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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital