Veterinary Care

Providing affordable, high-quality veterinary care to the Santa Barbara & Santa Maria Valley communities.

Attention Pet Owners:

Same-day services are not offered. Please contact Advanced Veterinary Specialists or Central Coast Pet Emergency Hospital for emergency care. For faster service and to help keep our costs low, please book online. If you are unable to book online, call 805-964-4777 ext. 205. Clinic hours vary and are by appointment only.

QUESTIONS? Check out our FAQ section below for answers to the most common questions.

Veterinary Services & Prices

(Click each section for more information)

Dogs

  • 2–30 lbs. $150
  • 31–60 lbs. $175
  • 61–90 lbs. $225
  • 91+ lbs. $275

Cats

  • Male $80
  • Female $100

Rabbits

  • Male $175
  • Female $225

Additional services that may be required

  • Cryptorchid $45–$125

    Testicle(s) not descended

  • Umbilical Hernia Repair $50–$75
  • Dewclaw Removals $75–$175
  • IV Catheter & Fluids $55

    We recommend IV catheters & fluid support for surgery patients aged five to seven. This service is required for all patients eight or older.

  • Pre-Operative Blood Work $85

    We recommend pre-operative blood work for surgery patients aged five to seven. This service is required for all patients eight or older. This should be completed at least 24 hours before surgery is performed.

The following services can be scheduled under our “Vaccine Clinic” appointments tab.

Dogs

  • Rabies Vaccine $15
  • Distemper-Parvo Vaccine $20
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine $20
  • Leptospirosis Vaccine $20
  • Canine Influenza (Flu) $35
  • Heartworm Test $25

Cats

  • PureVax Rabies Vaccine (1 year) $30
  • PureVax Rabies Vaccine (3 year) $65
  • FVRCP Vaccine $20
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine $20

    All cats must be tested for Leukemia prior to beginning Leukemia vaccination series.

  • FIV/FeLV Test $40

Rabbits

  • RHDV2 Vaccine $30

The following services can be scheduled under our “Vaccine Clinic” appointments tab.

Deworming

  • Roundworm & Hookworm Deworming $10
  • Tapeworm Deworming (2–30 lbs.) $20
  • Tapeworm Deworming (31+ lbs.) $40

Flea Treatments

  • Flea Control (1-month supply) $25
  • Flea Control (3-month supply) $63

Anal Gland Expression

  • Anal Gland Expression $30

Nail Trimming

  • Cats $20
  • Dogs $30

Microchipping

  • Microchip $25

  • Examination by a Veterinarian $55

Other Services Provided

  • Skin infections, hair loss, itching, and other skin changes
  • Ear infections
  • Eye conditions
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Wound care for cuts, scrapes, bites, and other injuries
  • Abscesses
  • Mass removals
  • Amputations, enucleations, cherry eye repair, and some other surgeries
  • Blood tests and lab work
  • Dental cleanings and extractions (Santa Barbara Clinic only)
  • End-of-life counseling, euthanasia, and cremation information and appointments. CLICK HERE

A no-interest payment plan is available to those who are unable to pay in full at the time of service. Ask a staff member for more information at the time of your appointment.

  • Pay half of your bill at the time of appointment and the remaining balance over the next 3-6 months.
  • Payments can be made every month or every two weeks—whichever
    works best for you.
  • There is a one-time $25 fee to enroll and a $3 service fee when each payment is made.

Grant funding may be available for clients that require financial assistance and qualified animals. You may be asked to pay a portion of the bill and can use our payment plan.

Free Spay/Neuter Program for Community Cats

Santa Barbara Humane offers a free spay or neuter program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for stray or unowned community cats. The best way you can help community cats is through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR ensures no new kittens are born, stabilizes cat populations, provides vaccines, and improves cats’ lives.

Post-Surgical Care for Your Pet

Request a copy of your pet's medical records

Please Note: Treatments listed are correct, but “medical notes” before 7/14/2022 are inaccurate due to a software change.

If you are unable to locate your pet’s medical records using the method above, or if you need complete medical records prior to 7/14/2022, please fill out the Alternate Medical Records Request form below as accurately as possible to get your records to you in a timely manner. We will only send records to owners. For accuracy, hospitals must ask pet owners to place the requests.

Please Note: It can take approximately one week for records to be emailed to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Spay/Neuter

Make an appointment by clicking on the link “Book an Appointment at the Santa Maria Clinic” or “Book an Appointment at the Santa Barbara Clinic” at the top of the page: sbhumane.org/clinic. All of our appointments require deposits. If you do not have a credit card to help secure your appointment, please call us at 805-964-4777 x205 from  9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Your dog or cat should be at least 2 months old to get spayed or neutered. Our minimum age for rabbits is 6 months of age.

There is a lot of different information available, and some studies have been done showing some ages are better than others for very specific breeds. Every dog is different (evidence in smaller vs larger dogs), so we highly recommend discussing your specific dog with a veterinarian if you have questions. Younger dogs will heal much faster with fewer complications from surgery and anesthesia.

Yes, it is safe for dogs and cats to have surgery (rabbits must be under 2 years of age). We recommend that animals over 5 years of age get bloodwork done at our clinic to ensure that they are healthy for anesthesia. Bloodwork is required for animals that are over 8 years of age. Bloodwork is an easy way to reduce the chances that your pet will have any issues with anesthesia and surgery. The cost is $85 and you can make your appointment through the vaccine clinic to get it done.

French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, and Pugs all have facial conformations that make it harder for them to breathe, and therefore, it causes a greater anesthesia risk. We take extra precautions with these breeds of dogs to ensure their airway is protected for a longer period of time after surgery and focus on their position while they are recovering. These precautions reduce the risk of issues, but your dog could still have complications. We ask our clients with these breeds of dogs to sign a high-risk form so that they are aware that the dog is more predisposed to problems.

Yes! The spay surgery can be done on dogs that are in heat. Many of our surgical cases are actually in heat, so our surgeons are very experienced in performing surgery during this time.

Dogs and cats will continue to produce milk after being spayed, so you do not have to wait until the puppies/kittens are weaned to spay. If your cat is able to go outside, then we recommend spaying as quickly as possible because cats can get pregnant even if they are lactating. If there is no chance that your pet will get pregnant during the weaning period, then you can wait until the puppies/kittens have been weaned to get her spayed. Eight weeks after birth is a completely acceptable time, and we can also spay the litter at that point too!

Yes. Pregnant pets can get spayed. We take extra precautions depending on how far along they are by administering IV fluids and sometimes use special anesthesia. There is a higher risk for surgical and anesthetic complications (the longer your pet has been pregnant), so that should be balanced with your pet’s risk of having issues giving birth and caring for the litter.

During a neuter, the testicles are completely removed from male pets. The scrotum remains and will shrink over time. For rabbits, cats, and young dogs, the incision is on the scrotum. For adult dogs, the incision is usually located just in front of the scrotum. All pets get a small green tattoo near the incision to show that the pet has been altered.

During a spay, the ovaries and most of the uterus are removed from female pets. There is a small incision on the belly (abdomen) from the procedure. All pets get a small green tattoo near the incision to show that the pet has been altered.

The drop-off time for surgery is 7:15 a.m. Drop-off can take as long as 45 minutes, so please be prepared for the wait.

The pick-up time for surgery is 2:00 p.m. Pick-up can take about 45 minutes, so please be prepared for the wait.

  • Your pet should always have water available.
  • Dogs and cats over 4 months of age should have food withheld after midnight.
  • Dogs and cats under 4 months of age should be fed a small amount on the morning of surgery.
  • Rabbits should NEVER be fasted. Make sure fresh food is available and bring food with your rabbit to eat before and after surgery.

YES! Please take your dog for their normal potty walk in the morning. The dogs are kept in a kennel before surgery and can easily get dirty if they need to urinate or defecate in the smaller space.

YES! Please make sure that you have a secure carrier for your rabbits or cats. It is very easy for your pet to get loose when they are nervous in a new environment – especially with lots of dogs around at check-in. Please keep your pets safe by bringing them in a secure carrier. Covering it with a blanket or towel will also help your pet feel much calmer.

Make sure there is a towel or potty pad in the bottom of the carrier in case there are any accidents during transport. It is also helpful to cover the carrier with a towel or blanket to keep your cat from seeing lots of dogs and other new things that might cause them fear.

Our staff is very well versed in helping with dogs that might not be comfortable in the clinic environment. For your dog’s comfort – please let them in the car during check-in. You should come up to the clinic by yourself and discuss with the Medical Team what will help make your dog more comfortable.

Yes! It is very important to keep the e-collar/cone on for all 14 days and keep your pet restricted (no jumping, running, or playing). It takes 2 weeks for the body to properly heal from the procedure.

Please call us at 805-964-4777 ext 205, 9 am to 4 pm.

If you are having any issues outside of this time frame and it is an emergency—bleeding that won’t stop, pale gums, won’t walk or move – please go to the following locations:

North of Lompoc/Buellton and Santa Maria Area:
Central Coast Pet Hospital and Emergency
1558 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 [Directions]
805-489-6573

South of Lompoc/Buellton and Santa Barbara Area:
Advanced Veterinary Specialists Emergency Pet Care
414 E. Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 [Directions]
805-729-4460

Make sure you tell them when you bring your pet in that your pet was spayed/neutered at Santa Barbara Humane so they can contact us for permission to help cover any costs. We are not able to cover any costs incurred at other hospitals and/or if we are not contacted prior to treatment.

What Appointment(s) Should I Schedule?

  • If you need to schedule your pet for any vaccine, nail trim, anal gland expression, deworming, flea control application, pre-anesthetic labwork (for spay/neuter or dental), or a microchip > schedule under a “Vaccine Clinic” appointment.
  • If you need a veterinarian to evaluate your pet because you are worried about an issue or if you just want a general check-over to make sure everything is okay > schedule an “Examination” appointment.
  • If we have seen your pet (adopted from the shelter or at the clinic) within the last year and you just need to pick flea control or heartworm prevention > schedule a “Flea/tick or Heartworm Prevention Pick-up” appointment.
  • If you want to schedule a dental procedure for your pet (and you are not having any other concerns that you need to address) > schedule a “Dental Exam” appointment.

Vaccines

As soon as dogs and cats are away from their mom they should be receiving vaccines. It is best for behavioral reasons that they stay with their mother until at least 8 weeks of age. In general, vaccine series are started at 8 weeks of age because of this stage. However, if your puppy or kitten is younger than 8 weeks and no longer with their mother, then vaccines should be started earlier.

According to current guidelines, all cats should receive the core vaccines – these include rabies and FVRCP. For cats under 1 year of age and any cats that go outside, core vaccines also include the FeLV vaccine (Feline Leukemia).  Note: A test to check for FeLV is required prior to this vaccine.

The FVRCP vaccine stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus Panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis and calicivirus include viruses that cause upper respiratory infections. Panleukopenia is a deadly virus similar to parvovirus in dogs that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

According to current guidelines, all dogs should receive the core vaccines—these include rabies and DA2PP. Dogs that will interact with any other dogs (especially at dog parks, boarding or day care facilities) should also receive bordetella and influenza vaccines. Dogs that go to the beach, hike, interact with any wildlife, or travel to areas where wildlife visit should receive the leptospirosis vaccine.

The DA2PP vaccine stands for Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2 (Hepatitis), Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. Distemper is a deadly virus that can cause neurological, respiratory, and gastrointestinal issues including seizures, upper respiratory infection signs, and diarrhea. Adenovirus is a virus that affects the liver and can cause respiratory infections. Parvovirus is a deadly virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Parainfluenza causes respiratory infections.

The leptospirosis vaccine is recommended for any dogs that interact in any areas where there is wildlife so if you have wildlife (raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums) in your backyard; go to areas where other wildlife live (deer); or to the beach (sea lion populations in the area have tested positive for this bacteria) then your dog should be vaccinated.

Dogs that interact with other dogs (day care, dog parks) or share water bowls with unknown dogs should be vaccinated for flu. Flu can be very problematic in dogs that haven’t been vaccinated. The symptoms are greatly reduced with vaccination.

YES! It is really important to vaccinate cats for rabies. Most domestic animal rabies infections are in cats now so cats absolutely need to be vaccinated. Indoor cats can get rabies if bitten by a rabid bat (which we do have in Santa Barbara County). A cat can be bitten by a bat without an owner having an indication that it occurred. Indoor cats can also get outside from an accidentally opened door or due to escape during an earthquake or vet visit.

Yes, the two-part series will need to be restarted if you miss the 3-4 week booster window.

Most dogs and cats can still be vaccinated if they have had a reaction in the past, but special precautions need to be taken. Please book your appointment for vaccines through the “Examination” appointment link and write in the notes section what happened to your pet. Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet and determine the best course of action. We are not able to accommodate your pet through the “Vaccine Clinic” appointments.

Microchips

Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are inserted with a needle and can be done in an awake or anesthetized pet. If your pet ever gets lost and is scanned for a microchip then the scanner will show a number associated with your pet. When the company is called and given that number, the company then contacts you and informs you where your pet is located. Your information cannot be shared without your permission. It is not a tracking device.

Microchips are the best way to be reunited with a lost pet. Collars and tags can go missing or be removed, but a microchip cannot. Microchipped pets are THREE times more likely to be reunited with their owners than non-microchipped pets.

Exams

Yes! We see both dogs and cats for health examinations. We unfortunately do not see rabbits at our clinics for health issues at this time.

We are able to handle basic care at our clinic. If your dog or cat needs further care, we will recommend that you go to an emergency hospital or a full service veterinarian. The majority of the health conditions that we treat are ear infections, skin infections, and itchiness.

Dental Services

Yes, we do provide dental services. To book a service, we must see your pet first to examine the teeth and get bloodwork. This can be done through a “Dental exam” or “Examination” appointment. Thorough dental cleanings and extractions require general anesthesia. We will give you a cost estimate at the time of your pet’s exam. Costs can range greatly depending on how many teeth need to be removed. We are unable to know for sure what is going on until your pet has been anesthetized and the teeth have been cleaned and x-rays taken.

Help with Costs

Yes, we do! We have a no-interest payment plan that is available to those who are unable to pay in full at the time of service. Please ask at the beginning of your appointment if you would like to use our billing option.

  1. Pay half of your bill at the time of appointment and the remaining balance over the next 3-6 months.
  2. Payments can be made every month or every two weeks—whichever works best for you.
  3. There is a one-time $25 fee to enroll and a $3 service fee when each payment is made.
  • We have grants that cover the costs of spay/neuter surgeries for clients that have financial constraints. 
  • Other grants are available to help with some services depending on the age of your pet and its medical needs.

Please let us know when you are booking your appointment that you need financial assistance.

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