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Tis the Season for Pet Allergies!

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you are probably preparing for the onslaught of itchiness, congestion and discomfort that the first days of spring seem to trigger. As much as we may love the smell of freshly cut grass and the sight of daffodils, it takes a toll on our bodies. But did you know that seasonal allergies can be an issue for our pets too?

If your dog or cat seems to be uncomfortable at this time of year, consider whether environmental or seasonal allergies could be to blame.

Here’s what to look for:

Food allergies in pets can cause similar symptoms to seasonal allergies, which can include hair loss, skin and ear infections, and even lesions. Itchiness can lead to self-trauma from chewing or scratching, and subsequently, your pet could develop sores. Hot spots and can also be linked to food allergies.

Starting with diagnostics can help to rule out other causes like mites, fungal infections or other medical conditions. It’s important to remember that seasonal allergies usually occur at certain times of the year, and can be caused by the same things as our human seasonal allergies, like pollen, grass, and even flea bites!

Not to worry, there are many ways to diagnose and treat allergies.

These include:

  • Allergy testing– a skin test done by introducing different allergens in a specific area of skin to see how your dog or cat’s body reacts.

Fatty acid supplements like Omega 3 fatty acids or fish oil can help build up the skin’s natural barrier and can help to reduce inflammation. These types of supplements can be helpful for all kinds of allergies and have many other positive effects on the body.

Antihistamines that people use can be given to dogs to help reduce symptoms of allergies such as itching. It is important to consult your vet before giving your dog over the counter drugs.

Steroids are also available in cases where itching and irritation are severe. Your vet may prescribe a steroid to quickly reduce itching. In the case where steroids are necessary, your vet will help you to become aware of other side effects. Be sure to follow a veterinarian’s advice when using these medications.

Controlling the exposure to the allergen itself is very important. Preventing your dog from having contact with known irritants can go a long way. Don’t walk in areas where you’ve experienced an allergic reaction, and try to avoid triggers for your pet. Your awareness can provide great relief for your pet!

Many people don’t know that it’s very common for dogs and cats to have an allergy to fleas. One flea bite can cause severe itching and discomfort in pets. It can result in a terrible allergic reaction, so keeping your pet protected from fleas is critical. Talk to your vet about the many options for flea control.

Getting to the bottom of your pet’s allergies can be a long and tricky process. Seek help from your vet and don’t give up! Happy Spring!

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