Loving care is Turquoise Animal Hospital's speciality

Turquoise Animal Hospital has been around nearly 55 years because of the loving, quality care it’s always delivered to pets in La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Clairemont.

“We like to take care of each individual pet as if it was our own,” said Dr. Al Atkinson, who’s owned the animal hospital since 2003. “We understand most people’s pets aren’t just pets, they’re family members. We try to approach it that way.”

Turquoise is a full-service, small-animal hospital treating dogs, cats, rabbits, other pocket pets, birds and reptiles. The hospital is American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) approved, and the chief of staff is board certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

The hospital has an in-house laboratory which enables it to perform a number of medical procedures, including ultrasound and soft tissue surgery — everything from lacerations and abscesses to removing bladder stones — as well as endoscopy involving fiberoptic instruments used to visualize intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Other medical services offered include acupuncture and chiropractic, dental care, microchipping and blood pressure monitoring.

There’s one procedure the hospital performs most often. 

“By sheer numbers, it’s spaying and neutering of dogs and cats,” said Atkinson, adding it’s just as important to practice preventative medicine with animals as it is with people.

“One of the key things is preventative care,” he said, noting it’s best for clients to bring pets in when they’re young and annually thereafter.

“That way, we can pick up problems, like lumps or kidney disease, in the very early stages,” Atkinson said. “Then we can often manage it with diet or medications. You also want to make sure to get vaccinations in a timely fashion.”

Turquoise Animal Hospital is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The hospital is closed Sundays and major holidays.

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