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Cancer and Our Pets

Cancer is a rapidly changing area in human health care and the same is true in small animal practice.

Pets are definitely an important part of the family, so many owners are willing to consider a variety of treatments if it can cure their pet or significantly improve their quality of life while living with cancer.

Symptoms of cancer are vague and can occur in animals of any age, but it is more common in older dogs. Certain breeds have an increased risk of cancer including Boxers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Scottish Terriers. Often, owners will notice a lump on their pet or symptoms such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Coughing

Owners must bear in mind that many other diseases can cause these same, vague symptoms and a trip to your veterinarian is always recommended if you have concerns about your pet’s health.

If your pet has a new mass or growth, your veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination and assess for the presence of any additional masses and to look for evidence of metastasis or the spread of cancer. It is important to check the tumor’s size, fixation to surrounding tissue (invasiveness), rate of growth and ulceration. Your vet will also check your pet’s lymph nodes to see if they are enlarged. A complete cancer work-up may also include a blood test and x-rays to assess for malignancy.

If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, you veterinarian can help you make treatment decisions based on the type of cancer and how advanced it is. Some types of cancer can be cured with surgery alone; other times pets will require chemotherapy or radiation to treat the cancer. Some important considerations include the overall health of your pet, the potential to improve survival or quality of life, how will treatment affect your pet, how aggressive is the cancer, how expensive is the treatment; and the ultimate question that veterinarians and owners need to answer – “Is this the best course of action?”. There are no easy answers when it comes to treating cancer, as every case and every pet should be treated as an individual. Ultimately, the best decision means putting your pet first. Your veterinarian’s role is to help educate you on your pet’s condition, present you with all the options and guide you to make an informed, comfortable decision that is right for your pet.

By Van Isle Veterinary Hospital

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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