Introducing Dr. Meghan McIntosh!

November 3rd, 2012. By Dave Oei.


It  has  been  just over one  year  since  our  big  move  to  our Solana Beach veterinary hospital,  and  we  are  thrilled  to  announce  more  exciting  news:  The  addition  of  our  new  doctor,  Dr.  Meghan  McIntosh!  Dr.  McIntosh  embodies  our  dedication  to  providing  the  most  compassionate,  high-quality  care  available,  and  we  could  not  be  happier  to  have  her  as  part  of  our  team.

Dr.  McIntosh  is  a  native  of  Southern California.  Eager  to  see  what  the  East  Coast  offered,  she  attended  Johns  Hopkins  University  and  received  a  Bachelor  of  Science  in  molecular  and  cellular  biology.  She  was  also  a  member  of  the  varsity  soccer  team  (Fun  fact:  she  is  in  the  NCAA  record  books  for  scoring  two  consecutive  goals  in  a  span  of  10  seconds!).  She then attended the  University  of  Pennsylvania  School  of  Veterinary  Medicine, and upon graduating, worked  at  the  New  England  Animal  Medical  Center.

Dr.  McIntosh’s  professional  interests  include  dermatology  and  dentistry.  She  enjoys  being  outdoors  (especially  hiking,  running,  and  biking),  traveling,  reading,  and  devouring  any  type  of  dessert.  And,  she  is  the  proud  mother  of  a  quiet,  cat-like  greyhound  named  Clackers (pictured with her),  and  two  very  loud,  dog-like  Siamese  cats  named  Kimba  and  Skyler.

Stop by and meet her when you get a chance!

A Year of Wellness

August 29th, 2011. By Erin Bechtol.
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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: Read more…

We’re Moving!

August 1st, 2011. By Erin Bechtol.
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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

April 20th, 2011. By Erin Bechtol.

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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. Read more…