8807 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006934.081050 -118.385766
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
Yes, it can be a little pricey but you get what you pay for and they do offer days when shots are deeply discounted. As far as I'm concerned, Dr. Lomond is without a doubt the kindest, most animal friendly vet I've known and I've had animals all of my life. Dealing with vets has not always been a pleasure. Her wisdom and knowledge is unsurpassed and she'll discuss your situation for as long as it takes for you to understand it. I can't imagine anyone else other than the caregivers at this location(can't speak for the other locations) caring for my "little ones". The front desk is super busy dealing with hysterical customers with very sick pets, but they've always been great with me so if one of them lost their cool, as stated below, cut them a break! They are doing the best the can. And trust me. If these guys weren't doing a great job, I'd be all over it!
Dr Chen is an excellent doctor. She is intuitive and problem solving. We've had other Vets at this hospital and some are better than others, but Dr. Chen is a standout.
disappointing receptionists – We were politely asking questions about our pet's medicine when out of nowhere, the girls we were talking to rolled their eyes right infront of us. It was totally uncalled for. Fortunately, our pet has already been checked so we immediately left in pure displeasure.
Competent, but very expensive and commercialized – I switched to this vet after mine relocated. So here's the good news - I think they are quite competent clinically. But the problem with VCA Miller is that they are very expensive and have rigid processes that they require, that cost you even more money. Very commercialized! Here's some specifics:
1. I gave full history and had my dog examined by a vet. I went over his medications (heartworm and eye drops) so that I could get my refills when due. They didn't mention at the time that this was not sufficient!
2. His needed a refill on his eye drops. They refused to refill as they were originally prescribed by another vet. They say it's a legal requirement. If so, when I saw my vet in the lobby and she looked at his eye briefly (just a little goopy) wouldn't that be enough? If not, maybe she could take him in a room for 2 min to look more closely? That would be okay too, but no - I had to make an appointment for a more formal (and costly!) examination before they would dispense a refill on medication.
3. I had already paid over $500 in examination, urine test and antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. After 2 days and a completed 2 week course of antibiotics he was 100% fine. $500 for an exam and tests and a course of antibiotics??? Based on my last vet, this is very expensive.
4. I also had a prior $100+ charge for exam and stool culture before they would continue with his heartworm medicine. Apparently another legal requirement that lets them charge inflated prices for simple everyday needs. (is it really a legal requirement? 'cos the internet searches I did said not all vets require that if treatment has been continuous)
My advice would be to find a vet that cares about your animal first, and make fair and appropriate levels of revenue. You want them to charge reasonable prices for good care, not recommend or require costly exams or tests in order to maximize their profit.
Will try to screw you out of as much $$$ as possible – I've been taking my dogs there for a few years. Mostly for vaccines, but this place has been steadily declining in the past couple of years or so. The front desk staff are constantly distracted, they keep charging you for things you didn't authorize -- one of their favorites is to charge you full price for a vaccine because your pet is due, even though a low-cost vaccine fair is coming up. Always double check your bill because sometimes they charge you for things you didn't get.
Anyway, I took my terrier for a physical exam and because she had a couple of tiny little bumps that looked like zits to me, they told me it could be cancer so they had to biopsy. Of course in the end it was nothing, except for all the money I had to pay including some tests they messed up.
Now today I took my dog in for allergies and the British doctor tells me that she's got a heart murmur and we have to do a bunch of expensive tests. I've decided these people have screwed me out of enough $$, so I'm getting a second opinion on the heat murmur or risk having them put my dog through surgery or something.
Anyway, I could go on with a lot of little things like missing appointments, rude and distracted staff, test results that take forever, or that sometimes never come unless you actually call and ask, etc. In the end please go somewhere else.
PLEASE don't do it!!! – I have never in my life actually taken the time to write a review, but after taking my dog to this place for years and initially being happy with their service, I have watched all of the wonderful, caring doctors disappear- the staff will never tell you where they have gone! The best vet of all time, Dr. McMillian, retired and this place has declined rapidly since then! The remaining doctors are apathetic, incompetent, and always looking for a way to con you out of money with tests, etc... Steer clear of Dr. Willoughby at all costs, just as other reviewers here have warned. He told me my dog needed surgery when a second opinion revealed that the "mysterious bump" under my dog's chin was nothing more than the equivalent of an age spot on a senior citizen (my dog is 20). You and your pet deserve better- this place will disappoint you!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Staff – Provides medical care, surgical services and specialized treatments including spay/neutering, internal medicine, advanced diagnostic testing, boarding and grooming.
Never Again – I've taken two pets here a number of times each, and though I did get a good and thoughtful vet twice, a young woman who I believe was early in her career, I have to say that I will never go back after my last visit in which an arrogant and imperious englishman snapped at me (at the end of a visit that cost around $600 though he couldn't really identify the problem), telling me that if my cat didn't get better on his own I would HAVE to bring him back to be sent out for intense, multi-thousand dollar investigative medical procedures. He is the one who told me that it would be multi-thousands of dollars, so this is not an exageration brought about by my intense dislike of the man. I should have been warned years earlier when one of the vets failed to diagnose distemper in my puppy, which went blind and had to be put down. There are probably some good vets working here but I will never go back.
Over Priced and Incompetent – This place is just the worst! The vets are constantly changing - so no kind of consistent care for your pet. They are extremely expensive and fraudulent too! They charged me for services and products that i never bought and I was always catching them at this! They misdiagnosed my dog - over medicated my other dog. Stay away!!!
Great staff, excellent care – It's hard to believe some of the negative reviews are for this same place. I have had nothing but excellent care for my two cats and two dogs. The entire staff from the front desk to the techs, nurses, and vets are competent, friendly, and polite. The facility is immaculate, parking is convenient (and free), and I have never had to wait for my scheduled appointment.
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