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Can Dog’s Catch a Cold or Flu?

It’s Cold and Flu Season (Already?!). Many of us have already been stuck in bed by now nursing a bug. It is horrible for humans, but can your dog catch a cold or the flu too? Quite often we see pet owners expressing concern about symptoms that look an awful lot like the flu or cold in their pets. Here are a few facts to help explain what to expect and how to deal.

If your pet exhibits symptoms like nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, watery sore eyes, or lethargy, your pet may be sick with the equivalent of a cold, often referred to as Kennel Cough or Canine Influenza. If this is the case, treat the symptoms. If your pet is still eating and drinking well, seems happy and alert, then chances are that home remedies, and care will do the trick. Encourage your pet to rest, and eat and drink well to help them fight off the virus. If your pet seems lethargic, is not eating or drinking, or appears to be in pain, please see your vet. The reality is that most pets are vaccinated against most common illnesses that cause recognizable cold-like symptoms. These are “canine adenovirus type 2, canine respiratory coronavirus, canine parainfluenza virus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica”. You have probably heard of ‘Kennel Cough’, this is another name for Bordetella, and it is very contagious to other dogs.

If you suspect that your dog has become infected with Kennel Cough, please stay away from populated areas where your dog can interact with other dogs. These areas would include popular dog walking trails, dog parks, walkways etc. It is relatively common for the symptoms associated with this virus to last up to 2 weeks.

Though the common cold or flu contracted by humans is not transferable to dogs, other viruses and diseases may present with the same relatable symptoms. If your dog seems off, pay particular attention to basic behaviour such as eating, drinking, breathing, eliminating, sleeping and playing. If any of these behaviours change drastically, contact your veterinarian for help.

From all of us at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, Stay healthy this winter!

Resource: PetMD




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