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Be Mindful of Mushrooms Around Your Pet

Fall means many things to many people, and for us here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, it means being mindful of mushrooms! For nature lovers and mushroom pickers, this is an exciting time of year, but for animal lovers, it can also be dangerous. When out hiking and walking trails, all wild-growing mushrooms should be considered toxic and should be avoided. Remember, our dogs are scavengers by nature and are at high risk for mushroom ingestion and poisoning. The most common seasons we see mushroom toxicity here at the hospital are spring, summer and fall.

Toxic mushrooms are divided into eight groups based on their toxin type. You may be surprised to learn that six of these groups have representative members common throughout North America.

Signs of mushroom toxicity can vary depending on the type of mushroom. Symptoms of mushroom toxicity include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive salivation
  • Abdominal pain (hunched over stance, whimpering when picked up)
  • Lethargy
  • Jaundice
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If your pet experiences any of the above symptoms and there is a suspicion that your dog has been exposed to mushrooms, you should contact your veterinarian right away. Give us a call at 250.334.8400. While a lot of mushrooms may cause some gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), some varieties may cause liver and/or kidney failure and consequently death if not treated quickly.

Prevention is the best medicine. Regular checks of your yard and gardens for the presence of mushrooms significantly reduce the risk. Walking your dogs in parks and running them off leash is an excellent form of exercise but it may be wise to keep them on a leash during mushroom season.

There is no adequate home care for mushroom toxicity. If you know or suspect that your dog has eaten mushrooms, it is best to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need During Treat Week (Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2020)

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.

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Last updated: September 22, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

4. OPERATING HOURS

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital