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.
Small animal dentistry is a rapidly growing interest among caregivers of companion animals. Dental disease is the most prevalent disease in dogs and cats and in most cases, one of the most preventable diseases. Maintaining optimum oral health aids in tooth retention, ensures the ability to continue good nutrition throughout life, and contributes greatly to overall health and well-being. Just as we see in the human dental field, companion animal dental hygiene requires attention to diet and daily care.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your hospital?
Our veterinary dental care includes routine dental exams, subgingival dental cleaning under a general anesthetic, digital dental x-rays and tooth extractions. We also offer complimentary dental exams with one of our veterinarians and complimentary 2-week post follow-up dental checks with one of our animal health technicians, to review your dog’s oral health and steps to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?
Ideally, we would recommend daily brushing. However, we realize this is not always possible depending on your lifestyle and your dog’s temperament. Any brushing is always better than none. It is essential to start puppies at a young age to increase your chances of success! For those not able to brush daily, there are other options such dental treats, dental diets and other beneficial oral products
Why is oral and dental health important?
Good oral hygiene is an essential part of your dog’s overall health. Maintaining your dog’s oral hygiene not only makes those sloppy kisses a little more bearable but can also reduce your dog’s risk of developing oral infections, bone loss, tooth root abscesses and can reduce the risk of systemic diseases which affect the heart and kidneys.
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.
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