Pets: Vets

Five Portland Vet Services You Need to Know

From emergency care to animal massage, here’s where to take your terrier (or tarantula).

By Rebecca Jacobson January 23, 2017 Published in the February 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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It’s 1 a.m. and widdle Winston just found your chocolate stash. Most Portland pet owners know DoveLewis, but it’s not the only round-the-clock animal hospital in town. North America–wide operator VCA runs a 24-hour hospital in Southeast, with a full suite of emergency services, from radiology to surgery to acute allergy treatment.


Katherine Nelson of the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund estimates the usual range for spaying and neutering services at $150–400. Looking to save a few bucks without sacrificing care? OSNF offers a coupon for reduced-cost services at clinics around the region, often operated by vets invested in preventing animal overpopulation.


Lots of Portland vets offer holistic services, often in addition to their Western medical practices. Consider Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic, or Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital. You might also have use for Heal Animal Massage, whose therapists will meet you at home or at work. Classes are also available.

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Dr. Lisa Harrenstien (left) with a rat patient; veterinary technician Lyndsey Jett listens to a pig's heartbeat.

Exotic Pets

If you share your home with, say, a reptile, rodent, tarantula, fish, or exotic mammal, Avian & Exotic Veterinary Care is for you. Dr. Lisa Harrenstien spent 13 years at the Oregon Zoo before opening this hospital last April. She’s since treated chickens with reproductive tract issues, a goldfish with a tumor, and a tortoise accidentally buried alive by its owner.

End of Life

Tech advances aside, all pets must ultimately retire to that farm in the sky. One way to ease the transition is at-home euthanasia. Multnomah County Animal Services lists several vets who offer the mobile service. We’ve also gotten glowing reports about Compassionate Care, which has 24-7, on-call assistance.

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