I Love Dove (Lewis, that is)


Last Monday Lucy, our 4 year old Great Dane, had a seizure (or something else still undetermined) and we rushed her off to DoveLewis in Northwest Portland. (Which made me wonder- can you call an ambulance for a pet?) My wife had been there before, but I hadn’t – and I have to say they do a really great job there. The care was prompt and thorough and Lucy pulled through fine, though they did not notice a heart murmur for which we have to do further testing. In Corvallis. (Apparently that’s the only place you can get a canine EKG in the Portland area.)

The DoveLewis building and facilities are nice and new and the staff were friendly and reassuring. I’m very grateful that Portland has such a fine “24-hour animal emergency hospital”. I saw on their site that they were just selected as Oregon’s 8th most admired non-profit. Makes me wonder who the first seven were…

14 Comments so far

  1. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 9:48 am

    Yes, they are very good at what they do. But I must caution people that they are VERY pricey. Not pricey for what they do, but pricey nonetheless. It is tough to make that decision sometimes to either wait until you can see your normal vet, or take them in ASAP. Just know, that you will not walk out of that place without dropping $100+ at minimum.

  2. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    Also, one of our beagles has seizures. Very frightening experience. Hope you dog is doing well.

  3. Pete Best (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 10:08 am

    Actually, I found them to be quite reasonable, considering it’s an ER. It only cost us 70 bucks for our visit. The next day we went to our vet for a follow-up and it cost 300 bucks! So, in comparison, I think DoveLewis is pretty affordable.

    Maybe we can talk dog seizures over drinks at tonight’s MetBlogs meetup:)

  4. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    Sounds good, then we can debate abortion. Just kidding.

  5. lupin (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 11:00 am

    Dove Lewis is unreasonably expensive and inflexible toward folks who can’t afford to lay down 500 plus immediately. I, and many others who have been in the pet services for many years have heard horror story after horror story about people having to put their pets down because they couldn’t produce lots of money on the spot. If they weren’t a non-profit I’d get this cut throat stance but sorry, just doesn’t add up for me.

    If you don’t have a life threating issue than you have a better option drive a bit south on i5 and right off a tualatin exit is the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin (503.691.7922)which is open after hours and on weekends. They have been in operation for a number of years and were formed by some former Dove Lewis vets… They are priced similarly to your own vet and very professional. I’ve been pleased over and over and I am picky.

  6. Pete Best (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 11:27 am

    Thanks for the tip, Lupin. I’m surprised to hear your horror stories, because like I said, we got out of there for 70 bucks. If we had had an experience like you mentioned, my post would have been different. But, we had a very positive experience and I still feel good about them. Good to know an option, though.

  7. heather w (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    I took my cat for an EKG on SW Barbur, at Cardiology Northwest:


    Perhaps Corvalis is necessary for Great-Dane-sized animals?

  8. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

    Dove Lewis has gotten us out of a bind, mostly after hours. Yeah it is expensive, but I have to sit back and look at my pup and you know what …. I’ll figure out a way to pay. I love them too much.

    Another option is to have a good relationship with your vet. We go to North Portland Veterinary Hospital and they have done us right more times than I can count. We’ve gotten in early Saturday morning for emergency care, late in the evening just before they close and the like. When the whole dog food scare came along, we took all three of our chihuahuas in to make sure they were doing ok and were only charged for 1 visit instead of 3. Also, when our dogs have had troubles in the morning due to something they have gotten in to, they offer monitored daycare for something like $15. A nurse watching your pup to make sure the initial puking doesn’t turn into anything worse.

    Another option a friend has told me about is Banfield. I understand they offer great service and have emergency services that are affordable. They also offer insurance that can minimize annual costs and provide some coverage for emergency issues.

    Just my two cents.

  9. lupin (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

    dieselboi please, do you ever think outside your little life? some people no matter how dearly they love their pet can’t come up with thousands of dollar, period. suggesting that if you love you pet you can come up with the money is just sloppy thinking coupled with lack of depth.

  10. Derrick (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

    my girlfriend does some print work for dovelewis. i wish the people of portland could donate for causes like underprivaldged youth the same way they shell out for pets. i’m happy there is a high quality animal hospital available, i just wish people cared more about living beings that aren’t as cute and cuddly.

  11. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

    Hi Lupin, thanks for coming by. Might I suggest you re-read Deiselboi’s comment. I took it as him explaininga HIS PERSONAL feelings. I saw nothing in there suggesting that you should share his views. Again, thanks for reading.

  12. gawd (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

    I have nothing but respect and appreciation for Dove Lewis. They saved our cat’s life many years ago and she’s still going strong. I can’t comment on the money aspect because it was so long ago. Whatever we spent wasn’t important at all. I’m just glad someone is there at 3 am to take in and care for a pet nearly squished by a car. I wonder if part of the reason their charges are so high is the fact that they deal with emergencies and not the run of the mill checkups and annual shots that a typical vet office does day in and day out. If you’re going to complain about high fees, check those out!

  13. Jennifer (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    FYI there are also at least 2 emergency vets in Vancouver. On on 4th Pl and Andresen called Emergency Vet Service and they are excellent (although only open after hrs, need to transfer to your vet in am)! And another in Orchards near the post office called St. Francis that is 24hrs. Don’t personally like them so much, do lots more testing than I think is necessary and spendier. Maybe be others but haven’t looked in awhile. Good to know where they are before you need them, get a recommendation from you vet.

  14. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

    Hey Lupin, please re-read my comment. I wrote about my experience and my feelings. In no way did I imply what you are reading into it. I relayed what I felt.

    Your comment back to me is just plain nasty and I know you have an issue with my posts for some reason I don’t understand. Maybe it is because you are bat shit crazy. I’m not sure. When commenting, be sure to keep on point please and fully read and understand those you plan to attack. Thanks for coming by.

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