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Balboa Pet Hospital

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3329 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 1-415-752-3300
Fax: 1-415-752-8782

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Monday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM5:00 PM
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Pet Comprehensive Exams – From Your San Francisco Veterinarian

Although pets can seem incredibly durable – especially when they are younger – in reality, they are just as prone to illness and injury as their owners. It is important to get your pet a comprehensive exam on a regular basis, ideally at least once a year in young adults and twice yearly in your senior pets to ensure that your dog, cat or other furry companion remains in good health. At Balboa Pet Hospital, we offer pet comprehensive exams for pets throughout the San Francisco area. Please contact us now to learn more!

Veterinarian holding cat and dog in San Francisco.

Why Your Pet Needs a Comprehensive Exam

We recommend comprehensive pet exams for a variety of reasons:

Pets are good at hiding injury and illness.

Pets, especially cats, instinctively hide injury and illness as a protective measure. In the wild, it is the injured and the ill who are pursued first by predators because they offer the best odds of success. Your dog or cat may be hurt without ever showing signs of being so.

Keeping vaccines up to date is important.

By seeing your pet regularly, we can make sure that his or her vaccinations are up to date. We can also ensure your pet is getting the appropriate vaccinations for the lifestyle he or she lives. Vaccinations protect your pet from some of the most common and dangerous diseases out there, but only if they are kept up to date.

Spotting problems earlier usually mean they are easier to treat.

Often symptoms of the disease and other issues only show up to the untrained eye once they have developed significantly. Fortunately, as veterinarians, we are trained to spot problems much earlier. The sooner we notice a problem, the better we can usually treat the problem.

What is a Comprehensive Exam?

A comprehensive exam includes a number of different parts:

  • Checking weight
  • Examining eyes, ears, skin, nose, mouth, paws, etc. – every major part of your pet’s body
  • Checking heart and lung health
  • Looking at the health of teeth and gums

In addition to the physical exam, we will talk with you about any issues or concerns you have. We can discuss topics like diet, behavior, flea, tick & heartworm preventative and anything else that you would like. Most owners leave the exam feeling more secure about their pet because they get a chance to discuss concerns.

Annual & Semi-Annual Veterinary Exams – Ensuring Health and Longevity

Regular veterinary exams are a vital part of maintaining your pet’s health and ensuring a long lifespan. While accidents do happen, and there is no way to guarantee the future, a regular pet check-up exam is something you can do that you know will benefit your beloved companion.

Regular exams become especially important as your pet ages, which is why we recommend twice yearly exams in your senior pets. They allow us to address common problems that come with aging. We can make your pet as comfortable as possible, and help you ensure the best life for your dog, cat or other animals.

Schedule a Comprehensive Pet Exam

The best time to schedule your pet’s comprehensive exam is now. Please contact us at (415) 752-3300 today to schedule your pet’s pet check-up exam!

Exclusive Offer

New clients receive 15% OFF first visit.

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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

    The staff is so kind and helpful but most importantly the vets there are super nice. Big shout out especially to Dr. Ravn, one of the most compassionate persons I've ever met. I was distraught recently because my elderly kitty was really sick, Dr. Ravn squeezed me into her busy schedule, hugged me and took care of my kitty right away. I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. She's always so patient and spends time to explain what her thoughts are and works with you on a plan of action. She always personally follows up and give me additional insights and recommendations. I rarely met a vet so dedicated to both patients and their owners.

    Flo A (12/7/2017)

    They are professional and dedicated to take care of the pets. It is my our first time have pet dog and they are actually helpful guiding us to have a healthy baby dog. Thanks for the staff for being friendly and approachable. Keep loving your work and people will most likely to appreciate you.

    Dyan M. (11/22/2017)

    Family has been coming to Balboa since the early 1980's with our
    first cat, Rascal, then Kahlua & Tommy, Annie, Tigger & Rocco,
    Rosie, Chelsea, and Ruby. Two more kittens (Rose and Shadow)
    will be joining too. Wouldn't trust anyone else.


    I have been taking cats to Balboa Pet Hospital for more than 30
    years. The veterinarians and staff have always taken excellent care
    of my cats. They helped me keep the cats healthy and happy &
    have always been great when the cats were ill