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Chemotherapy for Dogs

As our companion animals live longer and as we learn more about cancer, we realize that we can have some reasonable success in the treatment or palliative therapy of cancer in dogs. In many cases, your veterinarian may refer your dog to a specialist for consultation and to set up a treatment protocol. Most follow up treatments can be performed as outpatient procedures here at Van Isle Veterinary hospital and your veterinarian will work closely with the oncologist for your dog’s most successful outcome.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the treatment of illness by chemical means. Depending on the type of cancer, your veterinarian may use a single agent or a combination of drugs. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with the surgical removal of various cancers. Chemotherapy is often used to extend and improve the quality of your dog’s life, however remission is not always the goal.

Will chemotherapy make my pet sick, common side effects?

Chemotherapeutic drugs do have potential side effects however, we tend not to treat as aggressively as in human medicine in hopes of maintaining a quality of life. Common side effects can be vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and or bone marrow suppression.

How is it given?

Most chemotherapy agents are administered either orally, intravenously or subcutaneously (injection under the skin). Most patients are admitted to the hospital for a short period of time to be closely monitored during treatment. Typically, a blood count is done prior to treatment and some dogs may also receive anti-nauseant medications. During treatment, technicians and doctors are required to wear protective gear such as gloves, masks and safety glasses while handling chemotherapy drugs. Due to potential exposure, owners will be advised of the proper handling of your pet’s saliva, vomitus, urine and feces.

Cost of Canine Chemotherapy?

The cost of canine chemotherapy can vary greatly depending on the type of cancer being treated and the protocol recommended by your veterinarian and referring oncologist. Most referral cases will receive a quote prior to treatment.

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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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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