VetBus Inc.

Encinitas, CA 92024


VetBus Services

Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer the following wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:

House Calls: A VetBus house call includes a thorough physical exam by Dr. Heidolph and a consultation about your companion animal's health in the comfort of your home.  Ideal for busy people and nervous or shy animals. Based on the exam findings we can proceed with treatments or tests as needed. 

Home Euthanasia: When you need to make a very difficult decision about a beloved family member's quality of life, the VetBus can help determine if euthanasia is indicated. If so, we can provide a dignified, gentle, and compassionate passing for your companion animal in the comfort of your home.

Laboratory:  The VetBus is equipped to provide an array of diagnostic services. We can obtain blood, urine, tissue, and fecal samples and submit them to an external veterinary laboratory for evaluation.
Surgery:  The VetBus' state-of-the-art sterile surgical suite provides an ideal environment for general surgical procedures.  We perform spays and neuters (sterilization of females and males, respectively) in addition to offering a wide array of general surgical procedures, such as:

1) benign or cancerous mass removal

2) wound repair 

3) eyelid abnormality repair (blepharoplasty) to lift the eyelid and prevent eyelashes from rubbing on the cornea

4) cherry eye repair

5) splenectomy (removal of an abnormal spleen)

6) nostril repairs for dogs and cats whose nostrils are excessively narrow (Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Frenchies, Shih-Tzus, Persians, etc.)

7) removal of bladder stones

8) ear hematoma repair

9) hernia repairs - umbilical or inguinal

10) enucleation surgery to remove an entire diseased eye to list just a few examples. 

For orthopedic procedures or more complex surgeries, we will gladly refer you to a local board-certified veterinary surgeon.  In some cases, we can have a surgeon come to the VetBus to perform some of those procedures.
Anesthesia:  We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment and highly trained staff, the patient's vital signs are monitored closely during all anesthetic procedures.  Our monitors measure and display a patient's heart rate, rhythm (ECG), respiratory rate and capnograph, Sp02, NIBP, ETC02, and body temperature. 
Professional Dentistry: Our dental services include professional anesthetic dental cleaning and polishing, dental X-rays, tooth extractions, and minor oral surgery.

Dental Radiology Services:   The VetBus provides on-site, mobile, modern dental X-ray equipment provides high-quality digital dental X-rays to facilitate accurate diagnosis of oral disease and any dental abnormalities.
Permanent Identification: We tattoo (only while under anesthesia) a small mark on female's abdomens for identification as a spayed female.  We do not provide microchips, as the county (DAS) has a very cost-effective microchip program.
Pharmacy:  We maintain a basic inventory of pet pharmaceuticals to meet the needs of your pet and can order medications or write prescriptions for our patients on request. Note: it is required by law that a veterinarian-patient relationship exist before we can prescribe medications for your pet. If it has been over 1 year since your pet's last veterinary examination on the VetBus, state law prohibits us from dispensing medications or making any medical recommendations.

Individualized Flea Control  and Heartworm Prevention Programs:  We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard, and on your pet while preventing heartworm infections. Fleas, ticks, and heartworms are year-round parasitic problems in San Diego that require control and prevention.

Behavioral Counseling:  We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems, such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling, and aggression.  For more complicated cases, we can refer to a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.

Emergency Care:  Please call the following numbers for after-hours emergencies:

North County: California Veterinary Specialists - Carlsbad (760) 431-2273

Sorrento Valley: Veterinary Specialty Hospital (858) 759-7500

San Diego: VCA Hotel Circle: (619) 299-2400

East County: Animal Medical Center: (619) 444-4246