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"Wonderful! He is kind and gentle with all animals and forms a open connection with each one. You can trust that he an the staff will do their very best for you and your animal!"
"Dr. Pasternak is amazing. I run an animal rescue and we rescue lots of medical dogs. He has seen at least 50 dogs of ours and he always get them well. We have had dogs that other vets had said they cant help the dog due to severity of conditions and Dr. Pasternak had fixed them.
Once we had a dog that had to go under surgery 4 times with another vet due to skin infection and when we took her to Dr. Pasternak she got well. He is truly an amazing vet. My personal dog had severe allergies for 4 years. Her condition was unmanageable but since I took her to Dr. Pasternak her allergies are very minimal. His holistic approach cured my dogs allergies. She does not even need those meds and supplements anymore.
Last year we rescued a senior dog that could not walk properly and now she runs. All because of Dr. Pasternak.
He has saved so many dogs of our and gave the senior dogs a better quality of life.
I was reading some of these negative comments and it really bothered me, so I decided to write a review. Like someone complaining that he does not take walk ins between 11-2. How entitled people are? Yes he does not because that is when he does surgeries!!! So you want him to cancel scheduled surgeries to see your dog?
Or complaining that he didn't spend much time to talk with someone who brought their dog in for flea medication. What communication do you need? Your dog needed flea medication and per your comment he gave your dog flea meds and anti inflammatory shot.
We love Dr. Pasternak and his staff. He has helped us save so many dogs and healed them. Highly recommended!!!
I have attached a dog we had with severe skin condition. 3 vets denied to treat him. Dr. Pasternak cured this dog."
"Solved a problem rather than just treating symptoms. I'm very grateful to have found this Vet."
"What a spectacular experience. We just returned home from our first visit-- and we are blown away. FINALLY found our vet to solve our Luna's medical mystery-issues by employing root cause healing that utilizes the best of Eastern and Western medicine.
Dr. Pasternak was the most intelligent, direct, thorough, efficient, comprehensive, undaunted, kind and caring, resourceful, experienced leader at our exam this morning. He is hands down the holistic vet of our dreams(!)
His team was equally stunning-- Abby and Glory and Saul were all stand outs in how luminous, substantive and responsive they were. Everything was beautiful at the clinic: spotless, organized, well designed and so full of love and teamwork.
One of the other patients who heard it was our first time even came over and whispered to us-- "this is the best vet in LA!" and we would whole-heartedly concur with that assessment.
Dr. Pasternak gave us a miracle of healing this morning with Luna. Our tears of gratitude and relief upon leaving there, was a gigantic gift to feel.
Thank you to the whole team! Even Ally the free roaming sweet kitty. Luna was so relaxed there (which was our first indication of how special and different this place is) because all three of us could immediately feel that we found the light at the end of a very terrible and long, dog-distressed tunnel.
Thank God for you all. Your work truly changes and helps lives. Four and two leggeds, alike.
here is a handy breakdown of other vet realities we have seen firsthand, since adopting Luna:
a) VCA = an uncaring revolving door and overpriced, exploitative money pit
b) Boyle Heights 1st St vet = We adored Dr. Victor until he almost killed our dog with irresponsible treatment, so nope won't ever be going back there
c) Access 24 hour west LA Vet Clinic = great for an emergency, but otherwise detached and solely allopathic in approach
d) Aristide Mobile Vet = avoid avoid avoid at all costs. Horrifying experience
e) Marc at Petstaurant = brilliant and has helped us the most out of anyone
f) Modern Animal = a false illusion of any real and ethical care, but rakes in $
Until today, that is, with Dr. P!! They will be our only spot from here on out(!)"
"No words can express our gratitude. These past couple of weeks have been very difficult for our family. For the last 8 1/2 years we had our two beautiful huskies as part of our family. Sadly enough, our Jackson, went to doggie heaven last Saturday. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer recently and we lost him rapidly. Imagine our devastation when we found out that our Jill has nose cancer. We received the news on Thursday and since then we have been looking for alternatives non stop. Radiation as a treatment was recommended but we knew that said treatment was going to have various side effects that we do not want her to experience. We are so grateful that doing a google search we found dr Pasternak and his team.
-My first call this morning was answered by Glorrie and she was compassionate about our situation and recommended we go in.
-We went in and yes, there is a wait to see the doctor. If you like l, us love your pet and care for them so much, you have probably called a dozen places and know that there is a 3-4 week wait. Waiting for a couple of hours is really not that bad.
- We are amazed at how Glorrie handled the entire front desk on such a busy day - today is Saturday- she did not miss a bit.
While waiting, a couple walked in with their puppy who had been bitten, and she immediately got water for their dog and gave them the assurance that they will be helped soon.
- so here is the info about our meeting with dr Pasternak. I know a lot of you are waiting for this part, because you have read a lot of reviews about his personality. Here, I will share Jill's review of the doctor. I think her opinion counts a lot more than ours Our Jill is very sweet and kind but she also has a way of telling you she doesn't like you if she feels that she doesn't trust you. She does so by turning her back at you. As soon as the doctor started speaking, she sat in front of him and paid attention to every word that he was saying.
In the past she sat and has given her back to other vets.
-Yes, the doctor was direct and to the point and we appreciated that. But he was very kind to our Jill. We could tell she liked him. He was also very knowledgeable about our Jill's health condition. He took his time to explain every step and his recommendations.
-He recommended a raw diet, some supplements, and a couple of treatments that we have to do weekly at his clinic. He was even kind enough to show us the raw food we should start feeding our dogs. We will follow his advise because they will help our beautiful Jill's immune system.
-He did not give us false expectations either and for that we are grateful.
-Thank you Glorrie, dr Pasternak and team for what you do. We appreciate your ethical way of handling your business with pet owners who are going through difficult and sad moments."
"I've been looking for a trustworthy vet for 6+ years and I'm so happy to have found Pasternak! The staff is always nothing but pleasant to me and answers all my questions and the dogs really do come first which is such a breath of fresh air! We have tried modern animal (expensive, out of the way, and our dog never saw the same vet twice), VCA Wilshire (terribly unorganized and the staff is all miserable-l have wasted so many hours of my life on hold with these people or waiting for callback and my dogs all seem terrified of them)
Pasternak was the only place that helped me when our three dogs caught kennel Cough which developed into pneumonia and I was Able to get my dog into the office and on medication the same day I found out my pup had been exposed at doggy day care. We were also able to quarantine them with Pasternak for a few days which gave us piece of mind that they are being treated for their sickness and not endangering other dogs or spreading it back to each other. And the prices are much more affordable than VCA. if you have any questions the staff is so beyond helpful i can't say enough good things about them."
"There is truly no place I'd ever feel safer and more comfortable bringing my fur babies than Pasternak. It is a small family owned vet that truly makes you feel like family. You will enter to Rick rolling on the floor to play with your pooch and just know you're in a place full of love! Dr. Henry Pasternak has incredible natural and homeopathic remedies and herb blends that he specially creates which gives him a serious head up over other vets that just solely offer generic standardized medicine plans. Dr. Pasternak has completed countless successful and innovative surgeries for my pack and I could not be more grateful!!! They always make time to fit you in (their walk in service is really such a blessing!) and they work so hard! Could never recommend Pasternak enough!!!"
"What a fantastic experience! My cat started vomiting a few days ago. We did not have a primary vet and we brought her to one of the ER hospitals. Many hours of wait time, we never got to see the doctor because they take your pet inside and bring it back. After the visit, the cat continued to vomit in the next days. The ER place was like "bring her back but we have a 10 hours wait time"! I called so many other veterinary clinics and they were all booked up, no appointments until December or January and no way to see a doctor.
Then I found Dr. Pasternak. He does walk ins only, no appointments needed, like good old style doctors and veterinarians.
It seemed like a dream. I went there, in 20 minutes I was in my room with my beloved cat (no need to give her to some assistant), she was very relaxed. After a while the doctor came, I held my beautiful cat while he was visiting her, all in a very relaxed environment. He gave her a few shots, some fluids, gave me some antibiotics (thank god, liquid, not difficult to give pills) and we will recheck next Saturday.
I was in and out in just a little bit more than an hour. Also, everyone at the clinic was incredibly nice and all the clients in the waiting room seemed to be very happy to be there.
After a few days of stressful moments, I am almost crying in joy because I found a great doctor for my cat and I can go see him if needed with no appointments, no long waits!!!!"
"After seeing many vets, I brought my great Dane puppy with puppy Strangles to Pasternak! I also was told my 13-year-old Weimer Reiner mix needed two knee replacements from other vets, some of these other vets also came recommended and I was highly disturbed and disappointed. This was so far from the truth it's not even funny!! But when we found our home at Pasternak I was relieved, thrilled, and felt like we were in good hands for once in California! The vets in California seem like they are a "turn and burn" "take your money" type. But not here!!! You can tell Doc Henry really cares about animals, all the animals that come through and much more! I love his wife and all of the staff there! They were open during the pandemic, they never closed, and they never forced anyone to sit in their car while waiting on their animal. And yet no one in the clinic got Covid! How impressive! I've got to go inside and be with my babies every single time which is how it should be. Would you send your child into the doctor without you? No, no you wouldn't. And they did not and never did force us to do that here! I highly recommend Pasternak Vet, even if it's a drive for you, it's worth it! The holistic approach is a much for us in my experience and in my humble opinion. Pasternak does it well! The staff also is very good with all of my animals!"
"It's taken me a long time to write this review but I have been taking my dog to Dr. Pasternak since he herniated his disc in 2018. I found Pasternak's office due to the VCA across the street. My four-year-old french bulldog had suddenly lost his mobility in his back legs and I was terrified and would do anything to help him. VCA knew that. They told me my dog needed a 15k back surgery for a moderate herniation after they did an MRI (that took two days and overnight care for them to do). On top of that, I had unknowingly signed something when I brought him in that they could do whatever they wanted to treat him without my consent. I got a call at work that they had put him under and were prepping him for surgery. I immediately called back said do not operate and went there to get him- they had his back shaved and he looked in horrible shape. I then asked the vet about non-invasive options like acupuncture before I left with him. They told me that was not effective and actually advised me to NOT do that and said surgery is the best way and needs to be done soon.
Well needless to say I found Pasternak that same day across the street from the VCA (oh the irony). After two treatments of acupuncture and natural medicines, he was walking again. I couldn't believe it. Fast forward to two years later he never has had another episode even though he has IVDD. He gets routine acupuncture at Pasternak's and have also taken my other pup there as well for routine visits.
Rick and everyone in the office is kind and good humans. My dogs especially love Rick, you can tell his epic love for animals and so can they.
Thank you to Dr. Pasternak and the whole team there."
"The best vet ever. This has been my family vet for 20 years and everything they do is incredible. They just neutered my puppy and were so kind and helpful throughout the process I was a nervous mommy. This is the only vet I trust in LA!!!!"
"I've been going to Center Sinai Animal Center for 3 years. They diagnosed my dog and said he needed 4 extractions at a ridiculous cost. They seem to only want to make money. I took to Pasternak on a friend's recommendation and couldn't be more pleased with the service and cost. My dog only needed 1 extraction. He didn't have any pain after and ate a couple of hours later. I highly recommend this Vet. I've been to a couple of other Vets in the past all with horrible experiences. I immediately got a good feeling walking into a beautiful lobby and felt at ease. Dog owners, I meet at the dog park I'm telling to stop going elsewhere for bad experiences and come to Pasternak."
"He likes animals more than people. But don't we all!
He's not big on small talk but he's excellent in healing my dog and other animals under his care. Super qualified, super smart, super intuitive, gentle with the animal. If I have a sick or hurt a pet, I want Dr. Pasternak! And you should too.
What I love about this vet is he always sees you himself. You aren't shuffled to some intern, postdoc, visiting inexperienced vet or staff. He's the real deal and an OUTSTANDING vet.
If you're looking for bs and charm, go to one of those corporate-run pet factory vets. Or to a smaller vet factory, into making big bucks, who smiles, gives you a hug, and then passes you off to an often mediocre inexperienced doctor or tech. Been there. Done that. If you want good medicine, a quick from sick-to-well dog or cat, it's Dr. Pasternak.
He's a miracle healer and a smart diagnostician. I also love that he uses homeopathic, acupuncture, and nutritional aids as well when needed. He doesn't push you on them, but my dog gets better so much faster when I utilize what he has offered. Eastern or Western veterinary medicine, he's the real deal and the one you want.
My min pin, who was super sick, better in a day, and much better in two days after seeing this wonderful veterinarian. Thank you!"
"I wanted to express my gratitude to Dr. Pasternak after our visit yesterday. Moose is better and has normal bowel movements starting yesterday evening. Not only am I grateful for that but also feel My daughter and her puppy are in good hands. It is comforting to know Leila has found such a wonderful veterinarian that aligns with how we think about health."
" I love to support local business and I love it even more if it's a family-owned, local business.
I visited for the first time yesterday and was greeted warmly by a tech, show to a room right away and then Mrs. Pasternak came to see me, apologizing that her husband was with another patient. We chatted for a bit while waiting for the doctor. During our conversation, she proudly told me that her son is in vet school and would be taking over the practice in a few years. Yay!
When the doctor came in and assessed my 15-year-old chihuahua, we talked about feeding and he made recommendations that could be picked up at the health food store. She was then gently carried away for her procedure. About 15 min later they brought her out and she was a much happier dog!
Dr. Pasternak and his wife have been running this full-service vet center for years. The Pasternaks and their staff are warm, kind and there is ZERO up-selling for needless tests or medications. My little chihuahua barely got nervous! I'm delighted that I've finally found a good vet in West LA. "
" Dr. Pasternak and his team helped my dog to walk again. He was paralyzed in his hind legs due to IVDD and I was given two options by a local "emergency vet" and specialist-- an $8,000 surgery that had a 50% chance of recovery or euthanasia. By chance, a family friend suggested acupuncture through Dr. Pasternak and I was skeptical but willing to try anything. After two (yes, two) sessions of acupuncture and electromagnetic therapy, he was able to walk. I was shocked. He saved Max's life. I can't say enough wonderful things about his vet techs either-- they were incredibly sweet and gentle with Max, who immediately trusted them (if you're a dog owner you know dogs can sense intentions). I would recommend this office to anyone who has a dog suffering from IVDD before making drastic decisions. Yes, he is straight to the point and doesn't sugarcoat things. But he knows what he's doing. And that's what matters, ultimately. "
" Pasternak Veterinary Center is such a wonderful place. Dr. Pasternak helped my Italian Greyhound Daisy Mae with Acupuncture, loving attention & care for many years. His staff is awesome too! "
“ Dr. Pasternak has saved my dog Harlow's life multiple times. After a stroke she had from a horrible dental experience, she was near death, barely breathing from an incorrect diagnosis from another vet, and I met someone who told me to go to Dr. Pasternak.
Upon my visit, he INSTANTLY spotted the misdiagnosis (the previous vet said it was a seizure and put my dog on a deadly medication) and told me it was a stroke. He took her off the meds, gave her acupuncture and some herbs. Within one day she was walking again, and one week, she was back to normal.
NO ONE was willing to help me except Dr. P. He is to the point, direct, No BS in his communication but also experienced, and has a heart of gold that has healed so many. Thank you, Dr. P, and the team. I recommend you to everyone! ”
“ I cannot say enough of Dr. Pasternak and his team! We went there at the beginning of the year with little hope for our dog that had just had a very large Mast Cell Tumor removed that had returned for its third time. Each time the tumor seemed to return more quickly and aggressively. Other vets were urging chemo or radiation and told us it was a matter of time before the tumor returned or got worst as it was very aggressive. Dr. Pasternak saw him and prescribed a handful of natural herbal medicine to give to my dog twice a day and everyone can confidently say that the treatment is working magnificently. My dog looks amazing, healthy and happy. He is the fastest dog at the park and I really do not think this would have been the case if we had moved forward with chemotherapy. We understand that Mast Cell Tumor is a lifelong and unpredictable cancer but the combination of herbs the doc prescribed is perfect for helping the immune system stay strong and fight cancer. I am forever grateful at Dr. Pasternak for his help and for giving us more time with our dog. ”
“ My dog trusted him in seconds. Nuff said ”
“ Incredibly insightful Vet. I read his book as well, it's excellent. This man is like an animal whisperer. I wouldn't take my dog anywhere else. The staff are fantastic, too. ”
“ We made the decision to see Dr. Pasternak to treat our French Bulldog after learning that she had TCC (bladder cancer). After reviewing many treatment options with traditional (western medicine) vets, we liked that Dr. Pasternak could treat our dog with a combination of western meds as well as herbal supplements to keep her comfortable and happy until the inevitable. Dr. Pasternak has a no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is personality, which you'll either like or dislike. I personally like the fact that he isn't going to send us on an endless parade of tests and false hope. He has a first-come-first-served practice and doesn't take appointments. It's different, but I've not experienced any waits beyond a half hour so far. The staff is nice and the practice is very clean, including the kennel area. ”
“ I've been taking my 11 year old German Shorthaired Pointer to Henry since I got her, when she was 6 months old, and he has taken consistently great care of her. I trust him implicitly, and the proof of his excellent care is in what phenomenal shape my dog is in. At nearly 12 years old she still runs, jumps, hikes, and looks and acts like a much younger dog. His entire staff is also wonderful. Highest recommendation. ”
“ This doctor is amazing and his staff is really nice. ”
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