Brooklyn >Veterinary Services > Northside Veterinary Clinic
233 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.715607 -73.962104
Dr. Leiman SUCKS! – worst vet ever ...
I inquired for a house-call vet and they have a doctor there, Dr. Daniel Leiman, who does house-calls ... he turned downa a house call to see my dog because apparently I have a tough dog?! ... and he hasn't even met my dog and what is he basing this on? ... he kept blabbing about how he loves animals and he can't help them if he gets hurt?! wtf is this doctor on! ...
You can turn down the house call request but to hastily do it based on no substantial reason is ridiculous and to blab about how he loves animals?! yeah ... that's showing a lot of love right there Dr. Lieman ...
And further more ... he then suggests I bring him in the clinic?! ... DUH?!?! are you stupid Dr. Lieman? ... that's why I'm calling for a house call in the first place! -coz I don't want to bring him to the clinic because the dog gets nervous and anxious when he's there ... but he's not tough and out to get you -wtf?! where'd you get that? ... Dr. Lieman, I will give you a million dollars if this dog comes to even hurting you if during a house visit ...
you turned down the house call which is such an insult to my pet and I ... and YOU DIDN'T EVEN TRY!!! is the worst part! ... I called you and within 5 seconds into the conversation you right away said 'your dog is tough and I have to turn you down' and that was it! ... you haven't even met the dog!
I hope when you get sick and before you even see the doctor, I hope they say 5 seconds into your conversation:
'you're a tough case I have to turn you down'
Can't Say Enough Good Things – After a bad experience at another Brooklyn vet, my puppy was a very nervous vet visitor before we found Northside. But Dr. Leiman and the office staff/vet techs put my puppy (and me!) at ease in the first five minutes of our visit. Hudson (the dog) continued to love visiting Northside (seriously he drags me up the steps - must be those treats) throughout a long, pretty stressful series of stomach problems involving lots of poking/prodding and several painful shots.
I was really blown away by the quality of care while my dog was sick. After ruling out all the conventional explanations, Dr. Leiman called in Dr. Eisner to consult so we could explore food allergies/alternative diets etc. Both doctors were so caring and available throughout the process: Dr. Leiman called me on several Sundays with test results and responded to lengthy emails promptly at all hours. A few times, I called the clinic early in the morning with an emergency and got an immediate call back.
We ran a lot of tests on Hudson because I'm of the better-safe-than-sorry school, but I never felt like I was being pressured into unnecessary tests. Dr. Leiman always explained the pros and cons (and cost) of each test and left the final decision up to me. Hudson's happy and healthy now, and I absolutely attribute it to the great vets at Northside and their willingness to explore every option. I don't think any other vet would have talked me through as many diets/responded to so many emails.
The only downside is the small waiting area, which is a pain with a 60-lb., still rambunctious 9-month-old puppy. I just book the first appointment of the day and get there a little early - they usually get me in and out before things get busy.
saved my dog – dr eisner is the only vet that told me she can help my dog, who had a kidney problem b/c of lepto
i went to five other vets that told me my dog was not going to live much longer
dr eisner said she knew exactly how to treat him and he is fine (2 years later!)
her holisitic/ chinese medicine/ accupuncture approach to treating my dog really saved his life
i am so grateful!
her husband, dr. leiman is also amazing
they called me so many times after hours, from their home, to check on my dog
really good people
Professional, competent and helpful with strays – I can number myself among everyone else I know who is thankful to be clients at this clinic. Although the vet I see most often is Dr. Eisner, I can say that every vet I have seen at Northside has been professional, kind, compassionate and thorough. I had seen Dr Leiman and Dr Eisner with a number of rescues (they actively give assistance to a number of rescue groups) before I started coming here with my own pets. On new or different information thy have always treated me with respect, even when we have disagreed about certain issues.
This hospital and everyone who works there should be cloned!
very compassionate – About a year ago, my dog Cheyenne was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and developed a problem in her blood vessels as a result.
She was given prednisone by a vet in the city and has been told that she will need it for life. I came to Dr Eisner recently, for a second opinion and to
see if there was anything natural that could be done. The first thing that she did, was give Cheyenne special glandulars for her adrenal glands. She explained that the prednisone could be taxing for the adrenal glands and that the glandulars would help keep the adrenal glands in better shape. Cheyenne is now doing so much better, has more energy and now needs less of the prednisone. At the present time, we are also doing special saliva testing to see if we can get her off the prednisone completely. Dr Eisner has also advised us not to vaccinate our "baby".
We are so glad we found this clinic. With so many vets who routinely give 4 or 5 vaccines at one visit , it is refreshing to find a place like Northside Veterinarian Clinic in New York. Many thanks to Dr. Eisner and Dr. Leiman!
Hundreds of dollars later and my dog's still sick – 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. Thanks to Paws & Claws.
Great Doctors & Friendly Staff – I'm a volunteer with a national dog rescue organization and have been taking my own 2 dogs, as well as a constantly revolving parade of dogs in my foster care, to Dr Lehman and Dr Eisner for many years. The friendly staff has always provided wonderful service, and my dogs have never received anything but thorough exams and thoughtful diagnoses from both vets. Sometimes they collaborate (they are husband and wife after all) on a particularly mysterious issue to better determine the best treatment. I also appreciate their holistic approach -- Dr Eisner will frequently suggest herbal and natural suppliments rather than going straight to a drug treatment, and both vets' take on nutrition is driven by a deep understanding of holisitc animal health, not just by what commercial food companies want them to recomend.
good vet for checkups, shots – this is the first vet that did not ask me why my dog is not neutered with the follow up "well, you know they may have health problems" (and i've done my own research into rutgers vet school and there is a good paper published (google it) mentioning how neutering smaller dogs is actually not so great for them, and how benefits are minimal/nonexistent). they also told me about the risks and side effects of vaccines, going into detail as to which ones were more "risky" in terms of side effects. no other vet did that -- they all just tried to rush past my questions. i was able to explore alternatives to automatic vaccinations through titers. we also discussed food and lifestyle issues pertaining to my boston terrier. although i had to wait in the waiting room for a bit, i ultimately received plenty of time during the visit. this may be due to the fact that i have scheduled both of my appointments as the last appointment of the day. in any case, i appreciated speaking with both dr. eisner and dr. leiman. i have not yet had a serious issue with my pet so i cannot speak on that matter, but generally i will be going back to them for checkups.
the best vets – I first brought my 6 month old puppy, Otto, to visit Dr. Eisner on a recommendation. Otto was throwing up bile every morning and my very expensive and glamorous vet in Chelsea was trying different anti-acids on him without much effect! Dr. Eisner could not understand why he was being treated like an old dog and immediately tested him for a parasite. My former vet in Chelsea had told me parasites could not possibly be the problem. Otto tested positive for parasites and immediately was treated and was fine within a couple of days.
I now have two dogs and see either Dr. Eisner or Dr. Leiman who are both fantastic. I really appreciate how they will consult one another if they want another opinion and will give you different options for treatments-either more holistic or traditional medicine. Both doctors make you feel fine whichever way you choose to proceed. They do not behave as my last vet who was a self professed know-it-all god and they have a balanced approach and have given me perfectly understandable explanations as whether to treat my dogs holistically or with medicine. I will admit to being particularly cautious about my dog's health, as a dog I had previously had numerous health problems and died very suddenly. Drs. Eisner and Leiman will always call me back and the office staff and nurse/assistants are so lovely and take amazing care of my dogs (and their neurotic owner). I really feel they care about their patients and are not just a money making business. This veterinary practice gets my highest recommendation.
The Mystery of Black Ears Uncovered – I had really given up hope that my two-year old cat would get better. This is the fourth vet that I've seen and the other three were extremely competent. But once I went to see Dr Eisner, within ten days my cat's ears were better.
I was skeptical about holistic veterinary medicine and that's why I went to the other three doctors first and we did the following: three different rounds of antibiotics, CT Scan, two months of oral anti-fungal medication, we put her on an "allergy-free" diet and constant ear cleansing agents. AND STILL MY CAT NEVER GOT BETTER!
Dr Eisner prescribed my cat a Chinese herbal medication, provided me with an herbal salve for the outside of HER ears, began acupuncture treatment, and she changed her diet to rabbit only.
After seven weeks, my cat's energy level is high; she's playing, jumping. I haven't seen her behave like this in seven months!
I am very impressed and very grateful.
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