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Top Five Christmas Gifts for Your Dog This Christmas

The votes are in, and the staff here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital have submitted their Top Five Christmas Gifts for your Dog this Christmas!

Disclaimer: Please make sure that your pet is supervised while enjoying his/her favourite toys and treats.

  • Chuck It Balls: The irresistible “scrouchhhhing” sound is oh so satisfying to your ball-enchanted baby. It flies far, it bounces high, and it is fairly indestructible. This ball comes in multiple colours, with or without whistle holes, and even comes in glow in the dark for those late-night play dates!!

  • Tuffy Ultimate Ring: for the silly destroyer in your life, treat them to a wrap around the nose with this squeaking, floating chewy donut of a toy. Sure to make any dog’s day, and sure to make you laugh when it becomes stuck on their nose

  • Food Balls: The two best words in your dog’s (limited) vocabulary. What could be better than playing with a ball that actually dispenses food? Eating and playing at once will be sure to keep your furry friend busy for at least 2 minutes so you can put your feet up while your pooch plays.

  • Silicone chew shapes: The perfect big ball that your dog can’t destroy, and can actually pick up with his/her teeth. Makes for quick and accurate fetching, and most come with a squeaker so that you don’t have to worry about things being too peaceful for too long. No more long moments of peaceful bliss for you!

  • Safe Animal Stuffies: Dogs LOVE stuffies that squeak! You can enjoy hours of fun playing with your dog with their favourite stuffy. Please make sure you’re close by when you give your pooch one of these because a favourite activity of many is to chew out those beady little eyes, remove those fluffy innards and call it a kill. Just remember, nobody likes a foreign body removal surgery for Christmas so make sure you choose a stuffy that is specifically made for pets and that your pup doesn’t swallow anything he or she shouldn’t!

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Last updated: October 6, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

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. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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