We all want our animals to have the best care possible, but it can be difficult to know which vet to go to. They all seem mostly comparable — right? Well, not exactly. Just like all people in all professions, some vets are just better at their jobs than others. Plus, some have faster service, or a friendlier staff.
However, you should remember that all vets are experts and that they have a hard job — if you don’t like your vet, don’t harass them, just take your service elsewhere. That’s where we come in — if you aren’t satisfied with your current vet, or maybe you’re new to the area, this list of the best vets in San Francisco should help you out.
Urban Pet Hospital
2308 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Urban Pet Hospital provides some of fastest service for your pet.
- Pocket pets (small rodents)
- Small farm animals
It should be noted that some of the more unusual of these pets are only able to be cared for by specific vets, so you should call the hospital to ensure that your animal can be seen.
Under the direction of Dr. Virendra Garg, Dr. Shikher Singla, and Dr. Denise Adams, Urban Pet Hospital is professional, efficient, and clean. It is likely that you will get a same-day appointment for any minor issues, as they are open seven days a week and offer extended hours. In addition to their range of preventative and wellness care, they also offer emergency care and surgical procedures if necessary.
“Dr. Garg & Dr. Adams show an incredible amount of care and professionalism when handling our animals. They take more time with us each visit than any other vet we've been to. They are thorough and upfront about costs so there are no surprises.” - Neeti C. on Yelp
Irving Pet Hospital
1434 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
The Irving Pet Hospital has been staffed by animal lovers for over 50 years!
Providing every service from preventative care to dental treatments to surgery and emergency care, Irving Pet Hospital offers the best care for cats and dogs. They have a wide range of animal lovers on their staff, and a long track record — over 50 years — of caring for animals. Although this might not be the place to take a more exotic pet, your ordinary furry friends can find some of the best service here.
“I cannot say enough about how much I love Irving Pet Hospital. We had to bring our pets here numerous times during the fall, so we got to know the staff and Dr. Lau very well! When my chihuahua was mauled by a German Shepherd, I rushed over to Irving Pet Hosp and they saved her life, no exaggeration. We had to come in for many check-ups, and the subsequent care Dr. Lau and the team gave to my dog was just outstanding.” - Kayla B on Yelp
Sunset Veterinary Hospital
3741 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
Mon, Wed: 8am-6pm
Tue, Thu, Fri: 8am-12pm, 2pm-6pm
Photo Courtesy of Sunset Veterinary Hospital
You’ll always be greeted by a smiling face at Sunset Veterinary Hospital
The first detail to mention is that Sunset Veterinary Hospital has free street parking right in front of the hospital — a rarity in San Fran! In addition to this lovely parking, the hospital offers general wellness visits, new puppy and kitten exams, and collaborates with various experts to provide surgeries, dental procedures, ultrasounds, and endoscopies. Plus, they have recently started offering laser therapy to help your pet feel more comfortable and heal faster.
“I have been taking my dogs to Sunset Veterinary Hospital for many years now. My dogs are always excited when we go, never afraid. The staff are all very highly skilled, friendly, and compassionate people. I am very happy and satisfied with the quality of service we receive.” - A. Z. on Yelp
Animal Farm Pet Hospital
5601 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112
Sun: 10am- 6pm
It may be small, but it’s still comfortable and cozy for you and your pet
Led by Dr. Vaparsad Guduri, Animal Farm Pet Hospital has a focus on pet nutrition, though also offering the usual wellness and treatment services, as well as surgery. They have all the latest and greatest technology to ensure the best care for your pet, and the environment of the hospital is comfortable and pet-friendly.
“I'm very happy with the care and attention my dog Ebony receives at the Animal Farm Pet Hospital. Dr. Guduri and all the staff are courteous and professional and a pleasure to work with. They are very responsive to questions and provide helpful information. Email and text reminders are a bonus, too. I recommend the Animal Farm Pet Hospital to anyone looking for gentle, loving and professional care for their pet!” - Lori B. on Yelp
All Pets Hospital
269 South Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103
A mural featuring all manner of animals welcomes you into All Pets Hospital.
- Pocket Pets
Boasting an extensive list of animals seen, All Pets Hospital is truly for all pets. They also offer a variety of services, including chemotherapy, dental care, and treatments for canine and feline diabetes. They are also able to address emergencies during their business hours.
“Very good prices, especially for an exotic pet vet. Basic exam was $100. Dr. Elizabeth Gilbert was kind, gentle and gave me the time I needed to ask questions. She gave my bunny a thorough follow up examination after his emergency visit at another clinic. I will definitely be going back to her in the future for any of my tortoise and bunny needs. Thank you to all the staff.” - K. M. on Yelp
Especially Cats Veterinary Hospital
1339 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
These spot the differences are getting harder and harder!
For all you cat lovers out there, Especially Cats Veterinary Hospital prides itself on providing the absolute best treatment specifically for cats. Their expertise for cats make them an ideal provider of care for your feline friends. Cats of all ages are welcome, from kittens to seniors, and services include nutritional counseling, surgery, dentistry, and emergency treatments.
“Especially Cats is the gold standard of cat care - an awesome find on Taraval. This is small town comfort, kindness and bedside manner right in the big city. From Mary at the front desk to each of the techs to the family of Doctors, it's a symphony of love. They are hands down my provider of choice for a second generation of cats in my family. I wouldn't go anywhere else!” - Diane H. on Yelp
Smith’s Veterinary Service
San Francisco, CA
Mon, Thu, Fri: 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm
Tue-Wed: 9am-12pm, 1pm-7pm
Sat-Sun: by appointment
A happy kitty getting some play time after treatment
Animals: not specified
Smith’s Veterinary Service is a bit different from a traditional vet — in the best way possible. Dr. Kelly Smith offers compassionate care in the comfort of your pet’s home, and truly takes the time to connect with every one of her patients. She synthesizes eastern and western medicine in her treatments, offering acupuncture along with more traditional wellness care and nutrition counseling. She also offers in-home euthanasia, so that you can say goodbye to your pet in the most peaceful way possible.
“Dr. Kelly is amazing. She helped our much loved pet though the last years of her life. She cares deeply about the pets in her care, and about the humans that care for them. I cannot recommend her strongly enough.” - Peter V. on Yelp
Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital
2201 Junipero Serra Blvd
Dale City, CA 94014
Nor Cal Vet is big — containing services for any animals, at any time is a large task
Though emergency vet service can be a tough job, Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital manages to pull it off beautifully. They are open 24/7 and accept any patient, no matter how exotic or injured. With the latest technology and a commitment to working with both you and your family vet, they truly offer the best emergency service in all respects.
“After some very disappointing service at other SF Emergency Vets, we were SO fortunate to find the heartfelt, organized, and experienced team at Nor Cal. Our dog Rex had a brain tumor and was experiencing horrible seizures. The entire team at Nor Cal took excellent care of him, as well as of us, throughout the entire treatment and care. Even after Rex passed away a few weeks later, they followed up with us to share their condolences and love. You and your pets are in excellent hands with this team. Thanks Nor Cal!” - Billy P. on Yelp
Allcare Veterinary Hospital
225 Carmel Ave
Pacifica, CA 94044
The inside of this veterinary practice is just was warm and welcoming as the outside.
- Pocket Pets
Led by Dr. Jeremy Grossbard, Allcare Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing a compassionate and caring environment in which both you and your pet can be comfortable. They focus on preventative care, as well as providing puppy and kitten care, dentistry, and surgical services. They truly involve you in your pet’s care and value your input when it comes to your pet’s health.
“The team at AllCare are wonderful! Warm & inviting, professional & knowledgeable, I always feel reassured about my dogs' care here. Dr. Grossbard patiently explains all things, offers up alternatives, and NEVER frightens or cajoles his clients into extras or non-essential procedures. I happily recommend AllCare to all my neighbors, friends, clients & acquaintances. They are totally trustworthy & gentle! Thank you, Dr. Jeremy!” - Molly C. on Yelp
Of course we all want the best care for our furry friends, but it’s difficult to jump around to new vets all the time — and it may put your animal’s health at risk. Hopefully, now that you have this list, you can settle in with one reliable vet and give your pet the long, happy, and healthy life they deserve.