Services & Fees
DoveLewis is an Emergency & Critical Care Hospital
DoveLewis takes care of emergencies and extremely critical cases. DoveLewis is equipped and prepared to handle any pet emergency with skill, speed and compassion. We treat all kinds of emergencies, have the ability to offer all levels of care and are outfitted to care for even the most critical patients. Several veterinarians and technicians are on site at all times. Additionally, our staff includes three board-certified critical care specialists (that means they’ve spent an extra 3 years studying critical care medicine), so you can be sure your pet will get the best care. After treatment at DoveLewis, your pet should return to your veterinarian for follow-up care.
Many of our patients arrive in extreme emergency situations - they’ve been hit by a car, have deep cuts or puncture wounds, or have consumed toxins. If your pet is in crisis during your regular veterinarian’s office hours, consider talking with your regular veterinarian. Your regular vet can also refer your pet to us for critical care if your pet suffers from a critical illness such as congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes or respiratory distress. No matter what the situation, DoveLewis is here when you need us.
Emergency Services—Outpatient Care
DoveLewis runs a busy emergency room, and that can mean long wait times for families whose pets have minor emergencies. DoveLewis has dedicated one doctor and one technician to less–intense emergencies during our busy receiving periods. These outpatient cases will be seen sooner, and go home sooner.
Over the Phone Medical Help
Because of the serious and sensitive nature of emergency and critical care veterinary medicine, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital does not give medical diagnoses or advice over the phone or through e-mail. The health of your pet is very important to us. We believe that in order to give you and your pet the best care, we must see your animal before we can accurately give a diagnosis or advice. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency and critical cases. Your regular veterinarian may be best suited for non-emergency questions or concerns.
We offer comprehensive emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. That caliber of care incorporates specialists and procedures which give your pet the best chance at better health. This brochure aims to explain our specialty services to you, and what they can do for your pet.
Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, and Coby Richter, DVM, MS, DACVS are board–certified surgeons and full–time members of the DoveLewis staff. They are available to perform urgent orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, as well as endoscopic procedures and wound care 24–hours a day, 7–days a week. (See surgery page for specifics.)
Steve Skinner, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM–Neurology will consult on emergency neurologic cases when surgery may be a possibility. Dr. Skinner will perform only necessary emergency surgeries on nights and weekends at DoveLewis. For patients who require non–emergency neurosurgery, we will consult with the referring veterinarian on these cases to determine the best course of action.
DoveLewis operates a fully equipped, state–of–the–art Intensive Care Unit staffed by highly trained critical care veterinarians and board–certified critical care specialists which includes Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECCand Ladan Mohammad–Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC. DACVECC stands for Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. It means a DVM has decided to continue his or her education and training in the specialty area of emergency and critical care and has completed stringent requirements and examination to become board–certified. The DoveLewis critical care team also includes six technicians board–certified in emergency and critical care. More are in the testing process. There are just 200 board–certified emergency and critical care technicians in the world.
Our Critical Care practice includes:
- 24–hour critical care management for complex life–threatening disease or injury
- Blood and plasma transfusions
- Pain management services
- Continuous ECG monitoring
- Parenteral Nutrition: For patients who cannot be fed normally. We can feed these patients through a vein using a mix of proteins, fats and sugar that is formulated for each patient individually.
- Ventilator therapy: DoveLewis is one of only two veterinary hospitals in the area offering long–term ventilator therapy. A ventilator breathes for a patient who cannot breathe on his or her own.
William Rausch, DVM, DACVIM – Cardiology
Dr. Rausch is a board–certified cardiologist specializing in the diagnosis and management of heart disease in dogs and cats. His practice is limited to cardiology with a focus on sustaining quality of life in patients with heart disease. Dr. Rausch is consulting on emergency cardiology cases at DoveLewis.
His services include:
- Echocardiogram: A detailed examination of the heart using 2–D and Doppler ultrasound imaging. This is used to determine the presence and extent of heart disease. Echocardiography performed by a board–certified Cardiologist is the most effective and least invasive method for evaluating heart structures and function.
- ECG (electrocardiogram): This looks for irregularities to the heart rhythm and is often used in conjunction with an echocardiogram.
- Holter Monitor: For those patients who have an irregular heart rhythm or rate that is intermittent, Dr. Rausch may place one of these monitors to record the patient’s heart activity while at home.
- Pacemaker surgery: For animals who are symptomatic because of a heart rate that is too low a pacemaker can be implanted. A small wire is guided to the heart via a vein in the neck in a minimally invasive manner.
Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Lipman is a board–certified radiologist.
His services include:
- Digital Radiography: digital x–ray is a much faster, more efficient way of seeing inside our patients. The picture quality is clearer, and allows Dr. Lipman to see things that traditional film x–rays might miss.
- Ultrasound: This medical imaging technique allows Dr. Lipman to see organs, muscles, tendons, and any lesions that might be present. Dr. Lipman can use our ultrasound machine to help him perform biopsies of the liver, kidneys, abdominal lymph nodes and other organs.
- Fluoroscopy: This is essentially a moving x–ray. Fluoroscopy shows real time images, so we can perform procedures and observe what we’re doing by watching the monitors. For example, we can place a feeding tube through the nose and into the stomach and small intestines. The fluoroscope would allow us to see the progress of the tube moving through the stomach and intestines in real time. A fluoroscope is also used in orthopedic surgery, pacemaker surgery, to locate foreign bodies deep inside muscles and in assessing how well or poorly an animal can swallow.
- CT Scanner: ‘CT’ stands for computed tomography; tomography means ‘a picture of a plane.’ A CT scanner generates two—and three–dimensional cross–sectional images of a patient using X–ray technology. We use these images to do several things:
Assess extent of trauma and/or bleeding of chest, abdomen or head
Detect or confirm the presence of a tumor
Determine size & location of tumor and whether it has spread
Plan therapy or surgery
Determine whether therapy is working
Each patient is charged an emergency fee that covers the doctor’s initial examination and consultation. Additional fees are charged for diagnostics and treatments required by your pet’s condition. An estimate for these charges will be presented and discussed with you in advance.
Emergency care can be very costly. These costs reflect the expense of maintaining a fully staffed, 24-hour, state-of-the-art facility. If you have financial concerns, please let us know.
DoveLewis is a Nonprofit Hospital
DoveLewis is the only not-for-profit hospital in the Northwest devoted to emergency and critical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Non-profit organizations operate and are maintained to serve a public good. Any net earnings by a not-for-profit organization are used by the organization for the purposes of which it was established. DoveLewis’ Federal Tax ID number is 93-0621534.