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If your dog is sick DON'T take him here !! These people just want money. I went mid July of 2015 on a Wednesday and wish I had gone somewhere else. The receptionist was "sweet" when talking about money but rude when it was about anything else. The vet only cared about getting more business not the wellbeing of my dog. I know that nothing can change my dog from no longer being here but this place was a trying to take advantage.
My 12 yr old dog wasn't eating and sleeping more than usual he also started crying when I would pet him in certain areas. I took him here they gave him a blood test and called me back 2 days later. The vet told me it was his kidneys and he started suggesting treatment i asked how much he said he would call me back in a few minutes. I got a call back from the receptionist saying it would start at $700 and go up if he didn't improve. I told them I would call them back she said no problem. (I started getting emotional and had to get off the phone)
Later that same day my dad called at around 5 pm my dad had some follow Up questions like "how bad were his kidneys" and "would this treatment cure him" they woman who answered was really rude she said "we already explained this to your daughter ask her" (umm NO you didn't) my dad asked to speak to the vet any vet so that HE would know what was going on she then said that the vet wasn't there and he wouldn't be there until Monday to call back then and hung up.
Really? Its 5 pm you don't close till 10 pm and you're open on the weekend so who's there taking care of the animals if the vet is gone?
I picked up his blood test results a few days later and took them to an other vet. When the other vet saw the results his jaw dropped he said his kidneys were really bad beyond saving he said anything he would try and do would just be painful for him and not cure him. I told him what the Echo park quacks suggested he said no maybe if he was a younger dog it might help but not in this case. He also said that based on the results something else was wrong as well. He touched my dog all over and he cried and tried to bite him. He said yeah your dog is in a lot of pain he's suffering the other place shouldn't have given you false hope. Its your dog's time to be at peace.
So it went from he needs treatment IV for a few days, antibiotics, and an anti-inflammatory. Also a change in diet so he could get better. To his kidneys are really bad nothing is going to change that he is in pain.
I'm glad someone was honest with me but mad that echo park wasn't. all they wanted was money it didn't matter to them if the treatment would make my dogs' last days painful and uncomfortable they just wanted to get paid.
F this place.
10/29/2011Provided by Citysearch
I took my 2 cats for some general care...
3 vaccines & nose drop vaccine each (8 vaccines total) + one received treatment for tape worm.
Chui also had some bumps which the doctor diagnosed to be an allergic reaction on it's way out - no sign of fever.
I never got the Doctors name. He was an older fellow with white hair and what I suspect was a light French accent (despite his accent, he was easy to understand). Most important, his manner with my cats was gentle & pleasant. Neither reacted to the any of the shots. And the way he administered the nose drops was sneaky - they didn't know what was coming and it was over before they did. Both my cats seem to forgive me as soon as they were home.
The bill for everything came to $215, which I felt was reasonable.
Dr. Filipescu has been taking care of our 14 yr. old dog Lucy for four years. He is devoted to her care and every time she has had a problem, he has known exactly what to do. Recently, he performed surgery on her to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor from her chest. He came in early on a Saturday to do this. She came through with flying colors due to his expertise. Her post-operative care has been superb. The doctor explained everything to us, and while his English is not the best, if one is patient and asks questions, one will get all the necessary information. The front office is kind and caring, and the place is spotless. Dr. F's rates are much less that those of other vets who are not as attentive or available. His asst. is a deaf man who loves animals. You cannot go wrong taking your pet to Echo Park Animal Hospital. Lucy is never afraid going in there, as she was at our other vet. Thank you, EPAH!!!
My cat got very sick all of a sudden and I took her to Echo Park Animal Hospital. Dr. Filipescu was so generous and kind and caring. He kept her for two days, overnight, free of charge, to keep her under his observation because she was very sick and deteriorating rapidly. He gave her antibiotic shots and pain shots and fed her wet food, vitamins, and water from a syringe every four hours to make sure she got nutrients and hydration when she couldn't eat or drink water. I ultimately had to put her to sleep because she kept getting worse and wasn't responding to antibiotic and anti-inflammatory treatment. Dr. Filipescu let me stay with her as long as I wanted during the euthanasia and was very sweet to me after it was over and I was upset. He even called me a few days later when test results came in to give me more information about what made my cat sick even though she had already passed away. He is knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. I took my cat to another vet in between visits to Echo Park Animal Hospital and the other vet basically gave me the same information I got from Dr. F and the same recommendations on how to proceed with her symptoms. I had no problems communicating with Dr. F, he answered all my questions -- and believe me I had tons of them. Overall, he obviously cares very much about the animals and about their owners too. Plus, all the treatment he gave my cat over the course of three days amounted to $264. He didn't even charge me for the euthenasia. Anybody who thinks he is doing this for the money is just wrong.
My kitty was traumatized for 3 days, did not eat, was stressed, depressed and terrified! I'm ashamed to say I read the reviews and thought maybe it was just a few isolated incidents and since it was a local hospital thought I'd give it a try. I also walked out crying! She went in only for shots and a mani-pedi but they could not control my lovable pet and ended up sedating her. There was absolutely no TLC on behalf of the doctor or his assistant, they were very "clinical" about the whole thing and were not informative at all. I kept asking questions and my only response was a mumble, not to mention that when I asked about whether she would have to be kept over night after being spayed I got opposite answers from the doctor and the front desk attendant. Also, I paid for an exam and they did not check anything except her weight and temperature, she clearly has ear mites and they didn't even notice. Pet lovers, please do not make the same mistake I did, take your baby somewhere else! You wont be sorry.
11/21/2009Provided by Citysearch
I have to say this is a great place!!! Old fashion doctor that knows what's wrong with your pet. Very cheap for his experience. I took my dog patches who needed to get stitches remove from getting her fixed from another vet....who did even notice that she was sick on her check up. This doctor immediately took her and told me that she had a fever. He gave her a shot and set me home with medication. Took him less then 5 min. I will be going back to his office
THANK YOU ...THANK YOU
08/18/2009Provided by Citysearch
AWFUL!!!! This place doesn't deserve a star, except with the exception that the receptionist was really nice. The ""doctor"" did not even read the sheet the nurse wrote describing why my pet was there. Then he argued with me and wouldn't even listen to my concern. Then he tried to sell me another procedure, completely unrelated! I was so frustrated that I got up to leave, then he told me that I would still have to pay for a visit, even though he didn't even examine or touch my pet! This place is obviously only out to make money w/o any real concern for taking care of animals.
06/20/2009Provided by Citysearch
One word review would be unprofessional. The Doctor has no passion for animals, and simply mumbles half english about whats wrong. My dog had an analgland swell up and he immediately squeezed it open and my dog screamed in pain dripping blod, BEFORE he told me what was wrong or what my options were.
I grabbed my dog out of his hands and walked out. The receptionist lady takes personal calls on her cell phone while I've been at the counter.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
03/30/2009Provided by Citysearch
I had a large adult dog who needed to be fixed. It was a difficult procedure due to her size. I live a good distance from Echo Park so tried other vets first. None would service me. Echo Park animal hospital was the only place that would do the job. They had the competence and the compassion and remembered me and my dog for years afterwards. I read the other reviews and all I can say is that these the vets and staff did everything they could to give my dog top quality health care. No frills, just basic competent care. I personally had a great experience with them.
01/26/2009Provided by Citysearch
We'd taken our dog here several times for basic needs. But, when our dog had a serious problem, this vet completely failed us.
We brought our dog in when she was lethargic, feverish... We thought it was because she had eaten some onions, which can be toxic. The vet did an X-ray and said that her liver was extremely enlarged. He prescribed antibiotics for the fever and told us to change her dog food. When the symptoms persisted, we went to another vet. They X-ray'd her again and the large mass that this vet thought was an enlarged liver was actually a cantaloupe-sized tumor. Fortunately we caught it before it ruptured.
Don't trust a vet who can't read an X-ray!
10/01/2008Provided by Citysearch
I've been taking my pets to the Echo Park Animal Hospital for many many decades. The staff has always treated my cats -- decades ago, my dog -- with tender loving care. I cannot understand some of the poor reviews -- perhaps they're the young 30-something yuppies who've moved to Echo Park from the West Side or Valley? They're used to high prices and fancy-dancy facades.
No -- the Echo Park Animal Hospital is not fancy-dancy. It's down and basic, reasonably priced and I have never had a bad experience since living in Echo Park since 1966. I just brought my cat in because of a cut on her back. Dr. Moisa Filipescu examined her thoroughly, explained to me that it wasn't serious, but applied iodine and another cream to the cut. He was very friendly and seemed to really love cats. I was charged $25.00 for the exam and treatment. Not bad!
There's convenient parking on the side street and the back parking lot. The place is very clean and the staff is warm and friendly. I wouldn't go anywhere else. It's a truly Native Echo Parkian place -- certainly not for rich yuppie invaders!
09/17/2008Provided by Citysearch
I took my new puppy here to get her first set of shots. Long story short, the vet was an older Mexican man who doesn't speak very good English. When he went to give her the shot, he put the needle in her neck (my new vet put it in her hind). He did not support the dog in any way...just left her standing on the table when the needle gets pushed into her neck. She, of course, freaks out and turns her head back to nip whatever the hell is doing this to her. He pulls his hand back, leaving the needle the size of her dangling from her neck!!! Like a kid, he ignores the dog and squeezes his finger to see if it will start bleeding. She is 3 pounds and he is a vet...The puppy is screaming while all this is happening. I ask, loudly over her screaming, to pull out the needle. Again, he is ignoring everything but the fact that there MAY be a puncture in his finger. Then the puppy falls off the table onto the floor, needle falls out when she hits the floor. Now the puppy is in complete shock. And so am I. I immediately grabbed her and left sobbing crying. (Read the review before, seems to be a normal thing at this place). I hesitated writing this because it was so traumatic that I wanted to wash it from my mind, but I had to share. It is so hard to convey in writing how awful this experience was. Please read this and understand there are much better places.
09/09/2008Provided by Citysearch
The first time I went there was to have my aging dog's hips examined. The doctor did an x-ray and told me she was extremely constipated even though she takes a dump 2x a day. He gave her an enema and I had to leave her there all day with IV. We left that day with a pain prescription. The 2nd time I took her in, (just recently) my dog had been bit in the throat by another dog which ended up getting infected. The vet who is actually a very nice man (and yes the assistant is totally creepy) said I had to leave her overnight and they would put a drain in her neck in the morning. The next day I arrived at 4:50 - 4:55 pm (office closes at 5pm) after RACING in 2 HOURS of traffic from the Westside and the gate was already locked. I ran around to knock on the back door fearing that I would be charged for another overnight, worrying about my dog. The receptionist BLANCA came out after a few minutes with all her belongings and said to me ""I'm sorry honey (in a totally condescending manner), you should have been here earlier we close at 5pm."" I reminded her that is was not quite 5pm yet and if the gate hadn't been locked before 5pm I could've paid and had my dog already. She did not care, said she needed to pick up her kid now - even when I explained that I also had to pick up my kid, had just been through 2 hours of traffic, could not afford another overnight and I just need 3 minutes to pay and collect my dog. She told me to come back the next day (I explained that I could not, my son's schedule and work / school commute would not allow for it) and she was in her car and on the road at 5pm while I stood there literally sobbing. Do not go here.
08/30/2008Provided by Citysearch
Ok guys. This place is pretty cool. The receptionists are way cool and the doctor is okay. He seemed to be all about rushing through the consultation and left me wondering what the verdict was or what to do... But, I feel like my new stray kitten is safe, healthy and I blew 50 bucks on pet food.
No lie dude- you gotta check out the assistant guy. He is WAY weird and totally creepy but in a pseudo-non threatening kinda way. He has a nice gold shiv of a tooth with a diamond in it. You will NOT believe how weird this guy is.
All in all, the bill was very small, I assume every thing's cool and if you live near 90026, it can't be more convenient. Be sure to ask questions though because once that doctor is done you are out in the cold wondering, ""WTF?"".
And he is all about the rectal thermometor... Max feels totally violated tonight.
04/11/2008Provided by Citysearch
Best prices for that kind of service.. always straight to the point, the correct diagnosis, and medication on the spot usually. I mean, I couldnt be more satisfied with a vet! My dogs have always been treated well there, but I always thought (as the few times Ive peeped back in the boarding area) ""ehhhhhhhhh not so much""
but then again, I think anywhere that ISNT my cozy warm bed isnt good enough for my babies.
04/07/2008Provided by Citysearch
Ever since I moved to L.A. in 2006 I have been taking my cats here to this hospital. I have always found the staff to be the kindest and most helpful around. They have alway taken care of my kitties with love and respect. Dr. Moisa Filipescu is one of the best Vets and his gentle care and attention to details make him to be trusted with all your furry creatures and believe me I am an overprotective mama to these little guys. I highly recommend this Vet and hospital to anyone who needs a honest and dependable place for your pets. You will not find a better place!
01/05/2008Provided by Citysearch
My roommate and I brought in our recently adopted stray to get her vaccinated and examined. The receptionist was very warm and nice--even telling us that we should get the cat spayed through the city of Los Angeles for free rather than pay x amount at their clinic. The stars are for her.
The vet himself (NOT Hispanic, but Romanian) seemed a little senile. He did a feline leukemia test and set the test on the table for me and my friend to anxiously watch and wait for the results to show up, (why he did this, I don't know). When it had been more than five minutes and with no result, he claimed it was ""probably negative."" I tried to convince him to do another test, (to which he responded ""why?"") but finally the tardy test showed up negative. He did absolutely no physical examination other than weighing her, taking her temperature and looking at her butt--no fur, eyes, ears, or mouth. This is standard, no? Especially for a stray. He was supposed to put two drops of a vaccination in her nose but put in at least 10, mumbling ""no side effect, no side effect."" His assistant was also a little creepy, lurking around the back.
I don't know what other vets/people are there to help out with examinations/vaccinations/etc, but we both left pretty unsatisfied with that particular vet. It *was* quite cheap, but I would rather spend more and have the guy actually look at a stray's ears and mouth. If we had been more assertive it may have gone better, so if you're willing to tell your vet to actually look at your animal, go to echo park animal hospital.
09/24/2007Provided by Citysearch
I1) My first trip here was wonderful. There was a visiting vet who was incredibly nice and patient, and was great with my dogs. There was no wait time, and it was very inexpensive.
2) My second trip was a follow-up check for the first visit. The visiting vet was no longer there, but the vet who saw my dogs was also very nice. Very little wait time, and inexpensive. Also, I arrived right before 5pm (I didn't know they closed at 5pm), but the vet still saw my dogs and didn't seem to rush.
3) My third trip to Echo Park Animal Hospital was HORRIBLE. I took my dog because he was only peeing twice a day, and although I doubted anything was wrong with him I wanted to play it safe. The vet was a very old Hispanic man who didn't even listen to my whole explanation of what was wrong. He immediately suggested an x-ray, and when that came back he said my dog was severely constipated. I should've objected at this point, because my dog hadn't been having any difficulty with that, but he sounded so authoritative that I agreed to let him give my dog an enema. When I brought my dog home a few hours later he immediately ran to the potty pad and bl*d all over. I panicked and drove him back to the vet as quickly as I could - I got there around 4:50pm. The vet was annoyed that I'd come back so close to 5pm, and told me my dog had a problem with his pancreas. He then RAMMED a stick with a little spoon end up my dog's behind to collect a bl**d sample, and told me he was going to keep my dog there overnight and give him IV fluids. However, there's no one at the clinic overnight, so my dog would be all alone, in a cage, with an IV, bl**ding, until morning!!!!!!!!! I left, WITH my dog, and took him to an emergency clinic instead. At the emergency clinic they told me he was probably bl**ding due to stress, and nothing was wrong with his pancreas. It's now 4 weeks later, and my dog and his pancreas are perfectly healthy and fine.