I rescue dogs so I have to visit the vet often with each new dog. I have utilized many vets all over the city and, for those on the West Side, can offer a good review for this location. The vet is very sweet and attentive. The prices are great and since it's first come first serve, if you need to get in ""today"" - you just go and wait. It may be a wait, but at least you will get your beloved pooch the medical attention s/he needs. For speciality care or emergencies, this wouldn't be the best option in my opinion but they are wonderful for basic care, shots, teeth cleaning and check-ups.
as a first time pet owner, every little thing that has gone on with my dog has set me on edge. i am also a poor student, so the concern for my baby and the concern for maxing my credit card kept me in a constant nervous state. at value vet, the docs are amazing, the staff is honest and genuine, and i can take care of my pup without being concerned about the cost. on my first visit, the doctor could have charged me a ton for expensive bloodwork and xrays, but instead offered a suggestion of what he thought was wrong with my pup, talked with me to make sure i was comfortable with his advice, and ended up helping my pup calm her sick stomach and saved me about three hundred dollars! my mom works in a vets office on the east coast, and has been amazed by value vets affordable and amazing service! i tried laurel pet hospital before value vet, and paid triple for horrible service and treatment. even my pup can tell the difference between docs!
In regards to bleeding nails, service rep and flea/tick pills
I was there on the same day. I have no idea who that Rep was, but the Vet that day was great. Luckily the Rep left me alone, but he did act as if he ran the place. \r <br>\r <br>Value Vet Westwood is actually more down-to-earth than that.\r <br>\r <br>Dr. Leslie Davidson is there during the week, taking weekends off. From my 2+ years experience, Value Vet would never try to sell anything unnecessary. They go out of there way to do just the opposite - financially speaking.\r <br>\r <br>I would recommend going to Value Vet when Dr. Davidson is there - it will be a completely different experience. A great one! The weekends are definitely less comforting, but the Vet techs are still there and are great at guiding the covering Vet regarding the history of your pet.\r <br>\r <br>The covering Vets have always been great and this was just a weird day! \r <br>\r <br>Just wanted to let you know,\r <br>Lena
Good for basics, like shots...make sure it's THE VET that you are talking to though
We went to Value Vet on Westwood for our rabies vaccine. Everyone was nice, however the first person we encountered tried very hard to sell us expensive flea/tick pills. It was weird. And it was our first time there, so we weren't sure if this guy was the vet or not. This same guy weighed our dog and then we asked if he'd clip his nails. Which he did, but too low on some because we heard our puppy yelp and there was some bleeding. The guy then proceeded to check us out, including our flea/tick pills (we were going to go ahead and buy...what did we know at the time? we're new puppy owners). But the girl behind the counter said, ""they need to see the vet before we ring them up."" This whole time we thought this guy (who must have been a sales rep or something) was the vet!! The genuine vet came out, was wonderful with our dog and took time with us. Lastly she looked down and saw our flea/tick pills and said ""you don't need these."" So she in the end saved us about $80 on top of it. I would recommend Value vet for basics like shots, but nothing more. And just keep an eye on who's handling your pet. To us it was worth the savings even though the experience was a little weird ($20 at V.Vet vs $175 anywhere else). We just know now to stay vigilant.
Excellent General Care Vet at Excellent Prices in a No Frills Facility
I found Dr. Davidson in Westwood through a good friend who reps many dog lines-- she knows the story behind the story of all the groomers, pet stores and vets because she sells to them everyday and hears the good, bad and ugly. I have to say she was right; if you are looking for an excellent general care vet who is compassionate at very reasonable prices then Dr. Davidson is your guy! He will spend the time with you, he cares about what he does, is conservative in his treatment, does not try to up charge your bill, etc. I have found the staff to be nice and loving towards animals. The office is definitely a no frills facility but the savings are passed on to you. The down side is the whole office is about the size of a walk in closet (no kidding), no appointments are taken and you'll need to wait outside in the parking lot because there is no room for a waiting room. However, I have never waited longer than 15 minutes to be seen (I tend to go between 10am-2pm). Frankly, when you weigh out the excellent care you are getting and the very reasonable prices for services and medications against the size of the facility it's a no brainer, unless you feel you need to pay more to have a posh place to sit.
I've been a customer of Dr. Davidson at Value Vet on Westwood since my dogs were puppies, about 5 1/2 years. He saved my dog's life when two other vets insisted nothing else could be done. He's kind, attentive, thorough and truly gifted. He and his staff has ALWAYS provided exemplary service. The reviews posted on 1March08 are shocking to read given my experience. For anyone looking over these reviews, please read more than just the two posted on March 1st because they are not an indication of the kind of office Dr. Davidson operates. We don't take our dogs to anyone but Davidson; it's a waste of time and money otherwise. Lastly, I wonder about the dog food you wanted: if it was the prescription food then there might be a good reason you couldn't get it. The prescription food is only to be used for specific reasons. The packaging itself even describes this. If the office is concerned enough to be sure your dog gets what they should based on a proper exam, this is something one might be grateful for. The food is very expensive. If this was a crackpot office they might have sold you the dog food just for the sale. Dr. Davidson and his staff are extraordinary and do not deserve to be spoken of to such a negative extent without giving the doctor a chance to remedy your particular situation.
Although $30 for a vet visit is indeed cheap, the service and attitude here was so bad I would not hesitate to go elsewhere and pay a bit more money. Here's what happened: I took my cat in to get shots. I called and asked if I had to make an appointment, and the person who answered the phone said, ""No, just come in, we're open until 4 pm."" This was on a Saturday. When I got there and signed in, I was told that the vet just went on lunch and wouldn't be back for a half hour. I sure wish they had told me when the vet would have been available, not just when they were open! I waited a half hour on the one chair in the tiny office, and witnessed several things that made me decide never to come back here. First was a woman who wanted to buy some prescription canned dog food for her dog. They wouldn't sell her the dog food. She argued with the receptionist, who said that because her dog hadn't been to THAT vet's office, but to another Value Vet's office, in a year, that they couldn't sell her the dog food. She was angry because all she wanted to do was buy dog food, not pay for a vet visit. Another thing happened in which someone called in and wanted them to fax her the vet records for her animal. The receptionist refused, saying only the doctor could do that and the doctor was not in and had left no instructions. The caller was angry, claiming that the vet records ""were hers"" and the receptionist told her that she was wrong, that the records actually were property of the vet and she would not fax them without his permission. All of this seemed very unfriendly and bad customer service, and happened within the half-hour I was waiting for the doctor. When I finally saw the doctor with my cat, it was a relatively pleasant experience but just based on what I had witnessed, I would not go there again. The attitude of the staff made it clear that if I had a problem with any kind of service there, I was not likely to receive a sympathetic resolution.
I want to make one point clear: my comments are directed to Value Vet on Westwood Blvd, not to be confused with the Value Vet on Sawtelle Blvd.\r <br>The way these people treat their clientele leaves much to be desired. I went there to get a can of food that I had bought in late October when my dog had some digestive problems; at the time I could have bought a whole case but I declined thinking that I could go back later and buy a can or two if necessary; today, March 1st. I went there to buy the food, and was told that I needed to pay for an exam for my dog; I told them my dog was fine, and that my dog had been examined prior to being spayed in mid-december at their Value Vet on Sawtelle; at that time I learned that these two places are unrelated, and they don't share computer information; I had been under the impression that they were, and only went to the Westwood office when the Sawtelle one wasn't available. The attitude of the personnel on Westwood is terrible, humiliating, and unprofessional; the first time I went there I tried to be understanding because that place is so tiny that people literally breath on top of one another, but after a second experience with them, I can't longer justify their rudeness. God knows how they treat your pet when you're not around. My advise to any pet owner is: DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TO THIS PLACE IF YOU INDEED CARE FOR HIM/HER.
DR GARY ADAMS\r <br>I FOUND DR GARY ADAMS ONE NIGHT BECAUSE MY DOG MAX ALMOST CHOCKED TO DEATH ON A RAWHIDE,AND GARY ADAMS WAS SO GENTLE AND KIND TO MY LITTLE MAN MAX . THEN 1 MONTH LATER MAX HAD REALLY BAD PAINS IN HIS BELLY WHERE HE WOULD CRY OUT LOUD AND I WAS SCARED TO DEATH. I TOOK MAX BACK TO DR GARY ADAMS AND WE DID TEST TO FIND OUT HE HAD PANCREATITUS,SO HE PUT MAX ON A NO WATER NO FOOD DIET AND ON IV FOR A DAY AND A AHLF AND MAX GOT ALL BETTER. MAX HAS HAD SOME OTHER PROBLEMS LATER WE FOUND OUT MAX CAN NOT HAVE TREATS OR ANY THING TO RICH FOR HIS BELLY,HES REALLY SENSITIVE. ANY HOW JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW IF YOU EVER HAVE AN EMERGENCY GO TO DR GARY ADAMS HERES HIS NUMBER 310-451-7425. THE ADDRESS IS 1304 WILSHIRE BLVD ACROSS FROM RITE-AID AND VONS..TRUST ME I WENT TO OTHER VETS WITH THIS SAME PROBLEM THEY GOT ON MY NERVES ,TOLD ME NOTHEN AND BILLED ME OVER 1000!.. GARY ADAMS IS OPENED EVERYDAY EXCEPT MONDAYS FROM 6PM -8AM.. HES AN EMERGENCY VET BUT ALSO HAS REGULAR CLIENTS FROM 6-10.. IVE MADE HIM MY REGULAR VET NOW AND MAX LOVES HIM!
We are very pleased and relieved to have found Value Vet/Dr. Davidson, who is a rare gem amidst the morass of hysterically overpriced, under-par services dominating the L.A. marketplace. We have lived in the L.A. area for over a year and were still taking our two cats down to their vet in San Diego, but when we decided to adopt a stray cat and needed to get him fixed, examined, screened for diseases, cleaned up, etc., we wanted to try a local vet, and after extensive research brought him to Value Vet. The total bill came to $260, which was several hundred dollars less than we were quoted by other vets we checked with for the same result. One of them even quoted high prices for patently unnecessary procedures, insisting they were a prerequisite to surgery/neuterer him. We had to stop short of getting his shots (couldn?t afford even what we did get done), so that would have cost a bit more, but still less than other vets quoted for just the shots. \r <br>\r <br>We were so pleased with how efficient, compassionate, credible and reasonable they were that when one of our other cats suddenly became very ill last week, we brought him in to see Dr. Davidson. \r <br>\r <br>Again, we were very happy with the approach and result. We felt that the doctor took the time to listen to our description of the condition of the cat and thoughts as to why he might have become ill, and worked with us to decide upon a plan for treatment, taking a conservative and cost-effective approach. The total bill was somewhat hefty (although reasonable considering all the diagnostic work), but still far less than if he had simply made a snap judgment about the nature of the problem, summarily cut the cat open and then presented us with a bill for thousands of dollars that we could never afford to pay. Surgery was to be the last resort, which thankfully we did not have to resort to. \r <br>\r <br>Jaco responded well to the treatment and steadily improved over a few days, and now is pretty much back to his old self!\r