VCA North Portland Veterinary Hospital
By Cara
Published: July 07, 2014

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Bringing your kitty into see us can be a scary, worrisome time. The car ride alone can be stressful enough. Cats that are "crate trained" tend to tolerate the car ride more. Covering the carrier during the car ride can help ease ride anxiety.

How can we make your visit to see us a better experience?

When you check in at the front desk, please ask for a Feliway towel. Feliway is a happy cat pheromone, and having a towel to hide behind adds to the calming effect. We try to get you into an exam room as quickly as possible, but using a Feliway towel can make any waiting more tolerable for your kitty. We have a separate waiting area for people with cats or dogs that are scared of other dogs.

On this end, we would like to take more of a hands off approach. What does this mean? For many cats, taking the lid off of the carrier and leaving them in for the exam (taking them out to get their accurate weight on our little scale).

Does your cat like to be rewarded with treats? Confident kittys may eat cookies here, or indulge in a little catnip. Shy cats tend to want nothing to do with our attempts at bribery.

Please bring your own catnip so it is fresh.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency, please contact us immediately. When we are closed, you should call or go to one of the following emergency veterinary hospitals:

Dove Lewis - 503-228-7281
1945 NW Pettygrove
Portland, OR 97209

Columbia River Veterinary Specialists - 360-694-3007
607 NE 84th Street, Suite 109
Vancouver, WA 98665

VCA NorthWest Veterinary Specialists - 503-656-3999
16756 SE 82nd Drive
Clackamas, OR 97015