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Summer BBQs and your Pets

The evenings are longer, the sun is shining, it is the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor meals in the back yard or at one of our amazing Vancouver Island beaches. Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? Our canine companions love to be part of the action.

The time spent outside with family is so much fun for everyone.  Unfortunately, dogs are not known for their selective eating habits and can often find themselves in trouble from either being fed table scraps or scavenging on the leftovers when no one is looking! As veterinarians, at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital we often see a spike in dietary indiscretion cases this time of year.  Sometimes the owner has actually witnessed their dog eating something it shouldn’t, but it is more often the case that their dog shows signs of stomach upset, such as vomiting, diarrhea or anorexia with no known reason.   The cause can be as simple as an unusual meal that leads to some minor stomach issues to a more serious case of something lodged in the digestive tract or pancreatic inflammation.  Left untreated, a gastrointestinal foreign body or even pancreatitis can become potentially life threatening.

There are many very tempting common summer treats that can cause serious health issues with our pooches:

  • Corn Cobs – (one of the most common foreign body removal surgeries we do this time of year)
  • Bones – (of any variety – steak, rib, chicken)
  • Fatty meats (steak, pork, hamburgers)
  • Rich “picnic style” foods which cause pancreatitis (potato chips/potato salads etc.)

Dogs especially love the taste of bones, and owners love to give them but they don’t digest and are a common cause of esophageal or intestinal blockage.  These blockages often lead to abdominal surgery to remove.  Some bones can be harder than a dog’s teeth and actually cause the teeth to fracture, potentially necessitating a root canal or extraction.

To avoid unnecessary health issues and vet visits, it is important to pay extra attention during summer cook-outs.  Keep food safely out of reach of pets and keep garbage covered and away!  The healthiest thing for your four-legged buddy is his own dog food and treats but if you really want to allow him to indulge in the summer eating, small quantities of lean meat such as cooked chicken breast or green veggies are the safest things to offer.

By Dr. Yvette Maclean – Van Isle Veterinary Hospital



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