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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.

What’s Up with the Upchuck?

DoveLewis Talks about What’s Up with the Upchuck?

As a 24-hour emergency hospital, vomiting is the number one reason pets are brought in for treatment. Throwing up can be a normal 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 what’s not just a common occurrence can help you decide if your pet needs... Read More >

How to Build a Pet First Aid Kit

How to Build a Pet First Aid Kit

Every pet owner should have a pet first aid kit handy in case of emergency. If you need to put one together, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of many of the essential items your pet could need in the event of injury or trauma. Keep in mind that if you give your pet first aid care, follow your treatment up with immediate veterinary attention. First aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it could save your pet’s life or prevent further injury until you see a veterinarian or critical care specialist.

What to include:

  • Pet first-aid book that outlines the basics of... Read More >

An Injured Chicken and a Doctor’s Surprise

It must have felt like the sky was falling for one particular chicken who recently visited DoveLewis.

FedEx (yes, that really is her name!), a free-range backyard chicken, appeared at the back door one morning clucking loudly. Owner Kae Christopher noticed that she was bleeding extensively from her comb – the red, fleshy crest on the top of her head.

Kae couldn’t find a veterinarian who cared for chickens in her area, so Audubon Society of Portland referred to her to DoveLewis for treatment. When she and FedEx reached the hospital, the laceration was still bleeding profusely.

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Q&A: Medical Marijuana for Pets

While we know that marijuana is toxic to our furry friends, there are still many unknowns about the use of medical marijuana in veterinary medicine. DoveLewis Chief Medical Officer Lee Herold answers your questions about this controversial drug use for pets.

Can pets be treated with medical marijuana?

At this time, there is a need for more clinical data to prove that medical marijuana is safe and helpful for pets. We do know that pets are much more sensitive to marijuana use than humans and often suffer from toxic side effects that include vomiting, disorientation, dizziness and... Read More >

Lilies Make a Dangerous Bouquet for Cats


Bold, beautiful lilies start to blossom in spring gardens and appear in Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and May Day bouquets. But did you know they can be poisonous and extremely toxic to cats?

Varietals such as tiger lilies, stargazer lilies, Asian lilies or Easter lilies may cause feline acute kidney failure if ingested. Other types of lilies, including water lilies, peace lilies and calla lilies, can cause vomiting and gastric and oral irritation.

“All parts of the flower are toxic,” said Dr. Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, a critical care specialist at DoveLewis. “The stems, the leaves, the... Read More >