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Why We Recommend Annual Exams for All Pets 

Our San Francisco veterinarians recommend all pets have at least annual Comprehensive Physical Exams. Vaccinations are only a part of our plan to prevent illness, treat disease and ensure optimal health for your pet. Whether a turtle, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a dog, a cat, or an exotic pet, The Doctors at Balboa Pet Hospital Veterinarians need you to be your pet's advocate. Subtle changes in behavior can be a clue that there is something else going on.  Preventive exams and a good relationship with your veterinarian are as important as they are for you and your medical doctor.

Pet's tend to hide their symptoms

Your pet will be tested annually for heartworm (cats as well as dogs in some cases) and we will also collect a fecal sample at least yearly to check for internal parasites.  In addition, our San Francisco veterinarians recommend that your pet has routine or preventive care blood tests and urinalysis before your pet reaches the senior years in order to obtain baseline values which can be used for comparison later in your pet's life.  In apparently healthy pets, we sometimes find disease processes in their early stages, early enough that treatment can be started before symptoms become apparent. More frequent examinations are required as your pet enters middle age or senior years, just like humans!  

Changing Veterinary Care Recommendations 

Our San Francisco Veterinarians are committed to assisting you in determining the appropriate care for each of your pets. They will listen and work with you to provide the best possible plan for your pet. Our recommendations are in agreement with the Preventive Care Guidelines published by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association. These guidelines have been a key factor in pets living longer, good quality lives.

Staying Informed of Costs - No Surprises

After your pet's exam, you will be informed of the approximate cost of any diagnostics or treatment needed before it is completed.  Discuss with our staff any financial constraints you might have.  We will do our best to come up with a treatment plan that works for you and your pet. 

Our Veterinary Comprehensive Physical Exam includes:


  • History, including evaluation of
  • Life style and life stage
  • Behavior
  • Diet


  • Comprehensive physical examination, including
  • Dental assessment
  • Pain assessment
  • Body and muscle condition scoring


On the basis of history and physical examination findings,
assessments are made for:

  • Medical conditions
  • Infectious and zoonotic diseases
  • Parasite prevention and control
  • Dental care
  • Genetic, breed and age considerations
  • Behavior
  • Nutrition

Take a look at our Pet Care Guidelines.  They will assist you in providing an appropriate environment and care at home.  They are NOT a substitute for timely veterinary exams, care or consultation.

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.


    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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