Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available.

The veterinarians and team members at our hospital are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care. From wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your pet will receive high quality care at our hospital.

Preventive Care

At Lombard Animal Hospital our goal is to tailor vaccine protocols to the individual patient. Our goal is to protect from disease without giving unnecessary or excessive vaccines. We base our vaccine protocol on American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines.
Vaccines in Dogs
We routinely vaccinate for Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus Bordetella, Rabies and Leptospirosis. Puppies should receive a series of vaccines beginning at 6-8 weeks of age until 16 weeks of age. This is because nursing puppies ingest antibodies from their mothers which provide early protection against infectious disease. However, they also neutralize the immunizing agents in vaccines. Maternal antibodies naturally decline during the first three to four months of life and eventually disappear.

  • DAP protects against Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, and Parvovirus. Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease carried by raccoons. It causes diarrhea, fever, nasal and ocular discharge progressing to neurological symptoms like seizing. It is often fatal and the best protection is vaccination. Parvovirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and immunosuppression. Mortality is 60% and puppies are the most susceptible because of their limited body reserves. Adenovirus can cause liver and eye problems and can result in death or chronic illness. Puppies should start DAP series at 8 weeks of age and receive boosters every 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Dogs older than 16 weeks receive 2 initial boosters then an annual booster, then a booster every 3 years. Do not take your puppy to places where other dogs go until fully vaccinated.
  • Rabies is a viral disease primarily spread by bats in Oregon. It is 100% fatal once an animal or person is infected. The first vaccine is good for 1 year, and then the following boosters are good for 3 years. This vaccine is required for licensing, which is required by law for all dogs and cats in Multnomah County. We are legally required to report all rabies vaccines given in Multnomah County. The receptionist team members can help you make sure Multnomah County Animal Services has record that your pet has been properly vaccinated against rabies or you can visit
  • Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection resulting from contaminated water or contact with the urine of infected wildlife and rodents. It causes symptoms of kidney and liver failure. This illness can be transmitted to humans by contact through breaks in the skin or mucus membranes.
  • Bordetella protects against the most common bacterial form of kennel cough. It does not protect against all causes. Symptoms include coughing, retching, sneezing, eye and nasal discharge and rarely pneumonia. We recommend vaccination for dogs that go to places such as kennels, daycare, groomers, shows or dog parks.

Vaccines in Cats
We routinely vaccinate for Rabies and HCP. We give FeLV vaccine to cats that may go outside.

  • HCP is a combination vaccine containing herpes virus, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis is a herpes virus that can cause chronic upper respiratory and eye infections. Calcivirus can also cause upper respiratory disease. Panleukopenia is a very contagious virus that suppresses the immune system and causes severe diarrhea. It has a 75-90% mortality rate in unvaccinated individuals. Kittens should receive a series of 2 boosters at 8 and 12 weeks old, then again in 1 year, then every 3 years.
  • Rabies is a viral disease primarily spread by bats in Oregon. It is 100% fatal once an animal or person is infected. The first vaccine is good for 1 year, and then the following boosters are good for 3 years. This vaccine is required for licensing, which is required by law for all dogs and cats in Multnomah County. We are legally required to report all rabies vaccines given in Multnomah County. The reception team members can help you make sure Multnomah County Animal Services has record that your pet has been properly vaccinated against rabies or you can visit
  • FeLV is a viral illness spread from mother to kittens, from bite wounds, or mutual grooming. It can cause cancer or predispose the cat to secondary infection due to immunosuppression. Most cats that are infected by this virus die within 3 years. Some become chronic carriers and do not become sick. All kittens and cats at risk should be tested and vaccinated with two vaccines 3 to 4 weeks apart and then annually boosted. Indoor only cats do not need this vaccine. We recommend all kittens be vaccinated at least twice as their lifestyle may change at a later point.


We here at Lombard Animal Hospital offer the following types of exams:

  • Annual Exams
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Recheck Exams
  • Health Certificate Exams
  • Emergency Exams and Stabilization (during business hours)
  • Exotic Species Exams and Husbandry Consultations
  • Puppy and Kitten Exams – Examinations are the foundation of good health for your puppy and kitten’s well-being. Not only do your young pets need to be vaccinated against deadly diseases, there are significant growth changes taking place in their teeth, skeletal system, eating habits, body weight and overall behavior that should be monitored closely. We are very excited to meet you and your new member of the family!

Dental Procedures

Did you know that 85% of cats and dogs have periodontal disease by 4 years of age? “Doggy breath” can be the first sign of gum disease. Other signs can include red swollen gums, tartar (yellow or brown accumulation on the tooth surface) or loose teeth. Tartar is caused by a buildup of plaque, which is bacteria mixed with saliva. Tartar blocks oxygen from reaching the teeth, and eventually the periodontal ligament becomes damaged, the bones surrounding the tooth are eaten away, and the gums become sensitive. Eventually the tooth is lost, and if the bone is damaged severely enough, the jaw can actually break. Worse still, if left untreated, the bacteria on the teeth can spread throughout the body, causing pain and harm to internal organs.

Our professional dental cleanings are similar to what a person receives at their dentist’s office, but under full anesthesia. Visible tartar is removed with instruments, more delicate tartar is removed with other instruments, and teeth are scaled ultrasonically. Tartar is also scraped from below the gum line until the roots are smooth again. Periodontal sockets are probed and measured to assess periodontal disease, and professional notes are taken on a dental chart, noting abnormalities on each of the dog’s 42 teeth, or the cat’s 30 teeth. Teeth may be x-rayed, and teeth may be removed if needed. All teeth are polished and treated with fluoride.

Check out Gracie’s experience with a dental procedure at Lombard Animal Hospital.

Diagnostics and Treatment

  • Conventional Pharmacy From monthly Trifexis and Revolution, to Rimadyl and Clavamox, our pharmacy is stocked and ready to address almost any issue. We also work with local compounding pharmacies, who can turn pills into yummy chicken or fish flavored liquid, among other things.

    Some medications need to be special ordered. Please allow 72 hours for refills of these items.

  • Lab Panels Blood testing can detect illness before your pet begins to show outward signs of disease. It is also a very important tool in monitoring long term issues. We use both in-house lab equipment and send our lab samples to IDEXX Laboratories to provide high quality diagnostics and screenings for your pet.

    All pets undergoing surgical and/or dental procedures have preanesthetic bloodwork performed ahead of time. This allows us to determine the safest anesthetic protocol for your pet.

  • Hospitalization We offer both inpatient and outpatient hospitalization for various procedures and issues.

  • Radiographs (X-rays) Radiographs are used to evaluate many conditions from broken bones to foreign bodies, like bones or bits of toys stuck in the gastrointestinal tract! Radiographs also help monitor chronic diseases such as asthma, heart conditions, and arthritis. All of our radiographs (or x-rays) are taken digitally with modern equipment. These digital machines allow us to work with the pet more efficiently, causing less stress and discomfort, culminating in a clearer, more readable photo. We use both regular and dental X-rays as needed during diagnoses, and work with mobile radiologists who provides ultrasound services and radiology review.


The veterinarians at LAH are highly skilled in preforming general surgical procedures including, not limited to:

  • Spays (ovariohysterectomy)
  • Neuters
  • Mass Removals
  • Laceration Repairs
  • Bladder Stone Removal
  • Foreign Body Removal

For specialty surgical procedures our doctors will refer you to a local, board certified veterinary surgeon. In the event that your pet needs to undergo surgery, the LAH team works to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort for your pet. This achieved by preforming pre-operative blood work prior to anesthetic procedures. Based on the lab results, an individualized anesthetic protocol and pain management plan will be selected for your pet. We use the safest anesthetics available and provide multimodal pain management starting before the procedure has even begun. Most surgical patients will receive an intravenous (IV) catheter so warmed IV fluids can be administered. The IV catheter also provides a port in the event of an emergency. Your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and body temperature will be monitored and recorded by a dedicated and well trained pet nurse throughout the entire procedure. We have a variety of modern monitoring devices and equipment to aid in providing the best care for your pet including:

  • ECG (electrocardiography)
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Doppler Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Esophageal Stethoscopes
  • Body Warming Devices
  • Incubator
  • IV fluid pumps
  • IV fluid warmer

Once the procedure is complete, your pet will be moved to a recovery kennel with warm, dry bedding. Your pet will be accompanied by a pet nurse until they are fully awake and recovered from anesthesia.

Every patient at Lombard Animal Hospital has an individualized treatment plan for any procedure. For a generalized idea of what happens while your pet is hanging out with us all day, Click Here and read about Gracie’s Dental Experience!


What you can expect at the initial Acupuncture Appointment:

  • Discussion of your main concerns and treatment goals.
  • Assessment of your pet’s systems and problems using Western and Traditional Chinese Theory and Diagnostic Techniques.
  • First Acupuncture Treatment with Needling and/or Aquapressure.
  • Appointments are approximately 45 – 60 minutes long, needles are in place 5-15 minutes.


Needling: Placement of tiny, thin, metal acupuncture needles directly into points. The needles usually stay in 5 – 15 minutes. Each patient and condition is unique.

Aquapressure: Using Vitamin B12 to inject acupuncture points. Vitamin B12 is harmless (in fact it helps the body) and can facilitate longer stimulation of the points.

Electroacupuncture: Used for pain relief and chronic conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and hip dysplasia/dysfunction. Needles are placed in the appropriate points, then wires are attached. A very low level of electrical current passes through the needles and stimulates the points resulting in relaxation of the muscles and pain relief. Similar to the Tens unit used on humans.

Laser Acupuncture: Utilizes a Class IV Therapy Laser instead of needling points. Usually for patients who are too sensitive for needles.

Is my pet a candidate?

Most pets are very tolerant, and may even enjoy, acupuncture. They do not have to sit still the entire time and are free to get comfortable.

Pets who are aggressive may or may not be candidates. Acupuncture can help aggression, but your pet may need sedation for treatment, especially in the beginning.

Your pet does not have to be a current patient at Lombard Animal Hospital. Dr. Nell is happy to work in conjunction with your current vet by providing only the acupuncture or alternative medicine portion of their care. Please be ready to give us permission to request your pet’s previous records from their current or previous veterinarian.

Follow-up Appointments:

These will consist of an update on the patient’s symptoms. The same points may be used, or Dr. Nell may choose to use different points based on the pet’s response to the initial treatment. Herbal supplements and food therapy (nutrition) may also be discussed and prescribed. Follow-up appointments are approximately 30-45 minutes long.

Dr. Nell suggests clients to “mentally” commit to 2 follow-up appointments (usually one week apart) after the initial consult. If no results are seen within 3 appointments, acupuncture may not be the best modality of treatment for your pet. At the 3rd follow-up appointment, Dr. Nell will discuss her assessment with you and together you will decide if additional treatments are helping and how often to schedule.

Please call 503.285.2337 or email: [email protected] to schedule an Initial Integrative Acupuncture Consult.

Natural Herbs & Supplements

To improve the nutrition and health of your pets, the doctors at Lombard Animal Hospital often recommend adding supplements made by Standard Process to their diets to help support specific organ function and detoxification. Standard Process makes whole food supplements from ingredients grown on their own farm in Palmyra, Wisconsin. These supplements we prescribe most often are for kidney, liver, immune, thyroid and musculoskeletal support. Ask our team any time and we can provide more information about Standard Process or specific supplements.

Dr. Nell also frequently utilizes Chinese herbal formulas specifically tailored to her individual patients. One reputable company for such formulas is Kan Herb, based in Santa Cruz, CA. Kan Herb makes herbal supplements based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These supplements designed to complement the effects of acupuncture treatment.

Food Therapy

“Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine”
— Hippocrates, father of Western modern medicine

Dr. Nell and Dr. Preston believe a high quality, balanced diet is the cornerstone of health for any individual. Dr. Nell is available to assess your companion’s dietary needs to help you make the best decisions about what you are feeding your furry or feathered friends. Dr. Nell is comfortable and confident consulting on the diets of multiple species including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Please call us if you have more questions or would like to schedule a Nutrition Consult.

During a Nutrition Consult, Dr. Nell looks at the nutrition needs of her patients from a Conventional and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective using Food Therapy principles to balance the energy (Warm vs. Cold, Yin vs. Yang) of the diet as well as looking at the inherent qualities of different ingredients to provide the best health and balance in each individual. In cases of imbalance, whole foods and herbs are prescribed just like Conventional medicines to help improve problems slowly and gently.

Conventional, or Western, nutrition research is used to calculate your pet’s daily caloric needs. This prevents obesity and muscle wasting as well as providing the appropriate energy for your pet based on their activity level, lifestyle, and musculoskeletal type.

Chinese Food Therapy can be as simple as adding a few specific whole foods or herbs to your companion’s current diet or as involved as preparing a balanced homemade diet developed specifically for your animal’s unique needs or health concerns. Food therapy is beneficial in treating a multitude of health conditions as well as preventing them for the future. For excellent sources of high quality foods and supplements for your companions we recommend trying one of the following stores in the Portland, OR area:

Laser Therapy

Lombard Animal Hospital is proud to provide a new way to relieve your pet’s aches and pains. Laser Therapy uses a Class IV cold laser to administer laser light into painful and inflamed tissues. This therapy relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and speeds up the healing process. It is both safe and effective for many common ailments such as arthritis, wounds, ear infections, post surgical incisions, and so much more.

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Looking to travel to Lombard Animal Hospital with alternative transportation?

Lombard Animal Hospital is serviced most closely by the 6 (runs along MLK Jr. Blvd.), 8 (runs along Dekum St.), and 75 (runs along Lombard St.) bus lines.

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Please feel free to use our bike rack on the backside of our building while you are at the hospital.

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There is a Walgreens offering EV charging on MLK Jr. Blvd. 0.8 miles away from our hospital.

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Please remember to use the crosswalk at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Lombard St. is traveling to the hospital by foot.