Calabasas Veterinary Ctr

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"We're Here for Your Pet"
  • 22291 Mulholland Hwy

    Calabasas, CA 91302

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  • 818-222-2219

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I am no Veterinary conoisseur but I have been to my fair share over the years. I had my pet spayded last week and I was thoroughly impressed with my care and my little dog Sprinkles. I was very nervous as I am sure most people are but I felt very relieved after having the exam 2 days before the actual surgery. Like everyone I was nervous to put my little guy under but I'll tell you this, when I picked her up I barely knew she had surgery. She was given pain medication of which I am not sure what but whatever it was it sure worked. The girl at the front desk was very nice too, whoever she was, thanks !!! cannot remember her name. Anyway, I highly recommend this vet to anyone in the community.

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I am no Veterinary conoisseur but I have been to my fair share over the years. I had my pet spayded last week and I was thoroughly impressed with my care and my little dog Sprinkles. I was very nervous as I am sure most people are but I felt very relieved after having the exam 2 days before the actual surgery. Like everyone I was nervous to put my little guy under but I'll tell you this, when I picked her up I barely knew she had surgery. She was given pain medication of which I am not sure what but whatever it was it sure worked. The girl at the front desk was very nice too, whoever she was, thanks !!! cannot remember her name. Anyway, I highly recommend this vet to anyone in the community.

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I have been taking my pets to Dr. Isaacs and Dr. Mackinnon for 10 years. Two dogs, two cats, and they are doing great. They've had their health challenges, and each and every time they are RIGHT ON with their diagnosis and treatments. We treat our pets as members of our family, and, I think the level of professionalism, thoroughness, combined with compassion is just the best anywhere, hands down. We spend every summer in Delaware, and the pets go with us. Our veterinarian in Delaware has consulted with Dr. Isaacs about our pet's care from across the country, and, I hear she actually called him about a difficult ultrasound case on an entirely different pet because she respects his opinion so much.

Highly recommended.

Highs: Clean, professional, caring, amazing doctors, great staff. They have team spirit there. Great location. I often get my shopping done at Gelson's while they are working on my pets.

Lows: Sometimes parking is a bit of a hassle, but, since there is a market there, spaces open up pretty fast.

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★★★★★

I have been taking my pets to Dr. Isaacs and Dr. Mackinnon for 10 years. Two dogs, two cats, and they are doing great. They've had their health challenges, and each and every time they are RIGHT ON with their diagnosis and treatments. We treat our pets as members of our family, and, I think the level of professionalism, thoroughness, combined with compassion is just the best anywhere, hands down. We spend every summer in Delaware, and the pets go with us. Our veterinarian in Delaware has consulted with Dr. Isaacs about our pet's care from across the country, and, I hear she actually called him about a difficult ultrasound case on an entirely different pet because she respects his opinion so much.

Highly recommended.

Highs: Clean, professional, caring, amazing doctors, great staff. They have team spirit there. Great location. I often get my shopping done at Gelson's while they are working on my pets.

Lows: Sometimes parking is a bit of a hassle, but, since there is a market there, spaces open up pretty fast.

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I just drove my dead dog Sam to the pet cementary in Calabasas. This was a dog that I had for thirteen years and that I raised from a puppy that fit inside the palm of my hand. I did everything possible to care and protect her hoping that when she had to go it would be due to old age.

Instead my dog has died as a result of what now seems to be unnecessary surgery performed by Dr. JAMES ISAACS at this clinic. We took Sam two weeks ago in Nov. 2009 to have her examined for a tumor that
was growing on the side of her mouth. Dr. ISAACS visually diagnosed it as a cancerous tumor and indicated that it needed to be surgically removed immediately so an appointment was made for the following week. Sam was being medicated for a heart condition and due to the risk that she could not handle the anesthesia Dr. ISAACS stated that Sam would have to be given valium for sedation.

The thought of my pet being subjected to surgery without anesthesia was hard to accept, but the tumor was small about 7mm in diameter so I assumed that the surgery would require a minor incision and removal.

Instead I was shocked to see my dog returned to me with a massive inch and a half cut through the side of her mouth. Worse yet, that is when we were told at the clinic the tissue from the tumor had been sent out for testing to see if it was malignant. This raised the question as to why was this testing not done prior to surgery. If Dr. ISAACS did not know the tumor was malignant, then what was the urgency?

At first I thought she was weakened by the surgery as she would no longer walk and seemed to have no appetite. Two days later on Nov. 7, she refused her favorite treat in the afternoon and an hour later Sam died, obviously from complications arising out of the surgery. I have not able to been able to forgive myself for permitting my dog to be operated and have her mouth cut open without anesthesia, a surgery that would traumatise a human being, so imagine a small older animal awake while being cut open by strangers. I believe that the trauma ultimately killed her.

On Nov. 9th, 2009 I called Dr. ISAACS and pointedly asked "if you did not know that the tumor was malignant why was the surgery so urgently necessary. In a voice full of arrogance at being questioned he said "NO....she had a tumor and ultimately it had to be removed". So when I asked "but what was the urgency for the surgery that killed my dog & why was the biopsy to find out if the tumor was malignant not done BEFORE the surgery?" his reply was "I don't like the tone of your voice and this conversation is over."

In the absence of an intelligent medical explanation and his evasiveness I could only conclude that my dog was subjected to an unnecessary operation and surgically tormented solely for the purpose of running up a bill.

It was an old dog that did not deserve to be cut open and suffer at that age without knowing exactly what was wrong.

Update November 10, 2009: Today I received a copy of the pathology report on the tissue culture from Sam. The "tumor" was not malignant, the report is not conclusive on what Sam had, and it raises the possibility that it could have been nothing more than an inflamed insect bite. When I asked Dr. ISAACS if he would still have operated on my dog if he had known this before he said YES.

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I just drove my dead dog Sam to the pet cementary in Calabasas. This was a dog that I had for thirteen years and that I raised from a puppy that fit inside the palm of my hand. I did everything possible to care and protect her hoping that when she had to go it would be due to old age.

Instead my dog has died as a result of what now seems to be unnecessary surgery performed by Dr. JAMES ISAACS at this clinic. We took Sam two weeks ago in Nov. 2009 to have her examined for a tumor that
was growing on the side of her mouth. Dr. ISAACS visually diagnosed it as a cancerous tumor and indicated that it needed to be surgically removed immediately so an appointment was made for the following week. Sam was being medicated for a heart condition and due to the risk that she could not handle the anesthesia Dr. ISAACS stated that Sam would have to be given valium for sedation.

The thought of my pet being subjected to surgery without anesthesia was hard to accept, but the tumor was small about 7mm in diameter so I assumed that the surgery would require a minor incision and removal.

Instead I was shocked to see my dog returned to me with a massive inch and a half cut through the side of her mouth. Worse yet, that is when we were told at the clinic the tissue from the tumor had been sent out for testing to see if it was malignant. This raised the question as to why was this testing not done prior to surgery. If Dr. ISAACS did not know the tumor was malignant, then what was the urgency?

At first I thought she was weakened by the surgery as she would no longer walk and seemed to have no appetite. Two days later on Nov. 7, she refused her favorite treat in the afternoon and an hour later Sam died, obviously from complications arising out of the surgery. I have not able to been able to forgive myself for permitting my dog to be operated and have her mouth cut open without anesthesia, a surgery that would traumatise a human being, so imagine a small older animal awake while being cut open by strangers. I believe that the trauma ultimately killed her.

On Nov. 9th, 2009 I called Dr. ISAACS and pointedly asked "if you did not know that the tumor was malignant why was the surgery so urgently necessary. In a voice full of arrogance at being questioned he said "NO....she had a tumor and ultimately it had to be removed". So when I asked "but what was the urgency for the surgery that killed my dog & why was the biopsy to find out if the tumor was malignant not done BEFORE the surgery?" his reply was "I don't like the tone of your voice and this conversation is over."

In the absence of an intelligent medical explanation and his evasiveness I could only conclude that my dog was subjected to an unnecessary operation and surgically tormented solely for the purpose of running up a bill.

It was an old dog that did not deserve to be cut open and suffer at that age without knowing exactly what was wrong.

Update November 10, 2009: Today I received a copy of the pathology report on the tissue culture from Sam. The "tumor" was not malignant, the report is not conclusive on what Sam had, and it raises the possibility that it could have been nothing more than an inflamed insect bite. When I asked Dr. ISAACS if he would still have operated on my dog if he had known this before he said YES.

Pros: none

Cons: If your animal dies under their care don't try to complain

 

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