The DoveLewis Blog

The DoveLewis Blog Welcome to the DoveLewis blog. Here you will find our latest news and updates including our community programs, compelling stories from our patients and useful pet tips to keep your furry family members happy and healthy.

5 Ways to Prepare for a Pet Emergency

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and DoveLewis encourages pet owners to honor the occasion by being as informed and proactive as possible.

“Every year, DoveLewis provides emergency veterinary care to more than 14,000 patients,” said Dr. Christy Michael. “No one expects or hopes to deal with a pet emergency, but it’s important to be prepared so you can remain calm and focused in any type of situation.”

1. Take a free pet first aid workshop. DoveLewis is proud to offer free pet first aid workshops taught by leading veterinary professionals. Workshops are... Read More >

Introducing Cardiology Services at DoveLewis

DoveLewis is proud to add cardiology to its growing list of specialty services. Dr. Caryn Reynolds will work closely with a pet owner’s primary veterinarian to provide diagnosis and treatment of pets with diseases or abnormalities of the heart, including:

  • Cardiac (heart) failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Cardiac murmur
  • Congenital heart disease (birth disorder)
  • Acquired heart disease
  • Respiratory (breathing pathway) disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Heart infections, such as heartworm

Dr. Reynold’s background includes degrees from the... Read More >

Ring in Spring with Pet Safety

Ring in Spring with DoveLewis Pet Safety

With spring in the air, pet owners should take note of potential seasonal hazards. While you enjoy the longer, warmer days, keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not allow pets access to cleaning or building supplies during spring cleaning and home improvement projects.
  • Keep Easter food and décor away from pets. Lilies are highly toxic to cats, chocolate can make dogs and cats sick, and decorative Easter grass can cause intestinal blockage if ingested.
  • While attending to the garden, don’t allow pets in areas where fertilizers, insecticides (especially snail bait) and herbicides are used,... Read More >

How Many Pet Poisons are in Your Home?

Keep your pets safe from toxins.

Every room of your house is filled with items that could be poisonous to your furry friends. Keep your pets safe by restricting access to the toxic items below.

Food and Drink


Cocoa and chocolate contain theobromine, a chemical that can affect heart rhythm and cause vomiting, diarrhea and seizures if ingested by pets.


Even in small doses, alcohol can cause drunken behavior, trouble breathing or cardiac arrest.


Just a handful of grapes or raisins can damage your dog’s kidneys or even prove deadly. Even small amounts in trail mix or snack boxes... Read More >

What’s Up With the Upchuck?

DoveLewis Talks about What’s Up with the Upchuck?

As a 24-hour emergency hospital, DoveLewis treats more cases of vomiting than any other type of injury or illness. Throwing up can be a regular occurrence for both cats and dogs, but it can also be a sign of a more serious issue.

It’s common for a dog to vomit a few times a year. They may have had a passing virus or ingested something their stomach didn’t agree with. Cats, on the other hand, may vomit more frequently. There isn’t a cat owner out there who isn’t familiar with the dreaded hairball. But knowing the difference between a common occurrence and a serious symptom can... Read More >