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Why Are My Pet’s Gums Red?

The most common cause of red gums in our pets is gingivitis. Along with redness, you may also notice swelling (sometimes serve) and even bleeding along the gumline which means its time to book an appointment with your family veterinarian.

Gingivitis is caused when a film or layer of bacteria or plaque builds up on the teeth and under the gumline. If left untreated gingivitis progresses into periodontitis which is one of the most common diseases we see in our pets. The best defense against gingivitis in our pets is regular brushing, using a dental diet and annual oral health exams with your veterinarian.

Unfortunately gum disease in our pets can go unnoticed until advanced decay and rot have set in. Early gum disease is “silent” with no obvious signs or symptoms. Waiting until your pet shows signs or symptoms of gum disease often means costly dental procedures and oral surgery. This is why regular annual health exams are key.

Advanced stages of gum disease include pain, eroded gums, missing teeth, bone loss and poor overall health.

Signs to watch for include:

  1. Chronic pain – pawing at face, rubbing muzzle along furniture/carpet.
  2. Change in behavior – irritable, snappy, isolating themselves, not wanting to be touched.
  3. Foul Breath/drooling – sometimes there is blood in the saliva
  4. Chewing on one side of the mouth – Often you’ll notice an unusual amount of kibble dropped on the ground outside of their dish.
  5. Inappetence – they are just too painful to eat
  6. Tarter – large amounts of hardened plaque built up on the teeth.
  7. Sores/swelling of the face – often associated with tooth root abscesses which can cause open, oozing sores under the eye, on the cheeks and muzzle.

If you are concerned your pet may be suffering from signs of gum disease or notice red gums the best treatment is to book a consult with your family veterinarian. Call us today at 250.334.8400.

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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