Our Veterinarian Services

At Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital, we never lose sight of the fact that our patients and clients are the reason for our success. Whether you’re coming to us for the first time, or have been a client for a decade, you can rest assured that our team will take the time to address any questions or concerns you may have about your pet

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For the Health of your Pet

Different pets have different needs, even if they’re the same breed, and every pet is unique! We make sure to take into account your pet’s specific needs when we recommend services for your pet.

Give us a call: (619) 224-0773


All Vet Services

Because we are a non-emergency animal hospital, and we are generally booked out 1-2 weeks in advance, unless we have a sudden cancellation in our schedule, in cases of emergency we will respectfully refer you to the nearest emergency animal hospital to guarantee your pet receives the immediate attention it needs.


We always recommend annual wellness examinations for our furry patients. These visits may even occur more frequently if your pet has a health concern or needs additional booster vaccines, such as when he/she is starting a new vaccine series.

The California Code of Regulations Title 16 Section 2032.1 prohibits veterinarians from dispensing medications without examination and knowledge of your pet’s health, as well as dispensing medication prescribed by another veterinarian. An annual examination is required for all medications to ensure your pet is still healthy enough to receive the medication. Some medications must be accompanied with labwork as well.


Keeping your pet up-to-date on various vaccinations is an important part of preventative veterinary care. Many of these diseases pose serious health risks to your pet should he/she be exposed. Luckily, we can provide vaccines to you and keep your pet as comfortable as possible while they are administered.

Below is a list of common vaccinations for cats and dogs. Some of these are recommended for every patient, while others depend on your pet’s lifestyle.

Common Vaccinations for Cats

  • Rabies
  • Feline Distemper and respiratory combined vaccine (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia

Common Vaccinations for Dogs

  • Rabies
  • DHPP: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis

The State of California requires that dogs over 4 months of age in California be vaccinated for rabies. Your dog’s first rabies vaccination is good for one year and subsequent vaccinations last three years.

Vaccine walk-ins are available IF:

  • Exam within the past 6 months
  • Monday-Friday 12:40 pm – 2:40 pm (Not availalbe on Saturdays)
  • Pet Age: 1-7 years old
  • Up to 2 vaccines at a time
  • No other concerns to discuss with the Doctor


Pet Microchips have revolutionized animal recovery. When a pet is lost without a collar or proper identification, it can be difficult and in some cases almost impossible to help them find their way home without a microchip.

Microchips are permanent identification systems about the size of a grain of rice that are implanted between your pet’s shoulder blades similar to the injection of a yearly vaccination. Each microchip broadcasts a unique identification number over a specific radio frequency.

Non-Anesthetic Dental Services

Regular pet teeth cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s dental and overall health. Dental prophylaxis prevents bad breath, gum infections, tooth loss and serious heart, lung and kidney disease. We use a modern and safe ultrasonic scaler to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque build-up. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.

We partner with Pet Dental Services to perform non-anesthetic dental services 2 Fridays per month – bookings are through our office and we retain records etc.

Offered Two Fridays per Month. 2023 Schedule: 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 7/7, 7/21, 8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15

(Must be fully vaccinated, be seen within the last 12 months, and cleared for non-anesthetic dental services.)

We offer discounts for regular cleanings (i.e., monthly, every 2 -5 months)


Digital radiography, ultrasound, CBC/ chemistry/urinaysis, other diagnostics


Surgeries (including dental extractions, mass removal, enuclation, spay/neuter) are scheduled Monday – Thursday, directly with our surgery technicians.

Dr. Silvaberg also specializes in brachycephalic airway surgery (nasal or soft palate) for bulldogs. Brachycephalic airway syndrome has been linked to changes in the lungs, as well as in the gastrointestinal tract, including bronchial collapse, gastroesophageal reflux, and chronic gastritis. In bronchial collapse, the bronchi (the airways that connect the trachea to deeper airways of the lungs) weaken and collapse, causing further obstruction. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when intestinal fluids flow back into the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat to the stomach).


In addition to our online pharmacy, we carry a variety of prescription food, flea & tick prevention, heartworm prevention, allergy and pain relief, and more.

Please note: Because our doctors and technicians are busy with back-to-back appointments, we require 24-hours advanced notice for prescription requests.

End of Life

It’s never easy losing a furry loved one. We go out of our way to provide the most compasionate care in a quiet space as you say goodbye and arrange for cremation, burial, and memorials.

Cat Boarding

Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital now offers our patients “Kitty Condos” for the convenience of their owners.

“Kitty Condos” are located in the upstairs area of our hospital so you can guarantee that the safety of your pet is first at hand. Our facilities are clean and designed to keep your kitty comfortable while you travel.


Our rates for overnight guests start at $40 without medications, or $58 with medications.

Our Policy

Our condos are reserved for healthy cats. Each guest must be up to date on all vaccinations, flea control and a current patient.


All cages in our cattery are built of wood with a fiberglass floor bottom. Some cages have adjoining doors so that cats within the same family may visit each other yet occupy the space of several cages. Our cat cages are designed to offer a cozy stay and yet are practical for proper cleaning.

Each cat is boarded separately in compartments that are 3 feet wide, 3 feet long, and 2 ½ feet tall.

  • All compartments have built-in shelves for comfortable cat-naps.
  • All compartments have plexiglass windows so your cat can easily see outside the cage and so that proper lighting gets inside.

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