Pet Education

A Year of Wellness

Courtesy of Dr. Deirdre Brandes

No matter what age your pet, annual exams are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy.  Preventative health care is integrally tied to both the longevity and quality of your pet’s life.  Wellness exams allow the doctor to examine your pet from nose to toe, identifying potential hidden problems before they have time to develop, or assessing and advising on the maintenance of various chronic health conditions. The doctor’s primary goal is to ensure that your pet is given the opportunity to achieve an optimal state of health.

Between annual exams, here are some basic things that can be done on a regular basis to ensure optimal health: More

We’re Moving!

Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital is moving to…Solana Beach!?

It’s true! This decision hasn’t been easy for us, especially after providing veterinary care for your pets for the last five years in Rancho Santa Fe. But this is a necessary one, considering our primary mission to always provide excellent care at a great value.

Early this spring, we started searching for a new home, ideally one as close as possible to our current location. After weeks of searching and lease negotiations, we finally homed in on an amazing space in the Vons shopping center off of Lomas Santa Fe and Highway 5. That puts us only a few miles and a few minutes away, but in an area that will be easily accessible to all.

We expect to move mid-Fall of this year and when that happens, our mission will continue as before. We’ll have same doctors, the same staff, the same excellent care!

As we prepare to move, here are some things you should know:

  • Our current phone number will still work: 858-759-8797.
  • We’ll still be “Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital.”
  • We’re keeping our website:
  • Our new address will be:

Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital971 A Loma Santa FeSolana Beach CA 92075

Keeping informed of our progress is easy:

Facebook. Visit our Facebook page at “like” us. You’ll be able to receive instant updates and follow our posts!Twitter. Our Twitter feed is more educational, but we’ll post more news about the move as we get closer to Fall. It’s at

  • Email. Feel free to email us at anytime at We will reply promptly with answers to any questions that you may have.
  • Website. Check for updates at

As always, your feedback is very important to us! If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.



Life Changes and Your Pet

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Life can be unpredictable and as our lives change, so does our pet’s lifestyle. Life changes such as moving, adding a pet to the household, divorce or having a baby can add huge amounts of stress to your pet’s life and can cause health issues and can be very frightening to your pet. Keep prepared for these life changes when possible. Read below on tips for how to keep your pet comfortable and safe. More

The Low-Down on Ear Infections

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Ear infections are a common problem in dogs and cats.  According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., ear infections are at the top of the list of reasons why pet parents take their animals to the veterinarian.  Your pet’s ears are used for essential functions such as hearing and balance control and should be monitored to make sure they are free and clear of infection.

Pets are susceptible to ear infections because bacteria and yeast tend to thrive in warm, moist environments.  More