We understand the important role your pet plays in your life

a full-service veterinary hospital


From the moment you step in our beautifully designed lobby with vibrant happy colors, you know you are about to experience a different level of veterinary care. Our clients receive a warm welcome from our friendly staff and your pet receives the highest quality veterinary care in a modern hospital. The best part is, you don’t have to wait for a few days to make an appointment or spend a great deal of money to receive a VIP quality service.

Purple Paws Pet Clinic is an AAHA-accredited hospital. AAHA-accredited hospitals are Champions for Excellent Care. They hold themselves to a higher standard. AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Practices are accredited based on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine - from pain management and patient care to team training and medical record keeping - and are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession.

Today, only 15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation.

Our Team


Dr. Elizabeth McCalley, DVM

Dr. Liz McCalley was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up near Dallas, TX. She graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2015 from Texas A&M University.  

Dr. McCalley began her career as a small animal veterinarian in Austin, TX at the Banfield Mueller hospital. She relocated to San Diego in 2017 and, after her tenure with Banfield San Diego, she took over as the medical director of Purple Paws Pet Clinic. Dr. McCalley quickly helped the practice to become AAHA accredited, a standard of veterinary excellence. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. McCalley loves Coronado because of the people, weather, and the pet-friendly atmosphere it provides. Her personal interests include scuba diving, running, hiking, traveling the world, and playing with her best friend Radar, a rescued Chihuahua Beagle mix. 


Dr. Nel Chu

Dr. Nel Chu obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of California in Irvine and her Doctor of Veterinary medicine in 2010 from Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles. Dr. Chu believes sometimes the best care for patients may include a combination of Eastern and Western (integrative) medicine. She is a practicing veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine taught by the Chi Institute. In addition, she has experience in using stem cell therapy as a less invasive approach to surgery. In her spare time, she likes to practice yoga, reiki, hike, paint, travel and spend time with her 3 dogs: Peony, Api, and Brahma and one feral cat, Linus, and betta fish, Gyan.


Dr. William Withers, DVM

Dr. Tim Withers obtained his Doctor of Vetrinary Medicine in 1990 from Auburn University. He has over 28 years of experience as a Small Animal Veterinarian.  Dr. Withers enjoys helping pets and their owners to get the best veterinary health care possible, combining three decades of experience with modern, science-based evidence, compassion and common sense medicine & surgery.  He lives with his 8-year-old brindle Boxer dog, Stella, and enjoys traveling, cooking and watching Stella run the great dog beaches of San Diego county. He was born in a small town in Kentucky.

providing the highest quality veterinary services



We pride ourselves in our customer service and providing the highest quality veterinary services to our clients in Coronado. We treat dogs, cats, birds and exotic animals (pocket pets, reptiles)

  • Surgical
  • Dentistry
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Ultrasound  
  • Wellness care 
  • Boarding and daycare
  • Grooming services
  • Complimentary pet pick up and drop off
  • House call

Wellness Plans

Preventive care is the best way to decrease the risks of future illness. Our comprehensive and affordable preventive care solutions keep your pet as healthy as possible throughout your pet’s life. We offer semi-annual preventive care physical exams and we will work closely with you to create a wellness plan that is best suited for you and your pet. We offer tiered plans with options to best match your pet’s needs. Every plan includes preventive care :

  • Two preventive care exams per year
  • All required vaccines
  • Screening lab work
  • Discount on prescription parasite medications
  • Convenient drop off

Wellness Exams

Semi annual preventive care exams are the best way to catch illness early and have the best possible outcome. This is especially important for pets since they cannot tell us when something does not feel right and instinctually hide their symptoms. These visits include a comprehensive physical exam, discussion of lifestyle risks (feeding, environmental, breed specific), and recommendations tailored to your individual pet’s needs. We also offer wellness plans to incorporate the most common recommendations at a discounted price.



Dental disease is the most common problem diagnosed in pets and is completely preventable. Untreated disease causes pain, tooth loss, infection, bad breath, and increased risk for damage to internal organs.

We evaluate your pet’s teeth and oral health at every visit. There are several home hygiene options we can recommend to keep you and your pet happy. When needed, we offer comprehensive oral health and treatment services including:

  • Dental radiographs to examine tooth roots below the gum line
  • Extractions
  • Bone grafting
  • Periodontal pocketing and root planning intervention



Purple Paws Pet Clinic offers a state-of-the-art surgical suite and perform a variety of surgical procedures:

  • Spay (ovariohysterectomy)
  • Neuter (castration) 
  • Ear hematoma repair
  • Mass removal
  • Limb amputation
  • Intestinal surgery to obtain biopsies or remove foreign material
  • Laceration and bite wound repair
  • Bladder stone removal (cystotomy) 
  • Spleen removal (splenectomy)
  • Exploratory abdominal surgery with organ biopsy

All surgery and anesthetic patients have risk-based blood work performed in advance to evaluate organ function and minimize risk. Patients have continuous monitoring with vital sign monitors and experienced nursing staff throughout their procedures and recovery 


House Calls

We offer both home-to-hospital and house call veterinary services in Coronado. Please contact us to discuss these services and arrangements available to meet your specific request.



We maintain a well-stocked in house pharmacy for your convenience.  Having medications available right away means we can show you how to administer the first dose during your visit and have your pet feeling better sooner.  For refills, we have an online pharmacy where medications and therapeutic diets can ship directly to your home within a few days.  Because our online pharmacy does not source from unreliable third party channels as many do, you can be confident in the quality and safe handling of the products.

Online Pharmacy


We offer both routine bathing and medicated skin treatments to all patients seen within the past year.  Let us take care of these time consuming and messy tasks and leave yourself and your bathroom clean and dry.  For pets that don’t appreciate spa treatments, we offer sedation under doctor supervision.



We offer boarding for both cats and dogs for all patients seen within the past year.  Have confidence leaving your pets close to home knowing that doctors are here every day and available should any health needs arise.  If your pet receives routine medications or treatments, we have skilled staff members that are familiar with these products and administration.  We are available to provide daily updates via phone or email and can even send photos to assure you that your pet is having fun on vacation too.

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Please call us at (619) 996-3335 for an appointment.

Purple Paws Pet Clinic

817 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118


Importance of Regular Dental Clean for Your Pet's Health

Bad breath in a dog or cat is more than just unpleasant, it can also be a sign of serious dental or periodontal disease.  By the time they are 3-5 years old, 60-70% of dogs and cats have some degree of tartar, plaque buildup, or periodontal disease (inflammation of the gums and the structures which support the teeth.