Brooklyn >Veterinary Services > Eisner, Barbara, Dvm - Northside Veterinary Clinic
233 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1124940.715607 -73.962104
Exactly what my dog needed – I read the reviews here and saw how mixed they were, but still decided to take my dog here because I noticed that most of the complaints were that it is a holistic practice and that people didn't like that. I believe that what you eat is the most important thing you can do for your health and when people complain about the doctor telling them to change the food- well that strikes me as a positive. I mean, wouldn't you rather feed your dog the right thing instead of giving him pills to correct the problem that the diet created? Anyway, this practice totally blew me away. I took my dog in because he wasn't eating well and trembling for 3 days. After the absolutely most thorough physical exam I have ever seen (I mean Dr Lehman even looked at his pads on his feet) he called his wife in to get her opinion. After a brief discussion in front of me, they both agreed that the problem was in his neck- my Jack Russell had a pain in his neck! I never would have guessed that was the problem, I mean how can you know if a dog has a neck problem if you can't ask them? Anyway, taking blood tests and xrays were discussed but by no means forced on me, and when I decided to not run any expensive tests there was no problem with the doctor- he seemed pretty confident in his analysis of my guy's problem without the tests. Anyway, I was given some treatment options including pain meds (easiest, but since he wasn't eating well there was a little concern they might upset his stomach) warm compresses and massage at home (that might help, but I might not know exactly how to do it right), or acupuncture. I figured since I wasn't spending any money on testing I might as well try the acupuncture for $60. If nothing else, it might be interesting, right? Well Dr Eisner put in the needles al over, not just his neck, and in 5 minutes he was sound asleep on the floor ( keep in mind this is a Jack Russell!). After the needles were out 30 minutes later he still seemed tired, and sure enough he went home, stopped trembling, and slept for 3 hours. I fed him that night and he ate like a champ for the first time in days. He trembled a bit that night, but in the morning he was back to absolutely normal. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.
As far as the clinic itself, it is a bit small, but it didn't feel cramped and seemed very clean and new. The staff was polite and made me as comfortable as possible while the acupuncture was being done.
All in all this was a great experience I wanted to share.
This vet really helped my dog – I cannot say enough about Dr. Eisner and her staff at Northside. My doberman developed severe arthritis and a heart condition earlier this year and a Cardiologist we were seeing recommended accupuncture as a complementary treatment. We travel about an hour every month to see "Dr. Barbara" when there are plenty acupuncturists in our area of Manhattan to take him to. Not only have I observed significant improvement with my dog and his ability to move around, but I have also seen a big change in his attitude with the change Dr B had us do in regards to his diet. It is refreshing to go to a vet that takes the time to explain what she sees in my dog and why she recommends the treatment she does, especially since I come from a family of doctors who don't really know anything about Eastern medicine. It is also refreshing to have a vet that shows real compassion and treats your animal as they should be treated - like a member of your family and not "just a pet". I am grateful to have found this clinic when we did.
ZERO STARS – This clinic has taken a nose dive. If you want your animal misdiagnosed, prescribed unnecessary medications, charged vulgar fees and enjoy being treated with condescension…this is your place. We were loyal clients, who have directly experienced what the neighborhood animal lovers have all been saying for the past 2 years. Avoid this establishment.
Total disappointment – I didn't realize when I went here that it's a holistic clinic. Then I found out the holistic vet won't prescribe real medicine at the expense of my dog's health. 6 months, hundreds of dollars, and my dog's still sick.
This place obviously has a full-time on-staff public relations person checking these review every single day. As soon as a posted a negative review online, I got a call the next morning a PR agency who sent me my vet records and apologized that I was unsatisfied with Northside's vet care. Then a bunch of positive reviews appeared on Yelp, Citysearch, etc. Their PR does damage control for Eisner, I get it. I know the business, but is it ethical to use the same-old PR strategy when we're talking about healthcare? This isn't a moving company, this is the health of your beloved pet.
I went to a new vet in Williamsburg and had my frenchie treated for skin allergies. They took blood and found out exactly what was causing all his trouble, in just a week he's on to better living through chemistry.
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