DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, in association with the regional veterinary community, provides 24-hour emergency, critical care, education and community outreach. Our highly-skilled professionals are dedicated to: Improving the condition of animals needing emergency and critical care. Strengthening the ties with, and extending the reach of, the veterinary community. Promoting the well-being of animals and the human-animal bond throughout the community at large.
Sep 16, 2013

Lola's DoveTale

Patient: Lola
Owner: Jennifer C.
Reason for coming to DoveLewis: Lola was out for a walk with her dog sitter when a car alarm startled her and she slipped out of her collar. Despite her sitter’s effort to catch her, Lola ran away. The next day, a Good Samaritan found her under a bush and took her to DoveLewis after noticing Lola was injured.
Doctor(s): Dr. Lee Herold, Dr. Sarah
Tauber, Dr. MeiMei Welker
DoveLewis program assistance: Stray Animal & Wildlife Program

Lola’s DoveTale

When Jennifer went out of town on a short trip, she never thought she would return to find her dog missing. “I had left my dog, Lola, with her dog sitter, whom she loves,” said Jennifer. “Unfortunately, the worst happened, and when my return flight landed in Portland at 11:30PM, I received the news that Lola had slipped out of her collar while on a walk after being scared by a car alarm.”

Panicked, Jennifer spent the next four hours driving and walking around Portland searching for Lola. After returning home without her dog at 3:30AM and then getting no sleep, Jennifer began contacting local vets and saw that
DoveLewis had an online lost and found database. She immediately created a posting. “At that point, I was doing everything I could, but I feared that Lola was gone forever,” she recalls. Luckily, DoveLewis staff member Lee Gray saw Jennifer’s post and recognized the dog pictured, because a Good Samaritan had just brought in a similar looking dog that she’d found injured and hiding under a bush in southwest Portland. Thanks to DoveLewis’ Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, the dog had already been receiving treatment for her injuries by the time Jennifer arrived at DoveLewis to see if it was, in fact, Lola. To her tremendous relief, it was.

“I was a complete wreck,” remembers Jennifer. “I waited a whole year to adopt Lola, because I knew I wanted a Cane Corso. They are extremely wonderful, smart dogs, and when I saw Lola for the first time, I immediately fell in love with her. Finally knowing she was okay after thinking I had lost her was overwhelming.” 

As Dr. Lee Herold of DoveLewis shares, “Lola was so sweet. Because of her breed as a Cane Corso she is well muscled and some people mistake this for being fierce, but Lola was simply gentle. She sustained some bumps and bruises in her skin, but also more seriously, some bruising in her lungs from an unknown severe trauma; we suspect she was hit by a car. Although she was scared because she had to come to a strange place without her mom, she never tried to bite and just allowed us to treat her. She stayed overnight so we could manage her pain and keep her comfortable, and to ensure that her lung trauma did not worsen. Fortunately she remained stable and was able to be discharged to her mom the following day.”

“The vet was really good about explaining everything,” said Jennifer. “Before Lola, I’d had a dog who died after I took him to the vet for what I thought was a cold, so I was worried in general that something bad would happen even after I was told I could take Lola home.” Although Lola was stiff and couldn’t get up onto the bed, she did well and got back to her normal self after about two weeks at home. “She totally left her puncture wounds alone so they would heal,” said Jennifer. “She didn’t even need a cone! That’s pretty great for any dog, much less a 10-month-old puppy.” Now, Lola is feeling good and is more than ready to make up for lost time.

“I had no idea about DoveLewis’ stray program prior to Lola’s incident, and it was truly overwhelming that the hospital treated Lola before they knew whether or not she had an owner. I never thought in a million years that this would happen, but I’m so thankful for everything,” said Jennifer.

Sep 16, 2013

More Great Community Feedback

Here are more positive comments about the good work DoveLewis does every day of the year, 24 hours a day:

Thank you for everything that you do. Nothing good happens at a pet emergency hospital in the middle of the night. You took care of us and everyone else there with great love and compassion. Pets are family and Dove Lewis knows that.
*Christine Cvitanich

The staff was probably the nicest vet staff I've ever come in contact with.
*Anonymous

I was very worried about my dog, but was put at ease the second I was greeted by a DoveLewis staff member.  I felt very confident that we were in good hands.  Thanks for providing such a wonderful service to all our furry friends.
*Cheryl Popken

DoveLewis most definitely gets an A++.  Thank you so much!!  Putting our old boy Diggity to sleep was such a difficult sad decision our family had to make, but deciding to take him to DoveLewis was the best decision.  Your agency is amazing, comfortable, compassionate and understanding!  The pet journal, sweet card, paw prints and fur were just perfect as well!! 
*Love, Reynolds Family

Everyone knows how scary and stressful a sick pet can be, and I was a nervous wreck when we arrived at Dove Lewis. The staff was kind and patient, willing to answer any questions I had. Due to Olive's illness, we had to leave her overnight, and they were quick to calm my fears. I never had a doubt she was in great hands.
*Nicole Riness

Jun 12, 2013

New Doctor Candidates Delivery Our Message

 

In March we wrapped up our recruiting for a new staff veterinarian position. When we
have an opening on our staff it is always interesting to talk with candidates--candidates
who come from various parts of the US and other countries as
well. 

Not only are these some of the “best-of-the-best” in their field, but they also
remind us what a great reputation DoveLewis has in our industry. I think a lot
of people mistakenly think our doctors are Portland locals before working at Dove. That
is almost 100 percent the opposite of reality--most of our doctors and
technicians come from outside of our area to work at DoveLewis.

Candidates we interview remind us that our reach in terms of quality medicine and a
hospital to strive to work for extends beyond our borders.  Why is this relevant? Because I hope it gives
you peace-of-mind knowing that when you come to DoveLewis you are not just receiving
care from the best local emergency veterinarians, but some of the best in the
field period—veterinarians who came to Portland specifically to work at our
hospital and provide expert care to the animals that need us most. That’s experience you can trust.

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