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Is Rehabilitation the Right Choice for Your Senior Pet?

Do you have an older pet that is having a hard time getting up in the morning? Are they slower on their walks? Reluctant to play like they used to? If so, maybe it’s time for a visit with your veterinarian.

As your pet ages (an average of 3.5yrs every 6 months!), the signs of aging become more noticeable and it is often thought of as just that….“oh he’s just getting older”.  However aging is not a disease. It’s the symptoms of aging that affect the quality of your pet’s life and these symptoms can be treated.

There are several things that can be done to help manage and treat the signs of aging in your elderly pet.  Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam; run a blood panel to assess their overall health and organ function and offer guidance and advice on nutritional or behavioral concerns which change as your pet ages. In some cases, radiographs may be taken to help identify osteoarthritis or abnormalities in their bones, lungs, heart or abdomen. Once you have a better overall picture of your senior pet’s health, a plan specific to your pet’s needs can be devised. This may or may not include things such as a diet change, adopting a new exercise routine, an age appropriate vaccine protocol, the use of supplements or NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) and the introduction of a rehabilitation program.

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Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is thrilled to be able to offer this new service to our senior patients. Pet rehabilitation (commonly known as physiotherapy in the human world) can help strengthen your pet’s body, which helps to maintain their balance. By performing specific exercises and therapeutic modalities your pet can increase strength and endurance. There are wonderful positive psychological effects for pets and owners when performing rehabilitation. This is a tool that increases the bond between you and your four-legged companion. It can allow you to be more in tune with your pet’s day to day comfort and quality of life and allow you to assess when it is time for a follow-up visit with your veterinarian.

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There are several benefits to performing physical rehabilitation with animals. It will improve the biomechanics and flexibility of their body and can reduce pain, allowing them to move more confidently. Physical rehabilitation is non-invasive and can make such a difference in your pet’s temperament. One wonderful aspect of rehabilitation is it can help prevent further injury through owner and trainer education.

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If this is something that interests you, please discuss this with your family veterinarian. As with people, rehabilitation isn’t right for every pet. Your veterinarian can assess your pet and see if physical rehabilitation can not only be beneficial, or perhaps slow down some of those uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms of aging!

Written by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital

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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