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Orthopedics and Cardiology

When your pet needs specialized care, the staff here at Del Norte Animal Hospital is fully committed to helping you understand your pet’s health and all related tests and procedures they might need.


We're a full-service veterinary facility based in San Diego CA, offering the latest advances in technology to treat your pet's ailments.

We also specialize in coordinating orthopedic and cardiology care with veterinarians who utilize our facilities and equipment in-house. That means all of your pet's treatment is under one roof, with one core team and the experience and education necessary to give your best friend the best care possible.

Meet Our Staff Veterinarians

Dr. Carrie Bone and Dr. Lidja Gillmeister have combined for more than 26 years of experience here at Del Norte Animal Hospital. If you're looking for a veterinarian who is always studying the latest research and techniques, you'll find two of the best at our facility. Together, they have the education and background to perform most general surgeries, from mass removal to abdominal procedures.

There are also times when Dr. Bone and Dr. Gillmeister will take a team-based approach to diagnose and treat other issues affecting your pet.

Cardiology & Orthopedic Surgery

According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Association, dogs with congestive heart failure live 74 percent longer when their condition is co-managed by a veterinary cardiologist and a primary care veterinarian.

Statistics like the one above are just one of the many reasons why we have specialists working in close collaboration with our team. Cardiologists have advanced training in the heart and circulatory system and can provide an initial cardiac screening of your pet in order to diagnose and treat disease. He or she can also look for age-related changes t in the heart, like congenital problems, cardiac arrhythmias, and more.

Veterinary cardiologists are a key part of your pet's health care team, and early diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

In addition, we also work hand-in-hand with orthopedic specialists who focus on the joints, ligaments, tendons, and bones. More often than not, they use our surgical suite to perform hip replacements, knee surgery, repair of bone fractures, and more. Before surgery is scheduled, they will examine your pet using radiographs (X-rays) or other tests for proper diagnosis. This will also allow the orthopedist to form a treatment plan customized for the animal.

Serving the 4s Ranch Area

Are you searching online for 'animal hospital 4s?' We proudly serve the 4s Ranch area, a locale of San Diego County. We also serve patients throughout the San Diego area. For more information on our veterinary and surgical services, call 858-524-1146 today.

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