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.

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Gardening and Your Pet

There is nothing more rewarding then spending quality summer days in the very garden you worked so hard tending throughout the spring. This is the time of year we trade in the ski poles for the garden hoes and get to work!

Our pets also love nothing more than relaxing in the garden and Spring can be a very exciting time of year for our four legged friends.

Some of the most common dangers to our pets are right in our own backyards! Please familiarize yourself with some of these dangers and perhaps decide how to make your garden more pet friendly. The autumn crocus, azalea, cyclamen, kalanchoe, lilies, oleander, daffodils, lily of the valley, sago palm, tulips, hyacinth and even tomatoes are just some of the hazardous plants that we see here in the Comox Valley.

Other hazards in the garden which can easily be found lying around this time of year include fertilizers, minerals and pesticides. Just like children, your pet sees you working away in the yard with different containers and boxes which they see as potential treats.  Curiosity inevitably takes over while you walk away to take a phone call or stop for a much needed break. Keep all fertilizers and garden supplies tucked up off the ground or in a large sealed tupperware bin where your curious furry friends can’t get them.

Another common garden hazard is compost. The warm smells of rotting compost can be irresistible for your pet and other critters that wonder through our backyards. Compost can produce tremorgenic mycotoxins which are toxic to pets and wildlife. Signs of compost poisoning can start with agitation, panting, drooling, hyperthermia and can progress to vomiting, hyper-responsiveness and even seizures. Symptoms can begin within 30 minutes to several hours of ingestion. Sadly there is no antidote to compost poisoning so please seek prompt treatment from your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has sampled some compost. The best thing for compost poisoning is prevention so good quality fencing around the compost pile is a must.

Our beautiful rainforest is also home to many pests that we try to control. Before  using any soil additives, fertilizers, pesticides our slug and snail baits please do some research and chose pet friendly products. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these, it is essential that you bring the packaging along to your veterinarian so they can quickly and efficiently identify what they have ingested and can choose the appropriate form of treatment.

Many seasoned gardeners also come equipped with a tool box full of home remedies. Keep in mind that some of these home remedies, even natural ones can be extremely dangerous to your pet. Always call the Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has ingested something that could be harmful. As always, prevention is best. Knowing which products could be harmful and knowing what to watch for could save your pet’s life. Stay safe and happening gardening!


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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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