Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here. Open 7 days a week
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.
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.
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.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
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