VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists
By Dr. Rochelle Low and Dr. Heidi Houchen
Published: December 15, 2011

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At VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, our first priority is the health and welfare of your pets. To support our valuable clients and their pets, our veterinarians are proud to offer a new pet emergency care handbook for download here. The handbook covers a host of topics and tips to help animal owners identify and deal with common pet emergency issues until they can be brought in the hospital.

Free hard copies of this handbook are also available at our hospital for you or a friend - they are going fast so please call ahead to be sure we have copies in stock.

Please Note: While the handbook is very informative, it will not substitute for professional animal care that your veterinarian provides. Please contact your general practice veterinarian or the emergency team at VCA - NWVS in any pet emergency.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately 503-656-3999

Pet Emergency Handbook for Download

VCA Northwest Vet Specialists is here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what the time of day or night we have a veterinarian and vet techs here to answer your questions and provide you and your pet with care in an emergency situation.

Our emergency service is designed to be an extension of the services provided by your primary care veterinarian. When your vet is not available, our doctors and nursing staff are here to provide the emergency care your pet needs. In addition to emergency services, we are able to provide intensive care for critically ill pets that have been referred by primary care veterinarians.

Many patients are treated as outpatients. Should your pet require ongoing care, we may recommend that you return to your primary care veterinarian when the day practive opens. For unstable patients in need of further evaluation, arrangements can be made for continued hospitalization and when needed, evaluation by one of our specialitsts.