Easter Lilies and Your Cat

Easter is just around the corner which means Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs and of course those beautiful fragrant Easter lilies. It’s hard to resist welcoming the signs of spring into our homes but many pet owners are unaware that lilies are extremely toxic to cats.

Cats are curious creatures by nature and are drawn to anything new that enters their home. Cats also love to graze and will try pretty much any new plant. Ingesting even a small amount can make your cat extremely ill; even cause death from acute kidney failure within days if left untreated.


What are the signs and symptoms of lily toxicity?

Lily toxicity primarily affects the kidneys. Early signs can include loss of appetite and vomiting which usually occur within minutes to hours after eating part of the lily plant. Once the toxin has entered the kidneys, cats become lethargic and will experience acute kidney failure. Generally death can occur within 5 days if not caught early enough to treat. If you suspect your cat has eaten part of a lily, seek medical help immediately. Call us at 250.334.8400. Time will make the difference between life and death. If treatment is started early enough, your cat has a chance at survival. However the damage to the kidneys has already been done.


How will my vet diagnose and treat lily toxicity?

Lily toxicity is generally diagnosed based on the symptoms such as acute lethargy, dehydration, vomiting and a history of exposure to the plant. Your veterinarian will also run a blood sample to check the kidney values and access how much damage has been done. Your cat will also need to be hospitalized for several days for IV fluid therapy and in some cases anti-nausea medication is given. Blood tests will also be repeated throughout the process to re-evaluate the kidneys.


How do I prevent my cat form lily toxicity?

The simplest answer if you have cats is not to bring lilies into your home. If you do, make sure they are kept in a separate room that your cat cannot gain access to. Keeping them up on a high surface is not enough. Try choosing a different spring flower to decorate your holiday table or even consider silk flowers. Prevention is key and as always if you suspect your cat has been exposed to lilies; don’t waste any time in seeking advice from your veterinarian


Written by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital


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: March 30, 2021

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.


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.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


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


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

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