Halloween Is Just Around the Corner, Are You “Pet Ready” for the Big Night?

This Halloween, we want to make sure your pets have a safe and fun evening. Here are a few simple tips to help get you through the night!

Keep your pets indoors – The streets can be a scary place for your pet on Halloween night. Try keeping your pet in a secured room, in a cozy bed with the radio on to help alleviate any anxiety. Cats are at a much higher risk of getting hit by vehicles on Halloween night while spooked and running away from ghosts and goblins. Drivers can also become distracted while admiring costumes and paying close attention to the kids on the sidewalks.

Be ready at the door – Ringing doorbells and all that knocking can send your pet through the roof on a calm day, let alone multiple times in a single night! By staying close to the door, you can greet many young, excited trick or treaters before they reach the doorbell.

Hide the treats! – Many Halloween goodies can be toxic to our pets. Ensure all candy, chocolate, chips and toys are up high and out of reach.

Keep costumes safe – It can be fun dressing up our pets this time of year. There is nothing cuter than a pug in a bumblebee costume or a Tinkerbelle English Mastiff! However, be mindful of your pet and make sure they actually like to dress up. Our fun should never be at the expense of our pet’s comfort and safety. Pets can overheat, become entangled, and even ingest pieces of their costumes which can have a negative consequence.

Avoid Burns – Be careful around jack-o-lanterns, bonfires and sparklers. This is not only frightening for most pets but can cause burns if your pet gets too close. It is especially dangerous when your pet is in costume and is less familiar with their immediate surroundings.

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