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How to Speak Vet

Say What? An Introduction to the Most Common Terms and Abbreviations in Veterinary Medicine.

In the world of vet medicine, exists a language all its own. When it comes to treating your pet’s medical issues, clear communication is key. Understanding what your Veterinarian is saying at the time of the exam is going to make for a better treatment experience for you and your pet. Remembering which medication to give and when can be enough to send most of our heads into a spin. Add in a few abbreviations, a few code words and some medical terminology, and you may leave more confused than when you arrived.

We’ve put together a little list of terms and abbreviations frequently used around Van Isle Veterinary Hospital that might be helpful in ‘Speaking Vet’; Cause hey, the more you know…

TPR: Temperature, Pulse, Respiration. Refers to the initial assessment of an animal when it comes in for treatment. We will also perform a TPR upon arrival during an emergency situation and use a TPR to triage critical patients. Your veterinarian will take multiple TPR’s during and after a surgical procedure.

NPO: Nothing given orally. No food or water should be offered to the patient.

SUB Q: Subcutaneous. A means of administering fluids or medications under the skin

IM: Intermuscular. A means of administering fluids or medications into the muscle

PU/PD: Polyuria and Polydipsia. Refers to excessive water consumption and urine production in dogs and cats often associated with early onset kidney disease, diabetes and hyperthyroidism. This can also be a side effect of medications such as steroids.

FLUTD: Feline lower urinary tract disease

BAR: Bright, Alert, Responsive. This is often a term we use on your pets’ medical records during physical exams as well as when in for treatment.

NDR: Not Doing Right. A general description is given to describe an animal who is unwell, with broad or general malaise.

NAF: No Abnormal Findings.

BID: Twice a Day. (Most often used in medical records when prescribing medications)

SID: Once a Day. (Most often used in medical records when prescribing medications)

TID: Three times a day. (Most often used in medical records when prescribing medications)

PRN: As needed. Used in medical records for both prescribing medications as well as treatments.

EOD: Every other Day. (Most often used in medical records when prescribing medications)

CBC/CHEM: Complete Blood Cell Count and Chemistry. A common analysis vet’s run when doing general blood work.

UA: Urinalysis

T4: Thyroid Panel. A blood analysis to help diagnose hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

CRT: Capillary Refill Time. A vet will press on the gum to see how quickly the colour goes from pale to pink to help determine the severity of concern such as shock, low blood pressure and dehydration. EMT’s use this same technique in the human world by pressing down on a patient’s fingernails.

DX: Diagnosis

HR: Heart Rate

HX: History

FX: Fracture

IV: Intravenous. Administered into the vein

PE: Physical Exam

And the list goes on! We hope that this introduction into the secret vocabulary of Veterinary Medicine helps you navigate your next Vet visit with ease

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