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
A common question we get asked here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital when it comes to an ageing pet is: When do we need to be concerned about kidney disease?
The early stages of kidney disease can be difficult to detect and the age in which this can occur varies pet to pet, breed to breed and species to species. Typically, by the time symptoms are noted, the disease has often progressed beyond the early stages. Other than watching for signs and symptoms, one of the best ways to monitor kidney function is through a blood screen. As your pet enters the senior years, your veterinarian will usually recommend a senior blood panel for this very reason. Here are some symptoms you should be aware of and can watch for at home.
Increased drinking and more frequent urination (PU/PD)
Loss of appetite
Reoccurrence of urinary tract infection
Things you can do…
It is critical that your senior pet drinks well and has access to fresh water. This may require adding canned food to your pet’s diet rather than the only kibble to increase their water intake. It’s important to note that loss of smell can play a significant role in your older pet’s appetite. This is especially true in cats. If they cannot smell their food, they will not eat it. To encourage your senior pet’s appetite, try warming their canned food to release more flavor. You may also need to switch diets (flavors) more often to keep your pet interested in their food.
If you notice any change in your pet’s drinking and urinating patterns, talk to your veterinarian. This is when your veterinarian may recommend checking your pet’s blood and urine for kidney disease or diabetes. If your pet bed wets, this could also be caused by a decrease in hormones or due to an infection. There are medications that will help with these conditions. Another recommendation from your veterinarian may be to switch your pet over to a special, veterinary diet as nutrition plays a large role in your senior pet’s kidney health. Switching your pet to a proper, senior diet can be beneficial during the early stages of renal disease, before they start showing any signs or symptoms.
Regular annual exams are also recommended to monitor and assess your pet during those golden years. If you’ve noted any behavior changes, make a list of those changes and bring them to your pet’s annual exam. A thorough history and picking up on changes in your pet’s behavior is key to early detection of kidney disease as well as other senior related illnesses.
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