Bluepearl Veterinary Partners

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My cat Charlotte was diagnosed with cancer this past September,. We had the doctors at the Blue Pearl speciality hospital run tests, do x-rays, ct scans". The doctors said the BEST course of treatment for her cat was to AMPUTATE to prevent the spread of cancer;. After much agonizing consideration, we followed the veterinary specialist's advice,. A few weeks AFTER the amputation, the doctor told us that it turned out that THE MASS WAS BENIGN and CHARLOTTE'S LEG HAD BEEN AMPUTATED
UNNECESSARILY.

Afterwards, we found out that the doctor had WITHHELD VITAL INFORMATION from an original lab report. The information that the doctor FAILED TO DISCLOSE prior to amputating could have prevented this unnecessary and life-altering procedure.

PLEASE READ CHARLOTTE'S STORY:

http://justiceforcharlotte.blogspot.com

TIPS:
RESEARCH YOUR VETERINARIAN
CHECK REVIEWS! Had I researched BluePearl more prior to Charlotte's procedure, I would have seen the lawsuits and complaints about this place and the staff.
The best thing that you can do to prevent situations like this is to research your veterinarian before you choose one. All of the organizations listed below keep public records and you can view them and check out any other complaints that may have been filed against your veterinarian.
State Veterinary Medical Board (in your home state)
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
Better Business Bureau
Most of these organizations conduct their own investigation of each complaint and determine which fines, if any, should be applied.
Another resource that you can use is word of mouth. If you're considering using a new veterinarian, be sure to talk to other clients and find out what their position and opinion is on him. This is probably one of your best resources, because it's the best way to get a clear and honest opinion.

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My cat Charlotte was diagnosed with cancer this past September,. We had the doctors at the Blue Pearl speciality hospital run tests, do x-rays, ct scans". The doctors said the BEST course of treatment for her cat was to AMPUTATE to prevent the spread of cancer;. After much agonizing consideration, we followed the veterinary specialist's advice,. A few weeks AFTER the amputation, the doctor told us that it turned out that THE MASS WAS BENIGN and CHARLOTTE'S LEG HAD BEEN AMPUTATED
UNNECESSARILY.

Afterwards, we found out that the doctor had WITHHELD VITAL INFORMATION from an original lab report. The information that the doctor FAILED TO DISCLOSE prior to amputating could have prevented this unnecessary and life-altering procedure.

PLEASE READ CHARLOTTE'S STORY:

http://justiceforcharlotte.blogspot.com

TIPS:
RESEARCH YOUR VETERINARIAN
CHECK REVIEWS! Had I researched BluePearl more prior to Charlotte's procedure, I would have seen the lawsuits and complaints about this place and the staff.
The best thing that you can do to prevent situations like this is to research your veterinarian before you choose one. All of the organizations listed below keep public records and you can view them and check out any other complaints that may have been filed against your veterinarian.
State Veterinary Medical Board (in your home state)
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
Better Business Bureau
Most of these organizations conduct their own investigation of each complaint and determine which fines, if any, should be applied.
Another resource that you can use is word of mouth. If you're considering using a new veterinarian, be sure to talk to other clients and find out what their position and opinion is on him. This is probably one of your best resources, because it's the best way to get a clear and honest opinion.

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My sweet, beautiful baby was tortured and killed in this place, after I spent several thousands of dollars there on treatment (half my savings/enough for a downpayment on a house!). When I brought my dog in and he was under the weather

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My sweet, beautiful baby was tortured and killed in this place, after I spent several thousands of dollars there on treatment (half my savings/enough for a downpayment on a house!). When I brought my dog in and he was under the weather

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I wrote the following review on Yelp. I heard from three people, thanking me for the honest review. One from the Humane Society telling me that the reason is that there are not more reviews like mine is because they have deep pockets and a

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I wrote the following review on Yelp. I heard from three people, thanking me for the honest review. One from the Humane Society telling me that the reason is that there are not more reviews like mine is because they have deep pockets and a

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They misdiagnosed our dog. We spent $15,000 and our dog died. The doctors were constantly rotated so it seemed like we never saw the same doctor. we wanted our beloved dog to live so much, we would have paid anything. NYC Vetinary

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They misdiagnosed our dog. We spent $15,000 and our dog died. The doctors were constantly rotated so it seemed like we never saw the same doctor. we wanted our beloved dog to live so much, we would have paid anything. NYC Vetinary

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Our Husky, Eva, has made a complete recovery after treatment for a malignancy under her tail. She underwent surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Dr. Karen Oberthaler was fantastic! Not only was she thorough and knowledgeable,

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Our Husky, Eva, has made a complete recovery after treatment for a malignancy under her tail. She underwent surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Dr. Karen Oberthaler was fantastic! Not only was she thorough and knowledgeable,

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PET OWNERS BEWARE...READ ALL THE BAD REVIEWS for this place...There is a reason so their rating is low and so many horrified pet owners are posting here. This hospital has the worst emergency room and understaffed. Many people like

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PET OWNERS BEWARE...READ ALL THE BAD REVIEWS for this place...There is a reason so their rating is low and so many horrified pet owners are posting here. This hospital has the worst emergency room and understaffed. Many people like

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In less than a year and a half, at least two (2) separate cats died without warning the day after Dr. Karen Oberthaler gave them chemotherapy at NYC Veterinary Specialists (see ComplaintsBoard, Vetratingz, and Yahoo! Web sites). My young

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In less than a year and a half, at least two (2) separate cats died without warning the day after Dr. Karen Oberthaler gave them chemotherapy at NYC Veterinary Specialists (see ComplaintsBoard, Vetratingz, and Yahoo! Web sites). My young

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When my 12- and-a-half-year old cat was was diagnosed with a squamous cell tumor in his mouth, the surgeon who biopsied him at my vet recommended New York City Veterinary Specialists for further treatment. I was fortunate. I walked into

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When my 12- and-a-half-year old cat was was diagnosed with a squamous cell tumor in his mouth, the surgeon who biopsied him at my vet recommended New York City Veterinary Specialists for further treatment. I was fortunate. I walked into

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My husband and I found a small bird in the street, It must have fallen out of its nest and it couldn't fly. We called 311, 911 and got very little help. We decided to bring the bird to an animal hospital. After many calls, some places were

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My husband and I found a small bird in the street, It must have fallen out of its nest and it couldn't fly. We called 311, 911 and got very little help. We decided to bring the bird to an animal hospital. After many calls, some places were

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My puppy got his foot stuck in an elevator and luckily it was only the nail bed that was affected. I took him to the vet emergency room late night. Upon waiting in the holding room for an hour, they took my dog and cleaned up the wound and inserted the sutures, all for a modest $750.00!! I understand this rate, given it was an emergency room visit.

The very next morning the bandaging literally slipped off of his foot. I took him back to have the bandage put back on properly. They charged me another $67.00, for what I consider to be unacceptable bandaging the first time around. I could have gone to Duane Reade and bought some gauze and tape and done it myself, had I thought they were going to charge me AGAIN for what I consider to be a poor bandaging job the first time around.

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My puppy got his foot stuck in an elevator and luckily it was only the nail bed that was affected. I took him to the vet emergency room late night. Upon waiting in the holding room for an hour, they took my dog and cleaned up the wound and inserted the sutures, all for a modest $750.00!! I understand this rate, given it was an emergency room visit.

The very next morning the bandaging literally slipped off of his foot. I took him back to have the bandage put back on properly. They charged me another $67.00, for what I consider to be unacceptable bandaging the first time around. I could have gone to Duane Reade and bought some gauze and tape and done it myself, had I thought they were going to charge me AGAIN for what I consider to be a poor bandaging job the first time around.

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My puppy got his foot stuck in an elevator and luckily it was only the nail bed that was affected. I took him to the vet emergency room late night. Upon waiting in the holding room for an hour, they took my dog and cleaned up the wound and

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My puppy got his foot stuck in an elevator and luckily it was only the nail bed that was affected. I took him to the vet emergency room late night. Upon waiting in the holding room for an hour, they took my dog and cleaned up the wound and

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They butchered my cat while withholding material information that I needed to know so I could have peacefully and appropriately put her to sleep. This is a chop shop. No one has called with condolences but they sure do want thousands and

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They butchered my cat while withholding material information that I needed to know so I could have peacefully and appropriately put her to sleep. This is a chop shop. No one has called with condolences but they sure do want thousands and

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Its a beautiful hospital and the nurses were great. I also had great experiences with the ER vets but had the absolute worst experience with Dr. Daly! She speaks to you as if you are a child, keeps you waiting to speak to her, has the

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Its a beautiful hospital and the nurses were great. I also had great experiences with the ER vets but had the absolute worst experience with Dr. Daly! She speaks to you as if you are a child, keeps you waiting to speak to her, has the

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It is very important for those who have had such unfortunate experiences at this hospital to file a formal complaint with: The Office of Professional Discipline investigative office, 163 West 125th Street, Room 819, New York, NY 10027 Tel: 212-961-4369 Fax: 212-961-4361 Download complaint form here:
http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/complain.htm
Also, obtain a full copy of your pet's medical records and tests, necropsy reports etc. It is your legal right.

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It is very important for those who have had such unfortunate experiences at this hospital to file a formal complaint with: The Office of Professional Discipline investigative office, 163 West 125th Street, Room 819, New York, NY 10027 Tel: 212-961-4369 Fax: 212-961-4361 Download complaint form here:
http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/complain.htm
Also, obtain a full copy of your pet's medical records and tests, necropsy reports etc. It is your legal right.

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See blog re: Lawsuit filed against Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners a/k/a NYC Veterinary Specialists located in New York. Google tikothecat.wordpress com/2011/12/13/step-1/ Please read the filtered reviews & reviews on other sites.

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See blog re: Lawsuit filed against Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners a/k/a NYC Veterinary Specialists located in New York. Google tikothecat.wordpress com/2011/12/13/step-1/ Please read the filtered reviews & reviews on other sites.

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I have been there twice with my cat, both times I saw Dr Bessler. I have no complaints about the facility itself, however I am dissapointed in the advice given and would have headed down a completely unnecessary and traumatic (for the

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I have been there twice with my cat, both times I saw Dr Bessler. I have no complaints about the facility itself, however I am dissapointed in the advice given and would have headed down a completely unnecessary and traumatic (for the

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What is a good vet? Why Dr. Rocha is among the most competent ones?
Dr Rocha has many degrees and titles in his office. He has carefully placed them on the wall (or someone did this for him, not sure) but what you need when your pet has

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What is a good vet? Why Dr. Rocha is among the most competent ones?
Dr Rocha has many degrees and titles in his office. He has carefully placed them on the wall (or someone did this for him, not sure) but what you need when your pet has

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I had a bad experience with the dermatologist who was annoyed by any disagreement with treatment (based on years of treating my dog), she dismissed me and the medication was 3 times more costly than at my regular vet.
A year later, my vet said Dr. Kyles was the best choice to remove her gall bladder before it burst and killed her. Her organs were failing. He was very kind and did a great surgery, calling me 3 times to report progress while she was on the table! Only complaint is that it was because of me that we waited until she was stable, which likely helped her survival chances. Other complaints:
Tim in billing wanted to remove her from intensive care because I needed a day to pay the current charges of a few hundred dollars after already paying about $16,000!! He threatened to call security when I objected that she could die out of the unit and finally I borrowed a credit card!
The doctors don't communicate with each other to arrive at a cohesive full picture of the patient and with IBD she should have had an intestinal biopsy during the surgery. The internist dropped the ball as soon as my dog had surgery.
Her nystagmus seizures began while I was there and I'm certain they were due to anesthesia (collies are sensitive) as they stopped after 2 weeks.
They were going to to tests for rising blood pressure until I told them it was panic due to the e-collar. She recovered the minute it was removed!
My dog lost 17 lbs. due to almost no food during the wait for surgery. I had to consult a nutritionist to plan dry food plus home cooking and supplements to get her stronger and put the weight back on. They have no diet specialist with all those very sick dogs they treat and only use the crummy Science Diet brand they get rewards for from the company.
Overall, they were kind and let me visit and walk her, and the surgeon was excellent and kind. They just need to deal with money issues and remember the dog in need, be more organized, communicate more in house, and treat the whole animal, not just one part of the whole.
However, Animal Medical Center was worse. My dog was handled by many ill informed interns and over medicated to the point of severe diarrhea and hyperventilating anxiety, no surgeon present on weekend, and I was so horrified that I took her to NYC Vet Specialists immediately and am glad I did. You just have to make sure you research yourself and be very involved in the care of your dog or other pet.

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I had a bad experience with the dermatologist who was annoyed by any disagreement with treatment (based on years of treating my dog), she dismissed me and the medication was 3 times more costly than at my regular vet.
A year later, my vet said Dr. Kyles was the best choice to remove her gall bladder before it burst and killed her. Her organs were failing. He was very kind and did a great surgery, calling me 3 times to report progress while she was on the table! Only complaint is that it was because of me that we waited until she was stable, which likely helped her survival chances. Other complaints:
Tim in billing wanted to remove her from intensive care because I needed a day to pay the current charges of a few hundred dollars after already paying about $16,000!! He threatened to call security when I objected that she could die out of the unit and finally I borrowed a credit card!
The doctors don't communicate with each other to arrive at a cohesive full picture of the patient and with IBD she should have had an intestinal biopsy during the surgery. The internist dropped the ball as soon as my dog had surgery.
Her nystagmus seizures began while I was there and I'm certain they were due to anesthesia (collies are sensitive) as they stopped after 2 weeks.
They were going to to tests for rising blood pressure until I told them it was panic due to the e-collar. She recovered the minute it was removed!
My dog lost 17 lbs. due to almost no food during the wait for surgery. I had to consult a nutritionist to plan dry food plus home cooking and supplements to get her stronger and put the weight back on. They have no diet specialist with all those very sick dogs they treat and only use the crummy Science Diet brand they get rewards for from the company.
Overall, they were kind and let me visit and walk her, and the surgeon was excellent and kind. They just need to deal with money issues and remember the dog in need, be more organized, communicate more in house, and treat the whole animal, not just one part of the whole.
However, Animal Medical Center was worse. My dog was handled by many ill informed interns and over medicated to the point of severe diarrhea and hyperventilating anxiety, no surgeon present on weekend, and I was so horrified that I took her to NYC Vet Specialists immediately and am glad I did. You just have to make sure you research yourself and be very involved in the care of your dog or other pet.

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I truly cannot say enough good things about NYC Veterinary Specialists--and I needed to visit them after regular business hours and during a very difficult time with my cat being so sick.

Not only were the staff patient and kind to me, they treated my cat with so much respect, did not rush me, gave me extremely fair pricing (I've been to many vets over 15 years with animals and I was amazed at their fair pricing). While the Vet is not close to where I live in NYC, I've decided that it's more than worth the travel to get such kindness, professionalism and good care.

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I truly cannot say enough good things about NYC Veterinary Specialists--and I needed to visit them after regular business hours and during a very difficult time with my cat being so sick.

Not only were the staff patient and kind to me, they treated my cat with so much respect, did not rush me, gave me extremely fair pricing (I've been to many vets over 15 years with animals and I was amazed at their fair pricing). While the Vet is not close to where I live in NYC, I've decided that it's more than worth the travel to get such kindness, professionalism and good care.

Pros: Caring staff, beautiful establishment, fair pricing

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I am so grateful to NYC Vet Specialists. I went in there tonight upset and frantic because my Goldendoodle had something lodged way down in her ear. It was late at night and I assumed that, like the other vet offices I have visited in the city, I would have to wait in the patient room for an eternity in panic mode. Contrary to my expectations, a doctor greeted me and my dog at the front door, asked what had happened and began to assure me that everything was going to be just fine. Dr. David Bessler, (my hero) was outstanding on so many levels. And it wasn't just him! The nurse was also incredibly attentive and I really appreciated the way she was with my dog. I could tell that the staff genuinely cared about my dog and her well being, I cannot even describe how much better that made me feel. Although my dog's ear situation was probably not as urgent as I believed it to be at the time, she was rushed into treatment within the first 15 minutes of my arrival. The material was removed from deep within her ear and she was back in my lap shortly thereafter, happy as a goldendoodle with the silly grin having returned to her face.

I just read another comment posted by someone else about the expense he or she incurred, and how surprised they were that animal urgent care was so expensive. I can only assume this is a first-time pet owner, as I have been well-aware of the high cost of pet urgent care ever since I encountered my first pet emergency in Salt Lake City some years ago. I am a starving graduate student, and even I was pleasantly surprised when it came time to pay the bill. The prices are more than reasonable and if I can afford it, anyone can!

I am contented to know that there is a place in this city that I can trust to take care of that being most precious to me. Thank you NYC Vet Specialists! And to the Manhattanites- if you find yourself in need of animal urgent care, rest assured this is the place to go- and ask for Dr. Bessler!

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I am so grateful to NYC Vet Specialists. I went in there tonight upset and frantic because my Goldendoodle had something lodged way down in her ear. It was late at night and I assumed that, like the other vet offices I have visited in the city, I would have to wait in the patient room for an eternity in panic mode. Contrary to my expectations, a doctor greeted me and my dog at the front door, asked what had happened and began to assure me that everything was going to be just fine. Dr. David Bessler, (my hero) was outstanding on so many levels. And it wasn't just him! The nurse was also incredibly attentive and I really appreciated the way she was with my dog. I could tell that the staff genuinely cared about my dog and her well being, I cannot even describe how much better that made me feel. Although my dog's ear situation was probably not as urgent as I believed it to be at the time, she was rushed into treatment within the first 15 minutes of my arrival. The material was removed from deep within her ear and she was back in my lap shortly thereafter, happy as a goldendoodle with the silly grin having returned to her face.

I just read another comment posted by someone else about the expense he or she incurred, and how surprised they were that animal urgent care was so expensive. I can only assume this is a first-time pet owner, as I have been well-aware of the high cost of pet urgent care ever since I encountered my first pet emergency in Salt Lake City some years ago. I am a starving graduate student, and even I was pleasantly surprised when it came time to pay the bill. The prices are more than reasonable and if I can afford it, anyone can!

I am contented to know that there is a place in this city that I can trust to take care of that being most precious to me. Thank you NYC Vet Specialists! And to the Manhattanites- if you find yourself in need of animal urgent care, rest assured this is the place to go- and ask for Dr. Bessler!

Pros: See review!

Cons: Cannot see clients on a regular basis- ER services only

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Our cat was in distress on a Sunday afternoon and since our vet recommends NYCVS for emergency service, we called to see if we could determine if she needed to be seen right away. I was pleasantly surprised when a very sympathetic doctor got on the line (one frequently can only reach an answering service or tech in these situations) and listened to my concerns, explained possible issues, and recommended we bring her in.

The moment we arrived, we were ushered into an exam room, where a vet tech took our cat's history and explained in advance the basic costs involved (how nice is that?). After a short wait, Dr. Bessler examined our cat and listened to our description of tests that our vet had ordered earlier in the week. He was very reassuring and knew exactly what our vet had been looking for with the tests. He explained the issues and concerns relating to her health and prescribed medication that he thought would help her until we got the test results from our regular vet. Later that evening, after taking the meds, she was eating (resolving one of our main concerns) and clearly much more herself.

Given that we were extremely worried about our pet, it was as positive as any such experience could be. We left the clinic feeling much calmer and reassured that we'd done the right thing by bringing her in. Everyone at NYCVS was pleasant, helpful, and understanding. If we didn't like our regular vet so much, we would definitely bring our cats to NYCVS on a regular basis.

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Our cat was in distress on a Sunday afternoon and since our vet recommends NYCVS for emergency service, we called to see if we could determine if she needed to be seen right away. I was pleasantly surprised when a very sympathetic doctor got on the line (one frequently can only reach an answering service or tech in these situations) and listened to my concerns, explained possible issues, and recommended we bring her in.

The moment we arrived, we were ushered into an exam room, where a vet tech took our cat's history and explained in advance the basic costs involved (how nice is that?). After a short wait, Dr. Bessler examined our cat and listened to our description of tests that our vet had ordered earlier in the week. He was very reassuring and knew exactly what our vet had been looking for with the tests. He explained the issues and concerns relating to her health and prescribed medication that he thought would help her until we got the test results from our regular vet. Later that evening, after taking the meds, she was eating (resolving one of our main concerns) and clearly much more herself.

Given that we were extremely worried about our pet, it was as positive as any such experience could be. We left the clinic feeling much calmer and reassured that we'd done the right thing by bringing her in. Everyone at NYCVS was pleasant, helpful, and understanding. If we didn't like our regular vet so much, we would definitely bring our cats to NYCVS on a regular basis.

Pros: Pleasant, knowledgable staff; really listen and explain well

Cons: Nothing comes to mind

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My experience with NYC Veterinary Specialists has been good so far. The front desk staff was friendly upon arrival and ushered me and my dog into an examination room immediately.

I saw Dr. Rocha regarding my dog's fibrosarcoma and he was both knowledgeable and kind to me. He put my fears about my dog's cancer to rest and let me know the path he would choose if it were his dog.

Additionally, a few months ago, my neighbor's Rottweiler was attacked by another dog.Then, too, the staff and vet we saw was both helpful and knowledgeable.

I haven't yet had a bad experience with this facility and, although I wouldn't use it for regular veterinary care, I would continue to go for emergency and oncology needs.

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My experience with NYC Veterinary Specialists has been good so far. The front desk staff was friendly upon arrival and ushered me and my dog into an examination room immediately.

I saw Dr. Rocha regarding my dog's fibrosarcoma and he was both knowledgeable and kind to me. He put my fears about my dog's cancer to rest and let me know the path he would choose if it were his dog.

Additionally, a few months ago, my neighbor's Rottweiler was attacked by another dog.Then, too, the staff and vet we saw was both helpful and knowledgeable.

I haven't yet had a bad experience with this facility and, although I wouldn't use it for regular veterinary care, I would continue to go for emergency and oncology needs.

Pros: Clean facility, Knowledgable docs, Friendly reception staff

Cons: None to my knowledge

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I took in my animal last year and they took him in and fixed the problem. My animal was bleeding internally. I am writing this review not about the medical treatment. they had my animal a day and a half and the bill was over 2000 dollars. They won't do anything for you without having the money first - which is odd, unless they are accustomed to ending up with poor results causing people not to pay. My animal was in bad shape. I had no cash, but I could have used one of my credit cards. They offered a "Care Credit Card". I should have known by the name of the card to not take it. Care Credit has a deal set up with NYCVS that pays them for every new "client". In other words, they quickly offer the Care Credit plan because they make more money than the already prohibitive cost of the actual treatment. I realized that the 12 months no interest that the person behind the desk offered, turned into 3 months no interest and at the end of three months went to over 21% interest. Now I have to eat that. don't go to this place if at all possible. They take no prisoners, and the DON'T "Care" at all.

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I took in my animal last year and they took him in and fixed the problem. My animal was bleeding internally. I am writing this review not about the medical treatment. they had my animal a day and a half and the bill was over 2000 dollars. They won't do anything for you without having the money first - which is odd, unless they are accustomed to ending up with poor results causing people not to pay. My animal was in bad shape. I had no cash, but I could have used one of my credit cards. They offered a "Care Credit Card". I should have known by the name of the card to not take it. Care Credit has a deal set up with NYCVS that pays them for every new "client". In other words, they quickly offer the Care Credit plan because they make more money than the already prohibitive cost of the actual treatment. I realized that the 12 months no interest that the person behind the desk offered, turned into 3 months no interest and at the end of three months went to over 21% interest. Now I have to eat that. don't go to this place if at all possible. They take no prisoners, and the DON'T "Care" at all.

Pros: Clean

Cons: No Ethics Whatsoever

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Our beloved little dachsie was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on her ear; our regular vet recommended Dr. Rocha as oncologist who has been informative and caring not just to our dog but understood our apprehensions and concerns. He is smart, direct, and showed genuine concern. When she recently seemed not herself after the initial vaccine he had us come right up to take a look and assured us (she was wagging tail okay!)...he has been excellent and I anticipate he will continue to be so. Dr. Kyles who did the surgery was wonderful; he was compassionate, smart, and did a wonderful surgery that also left her with a good looking ear. After the surgery he called to let us know what was up and later followed that up with a call regarding the pathology report. Natalie who took care of her after surgery was also very caring and supportive; she didn't even let our nervous questions get on her nerves. The rest of the staff has also been kind and nurturing toward our little girl. The facility was very clean and state of the art; I wish human care was as good.

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Our beloved little dachsie was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on her ear; our regular vet recommended Dr. Rocha as oncologist who has been informative and caring not just to our dog but understood our apprehensions and concerns. He is smart, direct, and showed genuine concern. When she recently seemed not herself after the initial vaccine he had us come right up to take a look and assured us (she was wagging tail okay!)...he has been excellent and I anticipate he will continue to be so. Dr. Kyles who did the surgery was wonderful; he was compassionate, smart, and did a wonderful surgery that also left her with a good looking ear. After the surgery he called to let us know what was up and later followed that up with a call regarding the pathology report. Natalie who took care of her after surgery was also very caring and supportive; she didn't even let our nervous questions get on her nerves. The rest of the staff has also been kind and nurturing toward our little girl. The facility was very clean and state of the art; I wish human care was as good.

Pros: Informative, caring, compassionate, very clean

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I visited this hospital for a consultation with Dr. Tim Rocha, who specializes in oncology. Before he saw me, he knew from my regular vet that I had decided against exploratory surgery on my 18 yo cat to confirm intestinal lymphoma. He even stated that he knew this at the beginning of the visit.

Even though he had already decided to tell me that 'without a diagnosis, I cannot give you a prognosis or treatment plan," he took the appointment, hastily turning the cat carrier upside down to dump my sick cat out when he couldn't drag him out by his forelegs or hindlegs. I had written out my questions and while I was asking them about how chemo medications work and his views on surgery, he was abrupt and dismissive. I finally handed him my list with the remaining questions, hoping that he would be more forthcoming in his answers. Instead he became more defensive, repeating himself and going down the list saying "I already answered that one, I already told you that without a diagnosis we can't answer that one..."

After waiting 30-45 minutes with no one else in the waiting room, he spent 15 minutes with me, smiling once as he greeted me and once as I left. My regular vet had suggested that I have bloodwork done while we were there. I skipped it because I couldn't wait to get out of there. I departed more worried about my cat and with more questions than I had when I walked in, and with the distinct impression that unless I agreed to expensive exploratory surgery, I was wasting his time.

When you know before seeing a case, as Dr. Rocha knew - that you can't help them, taking their money and wasting their time is unethical, not to mention creating more stress on a sick animal that is already in a fragile state.

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I visited this hospital for a consultation with Dr. Tim Rocha, who specializes in oncology. Before he saw me, he knew from my regular vet that I had decided against exploratory surgery on my 18 yo cat to confirm intestinal lymphoma. He even stated that he knew this at the beginning of the visit.

Even though he had already decided to tell me that 'without a diagnosis, I cannot give you a prognosis or treatment plan," he took the appointment, hastily turning the cat carrier upside down to dump my sick cat out when he couldn't drag him out by his forelegs or hindlegs. I had written out my questions and while I was asking them about how chemo medications work and his views on surgery, he was abrupt and dismissive. I finally handed him my list with the remaining questions, hoping that he would be more forthcoming in his answers. Instead he became more defensive, repeating himself and going down the list saying "I already answered that one, I already told you that without a diagnosis we can't answer that one..."

After waiting 30-45 minutes with no one else in the waiting room, he spent 15 minutes with me, smiling once as he greeted me and once as I left. My regular vet had suggested that I have bloodwork done while we were there. I skipped it because I couldn't wait to get out of there. I departed more worried about my cat and with more questions than I had when I walked in, and with the distinct impression that unless I agreed to expensive exploratory surgery, I was wasting his time.

When you know before seeing a case, as Dr. Rocha knew - that you can't help them, taking their money and wasting their time is unethical, not to mention creating more stress on a sick animal that is already in a fragile state.

Pros: Clean

Cons: The Doctor(s), Wait Time and Focus on Making Money

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After reading all the negative reviews, and while I do not negate them, I felt compelled to write about my positive experience with NYC Veterinary Specialists. My cat was quite injured from falling/jumping from a 5 floor window (let this be a lesson to all of us, put screens in all windows that you keep open even if you think there is not a remote chance your cat can leap up to its ledge). I rushed my cat to NYC Veterinary Specialists at 1:00 AM. To make a long story short, our cat received, in my opinion, excellent attention. Dr. Stetina (the night doctor) provided me with regular updates on what was being done to evaluate and treat my cat (during the 2 1/2 hour interval I was in the hospital) and discussed all the options beforehand. Dr. Joyce, the morning doctor actually called me at home in the morning to give me an update. Given that this was my first experience with emergency veterinary care, I was shocked by the prices. I was given a "low" and "high" estimate of the costs. I was a little relieved (just a little) that the actual bill was less than the low estimate of charges. In conclusion, based on my and my cat's experience, I highly recommend NYC Veterinary Specialists for emergency care. Just be prepared to spend a lot for it. P.S. Our cat was very lucky. His only injuries ended up being a broken tooth, a couple of scrapes and sore legs.

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★★★★★

After reading all the negative reviews, and while I do not negate them, I felt compelled to write about my positive experience with NYC Veterinary Specialists. My cat was quite injured from falling/jumping from a 5 floor window (let this be a lesson to all of us, put screens in all windows that you keep open even if you think there is not a remote chance your cat can leap up to its ledge). I rushed my cat to NYC Veterinary Specialists at 1:00 AM. To make a long story short, our cat received, in my opinion, excellent attention. Dr. Stetina (the night doctor) provided me with regular updates on what was being done to evaluate and treat my cat (during the 2 1/2 hour interval I was in the hospital) and discussed all the options beforehand. Dr. Joyce, the morning doctor actually called me at home in the morning to give me an update. Given that this was my first experience with emergency veterinary care, I was shocked by the prices. I was given a "low" and "high" estimate of the costs. I was a little relieved (just a little) that the actual bill was less than the low estimate of charges. In conclusion, based on my and my cat's experience, I highly recommend NYC Veterinary Specialists for emergency care. Just be prepared to spend a lot for it. P.S. Our cat was very lucky. His only injuries ended up being a broken tooth, a couple of scrapes and sore legs.

Pros: Excellent Attentive Treatment

Cons: The Price

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I started writing a very long review but I deleted and decided to go with a shorter version instead.

1. Animal ER is super expensive. I never knew it can be this expensive. My kitten got Krazy Glue in his eyes and i walked out of there $500 bucks poorer AND his eyes are still not ok. (but that part is understandable - as i have to do more discharge work on his eye)
2. I have to pay $60 bucks to call ASPCA control b/c i guess the vets there either don't have the resource nor the experience to deal with this. This i was a bit ticked over. Shouldn't it be covered by the enormous bill already?

All in all, I walked away hoping the best for my kitten. I was careless and the kitten was curious. A lot of what ifs went through my head on how this incident could have been prevented. I understand the huge overhead cost it takes to keep a hospital running 24/7, esp in NYC so I understand that charge but I guess part of me is still trying to accept that I spent $500 on a stray i received 2 week ago. I am still waiting to see if the $500 took care of him b/c I honestly can not afford and his eyes are still glued shut.

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★★★☆☆

I started writing a very long review but I deleted and decided to go with a shorter version instead.

1. Animal ER is super expensive. I never knew it can be this expensive. My kitten got Krazy Glue in his eyes and i walked out of there $500 bucks poorer AND his eyes are still not ok. (but that part is understandable - as i have to do more discharge work on his eye)
2. I have to pay $60 bucks to call ASPCA control b/c i guess the vets there either don't have the resource nor the experience to deal with this. This i was a bit ticked over. Shouldn't it be covered by the enormous bill already?

All in all, I walked away hoping the best for my kitten. I was careless and the kitten was curious. A lot of what ifs went through my head on how this incident could have been prevented. I understand the huge overhead cost it takes to keep a hospital running 24/7, esp in NYC so I understand that charge but I guess part of me is still trying to accept that I spent $500 on a stray i received 2 week ago. I am still waiting to see if the $500 took care of him b/c I honestly can not afford and his eyes are still glued shut.

Pros: Very friendly staff

Cons: very expensive and ok-knowledged staff

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After posting my unhappiness with my cat's broken arm treatment, I called the management of the company. A kind man called me back and gave me a courtesy consultation visit with a more senior doctor.

My visit with the doctor yesterday was what I needed. I don't think the previous younger doctor gave me different scientic facts, but the senior doctor was able to tell me what to expect in the future.

I can understand a bone not healing, but I needed someone to tell me how to manage that as well. I think that's the "art" part of medicine. Because we don't know exactly how things will turn out, the clients need to be given answers to possible outcomes and what to expect. I guess those skills are gained through experience, so I don't fault the younger doctor. What I do wish and got, was a visit with someone who has likely seen through the progression of a bone not healing. I was given tools to manage my cat on my own.

The result: No more doctor visits or calls because I know what to do and expect. No more yelling at the doctor because I'm not nervous nor frustrated. Win-win situation.

Thank you.

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★★★☆☆

After posting my unhappiness with my cat's broken arm treatment, I called the management of the company. A kind man called me back and gave me a courtesy consultation visit with a more senior doctor.

My visit with the doctor yesterday was what I needed. I don't think the previous younger doctor gave me different scientic facts, but the senior doctor was able to tell me what to expect in the future.

I can understand a bone not healing, but I needed someone to tell me how to manage that as well. I think that's the "art" part of medicine. Because we don't know exactly how things will turn out, the clients need to be given answers to possible outcomes and what to expect. I guess those skills are gained through experience, so I don't fault the younger doctor. What I do wish and got, was a visit with someone who has likely seen through the progression of a bone not healing. I was given tools to manage my cat on my own.

The result: No more doctor visits or calls because I know what to do and expect. No more yelling at the doctor because I'm not nervous nor frustrated. Win-win situation.

Thank you.

Pros: Worked with me.

Cons: Read my last post.

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Basically my gorgeous white/black 9 week old pugapoo was in need of emerency services. My husband rushed to the NYCVS to help him because of his bleeding nose & crying pain. An estimate $1800 fee was given and he did not have it. So all services to help my puppy where decliened because of insufficient cash. The puppy seemed ok but 10 minutes later the vet pronounced him "dead". The vet kept saying he had a clot in his nose.. Why couldn't she do her best to save him!! I am extremely distraught. My husband tried to take him home prior to her bringing him downstairs, but they said no. Of course, they want to get paid somehow. He asked to see the puppy one more time and now he tells me that he was moving a little and looking at him. So I am left confussed.. because he also says that the vet wanted to know who the breeder was and also tried to keep all of my pups records containing information about his microchip, neuterization, and shots. Why would they do this?? I came to conclude that perhaps my dog was but through local anesticia and they quickly handed him the papers to agree to euthanize him. In order to have proof of his determination so that they may save him after my husband walked out. I believe it did happen, I am in a great big denial of his "death" he was fine. He just needed minor help. If we had submitted the $1800 fee up front my puppy would have been here with us today. Thank you NYCVS for murdering my gorgeous healthy pup. I strongly advice everyone to opt for another Vet or at least have a lot of cash available or Else.... R.I.P to my beloved puppy 9 weeks old, didn't get to grow old with you or maybe you are alive and these vets sold you to get money from one of us somehow....

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★☆☆☆☆

Basically my gorgeous white/black 9 week old pugapoo was in need of emerency services. My husband rushed to the NYCVS to help him because of his bleeding nose & crying pain. An estimate $1800 fee was given and he did not have it. So all services to help my puppy where decliened because of insufficient cash. The puppy seemed ok but 10 minutes later the vet pronounced him "dead". The vet kept saying he had a clot in his nose.. Why couldn't she do her best to save him!! I am extremely distraught. My husband tried to take him home prior to her bringing him downstairs, but they said no. Of course, they want to get paid somehow. He asked to see the puppy one more time and now he tells me that he was moving a little and looking at him. So I am left confussed.. because he also says that the vet wanted to know who the breeder was and also tried to keep all of my pups records containing information about his microchip, neuterization, and shots. Why would they do this?? I came to conclude that perhaps my dog was but through local anesticia and they quickly handed him the papers to agree to euthanize him. In order to have proof of his determination so that they may save him after my husband walked out. I believe it did happen, I am in a great big denial of his "death" he was fine. He just needed minor help. If we had submitted the $1800 fee up front my puppy would have been here with us today. Thank you NYCVS for murdering my gorgeous healthy pup. I strongly advice everyone to opt for another Vet or at least have a lot of cash available or Else.... R.I.P to my beloved puppy 9 weeks old, didn't get to grow old with you or maybe you are alive and these vets sold you to get money from one of us somehow....

Pros: Fancy Vet ER

Cons: If the price is not right your pet will die on their table!!

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Maybe some of you have read my earlier reviews. My cat was diagnosed as having asthma. I questioned it vehemently, but they used this as their "working diagnosis," a term that allows them to be flat wrong. After 2445.00 in extreme treatment for asthma, they finally looked down my casts throat and saw a tumor - the real cause of the breathing difficulty. Our cat was too weak from the wrong treatment - 36 hours of steroids, inhalants etc, which possibly aroused the tumor - and they suggested putting her out of her misery. Rocha insisted they did nothing wrong. wouldn't it be nice to have a job where you could charge 2500.00 for an incorrect 36 hr service, have it be the wrong service, cost a life in the process, and still get paid? Wouldn't that be nice. And on top of it, get a kickback from Care Credit because your client didn't have the money to pay you in full, you offered the credit card at 24% interest in fine print.
After all of this and countless investigations-which led to nothing because they quickly cremated my cat, therefore destroying the evidence of a misdiagnosis - David G offer 40% compensation for "my trouble" - an agreement of 800.00 refund for "my trouble". Still no admission of misdiagnosis. I was insulted by the gesture, but I accepted.
They never sent it and never sent anything.
If you trust these people at NYCVS, you need severe psychological help. And if you believe the rave reviews on this site - oh well.

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★☆☆☆☆

Maybe some of you have read my earlier reviews. My cat was diagnosed as having asthma. I questioned it vehemently, but they used this as their "working diagnosis," a term that allows them to be flat wrong. After 2445.00 in extreme treatment for asthma, they finally looked down my casts throat and saw a tumor - the real cause of the breathing difficulty. Our cat was too weak from the wrong treatment - 36 hours of steroids, inhalants etc, which possibly aroused the tumor - and they suggested putting her out of her misery. Rocha insisted they did nothing wrong. wouldn't it be nice to have a job where you could charge 2500.00 for an incorrect 36 hr service, have it be the wrong service, cost a life in the process, and still get paid? Wouldn't that be nice. And on top of it, get a kickback from Care Credit because your client didn't have the money to pay you in full, you offered the credit card at 24% interest in fine print.
After all of this and countless investigations-which led to nothing because they quickly cremated my cat, therefore destroying the evidence of a misdiagnosis - David G offer 40% compensation for "my trouble" - an agreement of 800.00 refund for "my trouble". Still no admission of misdiagnosis. I was insulted by the gesture, but I accepted.
They never sent it and never sent anything.
If you trust these people at NYCVS, you need severe psychological help. And if you believe the rave reviews on this site - oh well.

Pros: none

Cons: They gladly misdiagnose for a profit and lie - in closing

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It was a Saturday night and my regular veterinarian was closed. I called them and they gave me this number to NYCVS. My dalmatian had been lethargic that day and I was getting more and more concerned as the day went on. He had been acting a little off all week but it's been cold out and I was attributing his behavior to other things (my mistake!). I called the hospital and they told me that I should bring him in. When I arrived, I was so impressed by the immediate attention from the receptionists and the technicians. Because my dog was so ill, he was triaged to their emergency station and they began working on him. He had to stay in the hospital overnight and they called my regular vet first thing the next morning. Because he was so ill, he needed to see a specialist and they took care of my baby boy from there. We learned that night that he had diabetes but we had not known this before and now they said he was a DKA. He had to stay in the hospital for a few days and I came to visit him twice a day and the technicians were so kind on each one of my visits. The doctor kept me well informed and one night I called them in the middle of the night because I couldn't sleep and the technician who gave me an update was so reassuring and kind. My dog is doing great now (I have to give him insulin injections twice a day) but he barely notices. I cannot thank the NYCVS staff enough for their compassion and kindness. I have been to other large hospitals in the city with other pets and this experience (which could have been horrific and scarey) was actually amazing. It is truly a state of the art facility and the staff is amazing! Thank you NYCVS. I am forever grateful to all of you for saving my baby boy. If I get sick, I am going to make the ambulance take me to your hospital!

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★★★★★

It was a Saturday night and my regular veterinarian was closed. I called them and they gave me this number to NYCVS. My dalmatian had been lethargic that day and I was getting more and more concerned as the day went on. He had been acting a little off all week but it's been cold out and I was attributing his behavior to other things (my mistake!). I called the hospital and they told me that I should bring him in. When I arrived, I was so impressed by the immediate attention from the receptionists and the technicians. Because my dog was so ill, he was triaged to their emergency station and they began working on him. He had to stay in the hospital overnight and they called my regular vet first thing the next morning. Because he was so ill, he needed to see a specialist and they took care of my baby boy from there. We learned that night that he had diabetes but we had not known this before and now they said he was a DKA. He had to stay in the hospital for a few days and I came to visit him twice a day and the technicians were so kind on each one of my visits. The doctor kept me well informed and one night I called them in the middle of the night because I couldn't sleep and the technician who gave me an update was so reassuring and kind. My dog is doing great now (I have to give him insulin injections twice a day) but he barely notices. I cannot thank the NYCVS staff enough for their compassion and kindness. I have been to other large hospitals in the city with other pets and this experience (which could have been horrific and scarey) was actually amazing. It is truly a state of the art facility and the staff is amazing! Thank you NYCVS. I am forever grateful to all of you for saving my baby boy. If I get sick, I am going to make the ambulance take me to your hospital!

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My 14-year old cat, Cleo, became suddenly and seriously ill. My vet felt that the only place capable of properly caring for her was NYC Veterinary Specialists. Within 60 seconds after I came through the door with her, I had been greated, asked what was wrong, she had been whisked away to triage and I had been seated in a clean quiet room with Kleenex to wait for an assessment of what was wrong. While I was waiting, someone from the reception desk came to check on me and to tell me that they were receiving my cat's medical records from my vet. Each person who came in contact with me and with Cleo couldn't have been more caring or concerned or more kind. The last thing I wanted to do was to leave her there overnight, but I was assured that the night doctor would call me and call her doctor, Dr. Peterson, if she took a turn for the worse overnight so that both he and I could be there with her. While I was in the cab, coming home, I received a call from the night doctor assuring me that she would pay special attention to Cleo and certainly call both me and Dr. Peterson, if necessary. Cleo made it through the night, but she was so desperately sick (sepsis and other things) that I decided to euthanize her. I stayed with her through it and Dr. Peterson again, couldn't have been any kinder, gentler or sympathetic. I have had cats all my life and faced medical emergencies, but I've never been in a facility like this with staff like this. These are superb, talented, caring lovely people....everyone from the reception area to the technicians to the doctors. Four days after Cleo died, they sent me a little plaque made of plaster of Paris in a little drawstring bag that had her pawprints in it. Seriously.

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★★★★★

My 14-year old cat, Cleo, became suddenly and seriously ill. My vet felt that the only place capable of properly caring for her was NYC Veterinary Specialists. Within 60 seconds after I came through the door with her, I had been greated, asked what was wrong, she had been whisked away to triage and I had been seated in a clean quiet room with Kleenex to wait for an assessment of what was wrong. While I was waiting, someone from the reception desk came to check on me and to tell me that they were receiving my cat's medical records from my vet. Each person who came in contact with me and with Cleo couldn't have been more caring or concerned or more kind. The last thing I wanted to do was to leave her there overnight, but I was assured that the night doctor would call me and call her doctor, Dr. Peterson, if she took a turn for the worse overnight so that both he and I could be there with her. While I was in the cab, coming home, I received a call from the night doctor assuring me that she would pay special attention to Cleo and certainly call both me and Dr. Peterson, if necessary. Cleo made it through the night, but she was so desperately sick (sepsis and other things) that I decided to euthanize her. I stayed with her through it and Dr. Peterson again, couldn't have been any kinder, gentler or sympathetic. I have had cats all my life and faced medical emergencies, but I've never been in a facility like this with staff like this. These are superb, talented, caring lovely people....everyone from the reception area to the technicians to the doctors. Four days after Cleo died, they sent me a little plaque made of plaster of Paris in a little drawstring bag that had her pawprints in it. Seriously.

Pros: the finest care

Cons: expensive, but not important when it comes to your animals

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After reading the mixed reviews about NYC Veterinary Specialists I felt compelled to write. A lot of the negative reviews posted here are based on experiences with the emergency care. However if you look at other emergency animal hospitals, of which I believe there might only be one other in NYC, reviews tend to mirror those here. If your animal is in dire need of emergency services often the chances aren't good and unfortunately in a time of grief we may often blame the vet when something goes wrong as we would blame the doctor in an emergency room. However since I have never had to use the emergency services here I can honestly not comment on how the pets are treated at that time.

However, I have visited NYC Vet Specialists multiple times over the past year by recommendation of my local vet. My dog is in the process of being treated for both eye problems and allergies and the doctors couldn't be more knowledgable or compassionate. I was given multiple options for treatment for both my dogs corneal dystrophy and allergies with those treatments ranging in price. I was never pressured into tests that could be done by my local vet. As a matter of fact I am considering eye surgery for my dog and asked if I could have a teeth cleaning done at the same time and was informed that they do not do teeth cleaning because it is something that can be done at a local vet and they don't want to take away their business. Yes treatment can be expensive but after comparing it to other specialists in the area the prices are about the same.

Overall I wouldn't take my dog here for a routine visit, I don't even think they see pets for average treatment. However, if you need a specialist that cannot be found at your local vet then I recommend NYC Vet Specialists without hesitation.

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★★★★★

After reading the mixed reviews about NYC Veterinary Specialists I felt compelled to write. A lot of the negative reviews posted here are based on experiences with the emergency care. However if you look at other emergency animal hospitals, of which I believe there might only be one other in NYC, reviews tend to mirror those here. If your animal is in dire need of emergency services often the chances aren't good and unfortunately in a time of grief we may often blame the vet when something goes wrong as we would blame the doctor in an emergency room. However since I have never had to use the emergency services here I can honestly not comment on how the pets are treated at that time.

However, I have visited NYC Vet Specialists multiple times over the past year by recommendation of my local vet. My dog is in the process of being treated for both eye problems and allergies and the doctors couldn't be more knowledgable or compassionate. I was given multiple options for treatment for both my dogs corneal dystrophy and allergies with those treatments ranging in price. I was never pressured into tests that could be done by my local vet. As a matter of fact I am considering eye surgery for my dog and asked if I could have a teeth cleaning done at the same time and was informed that they do not do teeth cleaning because it is something that can be done at a local vet and they don't want to take away their business. Yes treatment can be expensive but after comparing it to other specialists in the area the prices are about the same.

Overall I wouldn't take my dog here for a routine visit, I don't even think they see pets for average treatment. However, if you need a specialist that cannot be found at your local vet then I recommend NYC Vet Specialists without hesitation.

Pros: Speciality care not found many other vets

Cons: Pricey but not for NYC area

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I had a wonderful experience with this facility in the face of a very tragic situation. My doxin Kayci herniated 2 discs and became completely paralyzed on New Year's Day and had to have emergency surgery that day. Yes, it's very expensive. Most veterinarian charges are, especially special surgeries, in an emergency on a holiday! But that was my situation and it was terrifying! It's an emergency hospital so I prepared myself for the financial hardship.

The of all, the facility is VERY clean! The amount of dog/cat hair that must come through there on a daily basis is probably disgusting!! But you wouldn't know it b/c they are CONSTANTLY cleaning! Very impressive!

The staff at this hospital are absolutely wonderful people. Extremely attentive, kind, sincere and knowledgeable. I must give a very large thank you to Dr. Levitin for helping my dog walk again. The neurosurgeon, he did a fantastic dog and the joy I have seeing my once immobile dog carry on in my apartment again ...it warms my heart and soul.

Other notable doctors that I must thank from the bottom of my heart - Dr. Stetina, Dr. Smith, Dr. Park - all wonderful - Dr. Stetina was a godsend at helping me understand all that was happening before Kayci's surgery and informing me of my options and Dr. Smith was a real sweetheart! Very kind and helpful in my difficult and stressful nerves.

There were other technicians that cared for Kayci while in ICU and the "in patient" ward that I just can't thank enough for the sensitivity and caring nature toward Kayci and the other dogs at the facility!

A wonderful place that I would trust my dog's life with .... and did. Thank you!

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★★★★★

I had a wonderful experience with this facility in the face of a very tragic situation. My doxin Kayci herniated 2 discs and became completely paralyzed on New Year's Day and had to have emergency surgery that day. Yes, it's very expensive. Most veterinarian charges are, especially special surgeries, in an emergency on a holiday! But that was my situation and it was terrifying! It's an emergency hospital so I prepared myself for the financial hardship.

The of all, the facility is VERY clean! The amount of dog/cat hair that must come through there on a daily basis is probably disgusting!! But you wouldn't know it b/c they are CONSTANTLY cleaning! Very impressive!

The staff at this hospital are absolutely wonderful people. Extremely attentive, kind, sincere and knowledgeable. I must give a very large thank you to Dr. Levitin for helping my dog walk again. The neurosurgeon, he did a fantastic dog and the joy I have seeing my once immobile dog carry on in my apartment again ...it warms my heart and soul.

Other notable doctors that I must thank from the bottom of my heart - Dr. Stetina, Dr. Smith, Dr. Park - all wonderful - Dr. Stetina was a godsend at helping me understand all that was happening before Kayci's surgery and informing me of my options and Dr. Smith was a real sweetheart! Very kind and helpful in my difficult and stressful nerves.

There were other technicians that cared for Kayci while in ICU and the "in patient" ward that I just can't thank enough for the sensitivity and caring nature toward Kayci and the other dogs at the facility!

A wonderful place that I would trust my dog's life with .... and did. Thank you!

Pros: Great Staff, Clean, Efficient, Reliable

Cons: Expensive

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I brought my cat here for an emergency visit a few months ago, and I fully agree with what some of the other reviewers here have said: if it's 3am on a Sunday night you might have no choice but to come here, but if you can, try to avoid it. Here are the positives: the staff (at least those I encountered at 3am on a Sunday night) were extremely nice and friendly. The hospital is clean and they do have the facilities at hand to quickly diagnose and treat your pet. They will also give you extensive notes and copies of your X-Rays, and they will send that information on to your regular vet as well. This can be helpful since some of those 3am details might be hazy the next day.

Here are the negatives: they don't seem to know what they are doing. I brought my cat in because when I came home from a late shift at work, I found that he wasn't keeping food down, wasn't peeing, and was crying and staggering around the house. I knew it couldn't wait until morning so I brought him over to NYC-VS. To their credit, they did take an extensive history and they immediately ran some bloodwork, did an exam and sent him for X-Rays to see if he was blocked. However, once that possibility was ruled out, they didn't seem to know what to do with him., said he might or might not have an infection, and just wanted to send him home. I felt as though I were the vet: I had to suggest that MAYBE since he was dehydrated it would be nice to give him some fluids, and that PERHAPS because was in so much pain he was crying constantly, they might want to address that. They charged me $65 for a pain shot and refused to send him home with even one dose of pain medicine. Luckily I was able to get in touch with his regular vet early in the morning and get him some antibiotics and a pain management plan, and all was well, but I really think that NYC-VS could have done a much better job about treating my cat. Don't go here unless you really and truly are out of other choices.

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★★☆☆☆

I brought my cat here for an emergency visit a few months ago, and I fully agree with what some of the other reviewers here have said: if it's 3am on a Sunday night you might have no choice but to come here, but if you can, try to avoid it. Here are the positives: the staff (at least those I encountered at 3am on a Sunday night) were extremely nice and friendly. The hospital is clean and they do have the facilities at hand to quickly diagnose and treat your pet. They will also give you extensive notes and copies of your X-Rays, and they will send that information on to your regular vet as well. This can be helpful since some of those 3am details might be hazy the next day.

Here are the negatives: they don't seem to know what they are doing. I brought my cat in because when I came home from a late shift at work, I found that he wasn't keeping food down, wasn't peeing, and was crying and staggering around the house. I knew it couldn't wait until morning so I brought him over to NYC-VS. To their credit, they did take an extensive history and they immediately ran some bloodwork, did an exam and sent him for X-Rays to see if he was blocked. However, once that possibility was ruled out, they didn't seem to know what to do with him., said he might or might not have an infection, and just wanted to send him home. I felt as though I were the vet: I had to suggest that MAYBE since he was dehydrated it would be nice to give him some fluids, and that PERHAPS because was in so much pain he was crying constantly, they might want to address that. They charged me $65 for a pain shot and refused to send him home with even one dose of pain medicine. Luckily I was able to get in touch with his regular vet early in the morning and get him some antibiotics and a pain management plan, and all was well, but I really think that NYC-VS could have done a much better job about treating my cat. Don't go here unless you really and truly are out of other choices.

Pros: excellent facilities, exceptionally clean, friendly staff

Cons: friendly staff aren't necessarily good vets

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I had a HORRIFIC experience on new years afternoon Dec 31, 2008 - with
Andrew E.Kyles, BVMS, Phd.(BVMS -Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine &
Surgery -a title from University of Glasgow, UK) - NYC Vet Specialists
clinic was recommended to me by VERG Brooklyn. My cat has had a pretty big
abscess that became a huge open CLEAN wound of raw flesh over the whole leg and
hip - absolutely curable - if you have patience. This doctor told me that cutting off her leg would
be the quickest and "cleanest solution" - when I told him NO WAY he insisted to explain it even more.
When I asked him if he also would have suggested this"option" if it would be his cat - avoiding my eyes- he looked into the floor and mumbled :"probably not" - so - the man likes to do that leg cutting "procedure"!)
If one considers that this new hospital is a state of the art place with a
very high rent - they proudly give you a tour and show you all the machines
they have there - it is impressive . They have a huge staff working there and all this is the reason
for the high bills . I took my cat and we RAN as quick as I could out of there.Changing of the bandage under anesthesia did cost more than 3 times the money than everywhere else) ;at the parking garage opposite the guys told me that people very often leave from there out of their mind, crying.
PS- my cat is healing beautifully - at another vet in Brooklyn on 6th ave the bandage changes are without anesthesia and I knew that this is possible.
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART and treat your animals the way you would treat your kids.
Examine every doctor thoroughly! Do not believe everything they say. TRUST has to be earned

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I had a HORRIFIC experience on new years afternoon Dec 31, 2008 - with
Andrew E.Kyles, BVMS, Phd.(BVMS -Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine &
Surgery -a title from University of Glasgow, UK) - NYC Vet Specialists
clinic was recommended to me by VERG Brooklyn. My cat has had a pretty big
abscess that became a huge open CLEAN wound of raw flesh over the whole leg and
hip - absolutely curable - if you have patience. This doctor told me that cutting off her leg would
be the quickest and "cleanest solution" - when I told him NO WAY he insisted to explain it even more.
When I asked him if he also would have suggested this"option" if it would be his cat - avoiding my eyes- he looked into the floor and mumbled :"probably not" - so - the man likes to do that leg cutting "procedure"!)
If one considers that this new hospital is a state of the art place with a
very high rent - they proudly give you a tour and show you all the machines
they have there - it is impressive . They have a huge staff working there and all this is the reason
for the high bills . I took my cat and we RAN as quick as I could out of there.Changing of the bandage under anesthesia did cost more than 3 times the money than everywhere else) ;at the parking garage opposite the guys told me that people very often leave from there out of their mind, crying.
PS- my cat is healing beautifully - at another vet in Brooklyn on 6th ave the bandage changes are without anesthesia and I knew that this is possible.
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART and treat your animals the way you would treat your kids.
Examine every doctor thoroughly! Do not believe everything they say. TRUST has to be earned

Pros: High Tech Glitz

Cons: no integrity

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I took my 16 year old dog there because he was going blimd. He had a cataract in his only eye. I knew he was old but figured he was worth the 4000 to have it removed . They told me while it was not 100% foolproof t but hat they did test to assure it was woth doing-mainly checking that the eye behind the cataraxct was good.
The young , pretty doctor said she could do it right away-she was going on vacation. i had an estimate. after his operation he did not see at all-ever again. His sight was worse-gone totally. they said -O well.
I was very sad. When I looked at the bill I saw no charges for the 2 tests that check the health of the eye behind the catarct.-Long story short -they failed to do the tests I complained for weeks to no avail -then got the owner on the phone in Tampa. i was promptly refunded, They screwed up big time but did not want to admit it. The doctor never admiited or apologized. Thisi s fancy place with poor care -Don't go there!!

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I took my 16 year old dog there because he was going blimd. He had a cataract in his only eye. I knew he was old but figured he was worth the 4000 to have it removed . They told me while it was not 100% foolproof t but hat they did test to assure it was woth doing-mainly checking that the eye behind the cataraxct was good.
The young , pretty doctor said she could do it right away-she was going on vacation. i had an estimate. after his operation he did not see at all-ever again. His sight was worse-gone totally. they said -O well.
I was very sad. When I looked at the bill I saw no charges for the 2 tests that check the health of the eye behind the catarct.-Long story short -they failed to do the tests I complained for weeks to no avail -then got the owner on the phone in Tampa. i was promptly refunded, They screwed up big time but did not want to admit it. The doctor never admiited or apologized. Thisi s fancy place with poor care -Don't go there!!

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***UPDATE****
Misdiagnosis will be aired today December 16, 2008 on Fox 5 at 5pm News Channel. They apparently still lied about considering a refund and a legal suit is already in process for January. Please support animal lovers and spread the word about being aware of your rights and investigation to care for your pet.

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***UPDATE****
Misdiagnosis will be aired today December 16, 2008 on Fox 5 at 5pm News Channel. They apparently still lied about considering a refund and a legal suit is already in process for January. Please support animal lovers and spread the word about being aware of your rights and investigation to care for your pet.

Pros: You are marketed with care and compassion with your dog's condition

Cons: They act like they are experienced, but they are going by the books straight out of school

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We brought our cat here last weekend when we were worried she was having a bad reaction to a medication, and our regular vet was closed. Though there are certainly similar cons to any emergency room (long wait, being bumped if a more critical patient comes in, greater cost), it was worth the trip to ensure our cat was treated over the weekend. The technicians and vets were very thorough, both with us and with our pet. They allowed us to visit twice during her overnight stay, called us with updates, and provided us with a 4 page discharge report, which was also faxed to our regular vet the same day. As a very nervous client who had never left the cat alone overnight, I was grateful for the attention given to my questions and the willingness of the staff to accomodate us during visiting hours. I hope we never have to go back with another emergency, but if we do, I will feel a little more confident based on this experience.

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We brought our cat here last weekend when we were worried she was having a bad reaction to a medication, and our regular vet was closed. Though there are certainly similar cons to any emergency room (long wait, being bumped if a more critical patient comes in, greater cost), it was worth the trip to ensure our cat was treated over the weekend. The technicians and vets were very thorough, both with us and with our pet. They allowed us to visit twice during her overnight stay, called us with updates, and provided us with a 4 page discharge report, which was also faxed to our regular vet the same day. As a very nervous client who had never left the cat alone overnight, I was grateful for the attention given to my questions and the willingness of the staff to accomodate us during visiting hours. I hope we never have to go back with another emergency, but if we do, I will feel a little more confident based on this experience.

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I have been there twice to see specialists and the doctors are very caring , knowledgable and thorough. I found the hospital to be very clean and state of the art. Nurses and assistants are also good. The care is definitely there, but the follow-up with doctors and with desk staff is not the best. I understand that everyone gets busy, but a return phone call two days later is not the best way to keep clients especially when you are worried about your pet,. I had left without the discharge papers and they told me that it would be sent to me via email or fax soon as I needed to show them to my regular vet the next day. It has taken four phone calls (each time promising me that it will be sent via email) during a two day period and I still haven't received them. The staff at my regular vet would not be so lax. They should work on the followup in order to help return business.

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I have been there twice to see specialists and the doctors are very caring , knowledgable and thorough. I found the hospital to be very clean and state of the art. Nurses and assistants are also good. The care is definitely there, but the follow-up with doctors and with desk staff is not the best. I understand that everyone gets busy, but a return phone call two days later is not the best way to keep clients especially when you are worried about your pet,. I had left without the discharge papers and they told me that it would be sent to me via email or fax soon as I needed to show them to my regular vet the next day. It has taken four phone calls (each time promising me that it will be sent via email) during a two day period and I still haven't received them. The staff at my regular vet would not be so lax. They should work on the followup in order to help return business.

Pros: Great doctors, clean environment, 24 hours

Cons: Bad follow-up

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I have taken my dog here on two different occasions, a year apart. Both times, it was on a Sunday when my regular vet was closed and I thought my dog was very ill. Same thing happend on both visits: there was no one in the waiting room, but I still waited over 30 minutes before someone came to do an initial evaluation, another 30 minutes before the doctor came; another 30 minutes to get a bill that was much, much higher then my regular vet would charge. (I am under stating the length of time I waited!) In the second incident, I was told that my dog had diabetes and was likely to die if he didn't get immediate treatment. (To be fair, they did treat my dog for dehydration.) They offered to do two different levels of diagnostic testing: the "gold standard" diagnostic tests would have added a minimum of an additional $300+ to the bill. I refused the tests and took my dog to his regular vet the next day where I waited less than 10 minutes, a simple diagnostic test was done to rule out diabetes, and I was given appropriate medication that fixed the problem within 24 hours. All this for less than I was charged at NYC Vet. p.s.: My dog did NOT have diabetes - he was overheated and had a stomach virus! I have heard similar stories from other dog owners in the neighborhood. There don't seem to be a lot of options as to where you can take your pet for a medical emergency late at night or on a Sunday. But this is the ONLY way I will ever go back there again!

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★★☆☆☆

I have taken my dog here on two different occasions, a year apart. Both times, it was on a Sunday when my regular vet was closed and I thought my dog was very ill. Same thing happend on both visits: there was no one in the waiting room, but I still waited over 30 minutes before someone came to do an initial evaluation, another 30 minutes before the doctor came; another 30 minutes to get a bill that was much, much higher then my regular vet would charge. (I am under stating the length of time I waited!) In the second incident, I was told that my dog had diabetes and was likely to die if he didn't get immediate treatment. (To be fair, they did treat my dog for dehydration.) They offered to do two different levels of diagnostic testing: the "gold standard" diagnostic tests would have added a minimum of an additional $300+ to the bill. I refused the tests and took my dog to his regular vet the next day where I waited less than 10 minutes, a simple diagnostic test was done to rule out diabetes, and I was given appropriate medication that fixed the problem within 24 hours. All this for less than I was charged at NYC Vet. p.s.: My dog did NOT have diabetes - he was overheated and had a stomach virus! I have heard similar stories from other dog owners in the neighborhood. There don't seem to be a lot of options as to where you can take your pet for a medical emergency late at night or on a Sunday. But this is the ONLY way I will ever go back there again!

Pros: Very clean, hours of operation

Cons: $$$$$, lack of common sense regarding diagnostics, ridiculous waiting time

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my dog ingested a potentially lethal substance. my vet told me to get over to the hospital fast. she would call ahead for me. i got there and after waiting a few minutes, a nurse comes in and didnt even know the substance was toxic to dogs. 40 MINUTES LATER the vet comes in and agreed my dog had to be i.v'd, etc. and kept overnite for monitoring. he said he would check him out and would come back to show me where my dog would be staying. he never came back up. when i asked well over an hour later, someone finally said, "oh ok, he's downstairs. let me give you a tour of the facilities" huh? she showed me all around the hospital labs, radiation rooms, etc and lastly, where my dog was staying. it was the most depressing site. dogs crying, one puppy isolated with parvo, cats with cancer, didnt i feel bad enough already? when i picked my dog up the next day, the bill was 1200+. since i couldnt pay it at once, i was put on a 3 month plan. processing fee to put on said 3 month plan? $57! never again!

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★☆☆☆☆

my dog ingested a potentially lethal substance. my vet told me to get over to the hospital fast. she would call ahead for me. i got there and after waiting a few minutes, a nurse comes in and didnt even know the substance was toxic to dogs. 40 MINUTES LATER the vet comes in and agreed my dog had to be i.v'd, etc. and kept overnite for monitoring. he said he would check him out and would come back to show me where my dog would be staying. he never came back up. when i asked well over an hour later, someone finally said, "oh ok, he's downstairs. let me give you a tour of the facilities" huh? she showed me all around the hospital labs, radiation rooms, etc and lastly, where my dog was staying. it was the most depressing site. dogs crying, one puppy isolated with parvo, cats with cancer, didnt i feel bad enough already? when i picked my dog up the next day, the bill was 1200+. since i couldnt pay it at once, i was put on a 3 month plan. processing fee to put on said 3 month plan? $57! never again!

Pros: up to date facility, my dog was helped

Cons: lacks a feeling of comfort, long waits with no updates, inappropriate tours, stupid application fee charge

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I would never recommend NYC Veterinary Specialists. The ER vet was an inexperienced horror! I took my 14 year old dog who was in respiratory distress there. The vet administered oxygen to my dog. Later she suggested that I put the dog down. I suggested that I would like to take the dog home to die and the vet says she cannot let me do that and that she would "bar the door." When my daughter arrived, the vet advised that my dog had taken a turn for the worse. I followed the vet down to the dog and the vet abruptly tells me that my dog is "brain-dead" and walks away from me. I called the dog's name and the dog strongly lifts up her head and looks into my face. After being badgered to sign the euthanasia consent form and finally signing it because I knew the dog was terminal and suffering, the vet says "most people would not have put their dog down at this point" in an effort to congratulate me. This has caused me post-traumatic stress disorder for months. She had absolutely no compassion and NO PEOPLE SKILLS! She told me my dog was brain-dead when she should have been supporting me in saying goodbye to my beloved dog. I only hope that she had good technical skills. I sent several certified letters to NYC Vet Specialists afterwards and got NO response!!

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I would never recommend NYC Veterinary Specialists. The ER vet was an inexperienced horror! I took my 14 year old dog who was in respiratory distress there. The vet administered oxygen to my dog. Later she suggested that I put the dog down. I suggested that I would like to take the dog home to die and the vet says she cannot let me do that and that she would "bar the door." When my daughter arrived, the vet advised that my dog had taken a turn for the worse. I followed the vet down to the dog and the vet abruptly tells me that my dog is "brain-dead" and walks away from me. I called the dog's name and the dog strongly lifts up her head and looks into my face. After being badgered to sign the euthanasia consent form and finally signing it because I knew the dog was terminal and suffering, the vet says "most people would not have put their dog down at this point" in an effort to congratulate me. This has caused me post-traumatic stress disorder for months. She had absolutely no compassion and NO PEOPLE SKILLS! She told me my dog was brain-dead when she should have been supporting me in saying goodbye to my beloved dog. I only hope that she had good technical skills. I sent several certified letters to NYC Vet Specialists afterwards and got NO response!!

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I brought my dog in to Dr.Levitin for a neurological exam. He was apologetic for running late and gave my dog a very thorough exam. He was kind and gentle with my pet. He then told me he would provide me with an email describing the possible tests, diseases, and treatment options for my dog so I could discuss these options with my boyfriend. When I did not receive the email that day I gave a reminder call the following day and was told it would be sent by lunchtime. I called two more consecutive days when I did not receive anything. Finally, I wrote a letter to the doctor by mail.

16 DAYS after my pet's exam, I received a phone call from Dr. Levitin and the email with an apology. Although I appreciated finally receiving the information, I would never entrust my pet's care to this center again. If that's how long I wait after paying $150 for 30 minutes, why would I ever spend $3000 on an MRI?

Don't go here if you are anxious about your pet's condition and want prompt results!

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I brought my dog in to Dr.Levitin for a neurological exam. He was apologetic for running late and gave my dog a very thorough exam. He was kind and gentle with my pet. He then told me he would provide me with an email describing the possible tests, diseases, and treatment options for my dog so I could discuss these options with my boyfriend. When I did not receive the email that day I gave a reminder call the following day and was told it would be sent by lunchtime. I called two more consecutive days when I did not receive anything. Finally, I wrote a letter to the doctor by mail.

16 DAYS after my pet's exam, I received a phone call from Dr. Levitin and the email with an apology. Although I appreciated finally receiving the information, I would never entrust my pet's care to this center again. If that's how long I wait after paying $150 for 30 minutes, why would I ever spend $3000 on an MRI?

Don't go here if you are anxious about your pet's condition and want prompt results!

Pros: Clean, my pet was treated well

Cons: The doctor took 16 days to give us results, despite phone calls and a letter, expensive

 

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