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Veterinarians to the Stars: Whom Hollywood Turns to When Their Pets Need Help

Judy Greer tells THR why she drives "very far out of my way" for her dog's doctor.

Judy Greer
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With the pressing demands of show business, hectic schedules often drive the lives of Hollywood’s big names. Pet owners in the industry manage to support their animal companions with the help of acclaimed veterinarians and local animal hospitals that offer medical care with flexibility. Whether in-flight or in crisis, Hollywood’s most trustworthy vets extend services of surgical, dental and emergency treatment to accommodate clients at necessary convenience.

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Old-School Vet

Beverly Hills’ most in-demand veterinarian, Dr. John Brandon Winters of the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, has attracted faithful clients since joining the hospital in 1976. It’s not unusual to find a crowd lined up outside of his office doors even before they open. Once the old-fashioned pet doctor for famed actors Rock Hudson, Jimmy Stewart and Jane Fonda, he’s now the go-to vet for all “real housewives of Beverly Hills” and locals alike. Winters’ services range from medical treatment to grooming, and also extend to animal training. BHSAH opens from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Clients are also encouraged to schedule appointments with Winters based on availability Monday through Thursday.

Celebrity Vet

Dr. Jeff Werber of Century Veterinary Group, well known as film star Lassie’s personal veterinarian, leads a small animal practice that specializes in advanced medical and surgical methods, such as digital ultrasounds and laser treatments for animal patients. For more complex procedures, the animal hospital also refers specialists with expertise in the patients’ area of concern. With a star-studded list of clientele including Drea de Matteo, Ron Perlman, Lori Loughlin, Emmy Rossum and Judy Greer, Werber has secured long-standing relationships with Hollywood’s pet-loving celebrities through 30 years of practice. Greer, a client of nine years, says, “I drive very far out of my way to take my dog to him because it’s worth it, and I have a feeling that everyone in the waiting room feels the same way.” She shares that, with treatment techniques, Werber is “interested in the least invasive and most natural remedies first.” Century Veterinary Group is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, though Werber makes himself available for 24-hour emergency care for personal clients who need immediate assistance.

High-Flying Vet

Headed by renowned house call vets Dr. Cindy Bressler and Dr. Patrick Mahaney, JetSetVets is an exclusive service offered by Blue Star Jets that provides full in-flight veterinary care for traveling animals with medical needs. The service partnership donates portions of proceeds from flights booked through the airlines to animal charities and connects to a global network of vets who assist clients from takeoff to destination landing. For sick animals that would otherwise be discouraged from leaving the hospital, JetSetVets presents the option of transferring care to the aircraft with aid from nurses, commissioned vets, and private chefs who cater to the animals’ specific dietary plans. Jill Zarin (pictured below), Kelly Klein and Donny Deutsch are among the clientele that have traveled using JetSetVets' services. On flying with her pet companion Ginger, Zarin shares that there is a relief in traveling with “a vet who is going to make sure they get there faithfully.”

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24-Hour Vets

For pet owners who encounter urgent situations after hours and need immediate assistance, various local animal hospitals provide direct care through 24-hour emergency phone services and critical-care staff available on-site. General practices with open hours offer a wide range of veterinary services from general surgery and dentistry to more advanced procedures such as chemotherapy and cardiology for disease treatment. Specialty clinics may also employ departments with expertise in fields including oncology, radiology and internal medicine to attend to specific cases. Twenty-four-hour animal hospitals in the area regularly supply medical care during normal business hours and allow walk-in patients after closing with no prior appointment necessary.

VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital
1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Animal Specialty & Emergency Center
1535 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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