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The Hazards of Summer for Your Pet

As the summer weather starts to make an appearance the world outside our cozy homes starts to buzz with life. Flowers are blooming, and veggies are growing, and with that comes the task of garden tending.

Gardening should be a relaxing, peaceful task, but many are unaware that it can also be quite dangerous if you are a pet owner. Many of the products that are used in gardening can be quite toxic to our pets. Here is a list of a few things to look out for a while enjoying your garden this summer.

Compost – An excellent, environmentally friendly way to create your own fertilizer and reduce waste product. However, partially rotten and fermenting foods can cause serious health concerns for our pets if ingested. Compost can cause GI upset, neurological symptoms, muscle tremors, liver damage, and toxicity from certain foods that may be present (such as raisins and onions). Large volumes can also potentially cause an obstruction, which can be detrimental and can increase the risk of toxicity as it sits in the GI tract.

Bone, Fish, Blood, or Feather Meal – This product often attracts canines with its smell, but unfortunately can have severe side effects when large amounts are ingested, such as vomiting, gastrointestinal obstruction, and pancreatitis. More severe symptoms can also occur if they are mixed with other, more dangerous fertilizers.

Fertilizers – Most fertilizers are generally quite safe and non-toxic if small amounts are accidentally ingested while eating grass etc. Although some may cause GI upset if they contain insecticides. More severe reactions may occur (such as tremors, seizures, or difficulty breathing) if directly ingested right out of the bag, especially if the fertilizer contains more dangerous products.

Cocoa Bean Mulch – This product has a similar smell to chocolate, which is often very enticing to dogs. It not only smells like chocolate, but it also has the same toxic effects as chocolate. Ingesting large amounts can cause GI upset or blockage, muscle tremors, seizures, neurologic toxicity, or heart failure.

Rodent Baits – Rodenticide toxicity can occur from direct ingestion of the poison, or from ingestion of a poisoned rodent. The effects of rodenticides greatly depend on the active ingredient, as well as the pets’ size, and amount ingested, as well as the amount of time that has passed since ingestion. The most harmful active ingredient is one that causes issues with blood clotting, causing spontaneous bleeding throughout many different areas of the body. This condition can be deadly if not caught in time.

Slug, or Snail Baits – These baits contain a toxin that attacks the nervous system. Due to the fact that these products usually have brown sugar or molasses added to attract snails and slugs, it can be very attractive to our pets as well. Ingestion can cause muscle tremors, ataxia, seizures, and can lead to multi-organ failure. Ingestion of even small quantities can be fatal.

Tomatoes – Although ripe tomatoes are generally thought of as a healthy option for humans and pets, green tomatoes, as well as the green plant parts, can be harmful if ingested for both humans and animals.

Herb Gardens – Cats are often quite attracted to different herbs, and due to their natural nature, they are generally considered safe. Unfortunately, there are a lot of different herbs that are quite toxic to both dogs and cats, especially if ingested. Research should be done, and caution should be taken when planting and handling certain herbs.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 250.334.8400 for more information.

Written by: 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