Pacific Veterinary

★★★★☆
32.7486 -117.135
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2646 University Ave

San Diego, CA

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I have used this office for almost 20 years and I have always received great service with all of the animals I bring in, rescued or not. My questions are always answered, and I feel that they are fairly priced. I would recommend them without reservation. Most recently my 19 year old cat had to be put down because her kidneys gave out. She had a dignified end to her life and I am thankful for the folks at Pacific Veterinary.

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I have used this office for almost 20 years and I have always received great service with all of the animals I bring in, rescued or not. My questions are always answered, and I feel that they are fairly priced. I would recommend them without reservation. Most recently my 19 year old cat had to be put down because her kidneys gave out. She had a dignified end to her life and I am thankful for the folks at Pacific Veterinary.

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I used this vet for 12+ years for my Jack Russell Terriers, Zoe and Zachary.

No problems until Zoe, about five years at the time, developed a pyoderma-type rash. Dr. Gail Todd dx'd allergies (based on, a guess?). After seeing a dermatologist and, finally, a homeopathic vet, she was dx'd with hypothyroidism. With supplemental thyroid hormone, no further skin problems.

Unfortunately, I didn't learn from Zoe's experience.

Zachary was 10 years old when I noticed a lump behind his knee, and being due for his check up and dental, I brought him in. He also seemed to have lost weight.

Indeed! He had gone from 22 to 17 lbs. the tech. noted with some concern.

Dr. Todd thought the swelling was due to an infected tooth, which she removed. Blood test came back with high lymphocyte count, thus, she thought, confirming the infection. Zack was sent home with antibiotics.

He finished the course of antibiotics, and, when he was brought in to remove the stitches in his mouth, I asked to see Dr. Todd regarding the continued swelling, which I also noted in the submaxillary glands. I wasn't allowed to see Todd, but the receptionist relayed her message: not to worry, the antibiotics would deal with it.

After three weeks, with no change, I brought Zack back and asked for another blood test. Dr. Nagel
said he feared lymphoma, which the tests confirmed.

Despite aggressive therapy, Zack died three months later, on Jan. 1, 2008.

I have since learned that weight loss with swollen lymph nodes should have set alarm bells ringing.

I have also learned that the protocol for immunization (formerly every year) was changed to every three years in 2003. Yet every year like clockwork I would get a reminder in the mail for boosters, and like a chump, I didn??t question it . I have since learned the value of having titers done.

I can't and will never know if Zack could have been saved with an earlier diagnosis. Nor can I know if Zoe's autoimmune disorder (cause of hypothyroidism, and later, her death) was linked to over-vaccination.

I have never been able to set foot in their office since then, but I will warn every pet parent I know to steer clear of Dr. Gail Todd.

Michael Schwilk
North Park

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I used this vet for 12+ years for my Jack Russell Terriers, Zoe and Zachary.

No problems until Zoe, about five years at the time, developed a pyoderma-type rash. Dr. Gail Todd dx'd allergies (based on, a guess?). After seeing a dermatologist and, finally, a homeopathic vet, she was dx'd with hypothyroidism. With supplemental thyroid hormone, no further skin problems.

Unfortunately, I didn't learn from Zoe's experience.

Zachary was 10 years old when I noticed a lump behind his knee, and being due for his check up and dental, I brought him in. He also seemed to have lost weight.

Indeed! He had gone from 22 to 17 lbs. the tech. noted with some concern.

Dr. Todd thought the swelling was due to an infected tooth, which she removed. Blood test came back with high lymphocyte count, thus, she thought, confirming the infection. Zack was sent home with antibiotics.

He finished the course of antibiotics, and, when he was brought in to remove the stitches in his mouth, I asked to see Dr. Todd regarding the continued swelling, which I also noted in the submaxillary glands. I wasn't allowed to see Todd, but the receptionist relayed her message: not to worry, the antibiotics would deal with it.

After three weeks, with no change, I brought Zack back and asked for another blood test. Dr. Nagel
said he feared lymphoma, which the tests confirmed.

Despite aggressive therapy, Zack died three months later, on Jan. 1, 2008.

I have since learned that weight loss with swollen lymph nodes should have set alarm bells ringing.

I have also learned that the protocol for immunization (formerly every year) was changed to every three years in 2003. Yet every year like clockwork I would get a reminder in the mail for boosters, and like a chump, I didn??t question it . I have since learned the value of having titers done.

I can't and will never know if Zack could have been saved with an earlier diagnosis. Nor can I know if Zoe's autoimmune disorder (cause of hypothyroidism, and later, her death) was linked to over-vaccination.

I have never been able to set foot in their office since then, but I will warn every pet parent I know to steer clear of Dr. Gail Todd.

Michael Schwilk
North Park

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I've been taking my dogs Taffy and Peanuts to Drs. Nagle and Todd for 16 yrs. and 6 yrs. respectively. They always explain what's going on very thoroughly. They are reasonably priced. They truly care about your pet and you. You can have complete confidence that your animal is getting the best care available. The staff is great, very friendly, outgoing and skilled. You will not find better doctors to care for your beloved pet.

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I've been taking my dogs Taffy and Peanuts to Drs. Nagle and Todd for 16 yrs. and 6 yrs. respectively. They always explain what's going on very thoroughly. They are reasonably priced. They truly care about your pet and you. You can have complete confidence that your animal is getting the best care available. The staff is great, very friendly, outgoing and skilled. You will not find better doctors to care for your beloved pet.

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I've taken my animals here over the past 15 years. They have always been respectful and given my pets excellent care. They are reasonably priced and explain everything clearly and completely. The entire staff is great!

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I've taken my animals here over the past 15 years. They have always been respectful and given my pets excellent care. They are reasonably priced and explain everything clearly and completely. The entire staff is great!

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Dr. Nagel is genuinely concerned about my animals and I have been a client for 10 years. The staff was very helpful with and saved my cat, Milton's life when I brought him in on an emergency after leaving another vet's office. He was dehydrated and not eating. Dr. Nagel and his staff hydrated him and sent us home with an appetite enhancer. My poor little guy barely made it - I am so thanful they were there to take care of the situation. He lived for 5 more years to the age of 18.

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Dr. Nagel is genuinely concerned about my animals and I have been a client for 10 years. The staff was very helpful with and saved my cat, Milton's life when I brought him in on an emergency after leaving another vet's office. He was dehydrated and not eating. Dr. Nagel and his staff hydrated him and sent us home with an appetite enhancer. My poor little guy barely made it - I am so thanful they were there to take care of the situation. He lived for 5 more years to the age of 18.

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In an emergency they always tell me to come right over. Fairly priced (they even have a weekly "discount day" for routine vaccinations) and very knowledgeable!

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In an emergency they always tell me to come right over. Fairly priced (they even have a weekly "discount day" for routine vaccinations) and very knowledgeable!

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Dr. Nagel is very thorough, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Every question I've ever had about my cat has been answered. Unlike some other vets I've come across, he never cuts corners nor rushes you out the door. We adopted a kitten from the humane society with a stubborn upper respitory infection. The doctor has been extremely informative, given me all options I had, and has been helping us make decisions on her treatment. The office is clean and doesn't smell like a vet. My overall exeperience has been more than satisfactory.

PROS: Our cat gets as much attention as we do at our doctor's office.
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Dr. Nagel is very thorough, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Every question I've ever had about my cat has been answered. Unlike some other vets I've come across, he never cuts corners nor rushes you out the door. We adopted a kitten from the humane society with a stubborn upper respitory infection. The doctor has been extremely informative, given me all options I had, and has been helping us make decisions on her treatment. The office is clean and doesn't smell like a vet. My overall exeperience has been more than satisfactory.

PROS: Our cat gets as much attention as we do at our doctor's office.
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i have always taken my two dogs here for their check ups and also if they have any medical problems and i have always gotten very good care from here. the staff are very friendly and the doctors answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable.reasonable prices and very good pet care.

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i have always taken my two dogs here for their check ups and also if they have any medical problems and i have always gotten very good care from here. the staff are very friendly and the doctors answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable.reasonable prices and very good pet care.

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Dr. Robert Nagel and Dr. Gail Todd have been taking care of my lab/mix, Maude, since she was 6 weeks old and now she is 10 years old. They have given excellent care for Maude, are caring and compassionate and are in a location that I frequent. I would highly recommend them.

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Dr. Robert Nagel and Dr. Gail Todd have been taking care of my lab/mix, Maude, since she was 6 weeks old and now she is 10 years old. They have given excellent care for Maude, are caring and compassionate and are in a location that I frequent. I would highly recommend them.

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We received this vet clinic recommendation from an employee at a pet supply store. Pacific Veterinary Service was a really good place to take our cat. Our cat was suffering for three days already, we saw two vet clinics with bad reviews. Pacific Veterinary was our last hope. Driving directions were good. Parking was any place you could park legally. Desk workers were very nice ladies, friendly, concerned, and caring. They squeezed an appointment in the morning schedule for our cat. The waiting area had good lighting, good seats and open space, shelves of current supplies of dog and cat prescription food, and cat figurines along the mantle. The nurses handled our stressed cat with gentle care (no neck grabbing, wrestling hold-downs, or loud noises). Of course, our cat is a chicken and didn't fight back. Dr. Nagel arrived quietly, examined the patient, and squeezed his bladder for a sample (no injections). We were present, within "save me" range (no taking the cat behind closed doors). Dr. Nagel identified and described the problem to us in a soft-spoken, knowledgeable, and understanding voice. He showed us the crystals both under the microscope and from the medical book. He prescribed, on the spot, antibiotics and a prescription diet after a quick diagnosis. Previous vet clinics needed more tests that would have taken days and money for results, without immediate prescription medicine. Dr. Nagel treated the problem immediately, zero waiting, and zero suffering (for us the owners). My wife started to cry with happiness. He handed her a box of tissue and told her not to worry. That is a sign of a good veterinarian, he cares about pets and their owners. Returning to the waiting area, the nurse explained the antibiotics. The cost of the visit was 45% less than what we paid in observation and test fees from previous vet clinics.
+Nice and friendly staff. +Knowledgeable and concerned DVM.
We found a good place. Our experience here was positive.

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★★★★☆

We received this vet clinic recommendation from an employee at a pet supply store. Pacific Veterinary Service was a really good place to take our cat. Our cat was suffering for three days already, we saw two vet clinics with bad reviews. Pacific Veterinary was our last hope. Driving directions were good. Parking was any place you could park legally. Desk workers were very nice ladies, friendly, concerned, and caring. They squeezed an appointment in the morning schedule for our cat. The waiting area had good lighting, good seats and open space, shelves of current supplies of dog and cat prescription food, and cat figurines along the mantle. The nurses handled our stressed cat with gentle care (no neck grabbing, wrestling hold-downs, or loud noises). Of course, our cat is a chicken and didn't fight back. Dr. Nagel arrived quietly, examined the patient, and squeezed his bladder for a sample (no injections). We were present, within "save me" range (no taking the cat behind closed doors). Dr. Nagel identified and described the problem to us in a soft-spoken, knowledgeable, and understanding voice. He showed us the crystals both under the microscope and from the medical book. He prescribed, on the spot, antibiotics and a prescription diet after a quick diagnosis. Previous vet clinics needed more tests that would have taken days and money for results, without immediate prescription medicine. Dr. Nagel treated the problem immediately, zero waiting, and zero suffering (for us the owners). My wife started to cry with happiness. He handed her a box of tissue and told her not to worry. That is a sign of a good veterinarian, he cares about pets and their owners. Returning to the waiting area, the nurse explained the antibiotics. The cost of the visit was 45% less than what we paid in observation and test fees from previous vet clinics.
+Nice and friendly staff. +Knowledgeable and concerned DVM.
We found a good place. Our experience here was positive.

Pros: immediate treatment, DVM, staff, cost

Cons: parking where you can find it

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I took my cats to Pacific Veterinary Service (which Dr. Nagell is a partner in) for a year on the recommendation of friends and on reviews from sites like this. I thought I was getting good care for my pets, both of whom had chronic renal failure from eating tainted pet food in 2007.

I now believe that the care I got led to one of my cats dying an early death that was preventable and needlessly painful. My pets mostly saw Dr.Todd, though in the last days Dr. Nagell talked with us about test results. Dr. Todd, while perfectly pleasant, did not seem to take my concerns about my sick cat not eating very seriously, leading me to believe that if I could get him to eat anything, he was doing okay. This led to him not getting enough calories and turned quickly into hepatic lipidosis, a consequence she never mentioned.

When the cat got sicker and was brought in, Dr. Todd seem to lean toward the conclusion that "something else" was causing the liver problem (not the lack of food). She again never mentioned that hepatic lipidosis was possible.

A simple web search on CRF and liver told me what my vet should have from the start -- that if the cat does not get enough calories for even a few days, hepatic lipidosis (a painful and often fatal condition) is the result. I had to suggest force feeding, she never did. By then it was too late.

Dr. Nagell saw us about our other (tummy-challenged) cat and talked about the sick cat's test results. His bedside manner was, frankly, offensive. Worse, it was only at this point -- the point where the cat was so ill -- that they gave us phosphorus binders or vitamins.

The treatment for the well tummy-challenged cat was not much better and I was appalled at Nagell's rough handling of my pet in the exam room. He was in pain afterwards just from the prodding.

I took the sick cat to a different vet a few days later and in their much more compassionate care had him put down.

I will never again take my animals to this vet.

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I took my cats to Pacific Veterinary Service (which Dr. Nagell is a partner in) for a year on the recommendation of friends and on reviews from sites like this. I thought I was getting good care for my pets, both of whom had chronic renal failure from eating tainted pet food in 2007.

I now believe that the care I got led to one of my cats dying an early death that was preventable and needlessly painful. My pets mostly saw Dr.Todd, though in the last days Dr. Nagell talked with us about test results. Dr. Todd, while perfectly pleasant, did not seem to take my concerns about my sick cat not eating very seriously, leading me to believe that if I could get him to eat anything, he was doing okay. This led to him not getting enough calories and turned quickly into hepatic lipidosis, a consequence she never mentioned.

When the cat got sicker and was brought in, Dr. Todd seem to lean toward the conclusion that "something else" was causing the liver problem (not the lack of food). She again never mentioned that hepatic lipidosis was possible.

A simple web search on CRF and liver told me what my vet should have from the start -- that if the cat does not get enough calories for even a few days, hepatic lipidosis (a painful and often fatal condition) is the result. I had to suggest force feeding, she never did. By then it was too late.

Dr. Nagell saw us about our other (tummy-challenged) cat and talked about the sick cat's test results. His bedside manner was, frankly, offensive. Worse, it was only at this point -- the point where the cat was so ill -- that they gave us phosphorus binders or vitamins.

The treatment for the well tummy-challenged cat was not much better and I was appalled at Nagell's rough handling of my pet in the exam room. He was in pain afterwards just from the prodding.

I took the sick cat to a different vet a few days later and in their much more compassionate care had him put down.

I will never again take my animals to this vet.

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Choosing a Vet. is not as easy as you may imagine; friends give advice, posters, advertisements scream out to you. My handy-honey-do-man, Howard Edelman, recommended Dr. Nagel to me. "He's fantastic." That's all I needed to make the change from Banfield to Pacific Veternary Services, on Univeristy Ave., S.D.. This understated, soft spoken, albeit handsome, man was generous with his explanations, suggestions and most of all, with his spirit. He intuitively reached for my Sheltie's paw, that had been a 'bone' of contention for two days, and gently removed an unwanted invader/foxtail. Since that day, Dr. Nagel has been open to any suggestions/concerns I share regarding, Atticus, my Sheltie from Life's Storms. A recent storm was when Atticus, suddenly, without any apparent cause, became, "lame". A visit with Dr. Nagel comfirmed a spinal anomaly that needed to be monitored and an equally troublesome Left Knee problem. No surgery would be indicated for the time being, but a change in lifestyle was imminently the prescription. Dr. Nagel's calm, reassurance melded with his gentle candor were inspiring and most appreciated, at this difficult time. Atticus was just turning four yrs. old when this prophetic STOP/WARNING sign appeared. Thanks to Dr. Nagel and his Staff, Atticus and I are on a different path towards healing and avoiding any further harm. You can be certain of quality care, honesty, no un/necessary surgery and a very soft touch. Thank You, Dr. Nagel, form Atticus Nobel and his adoring mommie/ (me). ^l^....kisses....

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★★★★★

Choosing a Vet. is not as easy as you may imagine; friends give advice, posters, advertisements scream out to you. My handy-honey-do-man, Howard Edelman, recommended Dr. Nagel to me. "He's fantastic." That's all I needed to make the change from Banfield to Pacific Veternary Services, on Univeristy Ave., S.D.. This understated, soft spoken, albeit handsome, man was generous with his explanations, suggestions and most of all, with his spirit. He intuitively reached for my Sheltie's paw, that had been a 'bone' of contention for two days, and gently removed an unwanted invader/foxtail. Since that day, Dr. Nagel has been open to any suggestions/concerns I share regarding, Atticus, my Sheltie from Life's Storms. A recent storm was when Atticus, suddenly, without any apparent cause, became, "lame". A visit with Dr. Nagel comfirmed a spinal anomaly that needed to be monitored and an equally troublesome Left Knee problem. No surgery would be indicated for the time being, but a change in lifestyle was imminently the prescription. Dr. Nagel's calm, reassurance melded with his gentle candor were inspiring and most appreciated, at this difficult time. Atticus was just turning four yrs. old when this prophetic STOP/WARNING sign appeared. Thanks to Dr. Nagel and his Staff, Atticus and I are on a different path towards healing and avoiding any further harm. You can be certain of quality care, honesty, no un/necessary surgery and a very soft touch. Thank You, Dr. Nagel, form Atticus Nobel and his adoring mommie/ (me). ^l^....kisses....

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