Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Open 7 days a week

call icon
250.334.8400

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

 

Category:

Blog

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.

Read More
See All Articles

Last updated: May 29, 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 CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

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

We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.


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