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West Hollywood Animal Hospital

 

I have referred dozens of patients to Dr. Malamed over the years.  Whether it’s fear, anxiety, aggression, separation anxiety or otherwise, I know my clients and patients will be in great hands with Dr. Malamed.  I have also taken advantage of her amazing staff training programs, utilizing her expertise to train my entire staff on low stress handling and restraint techniques.  This program has been remarkably successful and is frequently complemented by our clients.  

Monica Revel, DVM/owner

West Hollywood Animal Hospital

   

Wally

Wally is a sweet and loving terrier, and my husband and I love him very much.  He’s a very smart little guy who learns very quickly, but he is extremely sensitive to stimuli.  He would not be able to stop himself from reacting – it was like he had zero impulse control.  No matter what we did, no matter how many positive training classes we took him to, we could not draw him away or calm him down from whatever was upsetting him at the time without physically removing him from the situation. After several intense reactions that we could not pinpoint the true cause, we became concerned that there was a medical issue.  After ruling out a physical illness with our vet, we were led to Dr. Rachel Malamed.  Dr. Malamed came to our home, and as she walked in, she knew exactly how to approach a very sensitive, very reactive little terrier.  She was kind, professional, and extremely patient with us and Wally.  Through our sessions with her, Wally has shown huge improvements in his desensitization, and his fear-based reactions have become less and less as time goes on.  Dr. Malamed helped us give our little guy some relief from his own anxieties and showed us new ways to help train him to handle his impulses better.  He’s a much happier dog because of her help, and we are so very grateful to have worked with her. Lauren

Hank

hank

I’ll be honest, I was skeptical at first of dog behavior therapy. I just pictured a little psychiatrist’s office for dogs. So LA .I was afraid it would either be very new age, or like a certain TV show where we’d have to assert our dominance and push our dog around. But, we had to go as our recently rescued, frequently ill boxer, Hank started lunging and biting veterinarians.

My mind was eased as soon as we met Dr Malamed. She has a very balanced approach, keeping the people’s and dog’s needs in mind while also keeping everyone safe and happy. We instituted immediate, but not severe changes at home and at the vet’s office, and started on some slower, longer term goals, like getting him comfortable with being handled in areas he wasn’t so sure about, and not being so needy. We are still working on those, but he has come an incredibly long way. My husband and I have heard many remarks about his vastly improved behavior and attitude in the office and on the street (Hank has inflammatory bowel disease, so we are frequent vet goers.) He hasn’t tried to bite anyone in almost a year, and he is so relaxed while waiting at the office that he’ll take a quick snooze. When his temperature is taken, he doesn’t even flinch now, it’s amazing.

I didn’t expect how fun it would be to work with Hank. It’s amazing and exhilarating to see positive everyday changes. When we see a behavior we are not sure about, or have to change our routine in some way, I can email or call Dr Malamed for a follow-up. She is quick to respond and give advice or just confirmation that we are on the right track, or she will suggest changes if we are doing things that would make Hank uncomfortable. When I haven’t emailed in a while, she’ll contact me to make sure Hank is doing fine. I really value that. I highly recommend Dr Malamed to anyone whose animal has a behavior issue.

Valerie Fletcher

Siggy

Siggy

I am the pet mom of a 3 1/2-year-old miniature poodle, Siggy, who at the age of six months suddenly became terrified of noises and people. Walking down a quiet residential street, he would try to run away if he saw someone a block away on the other side of the street or heard a car start up. A trip to the vet would leave him so drained that he would sleep for hours upon returning home and not return to normal until the next day.

I was referred to Dr. Malamed by Siggy’s vet after socialization exercises with an excellent trainer did not resolve the issues. Dr. Malamed really got 2 patients, as I have medical challenges of my own that she needed to work around. With love and understanding of everyone’s needs, she worked miracles with Siggy. Siggy is no longer fearful of noises. While still very shy, Siggy’s tolerance level for people stressors is much higher. We can go on walks without him becoming so stressed that he is in obvious pain. When he does become stressed in unavoidable situations, he recovers quickly. He is a much more confident, comfortable, relaxed, and happy Siggy who is a joy to be with!

Marqie