Ice Water Myth Debunked!

A widespread rumor claiming that ice water causes bloat in dogs has been circulating the internet for years. Fortunately, it's just that — a rumor!

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A Golden Opportunity

Got a golden retriever? Help us help them by joining the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest canine cancer study ever conducted.

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What is Brachycephalic Syndrome?

If your furry friend is one of the many breeds with a short, "pushed in" face, he/she could be at risk for a number of respiratory conditions.

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Vet Pets: Dr. Smolley

At The Drake Center, our pets are our family and we'd like you to meet them! This month, we caught up with Dr. Smolley and her two canine companions, Henry and Nico.

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Is Your Cat Hyperthyroid?

Hyperthyroidism is very common in older cats. Fortunately, this illness can be easily managed and with treatment, most cats continue to live full, healthy lives.

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Welcome to the Drake Center

For People Whose Pets are Part of the Family

At The Drake Center for Veterinary Care, we believe that pets are part of the family—yours and ours. And family deserves the very best care.

For over 20 years, we have been providing high-quality, compassionate pet care to families in North San Diego County. Our experienced doctors and staff treat each patient as their own and each client as a friend.

We combine sound medical expertise, exceptional client service and a deep passion for animals to create a veterinary care experience that is truly one of a kind.

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Named Best Veterinary Clinic in San Diego by Ranch & Coast Magazine five years in a row! 2010-2014

Committed to Excellence

We are very proud to be a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA accreditation means that our practice adheres to high standards in all areas, from quality medical care to exceptional management and facility conditions.

Testimonials

The care and service we have received at The Drake Center over the past 20 years has been the finest I could ever imagine. From the front desk to the animal techs to all the doctors, they are compassionate, knowledgeable and... Read full testimonial
-Deborah Hickson
Great staff. Wonderful docs. Great follow-up. A+++
-Julie Christian
I have been coming to The Drake Center for almost 25 years and have always received kind, loving care for my pets. Everyone is amazing! Thank you!
-Catherine Payne
All of the doctors and their entire staff are great. They are concerned, caring and truly love animals.
-Jane Stratton and Shari Barman
The Drake Center is a first-class operation. I couldn't be more pleased with the level of care and service they provide to me and my dog.
-Matt Nickels
We would like to take a minute to thank you for all the excellent care and continued fantastic customer service. We have been so impressed with every member of your very cohesive team. It is so nice to take our boys to a... Read full testimonial
-Krista and Terry Favish
The Drake Center is great. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my pets' veterinary care.
-Linda Milner
I rescued my two best friends over a year ago. We were fortunate enough to have a friend who comes to The Drake Center and recommended we do the same. This was the BEST DECISION EVER!Over the past 15 months, we’ve... Read full testimonial
-Richard Raynes
Almost five years ago, my husband, Mark, and I set out to adopt a Bichon Frise. One Bichon in particular caught our attention: Her name was “Preshus” and she was currently living with her foster family in Corona.... Read full testimonial
-Dana Maxwell
I just can't say enough great things about the staff at The Drake Center! We adopted Hayley from Rancho Coastal Humane Society in May 2012, she's about two years old and has never been boarded. We were in a bind and,... Read full testimonial
-Michelle Lewis
We have been going to The Drake Center for Veterinary Care for many years now. It is because of the "care and compassion" of all the staff that we continue to go back! We highly recommend them for treating your furry kids!
-Rick and Kim Hasay
Most excellent! I love how thorough the doctors were in communicating with Ohshi's cardiologist. It made me feel very confident that she was in "caring hands" prepared to meet her needs. She is such a special little spirit... Read full testimonial
-Amelia Lewis
Our visits to The Drake Center are always extremely pleasant. Everyone is so kind and sweet to our little Fancy, and she loves to go in and see all of you.
-Patricia and Terry Martin
As always, Dr. Moore and the staff were caring, helpful and informative. It is obvious that they love the animals they treat, and I always feel good about bringing my dogs to The Drake Center.
-Mindy Schwartz
Dr. Shotwell is very thorough and covers everything. I wouldn't go any place else.
-Dorothy Howard
Dr. Kovac is a wonderful, caring vet. We're so glad we found her!
-Jannine and Ed Taylor
Dr. Drake was excellent. She made sure I understood every aspect of caring for my puppy and took the time to answer every question. I would highly recommend The Drake Center.
-Winston Guest
Dr. Kathy Boehme is exceptional! She truly cares about my dog! She explores all options for his care and then develops a total plan for his continued healthy life.
-Jeanine LeBorgne
Every time Cubbie and I come to The Drake Center, we are greeted by so many staffers who make us feel welcome. They'll even say us by name when we walk in the door. Cubbie is a little afraid to come in at first. He even puts... Read full testimonial
-Lisa Kinka
We always have a great experience at The Drake Center. You are ALL very genuine in caring for the "parents" as well as the patients. :) I know Slate gets the most up-to-date care in a very caring and family-oriented... Read full testimonial
-Bonnie Guhl
The Drake Center's staff are amazing! Everyone is always very friendly and personable. They take great care of our pets and it feels like we are all an extended family. We will always take our pets to The Drake Center!
-Bailee Chandler
The Drake team is always warm, welcoming and detailed. They treat our pets as well as their own.
-Anne Marie Stephenson
As always, the staff were excellent. I love that everyone is so friendly. Dr. Hamlet took care of Rafi and carefully explained the procedure. I've been bringing my cats to the Drake Center since Dr. Drake purchased it.... Read full testimonial
-Joy Alderdyce
I wouldn't trust the care of my dog to anyone else. Everyone at The Drake Center is friendly, caring and professional. Dr Shotwell is amazing!
-Diane Grzywa
 I was so excited when I received the newsletter that The Drake Center was going to start doing home visits for cats. I have a large cat (14lb, 6oz!) named Gabe who does not like to be confined in his carrier. By the... Read full testimonial
-Chris and Len Giuffre
I've been bringing my beloved pets to The Drake Center for almost 20 years. All of the doctors and staff are caring, kind and very professional—I wouldn't take my babies to anyone else.
-Marcie Peters
This is a photo of our newly adopted dog, Rico. We couldn't ask for a better addition for our family and know that as long as Dr. Shotwell is his veterinarian, he will live a very long and happy life. Thank you, Drake Center!
-Brittney Chase and Brian Nemerow
Thank you for all you have done for my pets. They are better animals for having you in their lives.
-Annie Bornhurst
The veterinarians and staff at The Drake Center truly understand the significance of the relationship we share with our pets. They recognize that we consider our pets valued members of our family and they are sensitive to... Read full testimonial
-Ted, Kristina & Teddy Montag
The Drake Center doctors are highly qualified and have the compassion and humanity to also deal with their patients' human guardians, many of whom are often stressed by their pet's condition. The staff is a conscientious and... Read full testimonial
-David Scott
After moving to the Encinitas area in 2001, one of my first concerns was finding veterinary care for my pets. After dissatisfaction with a couple other veterinary offices, I ended up at The Drake Center and have been there... Read full testimonial
-G. Kirk Ellis