San Diego, CA
Our dog Max should be named "Hoover" because he is a vacuum, eating anything he finds on the floor. When our ??typically puppyish?? 4-year old Lab started acting lethargic and wouldn??t eat, we knew something was wrong. We took him to the office where Dr D took some x-rays. She could see he had eaten a rock, but it was already most of the way through his system. The x-ray showed a different problem with his intestines. She did surgery and found he had eaten a plastic bread tie, which had pinched his intestines shut. The surgery went well, but he needed to be on an IV and medication through the night. We explained we were on a tight budget, so rather than keep him overnight, Dr. D graciously agreed to send us home with detailed instructions, shots and an IV for Max. We brought him in the next day for a follow up visit, and he was quickly back to his playful ways. We have no doubt that Dr Darnell saved his life. Her professional manner, knowledge and genuine love of animals are why we wouldn??t trust the care of our precious dogs (we have two Labs) to anyone else in town. It??s well worth the drive from North County to her Point Loma hospital. We highly recommend her.