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Our Services

At the Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, we offer a wide variety of services to care for your pet. Conveniently located in Cardiff, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to come in and meet with our doctors and staff, then take a walk down to the beach or any of our many local shops, restaurants, or eateries, while we lovingly care for your pet.

Scroll down to learn more about the services we offer.

General Medicine

We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of medical care to our animal patients. We believe in utilizing state of the art medical technology and equipment to provide the best care possible to your loved ones.

We have a vast array of tools and tests that allow us to provide high-quality medical care. Your pet’s health is our top priority, and we promise to continually improve our hospital with the goal of always setting the standard of veterinary medicine.


Your pet’s skin is the largest organ of its 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 pet’s skin.

Orthopedic Surgery

We are proud to offer orthopedic surgical procedures for injuries and conditions to soft tissue areas of your pet’s body. We utilize state of the art diagnostic imaging to enhance our capabilities for soft tissue surgery, ensuring that your pet has access to the highest standard of veterinary medicine.

Our surgical team is highly trained and experienced in soft tissue orthopedic procedures, so you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands. We promise to communicate with you throughout the process and make your pet’s surgery as stress-free as possible.

Digital X-Ray

At Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center 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 pet’s body that we otherwise could not see. It’s a valuable diagnostic tool that helps veterinarians detect and prevent illness.

The use of radiology is safe, and our entire staff is highly trained. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of medical care possible, and this is just one of the many ways we achieve that.


At Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center in Encinitas, we offer state-of-the-art medical technology. One of the diagnostic tools we use is ultrasound, which creates images of the inner workings of the body.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to offer a non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free method of imaging your pet’s internal organs. This is one of the many ways we are dedicated to providing your pet with the best care possible.

By using ultrasound, we have yet another powerful tool at our disposal to detect, diagnose, and prevent illness in your pet.

Therapeutic (“cold”) Laser Therapy

Cold Laser is a state-of-the-art alternative therapy to assist with pain and healing. It can be used after surgeries to help increase blood flow to local areas, improving healing. It can also be used for chronic pain, helping to increase blood flow to those areas. Ask your pet’s veterinarian how your pet would benefit from our Cold Laser Therapy.


Periodontal disease affects nearly all dogs and cats by the age of 3 years. The bacterial infection in the mouth associated with periodontal disease has been associated with heart, liver and kidney disease. This chronic infection also affects general systemic health and is a source of pain and discomfort for the pet. Dogs and cats often show no symptoms of periodontal disease, so an oral exam by a veterinarian at least every 12 months is critical.

At Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center we strongly promote preventive dental care, as most periodontal disease is PREVENTABLE. Preventive care includes home care (tooth brushing, Hill’s Prescription t/d diet, mouth rinses and chews) as well as periodic dental cleanings and evaluations under anesthesia. We provide high quality cleaning, evaluation, digital dental x-rays, and treatments including extractions, oral surgery, restorations/bonding, and referral to a specialist (veterinary dentist) when appropriate.

Our dentistry is a cut above what is offered at most veterinary hospitals. We take the utmost care with each patient, utilizing an individualized anesthetic protocol, intravenous catheter and fluid administration during the procedure, a technician dedicated to the monitoring of anesthesia, and a doctor present at all times during the procedure.

Following is an overview of the dental procedure offered at our hospital:

  • Prior to scheduling the dental procedure, a thorough awake oral exam and comprehensive workup is performed (all patients require blood work, and in some patients other tests such as urinalysis, chest x-rays, or cardiac ultrasound may be recommended).
  • The day of the dental procedure, a complete exam is performed, premedication is given, and an intravenous catheter is placed to provide intravenous fluids and administer anesthetic drugs.
  • Once the pet is under anesthesia, one technician is dedicated to monitoring anesthesia (heart rate, respiration, pulse oximeter, end tidal CO2, body temperature, and blood pressure); these parameters are regularly checked and recorded.
  • An experienced, trained veterinary technician uses an ultrasonic scalar to clean all the tooth surfaces above the gum line, and a special periodontal tip to clean below the gum line (the most important area); the teeth are then polished.
  • Dental x-rays are obtained to evaluate the health of the tooth roots and supporting structures below the gum line and provide important information in determining the extent of periodontal disease and approach to therapy.
  • Our doctor has received advanced training in dentistry and carefully examines the mouth and all teeth individually, evaluating pocket depths at six points around each tooth, and evaluating all aspects of the teeth (checking for mobility, discoloration, fractures, tooth resorption, and other abnormalities); these findings are recorded in a dental chart. The doctor also carefully examines the dental x-rays to evaluate structures below the gum line, and a treatment plan is formulated to address any problems which are identified.
  • If extractions, oral surgery, tooth bonding, or other corrective dental procedures are necessary, the doctor will contact the owner by telephone and most procedures can be completed that day.
  • Quadrant nerve blocks, as well as intravenous pain medication, are used to assure the highest comfort of the patient.
  • During recovery, patients are closely monitored and vitals are checked regularly until the pet is ready to be discharged.
  • When your pet is discharged, a full report is provided which outlines the findings of the dental exam, any corrective treatment performed, and detailed discharge instructions. We also work with you to create a customized program of home dental care to further extend the benefits of the professional cleaning.
  • The day following your pet’s dental procedure you will be contacted to make sure your pet is doing well.
Preventative Care

Preventative care is the best way to promote a pet’s overall health and help keep them healthy over the course of their life. We highly recommend preventative care plans in addition to routine checkups.

It’s common for health problems to go undetected for extended periods of time, so routine and preventative care is vital in catching potential health concerns early.

To learn more about preventative care for your pet, please call us today with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

Chronic Pain Management

Pain is a terrible thing. Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center wants to alleviate as much pain and discomfort in our patients as possible. In an effort to bring you the highest quality care, we are dedicated to providing top notch pain management.

When our pets are in pain, so are we. It’s an awful feeling to know that your special friend is hurting, especially when there isn’t anything you can do to help them. It is our goal to eliminate as much pain as possible and to give these pets a better quality of life.

We also anticipate and plan for procedures with the potential for future pain. Also, we also work with pet owners to educate them on how to recognize signs of pain in your pet.


It’s a terrible feeling to know that your pet is lost and on their own, but it’s an avoidable one. Microchipping pets is the best way to ensure their safe return in the unfortunate event that they become lost.

We know your pets are members of your family, and we want to make sure you stay together. We highly advise all pet owners to microchip their pets.

In-Home 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 pet’s 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 pet’s life is never easy, but we want to do whatever we can to make the process less complicated.

Holistic and Integrative Medicine

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), although relatively new to the Western world, is a medical system that has been used in China to treat animals for thousands of years. It is an adaptation and extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to treat humans. Speaking broadly, Chinese Medicine is a complete body of thought and practice grounded in Chinese Daoist philosophy. Though it can be traced back over two millennia in recorded history, it, like any medical system, continues to evolve today, and current research on acupuncture and herbal medicine is beginning to shed light on its mechanism of action.

The Four Branches of TCVM

Once a particular type of disharmony or disease pattern is identified, treatment often proceeds through a combination of treatment modalities.

Though the terms Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are often used interchangeably in the West, acupuncture is only one modality or “branch” of TCM and TCVM. There are four branches of TCVM – Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na (Qi-gong, a form of Chinese meditative exercise, is the fifth branch of TCM that is excluded from TCVM because it cannot be performed by animals).

✓ Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the stimulation of points, typically achieved through the insertion of specialized needles into the body. Acupuncture points typically lie along the body’s Meridian Channels along which Qi flows. Most veterinary acupuncture points and Meridian lines are transposed to animals from humans, though knowledge of some “classical points” defined on particular species have been retained and are used to this day.

✓ Herbal Medicine utilizes herbal ingredients listed within the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica in particular combinations or formulas to treat particular disease patterns. Herbal formulas are administered orally and are typically given in powder form to horses and other large animals and tea pill or capsule form to cats and dogs.

✓ Food Therapy is the use of diet to treat and prevent imbalance within the body. It utilizes knowledge of the energetics of food ingredients to tailor diets for individual animals.

✓ Tui-na is a form of Chinese manual therapy in which different manipulations are applied to acupoints and Meridians to promote the circulation of Qi and correct imbalances within the organ systems. From a conventional medicine perspective, Tui-na can be thought of as corresponding to a combination of acupressure, conventional massage, and chiropractic techniques. Tui-na is most commonly used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and is also useful as a preventative medicine therapy because it promotes balance in the body. It can also be used in conjunction with and to enhance acupuncture and herbal treatments.
Although veterinarians must receive specialized training in the techniques and applications of Tui-na, once mastered, several Tui-na techniques can be taught to caretakers for home treatments.

Integrative Medicine

TCVM and traditional western veterinary practic TCVM is often viewed as a form of complementary therapy and is best when used in conjunction with Western Veterinary Medicine (WVM). Both TCVM and WVM have their own strengths and weaknesses. TCVM is a holistic approach that is suited to assessing the well-being of the whole patient, and treatments are generally non-invasive with few side effects. However, TCVM lacks the tools necessary to pinpoint illness to specific disease-causing agents like pathogenic bacteria or viruses, and treatments are better suited for chronic conditions than acute ones. On the other hand, WVM utilizes the tools of modern science to diagnose the disease with great precision, and Western drugs and procedures are powerful and fast acting.

However, its insistence on detailed diagnosis may come at the expense of getting the larger picture. Furthermore, while modern medicine can perform miracles for trauma and acute injuries, it has little to offer chronic conditions like liver failure and atopy which can be treated effectively with acupuncture and herbal medicine. In many ways, TCVM and WVM each has what the other lacks. Thus, the best medical system involves the integration of the two systems, so that the strengths of one can compensate for the weaknesses of the other.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Here at Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, we are proud to offer Encinitas, CA and the surrounding communities the best veterinary care possible. This also includes our surgery team!

We make it our goal to stay on top of medical and veterinary surgical procedures. Our surgeons are highly skilled and trained in the best and latest technologies. However, we also know that it is not only about us!

Surgery is very stressful for you and your pet! It is our job to assure you that your pet is in good hands. We will do everything that we can to take good care of your pet while he or she is staying with us.

It is also our job to keep in touch with you. There are things that you need to know before, during, and after your pet’s surgery. We will do our best to communicate with you the whole time.

It is our goal at Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center to make the entire surgery process go smoothly for you and your pet. We also want to do anything that we can to do to eliminate the stress and worry of the whole surgical process. Please feel free to contact us today with any questions or concerns that you may have. One of our knowledgeable staff would love to help you!

Regenerative (Stem Cell) Therapy

Stem Cells have been proven to help animals suffering from a variety of conditions like arthritis and tendon or joint issues. This procedure is a regenerative process that allows your pet to better cope with their changing bodies. Stem cells hold immense promise for medical treatment because they can take on the traits of all kinds of cells and then replicate many times over.

The regenerative cells that are collected do several things: they release chemicals that help decrease inflammation; they send out chemicals to the body to bring healing cells into that area, and they have the potential to regenerate damaged tissue.

In-House Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform an array of diagnostic tests that help us care for your pet. This ranges from simple laboratory tests to more complex diagnostic tools that help us in treating your pet.

PENN Hip Evaluation

Certified Hip dysplasia is a very common disease, sometimes seen in specific breeds. Penn HIP Certification has been shown to be the most reliable indicator of future hip osteoarthritis. In order to ensure only the best dogs are used for breeding, passing on their healthy hips, we offer Penn HIP Certification.

In order to certify your dog’s hips, we will need to quickly anesthetize or sedate your pet for radiographs (x-rays). In addition to traditional hip-extended radiographs, we use a special device to hold your pet in position and retract the legs/hips in order to produce radiographs that will allow radiologists to measure the displacement of the femur in your pet’s hips (Compression and Distraction radiographs). These measurements (Distraction Index – or DI) provide a way to predict hip laxiety, dysplasia, and osteoarthritis. The lower the DI, the tighter the hips. For more information, ask your pet’s veterinarian, or visit www.pennhip.org.


Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that utilizes a flexible tool called an endoscope. The endoscope is a highly specialized tool that allows veterinarians to see inside your pet’s body in a minimally invasive way.

Endoscopy allows veterinarians to provide better and earlier diagnosis, making it a valuable tool in modern veterinary medicine.

Endoscopic procedures are used in a variety of different ways for a number of ailments.

Wellness Plans

At Cardiff Animal Hospital, we believe that regular checkups and wellness exams are critical to your pet’s well-being. These wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies.

Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pet’s health, but they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. Your pet will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian, and this checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy.

Regular wellness exams also make your pet more familiar with our veterinary hospital, which makes future visits easier on them and you.

Senior/Geriatric Care

As our pets age, their health needs change. It is very important for owners to watch them closely to make sure that they remain healthy. This is especially true with cats, who hide their illness well. Sometimes, by the times that you realize that your cat is sick, it is too late.

Diet is very important for senior pets. Their needs change so a senior diet should be fed. It is also important to feed a high-quality food. Many pets start to get picky as they age, so it is imperative that owners monitor how much their pets really eat.

It is also very important that senior pets are examined regularly, even more than once a year if possible. It is necessary to keep an eye on their weight and body condition. Your veterinarian may be able to notice a problem with your pet before you do!

Regular blood work with a urinalysis should be done to review certain values. This will help catch any problems early. It is important to check to make sure that your pet’s kidneys and liver are working properly. You are also looking for early signs of diabetes, cancer, and other potential problems. If possible, a thyroid panel should be done.

Arthritis is a very common problem with older pets. Here at Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, we have many different options to make your senior pet more comfortable.

Health/Travel Certificates

If you are traveling with your pet, you may be required to have a Health Certificate. Each state has different rules and regulations, so be sure to consult with us in advance of your travel. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.


Part of keeping your pets healthy is keeping them clean! No one minds sharing a home with pets when they smell good so regular baths ensure that your pets are allowed in your home. However, there are other times that your pets need to be bathed! Some animals need extra baths to help with their sensitive skin. Not to mention, any time that your lovely dog meets a skunk!

Whether you don’t like to bathe your pets yourself or you simply don’t have the right setup, we are here for you! Here at Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, we are proud to offer many options to keep your pets happy and healthy!

Please contact us today to learn all about our different bathing options. We also offer many different grooming choices. We also do our best to accommodate your special requests so be sure to speak to us about what you are looking for. We are certain that we will be able to help you!

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