A few months ago I was facing expensive diagnostics for my dog. My own vet at a very expensive animal hospital whispered that I should go to Pearson Animal Hospital, which was the second such reference I'd heard in less than a month. So I went to Pearson, where the diagnostics were performed at a fraction (about 1/4) of the cost originally quoted at my expensive vet's office. As a result of the savings I was able to request more diagnostics for my own personal peace of mind. But Pearson's diagnosis was correct from the beginning. Since then I have come to love Pearson Animal Hospital. I consider myself a refugee from a high-priced up-selling veterinary clinic in Encinitas. I grew tired of walking out of a vet's office spending $400 for nothing. At Pearson I go in at my convenience (no worrying about being early or late for an appointment), and I get my questions answered. I know by now that she doesn't recommend diagnostics unless she NEEDS them to make a diagnosis. (Doctors don't have a magic crystal ball and they do sometimes need diagnostics.) At Pearson, there's no upselling, no unnecessary diagnostics, no fake fawning over my pet. Other animal hospitals in Encinitas spend half your time fawning over your pet with a lot of fake love that turns a 15 minute inquiry into an exhausting 45 minute appointment. Well you are paying for all that fake love. Every minute of it. Pearson Animal Hospital is a HOSPITAL and it feels like that- not a hotel. If you need concise MEDICAL care, this is the place to go. If you want a warm hug, flattery and lots of upselling, you're welcome to pay four times as much at any of a dozen clinics in Encinitas who are more than happy to charge you hundreds of dollars extra for it. I have owned literally dozens of animals (from hedgehogs to horses) over the last 50 years and I can tell you that it doesn't get better than this. If you can't afford Pearsons Animal Hospital then you can't afford an animal. I recommend this place to everyone now. If you're a novice pet owner, make that clear; and if you need more advice, ask for it.