Holiday Pet Photo Shoot at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital

Sunday December 4th, 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Bring your fur family (humans too) and have professional photos taken by our featured artist, Kolu Westcott, in time for the holidays. There will be a $30 sitting fee collected at the time of the shoot. Within a few days of the photo shoot, you will receive an array of prints to choose from. Photos will be against a white backdrop, so feel free to bring any holiday items (hats, antlers, bells, holiday sweaters etc) you, your family or your pet will look great in. (Even though your pet may think otherwise.)

Kolu will offer set packages along with options for individual photos, photos on metal or holiday greeting cards. Purchase prices do not include the $30 sitting fee and will vary according to your choices. Kola will donate 20% of all sales from this shoot to Greyhound Pets of America Northwest.

For questions about the photo shoot, please call Mary Tustin at the hospital 503-227-6047.


New Featured Artist at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital

Our lobby and exam rooms are now filled with the beautiful pet photography of Kolu Westcott. She is a talented local artist, who focuses on beautiful portraits of beloved pets. Her work captures the spirit of each of her subjects. Her photos can be traditionally matted and framed or she can customize her work on metal or greeting cards to suit your preference.

20% of her profits from sales related to NWNVH ,whether purchased in our hospital or from custom shoots for our clients, will go to one of her favorite charities (ours too!) Greyhound Pets of America Northwest. GPA NW is an amazing organization that fosters and adopts Greyhounds who have been rescued from various racetracks. Their dogs make fantastic pets and the care of the dogs by GPA NW is the absolute best. Please take a moment during your next visit or come by whenever we are open to experience her amazing talent.


Welcoming Dr. Sarah McCormack

I grew up traveling around the world with my parents and met a lot of weird and wonderful animals along the way. That experience sparked my interest in the way bodies work and I studied neuroscience in undergrad at Wesleyan in Connecticut and then attended Tufts Vet School. I practiced in the Boston area for 7 years and just moved to Portland with my husband and young son. I love all things furry, scaly and even slimy! Sadly, though, my husband is allergic to everything under the sun and we can’t have pets at home – I have to get my furry snuggles at work! I am especially interested in surgery, exotic animal medicine, and feline medicine. I love exploring Portland with my family, reading, dancing, and arts and crafts. I look forward to meeting you and your companions!


Holiday Food and Clothing Drive for Friendly House Senior Program

November 25, 2016 through January 7, 2017

We are kicking off our annual food and clothing drive to support Friendly House Senior Services on November 25th. Your donations, combined with our matching amounts, allow local senior citizens to keep and care for their pets, while living on extremely limited budgets. Often these pets are the only family these seniors have and thanks to your generosity in the past, we have been able to supply the pet food portion of Friendly House Senior Services for THE ENTIRE YEAR.

We are starting earlier and will continue into the New Year in hopes of gathering any extra items left over from the holidays. We will be collecting the following items in the drop bins in our lobby now through January 7:

  • Human food – non-perishable
  • Pet food – dry and canned cat and dog food
  • Blankets
  • Socks
  • Jackets
  • Cash – We will collect cash donations to purchase the above items to be donated

For every pound of human or pet food, or item of clothing donated NWNVH will donated 1lb of high quality pet food AND all cash donations brought to NWNVH for Friendly House seniors will be matched dollar for dollar. Let’s make this drive the best one yet!

If you have any questions or need help getting your items to NWNVH please call Mary Tustin at our hospital 503-227-6047. She’ll be happy to assist you.


Strut Your Mutt – Portland

Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital is once again participating in Strut Your Mutt, a fundraising event that benefits Best Friends Animal Society!

Strut Your Mutt – Portland
Sellwood Riverfront Park
Saturday, September 10
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join us for a walk with your pup along with plenty of fun and games for you, your dog and your whole family. Activities include agility games, doggie musical chairs and fun raffles and photobooths. Dr. Prull will be there representing our hospital. Learn more about the event and the day’s activities here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Staff Highlight

Tara Jeans, CVT

I grew up in central Missouri. After obtaining a degree in Anthropology, I decided I wanted to work in the veterinary field. Then, in 2003, that desire brought me to Portland, where I obtained a degree from PCC’s Veterinary Technology Program. After working for several hospitals and taking a brief break when my first child was born, I started working as a relief CVT at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital. I instantly knew the staff members at NWNVH were something special. In 2012, after much waiting, a CVT position opened, and I joined the crew permanently! With the arrival of my second child, my hours at the hospital have decreased. But during the time I do spend here, I not only relish in providing the best clinical care to our patients, but also in making them as comfortable as possible.

My husband, Jon, and I share our SW Portland home with our children, Jack and Sadie along with our crazy zoo of animals: 4 dogs (Oz, Bruno, Bowie, and PJ), 4 cats (Newt, Sampson, Fig, and Zuzu), 3 chinchillas (Teddy, Loki, and Wicket), 2 snails (Burpy and Banger), our beta fish (Dynah), and a partridge in a pear tree… In addition to our own animals, we have recently started to foster shelter/rescue dogs. We’ve also successfully fostered a bunny and a feral kitten. I love continuing to contribute to the animal field while mostly staying home with my kids. I enjoy sharing with them some of my biggest passions, rescuing animals and the proper way to interact with them in the midst of different temperaments. I am proud to say they have certainly grown into animal-savvy individuals. My goal for the future is to venture into schools, teaching classes that provide animal and pet education to children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing games, yoga, camping, and exploring the NW with my family and friends.


Caring for Aging Cats

Our cats’ behaviors change as they mature. As the rebellious days of youth fade, wiser, more leisurely companions emerge. Cats become seniors around age 10, and considerable physiological changes often occur. Slower and more relaxed movements replace the boundless energy they had as kittens. Decreased physical activity is to be expected; joint stiffness and reduced dexterity are normal parts of the aging process. Activity patterns may shift dramatically as your pet’s circadian rhythm changes, too, resulting in an altered sleep-wake cycle and more frequent daytime naps.

Elderly cats are prone to decreased cognitive function, meaning they may take longer to complete their daily routines and may become disoriented. A moderate degree of hearing and vision loss is to be expected. Your cat may begin spending more time in different areas of the home, usually areas that are centralized and well lit, as these spaces can make them feel more comfortable and secure.

However, not all behavioral shifts should automatically be attributed to aging. Sudden physical changes or rapidly decreased mental function may be indications of underlying medical conditions.

Twice-annual examinations and annual blood tests are the most effective way to determine if symptoms are the result of a treatable medical cause. If you notice abnormal behavioral changes in your elderly cat, please contact your veterinarian right away to rule out serious health problems. We want to help your pet age with comfortable grace.

Learn more about Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital’s senior pet care here.

If you have any more questions or concerns regarding your senior pet, please schedule an appointment at Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital by calling (503) 427-9148.


In The Neighborhood

On June 19, Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital participated in our first-ever LGBT Pride event! After waiting 2.5 hours in the heat, Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital staff members, dogs and friends and family members represented Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital as the only veterinary clinic taking part in this year’s Portland Pride Parade. We marched proudly, outfitted with rainbow gear, through the streets of downtown Portland. Several parade-goers yelled, “Hey! That’s my vet clinic!” We handed out stuffed animals to kids, nearly 1,200 dog biscuits and 400 free exam vouchers. We received overwhelming support from the crowd in the form of cheers, tears, applause and hugs.

To further show our support, we also sold our “All Genders, All Identities, Most Species.” t-shirts in the week leading up to the parade. All proceeds from t-shirt sales are being donated to SAGE Metro Portland at Friendly House. SAGE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, outreach and resource development for older and elderly LGBT individuals.

Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital is proud to be involved with and recognized as a supporter of the LGBT community. As a local business and as individuals, we are happy to promote equality and acceptance of all persons, regardless of their varying identities.

This was the first but certainly not the last year Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital will be involved in Portland’s Pride festivities. We are incredibly thankful to everyone who made our presence in the parade possible by donating their time and energy. We are looking forward to going all out for next year’s parade!

Recent Community Involvement

St. Mary’s Academy 1/2 day with a vet for their auction
Supported Friendly House’s annual auction by purchasing half a table.


Staff Highlight

Holly, Technician Supervisor

I am originally from Bellingham, WA, which is where I started my veterinary career in an assistant program many years ago. I then set out on a “walk about” from coast to coast and eventually circled back to the Pacific Northwest in 2000. I graduated from Portland Community College with a degree in veterinary technology in 2003. I worked in a few hospitals until I found Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital in 2007 and haven’t looked back. Almost nine years later, I am the technician supervisor as well as an active certified veterinary technician.

I thought about making the switch to human medicine briefly, and even started schooling for it, but I cannot deny that my passion is in helping to improve the lives of animals. I enjoy mentoring aspiring technicians, and I coordinate Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital’s participation in veterinary technician externships with both local and nationwide veterinary technology programs.

I try to stay involved in community programs such as the PAW (Portland Animal Welfare) Team and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, volunteering as often as I can for these important causes.

I currently live with my sweetheart and our rescue Pitbull named Ping. I love watching him slowly grow more confident and realize that the world is not such a scary place! We also share our home with two kitties, Iggy (the pest) and Brutus (the fat panther).


Keep Your Pet From Overheating This Summer

Our pets struggle to keep cool during the hot summer months, and overheating can cause very serious health issues. For example, heat stroke can lead to organ failure or even death if  not treated quickly enough. Make sure you take necessary precautions to protect your dog or cat this summer.

  • Always have plenty of fresh, clean water available to your pet.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car on warm days. Vehicle interiors heat up very quickly, and temperatures inside cars can soar as high as 160°F within minutes, even on mild days.
  • Do not over-exercise your pet. Outdoor activity is more taxing on your pet’s body when the weather is warm.
  • When possible on hot days, keep pets indoors in cool, air-conditioned areas.
  • Do not shave your pet. Our pets’ coats are an important part of their natural cooling systems, as their coats protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays, prevent overheating and sunburn.

Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting (short, shallow breaths), increased heart rate and drooling. In advanced cases, symptoms can include seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet shows any of these symptoms, please contact Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospitalimmediately by calling (503) 427-9148. We will advise you on how to proceed.