VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital

VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital Testimonials

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  • Saving Caddy The Greyhound

    -GPA Northwest from Portland, OR
    Pet Name: Caddy

    Pet Image Caddy, a gentle 3-1/2 year old retired racing Greyhound, suffered an injury to his right rear leg during a race in Jacksonville, Florida. His injury was never treated until he came to GPA Northwest here in Portland. He was in pain and could not walk on his damaged leg.

    With the expertise of Dr. Ost, Caddy first underwent extensive surgery to try to save his leg. Despite amazing surgical work, unfortunately, the bone was too damaged and had started to deteriorate. They had no other option but to amputate the leg. So, on Nov. 19th Caddy had his back leg removed. Within hours he was up and hopping around, hardly noticing that he was on three legs. Without the pain of the injured leg, Caddy was able to get around nearly as fast as the four legged dogs in his foster home. His great personality made him a great patient and the surgery was so well done that he healed within two weeks.

    Then early in April, an amazing family fell head-over-heals in love with Caddy and decided to take him into their home and into their hearts where he will remain forever. Currently, Caddy is adjusting to his new life quite nicely. His new family built him a special ramp so he has easier access to the back yard from the deck. There you can see Caddy playing and romping like any four-legged dog.

    He has settled into his new routine at record speed. Caddy now knows when it's time for the girls in his new family to arrive home from school because then he knows he will get a walk to the park. He is spoiled with love, devotion and a safe place for him to spend the rest of his years, comfortable and happy thanks to the great care from the VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital surgical staff and Dr. Ost.

    GPA Northwest finds homes for retired racing Greyhounds and VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital is one of our best resources for emergency and surgical care. We can always count on them when our dogs need help.

  • My cats great care

    -Sue Larson from Portalnd, OR
    Pet Name: Finn

    Had to take my cat in for blood in his urine. He was treated well and all cost were spelled out for me. They were reasonable. They even told me where to go to get the antibiotic at a decent price!! I know that emotions are involved with family members and some have written not so flattering messages. I will take my cats back to them! They are very caring people. I want to thank them for his care!

  • Dr Bonnell

    -peggy spencer and gaddy spencer from sandy, OR
    Pet Name: Gaddy

    We would like to thank Dr. Bonnell and staff for the excellant care of Gaddy at a scary time. I only wish you were closer so I could use your services all the time. Thanks again, Gad and Peg

  • My Lifeline - Rex

    -Denise from Portland, OR
    Pet Name: Rex

    My grandmother's companion, Rex became my lifeline after my grandmother passed away. He was injured just months after she passed away. Nothing could happen to him. The staff at SE VCA treated Rex and me with love and compassion. He required surgery to his left year leg. The specialist's took time for him and ensured that his leg stability would return. Unfortunately an infection set in. Through out it all I was comforted and Rex was treated like a King. Even dropping him off for routine checks became a major ordeal as I cried just letting him go. Kristin who was working the front desk assured me that he was being well cared for. I can't thank the staff and doctors enough for taking such good care of Rex and me! Thank you just isn't enough, you are all truly angels.

  • My Dog Ate Poison

    -Nancy W from Gresham, OR
    Pet Name: Gemini

    When my 9lb Chihuahua mixed dog licked up some Ivermectin Dewormer my horse spit out, I didn't even know it!! At the time I did not know what poison she had gotten into. I was thinking Anti-Freeze!!! I took her to our regular Vet at the Gresham Animal Hospital, close by, and they started treatment for her! They did not think it was Anti-Freeze, but they closed at 6PM! The DVM told me about VCA Animal Hospital, at 139th and Stark St. in Portland, OR, for 24/7 care! My dog was so sick and we thought she was going to die! We took her to VCA intending to have them euthanize her; so she would not suffer any longer!!! I was crushed! But the DVM there asked us to give them a chance to help her! She did not think it was Anti-Freeze poisoning either!! They said her symptoms looked more like Ivermectin poisoning and they thought they could help her. We left Gemini there overnight for supportive treatment! Thank GOD! She pulled through and is now home. She has some residual effects from the poisoning right now, but they may resolve over time! We are so happy they convinced us to try to save her! Gemini is the light of our lives! Thank you Gresham Animal Clinic and VCA at 139th and Stark, Southeast Portland, OR!

  • VCA Saves Christmas and a Sheltie

    -Lori Shown from Troutdale, OR
    Pet Name: Star

    Early Christmas morning, my beautiful yet mischievous 5-year-old Sheltie, Star, swiped a bunch of grapes from the kitchen table. Thankfully, I realized the crime almost immediately and was on the phone to VCA Southeast. I was advised to come in ASAP. Not knowing if my 16-year-old Sheltie, Spirit, was in on the crime, I rushed them both to the hospital where they were treated with speed and concern by a staff of very caring people. Thank you, VCA, for being there and for being so competent and sensitive to canine and owner. I keep your phone number on my fridge. :)

  • Jester gets his leg fixed

    -Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest from Portland, OR
    Pet Name: Jester

    Pet Image Jester is a beautiful red brindle two year old who broke his leg racing in Florida. His leg was originally splinted at the time of the injury, but healed improperly. After a consultation with Dr. Petra Ost of VCA SEPAH, there was no expectation that the break could mend so that Jester could use it in any way, so on March 6 2011, Jester had surgery to make his leg functional. He now has a plate stabilizing the area and is well into his recuperation. Being a bit of a whiner and a 2 year old, Jester gets bored with confinement but all he really needs is to lay on a bed somewhere where so he can be in the middle of the action and he's content.

    Jester is a very loving, affectionate Greyhound and much like a child likes to drape himself on anything close by while talking to you with his eyes. While he won't be a candidate for jogging or long hikes, Jester is going to make someone a very special companion. Huge thanks to VCA SEPAH and Dr. Ost for giving Jester his leg and a life free from pain.

  • Salty and the mouse hole

    -Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest from Portland, OR
    Pet Name: Salty

    Pet Image Salty was playing in the yard of her foster home and her front foot got caught in a mouse hole in the ground. The force broke several bones in her foot, which needed to be repaired surgically by an orthopedic specialist. We took her to our favorite place, VCA SEPAH to see our favorite surgeon, Dr. Petra Ost. Salty spent eight weeks in a cast recovering from her surgery.

    Greyhounds learn to run on a carefully prepared surface and don't realize that there could be obstacles or rough spots where they place their feet. Salty was running as usual and a small hole was all it took to break the small bones in her foot. These bones are difficult to repair because they are small and the dog constantly uses their leg, placing stress on the healing bones. She had plates and pins surgically inserted into the broken bones to repair the damage and allow them to heal. Salty did very well and was seen by the surgeon for follow up's during her recovery process. These costs are high but the surgery enabled Salty to run and play again. Without the help of VCA SEPAH, Salty would have lost her leg or her life to this injury. After a life racing, it would have been a terrible loss for everyone to have her life cut short just when she started her retirement.

    Salty's surgery was a complete success and she is now playing and back to normal activity. She is a great dog and found a great home thanks to all who helped and supported her and thanks to her excellent surgeon.

  • Shy Miss and her broken leg

    -Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest from Portland, OR
    Pet Name: Shy Miss

    Pet Image Shy Miss is littermate to Boots, one of our special needs Greyhounds who recently found his home. Shy, like Boots, broke her rear leg and required surgery to repair the break. She has had a special plate installed to support the bones in her leg until they fully heal. She is no longer Shy and has become a very outgoing and fun three year old.

    Shy had a broken and displaced Tarsal bone and her Calcanious bone, the main ankle bone, was twisted out of position. The break was unstable and causing her pain and making it hard for her to walk. Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Petra Ost of VCA SEPAH, corrected the deformity of the joint and attached a metal plate to the bones to allow them to heal in the correct position. Once Shy healed, she was able to walk comfortably again. No more racing but a fine retired life awaits Shy.

    Shy has found her home for life and was adopted just before Christmas 2010. She will be enjoying her new home and companions for many years to come thanks to her surgery and great care at VCA SEPAH.

  • Boots lucky day

    -Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest from Portland, OR
    Pet Name: Boots

    Pet Image Boots is one of a litter of Greyhounds raised locally here in Oregon. His racing career ended when he broke his leg in early February 2010. His owner contacted us and we brought him back home to repair his injured leg and find him a home. He was a happy puppy the last time we saw him, playing roughly with his littermates. At that time he still had "boots" on his feet and legs. Now that he is grown up, his boots are gone but his friendly, outgoing personality remains.

    After an examination and x-rays with our orthopedic specialist, Dr. Petra Ost at VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, it was discovered that Boots had actually broken his leg twice. In a race in August 2009, he came up limping and finished last. That corresponded to a fractured Tarsal bone in his hock (rear leg). He was allowed by his racing trainer to heal and started running again in late January 2010, then broke his leg in a different place on February 12th, 2010. The second break was more serious because it displaced the bone in his ankle that holds the tendon and operates his foot. That left him with a dropped foot and in some pain.

    The x-ray images showed the broken Tarsal bone and the displaced Calcanious bone in Boots leg. The side view showed clearly that the Calcanious was at an angle, instead of being in a straight line with the foot. The Top view also showed a second fracture in the calcanious bone on the right side, called a Slab Fracture. The high quality x-ray technology at VCA SEPAH allowed us and the surgeon to see exactly what damage had been done and how to best repair it.

    The older break in the Tarsal bone was already calcified and could not be repaired. The displaced calcanious bone was able to be corrected and that is the most important to give Boots good mobility and a pain-free life.

    Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Petra Ost of VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, moved into action and did surgery on Boots the very next day. She was able to completely straighten his calcanious (ankle bone) and stabilize the whole joint with a pin. This is great news for Boots and meant that, once healed, he will have excellent mobility in that leg and no pain. He won't race again but he can run and play like the three year old that he is.

    Boots found his home with a great family who just love him. He has another Greyhound to play with and will be able to visit other Greyhounds often. His future is full of fun and happiness now and his leg is doing great thanks to his excellent diagnosis and treatment.


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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 503-255-8139. We are located at 13830 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.