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At Center-Sinai Animal Hospital, Your Pet's Health Is Our Main Concern

Regular Hours

General Info:
We offer a full range of pet care and emergency services for Cats, Dogs, Avian and Exotic Pets.
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Main Office: (310) 559-1792

Main Office: (310) 838-1234

Payment method:
amex, check, debit, discover, insurance, mastercard, visa
  • We provide you with knowledgeable, compassionate, caring and reassuring services based on the latest veterinary information, for your pet family member's well being, and your own.
  • We deliver rational health care at reasonable prices. We do believe in being thorough, but not in over-treating your pet.
  • We make you and your pet(s) as comfortable as possible at every visit, from exams to treatments.
  • We encourage visits with your pet(s) i
Palms, West Los Angeles
Our day and overnight guests receive personalized care and attention. Cuddles, scritches, pats, and walks from our pet loving staff definitely included. We also welcome visits from pet parents when pet family members need to stay overnight.
English, Spanish
American Animal Hospital Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association.

CSAH Avian Hospital

Center Sinai Animal Hospital

Veterinarians, Pet Boarding & Kennels, Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals, Veterinarian Emergency Services, Veterinary Specialty Services
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Parking: On Site

Price Range : Average

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Far and away the best. LOVE these Vets!

I have lived in LA for 12 years - using about a dozen different Vets. Most were competent but also missing that extra something. Dr. Baum is caring, knowledgeable and a man of integrity. In fact, I love all of the Vets working here especially Dr. B and Dr. Williams. I have 4 pets and have recently started Fostering rescued pets. I drive across town to go here because of the professional, dedicated and compassionate care.
I wonder if some of the reviews here are more about the hurt of having a sick/dying pet rather than Center Sinai. I was someone who came in with a seriously injured pet and was immediately seen in front of a fellow there for a nail trim. I am sorry he was pissed and saw fit to give a bad review.... but I am forever grateful to Dr. Williams for saving my cat. I would want the same triage treatment extended to whomever walked in the door.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Experience- Great Follow Up

I have taken my 2 dogs and cat here for about 3 years. I have had a great experience with this office and I am surprised by the other comments here. My little dog Nala has had two surgeries here and they have taken excellent care of her. The biggest tell tale sign is that when we come to this vet office, she is not scared or shaking as she has been at other vets I have taken her to in the past. She had two seperate tumor removals. One (A few years ago) was by her eye and the surgery was so great that you can not even tell she had it. The previous vet she had been going to refused to remove it and it got larger, so I got a second opinion and that is how I ended up at Center Sinai. The second removal of tumors was just at the base of her tail and on her side. The Dr. had them all biopsied- and thankfully all were benigne.The follow up was great- the Dr called after the surgery to see how she was doing and to answer any questions. Very rarely have I had vets do this... Other than the surgeries, I have had general care of the animals there- Teeth cleaning, shots, etc. I also purchased the Pet Well Care Plan which saved me quite a bit of money in the long run as Nala needed surgery. I would recommend this feature to any pet owner. The cons here are that some of the staff could be a bit more professional, and the wait times are sometimes long- but overall this is a pretty good place. In my experience- any issues I have had any concern with, I have brought up to te staff and they were quick to resolve for me.


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Try somewhere else instead. Really. You've been warned.

If you make an appointment with Dr. Baum you can expect to wait at least an hour in an overcrowded waiting room. Once you're granted an audience you will be spoken to in an unfamiliar language that sounds like English but at 3 times the speed. Following the 12.6 seconds you spend with Dr. Baum you will be given bizarre and confusing instructions by a receptionist as they are rushing away from you, in much the same manner as all the witnesses on 'Law and Order'. If you ask for clarification you will be given information that contradicts what you were originally told.

I'm forced to deal with Dr. Baum and his staff due to a petsitting situation. I have never, NEVER, not once been told the same answer to a question about the little dog's treatments, test results, etc. Dr. Baum may well be a gifted veterinarian but he's a TERRIBLE administrator. I've spoken to the entire cast of receptionists and assistants and no one has ever shown the slightest bit of inclination to take charge of an important question and take the time to come back with a definitive answer.

Center Sinai is clearly not the least bit concerned with customer service. Their goal is to collect $ for as many office visits as possible and spend as little time with patients and owners as they can get away with.

Still want to chance a visit? Good luck.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Unsafe Vet - Do Not Recommend!

1. Took my adopted stray cat and asked for Dr. Baum specifically. Hard to get appt to see him. Did not do much of a physical on a street stray cat, and he should have checked him more thoroughly. I repeatedly asked if he might have worms due to a bloated belly. He said no, cat is just fat. Turns out he had worms of all kinds after all. Dr. Baum has written many articles online on cat care, and I was very disappointed since Center-Sinai Animal Hospital is nearby and inexpensive.

2. Took my new rescue German Shepherd to see Dr. Amanda Williams. I have never met a more incompetent vet! She had a sulky and negative attitude from the start. She barely touched the dog, took him in the back for a ear exam. Came back and said the tech could not hold him down so she could not insert her ultra-long scope in his ear so could not check why his ear was hurting. Duh! The dog was very skittish - he had just been rescued, poor guy. I held my dog down on the ground, opened his ear, and said 'Take a look'. She refused to even look. Unbelievable!!! She missed a big lump on his tail (cyst, infection, tumor?) that I saw when bathing him next day. She did not advise about deworming, though he is skinny as a rake, had bad flea bites from neglect, and eats voraciously. I was so mad. I paid, but after I heard from the rescue head, and another dog owner, that this was a bad place with horror stories, I am getting my money back and finding another vet. Never going to use this place again!!! I will also be lodging a complaint against Amanda Williams to the Vet Licensing agencies and with Dr. Baum, the owner of Center-Sinai Animal Hospital. Do not go there. The rescue folks had some bad stories about neglect of animals.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Ok animal hospital, I would not recommend

I chose Center Sinai because I couldn't seem to find any vets with decent hours and because of my work schedule, I needed all the flexibility possible. Also, many of the vets in LA charge upwards of $20-$35 PER EACH vaccine which is just way too high. They offer a half price vaccine day one Sunday of the month as well as a pet health insurance program that saves you a ton of money (it really does). So I was very excited for our first appointment.

I went in only to be disappointed. The front office staff is usually very rude or just flat out look like they don't like their job. I'm not sure I've ever seen one person seem happy never the less smile in that office. Often times it seems as if you're inconveniencing them by approaching the counter to check in and/or ask questions. The overall office feel is definitely worn down and you can tell they don't take too much pride in keeping things nice. I understand it's a vets office but I've taken my pets to plenty of other vets who present a much more professional feel.

Once called into the room, you often wait an additional 10-15 minutes before the vet even comes in. When they finally DO make it in, they're cranky and unpleasant. While you're spilling your heart out over the concerns of your ""child"" and how worried you are, they do absolutely nothing to ease the worry. By the time they gave me a diagnosis (nothing serious but again I was really worried about her) again, nothing to help take the worry off of me. Just write a prescription, ring in the money and you're off.

They DON'T get excited and say hello to your dog beforehand and it doesn't seem like anyone there even likes animals for that matter. Overall, it's just a bad professional demeanor that REALLY turned me off. A vet is like a babysitter for your's hard to find one you trust and sure you can deal with the ok ones but you'll always wonder if you come home to them being safe.

If possible, check out any other vet. I took her to the vet on Venice Blvd near the 405 (I forget the name) but I was VERY impressed by these guys! Their prices are a little higher but WELL WORTH IT. I thought Lexi needed an xray (I was almost positive) and they assured me that I did not but if I really wanted them to they would but it was an unnecessary cost. They did a great job of reassuring me about their diagnosis so I felt better about my little girl by the time I left and confident they did a thorough exam. She did get better.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Do NOT go here.

Do not go here.
Was good ten years ago.
No more.
Dr. Baum did not diagnose a serious problem that lead to the death of my dog.


Provided by Citysearch - 
My otherwise healthy dog died there!

I'm glad I found this opportunity to offer a review. The experience I cite here was a few years ago. A very good friend recommended Center Sinai. When I first met Dr. Baum, I was very impressed by his maturity, his professional attitude, education and experience. And when he told me that the purely elective surgery of removing a large, benign fatty tumor from my dog would be ""a walk in the park, like popping out a blob of silicone"" I believed and trusted him. I brought my dog in for the ""walk in the park"" surgery and a teeth-cleaning at the same time. When I picked her up a few hours later, she was totally whacked out. The technician said the effects of the anesthesia would soon wear off. He had to carry her to my car. I drove home (about 25 miles) and she was very wobbly as I walked her to her bed to let her sleep it off. I left her alone for a very short while. When I returned, she was DEAD! I was absolutely horrified and heartsick! I picked her up (70 pounds) and rushed her back to Center Sinai to ask what happened. I'm a senior citizen and was very calm; I merely wanted to know what had happened, what went wrong and why my dog died. When I arrived, Dr. Baum had gone home but a young woman vet told me to await my turn, there were others ahead of me. When the other clients realized I was holding a dead dog that had just had surgery there, they offered to let me be ahead of them. Then this VERY ANGRY, young woman vet said, ""Well, those things happen. You signed a release, and that's that."" I culdn't believe her attitude. Later, I learned that a dog should have a physical exam prior to surgery. They DID NOT give her one. And this was elective surgery, not a medical necessity. A few days later, Dr. Baum called, apologized, and told me he would refund HALF the $800 he charged for the job (of KILLING MY DOG) and offered to put me in touch with an animal adoption agency so I could get another dog! THANKS!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Unfriendly staff

We brought our dog in after getting him at the shelter. This place was listed as a place where we could bring our dog w/in 3 days of adoption for a free checkup. The vet couldn't have been more cold towards our dog. She treated him like a piece of dirt and treated us like pieces of dirt. Granted, we were not being charged for this visit, but I did mention that we have 2 cats at home thinking the vet would warm up in hopes of having my entire pet family as patients. She didn't. We definitely got the service we paid for. I had forgotten to bring his papers from the shelter, but faxed them over the next day. A week later I receive an invoice for services b/c they didn't get the fax. When I called to talk to them about this, I told them which fax number I'd sent the paperwork to. The rude receptionist told me that noone checks the fax that I'd sent to. THIS IS THE FAX NUMBER ON THEIR SITE! Needless to say, I asked around and found another vet who treat my dog like the sweetheart he is.


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Terrible Support Staff

I have been going to this vet for a number of years during which time my cat has been on run of the mill anti-anxiety medication. I called this morning to renew the prescription and explained that I had to go out of town immediately for my grandmother's funeral in Chicago. They told me that it had been more than a year since my cat's appointment and that they couldn't dispense medication without first seeing my cat. I again explained that I had to go out of town for a funeral and that I could not bring her in until I returned (which, of course, I would do). This was not acceptable to them. I now have no medication for my 12 year old cat who pulls her hair out in clumps when she is upset which she surely will be when I leave town for a week. What I find amazing (other than the complete disregard for the death in my family) is that I received no notification that the last prescription I filled would be the last until I brought her in - even though I was in the vet twice last month with my other cat. Needless to say, I will not be returning.

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