Since all of my dogs and cats have been patients of Dr. Alexander Miller's for 42 years, I had to bring in my new Himalayan kitten for a "wellness" check when Dr. Miller was away on 12/27/17. My little 12 week old female Himmie "Pari,, whom I had just gotten from the breeder in New Jersey, the day before on 12/26/17. ( was seen by Dr. Sascha Hilchuck. Pari was not eating and after the most meticulous physical exam and lengthy astute question, Dr. Hilchuck determined that she was hypoglycemic and had a cold and abnormally low temperature. It always happens this way, whenever I bring in a sick cat to Carnegie Hill Veterinarians, either Dr. Miller or Dr. Hilchuck always diagnose the problems without expensive tests! They are both extraordinary emergency feline veterinarians with rare veterinary clinical skills. Dr. Hilchuck spent 45 minutes with Pari and me and so very easily could have dismissed her not eating to being in her new home and with another Himme, my Seal Point, Mani, but she wasn't about to do that! Furthermore she was going on vacation the next day and instructed me and all of her staff for me to call CHV right away if Pari were either not eating or had diarrhea or vomiting and for the staff to text her and to call me back with her responses!
I stopped by Carnegie HIll Vets on the 28th to see if she had called and Jason the wonderful vet tech recommended I get from them this High Caloric paste to put around Pari's mouth for her to lick off to keep up her glucose.
Only ten days before, Mani was not eating and limping and crying when he walked and Dr. Hilchuck, without even talking to me, but through another sensational vet tech prescribed for Mani to break a 10 mg. tablet of famotidine and (and Fancy Feast Fish dishes) to give it to him before meals twice a day. He had not been eating for 2 days and lay in a corner of my apt. without moving or touching a morsel. I truly thought I was going to lose him! He immediately began to eat with the Pepsid, I had brought him in the day before and he was seen by a third wonderful vet tech Erik Correa who got Mani to eat and save me from a lot of expensive tests. Through the vet that was working that day, I think it was Dr. Kovach, whom I do not know and with whom I have never worked, she said to give him an appetite stimulant the next morning, if he did not eat, which I did and when I got to work, I called and spoke to a vet tech, I am not sure who it was, who got the message to Dr. HIlchuck that day, I think it was 12/06/17, when she prescribed the Pepsid and Fancy Feast fish dishes. which he ate heartily after getting the Pepsid. This was the second time she saved Mani's life, another time, about two years ago I brought Mani in when he was not eating and she saved his life again and prevent him from getting acute liver failure and gave him several shots, including a 10-day appetite stimulant. He got well right away and was able to regain his appetite.
Dr. Miller has his own "share" of saving my cats' lives without expensive tests. Once about 18 years ago, when he was on vacatiion, I had to bring my precious little Persian of 12 years, Katya to a vet on W. 86th Street, a dr. long, when she was not eating. Dr. Long said she would need a battery of more than $1,000 and if they did not explain her lack of eating, she would need exploratory abdominal surgery. Fortunately, Dr. MIller returned and diagnosed, without a single test, her condition as an 'illius" or inexplicable reason for her not eating and he prescribed a "motility" pill, after which she began to eat heartily.
The last thing I have to say about Carnegie HIll Vets that is so wonderful is the most beautiful, serene and heartfelt farewell, I had to give to my fifteen year old Himmie Katya in May of this year. Our appt was at 10:00 for her euthanasia and I arrived at 08:40 and was with her until 2:45, holding her until the fantastic vet Eric Correa gave her the shot to knock her out so Dr. Miller wouldn't have to struggle to find her vein. This was a most memorable, loving farewell to my beloved companion of 15 years. Dr. Miller kept coming in during his office hours to say loving and comforting things to me about Katya and the way I cared for her. The vet tech Marise, was so thoughtful as to heat up her food to make sure she went out on a full stomach .
This euthanasia experience was in sharp contrast to the one I had once a long time ago at Animal Medical Center by a vet who looked barely old enough to be in vet school and whom we were seeing for the first time. It was a heartless, horrible experience that I would not wish on my worst enemy!!
I have to bring Pari back to see Dr. Hilchuck on January 3rd, so she can get her distemper shot which she could not have on 12/27/17 because of her bad cold. I am waiting for this appointment like I anticipate all of my appointments at Carnegie HIll Vets -- with baited breath! I am treated so regally by all the staff there and by Dr. Miller and Dr. Hilchuck.
I most highly recommend Dr. Alexander MIller and Dr. Sasha Hilchuck to petowners who want top notch veterinary care for their furry family members.