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Bone Marrow Aspirate

A bone marrow aspiration is a test used to identify diseases in the bone marrow. Usually these diseases are causing some sort of abnormality in the pet’s complete blood count, including: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. A bone marrow aspirate can be used, in many cases, to more definitively diagnose the disease process. In animals, samples are taken from either the humerus (larger bone in the front limb) or the pelvis. At the very least, local anesthesia is performed in the site, but heavy sedation or even general anesthesia may be required to perform the procedure. The sample is collected with a wide gauge needle and is submitted for pathologist review, along with a complete blood count. Sometimes a core biopsy is necessary if the bone marrow is severely affected. This is more common to be necessary in cats. This sample can be taken at the same time as the bone marrow aspiration procedure. Most patients are not painful after the procedure, but a light pain medication may be prescribed for a few days to ensure your pet is comfortable afterwards.


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 your referring veterinarian or us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the 24-hour hospitals in the Portland Metro Area:

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists located in Clackamas, OR at 16756 SE 82nd Drive, 503-656-3999. This 24-hour emergency and specialty referral hospital has boarded specialists in emergency and critical care, surgery, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, and ophthalmology.

VCA SE Portland Animal Hospital located in SE Portland on 139th and SE Stark, 503-255-8139. This is a 24-hour full service hospital for urgent and emergency care with two boarded surgeons.

Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in NW Portland is located at 1945 NW Pettygrove Street, 503-228-7281. This is a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility with boarded specialists in emergency and critical care and surgery.