California Animal Hospital, Veterinary Specialty Group

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  • 1736 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite C

    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  • 310-479-3336

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THESE PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING. Took my sick pet to them and they deceived me by telling me my pet "might make it" when they knew all along the poor thing had a condition which was lethal. In the mean time they made me leave a $1000.00 deposit every 24 hrs and made me sigh a paper that they could charge as much as they wanted and could do whatever they deemed necessary and charge for it. Basically, their residents (trainees) killed my PET and refused to let me see his dead body until I paid $2200.00 (total $4000.00 for 2 days) PET KILLING CROOKS! BEWARE, DON'T TAKE YOUR POOR PET HERE!

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THESE PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING. Took my sick pet to them and they deceived me by telling me my pet "might make it" when they knew all along the poor thing had a condition which was lethal. In the mean time they made me leave a $1000.00 deposit every 24 hrs and made me sigh a paper that they could charge as much as they wanted and could do whatever they deemed necessary and charge for it. Basically, their residents (trainees) killed my PET and refused to let me see his dead body until I paid $2200.00 (total $4000.00 for 2 days) PET KILLING CROOKS! BEWARE, DON'T TAKE YOUR POOR PET HERE!

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Dr. Ettinger needs to trade in his lousy bedside manner and not just focus on honing his skills in the latest medical news. Sadly, the practice of medicine, whether to treat humans or pets, is not confined to the diagnoses and applications of treatments, innovative or otherwise. Our vet referred us to California Animal Hospital and Dr. Ettinger specifically, who our vet said was an expert in treating epileptic conditions (incidentally, our vet stopped referring any of his future clients to him). Our first and last experience with Dr. Ettinger was tainted by the ho-hum response he proposed for our dog whose condition was growing in frequency from one seizure every 2-3 months to once a month. My husband and I with our very nervous dog, arrived on time for our appt. but were kept waiting in a small overcrowded waiting room for almost 1 1/2 hrs until we were seen. Dr. Ettinger, apparently suffering from lack of interest in anything the client had to say, hastily rendered his diagnosis and 3 treatment alternatives: 1) neuter the dog (when asked if there was viable medical proof of it helping he became defensive, then shrugged saying it was "negligible"); 2) use a relatively new medical treatment using potassium bromide; and, 3) "you can put him down." Shocked into accepting the 1st or 2nd alternative, we opted for the potassium bromide. He abruptly got up, told me to "call each time the dog has a seizure" and left the exam room. By the way, I specifically told him that the dog had been having loose stools/diarrhea for nearly a year, but this doctor never once mentioned anything about nutrition; he said the food we were giving him was "fine." Four weeks into the treatment, I called and left four messages for the good doctor - the seizures were now coming weekly, instead once a month as when we first brought him in. I told our vet how angry I was because Dr. Ettinger never called us back; one of his colleagues would call instead and offer words of sympathy and to 'stay the course' or some such advice. Our own vet spoke with him and was told that "she calls all the time and leaves messages!" Damn straight because those were HIS instructions; not mine. Long story short, we found a great holistic vet (dvm) - yeah, believe it or not - who immediately asked about the dog's diet, changed his food and stopped the diarrhea within 2-3 days! He also started him on a treatment regimen that spread out the seizures from once a week to once a month, then once every three months... No, the seizures didn't stop; but the frequency and intensity lessened. We were given another 1 1/2 yrs of love and joy with our sweet boy. (The holistic vet is Dr. Marc Bittan in WLA).

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Dr. Ettinger needs to trade in his lousy bedside manner and not just focus on honing his skills in the latest medical news. Sadly, the practice of medicine, whether to treat humans or pets, is not confined to the diagnoses and applications of treatments, innovative or otherwise. Our vet referred us to California Animal Hospital and Dr. Ettinger specifically, who our vet said was an expert in treating epileptic conditions (incidentally, our vet stopped referring any of his future clients to him). Our first and last experience with Dr. Ettinger was tainted by the ho-hum response he proposed for our dog whose condition was growing in frequency from one seizure every 2-3 months to once a month. My husband and I with our very nervous dog, arrived on time for our appt. but were kept waiting in a small overcrowded waiting room for almost 1 1/2 hrs until we were seen. Dr. Ettinger, apparently suffering from lack of interest in anything the client had to say, hastily rendered his diagnosis and 3 treatment alternatives: 1) neuter the dog (when asked if there was viable medical proof of it helping he became defensive, then shrugged saying it was "negligible"); 2) use a relatively new medical treatment using potassium bromide; and, 3) "you can put him down." Shocked into accepting the 1st or 2nd alternative, we opted for the potassium bromide. He abruptly got up, told me to "call each time the dog has a seizure" and left the exam room. By the way, I specifically told him that the dog had been having loose stools/diarrhea for nearly a year, but this doctor never once mentioned anything about nutrition; he said the food we were giving him was "fine." Four weeks into the treatment, I called and left four messages for the good doctor - the seizures were now coming weekly, instead once a month as when we first brought him in. I told our vet how angry I was because Dr. Ettinger never called us back; one of his colleagues would call instead and offer words of sympathy and to 'stay the course' or some such advice. Our own vet spoke with him and was told that "she calls all the time and leaves messages!" Damn straight because those were HIS instructions; not mine. Long story short, we found a great holistic vet (dvm) - yeah, believe it or not - who immediately asked about the dog's diet, changed his food and stopped the diarrhea within 2-3 days! He also started him on a treatment regimen that spread out the seizures from once a week to once a month, then once every three months... No, the seizures didn't stop; but the frequency and intensity lessened. We were given another 1 1/2 yrs of love and joy with our sweet boy. (The holistic vet is Dr. Marc Bittan in WLA).

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The Veterinary Specialty Group at California Animal Hospital is a referral practice which specializes in intensive care for cardiology, dentistry, surgery and other advanced disciplines of veterinary medicine. Founding principal Stephen Ettinger, DVM literally wrote the book on modern veterinary practice and is known world wide for his work in cardiology and internal medicine. Kirstie Barrett, DVM is an eminent ACVIM diplomate cardiologist and general practitioner, Benoit Charette, DVM is a highly regarded ACVS diplomate surgeon and Anson Tsugawa, VMD specializes in dentistry. Many other fine veterinarians of excellent education, board certification and ability are in residence here. If you love your pet as much as I loved mine, and demand the absolute finest in care, you must explore the possibilities available at this practice, offering successful medical treatment for ailments that not long ago were considered untreatable. My beloved Cocker Spaniel, Buster, lived more than two and a half years after he was given up on for a cardiac ailment through medicinal therapy and implantation of a pacemaker, and later survived a baffling autoimmune disease, all thanks to the expertise of Dr. Barrett and her associates. They also treated him with chemotherapy for canine lymphoma with initial success, but Buster was lost to a sudden, inexplicable relapse. The treatment was cutting edge and the hospital care was the finest available. The staff are knowledgeable, compassionate and efficient. Do note that this isn't "low cost" care, but, when the level of expertise and care are considered, costs are very reasonable. The office is very busy, so don't expect appointments to be always on time, but the wait will be well worth yours and your loved one's time. VSG at California Animal Hospital also provides 24/7 emergency treatment and hospital intake through Suite B without referral, so valuable time in getting needed care for a seriously ill pet is not lost. If your dog or cat has a problem beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian's practice, by all means ask for a referral to the Veterinary Specialty Group at California Animal Hospital, or simply call them on 310-479-3336 for consultation and an appointment. It can add wonderful years to your time with your loved one.

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The Veterinary Specialty Group at California Animal Hospital is a referral practice which specializes in intensive care for cardiology, dentistry, surgery and other advanced disciplines of veterinary medicine. Founding principal Stephen Ettinger, DVM literally wrote the book on modern veterinary practice and is known world wide for his work in cardiology and internal medicine. Kirstie Barrett, DVM is an eminent ACVIM diplomate cardiologist and general practitioner, Benoit Charette, DVM is a highly regarded ACVS diplomate surgeon and Anson Tsugawa, VMD specializes in dentistry. Many other fine veterinarians of excellent education, board certification and ability are in residence here. If you love your pet as much as I loved mine, and demand the absolute finest in care, you must explore the possibilities available at this practice, offering successful medical treatment for ailments that not long ago were considered untreatable. My beloved Cocker Spaniel, Buster, lived more than two and a half years after he was given up on for a cardiac ailment through medicinal therapy and implantation of a pacemaker, and later survived a baffling autoimmune disease, all thanks to the expertise of Dr. Barrett and her associates. They also treated him with chemotherapy for canine lymphoma with initial success, but Buster was lost to a sudden, inexplicable relapse. The treatment was cutting edge and the hospital care was the finest available. The staff are knowledgeable, compassionate and efficient. Do note that this isn't "low cost" care, but, when the level of expertise and care are considered, costs are very reasonable. The office is very busy, so don't expect appointments to be always on time, but the wait will be well worth yours and your loved one's time. VSG at California Animal Hospital also provides 24/7 emergency treatment and hospital intake through Suite B without referral, so valuable time in getting needed care for a seriously ill pet is not lost. If your dog or cat has a problem beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian's practice, by all means ask for a referral to the Veterinary Specialty Group at California Animal Hospital, or simply call them on 310-479-3336 for consultation and an appointment. It can add wonderful years to your time with your loved one.

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