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Dog Behavior Counseling

Here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital we often see dogs due to behavioural issues. There are many reasons why dogs exhibit unwanted behaviours which can sometimes be quite dramatic and acute or slowly develop over time. While some behavioural issues can be corrected through the proper diagnosing and treatment of specific medical conditions (such as urinary tract infections or pain associated with arthritis), many unwanted behaviours are not due to a medical condition and require the expertise of a professional dog counsellor or trainer. Your veterinarian will work with you and your dog to rule out any underlying medical conditions that can cause unwanted behaviours and will guide you in finding the right type of dog counselling.

How can dog counsellors help?

Animal behaviour counsellors can help by advising owners whose pets have developed inappropriate behaviours. Behaviour counsellors have an in-depth knowledge of normal animal behaviours, as well as techniques for modifying problem behaviours.

What happens at a behaviour consultation?

Behavior consultations consist of an in-depth discussion about the problem behaviour (s), an assessment of the dog’s behaviour in general, as well as in regards to the specific problem behaviour (s). Your counsellor will provide you with a detailed treatment plan for behaviour modification techniques, including different training strategies tailored to your pets’ specific needs, as well as follow up appointments to help guide the process if needed.

Will my pet insurance policy cover the cost of a behaviour consultation?

There are several different pet insurance policies available to dog owners, each with their own individual packages. It is always best to contact your insurance company of choice to determine if behaviour counselling is covered.

What are the benefits of a behaviour consultation?

Owners will have a better understanding of why their pet is exhibiting certain behaviours and will have the knowledge and tools to manage and treat those behaviours. One of the greatest benefits of all is creating a happier, healthier bond between you and your pet!

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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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Last updated: July 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

At this time, we will be maintaining our current health and safety policies as the province entered the next stage of on July 1, 2021.

Note: We will not be making changes to our health and safety policy until our staff have had the opportunity to receive their second vaccine.

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 than we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

As of July 7, 2021, we are excited to invite our clients back into the exam rooms! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

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. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

We are all looking forward to this next stage in our Province’s reopening and the future is looking bright! Thank you for helping us make this transition as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital