What Can I Feed My Pet, Now That He Has Just Lost All of His Teeth?

Here at Van Isle Vet, we get asked this question a lot! It can be shocking to many pet owners when they hear the news that their beloved pet requires all of their remaining teeth to be extracted. It can happen over the course of several years and multiple dental procedures due to dental disease or can happen acutely when all remaining teeth need to be extracted at once. This is typically due to a medical condition known as stomatitis which occurs in cats (even at a very young age) or severe periodontal disease. When it comes to good oral health, most pets will likely require some extractions over the course of their lifetime.

Both dogs and cats fair extremely well after losing all of their teeth. In fact, they even feel much better once healed, and owners often say “it’s like he’s a puppy/kitten again!” During the initial stages of healing, your veterinarian will recommend that if your pet is kibble fed, to continue with his regular diet but add a little warm water 10 -15 mins prior to feeding to allow the kibble to soften. If your pet eats canned food, then they can continue as normal. Several pets prefer kibble as they enjoy the “crunch” and some will even refuse soft or canned food. It is especially true for cats. Several cats will go on a hunger strike as they flat out refuse to eat a canned diet. These cats, in time, will be able to go back to kibble, even without any teeth. They move the kibble around in their mouths until they feel comfortable enough to swallow it. Their mouths are safe to try kibble after 14 days and often owners will have great success with getting their cats to eat normally again once they introduce kibble back into their daily diet.

If your veterinarian has just broken the news that your pet may lose all of it’s remaining teeth, don’t panic! The health benefits to having those diseased teeth removed will improve your pet’s overall health and give them a happy, pain-free mouth while they live out their senior years!

Written by: Van Isle Veterinary Hospital



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: March 30, 2021

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.


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.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


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


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. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

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

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 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