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Practice of the Year Nominee 2018

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We are located in beautiful 4S Ranch and have been serving the community since 2007. It is our mission to treat each and every patient in our hospital with care and compassion, as if they were our own. Our motto, "Providing individualized pet care by design," is one that each of our staff members, including Dr. Bruce L. Barnes and Dr. Daniel J. Gutman strongly support and work to uphold daily. By taking into account the individual needs of each and every patient, our goal is to design the best veterinary care necessary to keep your pet strong, happy and healthy!

16625 Dove Canyon Road, Suite #106, (858) 487-PAWS (7297)

Please visit the "About Us"tab and click "4 Paws Staff" to find out more about all of our staff.

We are excited to bring the very latest advancements in veterinary medicine to our patients which include,

  • Laser Therapy ( We offer advanced companion laser therapy. Applications include arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia, general pain management, post-surgery pain, hot spots, lick granulomas, ear infections and many more applications.)
  • Video Otoscopy The most effective way to visualize, clean and remove foreign material in your pets ears.
  • Video Rhinoscopy Gives the doctor the ability to view, biopsy and remove any foreign object from your pets nose.
  • Video Cystoscopy This procedure lets the doctor view and pass through the urethra into the bladder which allows for biopsy and possible stone removal.

We are not just a veterinary hospital we also offer Grooming and Boarding for your convenience click here to find out more!

We are proud to offer exceptional, personalized veterinary care to:

  • 4S Ranch, Del Sur, The Crosby Estates, Santa Luz, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley
  • Scripps Ranch, Poway, Black Mountain Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch
  • Santa Fe Valley, Bernardo Springs, High Country West, Camino Bernardo, Torrey Highlands
  • and surrounding areas

At 4 Paws Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

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4 Paws Animal Hospital is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We will regularly undergo inspections by AAHA to ensure that we comply with the association’s high quality standards of care. Our latest accreditation took place in February 2018 where we passed with flying colors! These standards cover nearly every aspect of our hospital including: surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, and anesthesiology. Approximately 15 percent of animal hospitals in North America are accredited by AAHA. This is a great honor to share with our clients and patients!

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Dr. Bruce Barnes
4 Paws Animal Hospital | 858-487-7297

16625 Dove Canyon Road Ste 106
San Diego, CA 92127

New patients receive $10 OFF first visit.

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Bruce L. Barnes

    Dr. Bruce L. Barnes had been practicing in the community of Ranch Bernardo for 5 years prior to working as a relief Veterinarian at over 20 hospitals in the City of San Diego. Dr. Barnes grew up in San Diego in the community of Scripps Ranch.

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  • Dr.
    Daniel J. Gutman

    Dr. Daniel J. Gutman was born just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but moved to Arizona when I was only two. I moved to San Diego in 2005 in pursuit of the ultimate goal of a DVM. I earned my bachelor’s in physiology and neuroscience at UC San Diego in 2010 and volunteered with wildlife and rescue animals in my spare time.

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  • Craig
    Veterinary Assistant

    Craig (Veterinary Assistant) Originally from Santa Cruz, CA Craig moved to the San Diego area in 1968 and has been in the veterinary field for over 17 years. Craig has a dog named 'Puggie' and a Siamese cat named 'Romeo'.

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  • Dawn
    Veterinary Assistant

    Dawn (Veterinary Assistant) Dawn has been in the veterinary field since 1992. Dawn worked for a very well respected veterinary dental specialist for over 10 years and we are excited to have access to all of her dental knowledge.

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  • Ally
    Veterinary Assistant

    Ally (Veterinary Assistant) Ally was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Sciences and minors in Animal Bioscience, Animal Nutrition, and Equine Science.

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I am so grateful for Dr. Barnes and his staff. He has cared for our family dogs for many years. He is so thorough and explains everything. I value his experience."
    Karen L. San / Diego, CA

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