We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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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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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