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Companion Animal Hospital provides a complete range of veterinary services for all types of dogs and cats at its westside Santa Cruz facility. The practice’s veterinarians and personnel are on duty seven days a week, and they’re trained to handle everything from vaccinations and preventive care to specialty work like laser therapy, dermatology and dentistry.
Associate Veterinarian Donna Baird says Companion Animal Hospital sets itself apart by utilizing the latest technological innovations to provide compassionate animal health care at prices that are tailored for each client’s budget. “Recently, we’ve invested in state-of-the-art equipment that helps us manage pain and increase the speed of healing without the use of pharmaceuticals. This allows us to offer therapeutic modalities that aren’t usually available at other animal hospitals.”
Companion Animal Hospital’s in-house pharmacy, lab, radiology and surgery facilities, and intensive care unit allow it to be a one-stop shop for its clients’ pet care needs, which, according to owner Dr. David Horne, makes them feel more comfortable in often stressful situations. “Our bottom line is simple: We help our clients solve their pets’ health problems and send them home happy and healthy.”
“We’re committed to providing outstanding service for our clients and exceptional, compassionate health care for their pets. We consider ourselves advocates for the animals we treat, so we work hard to interpret their needs and guide their owners toward effective, long-term health solutions.”
Serving all of Santa Cruz County including Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Rincon, Day Valley, Larkin Valley, Soquel and Aptos Hills
Comprehensive Surgical/Medical Care
An annual exam is the most effective preventative measure for ensuring your pet’s health.
According to Dr. David Horne, owner of Companion Animal Hospital in Santa Cruz, almost every malady and disease that occurs in dogs and cats can be well managed if their owners would commit to bringing them in for examinations on an annual basis....
"They were really helpful and accommodating.""I thought they were very accommodating and very thorough. They were able to take me at the last minute."
"The staff is very welcoming and they didn't rush my service.""The staff was very gentle with my dog."
"Fun and trustworthy""Their service and their attention, they are helpful."
"They were very friendly and they made me feel like my pet was very safe there.""When you walk in, how comfortable you feel, I was very happy with them."
"I think that their employees are very well educated in veterinary care and no matter who I talk to, they can help me. The doctors genuinely care.""All of the employees and doctors included, they are very well educated in veterinary care and they will always get me in, no matter what."
"I like the way they treat the animals, which is most important. I have always had great satisfaction there. The animals don't get stressed. I do like them very much.""They are all very pleasant. I don't have to worry about my animals not being treated nicely. Everybody is all very, very nice to my animals. I don't have to wait very long at all."
"That they are caring""They are very caring and they go out of their way to help you out."
"They have just taken really good care of my pets and that's what it's all about.""The whole staff is really nice and I love both of the veterinarians. I have used them for 12 years."
"They're very attentive and caring. They provide good service.""They were professional and patient. We've been going to them for some time. We've always been very happy with them."
"I like them a lot. Dr. Horne and the staff are all very nice.""I've been going there for 10 years. It's Dr. Horne who keeps me coming back there. "
"They were very friendly and sweet. They gave my cats a lot of attention.""They took the time to explain everything to me and answered all of my questions."
"They are very compassionate and knowledgeable about the animals. I feel confident taking my pets to them. ""Their hours of availability are really good, so I feel I can always get my pet seen and treated if something happens. I need to go there."
"They are all very nice, friendly, and they were able to get me in fast.""The people were really nice."
"They are well trained, good care givers, and they are open on weekends.""They are convenient for me and economical. "
"I really don't want to tell other pet owners anything.""I like how they gave my dog a full check-up and answered my questions, the personal attention. "
"The staff is very nice, friendly, caring, and want the best for your pets. They really care about the animals they treat. ""Their friendliness and concern for the welfare of the animals is what I like best about going there with my pets. I highly recommend them."
"Other pet owners can feel comfortable their pet is going to get the best possible care, the best quality treatment, no matter what the seriousness of the situation happens to be. They took such good care of my dog and brought her back to health. ""They are very clear in how they explain medical issues, medical situations, and what needs to be done to rectify it. I felt like I was included in the decision and the options were fully explained and now my dog is almost totally recovered and back to normal again."
"I trust their business. They know what they are doing when it comes to treating and caring my two little dogs.""I liked that I could get an appointment right away. Whenever I need one, they can fit me in quickly."
"Dr. Horne is very reliable, compassionate, educated, and really good. He is very caring and reasonable in his prices too. ""They are willing to work with us, considering our budget and needs. I also appreciate their follow-up. They were willing to check on the kittens and how they were doing. They cared enough to follow up. "
"I buy my dog food there. They are quite convenient to just be able to run in and stock up on high quality food that my dog needs and loves too. ""I like the fact they are open 7 days a week and they always have the dog food I need to get on hand. The staff is quite friendly. It is just nice going there to get what I need when I need it. "
"I've been perfectly happy taking my pets to them there for many years. ""They are a friendly place with competent staff and the animals receive good care from them."
"We've always had really good care going there with our pets. The staff is warm and caring. We are very happy with Companion Animal Hospital.""I like and appreciate their sensitivity in the really sad situations as they are very kindly and compassionate."
"I have had two dogs. I took them to Dr. Horne who was almost crying with me when I put one of them to sleep. Everything was good.""They all love dogs. Right from the beginning, they know Oliver and gave him treats. He wagged his tail. He likes going there."
"That they treat you like you are their only customer, and they are very conscientious. They are very sweet people.""Their willingness to change their schedule to meet mine, so they have good customer service. I like the knowledge of all of the employees."
"Compassionate, caring, and Dr. Horne has helped me out tremendously throughout the years.""I like Dr. Horne, but Karen Jacks is absolutely wonderful. I have been there with some difficult situations and everyone has been wonderful. They are even open on Sundays."
"That Dr. Horne is the best diagnostician that I have ever seen in 50 years of owning pets""Dr. Horne's skill"
"They have a great staff and good doctors. It's a great place. I'd recommend them to anybody.""When my dog was real old, I asked them if they would come out to the house to put it to sleep rather than have to take it to their office. Both the doctor and the nurse came out, and I came to find out this was the first time they had done this. They are really good people and everything is clean. "
"They're good. They know what they are doing and they are friendly and easy.""We've been going to them for a long time, so I guess the familiarity is what I like best."
"I think that the quality of service and the advice are really good.""The level of knowledge, and they do a good job."
"They are very friendly, personable, and they get to know the pets really well.""It feels like a local business, neighborly, part of the community. I appreciate the 'down home' environment I get when I am there. "
"They are very good. I've never had a problem there.""They are reliable and they call you to do follow-up checks on things. They are good doctors and the location is convenient to me. "
"It's a great place to go with your pets. The people there are very sweet, loving, caring, and the animals feel comfortable too. ""It's relaxing because the animals are calm, so it's not a stressful experience. That is because the people there are so nice."
"It's like being at home because the environment is so family-oriented. It's just awesome for me and my cat. I love going there.""I am only doing this survey because I love them so much. I don't have much money, but they work with me to get the shots for my cat. They worked out a payment plan. They don't do that much, but they really were willing to help me out. "
"It's a little pricey, but I think they provide excellent services. I like their way of treating the animals so well. ""I have no complaints and it's all good in every way. "
"I go there because they take really good care of my dog.""I've been taking my dog to them and he likes them. He doesn't mind going there at all. I have to go somewhere so they work out well for both of us. "
"They have a friendly service staff and they are very professional. ""They care about your pet and you just can tell that is so, by how they are with them."
"They care, they are very attentive to the animals, and they do the very best they can even with problem animals. They are very understanding of the animal's needs and behavior. ""Dr. Horne puts the animal's welfare first. They are very responsive and patient. I've gone there for years because of their caring nature in handling and treating my pets. "
"They are very compassionate with the animals they see. You do have to know the services you want for your pet, because they try to sell you everything. Dr. Horne is just great though.""I like Dr. Horne and their nice friendly staff too."
"I have been wanting to do something very nice for them for a very long time, so this survey, I am happy to do. I want others to know that they are very efficient, warm, caring, genuinely concerned, and they have an attentive attitude toward all their pet patients.""They always have time to fit you in and say, 'We'll take care of it'. Everyday my dog and I go for a walk and their place is about a mile away. She walks there just to visit. She just wants to go see them. She knows they really care about her and she just really wants to visit them daily."
"The people who work there are very friendly. It is easy to bring an animal in, even at the last minute. ""I found that the puppy spaying prices are quite reasonable. "
"They are very knowledgeable, friendly, and compassionate toward the animals they treat.""The way they treat the animals is what I like best about them. There is genuine warmth and compassion shown and the animals seem to love them back too. "
"Dr. Horne is a miracle worker. I have been going to them for 20 years. ""You can get Immediate care if you have an emergency. I've had three cats and one dog over the years. They lived longer, healthier lives because of Companion Animal Hospital. "
"They are efficient, they offer great, convenient hours seven days a week, and they are friendly, knowledgeable, and caring.""I appreciate the consistent good service my pets have received over the past 20 years. "
"They are very compassionate, very understanding, and very sweet people. ""They offered a service I couldn't get where I live."
"They're good and wonderful, but they are pretty expensive. I'm considering having to go somewhere else due to the cost.""The lady doctor, whom I think is Dr. Horne's wife, is very good and I like her a lot. "
"They have the best deals and that's why I learned about them and went to them with my kitty cat.""They really cared about me and my pet cat a lot. I could tell it was genuine concern."
"We were one of their first customers when they first opened over 30 years ago. We've had two dogs. One lived 14 years and now we have one 12 years old. We've always been just thrilled with their attention and compassion given to our dogs.""We're just really happy with everything about them, their compassion and checking up on our pets later on. I have the comfort knowing they are there for you and your pet, time and time again. We just love all of them. "
"My wife and I are very satisfied with them as our pets' vet. We've experienced no problems with them over the years at all.""The best part is the convenience and their seven days a week opening hours, so if anything happens, we're covered."
"They really consider the personality, the needs, the individual animal, and they do everything possible to make it easy and stress free for the pet. I own a cat and she sometimes scratches and bites and they are just so good and patient with her.""I feel there is a lot of integrity in their care and treatment of the animals brought there. I just feel my cat is having the best access to medical care."
"They are very knowledgeable, offer convenient hours, and they are close to where I live. ""They are very gentle with my pet cats and they take the extra time to tell you about products and discounts too."
"They are pleasant and they seem to care. The pets like them too and they are professional. ""They are convenient and open seven days a week. For me, the location is terrific, so that my pet doesn't have to be in the car too long."
"I think they are very courteous and a good place to take my dog when he needs medical care.""The gals up front are always courteous, nice, and friendly. It's always a pleasant experience going there."
"I have a little kitty cat and they are kind and very thorough. I felt confident taking my cat to them. ""They are very personable, down-to-earth, practical, efficient, professional, and very kind to all the pets from what I could see. Even their substitute doctors are excellent. I guess that is how and why they are able to be open seven days a week. I feel good about going there at any time knowing I'll get excellent care for my pet."
"My dog is 14 years old and I've spent close to $15,000 on my dog's care over the years there. They've always been wonderful, sociable, and they've always taken a personal interest in my dog and me. Now I am unemployed and down to my last $200. They wouldn't even see my dog at all. They were not willing to work with me at all on payments. I could not believe how my dog and I were treated now that I have no money and no job. Up until this last visit, I would have given a '10' across the board. I am still in shock over how badly I was treated. ""They have always been really nice. I always felt they cared and I was totally confident in their abilities. They were personable, friendly, helpful, pleasant in every way to me and to my dog. "
"I would tell other pet owners that their service is good and you wouldn't regret it. ""They are friendly to people and pets alike. My cat is very old and they took good care of her. "
"It was a warm and friendly place. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. I took my dog there and it was just a good experience for both of us.""They advertised, and so I had a discount and that worked towards my service. They went over everything and told me how much I would expect to pay and they followed up later. I feel I received very personalized attention because they were just very helpful."
"I have a cat and a dog. I have found them to be very nice people who provide great service. ""I like that they are always so sweet to my pets and to all the animals brought in there too."
"They are very caring and very professional in all respects at Companion Animal Hospital. ""They take good care of our pets and they like them. We like that they like our pets so much."
"At Companion Animal Hospital, people can get excellent service for their pets at a very reasonable price.""The people who work there are without exception, wonderful people to me and my cats. I give them my applause. For them, I will do this survey. I feel they provide excellent care."
"They are good.""They are close, convenient, and I have used them for a few years."
"First of all, they are very accommodating and they were easy to get an appointment with. They know my dog by name. I really know what to expect when I go in there. They are really easy to understand.""I think the ease of use. They are really easy to work with."
"I trust them and it's a good place to go.""They're always friendly. I've been going there for over two decades."
"They seemed very caring and considerate to both the animals and the people.""Besides the friendliness and concern, that is about all. They are just good and you don't have to wait long for appointments."
"Please use Companion Animal Hospital.""The staff is very friendly and professional."
"I would not give a bad recommendation.""It is close to my house."
"They really do care about your pet. I really feel my pet is safe in their hands and feel comfortable about going there.""They work with you to help you do the pet care that needs to be done and they are very concerned about the pet's welfare. "
"They were very caring and very competent.""The way they took care of our dog, they really cared."
"They are very qualified and a good local care provider.""They are very straightforward and give you options and good advise when you have to make hard decisions."
"They provide expert care and they are available on weekends, which is a big help for me because of my schedule.""When you walk in the door, you feel welcome. They remember my cat and they remember me."
"They treated me and my pet very nicely and gave good information. ""They were prompt in seeing us for our appointment and the staff is very friendly. They were really nice to my dog too. "
"The veterinarians and the staff are very committed to forming and having a relationship with each individual animal that is their patient. ""We've been going to them for years. We trust them. They are competent, organized, and are very caring toward the welfare of their animal patients. "
"They're open on Sunday. I had to take my cat there in an emergency, but they didn't charge an emergency fee. ""They are very available, friendly, and affordable. I feel very secure about taking my kitty to them. "
"They offer good service and the doctors are knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring.""Everyone on the staff is pet oriented, friendly, qualified, and professional. Everything has been really good, going to them. My pets are fine by them."
"They are very compassionate. They are a good place to take your pets because they care about the animals.""I like Dr. Horne. They talk to you at Companion Animal Hospital and explain what is going on, what needs to be done and why. "
"I would recommend them.""They are friendly and it is convenient."
"They are very friendly.""The overall experience was fine. I have no complaints."
"He came out to me to put my dog to sleep on a Sunday. I really appreciated that. He will go out of his way and come out on the weekends.""I liked the fact that he was available and he did a good job. My animal didn't suffer at all."
"I have recommended them. They are very good. The only thing is that they really push things to sell, like dental services, removing tar, things they think should get done, which was outrageous. I just felt a little pushed I guess. I'm very satisfied other than that. ""Dr. Horne is what I like best. He's just very good with the animals and the animals love him. "
"They get personally involved with your pets and treat them like their own. ""They are professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and very caring. We like how they treat our pets when we take them there for medical care. "
"I've been going to them for a million years. They are very thorough and the staff is friendly and helpful.""Their quality of service and caring attitude can't be beat in terms of customer service. "
"It's like a family atmosphere, as it is very homey, friendly, and they are caring to your animals.""I like that they will call up to see how our animals are doing. I really like their caring nature, attitude, and concern for the welfare of the animals."
"I'm satisfied taking my cats there as the people there are polite, considerate, and responsive.""They have been able to help my cats and seem to care a lot and take time to talk to you. "
"I am confident in taking my pet there. I am also very satisfied with how they are in every way. ""They are very nice, very understanding, and kind. They are bendable and not set in their ways. Sometimes my dog is a little difficult and they are so good with my dog about that and calm him down."
"They follow through on their medical cases and you can usually get in there for an appointment without having to wait too long. ""They know you, so it's personal. They know your pets too and seem to really care about them. I have a dog and he likes them. "
"That is where I take my pets.""When I picked them, they had the best puppy package. They have really flexible hours. I have been with them for about 8 years."
"Convenience of the location""The front office, they were really easy to work with."
"They have a really friendly front staff.""Probably their staff including the veterinarians, I think that they are priced well for the area. I think that they're a good vet."
"They did a good job helping out my dog, keeping him calm when they were treating him, and that impressed me.""I liked best how they were able to keep my dog calm and comfortable, when it was an ordeal what they had to do on him."
"I have cats. Companion Animal Hospital is convenient to where I live. ""Dr. Horne is very good. I feel the quality of medical care there is quite competent."
"I would recommend them. They are convenient to where I live.""They act like they truly care for the pets. They are competent with a friendly staff and they speak Spanish with me, which is nice too."
"They are very caring people at this animal hospital, so I feel my pets are well cared for.""I like that their staff is very friendly. They will keep your pet overnight, that my pets are not traumatized. "
"I don't know.""They are open seven days a week."
"I thought the people were very friendly and helpful.""It is close to where I live."
"They were fine. I really don't have a strong opinion in either way. I don't have anything to compare.""They already had the records for the animal, which is what I was needing."
"We've had a good experience with them.""Their staff is friendly, attentive, and they provide good customer service."
"They are friendly and quite accommodating with scheduling appointments convenient to our timeframe. ""My pets don't seem to mind going there at all and this is because the staff is so friendly and the pets enjoy the love and attention. "
"They are open seven days a week and that makes it so convenient for me, so I can go there on a Saturday.""Their prices aren't too bad and the convenience factor with scheduling is what I like the best."
"It's a good place to go to take care of everything you need for a new puppy.""They are all very caring, friendly, and thorough."
"Their prices are pretty high, but they are so convenient to where I live. Somehow I always feel I'm getting ripped off when I go there though. Despite the convenience, I am considering looking around for another veterinarian who is not as expensive. ""I do like that they are so nearby, open all the time, totally accessible, and they take good care of my pets and have everything they need."
"I have a dog and they take care of it when it is sick or hurt. ""They don't charge me too much and that is good because I don't have much money."
"I would tell them that people need to be glad they are there. ""I like best all the hours they are open for business, their availability seven days a week for my three dogs and my cats too. Their front office is great, the doctors are good, the patient care is good, the techs are good, and their response in emergency medicine is good. They just treat me and my pets very well."
"Companion Animal Hospital has a good reputation, convenient hours, and competitive rates, so that's why I take my dogs there.""I have dogs and I have not had any problems going there to have my dogs get proper medical care over the years."
"We use them as an emergency facility because they are open when our regular veterinarian is closed. They are open seven days a week and it is nice knowing they are there and open when you need them in an emergency. ""Our dog got into and ate mushrooms. Fearing that they were poisoned, we took her there right away and they treated her as though she had eaten something poisonous and got them out of her stomach right away. I like best that they are there for you in an emergency and can take your dog in right away."
"They are very friendly, they have very nice employees, and I feel they are competent.""I trust them with my pets. I am willing to have them stay there overnight when necessary too."
"They are fine and perform in every way that you would expect an animal hospital to be in providing services and competent care.""They have an excellent friendly staff and good service in the front office. Everyone has been very kind and understanding."
"The veterinarians are very good and the front office staff is very friendly. ""I go there because it is very convenient to where I live and open 7 days a week. I like Dr. Horne who has been very good over the years with my dog."
"I don't know what to tell people.""They have been there for years and close to where I live with my dog, so it was convenient to go there for my dog's medical care."
"I have a dog and they provide a nice environment for dogs to obtain good medical care when I take him there.""I have no problem trusting them with my dog. They do a good job at reasonable prices most of the time. "
"I thought that the veterinarians were compassionate. The receptionist was also welcoming. They gave shots to our cats that other people said that they didn't need. I understand that the vets have their perception but it would have been best if they had posed it as an option to us rather than saying that our cats had to have them.""I thought that the veterinarians were compassionate. The receptionist was also welcoming. "
"I like their service.""I like the doctor. He is very good."
"They are reasonable in their prices, conveniently located, and open on weekends. ""This is an old school veterinary practice, which incorporates all the standard, traditional standards of treatment protocols and care. They have a friendly staff, an organized front office, and they are caring with the animals and their owners too. They do very competent animal care. "
"They are close by, open seven days a week, and affordable. ""I like their location, affordability, and the nurses. The staff is really good too."
"They have very good first time customer deals. ""Their staff and the doctors are very helpful and friendly."
"They are great in every respect. Their staff is good, friendly, competent, and they offer good medical care too. My cat ran into probably a unique or exotic problem and they ran through a lot of tests and before I knew it, I had run up a $1,200 bill. I just had to call it quits as I could not continue to pay any more without taking my cat somewhere else. Maybe this is just a fluke, but I was willing to use them again and again up to a certain threshold. I like that they are still there, have my cat's history, and they are open for emergencies. I am open to returning there in an emergency.""I have a cat and I enjoyed going there with her. She always received excellent care."
"The doctor seemed to know what he was doing.""The doctor seemed very knowledgeable."
"It is pretty easy to get an appointment.""It is pretty easy to get an appointment. They do everything I ask."
"I'm not sure that I would say anything to others. We used them once.""They were very friendly."
"I've been in there once because my daughter is the one that takes my cat there regularly for me. They are just fine, but expensive. ""When I took my cat in there they were very polite, nice, and friendly. I was satisfied with their services."
"They are okay, but I don't go there anymore.""The staff is very nice."
"I wouldn't steer people away from them, but it wasn't good for me.""I don't know, not much."
"If I find a better place, I will tell them to go someplace else. I am not too happy with their service.""They are pleasant people. Dr. Horne is a super nice individual and the gal at the counter is super nice. They are great people and they are looking out for the interests of the dog. Their staff is super friendly, professional, clean, and thorough."
"The doctor was a good surgeon and did a good job. I liked the tech and the office staff. The only thing I would say is to call and make certain they are ready for you before you go.""I was happy with the first visit and the surgery. The person who scheduled me for the surgery was efficient and they got the surgery done the same day. Everything went very smoothly with the surgery and the appointment the first day. The charge came in at what we thought and he did a good job on his teeth. The pet seemed fine and we were happy. The tech who took the sutures out was fine."
"I will continue to go to them because they have my dog's history and they are very nice to my dog. My dog likes them. But they are overly pricey and not consistent in their pricing. While the staff and nurses are very friendly, it is the doctors who do things to pad the bill and push extra services. ""They are competent, very friendly, convenient to where I live and available being open seven days a week. "
"When you go in, be cautious of their propensity to suggest tests, products, and additional services. ""They were open on Sundays. "
"Don't take your pets there. ""I did not like anything about them."