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"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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