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Cold Temperatures and Your Pet

Playing outside with your dog year round is a lot of fun, especially in the winter when there is snow on the ground. However, the cold weather we’ve been experiencing lately can be problematic for your pets.

Not all dogs can withstand cold temperatures and, contrary to popular belief, even northern breeds (like Huskies, Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, etc.) can suffer from health problems at temperatures that drop below freezing.

What are the risks of cold weather?

Dogs, just like people, can develop hypothermia in cold temperatures. Small, short-coated, short-legged and toy breeds are at highest risk for hypothermia and problems can become apparent at temperatures below 4 degrees Celsius. Other groups of dogs including puppies, elderly dogs, or those with health conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease) are also at high risk for hypothermia. Frostbite is another concern and is most common on the ears, tails and paws of dogs. Keep in mind that extreme weather conditions including wind, sleet, snow and freezing rain can increase the risks of hypothermia and frostbite developing regardless of the temperature reading on the thermometer outside.

What are the signs/symptoms to watch for?

Signs of discomfort in a cold dog include whining, barking, shivering, and anxiety. These dogs should be brought indoors immediately.

How can you make it safe for your dog to be outside in the cold?

When it is cold outside, avoid leaving your dog unattended. It is important to stay with your dog, especially small dogs when temperatures drop to freezing or below, and limit time outdoors. After your dog has relieved themselves, bring them back inside where it is warm. If you plan to have your dog outside for longer periods of time, consider getting booties for their feet to prevent frostbite and snow buildup between the toes. Jackets are also a great way to keep your dog warm outside. For large, northern breeds that stay out in cooler temperatures for longer periods of time, provide shelter where they can get out of the elements and be protected from the wind, sleet, etc. It is also important to provide a water source that will not freeze, such as an electric heated water bowl, for dogs that will be outside for extended periods of time. A dog without access to water can suffer from dehydration very quickly.

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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: 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