Gilroy Veterinary Hospital

9565 Monterey Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020


Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services:  If your pet is sick, in pain, not feeling good, or has reproductive problems, Dr. Harrigan and Dr. Martinez and their staff will do their best to figure out the problem, relieve the pain and suffering, or help with breeding or delivery problems and questions.

  • Surgical Services:  Dr. Harrigan and Dr. Martinez have over 25 years of experience doing a wide variety of surgical procedures. 
  • Anesthesia:  We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high risk patients. Patients vital signs are monitored during all surgeries
  • Imaging Services:  We now have Digital Radiology which really helps show us the inside bone and organ structures much better!! The combination of digital radiography and ultrasound machines help us diagnose medical, surgical and reproductive problems.
  • Laboratory:  Our in-house laboratory really helps us get fast results to help diagnose problems that need immediate attention. We also send blood, urine, and tissue samples out to a commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.  


Preventive Health Care Programs: 

  • Nail Clipping:  Is it difficult for you to clip your pet's nails?  It is for most everybody!! Leave it to our staff to help
  • Pet Identification and Microchipping: A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath a pet's skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.
  • Teeth Cleaning, Polishing, Fluoride: Some dogs( especially with toy breeds) develop lots of tartar and receding gums. Gum infections and cracks in the rear teeth can lead to abcesess, pain, and tooth loss. Many dogs and cats with receding gums or abscessed teeth may be in some degree of pain. If roots are exposed or the tooth is infected, it's better to remove it! Our pets have the luxury of being served their food. They no longer have to fend for themselves. Even toothless pets can handle kibble or dry food. 



  • All Dogs and cats need a Rabies vaccine every 3 years by law
  • Parvo is a flu like disease that can cause death in young puppies. Do not take  your puppy to public school and parks areas until it has had at least 3 vaccines of Distemper-Parvo repeated at monthly intervals.
  • Bordetella is an infectious bronchitis that gets passed around wherever dogs congregate in numbers like parks, groomers, boarding, or even at the vets!! If your dog engages in any of those activities, it is wise to vaccinate.
  • Heartworm: The type of mosquito that transmits heartworm larvae live above 400-700 feet and like redwood tree stumps. The only place we have diagnosed heartworm is on El Matador Dr. off of Hecker Pass, Summit Rd on Mt Madonna, and in the Hills bordering the Santa Cruz mountains. Since we have never diagnosed heartworm disease  in Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, or Hollister we do not routinely recommend preventative monthly medication unless you live in the local "hot spots" or travel with your pet to heartworm areas.
  • Rattlesnake vaccine: Dogs that are vaccinated have much less need of critical care and anti-venom if bit that can be very costly. If you live in, or frequent a rattlesnake habitat, it is worth considering.
  • InfluenzaA huge outbreak of influenza has occurred in the last 2 months. It spreads easily and causes a severe cough. Vomiting and diarrhea can also occur. Vaccines are recommended for all dogs and especially those that come into contact with other dogs. (Grooming, dog parks, boarding)


Individualized Flea Control Programs:

  • We can help you control fleas on your pets depending on the number of pets, the number of outside cats, and the number of animals and fleas in your area.


Dietary Counseling: 

  • We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.


Behavioral Counseling: 

  • Since we all have many pets, we can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.



  • We provide pet boarding as a service to our clients. All boarders receive personal attention from our caring staff. Pets may be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours.


Emergency Care: 

  • Please call our main telephone number for instructions for after-hour emergencies or view our For Emergencies section of the website. 


End of Life Care: 

  • Loosing a family member is very hard. We offer advice and end of life counsel. Sedation reduces anxiety in the ailing pet and makes it a bit easier. Urns and private cremation is available.




  • Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted. We use "Home Again" microchip system, which is recognized nationwide.