specific or customer requested haircut, blow dry, ears cleaned, nails trimmed and filed, anal glands checked, ribbon and fragrance.
Full Bath includes: a 15-minute brush out, custom shampoo bath, blow dry, ears cleaned, nails trimmed and filed , anal glands checked, ribbon and fragrance.
Additional Grooming Services:
- Flea & Tick Treatment: includes a medicated shampoo, moisturizing coat conditioner and Vectra Flea & Tick Control application. Dogs only.
- Furminating: includes de-shedding bath and brushing with Furminator. Great for dogs with heavy undercoats!
- Sanitary Clip: includes light trim of sanitary area to help keep that area clean and tidy!
If you want to travel internationally with your pet, you need to plan ahead. Since each country is different, you will have to contact the embassy or consulate where you are going to find out what you need to do.
Though every country has different requirements, most require a health certificate that is done by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. Luckily, we have a USDA-accredited veterinarian. If you are not a client, you need to make sure you bring your pets’ records in with you to the examination.
You will always need a health certificate and proof of vaccination. You may also need a microchip and blood tests. Many countries require that your pet get treated for parasites prior to travel. You may also need certificates for the airplane ride.
Since each country is different and we can’t stay up to date will all of the changes in each one, it is important that you call ahead and know what you need. Then, we will make sure that your pet is all ready to go!
Hospice and Euthanasia
Saying goodbye to your pet can be extremely difficult. The process can be emotionally and mentally draining. We don’t want you to be alone at the end stages of a pets’ life, and we promise to do everything we can to make it easier on you and your pet. Most of all, we promise to treat each case with compassionate and understanding care.
Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. But every pet owner is inevitably faced with making that tough decision, and we want to be there alongside you to aid in any way we can.
If you have special requests, please let us know and we will be sure to accommodate them. Dealing with the end of a pets’ life is never easy, but we want to do whatever we can to make the process less difficult.
We are very proud of our laboratory. We are able to perform many diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently in it. We can do many simple tests but are also able to offer some more complex ones, too! We are able to run heartworm tests, leukemia and FIV tests, and full blood work for those who are interested in it. There are also many other tests we offer our patients.
The best part of being able to run laboratory tests in our hospital is that we can diagnose your pets much sooner than if we had to send the blood work out to another laboratory. Whenever your pets are not feeling well, we can offer you results and a diagnosis in minutes instead of making you wait a day (or more) for the results.
We have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that allow our staff to diagnose your pets’ condition or illness better. It is our commitment to stay on the cutting edge of diagnostic technology.
Having these advanced diagnostic tools allows us to examine specific areas more carefully and provide a quicker and more accurate diagnosis. We use many tools such as radiology, lab tests, and various other equipment and tests.
At Rolling Hills Pet Hospital, we are happy to offer microchipping. Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often.
But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet’s safety and retrieval should he or she ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your pet’s fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure and is completely safe.
Rolling Hills Pet Hospital offers nutritional counseling for pet owners of Chula Vista, CA and surrounding communities. If you have any questions about your pet’s diet or would like more information about your pet’s nutritional needs, please contact us today. We can set up a nutrition plan for your pet.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
We offer a variety of solutions and treatments for your pets’ orthopedic issues. We understand that orthopedic problems can be a big challenge for both pets and pet owners so we are dedicated to working with you and communicating with you throughout the process.
The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.
At Rolling Hills Pet Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. Pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.
Pets that are in pain are miserable. For this reason, we will do whatever we can to keep your pets comfortable.
We have many different choices when it comes to treating apets’ pain. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are very helpful with mild pain. We also prescribe steroids which can offer a lot of relief. We also have stronger pain medications if the non-steroidal medications are not enough. We also offer glucosamine in tablets and injections to help with arthritis.
It is our goal to provide you with complete veterinary care in a professional and accessible atmosphere. That is why we offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pets’ prescription needs.
Having an on-site pharmacy provides you with a more convenient way to get your pets’ medication. We hope that this will save you time and ultimately enhance your experience with us.
We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems.
We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Getting a new puppy or kitten is very exciting. You have a lot to look forward to. The great companionship that a good pet can bring is very rewarding. However, puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and work. Here at Rolling Hills Pet Hospital, we are here to help you with your new addition.
First, you should always bring your new puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail examination to make sure that you have a healthy new animal. You also want to get him or her familiar with our veterinary hospital.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets’ life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets’ health, it’s also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
Ultrasounding is a quick and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to allow us to see inside your pets, without using the harmful radiation produced when we take x-rays.
We are pleased to be able to offer ultrasounds, along with all of our other diagnostic tools, to help your sick pets start to feel better soon. The quicker we can find the problem, the sooner your pets will be back to their normal selves.
At Rolling Hills Pet Hospital in Chula Vista, CA , we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet’s health is vaccinating him or her against possible diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets, and other animals, so proper vaccination is vital to protecting them from many types of illnesses.
It is important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.
Rolling Hills Pet offers a progressive new approach to veterinary care. Our Wellness Programs embrace a focus on preventative medicine based on the specific life-stage of your pet. Each patient is assessed individually based on factors such as species, breed, age, and environmental challenges. Next we offer recommendations for prevention, nutrition, and diagnostic work-ups appropriate for your pet.
For many years our clients have found satisfaction with our once a month flea and tick control medicines. These consistently outperform over the counter products and are safer, especially for cats. Flea shampoos and flea collars and sprays are usually a waste of time and money. There is no reason you and your pets need to suffer from flea and tick bites when effective, easy to use medicine is available here.
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Flea Season is Here! Use These Helpful Flea Control Tips
Flea collars, pyrethrin sprays, and flea baths and dips are of limited help in controlling fleas. Many fleas are resistant to the old ingredients in these products. Newer flea control products such as the veterinarian-recommended once-a-month topical flea drops and pills are more effective. Hartz and Sentry and similiar products do not seem to work and we have seen harmful reactions such as seizures in some pets.
Some pet owners make the mistake of assuming topical flea treatments are not working because they still see fleas. Vectra and other effective topical flea treatments are likely working fine. The problem is the burden of fleas will continue to show up on your pet until they are eliminated from the enviroment.
Some assume fleas are a problem because they pets are itching. Fleas are a common cause for pets to itch yet there are many other causes. Have your pet examined and treated if they are itchy.
Treat all the dogs and cats on the premises with effective flea control.
If there are wild animals in the yard, they are likely a source of fleas for your pets. Do not attract wild animals by leaving pet food out.
If you have carpeted areas, treat them with Fleabuster powder. For outdoor areas there are sprays that can be used for flea control. Professional exterminators can be hired to help with fleas.
If you travel with your pet in the car, you should use Fleabuster powder on the car carpets.
Sentinel is an excellent adjunct treatment for fleas. It is a once-a-month pill that prevents fleas from being able to reproduce. Only 10% of the fleas are adults; the other 90% of the flea population is in the egg and larvae stage. Sentinel sterilizes fleas to eliminate the 90% of fleas in the egg and larval stage before they can mature and bite your pets. Sentinel also kills intestinal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms) and prevents heartworm. No other pill does this much good for your pet.
For dogs, use Vectra flea drops and give a Sentinel pill every month. Vectra kills fleas and ticks and prevents mosquitoes and flies. Dr. Keith prevents fleas and parasites on and in his dog by using Vectra and Sentinel. Adult dogs should be heartworm negative on a simple blood test before starting Sentinel pills.
For cats, use Advantage Multi flea drops every month. This topical treatment kills fleas and clears out ear mites and intestinal roundworms and prevents heartworms.
Do NOT apply flea drops to your pet’s coat and then wash it off with a bath. If your pet needs to be groomed or bathed apply the drops AFTER they dry off from bathing. Dogs who swim frequently or go to the beach may lose a significant amount of the topical flea drops and a monthly oral flea pill will work better.
Capstar is a pill that kills fleas on dogs and cats within 20 minutes. It is a quick-kill pill with flea protection that only lasts 24 hours. It can be used along with Vectra, Sentinel and Advantage Multi flea treatments. For tough infestations give a Capstar pill every other day until no more fleas are seen.
When pets get fleas, they also get tapeworm intestinal parasites because fleas carry it. It is best to get the fleas under control, then get your pet treated for tapeworms. Pets who are allergic to flea bites will itch for weeks after the last flea bite. These pets should be treated so they are not miserably uncomfortable from flea bite allergy.
Rolling Hills Pet Hospital can provide you with Vectra, Advantage Multi, Sentinel, and Capstar flea medicines, and Fleabuster powder for premise treatment.
Parasite & Deworming
Pets in San Diego have been diagnosed with roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. Some of these parasites are zoonotic, meaning people can become infected, especially children. We want both you and your pet to be parasite free!
We offer a convenient once a month pill or topical skin medicine to protect your pet from the above creepy-crawly parasites that damage pet health.
The Problem with Animal Waste
Animal stool (poop, feces, waste) can contain bacteria and parasite eggs that infect humans and pets. Infection happens when tiny amounts of animal stool containing the germs reach the mouth. People may also become accidentally infected when they touch their mouth with soiled hands. Children often have their hands in their mouths and are at higher risk of infection. Did you know that old, dried-out stool is more likely to contain infectious parasite eggs than is fresh stool? If a pet is infected with parasites, the eggs from the parasites are passed into the pet’s stool. But the eggs can’t infect anyone until the stool has “aged.” This usually takes 1-7 days. Animal stool that is allowed to dry up and/or disintegrate can contaminate soil with parasite eggs for months or years!
What You Can Do to Reduce Infection
- Keep your pet healthy.
- Have your pet’s stool checked regularly by a veterinarian for parasites.
- Fecal testing and deworming are important for all pets, especially for puppies and kittens, and pets with diarrhea.
- Do not feed raw meat to your pet. Bacteria and parasites can be spread to pets through raw meat.
- Keep your cat indoors. When cats hunt and eat rodents or birds, they can become infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.
- Do not let your dog eat feces.
- Discard pet stool DAILY.
- Wear gloves or cover hands with a waterproof bag (that has no holes) when removing stool.
- Wash hands well afterward.
- Pick up dog stool immediately when on a dog walk. The person who steps in it later may be you!
- Do not remove stool by hosing it down with water – this just washes the parasite eggs into the ground.
- Discard dog stool at least daily from your yard. Don’t let it “grow old.”
- Clean stool out of litter boxes every day, before parasites like Toxoplasma gondii have a chance to become infectious.
- Protect your yard.
- The stool of raccoons and other nocturnal wildlife often carry roundworm eggs. Do not tempt wildlife.
- To stay in your yard: Do not leave pet food and water outdoors after dusk. Pick up fallen fruit every day.
- Do not touch or harass wildlife.
- Cover children’s sandboxes when not in use so that cats do not use them as litter boxes.
- For pregnant women. To protect yourself and your baby from toxoplasmosis, which can be carried in the stool of cats, you ALSO need to follow these extra safety tips. You do NOT have to
- give up your cat.
- Have someone else handle the litter box duties, if possible. If you must handle these duties, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward.
- Stool must be removed from the litter box daily. Empty and clean the entire litter box at least weekly.
- Avoid stray cats, especially kittens. Do not get a new cat while you are pregnant.
- Wear gloves when gardening. Avoid working in areas frequently visited by cats.
- Wash your hands when you are finished.
Pet Periodontal Disease
Just like humans, animals are susceptible to periodontal disease. In fact, oral health issues are rather common in adult pets. Here at Rolling Hills Animal Hospital in Chula Vista, our veterinarian understands the importance of keeping your pet’s mouth and teeth healthy. We can accurately diagnose and treat most types of dental problems right here in our state-of-the-art pet medical facilities.
Understanding Periodontal Disease in Pets
There is actually no difference between periodontal disease in pets and humans, as this condition equally destroys gum tissue, bone, and structures that keep teeth in place in both pet and humans. Poor oral health is sourced by bacterial infections that spread beneath the gum line. This eventually progresses until it destroys the bone surrounding the tooth roots and causing mobile, painful teeth. In cases of advanced progression of the disease, our veterinary team may recommend extracting the tooth surgically.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Unfortunately, there are typically very few signs of this condition until the disease has progressed significantly, making prevention efforts important. There are two key components to preventing periodontal disease in pets: home efforts and annual examinations and dental cleanings from our veterinarian in Chula Vista.
Home Oral Care for Pets
At home, pet owners can gently brush their pet’s teeth with a specialized brush or fingertip brush that some pets seem to prefer. Daily brushing helps prevent the buildup of plaque and calculus that is a staple of periodontal disease. There are also several types of chew treats that can help prevent and remove debris from teeth. Additionally, there are certain water additives that can be used as a part of your pet’s dental healthcare routine. Be sure to use products that have the seal of acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Professional Pet Teeth Cleaning
Our Chula Vista veterinary team has one of the safest dental cleaning records around, with almost two decades of trouble-free procedures performed on thousands of pets over the years. We recommend annual cleanings that allow the vet to thoroughly evaluate your pet’s mouth and radiograph all of the teeth to look for periodontal pockets, bone loss, or any signs of troubled teeth. Our Rolling Hills veterinarian will clean your pet’s teeth and make any necessary repairs to damaged teeth. This procedure takes place under safe and monitored anesthesia with an IV catheter in place for additional safety.
Pet Teeth Cleaning in Chula Vista
Here at Rolling Hills Animal Hospital in Chula Vista, we want to help your pet enjoy good oral health for a lifetime. Contact us online or call 619-656-6400 to schedule a pet dental appointment with our veterinarian for your dog or cat today.
When it comes to saying goodbye to your family pet, Rolling Hills Pet Hospital can help provide compassionate euthanasia for pets battling an illness that becomes too burdensome or painful and the quality of life diminishes to an unacceptable level.
Be confident that your pet’s remains will be handled with dignity and a proper cremation performed.
We are proud to work with Peaceful Paws Pet Cremation & Memorials please visit their website for more information.
Skin & Ear Disorders
One of the most common reasons pets show up here is for skin and ear disorders. We pride ourselves on treating chronic skin and ear disorders by discovering an accurate diagnosis of the problem and then working with you to treat it properly. We have diagnosed skin and ear mites, resistant ear infections, greasy yeast dermatitis, specific causes for skin allergies, immune disorders, and more. If you are ready to solve your pet’s chronic skin or ear problem, call us.