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Nail Trimming for Dogs

Although nail trims may seem like a quick and easy job, in reality, nail trims can be a hair pulling experience for both the owner and your dog. It all depends on your dog’s temperament and your comfort level with the task at hand. The biggest fear for many dog owners is being scared of cutting the quick, causing their pet to bleed. And for good reason too because It can hurt! The quick is the blood supply and nerve that feeds the nail bed. For some dogs, once they’ve experienced the pain of cutting the quick they never forget it, making future nail trims next to impossible.

How often should I cut my dog’s nails?

Your dog’s lifestyle will determine how often the nails need to be trimmed. Dogs who spend the majority of their days running in the woods, or chasing a ball on the beach, will naturally wear down their nails and require less frequent nail trims. Smaller breed dogs who prefer a more pampered life on the couch will require regular nail trim. Age can be a factor as well. Older dogs who suffer from the aches and pains of arthritis often need their nails trimmed more often than younger, more active dogs. Trimmed nails will also make waking and getting around easier for your senior dog. Typically, we recommend you check your dog’s nails at least once a month to see if they need trimming. The longer the nail grows, the longer the quicks grow (where the blood supply and nerve enter the nail bed) and this will make them harder to maintain and cut.

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Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need during Treat Week! Feb 24 - Mar 1

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. Van Isle Veterinary Hospital will be baking more than 70 dozen cupcakes, cookies, squares and treats in the hopes of beating last year’s donations of $2600 (in just 7 hours!). Many local businesses such as Finders Keepers, Old House Notary, ABC Printing, Kal Tire, 50th Parallel, Stu Tunheim – Wealth Management, Bosleys, Westview Ford and Monica Parkin – Coast Capital Savings are showing their support early with special pre-orders to help animals in need. A special shout out to Cumberland Bakery for donating 12 doz of their delicious donut holes to help us reach our goal. Each year the team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is blown away by the support from within the community as well local businesses who pull together for this great cause.  Don’t miss out on Monday! Come early to get your favourite treats. Baked goods will be available from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm or when they sell out. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available, as well as special cupcakes for our four-legged friends to enjoy too.   By Candice Pacholuk

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