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Nutrition and Your Pet – What’s the Scoop?

In today’s society there is a fast growing interest in nutrition and wellness. People have become far more aware of what they are eating, where their food comes from and what nutritional value it brings to their diet. This information is also very important when we are considering our pet’s diets.

During the months of August and September the team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is focusing on nutrition and how it impacts our pet’s health.  Obesity has become a very serious health concern among our pets today, estimating that nearly 60% of cats and 50 % of dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity affects the quality and length of our pets lives. Obesity can put our pets at risk for heart disease, urinary disease, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory conditions, skin conditions and respiratory disease. Overweight and obese pets are also at a greater risk during anesthesia, surgery and other medical treatments.

It is sometimes difficult to know if your pet is overweight. All too often, your pet’s weight gain sneaks up on you. For this reason, it is a good idea to frequently weigh your pet and have your pet’s body condition scored. Some breeds, especially in dogs, are predisposed to obesity and weight gain. These breeds can include Beagles, Labs, Pugs, Bulldogs and Dachshunds to name a few. Cat’s can be a little trickier when it comes to a weight loss program. A cat’s energy requirements are quite different from dogs and it can be difficult to increase their exercise. However there are things you can do!

Nutrition can have a major influence on our pet’s health in areas other than weight. There are diets specific for aiding in the treatment and comfort of skin diseases, arthritis, urinary diseases and even stress and anxiety.  Therapeutic diets can help greatly improve health conditions allowing for fewer medications needed and less money being spent on vet visits.

We encourage all pet owners to participate in a nutrition focus campaign this August and September and hope to keep the momentum going throughout their pet’s lives. Considering a weight loss program for your pet can feel overwhelming. Reach out to your family veterinarian for support. Having the guidance and support of a professional outside of the home can help you stay on track and help you safely meet your goals. Weight loss in pets, as in people, can be a long process with times of success and times of setbacks. Don’t give up. The difference a normal body condition will make on your pet’s quality of life will be dramatic. The changes in their behavior and overall happiness will keep you motivated.

Written by: Van Isle Veterinary Hospital

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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