DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

by DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Floyd says, "Thank you!"

         

Floyd has a great life these days.  He's happy and healthy, and bouncing around like the cheerful pup that he is.  But his life wasn't always this way.  His story began when someone found him in the cold, alone and discarded in a shopping bag.  Floyd was brought to DoveLewis, where he received compassionate care and treatment for his severe injuries, before being adopted into his loving forever home.  His care was made possible by the generosity of DoveLewis' donors. Without them, we could not care for Floyd and the hundreds of animals like him we see every year in our hospital - giving them the treatment and care they need and deserve.  Floyd says, "Thank you!"

 

Leelu: Lost and Lovingly Found

 

Leelu, a lost dog, was admitted to DoveLewis by a good Samaritan in November for severe injuries including several broken ribs believed to have been caused by a car. The 5-year-old Shar Pei Terrier Chow mix was reunited with her owner, Andrea, thanks to the DoveLewis Lost and Found online pet database. Leelu spent three days in the ICU. “The care that she was receiving was absolutely incredible,” Andrea commented. Andrea says Leelu is now “doing amazing,” making a swift recovery, and returning to her old self.

In the News: KATU News Features Rainy Day Pet Tips

It was raining cats and dogs in Portland during December, and the first thing on our minds at DoveLewis was pet safety. KATU News reported on our “Rainy Day Pet Tips” in an article explaining the hazards of standing water. According to DoveLewis Veterinarian & Critical Care Specialist Dr. Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh "Dirty standing water can carry potentially toxic chemicals from runoff or harmful bacteria and parasites than can make your pets very sick.” A reporter spoke with Dr. Mohammad-Zadeh about the dangers presented by standing water and increased rainfall which include leptospirosis, giardia, and toxic chemicals and shared the useful knowledge online.

Medical Marijuana and Pets

KATU news sought out DoveLewis Veterinarian and Critical Care Specialist Dr. Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh for expert advice on treating pets with medicinal marijuana. Dr. Mohammad-Zadeh advised that while plant-derived medicines have been historically very useful, pet parents should try traditional medicines first until more research confirms the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana on animals.

Thanks for your support of DoveLewis.  Floyd's story is a great example of what we are able to do at DoveLewis for the 13,000+ injured, ill or abused animals who come through our doors 'round the clock every year.  All of us at DoveLewis, and the animals, like Floyd, send our donors a huge thanks for your support and hope you have a great 2016.

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K9 Officer Ike

On September 1st, K9 Officer Ike, a 6-year old Belgian Malinois with the Vancouver Police Department, was brought to DoveLewis with multiple stab wounds to his chest, back and head, which he received while attempting to make contact with a suspect.  Ike continued to fight for his life until he eventually succumbed to his injuries.  "The loss of any police officer is tragic, and Ike's death is a huge loss to the Vancouver Police Department, Ike's partner, Officer Jack Anderson, and all police agencies," said Ron Morgan, CEO of DoveLewis. "We offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Officer Anderson, his family and the entire Vancouver Police Department.  Ike was a very tough dog and both he and the DoveLewis medical team fought hard for his life.  His loss in the line of duty is a loss for our community."  After Ike's passing, the Vancouver Police Department K9 Unit presented a plaque to DoveLewis for the "extraordinary lifesaving efforts, professionalism and overwhileming support of K9 Ike and the entire Vancouver Police K9 Unit."

 

Making Headlines in Veterinary Practice News

DoveLewis was featured in the August issue of Veterinary Practice News regarding our new partnership with Vetstream, which will provide the developing world with free or low-cost continuing education tools from DoveLewis' On the Floor @Dove digital library.  This partnership makes it possible to improve veterinary care on a glogal scale by providing veterinary education at preferential rates in countries where there is an urgent need for affordable veterinary education and training.

 

Vanesa Vizuete and her Irish Setter, Trasto

BARKS is a hit with local schools - Pictured above are program leader Vanesa Vizuete and her Irish Setter, Tratso

Building Animal Relationships with Kids Safely (BARKS) is DoveLewis' newest community program.  Vanesa and her Iris Setter, Tratso, have given dog bite prevention presentations to 678 children from K-5th Grade in Portland area schools through October of 2015.  The mission of this program, led by Vanesa and Tratso, is to educate children, parents and families about how to build strong bonds between children and dogs while reducing the risk of dog bites.  What do you think about our new program?  Could your family have been helped by a BARKS type presentation in your city?

A total of 1,302 injured or ill patients checked in at DoveLewis in August, which is up from a total of 1,221 in August of 2014.  And in September, 1,309 patients were seen, which is an increase of 74 patients, or 6%, from September of 2014. 

We could not do all we do here for the 13,000+ injured or ill animals who come through our doors at DoveLewis 'round the clock every year without our wonderfuil supporters.  Thanks if you have supported DoveLewis in the past, and thanks in advance if you are considering or plan to make a donation to support DoveLewis.  The humans and the animals at DoveLewis send you a huge thanks for your support - your support helps make all this possible!

Making Headlines in Veterinary Practice News
Making Headlines in Veterinary Practice News
Vanesa Vizuete and her Irish Setter, Trasto
Vanesa Vizuete and her Irish Setter, Trasto
Kitten Rescued from St. John
Kitten Rescued from St. John's Bridge

 

Kitten Rescued from St. John's Bridge

Kitten rescued from St. John's Bridge

On June 19, Portland  firefighters rescued a kitten from a girder below the main deck of the St. Johns Bridge. The female kitten, named "Lucky" by the firefighters, was turned over to an officer with Multnomah County Animal Services, and was then brought to DoveLewis for treatment of an eye infection and a chin abrasion before being transferred back to the county for adoption. No one knows how the kitten managed to find itself in such a precarious situation, but this heartwarming story had a happy ending that captured the attention of Portland media and animal lovers alike.

 

Grand Theft Auto and Alibi

DoveLewis' Charlie Fund for Abused Animals helps in Portland cat stabbing case

Animal lovers were horrified to hear the sad story of two cats who were apparently stabbed a neighborhood of Portland and brought to DoveLewis in June. Both cats underwent surgery at DoveLewis, as the veterinarians determined the cats suffered from severe, penetrating wounds that would have been caused by something long and sharp like a knife. Both cats required surgery for their injuries.are doing well during their recovery.

 

Velvet Assistance Fund increases in July

Velvet Assistance Fund helped Molly; funding is increased in July

DoveLewis' Velvet Assitance Fund was there for Molly,  a 10 year-old Border collie mix picutred above with her family, when Molly had a sudden onset of facial swelling.  DoveLewis' 100% donor-funded Velvet Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for qualifying low-income families whose beloved pets, like Molly, face unforeseen veterinary emergencies. Thanks to the generosity of DoveLewis' donors and DoveLewis' dedicated Board of Direcotrs, as of July 2015, DoveLewis was able to incarese our donor-funded financial assistance program by 67 percent!

 

DoveLewis' Charlie Fund saves Tinn-Finn's life

DoveLewis' Charlie Fund for Abused Animals saved Tinn-Finn's life

Tinn-Finn, a sweet Siamese cat, owes his life to the supporters of DoveLewis'  Charlie Fund for Abused Animals.  He was brought to DoveLewis after an apparent gunshot wound; Tinn-Finn received extensive emergency care and surgery at DoveLewis. Tinn-Finn sends a big thanks as he would not have lived without DoveLewis' generous supporters.

 

Gracie the therapy dog visits a local hospital

Gracie the Golden Retriever therapy dog visits a local hospital

Gracie is a new member of the Portland Area Canine Therapy Team (PACTT) and she is making her first hospital visit to Kaiser Sunnyside in this photo thanks to the supporters of our Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams (PACTT).  PACTT teams visit  long-term and skilled care facilities, assisted living communities, hospitals, residential treatment centers, schools, libraries, physical rehabilitation clinics, adult day care facilities and hospice facilities. 

Enjoy some recent examples of our "DoveLove" - feedback from clients whose beloved pets received emergency care at DoveLewis:

"The entire staff at DoveLewis, from front desk to the medical staff, was compassionate, friendly, helpful and willing to answer all my questions and explain about any medical procedures being done. I already have and will continue to recommend DoveLewis to anyone who needs urgent care for their pets. Thank you. ~Winny

"As always, DoveLewis staff and doctors helped us through a very scary event in our dog Oscar's young life. We were out of town, and after another emergency vet clinic stabilized our dog we drove four and a half hours back to have him treated at DoveLewis. There is no other place we trust more for the care of our dog. Thank you so much." ~Barbara and Chris

"Dr. Cruz and Jenna (as well as the others at the front desk) were wonderful as they helped us through the very difficult experience of choosing to let our sweet little kitty, Peanut, go. We are heartbroken but ever grateful for DoveLewis. Thank you!"~Holly and Ed.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital's wonderful supporters help make all this possible - thank you!

Grand Theft Auto and Alibi
Grand Theft Auto and Alibi
DoveLewis
DoveLewis' Charlie Fund saves Tinn-Finn's life
Hannah the blind pug finds her family
Hannah the blind pug finds her family
Velvet Assistance Fund increases in July
Velvet Assistance Fund increases in July
Gracie the therapy dog visits a local hospital
Gracie the therapy dog visits a local hospital
batman cat
batman cat

Spring has been busy at DoveLewis - here are a few examples of what's been happening at DoveLewis:

  • April was  an exciting month for DoveLewis' pet volunteers, who were honored several ways during National Volunteer Week (April 12-18). Our canine blood donor "Superheroes" were celebrated at an appreciation party at Lucky Lab brewpub  with treats for both the dogs and their owners -- Our Portland Area Canine Therapy Team (PACTT) dogs were also praised by the media for their efforts to enrich and save the lives of humans and animals every day.

  • A jet-black kitty, named Batman, spent a night in our ICU recently. He was showing signs that he needed something to hide under to be more comfortable. Our hospital staff were so smitten with Batman that they made him a cardboard "bat cave" for comfort, and it did just the trick -- he loved it! We got the nicest feedback from his dad, who said he was doing well after going home. 

  • "Kitten season," which begins in March, really begins to peak in May for DoveLewis and its partner nonprofit organizations, such as Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) and Cat Adoption Team (CAT). This May we have seen a higher number of stray cats and their kittens, as well as litters of orphaned and abandoned kittens brought to DoveLewis by good Samaritans. DoveLewis never turns away sick or injured stray animals, thanks to our donor-funded Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, so we are able to help when these kittens in need are brought to the hospital frequently during this time of year.

  • DoveLewis Stray Dachshund Kizzy escaped through a hold in the fence of her home, and was happily reunited with her family through DoveLewis' lost and found pet database.

Enjoy some of our recent DoveLove stories from clients whose pets have been seen at DoveLewis:

"Simply amazing team! We had been up most of the night with our old cattle dog. He was near crisis and we knew he was near crisis and it was time. All who attended to our dog were beyond good. Such advocacy for pet and humans should not go unrewarded. Thank you!" ~Deb & Brenda

"Bella’s care was thorough and well executed. My needs as a concerned "mom" were addressed, as well as the physical and emotional needs of my Bella. I felt confident she was being well taken care of during her stay, and also felt equipped by the staff to appropriately care for Bella when I brought her home. Thank you for everything." ~Diana Z.

"Everyone at DoveLewis (from receptionist to the surgeon) turned what was one of the most frightening nights for us and our little girl, Tonks, into such a happy and enjoyable experience. We could not have hoped to find a better clinic or a more caring staff to help us through the procedure. Thank you!"  ~Joseph and Rachel I.

"Absolutely positive experience. All the staff were empathic and efficient in caring for my cat. When asking about condition of my pet, I received an immediate response. Very professional and caring clinic who served both my cat and myself."~Sarah M.

Kitten season
Kitten season
Dove Stray Kizzy reunited with her owner
Dove Stray Kizzy reunited with her owner
Chocolate Eater Eleanor
Chocolate Eater Eleanor

Winter has been busy at DLEAH! Here is a sampling of some of the activities happening at the hospital:

  • PACTT at Share Shelters: On Christmas Eve, Limon and Sherbert of Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams (PACTT) visited families at Share homeless shelters in Vancouver, Washington. “It’s truly heartwarming to see how these incredible dogs can lift a person’s spirits in a matter of minutes,” said Kathy Loter, PACTT Program Coordinator with DoveLewis.

  • Service of Remembrance: DoveLewis’s Pet Loss Support Program and Dignified Pet Services hosted their annual Service of Remembrance event in December. This special gathering— which honors pets who are no longer with us—was free and open to the public. Attendees heard inspirational stories, listened to live music and lit candles in memory of their furry family members.

  • Pet Loss Support Program Director Enid Traisman was interviewed in AboutFace Magazine: "I don't try to 'fix' people. I don't analyze their grief. My therapeutic technique is to to be a gentle, non-judgmental guide; to reassure those who seek my help that the grief they are feeling is a natural and normal response to the death of a loveld one."

  • Spot Magazine named DoveLewis #1 Emergency Veterinary Hospital in a landslide public vote!

  • Dove Talks About Safety on National Dress Up Your Pet Day: While it can be entertaining and funny to dress up pets, it can also be dangerous if not done with safety in mind. DoveLewis was in the KATU studio on January 14 to share safety tips for dressing up your pet.

  • We also talked to Oregonlive.com about pet safey on Valentine's Day, sharing tips about common Valentine's Day hazards like chocolate, xylitol, alcohol, flowers, and gifts. Oregonlive also shared our story about Eleanor: "Kenny and his wife had brought their seven year old Puggle, Eleanor, to DoveLewis for chocolate toxicity. Eleanor was out of sight and itwasn’t until later that they realized she had ingested chocolate. ”We noticed Eleanor was throwing up and even defecated in the house, which wasn’t normal for her” said Kenny. “She was also displaying signs of distress like heavy breathing and panting.” They found that their sweet Puggle had snuck into the kitchen shelf and pulled out a basket to retrieve a bag of chocolate chips. At first they weren’t sure how much she had eaten, but they ultimately found she had eaten almost the entire bag of chocolate chips. Eleanor spent a night in the ICU being treated for chocolate toxicity at DoveLewis and was able to return home on Wednesday, just days before Valentine’s Day with her loved ones."

Enjoy some of our recent DoveLove!

“One fruitcake, one phone call, one ride to DoveLewis and I knew all would be well for our Zola Beagle pup (she’s 2 1/2). The staff immediately triaged her, saving her life from the nasty raisins and fruitcake ingredients. She spent 48 hours in treatment to make sure she was 100% safe. Thanks for saving her life!!!” ~Kristin F.

“Thank you for your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time for my cat Dickens and me. And thank you for your touching sympathy card. God bless Dr. Siefken, Julie, and the entire DoveLewis family.” ~Larry H.

“Our German shorthaired pointer “Jefferson” was a patient in ICU for 5 days, we brought him in convinced that we would lose him and the incredible staff saved his life. They are so skilled and knowledgeable and so wonderful to work with and spent so much time communicating with us. We are so grateful!” ~Dr. Sean F.

“The care DoveLewis provided for my kitty was quite literally lifesaving. Miraculously, despite a very grim prognosis, Pixie continued to improve. After five days of intense, aggressive treatments, we were able to bring her home. As I write this, Pixie is laying in my lap with her head on the keyboard, making it difficult to type—but I wouldn’t have her anywhere else.” ~Katya L.

PACTT Dogs at Share Shelter
PACTT Dogs at Share Shelter
Service of Remembrance
Service of Remembrance

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DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Project Leader:
Aidan Krainock
Portland, OR United States
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